Dear Band, Color Guard and Percussion Members and Families,
The first Tag Day of 2016 took place Saturday at the West Bloomfield Township Civic Center. Many thanks to band members who participated, and parents who drove by and made donations or wished us well. It was a great day!
The WBHS Band Program is delighted to announce the new members of our Color Guard staff. Please join us in welcoming to the West Bloomfield Band family Tyler Capa, Caption Head; as well as Mark Istratie and Sarah Rillo! They will begin working with our Color Guard immediately as preparations are underway for the Keego Harbor Memorial Day parade.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Monday 5/9: WBHS Jazz Band 2:30pm
Tuesday 5/10: Color Guard Rehearsal 4:00pm
Tuesday 5/10: Percussion Auditions 5:00pm
Wednesday 5/11: WBHS Jazz Band 2:30pm
Thursday 5/12: Color Guard Rehearsal 4:00pm
Thursday 5/12: Percussion Auditions 5:00pm
Sunday 5/15: WBHS Jazz Band at Hard Rock Café 4:00pm
Tuesday 5/17: WBHS Concert Bands Spring Concert 7:00pm
Thursday 5/19: Color Guard Rehearsal 4:00pm
Thursday 5/19: Percussion Rehearsal 5:00pm
Friday 5/20: Spring Swing Fundraiser 6:30pm
Saturday 5/21: OLMS & Abbott Cedar Point Trip
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.
BATTERY & FRONT ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS
West Bloomfield Percussion, comprised of Battery and Front Ensemble, creates the heartbeat for our Marching Band. There are a limited number of slots available, so auditions will determine who fills each position. All prospective members must audition. If any auditioners are not selected for Percussion, positions are available in the horn line, no prior experience required.
Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12, 5pm – 7pm in the WBHS Band Room
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. Don’t miss it. We fill the house completely!
Lots of Scrip bonuses available May 7-20. Caribou has a 1% bonus on physical cards, Fuddruckers and Shutterfly have 2% bonuses. Petsmart bonus of 3% ends May 13. Boston Market bonus of 2% ends May 13. Remember, these are additional rebates on top of the regular rebates for these cards.
And DON’T FORGET!!! Thank-Scrip-ing Day is May 9, 12am to 11:59pm EST. Bonuses will be listed when the promotion begins. Last Thank-scrip-ing day bonuses were 3%-10% and included over 80 vendors. Monday is going to be a great day to buy scrip!!!!
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.
Spring SWING 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 appetizers and beverages in a beautiful lakeside location along the shore of Orchard Lake. Sponsorships available! We have 3 sponsors already… Durham Transportation, Team Keego and Cathy Shaughnessy.
We want to show off all the band students, so we’re in search of pictures of all bands performing, in their early years through the present: Middle school through high school; Jazz bands, color guard, marching band, concert band–solo ensemble–all pictures and ALL grades, from sixth on up! Email the pictures to Anne Marie Collier Miller.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 15 – Jazz Band at Hard Rock Café
May 17 – WBHS Spring Concert
May 20 – Spring Fundraiser / Silent Auction
May 21 – OLMS and Abbott Cedar Point Trip
May 26 – Abbott Spring Concert
May 30 – Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade
May 31 – bd’s Mongolian Grill Fundraiser
June 1 – OLMS Spring Concert
- Next BOARD MEETING is TBD
- Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, June 7, 7pm, WBHS