Beginning spring semester, 2017

Dear North band family-

Welcome back!  I hope everyone is well rested and looking forward to the sound of your alarm clock tomorrow morning!  

 Upcoming announcements:

 Students: we are playing tomorrow in class (Wednesday, January 4th).  You will need your instrument, as well as a pencil. 

 Friday, January 6th- pep-band basketball game.  Report time (meaning roll taken and warming up) at 5:30PM.  This is a little earlier than normal.  This is also feeder night, so we will have several 6th and 8th graders with us.  As always, please email at least 2 days prior to any game if you cannot attend. 

 Saturday, January 7th- KMEA state auditions in Salina, KS.  I have already emailed the 5 students this pertains to.

 Tuesday, January 10th- two events: pep-band basketball game, report time of 5:45PM.  It’s also a BAND BOOSTER meeting, which also begins at 5:45PM.  All parents are invited to attend.  The pep-band will warm up as the parent meeting begins.

 Again, looking forward to seeing everyone, welcome back!

Mr. Reed

Band Announcements Nov. 7-12. pep-band/KMEA/sym band/Colorado

Friday, November 11th, post season football pep-band for the state quarter finals!  Report time here at North by 6:15PM, wear North attire.  We play SM East, here at North.  Let’s cheer our football team to victory!  This is optional, but lettering points awarded.

Sign up for basketball pep-band by this Thursday (by band office).  The first rehearsal (of 3) is this Thursday during seminar.  Music will be given out, and we will read through our awesome music collection for basketball pep-band.  In addition to receiving lettering points, you will also receive your fee 2016-17 pep-band shirt!

KMEA auditions this Saturday (Nov. 12th) at Olathe East HS.  All 14 auditioning student have a 7:30AM meeting by the Olathe East gym.  No need to dress up.  More information and details to be shared at rehearsal tomorrow morning.

Symphonic band auditions next week, Nov. 14th-18th.  Sign up by band office for a specific time slot.  PLEASE make sure you are practicing for this audition!  We have more students auditioning than normal.  I need to hear everyone who plans on participating in symphonic band, even if you were in the ensemble last year.

The 3rd Colorado trip installment is due next Tuesday, November 15th.  It is not too late to sign up…but I NEED TO KNOW BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, as we have to begin paying lodging costs.

Oct. 31- Nov. 4 band announcements- Jazz concert and postseason football this week

Monday, Oct. 31st- Everyone please sign up by band office if you plan on traveling to Lawrence this Friday to play in the pep-band (North vs. Lawrence).  Sign up is by band office.  We need to know how many buses to order.  

Thursday, Nov. 3rd- Jazzert Concert.  Both jazz groups will perform from 7-8PM in the cafeteria.  Everyone is welcome!  Free admission, free dessert and free coffee for everyone! Jazz students, please bring one dessert to share with everyone (cake, pie, cookies, etc.)  PARENTS- we need a few parents to help serve AND bring serving/slicing utensils for pies and cakes.  Jazz students, your jazz shirts should be ready by then- please wear black pants/skirt, etc.  Please contact me if you can help.

Friday- Football post season play continues. Report to band room by 5:10PM.  Bus will leave around 5:30PM.  Game begins at 7:00.  Will travel back and be home around 11:00PM?  Wear North attire.  

Symphonic band audition times will go up this week.  Auditions will be held the 3rd week in November.

Oct. 18-24 announcements. Final game/SMN Invitational and final performance

Unbelievable!  An understatement that is was a breakthrough weekend for all of us!  1st in our division.  4th overall in prelims out of 25 bands!!!  6th overall in finals, which is by far, the best North has done in…forever!  Congrats to all students, parents.  It was a very special day, thank you all!  I’d write more, but there’s more to do…

Oct. 17-24 announcements

Thursday, Oct. 20– Early required rehearsal for all varsity students 7:10AM.  Run the show, set up senior night, and crown royalty.    🙂

Friday, Oct. 21– Home Game (Senior Night/Light Show).  Required for all JV and varsity students.  No school this day.

