West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of March 9, 2014
Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

Congratulations to the WBHS Winter Drumline for their outstanding performance at the WGI Dayton Regionals this past Saturday!  We are so very proud of you!  Click HERE for photos.


Monday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, WBHS Band Room
Monday: Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary
Monday:  Abbott Middle School Pre-Festival Concert, 7:00pm, Abbott Middle School (Symphony and Concert Bands)

Tuesday:  Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, WBHS Band Room
:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Abbott Middle School – NOTE TIME CHANGE
WB Bands Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Click HERE for tickets

Wednesday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, WBHS Band Room
WednesdayWinter Guard Fundraiser at Panera Bread on Orchard Lake Rd, 4pm – 8pm, Click HERE for more info
Wednesday:  Rifle Sectional, TBD, WBHS
:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School

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

Friday:  MSBOA Festival for WBHS Concert Winds, 6:05pm, Walled Lake Northern High School
Friday:  MSBOA Festival for WBHS Symphonic Winds, 8:35pm, Walled Lake Northern High School
FridaySTOMP at the Fox Theatre, tickets are still available!  Click HERE for more information
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:  MSBOA Festival for Abbott Middle School, 10:20am, Walled Lake Northern High School
Saturday:  MSBOA Festival for OLMS, 10:45am, Walled Lake Northern High School
Saturday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal and Competition at Milford High School, 10:45am Rehearsal, 7:36pm Performance

Sunday:  Winter Drumline MCGC Competition, Troy Athens High School, performance time:  11:57am

full calendar


Support West Bloomfield Bands and join us at our Annual Spaghetti Dinner (featuring the WBHS Jazz Band) and Silent Auction on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm in the WBHS Cafeteria.  Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.
Click HERE to purchase or reserve tickets
Click HERE to volunteer
more information
Congratulations to the OLMS Symphony Band for a job well done at the WBEF Music Festival at Orchard Mall this past Saturday!  The performance was recorded by Civic Center TV and will be aired this Friday, March 14, at 7pm on Comcast Channel 14 and AT&T channel 99.
Thank you to everyone who made our trip to Dayton this past weekend possible:  Heide Dronchi for planning and directing the trip, Ruth Richards, Marguerite DeBello, Leah Worthy and Heide Dronchi for chaperoning, driving, navigating and keeping track of the group, Cathy Gimby for transporting uniforms and luggage, the Floers for transporting luggage, the Crawfords for managing the equipment and the truck, Scott Miller for driving the truck, Mark Affer, Scott Floer, John Boruta and Steve Bologna for an awesome job in designing, building and managing the props and all the parents who came down to Dayton to cheer our group on.  Thank you especially to our staff (Pat McLaughlin, Chris Vilag, Matthew Smith, Evan Hall and Chad Mielens) for your instruction and guidance and most of all, thank you to the kids for being such a great group!

Come cheer on the Winter Drumline at their next competition, Sunday, March 16 at Troy Athens High School!  Performance time is 11:57am.

CONCERT BANDS – It’s Festival Week!
Abbott Pre-Festival Concert, March 10, 7pm (Symphony and Concert Bands)

Festival Performances: all performances will be held at Walled Lake Northern High School.  Arrive 1 hour before your scheduled performance time in full concert uniform
WBHS Concert Winds:  Friday, 6:05pm
WBHS Symphonic Winds:  Friday, 8:35pm
Abbott MS Symphony Band:  Saturday, 10:20am
OLMS Symphony Band, Saturday, 10:45am

The West Bloomfield Winter Guard will be competing at the Milford High School MCGC Competition this Saturday at 7:36pm.  Come on out to see a fantastic performance and cheer them on!
Members and Parents:  Click HERE to print the schedule for Saturday’s rehearsal and competition at Milford.
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)


Eat at Panera Bread on Wednesday, March 12 from 4pm – 8pm and help raise money for the West Bloomfield Winter Guard!  The Panera Bread located at 6399 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield will donate a percentage of its sales during the event to the West Bloomfield Winter Guard when you show this flyer –>  Click HERE

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.
Watch for more information…coming soon!
Date is coming soon!  This is an exciting night where the student leadership and the Fall 2014 show theme will be announced!!
The Winter Drumline is raising money for their trip to the Regional Championships in Dayton, OH in March.  They are selling tickets to see STOMP at the Fox Theater on Friday, March 14 at 8pm.  Tickets are $36.50 and for every ticket purchased, $10 will go back to the Winter Drumline.  These tickets make fantastic gifts!  To purchase your tickets online, go to WWW.OLYMPIAENTERTAINMENT.COM/WESTBLOOMFIELD

GREAT GIFT IDEA!  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!

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.

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

Monday, March 10:  Abbott Middle School Pre-Festival Concert (Symphony Band and Concert Band)
Tuesday, March 11:  Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction, 6:30pm, WBHS Cafeteria
Wednesday, March 12:  Panera Bread Fundraiser, click HERE for more information
Friday, March 14:  STOMP at the Fox Theater, click HERE to purchase tickets
Friday & Saturday, March 14,15:  MSBOA Festival
Monday, March 31:  Marching Band Experience Night, 7pm


– 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