West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of July 13, 2014

 Dear WB Band Family,

There is a great deal of useful information in this unusually long newsletter.  If you have questions that are not answered here, please email wbbands@gmail.com.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

Tuesday, 7/15:  Battery & Guard Rehearsal, 1pm – 5pm, meet in the WBHS Band Room

Thursday, 7/17: Battery Rehearsal, 1pm – 5pm, WBHS Band Room

Friday 7/18:  BINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information.

Monday, 7/21:  New Member Rehearsal, 9am – 12pm    HEALTH FORMS ARE DUE
Monday, 7/21:  Color Guard Rehearsal, 9am – 12pm; Weapons Rehearsal, 1pm – 4pm

Tuesday, 7/22:  New Member Rehearsal, 9am – 12pm
Tuesday, 7/22:  Color Guard Rehearsal, 9am – 12pm;  Weapons Rehearsal, 1pm – 4pm

Wednesday, 7/23:  New Member Rehearsal, 9am – 12pm
Wednesday, 7/23:  Color Guard Rehearsal, 9am – 12pm;  Weapons Rehearsal, 1pm – 4pm
Friday, 7/25:  BINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information.

full calendar


SUMMER REHEARSALS Here are a few reminders for summer rehearsals:

–  we will be outside so come prepared with sunscreen, a JUG of water, running shoes, snacks, athletic clothing, sun glasses, hats and ear plugs (battery only).

–  bring a folder or binder with clear sheets to organize your music

–  bring 2 pencils so that you can make notes in your music

–  for the full day rehearsals, bring a lunch or have arrangements made to have one delivered

–  if you took an instrument home…be sure to bring it back!

–  please show up no later than 8:50am so that we can get started right at 9am.

Arrive for practice no later than 8:45am (practice will begin at 9am)Lunch 12-1 (remember no one can leave campus during practice so bring your lunch or have arrangements made to have one delivered) Items to wearSchool appropriate attire             Girls – no spaghetti top tank tops (width of strap must be 2-3 finger lengths)- midriffs must be covered- shorts must come to the tip of your fingers
Boys– shirts must be worn- shorts must be worn at your waist Everyone– socks and athletic shoes (no flip flops)
Items to bring– a good attitude- water jug at least 2 quarts large (water bottles will not get them through the day)- lunch (there is no refrigeration so bring it in a cooler or prepare something that can be out in the heat all day)- SUNSCREEN (please come wearing sunscreen however you will need to reapply during the day) Remember personal items will not be secured (everyone leaves items in their backpack either in the band room or on the sidelines of the field WBHS and BBAWB are not responsible for lost or stolen items 



Make sure all of your forms are turned in!  Updated forms have been added to the website:

General Information and Packing List



The Marching Band handbook was emailed out last week.  Click HERE if you did not receive the email or see the handbook.


SENIOR LEADERSHIP DAY Sunday, July 27:  9am – 4pm at Camp Copneconic.  Lunch will be served. All seniors are invited to attend.  Join us for a day of fun with team building, low and high rope courses and zip line fun.  If it is raining that day, we will still have team building and games so plan on attending rain or shine.  This is YOUR DAY OF FUN so please join us.  Wear tennis shoes and long shorts. You must get your own ride to and from camp.  If you need a ride, let us know and we will help you arrange for carpooling.  Cost is $35.  Parents:  if you would like to attend, cost is $20/adult.

Click HERE to fill out a form and return it to Mary Ingweiller by July 18.


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 wbbands@gmail.com 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
New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320
New Wireless Metronome – $250
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

If you are currently enrolled in the Hillers Rewards Program please note the following changes:

• Earning points toward current items will finished on Sunday, June 15th but you will be able to redeem points until Thursday, July 31st.

• Hillers will be sending you reminders to redeem your points up until then.  You have the option to donate your points to West Bloomfield Bands.

• On August 1st, the new system will start and will be reset every 90 days.
EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM The Band Boosters Association is now linked with the AmazonSmile program!! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to BBAWB whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. To get started: click HERE to register. Every time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com

KROGER CARD RE-REGISTRATION Earn money for the band program by shopping at Kroger! – If you are already a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program….it’s time to re-enroll! 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” Thank you for your support!


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!


Come on out on Friday evening to support WB Bands and play BINGO!
We also need volunteers!  For every Friday you volunteer, you earn $30!  The July 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


July 21 – 23:  New Member Rehearsals, Color Guard, Weapons Rehearsals
July 27:  Senior Leadership Day, Camp Copneconic
July 28 – 30:  New Member Rehearsals, Color Guard, Weapons and Battery Rehearsals
July 31:  Full Band Rehearsals Begin
August 5:  Parent Meeting

– Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, August 5, 7pm, WBHS Band Room
– Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, July 22, 7pm, WBHS