Before arriving: 

1) Bring usual clothing for under-uniform wear.  Shorts, T-shirt, black socks and black marching shoes, etc.  

2) New items to bring: jeans, dark shirt, 2 regular sized flash light and fresh batteries.  

5:15PM- begin uniform checkout

6:15- attendance taken on JV field

6:45- pre-game show with all JV and varsity students

7:00- game begins

7:45ish- halftime show AND SENIOR RECOGNITION.  Parents of seniors, we will ask you to make your way to the track near the end of the 2nd quarter.  We will line you up alphabetically from left to right (looking at the field) by your child’s last name.  We will provide a flower to you. At the conclusion of the halftime performance, we will call your child’s name, as you give your child a flower.  

Conclusion of halftime- all JV and varsity students return uniforms, and return to southwest side of stadium to prepare for varsity band’s performance for the light show.

9:30ish- at conclusion of game, varsity will perform the annual light show.  As stated earlier, all varsity students should wear jeans, dark shirt, while attaching two flashlights with fresh batteries, plus any additional glowsticks, to your body.  Band boosters provide duct tape, but you provide everything else.

9:45ish- ALL JV and varsity students clean ALL stadium bleachers in preparation for Saturday’s SM North Marching Invitational.

Sat. Oct. 22– SM North Marching Invitational.  

Parents, please check sign up genius for your volunteering slot.  I cannot stress the importance of making sure we have the correct information for Saturday.  With, 1,600+ visiting marchers, 50+ school buses, 11 bands, 80+ parent volunteers and 100+ student volunteers, we need to make sure everyone is aware of their role this Saturday.  The signup genius link is

Students, please check your final job assignment by Wednesday by the band office.  All varsity students are required to have a job (unless prevented by another school activity) and all JV students are encouraged to sign up for a job.  

EVERYONE (parents and students) should be aware of 3 things when arriving to North on Saturday:

1) DO NOT park on campus.  I am parking on 61st street south of the campus- please do the same, and/or do NOT park on school grounds.  

2) Check into the welcome center, located on the legacy patio (near the flag pole at the stadium), about 30 minutes before your assigned job.  Parents, you will be given a red volunteer shirt.  Students, please wear your show shirt.  

3) Everyone starts every conversation with “Welcome to Shawnee Mission North”!  Seriously, we have developed a reputation of being the most friendly festival to attend, which is why bands continue to come back!

DOWNLOAD THE FOLLOWING APP TO COMMUNICATE THE DAY OF THE FESTIVAL: Please text to the number 72727 “marching band”.  We used this last year.  You will see the lineup, official program, finals lineup, etc.  This site is already active.

Expect a few more emails this week, but otherwise, we should be set for Friday nights football game (senior night/light show) and Saturday’s festival.  

Mon. Oct. 24- Final marching performance, required for all JV and varsity students.  

5:30PM- check out uniforms.

6:00- attendance taken on field house floor.

6:15- official yearbook picture taken for all JV and varsity students in field house.

6:45- warmup in rose garden.  PARENTS- I would invite ALL of you to be INSIDE THE CIRCLE in the rose garden.  You haven’t really experienced marching band unless you are in the circle as the band warms up…it will surprise you and make you’re night!  This is new, this is cool!

7:00- performance begins in stadium.  JV performs their show, varsity performs their show.  At conclusion, all band members are encouraged to take individual and small group pictures on the stadium field.  

We will also kick off the annual fall fundraiser at this event.  Information disseminated at this event- no money required that night.

Looking forward to a final 7 days if the marching season.  Go Marching Indians!!!

Mr. Reed

Oct. 10-15 announcements- final big push!

Oct. 10-15 announcements:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday early rehearsals for varsity band @ 6:45AM.

Monday, Oct. 10th- The final Monday night rehearsal (varsity only).  I am aware it’s NHS night.  Feel free to attend all NHS events, as per that schedule.  If you feel you can come outside after you are finished, then do it.  🙂

Friday, Oct. 14- No school.  REQUIRED VARSITY REHEARSAL FROM 9AM-NOON.  This has been on the band calendar since last May.  This is a 50 point rehearsal.  Please make sure you are there, on time, and ready to work…the final day before our final competitive festival.

