UPDATE–Lee’s Summit North Invitational Schedule

Please note that the schedule below differs slightly from what was discussed this morning:
1:00—Load Truck
1:30—Uniform check out
2:00—Depart for Lee’s Summit North
2:45—Arrive and unload
3:35—Warm up
4:15—Load and head home
We will NOT be using props, so JV kids that committed to carrying those for this weekend do not have to attend. Drumline—if you are able to bring extra towels to dry off boards and drums, please do so.
Looking forward to a great performance. See you all tomorrow!

Oct. 6th Lee’s Summit North Marching Fest. Itinerary


Everyone eat lunch before arriving

1:00PM- percussion/other helpers, load truck at SM North

1:30- all varsity marchers report to SM North, get in full uniform

2:00- truck departs to LSN

2:30- buses depart to LSN

2:45- truck arrives, begin unloading

3:15- busses arrive- continue unloading

4:00- parking lot warmup

5:00- field warmup

5:15- move to gate


5:45- return to bus, return uniforms, load truck, eat dinner at busses (provided by boosters)

7:00- return to stadium, watch last 5 bands

8:30- awards ceremony

8:45- load busses, return to SM North

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


Parents: Tickets are $10/per adult and $5 kids K-12, younger kids are free, and all tickets sales are at the gate.  The address of Lee’s Summit North is 901 NE Douglas street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.  Please consider volunteering with the band (use this link to volunteer ) or attend and cheer the Marching Indians on!  To confirm, this is for all varsity students and JV students helping with props.



Sept. 24th-Oct. 1st- home game, parade & SMSD marching fest.

Monday, Sept 24-  Monday night rehearsal for varsity band, 6:30-8:30PM.


Friday, Sept. 28- home football game/feeder night/lights show:

4:30PM- Band room opens.  Please wear show shirt and shorts underneath uniform PLUS LONG BLACK SOCKS.  All upperclassmen assigned to a middle school student should report by 4:40PM- that list of upperclassmen should be up by Wednesday or sooner.  Once the middle school students arrive by 5:00PM, assigned upperclassmen and middle school students will eat together in the band parking lot (hamburgers/hotdogs or something of that nature).

5:15- full band (varsity and JV) report for uniform checkout.

6:00– full band in full uniform on JV field for attendance.  We will practice the pregame show (4 corners, making the big “N” on the field) while integrating the middle students.

6:40- pregame show begins, including varsity, JV and middle school students.

7:00- game begins.

7:45ish- halftime show, which includes varsity as well as JV students who are helping with the 8’X8’ props crew.  At the conclusion of halftime, ALL band members report to the band room to return uniforms, and prepare for the varsity bands Light Show, which will occur after the football game concludes.  We will NOT have props on the field for the Light Show.

Light Show specifics:  All varsity students should wear dark clothing (the one exception you can wear jeans).  ALL VARSITY MEMBERS SHOULD BRING AT LEAST 2 FLASH LIGHTS, WITH FRESH BATTERIES.  Band boosters will provide duct tape.  Varsity members are encouraged to be creative and bring additional lighting.  Be advised, don’t bring something really bright, as that detracts from everyone’s show.  At the conclusion of the Light Show, everyone is dismissed, as uniforms are already hung up for the night.


Saturday, Sept. 29- Overland Park Parade- JV and varsity. 

8:15AM- Everyone reports to SM North for uniform checkout, varsity and JV.

8:45- All varsity and JV students will depart on bus to staging area, approx. 78th and Floyd.  PARENTS: I haven’t heard from OP if we’re near the beginning, middle or end of the parade, but get as close to the clock tower in downtown OP, and you will have a great seat!  The parade begins around 80th and Floyd, over to Santa Fe, through downtown OP and concludes by Overland Park elementary school.  At the conclusion, we will travel via bus back to North and return uniforms.  Everything should be completed by 12:00PM or sooner.


Monday, Oct. 1- SMSD Marching Festival @ SM South.  All varsity plus JV props crew

2:40PM- load percussion/equipment truck after school.  Anyone who is available to help, but all percussionists unless you have another school activity/practice after school.  Once truck is loaded, those students should eat dinner/rest.

