Band announcements Aug. 21-25

Varsity band: Great 1st week of rehearsals!  Remember that our first goal was to be perfect regarding tardies for 2 weeks.  As we practice being “perfect” on the goal of no tardies for each section, here’s the breakdown this week (remember this is out of a group of 100 kids):

NUMBER OF TARDIES:
clarinets: 3
trumpets: 2
trombones: 3
sousaphones: 1
percussion: 1
1st week of being perfect:
FLUTES!!!
ALL SAXOPHONES!!!
MELLOPHONES!!!
Upcoming week, Aug. 21-25:
Varsity: early rehearsals Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 6:45AM.  Monday night rehearsal from 6:30-8:30PM.  FYI- you should attend the evening rehearsal even if you’re gone for some reason due to the solar eclipse.
JV BAND MEMBERS: Please report to the band room Monday night from 6:30-8:30PM for your uniform fitting.  Our first performance is Sept. 1st so we have to move on this.  🙂
Aug. 22- Instrument petting zoo for prospective 5th grade band students.  Any juniors/seniors who can help play a couple pep-band tunes, as well as help demonstrate playing, please report to the band room by 6:30PM in show shirt.  You will be finished by 8:00PM.  Lettering points awarded.
Aug. 25- Permission packets and Charms update due for everyone, varsity and JV.  50 points for each assignment.
 
PARENTS: please see the following information, we really need more help this coming Monday (Aug. 21st) on a variety of projects.  Please try to make this Monday a band night for everyone!
Parents- please read the following opportunities.  Lots of things going on Monday, August 21st!
 
Signup Genius email for JV Uniform Fitting Volunteers – parent help needed on Monday, August 21st.  Plead click the following link if you are available to help.  We have 37 students to fit within a 2 hour time frame!  JV parents, this would be a great time to plug in to help of JV kids!
 
Monday, Aug 21st at 6:30 – Cooking Crew Meeting band room!   We need a volunteer crew to help plan, shop and prepare meals for the kids for several events this fall. Booster club funds the expenses.  This is a great way to meet other parents and our great band kids!  Need not be available for every event.  Questions?  – contact Jonna Clifford at [email protected] or 913-530-4746
 
Monday, Aug 21st at 6:30 to 8:30 – Marching Show Prop Crew Meeting – band room!  We need volunteers to help paint and construct props for the show this fall.  Will also be working on putting together a ‘Pit Crew’ to help stage the show and take it down for each performance.  Watch for those details in future communications.
 
-Fund raising for personal accounts – We offer trash bags and HyVee or Price Chopper Coupon books.  Profit on the sale of these items goes directly into your student’s personal account.  These funds can be used for paying annual fees, or accumulated to pay for the December 2018 California trip.  For trash bags – contact Stephanie Jacobson at 913-712-6456 (call or text) or [email protected]      For Coupon books – contact Brandi Salvino at 913-706-4016 (call or text)  or [email protected]
 
 
upcoming booster board meeting dates:  all times from 5:45-6:45PM in the band room
September 19th – Tues – booster meeting
November 6th – Monday – booster meeting
January 9th – Tuesday – booster meeting
Feb 12th – Monday – booster meeting
April 9th – Monday – booster meeting

band parents info- volunteer opportunities and needs

Parents- please read the following opportunities.  Lots of things going on Monday, August 21st!
 
Signup Genius email for JV Uniform Fitting Volunteers – parent help needed on Monday, August 21st.  Plead click the following link if you are available to help.  We have 37 students to fit within a 2 hour time frame!  JV parents, this would be a great time to plug in to help of JV kids!
 
