West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of October 20, 2013

Dear WB Band Family,

Tuesday:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm
Wednesday:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm;  Pizza Sale in the band room after school!
Wednesday:  Abbott Middle School Concert, 7pm
Thursday:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm
Thursday:  OLMS Middle School Concert, 7pm
Friday:  Football Game, be in uniform ready to go at 6pm.  Do not arrive at 6pm, be in your uniform, ready to warm-up at 6pm.  Plan on staying for the entire football game.
FridayBINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift!  Click HERE for more information.
Saturday:  Rehearsal during the day.  Evening performance at the Lakeland Invitational.  Schedule coming soon!

This Friday, October 25, 7pm  is the final football game of the season.  It is also SENIOR NIGHT.  All seniors from the marching band, football team, cheerleaders and pom team will be recognized at half time.  Parents of seniors need to attend this special night!

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!

Date:  Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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

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.


We have 3 performances left and several slots to fill!  The Pit Crew has the important job of getting the marching band front ensemble, front walls and props on and off the field.  They are also responsible for loading and unloading the semi truck at competitions. With the added front walls, prop frames and bells, we need 9 more members.  Click HERE to sign up today!
Questions?  contact Brett Crawford by email at brettnsue@gmail.com or phone at 248-941-4003

Winter Drumline auditions will be held next month!  Stay tuned for specific dates/times.
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.

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.

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!

Pit Crew:  Help us move the front ensemble equipment/instruments/props on and off the field/truck.  Click HERE to sign up today!
Silent Auction Chairperson(s):  Tasks include finding donations, setting them up and creating auction sheets.  Our Silent Auction takes place at our Annual Spaghetti Dinner in March.
Merchandising Chairperson:  We are looking for someone to promote our online store at concerts and and some Parent Meetings.  This person 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 Ad Coordinator:  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 has opened and 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 to keep warm during those October football games and invitationals.  Show your Lake 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

Wednesday, October 23:  Abbott Middle School Concert, 7pm
Thursday, October 25:  OLMS Middle School Concert, 7pm
Friday, October 25:  Football Game, Senior Night
Saturday, October 26:  Lakeland Invitational
Saturday, November 2:  State Finals, Ford Field
Tuesday, November 12:  Winter Guard Experience Night & Try-Outs, 5pm – 8pm

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

Thank you for your support!
The WB Band Boosters