5:00PM- band room opens for uniform checkout

5:40- depart North in full uniform.

6:05- arrive at SM South, warm up and stage for performance.

7:00- festival begins.  The order of performance is: West, East, North, Northwest, South.  All band students stay for the entirety.  Should wrap up by 8:15 or so.

8:15ish- load truck, return to North via bus.

8:45- unload truck, return uniform.

PARENTS: this event is free to the public.  The North community should try to sit as close to the 40 yard line (the one on the left if you’re looking at the field from the home stands) as possible.


JV PARENTS AND STUDENTS, please look for an email soon about confirming individual JV students traveling with the varsity kids, helping with the props crew.  This is a wonderful and non-pressure way to see what varsity band would be like.  All the parents will be very grateful for JV students who can serve in this capacity.  JV students will earn lettering points, will be fed and will receive a huge THANK YOU from the varsity kids!


A busy upcoming 10 days!  It must be October soon…

Mr. Reed & Ms. Fillingham

Bonner Springs marching fest. itinerary . 9/19- varsity only

Bonner Springs marching festival itinerary:


Show shirts and black (dark) shorts, full uniform.


11:15AM- percussion/sousas/drill team, eat 1st lunch and report to band room by 11:40


11:40- percussion/sousas, load truck


1:10PM- remaining varsity students report to band room, load buses and depart for Bonner Springs.


1:35- arrive at Bonner, unload truck and stage for warmup


2:35- warmup begins




3:20- Clinic with K-State marching staff


3:45- load truck depart back for North


4:45- arrive back at North, unload truck

Homecoming and Marching Invitational SIGNUP

Hello everyone-

Tomorrow is homecoming and I wanted to email two important announcements made in class throughout the week.

– everyone should wear their show shirt and black (or dark) shorts for the parade tomorrow.  All band members are released from class at 1:00PM, and you should report to the band room.  I am aware of a few band members are participating with other school activities in the parade…thank you for those students who have already communicated that.  The parade begins at 2:00PM and runs east on Johnson drive to about Lamar.  We will walk back at the conclusion of the parade and should arrive back around 3:00PM or so.  Then the band room opens at 5:00PM for the football game, as previously announced in another email (which can still be read online at www.smnorthbands.org under Mr. Reed’s notes).  Tomorrow is always an eventful opportunity to bring everything you need to school, or make arrangements to go home, change and eat between 3-5PM.  😊


PARENTS (varsity, JV and drill team)- WOULD ALL OF YOU please click on the link below to sign up for at least one shift for the Oct. 13th Marching Invitational.  We will have over 1,200 visiting performers PLUS 2,500 guests on our campus all day.  This is a huge event and we need approximately 100 parents to make this work!  This is our one big yearly event that is an “All Hands On Deck” moment!

Parents, also please remember we will have a brief meeting in the band room after halftime of tomorrow night’s game to organize and answer questions about the Oct. 13th marching invitational.  I will yell up into the stands at the conclusion of halftime for all parents to meet in the band room.  We will have computers ready at the meeting to sign up for shifts (via the link below).  The meeting will be over by 4th quarter, so you can go back outside to watch the students perform in the football stands.


Looking forward to seeing everyone at the parade and/or homecoming game!

