-Bring Water to Monday night rehearsals! It will be somewhat hot on the field Monday night.
– Saturday, Aug. 24th Mission parade has been moved to October. Therefore, we will not have any activity this coming Saturday, and we will not march that parade in October since we’re already busy that month.
– make sure you have your coordinates and flip folder Monday morning, as we will begin learning new drill.
– there’s already a small collection of clothes left in the band room. I’ve placed them in a box on the white table. I’ll empty that box every week or so. If you’re missing clothing, please check that box.
– remember that your participation grade will be affected by tardiness. You can’t participate if you’re not there! Thanks in advance for making sure you’re on the stadium field by 6:45AM. I encourage everyone to get there a little early, to make your day less stressful! 😊
Hello SM North band students and families-
Students may bring instruments to the first day of school and use their band locker, but we will begin playing on Wednesday, August 14th. JAZZ STUDENTS, we will begin playing on Tuesday, August 13th.
Early rehearsals for varsity marchers will be every Monday/Wednesday/Friday, beginning at 6:45AM the stadium. In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the band room. The first early rehearsal will be Friday, August 16th.
Monday night rehearsals will begin on the stadium field and run from 6:30-8:30PM. The first Monday night rehearsal will be August 19th.
Aug. 24th– upperclassman volunteers needed for the 5th grade instrument demo. Report time of 6:40PM in the band room and we will be finished by 8:00PM. This is optional.
Aug. 24th– Mission parade. Lineup begins at 9:00AM (location TBD). Parade begins at 10:00AM and will be finished by 10:45AM. This is an optional parade, all participating students will receive lettering points.
Students who have not paid their band expenses ($125/varsity, $75/JV, $50 drill team) may submit a check to Mr. Reed, made payable to Shaw-Mi-No, which is the band booster organization. Students can also submit payment via PayPal at www.smnorthbands.org and click Group Member Payments. Upon payment, students will receive their 2019 show shirt. These funds also pay for uniform cleaning, marching shoes, music and lyre, as well as several other shared expenses.
Looking forward to another great year in band at SM North!
Aug. 2nd- band picnic details- 6:00-7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend, all JV and varsity students and families. The expectation is for all varsity students to attend since they are performing a marching/music demonstration, and all JV members are highly encouraged to attend. Beginning at 6:00PM, everyone will eat in the cafeteria. Cost is $6.00 (paid at the door) which covers food costs catered by 2 Guys and a Grill. Veggie options available. To clarify, all participating students pay as well, again, we’re just covering food costs. Approximately 6:45PM, everyone will walk to the stadium for the varsity band demonstration and “drill down” game, with everything ending around 7:30PM. At the conclusion, all parents are highly encouraged to attend the year’s first band booster meeting in the cafeteria, which should last under 30 minutes.
Varsity students should wear their 2019 show shirt and khaki (or brown) shorts.
All students can pay their band expenses ($125/varsity, $75/JV, $50/drill team) and receive their shirt. You can pay at the picnic via check or anytime at www.smnorthbands.org and click “group member payments”.
Looking forward to a great week of varsity camp, ending with a great band picnic Friday night.
FYI- there is another band using the stadium at 6:00PM, that’s not us! We will eat at 6:00 and perform 6:45ish.
Hello Shawnee Mission North band family!
I hope everyone’s had a restful and eventful summer. As we begin to get the machinery of high school band going, I want to welcome everyone back, as well as welcome all the incoming freshman. Several topics, so let’s get rolling.
Reminder of upcoming events:
July 19th– 9AM-4PM Student staff (section leader/seniors) training and work day. Section leaders, don’t forget to bring your instruments. Jazz combo, let’s plan on rehearsing at 2:00PM, getting ready for our Aug. 1st combo gig.
July 20- 8AM-4PM- varsity percussion rehearsal in band room.
July 20- 4PM- ICE CREAM SOCIAL, cafeteria. This would be for everyone. Free ice cream is served as families pay the yearly band expenses (more info below), hand out 2019 show shirts, volunteer lists for parents, calendar distribution, etc.
