Happy New Year! Welcome back; hope your winter break was restful and restorative. Hearty and overdue congratulations to all performers at December’s All City Winter Festival of Bands. And Congratulations to Patrice Baker, the winner of our $1000 raffle!
There is so much going on this winter! Concert bands at High School and Middle School levels are preparing for Solo & Ensemble and Band Festivals, Winter Guard had a 12 hour rehearsal Saturday, Winter Drumline is in full swing, the Jazz Orchestra has their first gig coming up at the United We Walk festivities, and Pit Orchestra will be formed soon for the Spring Musical, “Into the Woods.”
Now is when the Band Boosters are really active. Remember our Marching Band Field Day last fall? That was just a warm-up for TWO Guard and Drumline Invitationals this winter. Already, 61 groups are committed to compete at WBHS on January 31. This requires a huge number of volunteers to execute successfully. And more groups than originally expected will be competing at WBHS on March 14. Also in March will be our Coffee House, featuring a Silent Auction. Quite frankly, the success of these fundraisers will have a direct effect on classroom enrichments and participation fees in the next year. Please join us at the Band Parents Meeting this Tuesday evening, 7pm in the WBHS Media Center for the details and opportunities to help out. The meeting agenda is attached to this email.
Your Board of Directors
Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Monday 1/5: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Monday 1/5: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 1/6: Winter Guard JV Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 1/6: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 1/6: Band Parents Meeting 7pm
Wednesday 1/7: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 1/7: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm at Abbott
Thursday 1/8: Winter Guard Varsity & JV Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 1/8: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Saturday 1/10: Winter Guard Winter Camp 9am
Saturday 1/10: Winter Drumline 10am
Monday 1/12: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Monday 1/12: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 1/13: Winter Guard JV Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 1/13: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 1/13: OLMS 6th Grade Band Concert 7pm
Wednesday 1/14: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 1/14: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm at Abbott
Thursday 1/15: Winter Guard Varsity & JV Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 1/15: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Friday 1/16: High School Solo & Ensemble @ Hartland High School
Saturday 1/17: High School Solo & Ensemble @ Hartland High School
Sunday 1/18: United We Walk 2:30 (Jazz Orchestra and Drumline performance times TBD)
Save the Date and Sign Up to Volunteer!
We need everybody to Sign Up to Volunteer! We are in desperate need for volunteers to work our Saturday, January 31st show. It is just a few weeks away!!
We have been awarded two winter shows: January 31, 2015 and March 14, 2015! Running our band program is expensive so we need fundraisers! Last winter we hosted the largest winter invitational in MCGC history and we earned $10,600 profit! This year’s January show should be just as large! To be able to host such an event, we will need all of our current band parents and many of our faithful alumni parents to volunteer to work this event. We do have a lot of fun, but we will need everybody’s help!
Please contact Ruth Richards today at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
INVITATIONAL PROGRAM ADS
Having TWO Invitationals this winter provides DOUBLE the exposure for advertisers in our programs! Please see the Business and Personal ad forms found on the Invitationals page on our Web Site. They are easy to sell to businesses (Over 3000 spectators will see their ads!) and Personal Ads are a great way to encourage a Guard or Drumline member. Ads are due by January 27.
Announcing – Coffee House and silent auction March 11
The annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is getting a makeover! On March 11 come see the WBHS Jazz Orchestra, Middle School Jazz Band, Winter Guard and Solo and Ensemble participants entertain you while enjoying specialty beverages and dessert. Tickets are $5 and get you an evening of entertainment plus a specialty beverage or pastry. Additionals are available for purchase. Also that evening will be our annual Silent Auction, with great items like a Varsity Jacket, High School Parking Pass, and Laser Tag with Mr. Mielens on auction. And here’s where your help is needed. Your talents (knitting, artwork, gift baskets, etc are needed for auction items. Or, please take the letter you find by clicking HERE to your favorite retailers, restaurants and service providers to see if they will donate to our auction. Email Anne Marie Collier with any questions. The more items we have, the more exciting the auction!
Concert Band Uniform Cleaning Fee
If your student was issued a school concert band jacket and you have not yet paid the $5 cleaning fee, please have you student bring the $5 to their band director. Please send the money in an envelope with the student’s name on the front.
Yankee Candle fundraiser ONLINE SALES ARE ongoing
Our Yankee Candle order has arrived. If you have not yet picked up your order, contact the fundraising coordinator at email@example.com to arrange pickup
Good News! Online shopping is still open! So contact your friends and family anywhere who haven’t ordered yet. Ask them to go to https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/ycfroot/store.htm and use our Group Number 990070741 Online orders are sent directly to the purchaser, usually in about a week!
EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM. This is an easy way to get classroom texts or holiday gifts with Amazon’s convenience and competitive prices AND support the bands, at no extra cost to you! To get started: click HERE to register. Every time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com
BAND EQUIPMENT SALES COORDINATOR NEEDED
Have you ever wondered what happens to last year’s guard uniforms and flags, or the Winter Drumline tarp from two years ago? We hope to sell them to another school’s guard or drumline. In fact, the “For Sale” page on our web site is one of the most visited pages we have. Now, a volunteer is needed to take over the sales of our used items. It is time sensitive and requires follow-through and creative problem-solving skills.
The job entails:
- Getting a request for a purchase
- Finding out to where we are shipping
- Going to a shipping place with the items and the destination (we have been using going postal, other options are sought) and getting a cost.
- Sending an invoice out
- Hope for a reply to the invoice – often the shipping cost puts them off and then they just don’t reply –
- Collecting the check or PO if the item sells
- Shipping the items. If the items don’t sell they need to be returned to the band room.
This needs to be someone with time during business hours, creative shipping ideas, and tenacity to secure commitments from buyers. Email president@wbbands for more info. .
WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WISH LIST
West Bloomfield Bands depends on the support of parents and alumni. The list below shows items/services that West Bloomfield Bands needs to operate as well as some items that would greatly benefit our programs. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can donate any of the items/services listed (new or used)
Wireless Microphones (soloist) – $2,000
Painting of Truck – $1500
Sabres for Guard (7X) – $1050 Completed!
New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320
New Wireless Metronome – $250 Completed!
Tires for truck (2) – $1000
Fix/Paint Scissors Lift – $700
UPS for Audio Equipment – $600
New Wheeled Base for Pit Drummer – $500
Shelves for Band Instruments – $5,000 Completed!
New Audio Equipment (Pit) – $2,000
Guard Room Updates – $500
Marching Band Uniforms/Shakos – $72,000
Drumline Room Updates – $500
KROGER CARD FUNDRAISING
If you are already a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program….make sure Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield is your registered group. Click HERE to get started today!
If you are not yet a member, click HERE for instructions and links on how to join. Our “Organization Name” is “Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield”
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! When we hear of exceptional deals, you will receive an email with information and links to the details.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Jan 6 – Band Parents Meeting
Jan 13 – OLMS 6th Grade Band Concert
Jan 18 – United We Walk / Jazz Orchestra performs
Jan 21 – Abbott 6th Grade Band Concert
Jan 31 – MCGC Winter Invitational at WBHS
March 11 – Coffee House & Silent Auction
March 13 – WBHS Bands compete at MSBOA Festival
March 14 – MCGC WBHS Invitational 2.0
March 21 – MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble competition
~Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, January 6, WBHS
~Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, January 20, WBHS