Mr. Reed

Band announcements Sept. 6-14

Everyone: band booster meeting next Tuesday, September 11th, from 5:45-6:45PM in the band room.  This is a great way to get “plugged in” and learn about more opportunities within the North band program.  Everyone is invited!
KMEA music is ready for any 10th-12th grader who would like to audition for the Kansas district honor band.  Please see Mr. Reed or Ms. Fillingham to pick up the music.
Symphonic band music is ready for any 9th-12th grader who would like to audition for the Spring/2019 SM North symphonic band. Please see Mr. Reed or Ms. Fillingham for music.
Parents: This may seem like an “off the cuff” question, but please contact me if you have access to a golf cart or ATV that we could use on Saturday, Oct. 13 during our marching invitational.  Only parents would have access to the vehicle, not a student.  😊
Parents, if any of you have your marching invitational volunteer shirt from last year, could you please return it early next week?  We need to inventory all shirts so we can order additional shirts, if necessary.
HOME FOOTBALL GAME next Friday, September 14th.  Band room opens at 5:15PM for uniform checkout for all varsity and JV band members.  All students report to the JV field (behind the stadium) by 6:15PM, in full uniform with instrument, ready to go.  Since this is the Homecoming football game, VARSITY BAND WILL PERFORM THE “HALFTIME” SHOW AT 6:40PM BEFORE THE GAME since the regular halftime will introduce the Homecoming court.  Parents, if you want to see the show, please be in your seat by 6:40PM!  After halftime, we will have our one and only meeting during 3rd quarter to organize the SM North Marching Invitational (held on Oct. 13th).  We ask ALL PARENTS in the stands to attend this meeting 3rd quarter…we will be done with the meeting so you can go back out to watch our band students in the stands during the 4th quarter.

band announcements Aug. 15-25 . New parade, KMEA and CA info


Varsity band members: we were VERY recently asked to assemble a marching band for the Aug. 25th City of Mission Sunflower parade.  Report time of 8:15AM (will email location when I know) in show shirts and shorts, start time of 9:00AM and finished by 10:00AM.  I realize this is very last minute, but all varsity members, please consider joining us on the 25th…for lots of lettering points!  I’m asking the kids Wednesday (Aug. 15th) if they can commit to the performance.  This is not a required performance since it wasn’t on the original calendar.  Having said that, SM East’s marching band is attending…so we need a good showing for our school and community!   😊
Congratulations to the SM North Crimson Tribe Jazz Ensemble for being selected to play at the KMEA state music convention!  The performance will be in late February, more details to follow.  The last time a North band was selected for a state convention performance was 1993!  Congrats Crimson Tribe!
The 3rd California trip installment is due today, Aug. 15th.  Checks can be mailed to the address below, made out to “Shaw-Mi-No” (NOT made out to SM North).  Online payments can be made at www.smnorthbands.org then click “Group Member Payments” then fill out the online form which will direct you to PayPal.  I know it’s tough this lands the same month as “beginning of the school year” fees, but the trip is under 5 months away!
We have a few remaining spots for California.  Please contact me this week if you want to participate.
Thanks everyone-
Mr. Reed


First days of school and varsity rehearsal schedule

Welcome back! I hope everyone has rested from a terrific band camp experience.  A few key things to get going-

-Everyone needs to bring ALL summer/fall rentals back to school next Monday (Aug. 13th).  The district requires Ms. Fillingham and I to physically inventory all instruments that were summer rentals.  Feel free to bring instruments up tomorrow or Friday,  but we need everything back in the band room Monday, even if you will continue to rent that instrument during the upcoming school year.

– All jazz bands will play the first day of school, Monday, August 13th, so have instruments ready.

– Block I, II and VII will not play during class on Monday, but will place all instruments in their band lockers.

-We are looking for junior/senior volunteers on Tuesday, August 21st, from 5:30-7:00PM to help with the 5th grade instrument rental night.  We would like volunteers to help 5th graders try out new instruments….it’s a lot of fun to help the younger students!  Again, this is optional for juniors/seniors.


-The first early rehearsal will be on Wednesday, August 15th.  The last early rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 19th.

-Early rehearsals will held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, beginning at 6:45AM on the stadium field, ready to play and march.  In case of inclement weather, we will begin in the band room.

As stated on the band calendar, Monday night rehearsals for varsity band run 6:30-8:30PM in the stadium on the following dates: Aug. 20, 27th, Sept. 10th, 17th, 24th, Oct. 8th, 15th.

Next week’s email will address wrapping up fall rentals and uniform fittings for JV students, permission packets, etc.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in school!

