UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Monday, 11/24: WBHS Jazz Band auditions 2:15
Monday, 11/24: Winter Guard Varsity rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday, 11/25: WBHS Jazz Band auditions 2:15
Tuesday, 11/25: Winter Guard JV rehearsal 5pm
Wed 11/26 – Fri 11/28: Thanksgiving Break – No school
Friday, 11/28: Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information
Monday 12/1: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 12/2: Winter Guard JV Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 12/2: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Tuesday 12/2: BBAWB Parent Meeting AT ABBOTT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Wednesday 12/3: WBHS Jazz Orchestra rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 12/3: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 12/4: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm
Thursday 12/4: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm
Friday 12/5: FINAL Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information
Saturday 12/6: Winter Guard Staging Camp 10am – 4pm
JAZZ BANDS – ALL SCHOOLS
WBHS Jazz Band auditions are Monday and Tuesday at 2:30. See Mr. Mielens for audition packets and times. Rehearsals will be held Monday and Wednesdays at 2:30pm. Performances to be scheduled.
Jazz bands for Middle School students should be scheduled soon. Email Mr. Stein for more info.
WINTER FESTIVAL OF BANDS
Mark your calendars! The annual Winter Festival of Bands will be held on Thursday, December 11 in the WBHS Auditorium. This performance features the 7th and 8th grade bands from OLMS and Abbott, as well as the Concert Bands at WBHS. Another tradition enjoyed that evening is the Band Boosters Bake Sale. Donations – and Buyers – will be most appreciated. More info to come. MOST EXCITING OF ALL, the Raffle Drawing will be that night at the concert! Band members, get those tickets sold and the stubs returned to the Band Boosters. Hey! Are you gong to see a lot of family= members over the Thanksgiving holiday? GET SOME MORE TICKETS. Give family and friends the opportunity to win the $1000 prize!
Yankee Candle fundraiser ONLINE SALES ARE ongoing
Good News! Online shopping remains open until JANUARY! So contact your friends and family anywhere who haven’t ordered yet. Ask them to go to https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/ycfroot/store.htm and use our Group Number 990070741 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.
MAJOR FUNDRAISER – RAFFLE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note in the Vice President’s mail slot in the Band Boosters’ office in the band room at the high school.
Congratulations to the new Winter Guard members! This year, West Bloomfield is fielding both Varsity and Junior Varsity Squads. Rehearsals are underway. The first show will be at our home invitational on January 31. Further information is available HERE on the wbbands web site.
The Winter Drumline is larger this year – and ready to defend their state championship..More info is available HERE on the wbbands web site. Their first show will also be at our home invitational on January 31.
BAND EQUIPMENT SALES COORDINATOR NEEDED
Have you ever wondered what happens to last year’s guard uniforms and flags, or the Winter Drumline tarp from two years ago? We hope to sell them to another school’s guard or drumline. In fact, the “For Sale” page on our web site is one of the most visited pages we have. Now, a volunteer is needed to take over the sales of our used items. It is time sensitive and requires follow-through and creative problem-solving skills.
The job entails:
- Getting a request for a purchase
- Finding out to where we are shipping
- Going to a shipping place with the items and the destination (we have been using going postal, other options are sought) and getting a cost.
- Sending an invoice out
- Hope for a reply to the invoice – often the shipping cost puts them off and then they just don’t reply –
- Collecting the check or PO if the item sells
- Shipping the items. If the items don’t sell they need to be returned to the band room.
This needs to be someone with time during business hours, creative shipping ideas, and tenacity to secure commitments from buyers. Email president@wbbands for more info. .
BINGO COMING TO A CLOSE
The Band Boosters are relinquishing the license to hold Bingo on Friday nights. The final session will be Friday, December 5 at Players’ Hall in Waterford. Come on out this week or next to enjoy a fun inexpensive evening of entertainment! CLICK HERE for more info.
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 email@example.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 Completed!
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
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”
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.
~Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, December 2, WBHS
~Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, November 16, WBHS