BAND EXPENSES: Varsity students $125/year, JV students $75/year, Drill team $50/year. These funds should be made payable to Shaw-Mi-No (not SMSD) and preferably paid at the ice cream social. Students will receive their band show shirt if this expense is paid. You can pay by check at the ice cream social, or anytime at www.smnorthbands.org then click group member payments and select the appropriate fee (there’s a slight amount that PayPal charges). As a parent, I realize how expense the month of August can get. All proceeds pays for show shirts, uniform cleaning, flip folders, shoes, lyres, music and other expenses incurred throughout the year that is not covered by the district. Payment plan forms are available at the ice cream social. Bottom line, we will work with you, especially if you’re new to the program and you didn’t know about this expense!
July 22-24- Varsity percussion camp- 5-9PM
July 23/24- JV & new marchers camp- 8:00AM-11:30AM-
July 25-Aug. 2 (no weekends) 8AM-4PM- Varsity marching camp
Aug. 2- BAND CAMP PICNIC (varsity and JV) everyone eats @ 6:00PM in cafeteria, band demonstration in stadium @ 7:00PM . Picnic food is $6, to be paid that night. Participating students pay as well, we’re just trying to recover our cost of food.
-All rehearsals will begin in stadium (except percussion camp) unless inclement weather. In which case, will begin in band room.
REMIND codes: text applicable codes to 81010 to sign up for Remind tool, which will be used for last second announcements.
Varsity band: @3edbb9
JV band: @2019jvma
– PARENTS: please use the link below to volunteer helping at band camp. We would like parents helping with water…we want to keep our kids safe!
– all students, please make sure you to register for school outside of rehearsal hours- there are plenty of opportunities.
– last year’s Crimson Tribe, if you have a garment bag at home, please bring it back.
WHAT TO BRING AND PREPARE FOR OUTDOOR REHEARSALS:
– light clothing
– 1 gallon container of ice water
– tennis shoes w/ socks. NO flip flops
– eat breakfast/ protein
– at least 8 hours of sleep
– continue acclimating outside before camp arrives- this is crucial!
Looking forward to seeing everyone shortly. Welcome back, it’s going to be another great year in band at SM North!
May 29/30- Varsity band marching rehearsal, 4-8PM in the stadium. Bring instruments, but we will not be playing. Remember to wear marching shoes and a gallon water container. Boosters will provide a light dinner.
Please view/print the 2019 summer/fall band calendar. As lettering requirements will be altered somewhat, please email me with any issues attending band camp, especially the 7 days of varsity camp (or varsity drumline camp, if applicable). There will be a greater weight given to marching band camp than in the past. As a father of three, I completely understand the importance of family vacations. Having said that, we typically learn a significant portion of the show during band camp. If we don’t have 98%+ of the band, it takes valuable rehearsal time to get caught up.
We are also collecting dietary restriction needs for next year. Please email me if we need to be aware of anything regarding feeding your child at marching band functions.
Drumline members, please check for an email regarding summer drumline sectionals in the next few days. These are not required, but are highly recommended to get the year off to a great start. It’s especially helpful for incoming freshmen to learn the ropes and start memorizing warm ups before band camp starts. Sectionals are in the North band room, from 5:30-7:00 PM, and are on the following days: June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17.
As we are moving away from CharmsOffice and more to Skyward based communication, it’s possible we may not have access to email over the summer. So we will use a new Remind code for communication over the summer. Please sign up for the following classes:
Text any of the codes to 81010
2019-20 Varsity Band: @3edbb9
2019-29 JV Band: @2019jvma
2019-20 Drumline: @7ac286
2019-20 Drumline Battery: @d89a8
Finally, it’s been a hallmark year, so many memories! Awesome marching band, California, KMEA for Jazz and an awesome contest season. Thank you all for making this year so special. For graduating seniors, please stay in touch. For everyone else, rest up and we’ll see you in July!
Band announcement: May 3-15
Friday, May 3rd– Pizza Jazz, 6-10PM both jazz bands. Both jazz bands report by 6PM, all other announcements have been made in class. This event is free to the public in the North cafeteria, while North Relays is held. All-you-can-eat Papa John’s pizza for $6, including drinks and some dessert while they last. Bands from Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley and Olathe will be performing.
