West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of September 29, 2013

Dear WB Band Family,

:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm
Tuesday:  BBAWB Parent Meeting, 7pm, WBHS Media Center (agenda is attached)
Wednesday:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm;  Pizza Sale in the band room after school!
Thursday:  Rehearsal, 3pm – 6pm
Friday:  Rehearsal (3pm), homecoming parade, tailgate dinner & football game.  The 8th grade students will be joining us! See details below….

Marching Band Rehearsal (with 8th grade students)
Rehearsal begins at 3pm. 
Homecoming Parade — 5:15pm to 5:45pm

The High School Marching Band and 8th grade guests from OLMS and AMS will march in the parade, from Walnut Lake Road/Green Road to the High School!! Get to the high school early to park before Orchard Lake Road is closed for the parade!!! Then line Green Road (by the churches across from the school entrance) and cheer on the band, floats and WB Homecoming Court!  Students, remember to wear your dark green PRIDE shirt and black socks.  Parents:  remember to wear your Firebird show shirts!
Homecoming Tailgate — 5:45pm to 6:45pm

Join your Marching Band Family and enjoy a wonderful potluck grill-out tailgate. Food will be abundant and the company great! All band families welcome.
Homecoming Football Game — 7pm

After the Tailgate we clean up and head on over to the Football Game and of course enjoy the Half time show!!! Parents:  join us in the bleachers next to the band (far end of bleachers near the fire station) and we can all cheer on our kids together!
Cross your fingers for good weather or just wear your raincoat and a smile!!!

Tailgate set up begins at 4:00.  See you there :)


The Homecoming Tailgate is in need of LOTS of food donations!!  Please click HERE to signup to bring an item or two on Friday.

Thank you to everybody who worked Tag Day this weekend. Especially those that endured the rain!! Our total is $1,301. This is an average of $118 per shift. This is the second highest per shift average that I have seen in my last five tag days. Great job!!   Thank you to Ruth Richards for planning and organizing a very successful weekend!  We appreciate you!

All middle school and high school concert band students will be fitted for their concert band uniform this week.  Please remember to send money with your student to pay for cleaning fees and bow ties.  Click on the links below for more information:
Abbott Middle School:  Thursday, October 3
Orchard Lake Middle School:  Tuesday, October 1
WBHS Concert Band, WBHS Symphony Band, WBHS Symphonic Winds:  Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3


More Pit Crew members needed!!!  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

On October 12, 2013 at 6:00pm (**NEW TIME**), we will be hosting several bands at WBHS for the Annual Marching Band Invitational.

Volunteers:  We need every parent to work a shift!  We are in great need of many people to help with concessions and band guides.  Alumni, friends, family, neighbors, responsible children, are all welcome.  Contact Ruth Richards at richardsbandmom@gmail.com today!

Invitational Program Ads
:  Attention all band families, we need your help! We need to sell ads for our program books!! We are looking for businesses and personal ads to fill our program. 10% of every ad sold will go into your student’s account!

Ask businesses from last year to advertise again! Ask new businesses to advertise for the first time! We have prices ranging from $25 up to $300!
We also have lots of room for personal ads.   Just imagine how excited your band member will be in seeing their own ad in the program. These ads will range in price from $25 to $100!

Click HERE for the Business Ad Form.
Click HERE for the Personal Ad Form.

1) All section leaders get one free quarter page ad to give a shout out to their section
2) We would like to sell at least 100 ads total
3) Anne-Marie Collier-Miller need all ads by 10/2/13

Questions?  please contact Anne Marie Collier-Miller by e-mail at bamo72@msn.com or call/text at 804-869-3511.

For a very short time, we are selling advanced tickets for the Marching Band State Finals at Ford Field on Saturday, November 2nd.  Buy your tickets now and avoid the lines down at Ford Field on the day of the competition!  The deadline is this Wednesday, October 2nd.

These tickets are good for the entire day of competition (48 marching bands!) from 8:15am – 11pm.  West Bloomfield’s performance time will be between the hours of 3:45pm & 6:45pm with the awards presentation at 7pm.

Prices:  Adult – $14,  Student/Sr. Citizen – $10   Cash or Check (made out to BBAWB)
If interested, please email president@wbbands.info with the following information:
Your name
Student’s name
Number of Adult Tickets
Number of Student/Senior Tickets

Your email and payment need to be received by Wednesday, October 2nd.  Payment can be left in the Booster mailbox in the WBHS Band Room.

How would you like to attend the State Finals competition (Saturday, November 2) with other WB Band parents, avoid driving in traffic and not have to pay $6 to park your car?
Contact Mary Ingweiller today if you and your family would be interested in riding a West Bloomfield bus down to Ford Field for $10/person!!
Email Mary today at president@wbbands.info

Bake Sale Chairperson(s):  We are looking for 1 or 2 people to run a bake sale at 3 high school concerts.  The concert dates are:  12/19/13, 3/6/14 and 5/13/14.  Your time involvement would be a minimum of 2-3 hours at each concert and maybe 1-3 hours working on getting donations for the sale.  This a great way to make money for the band.  Last year we made $250 on one sale!
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.

We opened our brand new ONLINE West Bloomfield Bands store this past week!  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.

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.

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!.  October signups are now 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.

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

Friday, October 4:  Homecoming Parade, Tailgate and Football Game – Troy
Friday, October 11:  Home Football Game – Stoney Creek
Saturday, October 12:  WBHS Marching Band Invitational
Wednesday, October 16:  Prism Concert (marching band and all high school concert bands)
Saturday, October 19:  Clarkston Invitational

Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, October 1 at 7pm in the WBHS Media Center
Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, October 15, 7pm, Location TBD

Thank you for your support!
The WB Band Boosters

Email: wbbands@gmail.com
Website: wbbands.info
Facebook: facebook.com/wbbands