Dear north band family-
First off, Ms. Fillingham and I really miss you guys. We all know we’re dealing with an unfortunate reality, but we’re going to make the fourth quarter meaningful, productive and memorable.
There are so many questions, but we are going to have to place much of it on hold until a game plan is in place. Please be patient.
Final opportunity to get your instrument out of the band room if you have not already done so: Please email me no later than 5 PM tomorrow (March 24), if you need your instrument out of the band room. This does not mean summer rentals, personal belongings, even music folders. This is strictly in the event your personal instrument is still in the band room. This will be the only opportunity for the foreseeable future for you to get your instrument.
At 11:00AM this Thursday (March 26), we will go into the band room and bring your instruments outside in the west parking lot. One at a time, you can get out of your cars, pick up your instrument and depart. At no time, should more than one student be outside of their car while getting their instruments. No one will be allowed in the school at any time. I do not know the next time anyone will have access to the band room. Again, email me by tomorrow (March 24) so that I can pull your instrument.
I sent a Remind text out about 20 minutes ago. If you did not get it, but want to get reminder texts, please text @fgce42 to the number 81010. It doesn’t matter which class you were in fall or spring semester.
Everyone needs to sign up for the following Google classroom. It’s entitled North bands 4th quarter 2020. The code is bk3m2w6. We will send assignments, videos and other events to this classroom. In fact, there’s a video waiting for you there now!
Finally, set your alarm clock every day and get projects done! Not just music, anything and everything.
I promise we will talk more about varsity and jazz auditions, music, etc. as soon as we can.
We’re also looking forward to seeing you on the WebEx platform very soon, more information to follow.
Ms. Fillingham and I have always been very proud of you. Let’s make the fourth quarter of the school year better than any of us could possibly imagine.
We’re looking forward to the first major concert of 2020! This Monday, February 3rd is our annual pancake dinner (previously know as the chili supper). Dinner begins and continues 5:30PM-6:30PM in the cafeteria. No admission charge, but dinner is $5/person, regardless of age. Dinner includes all you can pancakes and sausage (one plate). Both of North’s jazz bands will play during dinner. At 6:45PM, the official concert begins in the auditorium. The order of performance is 6th grade honor band, freshman band, concert band, and symphonic band. Each group performs two selections, so everything should wrap up around 7:30pm.
Casual formal attire for all band students, no specific color coordination. Jazz students should wear their jazz shirts. Aside from eating, jazz students should be ready to play no later than 5:15PM and all band students should report no later than 6:30PM. This is a graded/required event for all band students.
We’re looking forward to everyone eating with us in the cafeteria. We’re including additional food lines this year, so the serving should proceed quicker than last year!
Parents, please click the link below to help volunteer, serving and general cleaning up. It’s a really easy gig, so please consider helping out at this event!
Looking forward to seeing everyone Monday night!
The school calendar’s Feb. 4th chili supper has been moved to Feb. 3rd and it’s now the pancake dinner.
A reminder of tonight’s (1/14/20) booster meeting from 5:45-6:45PM tonight in the choir room. Basketball pep-band will be warming up in the band room at 5:30PM.
The band will be selling mattresses in early May, in preparation for the spring 2021 band trip to Winter Park Colorado. All students enrolled in band for the 2020/21 school year are eligible to attend. I don’t have any details about the trip yet, but if you or someone you know is in the market for a mattress, please consider holding off until May so you can receive the profit of this fundraiser.
Symphonic band students will be receiving their new uniform as this week. However, we need students to hem their dress/pants before the January 27th North area band festival. Please make arrangements to make that happen.
Welcome back everyone!
2020 Spring calendar was sent via Skyward today. The band website will be updated soon.
Drum Major audition signups by band office.
Pasted below is the 2019-20 basketball pep-band schedule:
12/6 DH- 5:30 BV HS 11/14
12/16 DH-5:30 BV SW 11/28
1/7 DH-5:30 Olathe East 12/5
1/14 DH- 5:30 Olathe West
1/28 DH-5:30 Barstow
2/4 DH- 5:30 Gardner (Northman)
2/14 DH-5:30 Metro Academy (Hall of Fame)
2/21 DH-5:30 SM Northwest (band feeder night)
2/25 DH- 5:30 Olathe South
2/28 DH- 5:30 SM East (senior night)
All pep-band members receive a free 2019-20 pep-band T shirt. All pep-band members receive 20 lettering points for the season. Four points will be deducted for every missed pep-band performance. Two points will be deducted for every missed rehearsal, or a late arrival time for a performance. Please let Mr. Reed know WELL IN ADVANCE (at least 2 weeks) of any performance you may have to miss. Please write the schedule down on your calendar to avoid any other conflicts (i.e. work, etc.). There are only 10 nights due to the fact they are all double headers.
