West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of November 17, 2013

Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

What an exciting week!  Both Winter Drumline and Winter Guard are off to a great start and we are looking forward to a great season with both groups.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Monday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary School
Tuesday:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Wednesday:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Thursday:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Thursday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary School
FridayBINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift!  Click HERE for more information.
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2013 WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS “Make a Difference” FUNDRAISER
Thank you so much for those of you who have already donated to our fundraiser.  We are off to a great start!   Please remember to tell your family, friends and neighbors.  We have recently reformatted the letter to an 8.5″ x 11″ size.  I have attached it to this email so you can download it, personalize it, print it and mail it.    Go to http://wbbands.info/2013-fundraiser/ for complete details.  We appreciate your generosity and support!

WINTER DRUMLINE
Below is the list of the 2014 West Bloomfield Winter Drumline.  Congratulations to everyone!

Marimbas:  Kiersten Wilde, Lilly Richards, David Browder
Vibes:  Christian DeBello, Joanne Wisely, Peter Bologna
Synth:  Brandon Crawford, Zachary Crawford
Electric Guitar:  Alex Affer
Bass Guitar:  Josh Greenwald
Rack/Drum Set:  Clark Floer
Rack/Cymbals:  Bobby James, Brendon Brice, Josh Aloison
Snare:  Nicolas Dronchi, Jon Collier, Jeremy Ratinaud
Tenors:  Sam Greenwald, Joe Boyle
Bass Drums:  Lauren Strager, Kim Montone, Kara Gimby, Michael Bologna, Ian McDonald

*NOTE*We have a few more slots open on our cymbal line (grades 8 – 12).  Please contact Pat McLaughlin at pat@pat-mclaughlin.com if you are interested.

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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WINTER GUARD
What an exciting week for Winter Guard!  Currently we have about 30 students coming to rehearsal!!  If you are still interested in joining (grades 6 – 12!), please come to rehearsal tonight (Monday, 11/18) from 5:00pm – 8:30pm at Scotch Elementary.
Questions?  contact wbbands@gmail.com

MARCHING BAND BANQUET
The Marching Band Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 24, 6pm at Glen Oaks Country Club on 13 Mile Rd in Farmington Hills.  All RSVPs should be in.  Questions?  contact Christy Forhan
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JAZZ BAND
Jazz Band auditions will be held Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 from 2:15pm – 3:30pm.  Auditions are open to any student at WBHS. Students should stop by the band room and pick up an audition packet and sign for an audition time.  Rehearsals will be twice a week on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-4:00, starting on Wednesday December 4th.

MARCHING PHOTOS FROM STATE FINALS
Jolesch Enterprises took professional photographs during our performance at State Finals at Ford Field and can be purchased online.  Click HERE to see these fantastic photos!

WB BANDS PROGRAM IS IN THE NEWS!
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

WINTER INVITATIONAL
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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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.

BINGO
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.

TRAILER ADS
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.

BAND MERCHANDISE
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.

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!

FACEBOOK
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

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Sunday, November 24:  Marching Band Banquet, 6pm
Monday/Tuesday, November 25 & 26:  Jazz Band Auditions, WBHS, 2:15pm
Tuesday, December 3:  Parent Meeting, WBHS Media Center, 7:00pm
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, WBHS