band events Jan. 23-Feb. 15. CA trip, enrollment and fund raising

Tuesday, January 23rd–  pep band basketball game.  Report time of 6:30PM.  This is a single game, not a double header.

Tuesday, January 30th– North area band festival.  Symphonic band and Crimson Tribe only. Report time of 6:30PM in the band room, in full uniform for attendance and warmup.  Concert begins at 7:00PM in the field house, including band members, grades 5-8.  Concert should last one hour, no admission charge.

Tuesday, February 6th– CHILI SUPPER.  ALL band students will perform.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to eat in the cafeteria from 5:45-6:30PM as the jazz bands play.  At 6:30, we will all walk over to the auditorium to listen to the 6th grade honor band, freshman band, concert band and symphonic band.  The concert should finish by 7:30PM.  There is no admission price to attend, however, if you eat with us (and please do so) dinner is $5/person, or $3 for children ages 3-8 (kids younger than 3 are free).  Dinner includes chili, cheese, condiments, hotdogs, and possibly dessert.  We are preparing 240 servings of chili, so we are looking forward to seeing everyone around 5:45PM in the cafeteria for dinner!

-California letters of intent are due next Friday, January 26th.  The first installment is not due until February 15th.  Please see the email I sent in December if you need another copy.

-Students, we will need helpers for the chili supper (Feb. 6th) and the SMSD 8th grade band festival (Feb. 15th) to direct traffic in the parking lot, as well as foot traffic inside the building. Lettering points awarded to those students who help.  Please see Mr. Reed if you are available one/both nights to help with traffic.

This is a note from our fundraising chairperson:

Dear SMN Parents and Students,

We have decided to continue with the Yankee Candle Sale Online for Spring–now through July 10th.  It is a simple way to continue to raise funds for your trip to California in Dec. 2018.  The trip (and payments) will be here before you know it!!

You can share this link below

 SMN Band California Trip Fundraiser Shopping Page

You can also Download the MOBILE APP and  follow the steps on your mobile phone to share it in a variety of ways throughout the sale.

Step 1 – Download the app (search Yankee Fundraising, it is a blue symbol)

Step 2 – Sign up!  Your group code is 990103793.  You must register again, even if you registered in the fall.

Step 3 – Get the word out.  It allows you to share via text, email, and multiple social media sites.

All orders ship direct to your customer. No deliveries for you!  Share multiple times especially a few weeks before Easter and Mother’s Day.



TITLE                                      What we call it                                    Prerequisite:

Marching band                    varsity marching band                       audition- fight song

Instrumental music              varsity drumline                                 audition in May-

Band                                    JV marching band                             none

Jazz 1 (all year)                    Baby jazz                                         enrollment in regular band

Jazz 2 (all year)                    Crimson Tribe                                  audition in May/also in band

Music Theory (all year)      Music Theory                                       juniors/seniors


TITLE                                      What we call it                                    Prerequisite:

Symphonic band                 Symphonic band                                    audition in November

Concert band                       Concert band                                       10th-12th grade

Freshman band                   freshman band                                      none

band announcements Jan. 15th-22nd

-The following students auditioned and were selected to participate in the Kansas all-state band! Out of 1,000+ students auditioning across the state, these musicians made the band, and will perform at the state music convention in Wichita in late February.  Congratulations for all your hard work and effort!

Kaeleen Kronawitter- flute

Jada Green- flute

Chloe Mears- trumpet

-Attention parents of JAZZ STUDENTS- we are looking for parents who can help with the Spring Swing (Friday, March 2nd).  This is the biggest jazz event of the year, and we could use additional help with food purchasing, set-up, serving and tear down.  Please contact Sheryl Jordan if you are available to help in any way.  Thanks in advance.  [email protected]

Symphonic band:

-a reminder that your Google classroom is due by midnight tonight (Jan. 12th).

As agreed upon in block 1, here is the schedule for symphonic band sectionals, which will begin (set up and ready to play) at 7:20AM in the band room:

Wednesday, January 17th– all low winds, trumpets and horns

Friday, January 19th– flutes

Monday, January 22nd– tenor sax

Tuesday, January 23rd– clarinets

Wednesday, January 24th– alto sax

band announcements, Jan. 11th

Happy New Year everyone!

-All pep-band members: we are playing at the pep-assembly tomorrow (Friday, January 12th). Due to January 11th snow day, Friday’s schedule will be block II, seminar (pep-assembly), block IV, block VI.  You will be excused from seminar, so feel free to report directly to the band room after block II.

-Tomorrow night, January 12th is a double-header basketball game vs. Lawrence.  Report time in the band room at 5:30PM to warm up.  It’s important you are on time, as around 5:45, we will discuss how to make this a great and positive game.  Remember to wear your pep-band shirt.