Monday, Aug 21st at 6:30 – Cooking Crew Meeting band room!   We need a volunteer crew to help plan, shop and prepare meals for the kids for several events this fall. Booster club funds the expenses.  This is a great way to meet other parents and our great band kids!  Need not be available for every event.  Questions?  – contact Jonna Clifford at [email protected] or 913-530-4746
Monday, Aug 21st at 6:30 to 8:30 – Marching Show Prop Crew Meeting – band room!  We need volunteers to help paint and construct props for the show this fall.  Will also be working on putting together a ‘Pit Crew’ to help stage the show and take it down for each performance.  Watch for those details in future communications.
-Fund raising for personal accounts – We offer trash bags and HyVee or Price Chopper Coupon books.  Profit on the sale of these items goes directly into your student’s personal account.  These funds can be used for paying annual fees, or accumulated to pay for the December 2018 California trip.  For trash bags – contact Stephanie Jacobson at 913-712-6456 (call or text) or [email protected]      For Coupon books – contact Brandi Salvino at 913-706-4016 (call or text)  or [email protected]
upcoming booster board meeting dates:  all times from 5:45-6:45PM in the band room
September 19th – Tues – booster meeting
November 6th – Monday – booster meeting
January 9th – Tuesday – booster meeting
Feb 12th – Monday – booster meeting
April 9th – Monday – booster meeting

Beginning of the year important announcements

Hello all-

Thanks everyone for a great band camp!  Parents and students all pitched in to create a fantastic beginning to our year.

 

REMIND Codes: sign up one or more of the following by texting to the # 81010

Varsity marching band                                 @eg7ha

JV marching band                                         @jvmarchi

Drumline battery                                          @fec96a

Student staff (seniors & section leaders)   @ck3hhf

 

We use the Remind codes for important and/or time sensitive information.  Please make sure to use the [email protected] symbol.

 

JV uniform fitting night:

Monday, August 21st from 6:30-8:30PM in the band room.  It’s very important you attend, as our first home game is 10 days later!  Please carpool if necessary to attend.  You do not have to stay the entire time- once you’re fitted for your uniform, you can leave.

 

Monday night rehearsals (varsity only) will begin August 21st, and are from 6:30-8:30PM.  We will have 6 additional Monday night rehearsals on Aug. 28th, September 11th, 18th, 25th, October 9th and 16th.  These are graded rehearsals.

 

EARLY MORNING REHEARSALS (varsity only): Early morning rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 16st.   We will have early morning rehearsals every Monday, Wednesday and FRIDAY morning, until Oct. 27th.  Rehearsals begin at 6:45AM on the stadium field, unless otherwise stated or inclement weather.  Attendance is taken promptly at 6:45AM, in your attendance block.  These are graded rehearsals.

 

Students: We will play in class for the first time on Tuesday, August 15th.  Jazz kids will begin playing their instruments on Monday, August 14th.

 

Parents: Please check out the “handbook” section of the band website.  There is a plethora of information regarding uniforms, grading, lettering, where to sit at football games, etc.

 

EVERYONE: HOW TO ACCESS AND UPDATE CHARMS.  Students, this is your first assignment of the year.  Go to www.charmsoffice.com  Hover over the green “enter/login” and click “parents/students/members”.  Our school code is “smnbands”.  Enter your 7 digit SMSD ID# and click “enter”.  You are now logged into your Charms account.  Click on the “update info” icon and input as much information as possible!  The more ways we have to communicate, the better.

 

PARENTS: HOW TO VOLUNTEER: Please check for an email within the enxt few days with a signup genius.  You can email me with questions at any time.  ALSO, I

strongly encourage you to visit www.smnorthbands.org for information throughout the school year.

Band Announcements- kicking off band camp and the school year!

Welcome back everyone!  Lots of information below, so please keep this email.

