HILLSBOROUGH COMPETITION - CONGRATULATIONS on your second place finish Saturday night - with the second highest score overall!! And CONGRATULATIONS to our fabulous drum majors - Nadia, Mary Joy and Ben - they were recognized for what we already knew - BEST DRUM MAJORS!! It was a long day and you all worked together to put on a very good performance!!
NEW - LOST - If anyone picked up a track jacket from the buses after the competition Saturday please return it to Jamie Beyert - it says "Beyert Brass" on the front.
DUE TODAY - YANKEE CANDLE PAPER CATALOG ORDERS DUE 10/18. See ordering details below.
NEW - REHEARSAL/EAST BRUNSWICK COMPETITION OCTOBER 21ST -See Mr. Vitale's 10/15 weekly email for the day's schedule. If you will not be dry cleaning your child's uniform before the East Brunswick competition, make sure it is hung NEATLY in the garment bag with the bag unzipped.
NEW - STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS 10/28 - State championship tickets are on sale. PLEASE purchase your tickets from Mr. Vitale rather than at the gate - we are required to sell 100 tickets, and the price is the same either way. Let's have a BIG turn out to support our students as they head to Rutgers and perform on NJ marching band's biggest stage!! See details in Mr. Vitale's 10/8 weekly update.
NEW - ROTARY CLUB FASHION SHOW - Watch some of our senior members walk the catwalk and support the Rotary Club at the same time! The Rotary Club's annual fundraiser "Small Plates for a Great Cause" will be held at Lord & Taylor on Thursday, October 26, 6:30-9pm. It is a fun night, offering appetizers presented by over 28 local restaurants, wines to taste, live music and a fashion show by some of our WHS Marching Band students. as well as discounts to shop at Lord & Taylor. Proceeds are used to help relieve hunger through Rotary programs, provide scholarships and support the Rotary Club's community grant program. Tickets are $40. If you would like to purchase a ticket, you can find Beth Matin after rehearsal on Tuesday, 10/17 or look for Liz Ensslin Wednesday, 10/18 - Friday, 10/20 after rehearsal. Please contact Liz Ensslin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange an alternate ticket pick up time. Please contact Liz Ensslin at email@example.com for tickets or more information.
NEW - WESTFIELD COALITION FOR THE ARTS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!! Whether your child enjoys drawing, ceramics, photography, acting, stage-managing, set design and construction, ushering, graphic design, singing, playing an instrument, or other artistic endeavors, then you should support the Westfield Coalition for the Arts. Over the last 30 years, the WCA has given generously to our district's art programs and granted funds for all sorts of projects, materials, renovations, equipment, instruments, technology, festivals, competitions, transportation, faculty enrichment and more! Please consider making a donation using the attached donation request letter or volunteering to be a part of the Coalition.
HALLOWEEN PARADE 10/29 - It's that time of year again! The WHSMB will once again be performing in the Optimist Club Halloween Parade. We do not wear uniforms for this parade. Instead, students are asked to dress up in creative costumes. These costumes must be elementary school appropriate as our audience that day is young children. See Mr. Vitale's 10/15 weekly update for details.
NEW - NOVEMBER FOOTBALL - November 4th is a home game against SPFHS. It is also our annual 8th grade day, and we will be giving a service tribute for Veterans Day. There is also a confirmed playoff game the weekend of 11/11 and a potential playoff game the weekend of 11/18. BOTH playoff games are required performances for all members. In addition, there is a home game on Thanksgiving. This is senior day and our LAST performance of the 2017 show. There will be rehearsal on 11/22 at EIS from 1:30 - 3:30; report time on 11/23 is 10 am with an estimated dismissal time of 1:30 pm.
Please visit the calendar on the WHS Bands web site for all practice dates and times.
BAND PHOTOS - The publicity crew is back at it again, with hundreds of awesome photos from this weekend's performances. Not only are the pictures fun to look at, they can be great learning tools! Haven't received your invitation to log-in? Contact Mr. Paglialunga firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW - VIDEOS OF THE BAND - We respectfully ask that members, friends and family DO NOT post videos of the marching band on the internet. This includes posting videos on social media and YouTube. We plan to post a show video later in the season available to be shared with the general public. The video from this past weekend will go up in the member area of the website to be used for educational use only. We thank you for your cooperation.
NEW - SAVE THE DATE - APPLEBEE'S FLAPJACK BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER FEBRUARY 4TH, 8 AM - 10 AM. Details to follow.
POMPOMS - We have more pompoms if you didn't get a chance to purchase them yet. They are a fun way to show your support for the band. The kids love to see parent support! If you are interested in pompoms, please email Jenn Useloff at email@example.com or Seth Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YANKEE CANDLE SALE - October 4-18 - Catalog or online shopping available - catalogs were distributed in band classes earlier this week and can be obtained from the directors.
Catalog shopping (Instructions included with the catalog):
Order Forms and money due on October 18th, checks payable to WHS BAND. Items will be delivered and distributed 2-4 weeks after sale ends
Online shopping (through the end of the month):
1.) Click here for Yankee Candle online shopping!
2.) Enter Group #: 990036163 in the "Start Shopping" box
4.) Sales tax and shipping charges may apply
5.) Items ordered will be shipped directly
Invite Friends and Family:
1.) Click here for Yankee Candle online shopping!
2.) Click on "Seller Login" button
3.) Fill out the "Sign up to be a seller" form
4.) Enter Group #: 990036163
5.) Provide email addresses of friends and family
6.) Items ordered will be shipped directly
7.) You can track all sales that have been made
Any questions, please contact Jenn Useloff email@example.com or Rebecca Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org. Money from this fundraiser goes into student's Charms account to be used for marching band expenses.
NEW - GERTRUDE HAWKS - Delivery is expected at the end of this week; details will be sent via email to those who ordered.
NEW - SPIRITWEAR UPDATES - Online merchandise orders have come in and are being distributed. Flags are available for pick-up, as well. Track pants and rack jackets will be ready this week and will be distributed as they become available. Contact Heather Bryant email@example.com with questions.
Want to make a donation to WHS Bands? CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION!!
A PayPal account has been set up to accept donations. The WHS Band Parent Association is a 501-C3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Check with your employer to see if they match donations.
INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS - Looking to put money in your student's CHARMs account? You can purchase grocery store gift cards from Shop Rite, Stop and Shop, ACME and Kings. For every $100 gift card purchased, $5 goes into the student's account. You can resell the card to friends/family or use it for your everyday shopping. Gift cards can be purchased anytime throughout the year. Contact Mary Beyert (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sarah McGrail (email@example.com).
NEW - STUDENT FAVORITE - POT LUCK DINNER - The Hospitality Committee will host our annual Pot Luck on October 28th prior to State Championships. Our annual Pot Luck dinner for all band members and their families is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th prior to State Championships. It's time to cook your favorite family recipes to share with the Band Family. CLICK HERE for more details.
Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped make our busy Saturday at Rutgers and Hillsborough a success - Pit Crew, chaperones, photographers - and all the fans sitting in the stands cheering on our Marching Blue Devils!!! It all makes a difference and lets our students know we appreciate all their hard work!!!
Marching Band Calendar - Can't remember what time practice is? Where or when the next game or competition will be? Subscribe to our google calendar located on the homepage of the website: www.westfieldhsbands.org Click the subscribe button in the lower right-hand corner of the calendar.
Follow the WHS Bands on Social Media and the Web! FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM @WHSBANDSFRIENDSFAMILYANDALUMNI Check the Band Website for regularly updated information: www.westfieldhsbands.org
Questions??Though we try, we couldn't possibly think of everything. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. We will get right back to you!