Saturday, May 4th– Drumline auditions, 9AM-noon in the North band room. All interested percussionists wanting to participate with varsity marching band should attend.
Tuesday, May 7th– SPRING BAND CONCERT, North auditorium @ 7:00PM. 7th/8th grade Hocker bands, along with North’s freshman, concert and symphonic band. No admission cost, concert should last until around 8:30PM. Seniors, please remember to turn in any remaining music and/or uniform parts after the concert. This is a graded rehearsal. All high school students should report to the band room by 6:40PM, proper concert attire (as discussed in class) and ready to play.
Thursday, May 9th– BAND BANQUET! Food service will begin close to 5:30PM in the North cafeteria, and will continue serving until about 6:20PM. Program will begin around 6:20PM or so. This is an optional event, but one of the most special nights of the year! Recognitions, lettering recipients, awards, senior memories and video will be seen. Dinner is $9 (to be paid at the door), which I know is a little pricey…but food is being catered by Italian Delight, fantastic food! Don’t miss this special evening, held in the North cafeteria. The program lasts until about 8:30PM.
PARENTS, we still need additional help with this event, please click this link to show needs. If you’re going anyway, it would be a big help to pitch in, thanks in advance.
Wednesday, May 15th– SM North Graduation. All band students from blocks 1,2 and 7 are in this group (except percussion from concert/freshman band). Report time of 6:15PM in the North band room, dressed business casual or better. We will be on TV, so look nice! You can bring homework, as I know many of you are preparing for finals. Watch the weather and dress accordingly. Also, please consider bring several clothes pins, so your music doesn’t fly off of your stands!
Another email with May 20th indoor rehearsal (ALL returning students for next year) as well as the May 29th/30th varsity rehearsal will go out later, but keep these dates open, as per the band calendar, posted online at www.smnorthbands.org
Symphonic band students, as discussed in class, sectionals schedule as follows- all sectionals begin at 7:10AM in the band room, so be a few minutes early.
Wednesday, March 20:
Alto sax, Horn, Tuba
Friday, March 22:
Tenor sax, low brass
Monday, March 25:
Tuesday, March 26:
Tuesday, March 26- SMSD Symphonic Band Festival, SM East high school (symphonic band only). Report time for symphonic band students is 6:30PM in the SM EAST choir room, in full uniform, ready to play. I would plan for 6:15PMish, which will give you time to park and get settled. Concert begins at 7:00PM in the SM East auditorium. No admission cost, and the concert should last about 80 minutes or so. Parents, please stay for the duration (as students are required to).
Thursday, March 28- Symphonic band festival clinic, during 11:10AM, during block IV. This is required, so please make sure your 4th block teachers knows you will be absent next Thursday.
Saturday, April 6th– Regional solo/ensemble festival at Olathe South high school (students who have signed up to participate). Precise times have not been announced by the festival host as of yet.
PARENTS: We have been requested to provide at least 6 six parents to work a 3 hour shift at Olathe South’s solo/ensemble festival. If you child is performing, please sign up for a shift to work. If you sign up for a shift that ends up being when your child performs, it will not be an issue to watch your child perform, then continue your 3 hour shift. So…since many of you will be there anyway, PLEASE consider volunteering. Olathe South will continue to host this huge event, as long as schools continue to volunteer on average at least 6 parents. ALSO, PLEASE email me that you volunteered so I know we’re getting out quota of parents! Here is the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4ba4a62ea64-regional2
STUDENTS: If you are looking for additional service points for lettering, please use the link above to volunteer at the solo/ensemble festival.
Attention all trombone players:
I would like to invite you to a master class by John Engelkes, bass trombonist of the San Francisco Symphony.
The class will be held this Thursday, March 21, 3:00 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church. The church is located at 5144 Oak Street, KCMO, and the class will be in the sanctuary. PLEASE ENTER ON THE WEST SIDE of the building. The east doors will be locked.
Ms. Balsinger has been chosen as Hocker Grove’s Teach of the Year. A special shout-out to our North area middle school band director!