Dear Marching Band Members and Families,

It was an exciting week, beginning very early Sunday morning with our return home from the BOA Regional in Dayton, and a rainy final home football game, and then finishing with Tag day at two locations.   And yet, this coming week may be the most important one yet this season. NOW we begin competing in MCBA Invitationals. NOW we eliminate for good all technical errors we’ve been discussing since August. NOW we begin fine-tuning the show, because we know the music and can add flourishes.   NOW it counts toward our ranking at state finals November 1 at Ford Field.

I have great confidence in this band, and in this show. You will be amazed how well we do when we BE OUR BEST!

Go Lakers!

Chad Mielens

Director of Bands

West Bloomfield High School


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)


Monday 10/6:  WBHS Concert Band uniform fitting, 7:10 am

Monday 10/6:  Abbott Concert Band uniform fitting, 12:38 pm

Tuesday, 10/7:  Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30

Wednesday, 10/8: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30

Thursday, 10/9:  Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30

Friday, 10/10:  Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information

Saturday, 10/11:  Plymouth-Canton Invitational.  Schedule Below


Monday, 10/13: Prism Concert Rehearsal 6pm. Marching Band, All WBHS Concert bands, orchestras and choirs.

Tuesday, 10/14:  Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30

Wednesday, 10/15: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30

Wednesday, 10/15: Prism Concert 7pm. Marching Band, All WBHS Concert bands, orchestras and choirs.

Thursday, 10/16:  Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30

Friday, 10/17:  Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information

Saturday, 10/18:  Clarkston Invitational.  Schedule TBA


full calendar



Shout out for Band Mom Rene Wisely who really knows how to work a Tag Day shift!

Send your nominations for Super Laker – a band member, parent, staff member, or alumnus, along with an example why they are so super – to .


Tag Day

We took a chance, scheduling a second Tag Day on a weekend containing the holiest day of the year for our Jewish families. A huge thank you to all of the students and parents who were able to brave the cold, wind and rain to help raise funds this weekend. Despite the weather, the contributions were generous. We received many compliments!!Although the weather was positively miserable, we did fairly well. A quick count of the money shows that we made over $1,700, with a per-shift average around $125.   Thank you for sharing our program with our community by playing your music and spinning your flags.

~Ruth Richards


Schedule for Plymouth-Canton Invitational Next Saturday, October 11

10:00am-Rehearsal begins – Be ready!

1:30pm – Deliver Feed the Band items (see below)

2:00pm -Lunch/Change into uniforms

3:30pm-Depart WBHS

4:00pm-Check in/unload truck/use bathrooms/visual warm up

5:30pm-Warm up

6:15pm-Perform “Rise and Fall”

6:30pm-Load truck and watch other bands


8:45pm-Depart for WBHS

9:15pm Arrive at WBHS, unload truck and dismiss



Saturday is our first MCBA competition of the season. It’s a full day, nearly 12 hours. One way that parents help is by feeding the band, staff and pit crew a hearty, nourishing meal between morning rehearsal and evening competition. It doesn’t happen without YOUR help! We will serve hotdogs/ chilidogs, veggies, and cookies. CLICK THIS LINK to sign up for set up, serving, clean up, or bringing food items. If you sign up for hot dogs or chili, I ask that you bring them ALREADY PREPARED, in a crockpot, and ready to serve. Please deliver everything no later than 1:30pm on Saturday. If you are helping set up, I will arrive at the school about 12pm to get things going. The band will be coming in at 2 to eat, and I want to give them as much time as I can. Please make sure to put your name on any serving pieces you bring, so we can return them to you. Any questions? Email
~Kirstin Watkins-White

Major Fundraiser – Raffle

The West Bloomfield Bands raffle has begun! This is a huge fundraiser that will benefit all of the West Bloomfield School District bands. Tickets went home with the Marching Band members last week. The concert and symphony band members at WBHS, Abbott and OLMS will be receiving theirs in the next couple of weeks. 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 or leave a note in the Vice President’s mail slot in the Band Boosters’ office in the band room at the high school.



Concert uniforms fittings will be finished this week.  Concert uniforms require a $5 rental fee for tuxedo jackets.  WBHS girls will provide their own concert dress:  all black, long sleeved shirts and slacks or dress-code-appropriate skirts with tights.  All males will need to provide their own black dress trousers this year.  Bow ties are available for $5.  Abbott and WBHS students will be fitted October 6th.

Oct 13 – Prism Concert rehearsal – 6pm (all high school bands, orchestras and choirs, stay for full rehearsal)

Oct 15 – Prism Concert – 7pm

Oct 22 – Abbott MS bands concert – 7pm

Oct 23 – OLMS bands concert – 7pm



The best way to be informed about band activities/opportunities is to attend the monthly Band Boosters Meeting,on the first Tuesday of every month. Agenda and minutes from the September meeting will be sent out separately from this email.


SAVE THE DATE! Marching Band Banquet

The Band Banquet will be held MONDAY, November 11, 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. Invitations will be sent out shortly. As a courtesy, staff from Strictly Varsity will be on site to take varsity jacket orders should you wish to place an order.

Marching Band Uniforms

After Thursday’s rainy football game, band members were instructed to take uniforms home and air-dry them. Please make sure the uniform is OUT OF THE GARMENT BAG and hung up. The residents of The Swamp were particularly generous with the clouds of baby powder, which combined with wet clothing can leave a residue. Please carefully inspect the uniform. If needed, please follow THESE INSTRUCTIONS to clean and then cool -air-dry the uniform. Bring ALL PIECES of the uniform back to school Monday or Tuesday.



A BIG THANK YOU to all PIT CREW who helped on Thursday in the pouring rain! Your hard work was deeply appreciated.  Thanks!

~ Brett Crawford

Performance Day Photos

We try really hard to make sure we have captured individual photos of every band and guard member. If you don’t believe Mrs. Crawford has taken your picture at one of the band performances yet, please email her at (



The Band Boosters will have Pizza slices for sale every Wednesday after school at about 2:45pm (Correction to the time)..  A slice of pizza will cost $1.50.  Thanks, Mrs. Dronchi!



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.


So many great photos and videos from this season have been posted on Facebook. It’s also a way news is spread, and great if you have a question. If you’ve been missing the fun, search for and join the Official West Bloomfield Marching Band facebook page.  This page is not open to the public, but band members, alumni, staff, and parents are welcome to join.  Additionally, you are invited to  “Like Us” at “West Bloomfield Bands”, our public page.


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

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

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.

Go to 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.

Come on out on Friday evening to support WB Bands and play BINGO!
We also need volunteers!  For every Friday you volunteer, you earn $30!  The October Signup is up on the website.  Click on the following link to sign up for a shift or two —–>


October 11: Plymouth Canton Invitational

October 15:  PRISM Concert

October 18: Clarkston Invitational, time TBD

October 22: Abbott Concert

October 23: OLMS Concert

October 25:  Lakeland Invitational, time TBD

November 1:  MCBA State Finals at Ford Field, time TBD

November 10:  Marching Band Banquet


–          Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, October 7, WBHS

–          Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, October 21, WBHS