Dear Marching Band Members and Families,
Every week I seem to say; NOW our season is really underway. We are really in the midst of an extraordinary year. Our show’s drill is ambitious, the music is challenging, the props are elaborate, and the schedule is demanding. Every week I am impressed by the effort put in by our band members, to learn new drill and to improve what has already been on the field.
This past week could not have been as successful as it was without the involvement of our Band Booster parents. Starting with last weekend’s very successful Field Day through this Saturday’s run-through with tarp and assembly of props, so many people stepped forward when asked to help, sometimes with very little notice. I am very appreciative of your support for your children and for this Band.
This week we have adjusted the rehearsal schedule in recognition of Yom Kippur. Rehearsals will be Monday and Thursday only. Band photos will be taken in full uniform on Thursday, so bring in your completed order form and be in uniform by 3:00pm, when individual photos will begin. Middle school students will have their photos taken shortly after the activities buses drop off. Friday is our next home football game, and then next weekend is our fall Tag Day. If you haven’t already, please sign up for a shift and help us show our community what a great Marching Band we are.
WBHS Director of Bands
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
NOTE THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK:
Monday, 9/21: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm
Tuesday, 9/22: No Rehearsal
Wednesday, 9/23: NO SCHOOL, No Rehearsal
Thursday 9/24: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm. Ensemble Pictures Taken
Friday 9/25: Home Football Game vs. Lake Orion. Report in uniform at 5:30
Saturday 9/26: Tag Day
Sunday 9/27: Tag Day
Tuesday, 9/29: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm
Wednesday, 9/30: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm
Thursday, 10/01: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm
Saturday 10/03: Novi Invitational – Time TBD
SUPER LAKER OF THE WEEK
Color Guard Laker of the week is Lily Pukhramban. Lily always gives her all, and works tirelessly at improving her skills. Front Ensemble Laker of the week is Clark Floer, for his dedication to artistic integrity.
Ensemble and Individual Pictures will be taken Thursday September 24 starting ay 3:00pm. Make sure you have your uniform clean, complete, and at school that day. Ms. Collier Miller passed out order forms last Tuesday at practice.
Tag Day(s) will be held this Saturday, September 26 and 27. All students MUST sign up for a shift. We have EXCELLENT locations for our Fall Tag Day weekend. With full participation, this could be the biggest Tag Day weekend ever. Our sites are Plum Market (Orchard Lake & Maple), Busch’s Fresh Food Market (Farmington & 14 Mile) and NEW – the West Bloomfield Township Civic Center for Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day. The Township is excited to have us entertain patrons as their cars are in line. A few slots for the civic center are still open; lots of other slots at Plum Market and Busch’s still need filling. There must be at least one parent volunteer per shift. Please see the Sign Up Genius site for more information. If you have any questions, email Ruth Richards. Click HERE to sign up for one or more shifts, or see our web site for more information.
Homecoming: **NEW THIS YEAR** We are inviting all 7th and 8th grade band students to march and play with the WBHS Marching Band. Click HERE to see the plan for the day on our web site.
Elementary Guard: Please help us spread the word … The WB Elementary Guard is the newest addition to our performing arts program and membership is available for any girl or boy in 4th or 5th grade at any of the district’s Elementary school.
Rehearsals are 1 day a week throughout October, November, December and January. The WB Elementary Guard will perform in exhibition at the 2016 Winter Laker Invitational on January 30, 2016.
Parent/Student Meeting: Monday, October 5, 2015
Location: Roosevelt Elementary Gymnasium
More information –> http://www.wbbands.info/Misc/elementary%20guard%202015-2016.pdf
In an effort to keep the Band room tidier and for each member to keep all his/her uniform pieces together, we are asking students to take their uniforms home after games/competitions. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for bringing the uniform in when required. If it is necessary to launder the uniform between performances you may, using the uniform care instructions found on our web site. Oh, and while you’re out getting any last-minute school shopping done, pick up several pairs of black socks (length – above the ankle). Black socks are a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT every time the band is in uniform. Keep extras on hand!
Now that the band is really active, a great way to stay on top of activities, dates, times and general goings–on is to 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. Lots of new photos from the weekend and even videos of the performance can be viewed there.
PIT CREW PARENTS NEEDED!
Our show, “Venezia,” is quite prop-heavy with columns, canals and even a gondola! We are in need of parents to help with loading and unloading props and instruments and from our semi-truck, and getting these essential pieces onto the field before a performance. Crew Chief Brett Crawford is looking for 26 volunteers for each performance. Here is the link to the Pit Crew Sign Up Genius. If you would like to be are part of the Pit Crew, please login and sign-up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44abaa2e5-2015
Bonus: Pit crew members get free admission to the shows, and can view the performance from the track surrounding the field. You can’t get any close to the excitement without an instrument or flag! Questions? Please email Brett Crawford at email@example.com.
MARCHING BAND HANDBOOK
There is a great deal of helpful information provided in our handbook, things that will be helpful to know as the season is now underway. Uniform care, spectator etiquette – all covered in the handbook. Click HERE to download the handbook.
WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WISH LIST
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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KROGER CARD FUNDRAISING
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! At least six families have signed up since last week’s parent meetings. Remember, during Marching Band season, 100% of the profit on scrip cards goes to the student’s points account. This eas an easy way to earn points by shopping just as you already need to do!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
September 24: Ensemble photos taken
September 25: Home football game vs. Lake Orion, report 5:30pm
October 3: Novi Invitational, time TBD
October 9: Homecoming Parade, tailgate, and football game vs Oxford. Remain after school.
October 16: Home football game vs. Rochester Stoney Creek, report 5:30pm
October 17: Saturday 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 22: Marching Band Banquet
- – Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, October 6, 7pm, WBHS
- – Next BOARD MEETING is Monday, October 13, 7pm, WBHS