I hope you’re excited for another great year with SM North bands!   Final reminders about summer schedules:
Thursday, July 27- ICE SOCIAL- 7:00-8:00PM cafeteria. 
Everyone (band participants and families) will receive free ice cream!  More importantly, we collect band fees during this time.  Once we receive your fee payment ($125 for varsity, $75 for JV or $50 for drill team), your child will receive their 2017 band show shirt.  Shirts will be distributed to everyone who has a fully paid band account.  If necessary, partial payments are accepted, and you still receive your shirt, with an agreement to pay the balance.
HOW TO GET IN THE FAST LANE and get your shirt within minutes:  Visit www.smnorthbands.org  BEFORE THURSDAY NIGHT and click “group member payments”.  Pay your fee online no later than Thursday 3PM and there’s virtually no waiting in line!  We will have online payment options Thursday night, but that involves the somewhat longer line.
We also use the ice social to collect rental forms and permission packets, parent sign up for volunteering needs, fundraising opportunities, etc.
INSTRUMENT RENTAL NOTE: We can accept payments for school rentals ($60 for the year) but only via check (not online).  Instrument rentals funds should be paid to SMSD, not Shaw-Mi-No, which is where the fees mentioned above will go.
Second item: Varsity students should use the 4:00-7:00PM timeframes next week (Aug. 1st/2nd) for school registration, as opposed to the 11AM-2PM timeframe, since you will be in rehearsal during those times.  If you feel you can register for school during your lunch break (11:30AM-1:00PM) please feel free and do so.
Third item:  All students should remember the following when preparing for outdoor rehearsals:
-bring a one gallon insulated container of COLD water (with ice).
-wear tennis shoes AND socks, hat, sunglasses and SUNSCREEN, even if it’s cloudy.
-go to bed early the night before rehearsal.
-eat breakfast (even if you’re not hungry) which includes some type of protein.
– keep drinking water in the afternoons and evenings
Fourth item: We need more parent volunteers for the “water brigade” during band camp, as well as throughout the marching season.  Please visit the following link to sign up for at least one shift during the season.  If all parents volunteer a little, it’s easy for everyone!  The link is at   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4caeaf2dab9-band
Final item: reminder schedule for remaining summer rehearsals, as stated on the band calendar, which can be found at www.smnorthbands.org
In case of inclement weather, outdoor rehearsals will meet in the band room.  Regarding full day rehearsals for varsity kids, please bring your lunch, or money to visit a fast food restaurant close North.
 
Tuesday, July 25- JV and new varsity marchers camp, 8:00-11:30AM, stadium
July 25- varsity percussion camp, 5:00-9:00PM, band room
 
Wednesday, July 26- JV and new varsity marchers camp, 8:00-11:30AM, stadium
July 26- varsity percussion camp, 5:00-9:00PM
 
Thursday, July 27- full varsity camp, 8AM-4PM, stadium
July 27- ICE CREAM SOCIAL, 7:00-8:00PM, cafeteria
 
Friday, July 28- full varsity camp, 8AM-4PM, stadium
 
 
Monday-Friday, July 31-Aug. 4- full varsity camp, 8:00AM-4:00PM, stadium
 
Friday, Aug. 4- BAND PICNIC, JV and varsity students plus families, 6:00PM, rose garden and stadium.  We highly recommend everyone eat with us for $5.00/person (catered by 2 guys and a grill).  Includes hamburger/hotdog, chips, bottled water.  Bring a lawn chair if you want!  We will also have a band booster meeting at the conclusion of the band picnic (around 7:30PM) in the choir room.  This is highly recommended for all band parents.  The meeting will last less than an hour.

Varsity roster confirmation and other things

Hello everyone!

At your convenience, could you please review the list of varsity band students, sent in an email today.  Please let me know if:
1) you are not on the list and thought you should be (it seems I may have left someone off within the percussion section)
2) your name is on there but are not intending to march with the varsity group.
If you name is not on this list, that means we are looking forward to working with you in the JV band this fall.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT to clarify, as the drill writer is starting the process of writing our show.  We want to make sure everyone has a spot, but we don’t want holes in the show either.
JV students, new varsity marcher and all percussion– we’re looking forward to seeing you on July 25/26 from 8:00-11:30AM at the stadium.  This is your first opportunity to earn JV lettering points, as well as getting to know how band works in high school.  Although the 2 morning rehearsals are not attached to your grade, we strongly encourage students to attend…we make it fun, and you will feel better about band as the new school year begins.  Please let me know if you cannot attend one or both rehearsals.  FYI- I realize some of you may not be able to participate due to summer school.  Again, just let me know.  🙂
Varsity– We are looking forward to seeing the FULL varsity group on Thursday, July 27th at the stadium.  The 7 days of full rehearsal (as per the band calendar) are required for all varsity members, as we begin working on the show the first day!  Please let me know of any potential conflicts ASAP, if you have not already done so.
Percussion and student staff- please review the summer/fall calendar for other dates that would pertain to you.  You can find summer camp dates on the home page of www.smnorthbands.org   OR you can now visit the online calendar on the band website, as the entire fall semester is now online.
As you relax: 
Remember to acclimate by being outside on a regular basis, even if it’s sitting by the pool.  Try to exercise outside when you can.  Now that our Kansas weather is warming up, this is a great chance to acclimate over a period of time.
I hope you’re enjoying your summer, recharging those batteries and getting a well deserved break!
Mr. Reed

Final band announcements 2016-17!

