Dear Marching Band Members and Families,

 

There is really not much left to say about our Marching Band season. Our Banquet last night was a fitting celebration of the hard work put in, and success achieved by our band members, section leaders, drum majors, parent volunteers, committee chairs, Boosters Board, Staff, and Administration. Without each of you giving your all, we could not have had the season we did.

 

This is the last e-news targeted specifically to the Marching Band family. But our Winter ensembles are already in progress: Winter Guard, West Bloomfield Percussion, and WBHS Jazz Band are setting their rosters. Concert Bands are preparing for the December 10 All-City Winter Concert. Individual musicians are selecting their pieces for Solo and Ensemble. So if you (for the student) or your child (for parents) are participating in any of these, keep your eyes open for information as it comes up.

 

A few final tasks remain for Marching Band.

  1. Please help our fundraising efforts toward uniforms, instruments and sectional instructors by selling the raffle tickets and returning the stubs to Mrs. Long in the envelope provided to you;
  2. Launder your uniform and return the bib, jacket, gauntlets and gloves in their garment bag to the racks in the band room ASAP;
  3. Take the survey linked below. Your feedback about the band is extremely important as we hope to have all of our non-Seniors return, and to encourage many new members to join.

 

Once again, thank you. Work hard, be kind, amazing things will happen.

Go Lakers!

Chad Mielens

WBHS Director of Bands

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

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

 

Monday 11/30: Varsity Winter Guard 6:00pm

Tuesday 12/1: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Tuesday 12/1: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm

Tuesday 12/1: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Tuesday 12/1: BBAWB Parent Meeting 7:00pm

Wednesday 12/2: Elementary Guard 4:30pm

Thursday 12/3: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Thursday 12/3: JV Winter Guard 5:00pm

Thursday 12/3: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Friday 12/4: Varsity Winter Guard 6:00pm

Saturday 12/5: Middle School Solo & Ensemble

Saturday 12/5: West Bloomfield Percussion 9:00am

Saturday 12/5: Varsity Winter Guard 10:00am

 

full calendar

 

MAJOR FUNDRAISER – RAFFLE

The West Bloomfield Bands raffle is 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 before the Indianapolis trip.  Parents, 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 christinelong@mac.com .

 

UNIFORMS

Uniforms went home with band members upon return from Indianapolis. Please launder the uniforms (CLICK HERE for cleaning instructions) and hang in the garment bag. Put gauntlets, gloves and Dinkles in the bag for next year. All uniform pieces will be checked in and you will be contacted to pay for any lost pieces that require replacement. Contact Christine Long with any questions.

 

STUDENT AND PARENT SURVEYS

Please help our recruiting, retention, and operations for Marching Band 2016 by filling out these surveys. Please answer the questions honestly and use the comment boxes to provide feedback on your and your student’s marching band experience.

Student Survey

Parent Survey

Questions?  Feel free to email us at president@wbbands.info .  Thank you!

 

Band Parents Meeting

Yes, Marching Band is over. But there is so much still going on! Please plan to attend the Parents meeting on Tuesday December 1 at 7pm in the WBHS Band Room. Minutes from the November meeting are attached for your review.

 

WB Percussion Bottle Drive

To follow up on their commanding win in the fall Bottle Drive, West Bloomfield Percussion is holding a bottle drive following the Thanksgiving weekend. Ensemble members will be collecting bottles next weekend and turning in the return slips to the Band Boosters mailbox in the Band Room or to director Chris Vilag. Anyone wishing to support WB Percussion can also donate bottles/cans or bottle return slips.

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Online shopping is still available, and open through the end of the year!

Link: https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/

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.

 

WBHS Jazz Band

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

 

MCBA and BOA COMPETITION PHOTOS

Jolesch Enterprises, the official photographer for both MCBA State Finals and BOA Grand Nationals, has made their photos available for purchase. Please see the links below to review group and action photos.

MCBA State Finals

BOA Grand Nationals

 

CONCERT BAND UNIFORM CLEANING FEE
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.
FACEBOOK
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.

 

SCRIPS
Busy shopping days are ahead! Make plans to use Scrips for your holiday shopping. There are SO MANY retailers participating! 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! 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

 

EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM
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 smile.amazon.com

 

KROGER CARD FUNDRAISING
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”

 

BAND MERCHANDISE
Show your Laker Pride!  Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WISH LIST
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
  • 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

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
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

January 5: BBAWB Parent Meeting

January 15-16: HS Solo & Ensemble

January 30: MCGC Invitational at WBHS

 

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