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

 

full calendar

 

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.
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Early Registration for 2016 Marching Band and Color Guard is OPEN! 
See the attached flyer for info about the program, or email Mr. Mielens (chad.mielens@wbsd.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.

 

SCRIPS

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.

Link: https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/

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.

 

April Fundraiser

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!

 

BAND MERCHANDISE
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