Band announcements- April 1st-13th

– senior students, pictures (for the band banquet video) are due next Friday, April 12th.  Email pics to [email protected]
-April 6th is the regional solo/ensemble festival @ Olathe South high school.  See previous email with attachment for performance times.  A huge thank you to all parents who volunteered to help with this festival.  We met our quota, and all the high schools in SM, Olathe and Blue know we did!
-Monday, April 8th– Contest Concert @ 7:00PM in North auditorium.  Report time of 6:30PM in band room.  Should be in full uniform and ready to warm up.  This concert is for blocks one and two only.  The concert should last about one hour or less.  This is a required concert for blocks one and two.
Wednesday, April 10th– Large group state contest @ Blue Valley Southwest high school.  This is a repeat of the April 8th concert, but in front of adjudicators.  Everyone is welcome and no admission, but it’s obviously tougher to attend since it’s during the day and further away.  If you’re available, please drop by at the following times:
Block 2 Concert Band performance: 10:00AM
Block 1 Symphonic Band performance: 11:35AM
Friday, April 12th– “Jazz on the Bridge” Jazz festival @ SM West high school (jazz bands only)
Block 4 Crimson Tribe reports at 6:00PM in the SM West band room for warm up, and performs at 6:30PM on the bridge at SM West.  Then stay and watch block 3 and 7:20PM.
Block 3 Jazz Band reports no later than 6:30PM to watch block 4, then warms up and performs at 7:20PM in the West cafeteria. Parents, no admission cost, but they serve bbq and side items, we encourage you to eat dinner there.
Saturday, April 13th– Middle school solo/ensemble festival.  Students, are you looking for some final service points for lettering?  Please contact Ms. Balsinger at [email protected] if you are available to work between 7:30-11:30AM.  5 service points awarded for a full shift.  You can still work if you’re not available the entire time, but work everything out with Ms. Balsinger using the email address above.

Band announcements March 20-April 6

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

Low woodwinds

Friday, March 22:

Tenor sax, low brass

Monday, March 25:


Tuesday, March 26:

Flutes, clarinets


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:



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.

Feb. 11th-22nd band announcements

A reminder about tonight’s (Monday, Feb. 11th) booster meeting, 5:30-6:30PM in the band room.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Tuesday, Feb. 12- Double header b-ball game.  Report time of 5:30PM in the band room.


Wednesday, Feb. 13- Crimson Tribe Jazz Ensemble rehearsal on stage, 7-8PM.


Tuesday, Feb. 19- Double header b-ball game.  Report time of 5:30PM in the band room.


Wednesday, Feb. 20- Crimson Tribe Jazz Ensemble rehearsal on stage, 7-8PM.  Parents, if you want to see our music set, you’re more than welcome to drop by from 7:30-8:00PM.  Having said that, we still have about 10 spots left on the bus for Wichita the following morning.  Please contact me if you’re interested.  Details about this trip were sent in an email a few weeks ago.


Friday, Feb. 22- Double header b-ball game.  Report time for 5:30PM in the band room.  This is the final regular season game of the season!

Feb. 5th band concert details…pancakes!

Hello everyone-

Details for next week’s taco dinner concert, which is now a pancake dinner!

5:30PM- dinner will be available in the cafeteria, especially students who are performing later in the evening.

5:45- official time to serve.  $5 all you can eat pancakes, which includes sausage and orange juice, catered by Chris Cakes!

6:00PM- jazz bands will begin playing in the cafeteria as everyone is eating pancakes.

6:40ish- everyone heads over to the auditorium, for the 6th grade honor band, freshman, concert and symphonic band performances.  Concert should end by 7:30PM.


Admission is free, but we are encouraging EVERYONE to eat with us, as this is a fund raiser, yet the price is really low.  Besides, no school chili this year, pancakes!


Parents, we will need a dozen or so helpers with setup and serving.  Please use the link below, which shows our needs for next Tuesday night’s dinner/concert.


Casual/formal attire for all performing band members, no specific color coordination.


Thanks everyone-

Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

Band announcements Jan. 24-Feb. 5

FYI- the spring calendar can now be found online at under the calendar link

Jan. 24th– North area band festival.  Symphonic band and Crimson Tribe only.  Report time of 6:30PM in the band room, in full uniform and ready to play.  Concert is in the field house at 7:00PM, should last one hour.