Final announcements for 2016-17 school year:

Monday, May 22- ALL 2017-18 band members.  Although this is an optional night, we are expecting EVERYONE, JV and varsity.  🙂  This a really fun, short evening, as we pay it forward, welcoming our new marchers!
5:30PM- student staff (section leaders/drum majors) report to band room
5:45- 8th graders/new marchers and student staff eat pizza outside band room
6:20- All 2017-18 band students, JV AND VARSITY, report to band parking lot for “marching”
6:40- students breakout by sections, parent meeting begins in choir room
7:10- all band members back to band room, play pep-band tunes
7:30- dismiss, summer rental process begins
Wed/Thurs, May 24/25- 4:00-8:00PM- Varsity marching fundamentals camp
Please report to stadium, no instruments needed.  Bring water, sunscreen, maybe snacks.  Additional water and snacks provided by boosters.  This is mandatory for all 2017-18 varsity marchers.  If you are out of town, please email me ASAP.  Any varsity members not in attendance are not guaranteed a spot in the show.  Of course, we can work with any communicated scheduling conflicts.  Thanks in advance for your diligence.
Announcements from Shaw-Mi-No Band Boosters:
Parents – Help Wanted!  Please consider volunteering as a team.
 
Band Camp:  Need 1-3 people to run band camp in late July and early August.  Will also need additional volunteers to help during camp.
 
Band Picnic:  Need 1-3 people to run the picnic on August 4th.  A caterer can be booked, or a parent-team can prepare and cook the meal. Will also need additional volunteers to help with the event.
 
 
Seniors, please keep in touch…you know where to find us!  We will carry on your legacy of excellence!
Well, this is it.  Here we are, the last day of the school year.  I hope you’ve had a fun filled, and rewarding journey in music this year.  In 24 years, it’s one of the most successful and enjoyable years of my career. You kids are great- Ms. Fillingham and myself want to thank all of you for your hard work.  Looking forward to next year, as we build on the progress we’ve made this year.  Next year’s students should expect an email as get closer to band camp, as well as confirming varsity spots for next year.  Get lots of rest over the summer, and we will see most of you in late July.  Go Marching Indians!!!
Mr. Reed

band announcements April 29-May 25- please save

April 29- State solo/ensemble festival, Washburn Rural HS, as scheduled.  This affects 8 students, and they have their schedules.  Make sure you have your 2 original copies, one of which that has numbered measures.  Do not assume anyone has those two originals.

 

May 1st & 3rd- drumline clinic/help session, 3:30-4:30 in band room.  Percussionists interested in auditioning for varsity percussion should please attend.

 

May 3- 5th/6th grade concert @ Hocker, 7:00PM.  Ms. Fillingham would like more HS players, please sign up by band office.

 

May 5- Pizza Jazz, cafeteria, 5:30-9:30PM.  3rd block jazz plays 6:40-7:10PM, Crimson Tribe plays at 9:10PM.  This is a graded event for jazz students.  All jazz students should stay for duration, and wear jazz uniform.  EVERYONE encouraged to attend.  Free admission.  $6.00 all you can eat pizza (from Papa Johns) or $2.00 per slice.  Come and go, as you watch North Relays, which occurs at the same time.  

 

May 6- Drumline varsity auditions.  All students interested in battery/front ensemble need to attend.  9AM-noon, in band room.

 

May 9- Spring Concert, 7:00PM in auditorium.  All band students should report no later than 6:30PM in band room.  No specific color coordination for clothing.  Should last about 80 minutes.  This is a graded event for all band students.  

