West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of March 16, 2014
Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

What a busy and exciting week for West Bloomfield Bands!  Thank you for your support at our Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction.  Thank you to the WBHS Jazz Orchestra for their outstanding performance at the dinner!  Congratulations to the WBHS Symphonic Winds, WBHS Concert Winds, OLMS Symphony Band and the Abbott Symphony Band for their participation in the MSBOA Festival this past Friday and Saturday.  The week ended with a Winter Guard competition on Saturday where they took 1st place and a Winter Drumline competition on Sunday where they also took 1st place!  We are so very PROUD of each and every student!

Click HERE for Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction Photos from Tuesday
Click HERE for Festival photos from Friday
Click HERE for Winter Guard photos from Saturday
Click HERE for Winter Drumline photos from Sunday
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Tuesday:  Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, WBHS Band Room
Tuesday
:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School

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

Thursday:  Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 2:15pm – 3:00pm, WBHS Band Room
Thursday
:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Thursday
:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary

Friday:  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:  State Solo & Ensemble
Saturday:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal and Competition, Novi High School, performance time:  2:13pm (schedule coming soon)
Saturday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal and Competition at Novi High School, 10:45am Rehearsal@WBHS, 6:23pm Performance@Novi HS schedule

full calendar


WINTER DRUMLINE & WINTER GUARD FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHOW

Date:  Thursday, March 27
Time:  7:45pm
Location:  Abbott Middle School Gymnasium
Cost:  FREE
Who:  Open to the public
Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join us for our Friends and Family Show to celebrate the Winter Drumline and Winter Guard seasons and to send them off to the MCGC State Championships at Saginaw Valley State University on March 29 & 30.

Stay for dessert afterwards for photo opportunities and to meet the performers and staff.  The Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield will be accepting donations at the door to support our wonderful indoor programs.

MARCHING BAND EXPERIENCE NIGHT
Attention all 8th grade and high school dance, drama, band, music and orchestra students and their parents!  Join us on Monday, March 31 at 7pm for Marching Band Experience Night.  This is a great opportunity to learn what the WBHS Marching Band is all about and how you can be part of the 2014 season!  No experience necessary!  Come try-it-out for yourself!  THIS IS A FREE EVENT WITH COMPLIMENTARY ICE CREAM!
– Meet the WBHS Marching Band Director, Mr. Chad Mielens and other staff members.
– Meet and talk to current WBHS Band students and parents about their experiences with marching band.
– Get information on the 2014 marching season
– Enjoy performance videos of our Marching Band, Winter Guard and Winter Percussion programs.
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JOHN BORUTA ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP
Applications for the John Boruta Alumni Scholarship are now being accepted through April 1, 2014.  This scholarship will provide a worthy student a positively life-changing experience through participation in the West Bloomfield Marching Band program.
more information


SPAGHETTI DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION
Thank you to Kirstin Watkins-White, Anne Marie Collier, the Jazz Band, and all the volunteers who helped last week’s successful Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction.  It was a wonderful evening and enjoyed by many.  Thank you also to everyone who procured donations for the Silent Auction.  We appreciate everyone coming out to support WB Bands!
WBEF MUSIC FESTIVAL
In addition to the OLMS Symphony Band we would like to congratulate the WBHS Jazz Trio (Christian Kolo, Seth Betman and Andrew McDonald) and the Abbott flute duet ensemble of Valerie Walls and Megan Loebl for outstanding performances at the WBEF Music Festival at Orchard Lake Mall on Saturday, March 8.
WINTER DRUMLINE
Rehearsal this week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 5pm to 8:15pm.  Schedule for Saturday’s competition at Novi High School coming soon.  Performance time is 2:13pm.


WINTER GUARD
Rehearsal this week:  Monday and Thursday – 5pm – 8:30pm.  Click HERE for Saturday’s schedule
Rehearsal for next week:  Monday, 5-8:30pm (Scotch), Tuesday, 5-8:30pm (WBHS), Wednesday, 5-8:30pm (WBHS), Thursday, 5-8:30pm (Abbott MS), Friday, 5-8:30pm (WBHS), Saturday, Time TBD (WBHS)
Reminder to Parents:  You must provide transportation or communicate alternative plans with another family in advance (accompanied by a note giving permission for another parent to drive)
MARCHING BAND REGISTRATION/REVEAL NIGHT COMING IN APRIL!
Date is coming soon!  This is an exciting night where the student leadership and the Fall 2014 show theme will be announced!!

WBHS JAZZ BAND TO PLAY AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE
Date:  Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time:  1pm
Where:  Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit
Join us for an afternoon of great jazz music and good food!
BAND MERCHANDISE
GREAT GIFT IDEA!  Show your Laker Pride!  Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

SCRIPS
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!

BINGO
Come on out on Friday evening to support WB Bands and play BINGO!
We also need volunteers!  For every Friday you volunteer, you put $30 into your student’s account.
The March and April Signups are up on the website.  Click on the following link to sign up for a shift or two —–> wbbands.info/bingo.

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

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Thursday, March 27:  Winter Drumline & Winter Guard Friends and Family Show, 7:45pm, Abbott Middle School
Saturday, March 29:  Winter Guard State Championships, Saginaw Valley State University
Sunday, March 30:  Winter Drumline State Championships, Saginaw Valley State University
Monday, March 31:  Marching Band Experience Night, 7pm
Tuesday, April 1:  John Boruta Alumni Scholarship Applications are due
Thursday, April 10 – Sunday, April 13:  Winter Drumline to WGI World Championships, Dayton, OH

 

– Due to the Marching Band Experience Night on March 31st, the April PARENT MEETING will NOT be held on Tuesday, April 1.  The next regularly scheduled PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, May 6.
– Next BOARD MEETING is Wednesday, March 19, 7pm