-Symphonic band members, final chance to be fitted for your symphonic band uniform is TOMORROW, Friday, January 12th, from after school until the pep-band game begins.  Many of you were fitted at the first b-ball game.  Remember that the earlier you get fitted, the more likely your uniform will fit better.

-Parents, anyone interested serving on the band booster board or taking a larger role with the and program, please contact me.  We have positions that take virtually no time, to bigger commitments, such as uniforms, sound system, fund raising and band camp help.  Thanks in advance for the countless hours you have committed to far!  Parents, please consider contacting me by January 31st via email.

Stay safe today!

Mr. Reed

Oct. 28th Warrensburg updated itinerary AND Oct. 30th final marching performance schedule

Itinerary for Saturday, Oct. 28- UCM Warrensburg marching festival (varsity band)

First of all, layer your clothing.  Remember you can always take a layer off if you get too warm!  Of course, long black socks are still required.


9:30AM- load uniform trailer

10:15- depart North in show shirt and warm clothes

11:30- arrive at UCM, eat lunch (provided by boosters)

12:15PM- change into uniform

12:45- warmup process begins

1:50- depart parking lot to stage


2:30- back to bus, change out of uniforms

3:15- back to stadium to watch other bands

5:30- UCM Marching Mules performance

5:45- awards


If we do not make finals:

6:15- load truck

7:00- depart UCM to North, eating sack dinner on way back

8:00- arrive at North, unload truck and uniform trailer


If we make finals:

7:00-9:45- finals performance slots.  If we perform early, we will perform, then eat.  If we perform late, we will eat, then perform.  Everyone should be registered on the Remind app by texting @eg7ha    to 81010.  All communication will occur through that app.


10:00PM- finals awards

10:15 load truck and buses

11:00- depart UCM to North

12:00AM- arrive at North, unload truck and uniform trailer



5:45PM- begin uniform checkout, preset stadium with pit, sound and curtains

6:30- official yearbook photo taken in field house, in full uniform with instruments

6:45- warmup in the rose garden.  Parents, as last year you will be our guests to be in the warmup circle in the rose garden.  Please join us for our warm up before you walk into the stadium stands

7:00- JV show begins.  Varsity show to follow

7:20ish- fundraising packets handed out and individual/small group pictures taken.

-Informal pictures can be taken on the stadium field.  However, PEC Sports will be taking official individual and small group photos on the field.  Getting your child’s photo on a button, magnet, coffee mugs, etc. as well as a professional picture would be well worth it.  In addition, if you preorder your photo by going to and using the search words “Shawnee Mission 2017 Band” you will receive discounted prices on all their photo products.  Although the professional photograph is optional, it’s well worth it as you remember our marching season years from now!


7:40ish- check uniform back in.

band announcements Oct. 17-28

Itinerary for Oct. 17-27:

Friday, Oct. 20th- early rehearsal beginning at 6:45AM.

To clarify, there will NOT be an early rehearsal tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 18th).  Also, there is no Monday night rehearsal on Oct. 23rd.

6:45AM early rehearsal next Monday and Friday, Oct. 23rd and 27th.

Next Friday, Oct. 27th– possible away football game.  If we play an SMSD football team, we are expected to have a pep-band.  If it’s a non SMSD team, we will not have a pep-band.  If we have a pep-band, it could still be here at North, as one of the possible opponents is SM Northwest.  We should know for sure by next Monday.  Football pep-bands are optional for JV and varsity students, but lettering points are awarded.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL 10TH-12TH GRADERS AUDITIONING FOR KMEA District band.  The Audition date is Saturday, November 4th, not November 11th, as stated on the band calendar.  Auditions will be held at Olathe East high school.

The itinerary for the Warrensburg marching festival (Oct. 28th) will be sent out within a few days.  Varsity, please plan on an 8:00AM (or thereabouts) rehearsal, followed by loading, traveling to CMU, and a performance time of 2:15PM.  Again, more details to follow.

Oct. 9-14 band announcements, Homecoming, parade, light show, SMN Invitational

     First things first, congratulations to the Shawnee Mission North Marching Indians for our 2nd place finish in the Silver Division at Lee’s Summit North marching festival yesterday!  You had a fantastic performance and should be proud of this achievement.
     As we celebrate a great showing, I cannot emphasize enough that our Oct. 28th festival at Warrensburg is going to be extremely tough.  We’re competing against the strongest lineup I’ve ever seen.  We need to work like never before to have a shot at finals.  At the very least, we need to view that we control our own destiny…we need to give everything we have over the next 3 weeks.  Next week is a very short rehearsal week, so practice at home as much as possible!  Memory tests could occur any day, and the marching memory test will be given after Warrensburg…I wonder if those test results and our final placement at Warrensburg will have a correlation???

