Can you feel it? School year-end activities are in sight. And the band program has amazing activities coming up…. and a whole new year begins with a Marching Band mini-camp the same day school lets out! The final concerts for the band classes take place later this month. The OLMS and Abbott Symphony Bands compete at Music in the Park and then go to Cedar Point this month. Also upcoming will be the WBHS Jazz Orchestra performing at the Hard Rock Café. The Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade is this month. Registration for Marching Band is underway. Please get your registration forms and deposit turned in as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please speak with your band director or email wbbands@gmail.com .

 

The Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield has a general membership meeting on Tuesday. Every parent or guardian with a child in any Middle School or High School band program, curricular or extra-curricular, is encouraged to attend. And this is a very important meeting – the budget proposed for our next fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) will be presented. Curious about what the Boosters do? We’re all parents and guardians working together to give our kids the best experience we can. Want to know what activities require fees, and which do not? Wondering how that fee for Marching Band was determined? Here’s the chance to see what expenses are coming up, and how they will be paid. The condensed agenda is below; the minutes from our last meeting on March 2 are attached to this email.

 

Band Boosters Meeting Agenda – May 5, 2015

  1. Call to order – Mary Ingweiller
  • Approval of Parent Meeting Minutes March 2, 2015
  1. President’s Report – Mary Ingweiller (president@wbbands.info)
  2. Vice President’s Report – Sarah Boyle/Christine Long (vicepresident@wbbands.info)
  3. Treasurer’s Report – Steve & Claudia Bologna ( treasurer@wbbands.info )
  • 2014-2015 budget review
  • Recruiting update
  • Charms Update
  1. Secretary’s report –Natalie Walls (secretary@wbbands.info)
  2. Student Account Treasurer report – Christina Nicolaides(studentaccounts@wbbands.info)
  3. WBHS Band Activities –Chad Mielens (directors@wbbands.info )
  4. Fund Raising
  1. Old Business
  1. New Business
  • Presentation of the 2015-2016 Budget
  • New Board positions
  • Nominations for Board positions
  • Brainstorm new fundraising ideas.
  1. Adjourn

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

Sunday 5/3: Winter Drumline Season-end event 1pm

Monday 5/4: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm

Tuesday 5/5: Color Guard “Try It Out” Night, 5pm

Tuesday 5/5: Drumline Help Session, 5pm

Tuesday 5/5: BBAWB Parent Meeting, 7pm

Wednesday 5/6: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm

Thursday 5/7: Color Guard “Try It Out” Night, 5pm

Thursday 5/7: Drumline Help Session, 5pm

 

Monday 5/11: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm

Tuesday 5/12: Color Guard “Try It Out” Night, 5pm

Tuesday 5/12: Drumline Auditions, 5pm

Tuesday 5/12: WBHS Spring Concert, 7pm

Wednesday 5/13: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm

Thursday 5/14: Color Guard “Try It Out” Night, 5pm

Thursday 5/14: Drumline Auditions, 5pm

 

full calendar

 

OLMS / ABBOTT TRIP TO CEDAR POINT

Mr. Stein has registered the participating eighth grade band members for Cedar Point’s Music in the Parks Festival on May 23, 2015.  Payment is due for Cedar Point on Wednesday, May 6, with a STRICT cutoff on Friday, 5/8.  Any students who have not paid by next Friday, May 8 will have to be removed from the list.  Payment by check is preferred for security reasons.  Please make checks out to “BBAWB”. Once we have a final number, Mr. Stein will determine how many chaperones we will need and take volunteers to join us at that point! Please contact Mr. Stein with any questions.

 

Marching Band registration is now open!  If you didn’t make it to Reveal Night, pick up a green folder in the WBHS Band Room or CLICK HERE to request a registration packet.

Marching Band Drumline & Front Ensemble “Help Sessions.” Come “try it out”! Instruments/Positions to try: Snare, Tenor & Bass Drums, Marimbas, Vibes, Xylophones, Electric Keyboards, Drum Set, Bass Guitars, Electric Guitars and Base Guitars. NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!
Who: all students in grades 7 – 11
Where: WBHS Band Room
When: 5pm – 7pm, Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7
Marching Band Color Guard: Do you love to dance, act and perform? Come “try it out”! A background in theatre, gymnastics, cheer or dance is excellent, but NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!
Who: all students (girls & boys) in grades 7 – 11
Where: WBHS Band Room
When: 5pm – 7pm, Tuesday, May 5; Thursday, May 7; Tuesday, May 12; Thursday, May 14
Experience clinics in dance and learn how to spin a flag, rifle and saber, and get a feel for what it’s like being on the team!

