West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of November 10, 2013

Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

Our Winter/Spring schedule starts this week with Winter Drumline Auditions on Monday and Tuesday and our Winter Guard Experience Night on Tuesday!    We are looking forward to a fantastic 2014 season!

Monday:  WBHS Symphonic Winds performs at Township Hall, 9am
Monday:  Winter Drumline Auditions, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Monday:  Winter Drumline Parent Meeting, 7:30pm – 8:00pm, Abbott Middle School
Tuesday:  Winter Guard Experience Night & Try Outs, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, WBHS
Tuesday:  Winter Guard Informational Meeting, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, WBHS
Tuesday:  Winter Drumline Auditions, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Wednesday:  Marching Band Banquet RSVPs are Due!  see details below
Thursday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Location TBA
FridayBINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift!  Click HERE for more information.
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An email went our last week announcing our 2013 Fundraiser to collect money for our budget shortfall, new concert uniforms and new marching band uniforms.  We encourage all of you to forward the email to family, friends, neighbors, alumni, co-workers, etc.  This is a great chance for out-of-town relatives to support our band program!  If you didn’t get the email, go to http://wbbands.info/2013-fundraiser/ for complete details.  We appreciate your generosity and support!

The WBHS Symphonic Winds will be performing Monday (11/11) morning at 9am at the West Bloomfield Civic Center for the unveiling and dedication of a memorial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Click HERE to read the article in the West Bloomfield Beacon describing the event.  Students need to be in concert attire in the WBHS band room.  The bus will leave at 8:30am.  Expected time of return is 9:45am.

Date:  November 11 & 12, Monday & Tuesday
Who:  All current band students in grades 6 – 12
Time:  5:00pm – 8:15pm, Parent Meeting on Tuesday, 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Come join us for an exciting season with TWO out of town trips!

Please note that WGI World Championships are during Spring Break this year (April 10, 11, 12). Please do not plan anything that week as we will have rehearsals on the days leading up to championships.
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Attention all dancers, gymnasts and performers!  The West Bloomfield Winter Guard is seeking hard-working young women and men for the 2014 competitive season!  NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!  Come try-it-out for yourself!  It’s a great opportunity to learn what Winter Guard is and how you can be a part of our 2014 season!  Open to all young women and men grades 6 — 12 in the West Bloomfield School District.  Students should wear form-fitting, comfortable/flexible clothing and athletic shoes.  Please bring a water bottle! more information

Date:  Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Who:  All students in grades 6 – 12
Time:  Student try-out:  5:00 — 8:00pm,  Information Parent Meeting:  7:00 — 8:00pm.
Location:  West Bloomfield High School Band Room

Questions?  email Mark DeDeckere

Support the Winter Guard by purchasing a coupon booklet (containing over $500 of coupons) for Carson’s Department Store at Laurel Park Place.  Please help us reach our goal of 200 booklets!  Booklets are only $5 and will be on sale at the WBHS Curriculum night on Wednesday, November 6.  They are also available online or through any Winter Guard participant.  Click HERE for more information.

The Marching Band Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 24, 6pm at Glen Oaks Country Club on 13 Mile Rd in Farmington Hills.  The invitations have been distributed.  If you did not receive an invitation, please contact Christy Forhan at 248-363-8836.  All RSVPs need to be turned into the band mailbox by Wednesday, November 13. 
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Save the date!  Jazz Band auditions will be held Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 from 3:15pm – 3:30pm.  Auditions are open to any student at WBHS. Students should stop by Mr. Mielens’ office and pick up the audition packets and sign for a time during the week before.  Rehearsals will be twice a week on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-4:00, starting on Wednesday December 4th.

Check out our brand new “In the News” webpage highlighting media coverage of our band program.  Thank you so much to Suzanne Crawford for all your hard work in helping us spread the good news about West Bloomfield Bands!   more information

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 1.  This is the date of our Winter Guard/Winter Drumline Invitational.  We will need all of you to volunteer as this is expected to be a very well attended event.

There are many areas in the band program that could not function without the hard work and dedication of our parent volunteers.  Take a minute to look over the groups below and see what you would like to do.  Please feel free to choose more than one area.  Email Mary Ingweiller or Heide Dronchi to sign up today!

Merchandising Committee:  We are looking for a team of parents to promote our online store at concerts and and some Parent Meetings.  These people would also be responsible for selling a few items that are not on our online store such as:  luggage tags, stickers, magnets and headbands.  You would also be responsible for monitoring our online store (which pretty much runs itself!)  The concert dates are:  12/19/13, 36/14 and 5/13/14.  Time involvement is very minimal.  You must be available for concerts and a few parent meetings as well as order more merchandise when the inventory runs low.
Trailer Ads:  We are looking for 1 or 2 people to be in charge of talking to businesses about advertising on our semi-truck.  Click HERE for more information

If interested, please contact Heide Dronchi or Mary Ingweiller.

Our LATE SESSION needs volunteers!  We are running a 2nd session of BINGO every Friday beginning at 10:30pm every Friday night!!  This is in addition to our regular 6:15pm session.  We need volunteers!  Add $30/week to your student’s band account and volunteer today!.  Signups are available at wbbands.info/bingo.

We are looking to add a few more corporate sponsors to purchase a trailer ad on the side of our semi trailer.  Please contact John Boruta at jcboruta@comcast.net if you are interested in purchasing one, know of a business that is interested or are able to help go to businesses, and ask them to purchase an ad.  All corporate sponsors will get an ad on both sides of the trailer, advertising on our website and advertising in our concert band programs.  Click HERE for more information.

Now is the time to order sweatshirts and jackets and accessories for the upcoming holiday season!  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!

If you are on Facebook please join the “Official West Bloomfield High School Marching Band Page” as we post pictures and videos often there (this is a “private group”).  We also use it as a communication tool.
We also have a “public” Facebook page.  “Like Us” at “West Bloomfield Bands”  facebook.com/wbbands

Monday/Tuesday, November 11 & 12:  Winter Drumline Auditions, Abbott MS, 5pm – 8:15pm
Tuesday, November 12:  Winter Guard Experience Night & Try-Outs, 5pm – 8pm
Sunday, November 24:  Marching Band Banquet, 6pm
Monday/Tuesday, November 25 & 26:  Jazz Band Auditions, WBHS, 2:15pm
Wednesday, December 11:  Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
Thursday, December 19:  Winter Concert, Grades 7 – 12, WBHS Auditorium, 7:00pm

Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, December 3 at 7pm in the WBHS Media Center
Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, November 19, 7pm, Dronchi Home