 

May 11- Band Banquet!  Dinner served in cafeteria around 5:50PM.  Arrive no later than 6:15PM for food.  Program begins around 6:30PM and usually wraps up around 8:45ish.  This is a VERY SPECIAL evening for everyone, including awards, letter recipients, senior memories, band video, etc.  Although not a required event, we usually have 250+ in attendance.  Cost is $9.00 for dinner (catered by Don Chilitos buffet).  Please dress business casual.  Front seats are reserved for 12th graders and their families.  Although you’re not required to eat in order to attend, please plan on eating with us…again, a very memorable night!  Everyone pays at the door, no advance tickets.

 

May 17- Graduation Band.  Roll taken at 6:15PM in band room for all 9th-11th graders.  This is a graded event.  Dress nice!  Guys, shirt/tie, ladies, appropriate dress/shirt.  This will be on TV!  Graduation begins at 7:00PM.  Parents of 9th-11th graders, there is not an expectation for you to attend, as this is a service 9th-11th grade students perform for graduating seniors.  Usually lasts until 9:00PM.

 

May 22- Indoor marching band rehearsal.  Section leaders report no later than 5:30PM.  All other varsity AND JV students should report no later than 6:30PM.  Calendars and music will be handed out to everyone.  All 8th-11th graders will play next year’s pep-band music!  The first time the 2017 Marching Indians get together!  We feed current 8th graders and section leaders at 6:00PM.  SUMMER RENTALS completed on this night.  Checks for $27 made out to SMSD (not Shaw-Mi-No) and contract need to be signed before taking instruments home for the summer.  Although school is out for the summer, this is a fun night…please make sure you can attend!

 

May 24th/25th- Required varsity marching rehearsal, 4:00-8:00PM on stadium field.  No instruments needed, just marching, with marching expert, Mark Schleish.  Again, required for next year’s varsity participation…the first step in another award winning marching season!  Please contact Mr. Reed if there is a scheduling conflict.  The marching drill will be created after these rehearsals.  

Remember kids, we never wind down a school year, we ramp up to the end!

Mr. Reed

Solo/Ensemble schedule now posted. Jazz info.

Regional Solo & Ensemble performance locations and times are now posted in the band room and were emailed out today.  Good luck everyone…we have more kids involved this year than ever before!

April 3rd/4th- S&E accompanist rehearsals times have been adjusted by 15 minutes or so.  Students, please see new schedule, posted by band office.  

Attention all athletes- As we encounter the typical situation of rescheduled games/meets, please make sure you communicate any potential athletics/band conflicts with me.  Please assume I do not know if something has changed.  The sooner we know how to work a scheduling conflict, the better chance of success of working it out!

April 7- Both Jazz Bands perform at SM West…details as follows: Block III Jazz band, report to SM WEST’s band room by 4:30PM, with a performance time of 5:00PM.  Block IV Crimson Tribe, report time of 5:00PM (to watch block III) with a performance time of 6:30PM. Both bands can leave (if they wish) after Block IV is finished around 7:00PM.  

Please keep last week’s email pertaining to details of:

April 3- Symphonic band festival at SM EAST (symphonic band only)

April 8- Solo & Ensemble Festival at Olathe SOUTH

April 10- NOTHING, no concert scheduled

Band Announcements March 27-April 15- IMPORTANT

Attention students AND parents: we need several volunteers to help with the April 8th regional solo & ensemble festival, to be held at Olathe South HS.  Please visit the link below to volunteer.  Students will receive lettering points. Parents will receive parent lettering points…OK, there is no such thing as parent lettering points, but we need need several PARENTS, if you are available.  Please see the following link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4ba4a62ea64-regional

Upcoming events:

March 27- REQUIRED COLORADO TRIP MEETING.  North auditorium, beginning at 6:00PM, lasting about an hour.  All participating students  AND ONE PARENT/GUARDIAN, needs to attend.  Please bring a pen, as well as HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION.  I am required to meet with all participants and parent/guardian to complete permission forms, waivers, heath information, etc.  This is the only meeting regarding the Colorado trip.  Roll will be taken.  If you are not in attendance, I will need to reschedule a makeup meeting with you- please make sure you can attend this meeting, thank you!