Monday, Oct. 9th- varsity only, early rehearsal (6:45AM) and and Monday night rehearsal (6:30PM).  FYI- this is the only early rehearsal for the entire week!

Tuesday- varsity, it’s an “O” day, so meet at the stadium at 7:40AM if it’s not raining, but there’s a strong chance of rain Tuesday morning.
Wednesday- National day of testing, no rehearsals.
All band and drill team students should eat 1st lunch (12:00PM-12:25), then report to the band room for warmup and staging.  Parade begins at 2:00PM.  After parade, buses will take students back to school.  ALL JV and varsity should wear show shirt and black shorts for their parade uniform.
Football game Itinerary:
5:15PM- begin uniform checkout.
6:15- report to JV field in full uniform for attendance and warmup.
6:40- pregame begins, although we will play pregame show after senior recognition of football team and cheerleaders.  FYI- we are NOT playing the entire show before the game, as we’ve done in the past at Homecoming, just our standard pregame show with JV and varsity.
7:00- game begins.
7:45ish- halftime.  We will only play our closer due to homecoming queen crowning.  At conclusion of halftime, report back to band room, checkin uniform.  Varsity begins preparing for our Light Show.
9:30ish- LIGHT SHOW at conclusion of game.
LIGHT SHOW DETAILS FOR VARSITY: Must wear a black or dark shirt and pants or jeans.  YOU NEED TO BRING 2 REGULAR SIZED FLASHLIGHTS WITH FULLY CHARGE BATTERIES, plus any other lighting items you like.  They cannot be really bright, spotlight type items, or it detracts from everyone around you and the entire band.  Band boosters are providing duct tape, but you need to provide everything else.  Please be care using adhesive products on your personal instruments, as it can damage/ruin lacquer our other protective qualities of your instrument.  Remember that all instruments must be cleaned after the performance, as varsity is performing in our marching invitational less that 48 hours later.
Friday, Oct. 13th– no rehearsals or performances.  Enjoy Homecoming!
Saturday, Oct. 14th- SM NORTH MARCHING INVITATIONAL!  Parents, please sign up for a job using the signup link below (same link as communicated last week).  To be completely candid, parents, I’m getting very concerned regarding our parking lot situation.  We haven’t had parents sign up for parking lot duty…which could cause a significant safety concern.  We will have students working the parking lot, but adult supervision is VERY necessary.  
TRASH CAN NEEDS FOR THE INVITATIONAL: Parents, please email me if you can bring a large trash can Friday night/Saturday morning that we can use in our parking lots.  With 2,000 visiting marchers, we will need ways to remove refuse during the day.  Also, if you can help us out with a trash can, please make sure you take it with you as you leave.
I will send at least one last email this week regarding FINAL invitational details.  I’ll try to email several details at the same time.
Congrats again for your incredible performance yesterday, and looking forward to another busy and exciting week.  It must be October!
Mr. Reed

Lee’s Summit North Marching Festival Itinerary- Oct. 7th

Lee’s Summit North Marching Festival Itinerary

12:30PM- room opens, load truck (percussion and helpers)

1:30- uniform checkout
2:15- depart North in full uniform
3:00- arrive at LS North, unload truck
4;15- warmup process begins
5:00- stage to physical warm up area
5:15- move to gate
5:45- back to bus, change out of uniform (wear show shirt underneath), eat dinner (provided by boosters)
7:00- back to stadium, watch remaining bands
8:15- awards ceremony
8:45- load bus, depart for North
9:30- arrive back to North, unload truck and uniform trailer, dismiss
Parents, Lee’s Summit North address is 901 NE Douglas street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
Admission is $10/adult, a little less for students/children.
Please try to volunteer to help the band, and watch the Marching Indians!  The signup genius to help at LS North is:

