West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of October 27, 2013

Dear WB Band Family,

Great job yesterday at Lakeland!  We are so very proud of each of you!  Now on to STATES!  Congratulations!

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Tuesday:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm
Wednesday:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm;  Pizza Sale in the band room after school!
Thursday:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm
FridayBINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift!  Click HERE for more information.
SaturdaySTATE FINALS!  Rehearsal during the morning.  Performance time is 3:45pm at Ford Field.  Schedule coming soon!

STATE FINALS
–  State Finals are this Saturday, November 2.  Flight I competition begins at 3:45pm and we will be the first band to perform.  The awards ceremony will be held at 6:45pm.  The performance schedule for each band can be found HERE.
–  Tickets are $16/adult, $12/studens & seniors, 5 and under are free.  CASH ONLY at the Ford Field ticket office.  Parking is $6
–  Ford Field has a new bag policy this year.  Be sure to review it HERE before leaving your house on Saturday afternoon.
–  Please check the following websites for more information about State Finals:
themcba.org/theMCBA.org/Championship.html
wbbands.info/wb-bands-2/marching-band/state-finals/
–  The student’s schedule for State Finals Day is coming soon!

MARCHING BAND PERFORMANCE AT ORCHARD LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4
All marching band students will be released from school early, and are to report to the band room to change into their uniform.  They will then be bussed to OLMS for the performance.  A truck will be rented for the front ensemble instruments and equipment.  Abbott students will need to be transported to OLMS by a parent.  Please email wbbands@gmail.com if you are available to drive.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR OR BRING BLACK SOCKS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4!  Departure and performance times will be announced very soon!
After the OLMS performance, PLEASE TAKE YOUR UNIFORM HOME TO WASH IT!  THEY ARE DUE BACK THE NEXT DAY!

UNIFORM RETURN
After the OLMS Recruiting Performance, every student needs to take their uniform home to wash.  They must be washed and dried before turning in.  Follow the washing instructions here on the website.
Please return the uniform to the band room the next day on Tuesday, November 5 at 6pm (before the Parent Meeting)

WINTER GUARD
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

BAND BANQUET
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.

WINTER DRUMLINE
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.

JAZZ BAND
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.

WINTER INVITATIONAL
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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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 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.

BINGO
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.

TRAILER ADS
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.

BAND MERCHANDISE
Now is the time to order sweatshirts and jackets and accessories for the upcoming holiday season!  Show your Lake Pride!  Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

SCRIPS
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!

FACEBOOK
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

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Saturday, November 2:  State Finals, Ford Field
Monday, November 4:  OLMS Recruiting Performance
Tuesday, November 5:  Uniform TURN-IN, 6:00pm
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