 

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS REQUIRED FOR MARCHING BAND

YOU MUST HAVE A CURRNT PHYSICAL (ADMINISTERED AFTER APRIL 1, 2015) BEFORE YOU CAN ATTEND SUMMER REHEARSALS

The Athletic Department offers pre-participation physical examinations (just like a yearly physical from your own doctor) performed by family physicians and orthopedic/sports medicine doctors from the Henry Ford Health System.   Exams are available by appointment on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 beginning at 2:30 pm. You may call the high school athletic office at (248)865-6743 to make your appointment. Cost: $20 cash or check payable to Laker Fan Club.

Bring $20 and a filled out copy of the MHSAA physical card/medical history form (found in your Marching Band Registration Packet) Questions? Call the athletic office at (248) 865-6743 or email Aimee, the high school athletic trainer at neubeckera@wbsd.org Parents: if your insurance will not permit you to have a physical at your doctor’s office before summer rehearsals begin, please take advantage of this opportunity. Your child will not be permitted to attend summer rehearsals unless medical forms are submitted.

 

KROGER CARD RE-REGISTRATION
In the last 9 months, The BBAWB has been generously given $1042 from the Kroger Community Rewards program.  This is the result of 35 families registering their Kroger card and shopping at Kroger!
Let’s try and double this number.  Please be sure to go to www.kroger.com/communityrewards to register your Kroger card TODAY!  It’s totally FREE!  Earn money for the band program by shopping at Kroger!
– If you are already a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program…. it’s time to re-enroll for the May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016 time period! Click HERE to get started today!
– If you are not yet a member, click HERE for instructions and links on how to join. Our “Organization Name” is “Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield”
Thank you for your support!

 

SENIORS IN CONCERT BAND:

Young men who are graduating this year should start returning concert uniforms to the band room now. Tradition has you wearing your own attire at the final concert, and (of course) cap and gown at graduation. That tuxedo jacket can be turned in any time. Make sure your name and contact info is attached, so we don’t have to hunt you down. Questions or concerns? Email Anne Marie Collier Miller. And if you haven’t yet paid the $5 rental/cleaning fee, now is the time.

 

CHECK REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS
Just a friendly reminder that all receipts for reimbursement need to be accompanied with our “Check Request Form” which can be found on the band’s website HERE.  Without this form, your payment may be delayed.

 

EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM. This is an easy way to get classroom texts or holiday gifts with Amazon’s convenience and competitive prices AND support the bands, at no extra cost to you! To get started: click HERE to register. Every time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com

BAND EQUIPMENT SALES COORDINATOR NEEDED

Have you ever wondered what happens to last year’s guard uniforms and flags, or the Winter Drumline tarp from two years ago? We hope to sell them to another school’s guard or drumline. In fact, the “For Sale” page on our web site is one of the most visited pages we have. Now, a volunteer is needed to take over the sales of our used items.  It is time sensitive and requires follow-through and creative problem-solving skills.

The job entails:

  1. Getting a request for a purchase
  2. Finding out to where we are shipping
  3. Going to a shipping place with the items and the destination (we have been using going postal, other options are sought) and getting a cost.
  4. Sending an invoice out
  5. Hope for a reply to the invoice – often the shipping cost puts them off and then they just don’t reply –
  6. Collecting the check or PO if the item sells
  7. Shipping the items.  If the items don’t sell they need to be returned to the band room.

This needs to be someone with time during business hours, creative shipping ideas, and tenacity to secure commitments from buyers. Email president@wbbands for more info.  .

 

WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WISH LIST
West Bloomfield Bands depends on the support of parents and alumni.  The list below shows items/services that West Bloomfield Bands needs to operate as well as some items that would greatly benefit our programs.  Contact us by email at wbbands@gmail.com if you can donate any of the items/services listed (new or used)

Wireless Microphones (soloist) – $2,000

Painting of Truck – $1500

Sabres for Guard (7X) – $1050  Completed!

New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320

New Wireless Metronome – $250 Completed!

Tires for truck (2) – $1000

Fix/Paint Scissors Lift – $700

UPS for Audio Equipment – $600

New Wheeled Base for Pit Drummer – $500

Shelves for Band Instruments – $5,000   Completed!

New Audio Equipment (Pit) – $2,000

Guard Room Updates – $500

Marching Band Uniforms/Shakos – $72,000
Drumline Room Updates – $500

 

BAND MERCHANDISE
Show your Laker Pride!  Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

SCRIPS
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!  When we hear of exceptional deals, you will receive an email with information and links to the details.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

May 5 – BBAWB Parent Meeting – 2015-2016 Budget presented, Nominations for Board Positions

May 12 – WBHS Spring Concert

May 21 – AMS Spring Concert

May 22 – Memorial Day Parade rehearsal

May 25 – Memorial Day Parade

May 27 – OLMS Spring Concert

May 31 – Symphonic Winds at Commencement

June 2 – BBAWB Annual Meeting / Officer elections

 

~Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, May 5, WBHS Media Center

~Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, May 19, WBHS