UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

Wednesday, 11/5:  Band Boosters Parent Meeting

Friday, 11/7: Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information

Monday, 11/10: Marching Band Banquet

Tuesday, 11/11: Winter Drumline auditions

Wednesday, 11/12: Winter Drumline auditions, Winter Guard Try It Out

Thursday, 11/13: Winter Guard Try It Out

Friday, 11/14: Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information

full calendar


Band Parents Meeting

The Band Boosters invite you to attend our Parents meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:00pm in the WBHS Media Center (may be moved as building needs require).

The Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield supports all band programs at WBHS, OLMS and AMS.  As the parent of a band student you are encouraged to become involved in the programs, both curricular and extracurricular.

Please see the agenda below, and review the attached minutes from the last Parents Meeting on September 2.

Hope to see you there!


1.        Call to order – Mary Ingweiller (president@wbbands.info)
2.        Approval of Minutes from Parent Meeting October 7, 2014
3.        President’s Report – Mary Ingweiller
a.       Donations are needed for the Silent Auction
b.       Chairperson Spaghetti Dinner – Barbara Brenner
c.        Banquet November 10
4.        Vice President’s Report – Sarah Boyle, Christine Long (vicepresident@wbbands.info)
a.       Raffle
b.       Yankee Candle
c.        MB Uniform update
5.        Treasurer’s Report – Steve & Claudia Bologna (treasurer@wbbands.info)
a.       Bake Sale
b.       Pizza Sale
6.        Student Accounts Report – Christina Nicolaides (studentaccounttreasurer@wbbands.info)
7.        Secretary’s Report – Natalie Walls (secretary@wbbands.info)
8.        Band Directors Report – Chad Mielens/Karl Stein (directors@wbbands.info )
a.        State Finals Recap
b.       Winter Concerts
10.     Winter Programs tryouts/updates
11.     Fund Raising
a.       Bottle/Can Drive (winter concert)-
b.       Email fundraiser
c.        Trailer Ads
d.       Scrips
12.     Old Business
a.       Winter Invitationals
13.     Other/New Business
14.     Adjourn


Yankee Candle fundraiser is OPEN for only 2 weeks! 

The entire band program  – middle school, high school, marching band – are participating in a fundraiser offering Yankee Candles this fall.   Orders are to be taken ONLY Oct 24 – Nov 7 (orders must be turned in no later than Nov 7), and products will be delivered 2-4 weeks later.  Collect money at the time of the order.  Checks should be payable to BBAWB.

Online shopping option allows friends and family anywhere to take advantage of these wonderful products.   Go to https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/ycfroot/store.htm . Online orders are sent directly to the purchaser, usually in about a week.  It’s a great option!   Please do your best – the band really needs the funds raised through this sale.



The West Bloomfield Bands raffle is still going on! This is a huge fundraiser that will benefit all of the West Bloomfield School District bands. Tickets went home with the Marching Band members and concert band members.  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. 11, 2014 at the WBHS 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. 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 vicepresident@wbbands.info or leave a note in the Vice President’s mail slot in the Band Boosters’ office in the band room at the high school.



The West Bloomfield Winter Guard program is very proud to announce our “Try-it-out” experience nights for the 2015 season. The current State Champion winter guard team invites you to attend one (or both) of our hands on clinics to experience some fun, dance, equipment combinations and a chance to meet the staff and current veterans of the program. No experience is necessary and no commitment is expected. Bring a friend, come “try-it-out” and join us in the excellence!
Dates:  Wednesday, Nov 12 and Thursday, Nov 13
Time:  5pm – 8pm
Who:  All students in grades 6 – 12
Location:  WBHS Band Room
Click HERE for more information 


Winter Drumline

Tryouts for the reigning State Champion drumline will be held on the 11th and 12th of November, 5pm – 8pm at Abbott Middle School.  CLICK HERE to read about auditions and review the audition pieces.



The Band Banquet will be held MONDAY, November 10, 6:30 pm at Glen Oaks (Thirteen Mile Rd, east of Orchard Lake Rd).  Rsvp cards are in the envelope, asking for band member’s name, names of all family members attending, and an email address for confirmation.  Dinner tickets are $25 per person.  Rsvp and payment are past due. If you plan to attend, you must deliver response card AND payment to Band Mailbox by the end of the school day Tuesday Nov 4.

Glen Oaks will open at 6pm and the dinner buffet starts at 6:30. The banquet should end by 9pm.  New members receive their Varsity Letters.  All members receive a paper plate award from their section leader.  As a courtesy, staff from Strictly Varsity will be on site to take varsity jacket orders should you wish to place an order.  Questions?  Contact  Holly Ratinaud 248-706-0508 or Renee Floer 248-464-0084.  Anyone who has special photos they want included in the band DVD for the banquet, please email  brettnsue@gmail.com .



Individual and group photos of the marching band were taken in October.  Call Visual Sports Network directly at 248-355-9525 as soon as possible to place an order.  Photos will be mailed to your home.



There is a sizeable lost and found pile in the WBHS band room outside Mr. Mielens’ office.  Please check through the pile for anything that has gone missing.


So many great photos and videos from this season have been posted on Facebook. It’s also a way news is spread, and great if you have a question.  If you’ve been missing the fun, search for and join the Official West Bloomfield Marching Band facebook page.  This page is not open to the public, but band members, alumni, staff, and parents are welcome to join.  Additionally, you are invited to  “Like Us” at “West Bloomfield Bands”  facebook.com/wbbands, our public page.


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 wbbands@gmail.com if you can donate any of the items/services listed (new or used)

Wireless Microphones (soloist) – $2,000

Painting of Truck – $1500

Sabres for Guard (7X) – $1050  Completed!

New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320

New Wireless Metronome – $250

Tires for truck (2) – $1000

Fix/Paint Scissors Lift – $700

UPS for Audio Equipment – $600

New Wheeled Base for Pit Drummer – $500

Shelves for Band Instruments – $5,000   Completed!

New Audio Equipment (Pit) – $2,000

Guard Room Updates – $500

Marching Band Uniforms/Shakos – $72,000
Drumline Room Updates – $500


To get started: click HERE to register. Every time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com

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 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!  When we hear of exceptional deals, you will receive an email with information and links to the details.


November 10:  Marching Band Banquet

November 11:  Drumline auditions, time and location TBA

November 12:  Drumline auditions, time and location TBA

November 12:  All “Try-it-Out” Night #1 West Bloomfield High School

November 13: All “Try-it-Out” Night #2 West Bloomfield High School


~Next PARENT MEETING is Wednesday, November 5, WBHS

~Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, November 18, WBHS