West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of January 26, 2014

Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

Monday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Monday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary

Tuesday:  INVITATIONAL ADS ARE DUE (see below)
TuesdayWinter Drumline Rehearsal – 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School

Wednesday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School

Thursday: Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary School
Thursday:Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School

Friday:  YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER ENDS – Click HERE to place an order!
Friday:  High School Solo & Ensemble, Hartland High School
BINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift and add money to your student’s account!  Click HERE for more information.

Saturday:  Winter Invitational, 8:55am – 10:09pm, WBHS
Saturday:  High School Solo & Ensemble, Hartland High School
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Volunteers:  74 Winter Guard and Winter Drumline Ensembles will be coming to WBHS on Saturday, February 1st!  This is the largest invitational in the history of West Bloomfield High School!!  Hundreds of hands and feet are needed to make it a success.  Please contact Ruth Richards by email at richardsbandmom@gmail.com to sign up for shift.

Invitational Ads:  We need ads!  We are expecting THOUSANDS of spectators to come and enjoy this day of music, performing and competition at West Bloomfield High School.  This is a great way to honor your student for all their hard work while supporting all of the West Bloomfield band programs.  If you are a business owner, or can get a business ad, 10% of the cost of the ad goes into your student’s account!  One parent has made close to $100 for their student with ads!  The business and personal ad forms can be found on the West Bloomfield Bands website at (http://wbbands.info/winter-drumline/wbhs-winter-invitational/).  For each ad, fill out the form and mail or email the ad with payment to Anne Marie Collier-Miller at bamo72@msn.com.  Add ads must be received by Tuesday, January 28.

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Please support the Winter Drumline and Winter Guard by purchasing high quality Yankee Candles.  Click on the following link to place an order TODAY!  http://tinyurl.com/lvkglr4

The Winter Drumline is raising money for their trip to the Regional Championships in Dayton, OH in March.  They are selling tickets to see STOMP at the Fox Theatre on Friday, March 14 at 8pm.  Tickets are $36.50 and for every ticket purchased, $10 will go back to the Winter Drumline.  These tickets make fantastic gifts!  To purchase your tickets online, go to WWW.OLYMPIAENTERTAINMENT.COM/WESTBLOOMFIELD


WB Invitational Attire: Everyone is required to wear Blue jeans, Green Pride Shirt and Dinkles.
WB Invitational Schedule:
7:55 AM – Meet in the WBHS band hall
8:00 AM – Unfold MCGC tarp in the gym
8:10 AM – Help Boosters set up and run the invitational
12:30 PM – Eat Lunch
1:30 PM – Full Ensemble Rehearsal at Abbott
5:40 PM – Load Truck, Change, and Eat
6:20 PM – Truck Leaves Abbott
6:40 PM – Unload at WBHS
7:10 PM – Everyone Set and Ready to Roll into Warm Up
7:20 PM – Warm Up
7:45 PM – Gate
8:00 PM – Perform

*Immediately following the performance we will fold the floor and load the truck then return to the show to help out.  EVERYONE MUST STAY UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW.  After the show (around 10:00 PM), we will fold the MCGC floor and help the boosters and volunteers clean up.
TENTATIVE:  Following clean up, everyone will go back to Abbott and unload the truck.  Once the truck is completely unloaded and everything is put away, you will be dismissed. Ball Park dismissal time is around 11:00 PM.

Pit Crew Parents are Needed:   We are looking for parents to volunteer on the Pit Crew!  Click HERE to sign up today!

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WB Invitational Attire:  When you arrive at the high school, wear your 2014 Show Shirt!
WB Invitational Schedule:

6:50am          All members report to WB High School
*All WB Guard members are asked to wear your 2014 Blue Show Shirt when you arrive!*

Morning rehearsal will take place in the big gym. Once the crew arrives, we will assist MCGC coordinators (and drum line) with beige floor tarp. If allowed, we will continue rehearsing after the tarp is laid.

9:30am          Report to your work assignment (guide/concessions/stamping/etc.)
12:00noon     break for lunch
12:30pm        Begin hair and make-up (orchestra room)
1:30pm          Stretch/Across-the-floors in hallway
2:01pm          Body Warm-up (cafe), Equipment Warm-up (Band room)
2:30pm          Perform!

*After our performance, please return back to the orchestra room, change out of your uniform and make sure our equipment and floor/props are organized and together before returning to your work position**

Everyone’s help is needed throughout the day to make sure operations run smoothly! If you do not have a responsibility or task at the moment, take a break, get to the gym and watch some wonderful color guards perform! Lots of people will be unfamiliar with the building or where to go. Represent your program by being a courteous, helpful, responsible show host! Make our guests feel welcome!

Facebook Group:  We have set up a Facebook group for the 2014 Winter Guard team and their parents.  If you are not yet a member, please search for “2014 West Bloomfield Winter Guard” on Facebook and click on “Join Group” to submit a request to join.

Mrs. Hauk and Mr. Mielens will be running the Pit Orchestra this year for the WBHS musical, “Bye, Bye Birdie”.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Mr. Mielens.

GREAT GIFT IDEA!  Show your Laker Pride!  Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

Go to wbbands.info/fundraising/scrip-program/ and order SCRIP (gift cards).  By doing so, you make money for the band and for your student’s account!

The February Signups are up on the website.  Click on the following link to sign up for a shift or two —–> wbbands.info/bingo.

“Like Us” at “West Bloomfield Bands”  facebook.com/wbbands

Friday – Saturday, January 31 – February 1:  High School Solo & Ensemble
Saturday, February 1:  Winter Invitational at WBHS (10am – 10pm)
Saturday, February 8:  Winter Drumline WGI Regional, Troy Athens High School
Saturday, February 15, Winter Guard WGI Regional, Walled Lake Western High School

Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm in the WBHS Media Center
Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, February 18, 7pm