West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of November 3, 2013

Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

To all non-marching band families:  Welcome to our weekly newsletter that is emailed out every Sunday afternoon/evening!  Now that marching band season is winding down, we are including you in the distribution list so we can keep you updated on all the band events happening in our school district.  Please take some time to read the newsletter, as it will most likely answer many of your questions as we continue the 2013-2014 school year.

To all parents:  We encourage you to get involved with your student’s journey in this program by volunteering with our Band Boosters.  By having a student in one of our band programs:  Concert Bands, Marching Band, Winter Drumline and Color/Winter Guard, you are automatically a member of the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield (BBAWB).  Welcome to our family!

If you ever have any questions about the West Bloomfield Bands program, check out our website at wbbands.info or email:  wbbands@gmail.com

Monday:  Marching Band performance at OLMS, bus leaves the high school at 7:45am.
Tuesday:  Band Boosters Parent Meeting, 7:00pm, WBHS Media Center
FridayBINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift!  Click HERE for more information.
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Congratulations to the 2013 Marching Band on finishing in the top 12 bands in the state!  We are so proud of your hard work and dedication throughout the marching season!  The pictures from yesterday’s performance at Ford Field will be up on our Facebook page very soon.

The marching band will be performing at OLMS first thing tomorrow morning.
High school students are to report to the band room as soon as they arrive at school.  Please change into your uniform.  The buses will depart for OLMS at 7:45am.  Your teachers have been notified and you will be returning to the high school around 9am.
Abbott students
will need to be driven to OLMS tomorrow morning.  Report directly to the OLMS Band Room by 7:45am with your uniform and instrument.  PARENTS:  you need to call the school SAFELINE to report that your child will be missing 1st and possibly 2nd hour.  Natalie Walls has volunteered to drive the Abbott students from OLMS to Abbott after the performance.  They should be back to Abbott around 9am.  Please contact Natalie Walls at nataliepw@comcast.net if you have any questions.
OLMS students need to bring their uniform and instrument to OLMS and report directly to the band room.

There will be no uniform return on Tuesday at 6pm.  We are asking for parent volunteers to take 10 uniforms home to wash.  Please email Heide Dronchi at khnmdronchi@sbcglobal.net  if you can help out.

Thank you to Rick and Natalie Walls for their hard work in shining all of the marching band shoes for our State Finals performance at Ford Field yesterday!  Thanks also to all the parents who helped to shine up the last minute shoes yesterday morning.

The Marching Band Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 24, 6pm at Glen Oaks Country Club on 13 Mile Rd in Farmington Hills.  The invitations have been distributed.  If you did not receive an invitation, please contact Christy Forhan at 248-363-8836.  All RSVPs need to be turned into the band mailbox by Wednesday, November 13. 
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Attention all dancers, gymnasts and performers!  The West Bloomfield Winter Guard is seeking hard-working young women and men for the 2014 competitive season!  NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!  Come try-it-out for yourself!  It’s a great opportunity to learn what Winter Guard is and how you can be a part of our 2014 season!  Open to all young women and men grades 6 — 12 in the West Bloomfield School District.  Students should wear form-fitting, comfortable/flexible clothing and athletic shoes.  Please bring a water bottle! more information

Date:  Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Who:  All students in grades 6 – 12
Time:  Student try-out:  5:00 — 8:00pm,  Information Parent Meeting:  7:00 — 8:00pm.
Location:  West Bloomfield High School Band Room

Questions?  email Mark DeDeckere

Support the Winter Guard by purchasing a coupon booklet (containing over $500 of coupons) for Carson’s Department Store at Laurel Park Place.  Please help us reach our goal of 200 booklets!  Booklets are only $5 and will be on sale at the WBHS Curriculum night on Wednesday, November 6.  They are also available online or through any Winter Guard participant.  Click HERE for more information.

Date:  November 11 & 12
Who:  All current band students in grades 6 – 12
Time:  5:00pm – 8:15pm, Parent Meeting on Tuesday, 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Come join us for an exciting season with TWO out of town trips!

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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Save the date!  Jazz Band auditions will be held Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 from 3:15pm – 3:30pm.  Auditions are open to the whole school. Students should stop by Mr. Mielens’ office and pick up the audition packets and sign for a time during the week before.  Rehearsals will be twice a week on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-4:00, starting on Wednesday December 4th.

Join us this Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm in the WBHS Media Center.  We have so much to discuss as we wrap up the Marching Band season and jump into Winter Drumline, Winter Guard, Jazz Band, Concerts, Festival and more!  An agenda will be coming soon.

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

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.

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!

Silent Auction Committee:  Tasks include finding donations, setting them up and creating auction sheets.  Our Silent Auction takes place at our Annual Spaghetti Dinner in March.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

Monday, November 4:  OLMS Recruiting Performance
Tuesday, November 5:  Parent Meeting, WBHS Media Center, 7:00pm
Monday, November 11 & 12:  Winter Drumline Auditions, Abbott MS, 5pm – 8:15pm
Tuesday, November 12:  Winter Guard Experience Night & Try-Outs, 5pm – 8pm
Sunday, November 24:  Marching Band Banquet, 6pm

Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm in the WBHS Media Center
Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, November 19, 7pm, Dronchi Home