First of all, congratulations to the Marching Indians for an incredibly successful day in Warrensburg. A huge thank you to all the parents that attended and helped, we had a fantastic crew! It was a dream come true to place 3rd out of 21 bands in prelims! Then placing fifth in finals, which is the best showing we’ve had in over two decades, well done! As we push forward for one more week of intensity, students, keep the intensity until we’re finished next Saturday night. No regrets if you continue to work hard!
Our last two early rehearsals for varsity will be Monday and Wednesday of this week. The final Monday night rehearsal is this week as well.
Friday, Oct. 25th- no school. Home football game: Feeder night, Senior night, Light show.
Feeder night details:
4:45PM- any junior or senior that’s been assigned a middle school little brother or sister, please be at North ready to greet middle school students. The list of little/big brother/sister will be posted by the band office by Wednesday. We will feed you dinner once middle school students arrive.
5:00- All varsity and JV students should check out their uniform.
6:00- rehearsal on the JV field with varsity, JV, and middle school band students.
6:45- shortened pregame show, including middle school students.
7:00- game begins
7:45ish- halftime show and senior recognition. Parents/escorts of seniors, we will have you report to the track the last couple minutes of the 1st half and arrange you in alphabetical order, by students last name. We will provide a flower that you will give to your child at the conclusion of the halftime show. Casual/business attire is usually worn by parents. At the end of halftime, all students report to the band room to return uniforms to prepare for the LIGHT SHOW! Varsity band members, wear jeans and/or dark clothes for the light show. You should definitely bring two moderate sized flash lights WITH FRESH BATTERIES. Additional lighting is optional but encouraged. Boosters will provide duct tape to attach your flashlights to your legs.
9:30ish- The band will perform the light show 12 minutes after the game concludes. At the conclusion of the light show, everyone should go home, getting a good night’s rest in preparation of the Olathe Marching festival the following day.
Saturday, Oct. 26- Olathe Marching Festival
10:45AM- band room opens, load truck, check out uniforms
12:15PM- depart North in full uniform
12:45- arrive at Olathe Northwest HS
2:45- stage to gate
3:30- return to buses, take off uniforms, remain in show shirt, return to stadium to watch bands.
5:15- prelim awards in stadium
5:30-10:30- all bands march in the 2nd round. The order of booster provided dinner, getting back in uniform, performance time, will be determined on when we perform. We will find that out at the prelim awards ceremony.
10:45- finals awards
11:00- return to bus. Departure/arrival back at North will depend on a variety of things. My ballpark guess is that we’re back to North around midnight.
Parents, I haven’t heard how much tickets are, but I’m assuming $10 per person. Of course, our kids as well as probably 15 parent helpers get in free. HELPERS- please have cash on you in case you need to purchase additional tickets. Both performances are in the Olathe Northwest stadium.
Monday, Oct. 28- Final marching performance/yearbook picture. North stadium.
5:00PM- begin uniform distribution.
5:30- ALL varsity/JV students should report to the field house. Individual/small group pictures will be taken in the field house from 5:30-6:15PM. The official yearbook picture will be taken at 6:15, then warmup begins.
6:45- PARENTS- you are invited to be in the rose garden to be in the middle of our warmup circle. It’s a lot of fun! You get to hear what the kids do before every performance.
7:00- JV will perform their show in the stadium, followed by the final performance of the varsity band. All students then return uniforms. Then the 2019 marching season will be in the books!
No early rehearsal for varsity Monday morning. We still have Monday night rehearsal, 6:30PM-8:30PM.
Friday, October 18 – home football game. Typical schedule- band room opens up at 5:00PM, attendance taken on JV field at 6:15PM. This is a required performance for JV and varsity students. At the conclusion of the game, everyone turns in their uniform.
Saturday, Oct. 19- UCM Warrensburg Marching Festival (varsity only)
Itinerary as follows:
11:30AM- load truck/begin uniform disbursement
12:30PM- depart North in full uniform
1:45- arrive @ UCM campus, unload truck
3:30- stage to stadium
4:00- prelim awards ceremony
If we do not make finals:
4:30- load truck, light dinner provided by boosters, return to North
6:30- arrive at North, unload truck, return uniforms
If we make finals:
5:15-8:00- we will either perform again, then eat, or vice versa, depending on when our performance slot is.
8:00- finals awards ceremony
8:15- load truck, return to North
9:45- arrive at North, unload truck, return uniforms