Dear Marching Band Members and Families,

Congratulations on an outstanding season and a fantastic performance at Grand Nationals this weekend! I am proud of everything we’ve accomplished, and I’m already excited to start planning our next show!

This week we have Winter Color Guard and Winter Percussion tryouts. Also, everyone interested in Jazz Band should stop by my office and pick up a packet for auditions. Auditions will be on Monday and Tuesday after school the week of Thanksgiving.

Once again, I am proud of everything that we accomplished together. Let’s keep working to have a successful school year!

Go Lakers!

Chad Mielens

WBHS Director of Bands


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

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

Monday 11/16: Elementary Guard rehearsal 4:30pm

Tuesday 11/17: Middle School Percussion “Try It Out” 4:00pm

Tuesday 11/17: West Bloomfield Percussion “Try It Out” 5:00pm

Tuesday 11:17: Winter Guard “Try It Out” 5:00pm

Wednesday 11/18: West Bloomfield Percussion auditions 5:00pm

Thursday 11/19: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Thursday 11/19:   West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Thursday 11/19: Winter Guard “Try It Out” 5:00pm


Sunday 11/22: Marching Band Banquet 6:00pm

Monday 11/23: WBHS Jazz Band Auditions – see signup in band room

Monday 11/23: Varsity Winter Guard 6:00pm

Tuesday 11/24: WBHS Jazz Band Auditions – see signup in band room

Tuesday 11/24: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Tuesday 11/24: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm

Tuesday 11/24: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Tuesday 11/24: Winter Guard Parent Meetings 7:00pm

Wednesday 11/25: NO SCHOOL

Thursday 11/26: Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday 11/27: NO SCHOOL


full calendar


Yankee Candle Fundraiser

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. Orders were to have been turned in by Nov 9 and should be available in a few weeks. HOWEVER, online shopping is still 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.



The West Bloomfield Bands raffle has begun! This is a huge fundraiser that will benefit all of the West Bloomfield School District bands. Tickets went home with the Marching Band members last week.  Parent, if you have not seen any tickets, ASK YOUR CHILD. Each student is responsible for selling at least five $5 tickets. The prize is $1,000! (If fewer than 400 tickets are sold, the prize reverts to a 50/50). The drawing will take place on Dec. 10, 2015 at the WB All-City Winter Concert in the auditorium. Participants need not be present to win. When you have finished selling your tickets, please return the stubs (the part of the ticket with the purchaser’s name and phone number) and the money (checks can be made to BBAWB) to the Band Director’s Mailbox or mail in the envelope provided to Raffle Coordinator Christine Long. Please do not throw out or destroy any raffle tickets. They are all numbered and assigned to each student and we need to account for every ticket. If you need more tickets, please contact Christine Long at .



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. Responses were due by Nov. 12th and none will be accepted after tomorrow Nov 16. We’re looking forward to a wonderful evening together to celebrate the close of a fantastic season! CLICK HERE for additional info.


OLMS Recruiting Trip

The performance planned for OLMS on Monday November 9, was been postponed and we hope to reschedule the trip very soon.   Mr Mielens will provide further details as they become available.



Uniforms went home with band members upon today’s return from Indianapolis. Please keep the uniforms hung up to prevent wrinkling until further directions are given. They will be needed soon if the OLMS recruiting trip is rescheduled; or you will get specific instructions when they are to be turned in for the season.


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
WBHS Jazz Band

Audition packets are available from Mr. Mielens. Auditions will be held after school next Monday and Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break. See Mr. Mielens for sign up info.


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!
Shop with Scrips news

From November 14 – 20, place an order including at least $50 in TJX Gift Cards or ScripNow® eCards and you’ll be entered to win a $500 TJX Gift Card. Wrap up the holidays in savings at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods where you’ll find the brands you love for everyone on your

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

November 18 & 19: Winter Drumline Auditions

November 22: Marching Band Banquet

November 23: Varsity Winter Guard begins

November 24: Middle School Percussion, JV Winter Guard and WB Percussion begin

December 1: BBAWB Parent Meeting

December 5: Middle School Solo & Ensemble

December 10: All City Winter Concert


  • Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, December 1, 7pm, WBHS
  • Next BOARD MEETING is Monday, December 15, WBHS