Dear Band, Color Guard and Percussion Members and Families,
Our Winter Percussion and Guard Ensembles are reaching the highlight of their seasons, as state and world championships are right around the corner. You are cordially invited to see their final show before States at our Guard and Percussion ensembles’ Friends and Family Show on Thursday March 31 at 7:45pm in the Abbott Middle School gymnasium. If you have never seen a show, you really should go, especially if you are considering Marching Band in the fall. These performers are amazing! Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Hearty congratulations to the students below for their terrific results at High School State Solo & Ensemble last weekend:
First Division Solos:
Aidan Brice-Proficiency I Alto Saxophone-95
Abbey Karow-Proficiency I Flute-95
Mario Pallazola-Proficiency I Euphonium-95
Eleanor Goldkamp-Proficiency I Clarinet-94
Jared Grimes-Proficiency II Trumpet-92
Eriq Carey-Proficiency I Oboe-91
Gia Evans-Proficiency I Flute-88
Cameryn Neal-Proficiency I Flute-88
Robbie Elliott-Proficiency I Piano-86
Sanay Mohile-Proficiency I Alto Saxophone-86
Grace Jolliffe-9th Grade Clarinet
First Division Ensembles:
Aidan Brice and Cala Hobart-Alto Saxophone Duet
Gia Evans and Eleanor Goldkamp-Flute and Clarinet Duet
Abbey Karow and Cameryn Neal-Flute Duet
Second Division Ensembles:
Eleanor Goldkamp and Abbey Karow- Clarinet and Flute Duet
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Monday 3/28: Varsity Winter Guard 5:00pm
Monday 3/28: John Boruta Alumni Scholarship Applications due
Tuesday 3/29: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm
Tuesday 3/29: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm
Tuesday 3/29: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Wednesday 3/30: HS Jazz Band 2:30pm
Wednesday 3/30: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Wednesday 3/30: Varsity Guard Sectional (Voluntary) 6pm
Thursday 3/31: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Thursday 3/31: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm
Thursday 3/31: Percussion & Guard Family & Friends Show 7:45pm
Friday 4/1: Varsity Winter Guard 6:00pm
Saturday 4/2: Varsity & JV Winter Guard MCGC State Championships – Saginaw
Saturday 4/2: Winter Percussion Rehearsal 9:00am
Sunday 4/3: Winter Percussion MCGC State Championships – Saginaw
Monday 4/4: Varsity Winter Guard 12:00pm
Tuesday 4/5: Varsity Winter Guard 12:00pm
Tuesday 4/5: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Wednesday 4/6: Varsity Winter Guard 12:00pm
Wednesday 4/6: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Thursday 4/7: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Thursday 4/7: Varsity Guard WGI Championships Trip begins
Friday 4/8: Varsity Guard WGI Championships Trip continues
Saturday 4/9: Varsity Guard WGI Championships Trip continues
JOHN BORUTA ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP
Applications for the John Boruta Alumni Marching Band Scholarship are now being accepted through Monday, March 28, 2016. This scholarship will provide a worthy student a positively life-changing experience through participation in the West Bloomfield Marching Band program.
Early Registration for 2016 Marching Band and Color Guard is OPEN!
See the attached flyer for info about the program, or email Mr. Mielens (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. Band directors have registration packets with full details on rates and payment schedules. Families who register by April 11 (ahead of Reveal Night April 12) will receive $50 OFF their students’ Marching Band fee.
The month isn’t over yet. So far in the month of March, we have purchased scrip of $3185, with a scrip rebate of $140.55. If we made this level every month, there would be $1,686.60 in total rebates for the year allocated between the student accounts and the band fund. With higher participation it could be even more! For many, this is the easiest fundraiser we offer with the highest payout for the lowest effort. Every purchase brings a rebate, and 60% goes to the to student’s points account, while 40% goes toward instruments, sectional instruction, music program scholarships, equipment purchase, and other initiatives supported by the Band Boosters. Go to wbbands.info/fundraising/scrip-program/ and order SCRIP (gift cards). If you have any questions about scrip purchases, why and how it benefits the band and your student account, and why the ‘small contributions’ that come from them are worth the effort please contact Marci Grossman. Of course, if you don’t want to buy scrip, you can always just make a donation to the band. The benefits of being a 501(c)3: A donation is tax deductible.
Spring Fundraiser and Silent Auction MaY 20
Come see the WBHS Jazz Orchestra, Middle School Jazz Band, Winter Guard and State Solo and Ensemble participants entertain you while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages in a beautiful lakeside location along the shore of Orchard Lake. Details coming soon!
Silent Auction Donations
WE ARE LOOKING FOR ITEMS TO BUILD BASKETS FOR THE AUCTION.
Click Here to access the Sign Up Genius with the list of the different theme baskets we will be working on. There are items listed under each theme that we would like for the baskets. If you have a great item that would go along with the theme, but don’t see it listed, please add it in the “Other” slot.
Also, if you have a theme basket you want to build and donate, at the very bottom is a space that you can enter your theme basket. All donations are due NO LATER than May 3, 2016 at the parent meeting. We will be having a basket-building day, so look for that sign-up as well.
YANKEE CANDLE SPRING SALE
Winter Guard and Winter Percussion are set up with Yankee Candle to participate in the Spring Sale during the first two weeks in April. The sale packets will be distributed soon, but in the mean time; online shopping is available now through July 31.
Our seller # is 990077510
Online orders are sent directly to the purchaser, usually in about a week. It’s a great option! Take a look, there are many nice items for Easter and Mother’s Day. A parent volunteer is needed to assist fundraising coordinator Sarah Boyle. Interested? Any other questions? Email Sarah Boyle.
Celebrate the 111th day of the year Spring on April 20 with frozen yogurt at Menchies (Hunter Square near B-Dubs). 20% of our purchased will be donated to the band!
HARD ROCK CAFE
We are excited to announce that the WBHS Jazz Band will be performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit on Sunday, May 15 from 4pm – 6pm. Mark your calendar!
Show your Laker Pride! Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today! A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
March 31 – Winter Percussion and Guard Friends & Family Show
April 12 – Marching Band Reveal Night!
April 20 – Band Fundraiser at Menchies
May 15 – Jazz Band at Hard Rock Café
May 20 – Spring Fundraiser / Silent Auction
May 21 – OLMS and Abbott Cedar Point Trip
May 30 – Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade
- Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, April 12, 7pm, WBHS
- Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, April 19, WBHS