First off, a big thank you to the SM North booster Club for donating $700 towards the production of our show, thank you SMN booster club!
Results from Lee’s Summit North Indoor performance:
Overall, we were 7th out of 12 in overall music, less than 2 points away from 5th
Percussion scored 4th out of 12
Drill team tied for 2nd out of 12
As you can imagine, we will be focusing on music this week, which I believe can be vastly improved this week and next. I was pleased with everyone’s flexibility performing indoors, as that’s something we are rarely asked to do. Great job everyone!
Schedule for SMN Bands: Oct. 8th-20th
Monday, Oct 8- NO EARLY REHEARSAL FOR VARSITY BAND. We will be inside or outside at 7:40AM. Be ready to go outside, but depends on weather.
We will have our regularly scheduled evening rehearsal, from 6:30PM-8:30PM in the band room, NOT outside.
Tuesday: Regular 7:40AM rehearsal, unless the forecast changes, probably inside.
Wednesday: National day of testing, no morning rehearsals.
Thursday: T Day, plan to go outside during block I. FYI, this is not a late start day.
THURSDAY NIGHT: AWAY GAME @ SM South vs. SM West. THIS IS FOR ALL VARSITY AND JV STUDENTS. This is an optional performance for all band members. See itinerary below. All students will receive lettering points. All participating students ride the bus there and back. Wear school colors, as it will be chilly.
6:00PM- band room opens
6:15- busses to depart for SM South
7:00- game begins, band plays in the stands.
9:30ish- band will return back to North.
Friday: No school, however, varsity band rehearsal from 9AM-noon (this rehearsal has been on your band calendar), as stated on band calendar. If raining, will start inside.
Saturday: SM NORTH MARCHING INVITATIONAL. I’m attaching the current assignment of students jobs. Parents, please click the link below to sign up for a shift if you have not already done so. We have still have significant needs, particularly for parent help in concessions and parking lot/traffic control. As you scroll down on the link below, there are plenty of jobs available. Thank you so much to parents who have already signed up. Again, this is an “all hands on deck” for all families. I will send a final email later in the week, but all parents will be given a volunteer shirt. This is a really fun day. It’s great-to be- an SMN Indian!
The online SMN invitational program is already active, so you can see how the day/evening will go.
Parent signup for invitational:
The week AFTER the Invitational:
Oct. 15th, 17th and 19th are the final 3 early rehearsals for varsity band!
To get this on everyone’s radar, this is a preliminary schedule for Saturday, Oct. 20th festival at Washburn University. It’s unfortunate for varsity cross country runners. I wish there was something I could do. I will support all decisions from students in varsity band and cross country.
Saturday, Oct. 20th:
Truck will be loaded from night before, hopefully
6:00AM- band room opens, uniform checkout
6:45- depart North in full uniform
8:00- arrive @ Washburn university, unload truck, warmup begins
9:45- load busses, return to North. Equipment truck stays at Washburn. Students would be free until 4:45PM
4:45PM- awards presentation at Washburn, entire band on standby @ SM North. If we DO NOT make finals, everyone is dismissed for the weekend. If we DO make finals, we would find out our performance time, which would be between 7:00-10:00PM. At that time, we would depart SM North back to Washburn (depending on finals performance time) and perform the 2nd round. Finals awards are at 10:15PM, then we would return to North.
So…the final two weeks of the competitive season is upon us. Remember that when you’re tired, so is everyone else. These are the times that “try marching band student’s souls”. OK, that’s a little dramatic! Having said that, once the season is over, we don’t want the feeling that we could have done more when given the chance. We need to push through, strive for excellence, and remember that 120+ people are counting on YOU to give your absolute best! Looking forward to an exciting two weeks!
OCT. 6TH LEE’S SUMMIT MARCHING INVITATIONAL ITINERARY-
Everyone eat lunch before arriving
1:00PM- percussion/other helpers, load truck at SM North
1:30- all varsity marchers report to SM North, get in full uniform
2:00- truck departs to LSN
2:30- buses depart to LSN
2:45- truck arrives, begin unloading
3:15- busses arrive- continue unloading
4:00- parking lot warmup
5:00- field warmup
5:15- move to gate
5:45- return to bus, return uniforms, load truck, eat dinner at busses (provided by boosters)
7:00- return to stadium, watch last 5 bands
8:30- awards ceremony
8:45- load busses, return to SM North
9:45- arrive at North, unload uniform trailer/truck, dismiss
Parents: Tickets are $10/per adult and $5 kids K-12, younger kids are free, and all tickets sales are at the gate. The address of Lee’s Summit North is 901 NE Douglas street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. Please consider volunteering with the band (use this link to volunteer ) or attend and cheer the Marching Indians on! To confirm, this is for all varsity students and JV students helping with props.