“Away” game the same night at North.  We are the “away” team vs. SM Northwest.  This is a required event for all JV and varsity students.  Any North attire will do.

Saturday, Oct. 15- WARRENSBURG MARCHING FESTIVAL (varsity)

Wear show shirt for your secondary uniform.  Wear shorts, but have something warmer for later that night.  


7:15AM- load truck, all percussion and anyone who can help.

7:45- full band report, check out uniform, load uniform trailer

8:30- depart North in full uniform.  Snack during trip (provided by boosters)

10:00- arrive CMU campus, unload truck

11:00-stretch, warm up

11:50- leave parking lot for performance 


12:30- return to bus, check in uniform in parking lot, eat lunch (provided by boosters)

2:00- return to stadium, watch other bands

5:30- prelim awards

If we do not make finals:

5:45- load bus and truck, eat sack dinner (provided by boosters) and depart for North

7:45- arrive at North, unload truck and uniform trailer

If we make finals:

5:45- HURRY back to bus, get into uniform, warm up

7:15ish- approximate FINALS PERFORMANCE

7:30ish- return to bus, check in uniform, load truck and eat sack dinner (provided by boosters)

8:45ish- return to stadium, watch last few bands

10:00- finals awards

10:15- load bus, return to North

11:45- arrive at North, unload truck and uniform trailer

Students: in addition to wearing show shirt, bring various snacks and clothing for a variety of temperatures that day/evening.

Bring money for concessions if you desire.  Do not bring expensive technology times.  Shaw-Mi-No, SMSD or staff can be held liable for stolen or misplaced items.

Parents: An open invitation for MORE parents to attend on Saturday.  If you are making the trip down, please help the band with setup.  We were short about 3-5 parents.  We need at least a crew of 20.  I know it’s a long day, but it’s fun, rewarding, and without a doubt, a day you will never forget with your child.  Tickets are $12 or more, but we generally get all parent helpers in for free.

Cross country/band students: I know it’s League.  Arrangements can be made for the varsity races to meet us after the race.  It’s very unfortunate not all JV/C team cross country/varsity band students can do both.  Coach Davidson and I have talked.  We’ve done the best we can with scheduling, considering the fact we do not 100% control CMU marching festivals, nor KSHAA race times.  Please email me with questions/concerns.

The following week of Oct. 17-24.

No Monday night rehearsal, but varsity will meet two different mornings at 7:10AM to run the show.  

Oct. 21- Home football game.  Required for all JV and varsity students.  Also senior night/light show!!!


Oct. 24- Final marching performance in North stadium.  Required for all JV and varsity students.  Official yearbook picture taken.

New schedule for Oct. 6th football game/feeder night


Due to very likely chance of rain tomorrow night, the administration has moved tomorrow nights start time to 5:30PM.  As a result, the following schedule will be followed: WE WILL NOT WEAR UNIFORMS TOMORROW NIGHT.  All VARSITY AND JV STUDENTS- SHOW SHIRT ONLY- wear shorts, jeans, whatever TENNIS SHOES.

3:55PM- Hocker students bus departs for North

4:10PM- big brothers/sisters will meet little brothers/sisters outside of band room

4:20- All varsity/JV and middle school band students to JV field to prepare for pregame.  Roll taken.

5:15- pregame begins in stadium

5:30- Football game begins.  ALL BAND STUDENTS, grades 7-12 will get hot dog/chips in stands, and they play during the game. 

6:30ish- varsity plays halftime show.

Band, we will play throughout the game, unless the rain moves in and we are forced inside.  But guess what?  We have new raincoats we can use….yeah!!!

Attention all cross country/band students: Please feel free to run whichever race Mr. Davidson has you running in, and meet us at the stadium, even if the football game has already started.  There should not be any scheduling conflicts with band and cross country tomorrow.  If there are any other scheduling issues that arise due to the new football schedule, please let me know.