March 28/29- solo&ensemble accompanist rehearsals.  If you are not on the list (posted in the band room), this does not apply to you.  We have hired these professional accompanists, and we cannot reschedule them.  We are looking forward to wonderful performances at this year’s S&E festival.

March 30- uniform cleaning party!  Any students who cab help with marching band uniform preparation from 3:00-4:30PM after school, to receive lettering points, we would really appreciate your help.  

March 31- percussion recital at Blue Valley West HS (percussion ensembles from blocks I and II only).  Block II percussionists should report to BV West no later than 5:30PM for your 6:00PM perfomrnace.  Block I percussionists should report no later than 6:00PM (to watch block II) for your performance which begins at 7:00PM.  Please keep rush hour traffic in mind when traveling to BV West.  All percussionists should wear black top-bottom attire.  

April 3- SMSD Symphonic band festival at SM EAST.  All symphonic band members should report no later than 6:30PM, in symphonic band uniform, in the SM EAST choir room) for the 7:00PM concert.  All sym. band members need to stay for the duration, as this is a graded concert.  Parents, this is a wonderful concert to celebrate music in SMSD!  The concert should last until 8:30PM.  Again, this is at SM EAST.

April 3/4- solo&ensemble accompanist rehearsals.  Same kids as March 28/29, with slightly shorter times.  This should be a “run through” rehearsal.

April 7- All jazz students, performance at SM West’s “Jazz On The Bridge”.  Exact concert times TBA, but will range for 5-8PM.  Jazz students should wear designated jazz uniform.  No admission price, everyone is welcome!  Again, this is at SM WEST.

April 8- Regional Solo & Ensemble Festival at Olathe South.  Exact performance times are TBA, buy once I receive them, I will forward immediately.  Future email will have detailed information.

April 10-  NO CONCERT SCHEDULED.  Although we’re usually had a “contest concert” (as listed on current band calendar), due to jazz concerts, S&E festival, and the Colorado trip all occurring with 10 days, we will try to work our contest songs in at another concert.  

April 12- Large Group State Band Festival, symphonic band concert band members only.  Specific performance times locations are TBA.  As soon as I have that information, I will forward to you.  Freshman band will have their contest festival on April 20th during the day, more information to follow in future emails.

April 12-15- Winter Park, CO Band Trip

Other than than, not much going on over the next 4 weeks…

Looking forward to an exciting 4th quarter with SM North band! 

Mr. Reed

March 3rd-8th SPRING SWING FRIDAY!

Friday, March 3rd- 

Block IV Crimson Tribe only, performing at KU jazz festival.  Will depart North after block III.  Will eat fast food in Lawrence (bring money please), and perform in Murphy Hall at 1:00PM.  Will listen to a few jazz bands, and be back to North by 3:30PM.

Also this Friday, the 14th annual SPRING SWING!  This is a big-band (a la Glenn Miller) type PARTY!  All jazz students from both classes should report no later than 4:00PM to help set up.  Formal attire for jazz kids.  The party is from 6:30-8:30PM in the cafeteria. Everyone is invited to attend, and all attending students will receive lettering points!  Also included are free dance lessons from professionals, appetizers, including our world famous chocolate fountain.  Admission for students is $7.00 and $15.00 for adults.  I know that’s a little expensive, but this is the one ticketed performance of the year.  It’s lots of fun!  To clarify, participating students do not pay, and this is an optional performance for everyone else.  Please see attached flyer.

Monday, March 6th- Honor band helpers.  Honor Band concert at SM NW. Concert begins at 7:00, and a report of around 6:30PM.  White shirt and black slacks please.  Ms. Fillingham might send additional information later.  This is the final honor band performance of the year.  If you’ve been helping, please plan on attending, to support our North area honor band one last time.

Wednesday, March 8th- SM NW Jazz Cabaret, Block IV Crimson Tribe only.  Report time at SM NW by 6:30PM.  Concert begins at 7:00PM.  No admission, but everyone is welcome to attend.  Crimson Tribe should wear their red shirt and block pants.