Hello band families! A big thank-you to the students and families who played and cheered for the WBHS football team at Friday night’s game against Walled Lake Central. Your school spirit was greatly appreciated. Congratulations again to the Marching Band for a successful season and finals performance. I am so proud of what we accomplished this year!

We’re at the exciting and brief time between seasons –The Marching Band caps off a great season with their banquet on Monday evening, and the final appearance of the 2014 Laker Marching Band will be Friday morning at Abbott Middle School. Details for both are below.

The Winter Drumline and Guard programs begin on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. See the info below for times, locations, and parent meetings to provide further info about the programs.

The WBHS, OLMS and Abbott Concert Bands continue to making great progress, which you will hear in the music being rehearsed at home, and see at the Winter Concert next month on December 11, when all three schools’ concert bands perform at West Bloomfield High School.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the instrumental music programs in the West Bloomfield Schools..


Chad Mielens

Director of Bands

West Bloomfield High School


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)


Monday, 11/10: Marching Band Banquet 6:30pm

Tuesday, 11/11: Winter Drumline auditions 5pm, Parent Meeting 7:30pm

Wednesday, 11/12: Winter Drumline auditions 5pm

Wednesday, 11/12: ; Winter Guard Try It Out 5pm,& Parent Meeting 7:15pm

Thursday, 11/13: Winter Guard Try It Out 5pm, & Parent Meeting 7:15pm

Friday, 11/14: Marching Band recruiting trip to Abbott Middle School, 9am

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


Monday, 11/17: Winter Guard Varsity rehearsal 5pm

Tuesday, 11/18: Winter Drumline auditions 5pm

Tuesday, 11/18: Winter Guard JV rehearsal 5pm

Tuesday, 11/18: BBAWB Board Meeting, 7pm

Tuesday, 11/18: Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, 11/19: Winter Drumline auditions 5pm

Wednesday, 11/19: Middle and High School Parent/Teacher conferences

Thursday, 11/20: WBHS Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, 11/20: Winter Guard Varsity and JV rehearsal

Friday, 11/21: Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information


full calendar


Yankee Candle fundraiser DIRECT SALES ARE CLOSED

Order sheets and payment in full (checks should be payable to BBAWB) are due MONDAY. They can be dropped off in a sealed envelope to your band director, or Marching Band members may bring them to the Band Banquet.   Products will be delivered in 2-4 weeks.

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.



The Band Banquet is on MONDAY, November 10, 6:30 pm at Glen Oaks (Thirteen Mile Rd, east of Orchard Lake Rd).   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


Winter Drumline 2015 Auditions

Time to fire up the reigning State Champion drumline! Info about the group available HERE on the wbbands web site.

Audition Dates: Nov 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Who: current band students in grades 8 – 12
Where: Abbott Middle School
Parent Info Meeting:
Tues, Nov 11: 7:30pm – 8pm

CLICK HERE to read about auditions and review the audition pieces.



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! Parent info meetings held both evenings at 7:15pm.
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 



The Marching Band’s Abbott Middle School recruiting trip has been scheduled for 9am on Friday, November 14. WBHS students will be called out from classes by Mr. Mielens and go to Abbott by bus. OLMS students will need to have parent call Smartline to excuse them, arrange rides to Abbott by 8:30am, and also arrange rides back to OLMS. Abbott and OLMS students need their full uniforms at home (no Shakos) since they will not be able to get them from the band room that morning.   Drumline and Front ensemble equipment will already be at Abbott from Winter Drumline auditions. Uniforms will be turned in after this performance.



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.



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. One very nice Rise and Fall hoodie was spotted, along with other shirts and even shoes. The collection will be cleared out and donated soon.


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 11:  Drumline auditions, 5pm Abbott Middle School

November 12:  Drumline auditions, 5pm Abbott Middle School

November 12:  All “Try-it-Out” Night #1 5pm West Bloomfield High School

November 13: All “Try-it-Out” Night #2 5pm West Bloomfield High School

November 18:  Drumline auditions, 5pm Abbott Middle School

November 19:  Drumline auditions, 5pm Abbott Middle School


~Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, November 18, WBHS

~Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, December 3, WBHS