Oct. 3-8. band announcements 2 festivals, home game, booster meeting & jazz!

Regular early rehearsals for varsity band: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:45AM.

Monday, Oct. 3- SHAWNEE MSSION MARCHING FESTIVAL (varsity only, but JV can ride bus if they sign up to go)

2:40PM- percussion section begin loading truck after school, break for dinner when loaded

5:00- check out uniforms.

5:40- depart North for SM South stadium

6:00- arrive @ South.  Unload, warm up

7:00- festival begins.  We are 2nd.  Order is West, North, East, South, NW

8:30ish- festival concludes, load truck and return to North

9:15ish- check in uniforms

Parents, no admission.  Our assigned seating is at the 40 yard line, side 1.  Said another way, if you are looking at the field from the home stands, we should be around the 40 yard line on the left side of the field.  Please bring as many relatives, friends, etc to cheer our kids on.  I’m really looking forward to this show!

Tuesday, Oct. 4- Booster meeting/Hocker Grove MS concert (Crimson Tribe only)

5:45PM- band booster meeting in North choir room.  ALL parents and student encouraged to attend.

6:30- Crimson Tribe Jazz Ensemble, report in band room, warm up.

7:00- Hocker Grove MS concert begins in North auditorium.  7th grade band, 8th grade band, Crimson Tribe perform.  Should last an hour or so.  Black top and bottom, casual/formal.

Thursday, Oct. 6th- HOME GAME/BAND FEEDER NIGHT (All varsity and JV)

4:45PM- Big brothers/sisters, report to band room to get ready for middle school (MS) students showing up.  

5:00-Middle school begins arriving.  MS students eat with big bro/sis.  

5:30- All varsity and JV check out uniforms

6:00- all varsity and JV and Hocker band meets on JV field to rehearse pregame show.

6:30- walk to stadium for pregame.  Kids, 4 corners into the big “N”.

6:45- pregame begins on field with all varsity/JV and MS students participating.

7:00- game begins, play in stands

halftime show

at game conclusion, check in uniform.

FYI- big brother/sisters list will be posted in band room, hopefully tomorrow.  These are HS students who act as a big brother/sister to a MS student at the feeder night.  Eat with them, stand next to them in the stands.  If you’re not on the big bro/sis list and want to be, we may be able to change.  PLEASE don’t read anything into it if you don’t have a little bro/sis- it’s a lot of information to make everything work out.  Just come talk to me!

Saturday, Oct. 8- LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH MARCHING FESTIVAL (varsity only, but sign ups for JV students traveling helpers strongly encouraged)

Eat lunch on own before arrival

12:30PM- percussion and any interested helpers, load truck

1:30- uniform checkout, dress into uniform before departure

2:15- depart North in full uniform

3:00- arrive at Lee’s Summit North, unload truck

4:15- warm up in parking lot

4:45- arrive at warm up field


5:30- return to buses, check in uniform in parking lot, eat dinner

6:45- return to stadium, watch final 6 bands

8:30- awards ceremony

8:45- load bus, return to North

9:45- arrive at North, unload truck and uniform trailer

Everyone: this is a “one and done” festival.  no prelims and finals, just one round of playing, followed by awards.

Parent helpers: I think we get 10-15 parents in for free, but if everyone plans on bringing $10 to get in, no one will be surprised if they don’t get a free ticket.  We always have more than 10-15 parents helping.

All parents: Admission is $10 per adult.  Children are cheaper but I’m not sure of that exact price, nor the age of price reductions.  Also, if your child  is involved with another school activity that could interfere (soccer, cross country, volleyball, anything) please email me if alternate rides must be set up.  The expectation is for all students to travel to and from Lee’s Summit North together.  Of course, exceptions can be made AHEAD of time.  

Looking ahead to the following week, but further details next weekend:

Oct. 10th- Monday night rehearsal.  I’m aware it’s also NHS night.  Those students involved with NHS are not required to attend.

