Dear Marching Band Members and Families,


It’s the home stretch of the marching season!   We have qualified for state finals for the 10th straight year. Here is our rehearsal schedule for the week:

  • Rehearsal Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3-6 (due to the time change and earlier sunset)
  • State finals dress rehearsal: Friday 3:30-5.

Our schedule for Saturday is:

5:00am: report to WBHS IN FULL UNIFORM

5:15am: Food items delivered, breakfast prep begins

5:50am: Load truck and Feed the Band (Grab & Go)

6:15am: depart WBHS

7:15am: unload at Ford Field

7:30am: start warm up process and schedule

9:00am: perform “Venezia”

9:15am: pictures and load truck

11:15am: awards

12:00n:   depart Ford Field

1:00pm: arrive at WBHS and dismiss


Let’s keep up the good work for our last two weeks!

Go Lakers!

Chad Mielens

WBHS Director of Bands


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

Sunday 11/1: All State Band auditions conclude

Monday 11/2: Elementary Guard @ Roosevelt – 4:30pm

Tuesday 11/3: Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Tuesday 11/3: Band Parents Meeting, 7pm

Wednesday 11/4: Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Thursday 11/5: Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Thursday 11/5: Color Guard Fundraiser at the Lodge

Friday 11/6: State finals dress rehearsal Friday 3:30-5

Saturday 11/7: STATE FINALS

Monday 11/9:   Marching Band performance at OLMS 7am

Monday 11/9:   Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Tuesday 11/10: Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Wednesday 11/11: Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Thursday 11/12: BOA Grand Nationals Trip begins – practice 9am, depart WBHS at 1:30pm

Friday 11/13: BOA Grand Nationals Performance at 12:45pm

Saturday 11/14: BOA Grand Nationals Activities TBD. Depart after Finals

Sunday 11/15: Return from BOA Grand Nationals approx 5:30am


full calendar


Yankee Candle Fundraiser NOW OPEN!!!!!

The entire band program – middle school, high school, and marching band – will be participating in a fundraiser offering Yankee Candles this fall to assist with instrument repair and purchase. Packets were distributed to band classes last week. Orders can be taken ONLY Oct 23 – Nov 9 (orders must be turned in no later than Nov 9), and products will be delivered 2-4 weeks later, in time for the holidays. Collect money at the time of the order. Checks should be payable to BBAWB.

Also, an online shopping option will allow friends and family anywhere to take advantage of these wonderful products.  Online shopping is now available, and open through the end of the year.


Our seller # is 990077510

Online orders are sent directly to the purchaser, usually in about a week.  It’s a great option!  This was a popular and productive fundraiser last year, we hope for even better responses in 2015. A parent volunteer is needed to assist fundraising coordinator Sarah Boyle. Interested? Any other questions? Email Sarah Boyle.



Marching Band uniforms should be cleaned in preparation for MCBA State Finals. CLICK HERE to see cleaning instructions. Dinkles should be cleaned with soap and water or diluted leather cleaners. A shine can be put back on the leather with a car care product such as Armorall® or what works really well is Armorall® wipes. Band members are to report in FULL Uniform at 5:00am Saturday for State Finals.



Band Parents have a tradition of creating paper plate signs for the band members, wishing them good luck and encouraging them to do well at State Finals. Make a paper plate award for your child and hang it on the band room wall starting November 2. Bring strong tape since the walls are cinder block.


Band Parents Meeting

The monthly Band Parents Meeting will be held Tuesday Nov 3 at 7pm at WBHS. If you have any questions about our activities or schedule for the next few weeks, be sure to attend. The agenda is attached to this email.


Please help the Varsity Winter Guard get to the WGI World Championships in Dayton!  Eat at The Lodge Grill and Bar in Keego Harbor on Thursday, November 5!  Bring in this certificate and 20% of all purchases will be donated to the WBHS Winter Guard.


OLMS Recruiting Trip

We are please to have the opportunity to perform at OLMS on Monday November 9, first thing in the morning. Mr Mielens will provide further details at rehearsals. This is a great way to reconnect with the students who came out for Homecoming and who could be next year’s Lakers.


MCBA State Finals Info

State Finals are held at Ford Field in Detroit. For information about tickets, parking, directions, and the strictly enforced policy on permitted and prohibited items, please CLICK HERE. The page is full of information for spectators provided by Ford Field/MCBA. Note: water bottles are prohibited. Further Note for Band members: Our buses are not locked or guarded when we are at Ford Field. DO NOT bring valuables. It has happened in the past that a bus has been ransacked.


FEED THE BAND – Grab & Go Breakfast.

CLICK HERE for the Signup Genius. Some food items and help are needed to provide our band with a quick bagel, fruit and juice breakfast before heading off to Ford Field. Prep begins at 5:15am; the band eats at 5:50am. A bagel slice would be most helpful if anybody has one we can borrow. Kirsten Watkins-White’s contact info can be found on the signup page.



This is what we have been working toward all season: The opportunity to compete among the most elite marching bands in the nation! This is the Olympics of our sport, and while it is not expected for WBHS to make it to finals, we will be there in the stands to see the spectacular shows of the top 12 bands in the county. It is really an opportunity not to be missed.

Basic Itinerary – watch for updates:

November 12 – 15. Students will be excused from classes for Thursday and Friday. They will practice in the WB stadium from 9am to noon on Thursday, then load the truck and eat their own lunch from noon to 1pm. The buses and truck will pull out at 1:30pm.

