Dear Marching Band Members and Families,


Thank you to all of the parents who helped out with props at the end of our rehearsal Saturday! It was great to practice getting on and off the field. We couldn’t make this show happen without you!


It is another busy week coming up. We have PRISM on Wednesday, a game on Friday, and our Clarkston Invitational Saturday. Here is the schedule for Saturday:


Schedule for Clarkston

12:00 Rehearsal

3:00 Lunch Donations delivered ready to serve. Lunch helpers set up

4:15 Eat/change in to uniforms

5:45 Depart WBHS

6:20 Arrive at Clarkston, unload truck/visual warm up

7:05 Music Warm up

8:00 Perform “Venezia”

8:15 Load truck/return to stands

9:30 Awards

10:15 Depart Clarkston

10:45 Arrive WBHS.. PLEASE – NO CAR HORNS! Lights are okay.


Get rest while you can, because we will need everyone to be “all in” this week!



Go Lakers!

Chad Mielens

WBHS Director of Bands


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

Monday 10/19: Elementary Guard @ Roosevelt – 4:30pm

Monday 10/19: Prism Concert Dress Rehearsal – Report time 6pm

Tuesday 10/20: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Wednesday 10/21: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Wednesday 10/21: Prism Concert, 6:30pm Call Time, 7;00pm Start Time

Thursday 10/22: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Friday 10/23: Yankee Candle Sales Begin

Friday 10/23: Home Football Game vs Farmington Hills Harrison. Report in uniform at 5:30

Saturday 10/24: Clarkston Invitational. See Schedule above


Monday 10/26: Elementary Guard @ Roosevelt – 4:30pm

Tuesday 10/27: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Tuesday 10/27: Abbott 7th and 8th Grade concert 7pm – Marching Band performs

Wednesday 10/28: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Thursday 10/29: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Thursday 10/29: All State Band auditions begin

Friday 10/30: All State Band auditions continue

Friday 10/30: 1st round of Football Playoffs, home game expected vs. Opponent TBD. Report in uniform at 5:30

Saturday 10:31: Lakeland Invitational. Schedule TBA


full calendar


Super Lakers:

  • Mark DeDeckere, for bringing Color Guard to the Elementary Schools, and for diligently working at selling uniforms, flags, and tarps from prior seasons;
  • Chris Vilag for bringing a percussion program to the Middle School;
  • Brett Crawford, who is heading up an extraordinary Pit Crew and achieving extraordinary results.

Nominations for Super Laker are welcome! Email your ideas to


PRISM CONCERT – The Prism Concert is a highlight for our community. The Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Music programs combine to present a fast-paced salute to the Arts at WBHS. Dress rehearsal is on Monday, Oct 19 (Call time 6pm, watch in case changes are announced). Students who are in MARCHING BAND ONLY do not need to attend rehearsal. Students who are in any WBHS band, orchestra or choir are required to remain for the entire rehearsal.

The concert on Wednesday 10/21 at 7pm opens with the Marching Band performing “Venezia”. Marching Band rehearsal will be altered to allow members to have a quick meal and change into uniform before reporting.

Due to the short amount of time between band practice and concert, the Band Boosters are arranging a meal of 1 slice pizza, chips, fruit, cookies and water or Gatorade for $5. To participate, PLEASE CLICK HERE to sign up. YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE, EXTRAS ARE NOT BEING ORDERED. Payment should be made in advance with cash or check to BBAWB in an envelope labeled with the child’s name and “Prism Meal,” placed in the Band Boosters mail box in the band room.


FEED THE BAND – Clarkston Invitational

As we head into our four-week competition stretch, it is time for our Pasta Bar!


Items need to be brought in hot and ready to serve. If you need to deliver a crockpot before dinner, there are a few outlets in the cafeteria, on the counter behind the food line. A few more people are needed to help serve, because this meal can get a little messy when the kids serve themselves.

And as with all feed the band events, please mark all dishes/ crockpots/ serving utensils with your name so we may return your items to you. If you donate something and would like the leftover returned, please mark that with your name also.

Any questions, Kirsten Watkins-White’s email link is on the Signup Genius Page.


Yankee Candle Fundraiser

The entire band program – middle school, high school, and marching band – will be participating in a fundraiser offering Yankee Candles this fall to assist with instrument repair and purchase. Packets will be distributed soon. Orders can be taken ONLY Oct 23 – Nov 7 (orders must be turned in no later than Nov 7), and products will be delivered 2-4 weeks later, in time for the holidays. Collect money at the time of the order. Checks should be payable to BBAWB.

Also, an online shopping option will allow friends and family anywhere to take advantage of these wonderful products.   Online shopping is now available, and open through the end of the year.


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.



Marching Band uniforms (aside from Guard) should have been taken home after Friday’s football game. Please make sure the garment bag is neatly hung to keep the uniform wrinkle-free. Bring uniforms back to school for Wednesday’s PRISM Concert.



Parents, here are some basic time guidelines for our trip to BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis November 12 – 15. Students will be excused from classes for Thursday and Friday. They will practice in the WB stadium from 9am to noon on Thursday, then load the truck and eat their own lunch from noon to 1pm. The buses and truck will pull out at 1:30pm.

Hotel for Nationals has been reserved – Comfort Inn South, 5040 S East St, Indianapolis IN. Room assignments and any available extra rooms in our reserved lock are TBD As of this week, the hotel still has rooms available if you wish to reserve a room on your own.

Approximate performance time at Lucas Oil Stadium is on Friday at 12:45pm. Ticket purchase info TBA. 30 of the 90 groups participating will compete in semi-finals on Saturday morning. If selected, we will find out time of Saturday’s performance sometime Friday night after awards ceremony; but performances are between 7:45am and 4:30p on Saturday. Finals take place Saturday night.

Returning home, we will be leaving Indianapolis on Saturday around midnight and arriving back at the high school on Sunday, November 15th at approximately 5:30am.


BUS SEATS AVAILABLE for Indianapolis Trip – November 12 – 15
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the Bands of American Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with your child!
Cost:  $130  – includes bus ride and group meals.  (hotel and tickets not included).. Contact Claudia Bologna to reserve your seat on the bus.



The West Bloomfield Marching Band “Venezia” banquet will be held on Sunday, November 22nd at 6PM at Glen Oaks Country Club. Invitations will be handed out at the Prism Concert.


We’re down to 4weeks left in the marching band season and several of you have not yet completed your payments.  Please be aware that the marching season fees need to be paid IN FULL before you can join one of our winter programs (Winter Percussion (formerly Winter Drumline), JV Guard or Varsity Guard).  If you do not know your account balance and are unable to access your account in Charms, please email us at
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.


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

Still need to get those summer reading books? Amazon has them, can get them 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


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 today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

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 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



October 19: Prism Concert Dress Rehearsal

October 21: Prism Concert

October 23: Home football game, opponent TBA

October 24: Clarkston Invitational, time TBD

October 31: Lakeland Invitational, time TBD

November 7: MCBA State Finals at Ford Field, time TBD

November 12 – 15 BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis

November 17: MS Percussion, WB Percussion and Winter Guard Try It Out Nights

November 22: Marching Band Banquet


  • Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, November 3, 7pm, WBHS
  • Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, November 17, 7pm WBHS