Oct. 14- required varsity rehearsal from 9AM-noon

Oct. 15- Warrensburg marching festival.  Early afternoon performance.  Still waiting to hear cross country and other athletic scheduling conflicts that day.

Finally, a word from our fund raising chairperson, Ms. Bradni Salvino:

Price Chopper and HyVee coupon books will be available at the game this Thursday. Cost is $5 each with $4 going into your Charms account. You can email Brandi Salvino at [email protected] anytime you are in need of these books. Also, our annual Fruit Fundraiser along with the Yankee Candle Fundraiser are coming soon. 

Thanks everyone- the next 3 weeks will be a blur…but it will be a great ride!  Keep resting when you can.  Get to bed early, stay ahead of your school work, and keep practicing.  Go Marching Indians!

Mr. Reed

Sept. 26-30. Bonner Springs and “away” game

Regular week of rehearsals.  Varsity rehearsals at 6:45AM on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Varsity Monday night at 6:30PM.

Thurs. Sept. 29th- Bonner Springs Marching Festival at Bonner Springs High School (varsity only).  This is an “O” day at North, blocks I, III, V and VII.
11:30AM- varsity percussion and drum majors are excused from block V and VII, should eat 1st lunch and report to band room by 11:30AM to load truck.
12:30PM- all varsity winds should leave block V, report to band room, check out uniforms.
1:15PM- depart for Bonner Springs HS
1:45- arrive at Bonner Springs, unload truck and prepare for performance.
2:35- warmup
3:50- after performance and clinic, load truck and return to North
5:15- arrive at North, check in uniform.
Parents, there is no admission to this festival, and everyone is welcome to attend (please google Bonner Springs HS for address).  We are not using waterfall or backdrops, or curtains, possibly the sound system.
Parents, an additional 4 parents would be a big help for water and other various things.  Please email Ms. Clifford if you are available to ride the bus or meet us at Bonner Springs HS for the itinerary mentioned above.  Ms. Clifford can be reached at [email protected]
Fri. Sept. 30th- REQUIRED “away” game for all varsity and JV at SM North, vs. SM East. We are the “away” team, even though the game is at North.   No uniforms, just show shirts.  We are not playing pregame, or halftime, this is just pep-band music in the stands.
6:15PM- attendance taken in band room and warm up.
6:30- walk over to stadium.
9:15ish- game ends
Please watch next weekends email for the following week, but the following week is full as well, but to get this on everyone’s radar:
Monday, Oct. 3rd- SM Marching Festival at South, varsity only, although JV can ride bus and attend for lettering points.
Tues. Oct 4th- Block IV, Crimson Tribe jazz ensemble plays at Hocker Grove concert, held in the North auditorium.  6:30PM report time.
Sat, Oct. 8th- Lee’s Summit North Marching Festival, varsity only.

Sept. 19-24 Home game and OP parade

Normal week regarding early rehearsals for varsity (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) and Monday night.  

JV STUDENTS: Your one and only early rehearsal will be this Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00AM, at the stadium.  This is a graded rehearsal.  This is the only combined rehearsal with blocks I,II and VII.  If you miss, we won’t be able to allow you to march the pregame show Thursday night, as you won’t know where to go.  Attendance is taken at 7:00PM on the stadium field, not the band room.  JV students are encouraged to arrive a little early.  It’s important to make travel arrangements if you usually ride the bus, or your parents cannot take you early that day.  Please let me know Monday or Tuesday if we need to get you a ride.  
Thursday, Sept. 22nd- Home football game AND PARENT MEETING DURING 3RD QUARTER!  
5:00PM- band room opens for uniform checkout
6:15- all varsity and JV students on JV field (behind stadium), in full uniform, ready to play.  
6:40- pre-game show on stadium field (JV and varsity)
7:00- game begins
7:45ish- halftime show
AFTER HALFTIME SHOW, ALL PARENTS PLEASE MEET IN THE BAND ROOM FOR 3RD QUARTER MEETING.  You will not miss performance time with your students, the meeting will be over by the start of the 4th quarter.
Saturday, Sept. 24th- Overland Park Parade- varsity and JV
around 8:00- call time at North.  I haven’t received the lineup, so I will send more information as I get it.  Parade begins at 10:00AM and we should be finished around noon.