Monday, Sept 24- Monday night rehearsal for varsity band, 6:30-8:30PM.
Friday, Sept. 28- home football game/feeder night/lights show:
4:30PM- Band room opens. Please wear show shirt and shorts underneath uniform PLUS LONG BLACK SOCKS. All upperclassmen assigned to a middle school student should report by 4:40PM- that list of upperclassmen should be up by Wednesday or sooner. Once the middle school students arrive by 5:00PM, assigned upperclassmen and middle school students will eat together in the band parking lot (hamburgers/hotdogs or something of that nature).
5:15- full band (varsity and JV) report for uniform checkout.
6:00– full band in full uniform on JV field for attendance. We will practice the pregame show (4 corners, making the big “N” on the field) while integrating the middle students.
6:40- pregame show begins, including varsity, JV and middle school students.
7:00- game begins.
7:45ish- halftime show, which includes varsity as well as JV students who are helping with the 8’X8’ props crew. At the conclusion of halftime, ALL band members report to the band room to return uniforms, and prepare for the varsity bands Light Show, which will occur after the football game concludes. We will NOT have props on the field for the Light Show.
Light Show specifics: All varsity students should wear dark clothing (the one exception you can wear jeans). ALL VARSITY MEMBERS SHOULD BRING AT LEAST 2 FLASH LIGHTS, WITH FRESH BATTERIES. Band boosters will provide duct tape. Varsity members are encouraged to be creative and bring additional lighting. Be advised, don’t bring something really bright, as that detracts from everyone’s show. At the conclusion of the Light Show, everyone is dismissed, as uniforms are already hung up for the night.
Saturday, Sept. 29- Overland Park Parade- JV and varsity.
8:15AM- Everyone reports to SM North for uniform checkout, varsity and JV.
8:45- All varsity and JV students will depart on bus to staging area, approx. 78th and Floyd. PARENTS: I haven’t heard from OP if we’re near the beginning, middle or end of the parade, but get as close to the clock tower in downtown OP, and you will have a great seat! The parade begins around 80th and Floyd, over to Santa Fe, through downtown OP and concludes by Overland Park elementary school. At the conclusion, we will travel via bus back to North and return uniforms. Everything should be completed by 12:00PM or sooner.
Monday, Oct. 1- SMSD Marching Festival @ SM South. All varsity plus JV props crew
2:40PM- load percussion/equipment truck after school. Anyone who is available to help, but all percussionists unless you have another school activity/practice after school. Once truck is loaded, those students should eat dinner/rest.
5:00PM- band room opens for uniform checkout
5:40- depart North in full uniform.
6:05- arrive at SM South, warm up and stage for performance.
7:00- festival begins. The order of performance is: West, East, North, Northwest, South. All band students stay for the entirety. Should wrap up by 8:15 or so.
8:15ish- load truck, return to North via bus.
8:45- unload truck, return uniform.
PARENTS: this event is free to the public. The North community should try to sit as close to the 40 yard line (the one on the left if you’re looking at the field from the home stands) as possible.
JV PARENTS AND STUDENTS, please look for an email soon about confirming individual JV students traveling with the varsity kids, helping with the props crew. This is a wonderful and non-pressure way to see what varsity band would be like. All the parents will be very grateful for JV students who can serve in this capacity. JV students will earn lettering points, will be fed and will receive a huge THANK YOU from the varsity kids!
A busy upcoming 10 days! It must be October soon…
Mr. Reed & Ms. Fillingham
Bonner Springs marching festival itinerary:
Show shirts and black (dark) shorts, full uniform.
11:15AM- percussion/sousas/drill team, eat 1st lunch and report to band room by 11:40
11:40- percussion/sousas, load truck
1:10PM- remaining varsity students report to band room, load buses and depart for Bonner Springs.
1:35- arrive at Bonner, unload truck and stage for warmup
2:35- warmup begins
3:20- Clinic with K-State marching staff
3:45- load truck depart back for North
4:45- arrive back at North, unload truck
Tomorrow is homecoming and I wanted to email two important announcements made in class throughout the week.
