Dear Band, Color Guard and Percussion Members and Families,

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

Sunday 3/6: Winter Percussion WGI Regional Indianapolis concludes

Monday 3/7: Varsity Winter Guard 5:00pm

Tuesday 3/8: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Tuesday 3/8: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm

Tuesday 3/8: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Tuesday 3/8: Parents Meeting – early registration for Marching Band 2016

Wednesday 3/9: HS Jazz Band 2:30pm

Wednesday 3/9: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Thursday 3/10: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Thursday 3/10: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Thursday 3/10: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm

Friday 3/11: OLMS Concert Band @ Festival 1:05pm

Friday 3/11: Varsity Winter Guard 6:00pm

Saturday 3/12: Abbott MS Concert Band @ Festival 8:00am

Saturday 3/12: Varsity & JV Winter Guard WGI Show – Grand Blanc (correction)

Saturday 3/12: Winter Percussion rehearsal 9:00am (correction)

Monday 3/14: Varsity Winter Guard 5:00pm

Tuesday 3/15: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Tuesday 3/15: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm

Tuesday 3/15: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Wednesday 3/16: HS Jazz Band 2:30pm

Wednesday 3/16: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Thursday 3/17: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Thursday 3/17: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Thursday 3/17: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm

Friday 3/18: Varsity Winter Guard 6:00pm

Saturday 3/19: High School State Solo & Ensemble

Saturday 3/19: Varsity & JV Winter Guard MCGC Show – Lakeland

Saturday 3/19: Winter Percussion MCGC Show – Lakeland

full calendar

BAND PARENTS MEETING

Last Tuesday’s snow storm caused the postponement of the Band Boosters’ Parent Meeting Please join us at 7pm this Tuesday evening March 8 at the WBHS iCenter for the Band Boosters Parents meeting. In addition to opening registration for Marching Band 2016, updates will be provided for all ongoing activities. The agenda is brief, as follows:

1. Welcome from President/Introduce Board (for new parents)

2. Approval of Minutes from February 9, 2016 meeting

3. Director Update

a. Winter Ensemble Updates – Percussion, Winter Guard, Jazz Band

b. Concert Band Updates

4. Marching Band 2016 Early Registration – March 1 – April 11

a. Changes to Paperwork

b. Recruitment Events

c. Questions and Discussion

5. Adjourn

MARCHING BAND NEWS:

Early Registration for 2016 Marching Band and Color Guard!
Early registration kicks off at 7:00 pm on

Tuesday, March 8
in the
WBHS iCenter
Families who are not sure, or who have more questions are encouraged to attend as well. Experienced parents and our Director of Bands will be on hand to answer any questions parents may have. Attend the meeting and win a door prize!

This is a great opportunity for students who are in band, orchestra, drama, dance, or who just love to perform! All are welcome, no experience is necessary!

Families who register before April 11 will receive $50 OFF their students’ Marching Band fee.

CONCERT BANDS AT MSBOA BAND FESTIVAL

The OLMS 8th grade Concert Bands will attend Festival on March 11 at 1:05pm at Clarkston High School. Buses will be provided. AMS 8th grade band will attend Festival on March 12 at Lake Orion High School at 8:00am. Parents are responsible for transportation. Band directors will provide more details to their students.

MARCH RESTAURANT NIGHT

Hey everyone, our March restaurant night is on the calendar! March 23, at Applebee’s on Haggerty in Commerce Twp! Show the flyer attached to this email and 10% of your purchases will go to your WB Bands! Bonus: Applebee’s has scrip – double dip for an 8% rebate! Invite your friends!

SCRIPS

One of the easiest ways to reduce your band costs is to buy scrip. Two very convenient ways to make use of the scrip opportunity are with presto pay and refillable cards. Presto pay means you can purchase scrip on your way to the store, even in the store if you have it set up on your phone, and a refillable card means that your scrip purchase is very quickly reloaded onto the physical card. Vendors making use of the refillable card option include: Meijer, Speedway, Subway, Target, Starbucks, Burger King, CVS, Old Navy/Gap, Whole Foods, AMC Theaters, and many, many more. 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.

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.

Just Announced – 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!

GREAT NEWS FOR THE BAND PROGRAM!

We are so pleased to announce the return of instrumental music to the Elementary School level! In a pilot program, Winds instruction will be offered as a 5th grade extracurricular at Roosevelt Elementary School. The course will run 10 weeks beginning late March. We hope to expand to other elementary schools in time.

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 8 – Marching Band Early Registration available at Parents’ Meeting

March 11 – OLMS Concert Band Festival

March 12 – Abbott MS Concert Band Festival

March 23 – Band Fundraiser at Applebee’s, Haggerty Rd in Commerce Twp.

March 31 – Winter Percussion and Guard Friends & Family Show

April 12 – Marching Band Reveal Night!

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, March 8, 7pm, WBHS

· Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, March 15, WBHS