Dear Band, Color Guard and Percussion Members and Families,
Wow! What a great week for our band program! Tuesday, the WBHS Jazz and Concert Bands performed their Finale Concert. Congratulations to our graduating seniors. We are so proud of all of you and will really miss you! “Congratulations” also goes out to the three winners or the peer-voted awards: Seth Betman for the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Hershal Satam for the Patrick Gilmore Band Award and Andrew McDonald for the John Philip Sousa Band Award. Well Done!
Our Spring Swing fundraiser on Friday was a great success, and we look forward to making this an annual tradition. Thank you to event chair Anne Marie Collier-Miller, food/beverage coordinator Kirstin Watkins-Miller, our donors, the crew of decorators, and our student performers for making it such a special evening. Then on Saturday, 45 OLMS and Abbott Band students joined together as “West Bloomfield Middle School” to compete at Art in the Park in Sandusky Ohio before a fun day at Cedar Point.
And the fun continues! Monday, our Marching Band veterans offer a Clinic for newer members of the band to prepare for next week’s Memorial Day Parade in Keego Harbor. A full-band rehearsal takes place Friday afternoon. Still not sure about Marching Band? Come to the Clinics at OLMS and Abbott or the rehearsal on Friday and give it a try! See below for details. ps, graduating Seniors are encouraged to participate in this last chance to march as a Laker!
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Monday 5/23: Middle School Marching Band Clinic 3:00pm
Tuesday 5/24: Percussion rehearsal 5:00pm
Tuesday 5/24: Color Guard Rehearsal 5:00pm
Thursday 5/26: Percussion rehearsal 5:00pm
Thursday 5/26: Color Guard Rehearsal 5:00pm
Thursday 5/26: Abbott Middle School Spring Concert 7:00pm
Friday 5/27: Marching Band Parade rehearsal 4:00pm
Monday 5/30: Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade 8:30am report
Tuesday 5/31: bd’s Mongolian Grill Fundraiser 5-9pm
Wednesday 6/1: OLMS Spring Concert 7:00pm
Thursday 6/2: Color Guard rehearsal 4:00pm
Thursday 6/2: Percussion rehearsal 5:00pm (verify w/ Director)
Saturday 6/4: Color Guard rehearsal 1:00pm
Sunday 6/5: Symphonic Winds @ Commencement (Time TBA)
Registration for 2016 Marching Band and Color Guard is open!
Speak with a band director or request an enrollment packet at http://wbbands.info/home/join-us/
Registration concludes at the end of the school year, when final numbers are given to our show designer.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Who should attend:
All new and previous marching band members, or any student considering joining marching band. All are welcome!
Monday, May 23rd 3:00-4:30pm. Clinic designed for new marchers to learn the basics, sessions taking place at both Abbott Middle School and OLMS.
Friday, May 27th 4-7pm. Meet in the WBHS Band Room (Room 471).
Parade schedule (Monday, May 30th):
• 8:30 a.m. Meet at Abbott Middle School. We will gather outside, around the area near the band room. The school will not be open, so please do not bring cases.
• 8:30-10:00 a.m. Pre-parade warmup and rehearsal
• 10:00 a.m. Parade begins (start at Abbott, end at Keego Harbor City Hall, 2025 Beechmont, Keego Harbor MI 48320)
• ~12:30 p.m. Ceremony ends, load buses to take students back to Abbott. Students may also be picked up from the Keego Harbor City Hall.
School buses will provide transport from the ceremony back to Abbott Middle School.
What to wear:
• Athletic shoes (no sandals or flip-flops. These can cause injury while marching)
• Jean shorts, or pants.
• A plain red, white, or blue tee shirt.
We are looking for some donations of snacks and water for the kids for after the parade. Items can be dropped off with band members at Abbott at drop off, or along the treeline behind Keego Harbor City Hall, a truck will be parked before the parade. There is ice cream and water offered by parade organizers after the parade, but it is never enough for our kids. And whatever is leftover goes to band camp with the kids! Click the link below to sign up.
If there is any other information that you need, please email email@example.com.
TIGERS GAMES CONCESSIONS
I am once again reaching out to you to volunteer for any Tiger’s game, working in the concession stand. I have chosen 10 dates, but these are not confirmed dates. If I get an overwhelming response to a different day, I can change it. Do weekends work better for you? Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know. The purpose in the midday games is they come with a BONUS amount.
The proceeds are not going to the band general funding. You, Yes You, will get 90% of the profit (divided by number of volunteers), directly to your band student’s account. What can you do with that? Pay band fees, banquet tickets, order shirts, or whatever band related cost might come across your desk. Your child only does winter percussion/guard? No problem, there is an account already set up for them. You have a few people willing to volunteer? Anyone who volunteers can credit a specific student to help.