– everyone should wear their show shirt and black (or dark) shorts for the parade tomorrow. All band members are released from class at 1:00PM, and you should report to the band room. I am aware of a few band members are participating with other school activities in the parade…thank you for those students who have already communicated that. The parade begins at 2:00PM and runs east on Johnson drive to about Lamar. We will walk back at the conclusion of the parade and should arrive back around 3:00PM or so. Then the band room opens at 5:00PM for the football game, as previously announced in another email (which can still be read online at www.smnorthbands.org under Mr. Reed’s notes). Tomorrow is always an eventful opportunity to bring everything you need to school, or make arrangements to go home, change and eat between 3-5PM. 😊
PARENTS (varsity, JV and drill team)- WOULD ALL OF YOU please click on the link below to sign up for at least one shift for the Oct. 13th Marching Invitational. We will have over 1,200 visiting performers PLUS 2,500 guests on our campus all day. This is a huge event and we need approximately 100 parents to make this work! This is our one big yearly event that is an “All Hands On Deck” moment!
Parents, also please remember we will have a brief meeting in the band room after halftime of tomorrow night’s game to organize and answer questions about the Oct. 13th marching invitational. I will yell up into the stands at the conclusion of halftime for all parents to meet in the band room. We will have computers ready at the meeting to sign up for shifts (via the link below). The meeting will be over by 4th quarter, so you can go back outside to watch the students perform in the football stands.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the parade and/or homecoming game!
Welcome back! I hope everyone has rested from a terrific band camp experience. A few key things to get going-
-Everyone needs to bring ALL summer/fall rentals back to school next Monday (Aug. 13th). The district requires Ms. Fillingham and I to physically inventory all instruments that were summer rentals. Feel free to bring instruments up tomorrow or Friday, but we need everything back in the band room Monday, even if you will continue to rent that instrument during the upcoming school year.
– All jazz bands will play the first day of school, Monday, August 13th, so have instruments ready.
– Block I, II and VII will not play during class on Monday, but will place all instruments in their band lockers.
-We are looking for junior/senior volunteers on Tuesday, August 21st, from 5:30-7:00PM to help with the 5th grade instrument rental night. We would like volunteers to help 5th graders try out new instruments….it’s a lot of fun to help the younger students! Again, this is optional for juniors/seniors.
EARLY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE FOR VARSITY BAND:
-The first early rehearsal will be on Wednesday, August 15th. The last early rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 19th.
-Early rehearsals will held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, beginning at 6:45AM on the stadium field, ready to play and march. In case of inclement weather, we will begin in the band room.
As stated on the band calendar, Monday night rehearsals for varsity band run 6:30-8:30PM in the stadium on the following dates: Aug. 20, 27th, Sept. 10th, 17th, 24th, Oct. 8th, 15th.
Next week’s email will address wrapping up fall rentals and uniform fittings for JV students, permission packets, etc.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in school!
Reminder for Friday, Aug. 3rd band picnic:
This is an event for JV and varsity students and all family members. We will begin serving dinner in the cafeteria (hamburgers, chips, drink, etc.) between 5:45-6:15PM, for $6 a person, which covers food costs- no reservation necessary. Around 6:45PM, varsity band members will report to the stadium to warm up, and all JV students and all family members should report to the stadium stands. The varsity band will perform a 20 minutes presentation of our marching show, followed by a “drill down” game for everyone, and we should be finished by 7:30PM. There will be a brief band booster meeting in the choir room at the conclusion of the show. Parents, please consider attending this meeting, as we will share upcoming information about the school year- we will make it 30 minutes or less!
Students should wear their 2018 show shirt and neutral colored shorts and tennis shoes. If you don’t have your show shirt yet, please wear neutral colored clothing.
We will be accepting band fees during dinner in the cafeteria, at which time students can receive their show shirt. $125 for varsity, $75 for JV and $50 for drill team. Checks can be made payable to Shaw-Mi-No or anyone can pay online at www.smnorthbands.org under “group members payments”.
Request for additional parent help this Friday, from 2:30-6:00PM in the band room for uniform fittings. We are fitting all freshman varsity members, and this requires extra parental help. Help would be appreciated, even an hour or so during the 2:30-6:00PM timeframe.
Looking forward to seeing everyone Friday night!