Dear Marching Band Members and Families,

It was another eventful week for the WB Bands. Movement 4 is on the field, and was debuted in public last Friday at the Football Game. This was the first time we had to get our amazing props on and off the field in conditions similar to a competition. Saturday our band members worked to support the band program and entertained the community in our Fall Tag Day.

Saturday we have our first competition for scores, at Novi High School. If you are not already volunteering on that day, please come see the band perform. They have really been working hard, and it makes a difference to perform before an enthusiastic audience.

It should be a great week! Go Lakers!

Chad Mielens

WBHS Director of Bands


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

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 – See Schedule below


Monday, 10/05: Middle School Parade Workshops 3pm

Monday, 10/05: Elementary Guard Parent/Student Meeting 7pm

Tuesday, 10/06: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Tuesday, 10/06: BBAWB Parent Meeting 7pm

Wednesday, 10/07: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Thursday, 10/08: Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm

Friday, 10/09: HS students perform at pep assembly during the school day

Friday, 10/09: Marching Introduction/rehearsal with OLMS and Abbott Eight Graders, 3:00pm

Friday, 10/09: Homecoming Parade, approx 5:00pm

Friday, 10/09: Homecoming Tailgate, approx 5:45pm

Friday, 10/09: Homecoming Game, 7:00pm


full calendar



Lakers of the week are Ruth Richards and Scott Floer. Thank you, Mrs. Richards, for your tireless work setting up Tag Day this weekend. And thank you, Mr. Floer, for the incredible effort and creativity you have shared in the construction of our gondola and bridges.

Nominations for Laker of the Week are welcome; email .



Tag Day was a success this past weekend. The total raised was $1690.81. Individual shifts were a little lower than hoped, but the Hazardous Waste drop-off at the West Bloomfield Civic Center was a surprising success.



Here is the schedule for the day:

11am-Guard report time.
Noon-General Band report time (Rehearsal)
3:15 – all Feed the Band items needed in Cafeteria

4:15-Load truck/eat/change into uniforms
5:45-Depart WBHS for Novi HS
6:15-Arrive at Novi HS. Unload truck/visual warm up
7:25-Music warm up begins
8:15-Perform Venezia
10:00- Depart Novi HS
~10:30-Arrive at WBHS and dismiss


REMEMBER YOUR UNIFORM. All of it. Including black socks!! Clean ones, rather than the smelly ones at the bottom of the garment bag.

Parents, please make sure to put your name is on any crock pots/platters/serving tools you want returned.

Helpful hints from veteran parents: The kids eat lunch at 4:15pm, there is no organized meal planned later in the day. Parents may wish to send a bag dinner or money for concessions. Bag dinner can be left on bus during performance. Buses DO NOT LOCK! Do not bring valuables or leave cash on the bus. The band is not responsible for valuables/cash.


NEEDED: One adult bus chaperon for Saturday’s Invitational. You will help make sure all band members are in full uniform, and ride the bus to and from Novi. You will also accompany the band members throughout their time in Novi and encourage their best behavior. Because of the very ambitious nature of our show, you may be tapped to help with props for the performance. If you are not able to do so, then you may be asked to pay for entry to the show so that the free entry wristband can be used by additional pit crew members. If you can help, email Mary Webster ( ). Thank you!



There will be a Pit Crew rehearsal this Saturday at 3 p.m.  We will be practicing taking the props on and off the field. If you would like to be are part of the Pit Crew, please login and sign-up:

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


Feed the Band

This week we will provide a sandwich luncheon for the band members, staff, and pit crew. Please click the link to see the Sign Up Genius with items and tasks needed. Food items need to be dropped off in the WBHS cafeteria ready to be served (ie, meats and cheeses sliced) between 11am – 3:15pm. Contact Kirsten Watkins-White with any questions. Her contact information is on the Sign Up Genius.


Homecoming:  Next week is Homecoming week. Here are a few notes:

**NEW THIS YEAR**  We are inviting all 7th and 8th grade band students to march and play with the WBHS Marching Band. To help them and get them excited about joining the band next fall, we are asking current members to conduct marching band workshops on Monday, 3 pm at AMS and OLMS. You are responsible for your own transportation.

  • Band Practice: normal times Tuesday-Thursday 3:30-6:30.
  • Friday: High school students will be performing in the pep assembly. News to come soon.
  • We will begin practice at 3pm Friday after school. Middle school students will join us shortly after. Middle school students should take activity busses right after school to WBHS.
  • Parade starts at 5:15. Tailgate is immediately afterward in the south parking lot (by the trailer).
  • Game at 7pm (hope for no rain).
  • Saturday: off

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
Time:  7:00pm
More information –>



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.

Approximate performance time at Lucas Oil Stadium is on Friday at 12:45pm.

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.

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.



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.



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 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



Need Lit books for the school year – or already planning your holiday shopping?  Amazon has what you want, can get it 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.

Go to 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!

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