Mr. Reed

Final details for Friday, Aug. 3rd band camp picnic

Reminder for Friday, Aug. 3rd band picnic:

This is an event for JV and varsity students and all family members.  We will begin serving dinner in the cafeteria (hamburgers, chips, drink, etc.) between 5:45-6:15PM, for $6 a person, which covers food costs- no reservation necessary.  Around 6:45PM, varsity band members will report to the stadium to warm up, and all JV students and all family members should report to the stadium stands.  The varsity band will perform a 20 minutes presentation of our marching show, followed by a “drill down” game for everyone, and we should be finished by 7:30PM.  There will be a brief band booster meeting in the choir room at the conclusion of the show.  Parents, please consider attending this meeting, as we will share upcoming information about the school year- we will make it 30 minutes or less!

Students should wear their 2018 show shirt and neutral colored shorts and tennis shoes.  If you don’t have your show shirt yet, please wear neutral colored clothing.

We will be accepting band fees during dinner in the cafeteria, at which time students can receive their show shirt.  $125 for varsity, $75 for JV and $50 for drill team.  Checks can be made payable to Shaw-Mi-No or anyone can pay online at www.smnorthbands.org under “group members payments”.


Request for additional parent help this Friday, from 2:30-6:00PM in the band room for uniform fittings.  We are fitting all freshman varsity members, and this requires extra parental help.  Help would be appreciated, even an hour or so during the 2:30-6:00PM timeframe.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Friday night!

Mr. Reed

Kicking off the 2018-19 school year! Summer schedule Details-

Hello everyone-

I hope your summer is still restful and you’re continuing to spend time in the sun!  A few key points before we start everything for the 2018-19 school year. Everything is fairly self-explanatory on the calendar, but some points of interest:


– July 21 Ice Cream Social.  This will be held at 4:00PM, NOT 7:00PM, so you have another Saturday evening free.  😊. The Ice Cream social is for everyone (varsity and JV) and serves several purposes, other than getting free ice cream.  All students receive their show shirt as long as their band fees are paid (more on that below).  We will also have instrument rental information, parent volunteer needs signup, marching uniform information, booster shirts available, etc.


– payment information– varsity is $125/year, JV is $75/year and drill team is $50/year.  You can pay via check at the ice cream social OR anytime you want at www.smnorthbands.org  by clicking the “Group Member Payments” tab.  There’s small fee for this service that goes directly to PayPal, which is why a $125 payment costs $129.04.  If you pay in advance, you can pick up your shirt, get some ice cream and take off whenever you want!  We are strongly encouraging everyone to pay online before July 21st, if possible.  This fee covers your marching shoes, uniform cleaning, show shirt, flip folder/lyre as well as sharing the general costs of running a marching band.


Checklist to prepare for band camp:


-Continue to spend time outside over the next couple weeks, even if you’re laying out by the pool.

-Eat a healthy breakfast every morning, which includes protein.

-get plenty of sleep (don’t stay up late) and drink plenty of water when you’re home.

– please don’t drink soda during camp, and keep caffeine to a minimum.

– wear light colored shorts/T-shirts, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and tennis shoes with socks.  No flip flops.

-BRING A ONE GALLON ice container, preferably filled with ice water.  I always stick my filled gallon container in the freezer the night before.  The boosters will provide additional water for everyone, but you need to bring your own supply one gallon supply.

– Of course, bring your instrument, and last year’s flip folder/lyre (if you have one).

– varsity students, bring money for lunch on our 8AM-4PM days.  Of course, you can always bring your lunch, as many kids do.


August 3rd Band Camp Picnic.  This is for everyone, varsity and JV.  Food is $6 for dinner (students and all guests), catered by Two Guys and a Grill.  After eating at 6:00PM in the cafeteria, the varsity kids will demonstrate the portion of the show they’re learned, followed by all students/alum playing our yearly “drill down” game, always a highlight of the evening!


We will also have a brief band booster meeting in the choir room at the conclusion of the drill down, in which we vote on the upcoming booster budget.  Parents, this is a great time to get “plugged in” with our parent group.  We have a lot of graduating seniors this year, so we would be thrilled to have a record turnout to this meeting.  We usually keep this meeting under 30 minutes.


Again, Ms. Fillingham and I are looking forward to seeing everyone again.  Thanks for everyone’s continued communication with scheduling conflicts, etc.  Stay rested, get some exercise, and we’ll see you soon!

Mr. Reed


Our band website is always a good source of information: