Lots going on right now..Concert bands are preparing for Band Festival, Winter Guard and Drumline both competed at regional competitions this weekend, Jazz Orchestra is getting ready for next gig. A very fun event, the Coffee House and Silent Auction are coming up soon, as is our second Winter Invitational. Hope st see you at the Band Parents meeting Monday evening at he WBHS Media Center, where you can get all the details. Your support is essential to your child’s band experience.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Sunday 3/1: Drumline and Guard return from WGI Regionals
Monday 3/2: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Monday 3/2: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm
Monday 3/2: BBAWB Parent Meeting WBHS Media Center 7pm
Tuesday 3/3: Winter Guard JV Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 3/3: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Wednesday 3/4: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 3/4: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm at Abbott
Wednesday 3/4: Abbott MS Pre-Festival Clinic 7pm
Thursday 3/5: Winter Guard Varsity & JV Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 3/5: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 3/5: WBHS Pre-Festival Clinic, times TBA
Saturday 3/7: Winter Drumline rehearsal 9am
Saturday 3/7: Winter Guard Novi Invitational
Monday 3/9: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Monday 3/9: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 3/10: Winter Guard JV Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 3/10: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Wednesday 3/11: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 3/11: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm at Abbott
Wednesday 3/11: Coffee House and Silent Auction 6:30pm
Thursday 3/12: Winter Guard Varsity & JV Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 3/12: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Friday 3/13: Middle School and High School Band Festival beginning 6pm
Saturday 3/14: WBHS Winter Invitational – Start times and performance times TBA
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 State Solo and Ensemble participants entertain you while enjoying specialty beverages and dessert. Each year the Band Booster’s provide sectional teachers and specialized instruction for the Concert Band programs in the West Bloomfield School District. This fundraiser is wholly dedicated to raising funds for those teachers. Tickets are $5 and get you an evening of entertainment plus a specialty beverage or pastry. Additional beverage/dessert tickets are available for purchase. Reservations/tickets available online. See lots more info at our web site, http://wbbands.info/coffee-house-silent-auction/ Volunteers are needed provide desserts and help serve specialty beverages.
Silent Auction Donations
The Silent Auction is almost here. We are looking for donations from retailers, crafters, or other businesses to help support this event. These Auction items are already confirmed:
- The go-cart being used in the 2015 Winter Drumline show
- The well being used in the 2015 Varsity Winter Guard show
- A closer flag from this year’s Varsity Winter Guard show
- A Painting
- WBHS Student Parking pass for 2015-2016
- Laser tag with Mr Mielens
- Varsity Jacket
- Craft items
- Book from Oakland parks
- Golf pass
- Marching Band basket (Certificate for Dinkles (or guard shoes), gloves and Show Shirt, water jug, set book with lanyard, folder with page protectors, lyre, sunscreen, lip balm, hand warmers, Kleenex, and snacks
A fun twist this year, Silent Auction Chair Anne Marie Collier Miller is also looking for people to help and donate items from the list below so she can build themed baskets to also have in the auction. She is still looking for items for the baskets for the silent auction. She has a good start on the following baskets- chocolate lovers, cat and dog, game night, movie night, all occasion card basket, sports basket, and unexpectedly basic household needs (good for our seniors heading to college).
Donations needed: mugs (4), laundry basket (1), teas, coffee creamers, frisbees, soccer ball, football, other sport items, more animal items, plain deck of cards or anything else you can think of…thanks in advance!
If you know a vendor who would make a donation, 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!
Solo & Ensemble Awards
Apologies to Senior Lilly Richards, who was inadvertently left off our list of Solo and Ensemble participants. Lilly earned a Superior “1” rating in Percussion at the January Solo and Ensemble adjudications. Great job!
Our second winter invitational is in less than two weeks! Please email Ruth Richards to volunteer. MCGC has not yet set the schedule but we anticipate an afternoon/evening show. At this time, 25 groups are signed up to compete at our second Invitational on March 14th. The even will begin later in the day, and conclude earlier. This will be a fun opportunity to see the progress of these groups as they are nearing the end of the season, gearing up for State Finals on March 28-29. Your help is most definitely needed.
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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
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
March 26 – Winter Guard and Winter Drumline Friends and Family Show
March 30 – Marching Band Try-It-Out Night/Ice Cream Social
April 13 – 2015 Marching Band Reveal Night
~Next PARENT MEETING is Monday, March 2, WBHS Media Center
~Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, March 17, WBHS