Homecoming Week and KMEA/Symphonic band info.

General announcements:

KMEA and symphonic band music can be picked up in the band office anytime.  Symphonic band auditions are open to all 9th-12th grade band students.  Auditions are in mid November for next springs (2017) Symphonic band.  KMEA district honor band is open to all 10th-12th graders and auditions are November 12th at Olathe East, to be followed by a December 3rd concert, if selected.
Students- next week’s schedule for Homecoming:
Sept. 12 (Monday)- 6:45AM rehearsal for varsity, as well as 6:30PM evening rehearsal.
Sept. 13 (Tuesday)- BONFIRE.  Optional for all JV and varsity members, but lettering points awarded.  Report time of no later than 5:10PM in the band room.  We are literally warming up for a couple minutes and then walking to the bonfire site (the student parking lot I think).  Bonfire starts at 5:30PM and lasts about 45 minutes or so.  Band will play pregame and pep-band songs and drumline cadences.  Don’t feel like you need to wear your show shirt, I would save it for Friday!  Regular class time rehearsals.
Sept. 14 (Wednesday)- 6:45AM rehearsal for all varsity members.
Sept. 15 (Thursday)- 6:45AM rehearsal for all varsity members.
Sept. 16 (Friday)- HOMECOMING day!  Regular class time rehearsals.  Students, wear show shirt all day.  Homecoming PARADE during school.  All JV and varsity members should report to the band room at 1:10PM after checking into seminar.  The parade begins at 2:00 and should last around 30 minutes.  Unless they’ve changed the route, we will march east on Johnson Drive.  A bus will take the students back to North, should be back before 3:00PM.  If you ride the bus, please make alternative plans to get home, or bring your dinner and stay until report time that night.
Football Game Itinerary:
4:45PM- band room opens, begin uniform checkout.  Since this is the first time we’ve ever worn these, please come early, in case we need extra time.
5:45PM- JV and varsity report to band room for attendance in full uniform.
6:15PM- JV and varsity report to JV football field (behind stadium) to warm up and prepare for game.
6:40- only varsity will play before the game.  Due to homecoming festivities during halftime, varsity will play their “halftime” show BEFORE the game.  PARENTS, YOU NEED TO BE IN THE STANDS NO LATER THAN 6:35PM OR YOU COULD MISS THE SHOW!
7:00- Game begins.  JV and varsity in the stands during the game, playing in the stands.  Varsity will only play for 3 minutes during halftime…at most.
9:30ish- after game, report back to band room and check in uniform.
Please remember home football games are graded events.  All students stay for the duration of the game, in full uniform.  Students, YOU MUST BRING LONG BLACK SOCKS OR YOU CANNOT CHECKOUT YOUR UNIFORM OR PERFORM.   I would encourage all students to purchase multiple pairs of black socks on and keep extras!  This is different from previous years, the band will no longer check out socks anymore.
PARENTS: Two important announcements that pertain only to parents.  🙂
-We are having a ironing/sewing party this Monday, September 12th from 6:30-8:30PM in the band room, as the band practices outside.  We need help making final preparations for uniforms, as well as some sewing needs for our props.  ALL parents who can sew or iron, please show up to the band room Monday night around 6:30PM.  Thanks!
-We need MAJOR AMOUNTS OF HANDS for next Friday’s (16th) football game.  If you’re going, PLEASE consider dropping by the band room anytime between 4:30-5:45PM- we will find a job for you.  It would be even better if you could respond to this email stating when you can drop by.  We need help with: handing out NEW uniforms to 135 kids, 6 water coolers in the stands, 19 backdrop props, 20 yards of front line curtains, 3 podiums, hanging our banner, our entire sound system, all pit percussion…we really need a lot of help.
Looking forward to a restful weekend, then a packed, yet fun week.  Rest up!
Mr. Reed