Hello Band families,
Another big week ahead! High School Concert Band students who received Superior ratings at Regional Solo & Ensemble competed at States this past Saturday, and our Varsity and JV Winter Guard and Winter Drumline groups all compete at MCGC State Finals next weekend. Thursday evening, you are invited to see the Guard and Drumline ensembles in their final performance before state finals, at our Friends and Family show. Then next Monday, students and parents interested in Marching Band next fall are encouraged to attend the Marching Band Experience. Students currently in 7th – 11th grade are eligible.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Monday 3/23: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Monday 3/23: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 3/24: Winter Guard JV Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 3/24: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Wednesday 3/25: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 3/25: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm at Abbott
Thursday 3/26: Winter Guard Varsity & JV Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 3/26: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 3/26: Winter Guard and Drumline Friends & Family Show 7:45pm
Saturday 3/28: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 9am
Saturday 3/28: Winter Guard Varsity & JV State Finals, times TBA
Sunday 3/29: Winter Drumline State Finals, time TBA
Monday 3/30: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Monday 3/30: Marching Band Experience 7pm
Tuesday 3/31: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Wednesday 4/1: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 4/1: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm at Abbott
Thursday 4/2: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Friday 4/3: Spring Break begins
WINTER DRUMLINE & WINTER GUARD FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHOW
Date: Thursday, March 26
Location: Abbott Middle School Gymnasium
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 28 & 29. Stay after both performances for dessert, photo opportunities, meet the performers and meet the 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 30 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 2015 season! No experience necessary! Come try-it-out for yourself! THIS IS A FREE EVENT WITH COMPLIMENTARY ICE CREAM!
Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Location: WBHS Cafeteria
– 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 2015 marching season
– Enjoy performance videos of our Marching Band, Winter Guard and Winter Percussion programs.
JOHN BORUTA ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP
Applications for the John Boruta Alumni Marching Band Scholarship are now being accepted through Monday, March 30, 2015. This scholarship will provide a worthy student a positively life-changing experience through participation in the West Bloomfield Marching Band program.
MARCHING BAND REGISTRATION/REVEAL NIGHT: APRIL 13th!!
Who: ALL 7th – 11th grade students – you do not have to be in a band class – no experience is necessary!
Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Location: WBHS Auditorium (Location may be changed if Spring Musical rehearsal conflicts)
Mark your calendars for Monday, April 13, 7:00pm!! Meet us in the WBHS Auditorium for our Marching Band and Color Guard Registration and Informational Meeting.
We will announce the 2015 show theme, introduce the drum majors and section leaders, reveal the winner of the John Boruta Alumni Scholarship and answer any questions that prospective members may have. There are currently openings for students in all sections and at any level of musical skill. If you enjoying dancing, please come on out to learn about our Award-Winning Color Guard team. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
For more information, go to www.wbbands.info
CHECK REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS
Just a friendly reminder that all receipts for reimbursement need to be accompanied with our “Check Request Form” which can be found on the band’s website HERE. Without this form, your payment may be delayed.
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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 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 BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, April 21, WBHS
~Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, May 5, WBHS Media Center