This a great opportunity for all involved. Must be 18 or older to volunteer, as all stands sell alcohol. Uniform is black pants, white shirt, black, closed toe, closed heel shoes. Hat and Tigers shirt provided at the venue. Parking is $2. 1 meal is provided.
Come on everyone; let’s make this happen. I hate to bow out of this terrific opportunity due to lack of interest.
Scrip update – did you know that HuluPlus and Ebay have Scripnow? If you are traveling this summer, Hotels.com, OrbitzChoice Hotels (including Comfort Inn, Quality, EconoLodge), Hilton, Hyatt, and other hotels participate in Scrip. So do Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines (if you go through a travel agent, confirm they accept scrip before purchase), Avis and Budget car rentals. And of course there are gas cards and restaurant cards. A little bit of planning could create a lot of rebates!
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). The rewards for every purchase add up! And the more people who participate, the faster the rewards grow. Questions about how it works? 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.
May restaurant fundraiser
Join us on May 31 5-9pm at bd’s Mongolian Grill in Novi. Mr. Mielens and Chris Vilag are both scheduled to be dueling sword guest chefs, and the Battle of the Band Moms is set, with Mama Christine Karow taking on Mama Sarah Boyle. What a great way to celebrate the conclusion of a busy month! Order Scrip cards now to make sure you have them in time.
PHYSICALS REQUIRED FOR MARCHING BAND
Remember, all marching band participants must provide the completed medical forms before participating in the June 17 mini-camp. Your family physician or a mini-clinic can perform a sports physical. As a convenience, the WBHS Athletic Department will offer appointments for physicals on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Who: Any person of middle or high school age needing a physical for the 2015-2016 school year. Heart checks are only for those 14 and older.
What: This is a preparticipation physical examination (just like a yearly physical from your own doctor) performed by family physicians and orthopedic/sports medicine doctors from the Henry Ford Health System. Any athlete participating in a West Bloomfield School District sport or marching band will NEED a physical to try out or participate in athletics.
When: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 2:30 to 5:00 pm. You may call the high school athletic office at (248)865-6743(248)865-6743 to make your appointment.
Where: Physicals will be held at West Bloomfield High School starting outside of the athletic office.
Cost: $20 cash or check payable to the West Bloomfield Athletic Department. Heart checks are an additional $5. Physical may be done alone but if doing a heart check athlete must get a physical.
You’ll Need: You will need to bring $20 or $25 and a filled out copy of the MHSAA physical card/medical history form. This can be found at in your registration packet or on the wbbands web site: Physical Form .
Questions: Call the athletic office at (248) 865-6743 or email Aimee, the high school athletic trainer at email@example.com Please no emails for appointments.
VERY IMPORTANT! RETAIN A COPY OF YOUR COMPLETED FORM. OUR NURSES MUST HAVE THE FORMS AVAILABLE AT EVERY MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL, COMPETITION, FOOTBALL GAME, BAND CAMP, ETC.
June Restaurant Fundraiser set
Come to the far northwestern corner of West Bloomfield and enjoy a meal at Mac n’ Brewz on Cooley Lake (at Lochaven) in Waterford on Tuesday June 14th from 5pm till 9pm. We will receive 15% of the food bill of each person that either presents one of our flyers for the event; or if the person presents the flyer on their cell phone. Flyer will be available soon; for now, save the date on your caledar.
Mac n Brewz is a new franchise of the amazing Sweet Lorraine’s. They offer many different food items made with fresh ingredients. We are excited to try this new restaurant in our neighborhood!
PRIDE SHIRT REDESIGN
We are looking for a fresh look with our Marching Band PRIDE shirts for the next two upcoming falls. Anyone interested in submitting a design should do so by June 10th, 2pm.
Please include the following in your design:
-the word “pride”
-“West Bloomfield Marching Band 2016”
The shirt will be printed on a green shirt this year (with white, gray and black as possible graphic colors), with a grey shirt next year (with white, black and green as possible graphic colors).
Please make all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Show your Laker Pride! Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today! A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
May 26 – Abbott Spring Concert
May 30 – Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade
May 31 – bd’s Mongolian Grill Fundraiser
June 1 – OLMS Spring Concert
June 5 – Symphonic Winds plays @ WBHS Commencement
June 7 – BBAWB Annual Membership Meeting, to approve 2016-2017 budget and elect officers
June 14 – Mac N Brewz fundraiser
- Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, June 7, 7pm, WBHS
- Next BOARD MEETING is June 21, Location TBD