SYMPHONIC BAND- please remember we have a required rehearsal at 7:40AM in the field to run our program this same morning, and to run the finale with the elementary school students.  ALSO, we need as many hands as possible at 7:00AM to sling 350+ chairs, get percussion/sound equipment from the band room to the field house.


Jan. 29th– b-ball game, double header.  Report time of 5:30PM


Feb. 1st– b-ball game double header.  Report time of 5:30PM


Feb. 5th– Our annual Chili supper has now been changed to a TACO DINNER!  Tacos catered via Don Chilitos, yummy!  $1/taco, purchase as many as you like.  Admission is free, but PLEASE plan on eating some tacos with us as the jazz bands play.

5:45PM- will begin serving dinner in the cafeteria

6:00- both jazz bands will play in cafeteria while people are eating

6:40ish- Everyone moves to auditorium.  Order of performance is 6th grade honor band, freshman band, concert band, symphonic band.

All students should wear casual formal, no specific color coordination.

State Audition Results

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned for the state level band/orchestra/jazz, with the following results:

Jada Green- 3rd chair flute (orchestra)

Kaeleen Kronawitter- 6th chair flute

Asa Martin- 6th chair trombone

Thomas Parnell- jazz piano alternate

Evan West- 1st chair trumpet

A special shout out to Jada, as she has been selected all three years, the first band student from North to do so in over a decade!

Band Announcements Jan. 14-18

Monday, Jan. 14- pep-band basketball game.  Room opens at 6:00PM and warm up at 6:15.  Single game, not a double header.


Tuesday, Jan. 15- band booster meeting.  5:45-6:45PM in the band room.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Thursday/Friday, Jan. 17th/18th– symphonic band uniform fittings 2:45-5:15PM.  Block I students, please sign up for a precise fitting time by the band office.  PARENTS, we need 3 parents both afternoons to help with uniforms fittings.  Please contact Ms. Jordan if you are available to help either afternoon.  Parents, thanks in advance for your help.


Looking forward to a great start to the spring semester and the new year!

December Band Announcements

A special shout out and thank you to the KU hearing and Speech department, under the leadership of Dr. Tiffany Johnson, for the donation of a FREE pair of Etymotic ear filters for all SM North band students!  They’re normally $18 retail.  We’ve often received the “adopt-a-band” price of $8 in the past, but this year they are free of charge.  Again, a huge thank you to KU and Dr. Johnson!



Pep-band rehearsals during seminar the next two Thursdays during seminar.  Please report to your seminar for attendance or you will be counted absent.  The first game is Friday, Dec. 7th, with a report time of 6:15PM in the band room.  Please arrive as early as 5:45PM, as we will hand out the new pep-band shirts that evening.  Percussion, please look for a pep-band percussion schedule from Ms. Fillingham soon.


Dec. 13th– Winter concert for ALL band students.  The orchestra/band concert will begin at 7:00PM in the North auditorium.  There will be a California trip meeting at the conclusion of the concert for those participants. Causal formal attire for band students, no specific color coordination.  This is a required concert for all band students.  The concert should last about 40 minutes.

Dec. 20th- b-ball pep-band double header.  Report time of 5:30PM in the band room.


We’re looking forward to a final 4 weeks of fun with everyone!

Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

2018-19 Pep-band and Symphonic Band Information

Drum Major Audition

Any students interested in auditioning to be a SM North Marching Indians drum major should sign up by the band office.  Additional information, help, and applications are now available.


Pep-Band Information 2018-19

Tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 8th) is the final day to sign up to get your free 2018-19 SM North pep-band shirt!  Of course, you need to sign up by the band office.  Pasted below are the pep-band dates and times.  20 lettering points are awarded for perfect attendance to all games.


12/7           Boys-6:15PM BV North

12/20        DH-5:30                           Olathe South

1/8             DH-5:30                           SM Northwest

1/14           Girls- 6:15                       Washburn Rural

1/29          DH-5:30                           Olathe West

2/1             DH- 5:30                          SM West              Hall of Fame

2/12           DH-5:30                           SM South

2/19           DH-5:30                           BV Northwest

2/22           DH- 5:30                          Olathe East  Senior Night


Symphonic Band Auditions Next Week

Symphonic band auditions begin next week, Nov. 12th-15th after school.  Please sign up for an audition time if you would like to be a part of the spring semester SM North symphonic band.  As per SMSD guidelines, all students must audition to stay enrolled for this class.