WBHS Marching Band will stay at Comfort Inn South, 5040 S East St, Indianapolis IN. If you wish to reserve a room, contact the hotel directly. There is no longer an extra block of rooms available under our name, but the hotel did have vacancies available very recently.

Approximate performance time at Lucas Oil Stadium is on Friday at 12:45pm. 30 of the 90 groups participating will compete in semi-finals on Saturday morning. If selected, we will find out time of Saturday’s performance sometime Friday night after awards ceremony; but performances are between 7:45am and 4:30p on Saturday. Finals take place Saturday night. Spectator tickets for Friday can be purchased at the gate for $23. For Saturday, admission ranges from $16 – $66 in advance through or ON SITE at the Box Office.


Returning home, we will be leaving Indianapolis on Saturday around midnight and arriving back at the high school on Sunday, November 15th at approximately 5:30am.


BUS SEATS AVAILABLE for Indianapolis Trip – November 12 – 15
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the Bands of American Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with your child!
Cost:  $130  – includes bus ride and group meals.  (hotel and tickets not included).. Contact Claudia Bologna to reserve your seat on the bus.

The West Bloomfield Marching Band “Venezia” banquet will be held on Sunday, November 22nd at 6PM at Glen Oaks Country Club. Invitations were handed out to parents at the Prism Concert. Email if you have not received yours. Drop reply card and check in booster mailbox by Nov. 12th. CLICK HERE for additional info.


We’re down to 2 weeks left in the marching band season and several of you have not yet completed your payments.  Please be aware that the marching season fees need to be paid IN FULL before you can join one of our winter programs (Winter Percussion (formerly Winter Drumline), JV Guard or Varsity Guard).  If you do not know your account balance and are unable to access your account in Charms, please email us at
All students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to attend one (or both) of our hands on “Try It Out” clinic to experience some fun, dance, equipment combinations and a chance to meet the staff and current veterans of the WB Guard program.  No experience is necessary and no commitment is expected.
BRING A FRIEND and come “Try It Out”!
Who:  all students in grades 6 – 12
Dates:  Tuesday and Thursday, November 17 & 19, 2015
Time:  5pm – 8pm
Location: WBHS Band Room
JV Guard will be rehearsing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5pm – 8:30pm at WBHS.
Varsity Guard will hold rehearsals on Mondays and Fridays, 6pm – 9pm at Abbott MS. (Wednesday sectionals 6pm – 8pm) More information at
Who:  all students in grades 8 – 12
Rehearsals:  5pm – 8:15pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning November 24
Location:  Abbott Middle School
Performance/Competition Schedule:
Come Try It Out/Auditions
Dates:  November 17, 18 & 19
Time:  5pm – 8:15pm
Location:  Abbott Middle School
More Information at


We are EXTREMELY EXCITED to announce a new program we will be starting up this winter. We will be working with the middle school students on percussion skills. Whether a student would like to play a marching or mallet instrument, they are encouraged to come learn percussion fundamentals with us this winter!
Come Try It Out!
Who:  all students in grades 6 – 8
Date:  Tuesday, November 17
Time:  4pm – 5pm
Location:  Abbott Middle School Band Room
Program Details:
Who:  Grades 6 – 8 (OLMS & Abbott – you do NOT have to be enrolled in a band class)
When:  November 17, 2015 – March 31, 2016
Rehearsals:  4pm – 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location:  Abbott Middle School Band Room
Cost:  $50 for the season (includes a Vic Firth Practice Pad, Pair of Marching Sticks, and a WB Percussion T-Shirt.  Cash or check made payable to BBAWB.
Performances:  Saturday, January 30,  WBHS Winter Invitational and March 31, Friends and Family Show
Thank you so much to those students who have paid their $5 uniform cleaning fee.  We still have several of you who have not paid.  Please submit $5 for cleaning fee and $5 if you purchased a bow tie.  Cash or check made out to BBAWB is accepted.  Give your payment to your band director or place in the mailbox in the high school band room.
So much going on! So many photos and even videos being shared! Join the Official West Bloomfield Marching Band facebook page. This page is not open to the public, but band members, staff, and parents are welcome to join.


Busy shopping days are ahead! Make plans to use Scrips for your holiday shopping. There are SO MANY retailers participating! Go to and order SCRIP (gift cards).  By doing so, you make money for the band and for your student’s account! Remember, UNTIL THE END OF 2015, 100% of the profit on scrip cards goes to the student’s points account. This is an easy way to earn points by shopping just as you already need to do!

Amazon has what you want, can get it to you quickly, AND donates a portion of your purchase to the band! To get started: click HERE to register. Every time you shop, go to


If you are already a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program….make sure Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield is your registered group. 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”


Show your Laker Pride!  Go to today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

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 if you can donate any of the items/services listed (new or used)

  • Wireless Microphones (soloist) – $2,000
  • Painting of Truck – $1500
  • New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320
  • Tires for truck (2) – $1000
  • Fix/Paint Scissors Lift – $700
  • UPS for Audio Equipment – $600
  • New Wheeled Base for Pit Drummer – $500
  • New Audio Equipment (Pit) – $2,000
  • Guard Room Updates – $500
  • Marching Band Uniforms/Shakos – $72,000
  • Drumline Room Updates – $500


November 7: MCBA State Finals at Ford Field, time TBD

November 12 – 15 BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis

November 17: MS Percussion, WB Percussion and Winter Guard Try It Out Nights

November 22: Marching Band Banquet


  • Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, November 3, 7pm, WBHS