Band announcements- Sept. 23- Oct. 2

KMEA AND SYMPHONIC BAND MUSIC IS READY!  Please drop by the band room to pick up a copy of audition music for symphonic band and/or KMEA district honor band.  As a reminder (as per SMSD guidelines) all student must audition to be in symphonic band, even if you were in the ensemble last year.  The audition also serves as a seating placement test.
KMEA audition signup by band office.  The actual audition is on Saturday, November 11th at Olathe East HS.  As per KMEA rules, this is only open to 10th-12th graders.  This audition is for the district honor band, which also allows you to audition for the state band in January (if selected).
Due to heat conditions, we are altering tomorrow’s Overland Park parade attire and itinerary.
All marchers, varsity and JV, please wear your show shirt, black shorts (or very dark), as well as your black marching shoes and black socks.  We will NOT be in full uniform tomorrow.  As a reminder, this is a graded/required performance.
8:15AM- band room opens, load busses
9:00- depart North
9:15- arrive 76th and Floyd, warm up
10:00- parade begins.  PARENTS, WE ARE ENTRY #58 OUT OF ABOUT 120.  The clock tower in DT OP is a great viewing spot!
11:15ish- we finish the parade, load busses and head back to North
11:30ish- arrive at North.
Sept. 25th-October 2nd announcements:
early rehearsals for varsity on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:45AM.
Monday night rehearsal, Sept. 25th from 6:30-8:30PM
4:45PM- juniors/seniors (for big brothers/sisters) arrive to greet middle school students, who are arriving at 5:00PM.
5:00- middle school and big brother/sisters eat in parking lot at 5:00PM.
5:15- begin handing out uniforms to all JV and varsity marchers
6:00- ALL JV and varsity marchers rehearse pregame with middle school students on JV field behind the stadium
6:45- pregame show begins
7:00- game begins
7:45ish- halftime show AND senior recognition.  All parents (or escorts) of senior parents should report to the track before halftime begins, in order to watch the show from the track.  We will give you a flower to hand to your child at the conclusion of the halftime show.
AT CONCLUSION OF HALFTIME/SENIOR RECOGNITION, ALL PARENTS SHOULD REPORT TO THE BAND ROOM FOR A MEETING ABOUT THE OCT. 14TH SMN MARCHING INVITATIONAL!  As we are hosting over 2,000 visiting marchers (yes, over 2,000!) we need around 100 parents to make sure everything is covered.  We are looking for all parents to volunteer about 4 hours of their time on Oct. 14th.  We will cover everything in the meeting during 3rd quarter.  The meeting will adjourn before 4th quarter begins.
10:00ish- turn in uniform at conclusion of the game.
OCT. 2ND- SMSD MARACHING FESTIVAL @ SM SOUTH STADIUM (varsity performs, but JV encouraged to ride on bus and help)
2:40PM- drumline and other helpers, load truck after school, then eat dinner on own
5:00-  varsity reports for uniform checkout, should have already eaten dinner
5:40- depart North for SM South
6:10- arrive at South, unload truck, warm up
7:00- festival begins.  Performance order is East, West, North, South, Northwest
8:15- festival ends
Parents- no admission charge.  Seating for North families is the northern most part of the home stands, or on the left hand side if you are looking at the field.  Again, JV students are strongly encourage to attend, this is a great evening!

REMIND codes.  We use this app for last minute reminders or changes

text one or more of the following codes to the number 81010
varsity: @eg7ha
JV: @jvmarchi
Finally, parents, if you have any old towels that are fairly big and you no longer use them, we are looking for a a dozen or so to protect sound equipment in the truck when we travel to various marching bands.

band announcements Sept. 11th-23rd Bonner Springs fest. and OP parade

Students, testing schedule:
Varsity- “Contact” playing memory test will occur on Friday, Sept. 15th or thereafter.  The entire show playing memory test will occur on Friday, Sept. 22nd or thereafter
JV– warmup 1,2,3, pregame, Louie Louie playing and memory tests as announced in class.  Tomorrow’s test is warmup 1 from memory and warmup 2 using music.  We will add memorization tests as we move along throughout the marching season, as announced in class.
Schedule for the next 2 weeks, Sept. 11th-23rd:
Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, early rehearsal for varsity band, 6:45AM.  Monday evening rehearsals Sept. 11th and 18th from 6:30-8:30PM.
Sept. 14th (this Thursday)-  from 4 to 10pm is the fundraiser night at Hy-Vee Market Grille in Mission.  A portion of the proceeds are donated back to the Marching Indians from that evening.
Sept. 21st- Bonner Springs Marching Festival itinerary (all varsity and JV helpers only):
10:30AM- percussion begins loading truck during seminar.
11:15AM-11:40AM- All students eat 1st lunch, then report to band room.
12:00PM- Begin uniform checkout, finish loading truck.
12:45- depart North for Bonner Springs high school, in full uniform.
1:10- arrive at Bonner springs HS, unload truck and prepare for warm-up.
2:10- begin warmup routine
3:05- report to performance gate
3:20- clinic with K-State staff
3:50- clinic ends, load truck
4:30ish- depart Bonner Springs
5:15ish- return to North, unload truck and check uniforms in.
Parents: the Bonner Springs High School marching festival is at 100 McDanield street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012.  No admission and open to the public.
Sept. 23 (Saturday)- Downtown Overland Park Parade (varsity AND JV)
8:15AM- report to North, begin uniform checkout
9:00AM- depart North in full uniform for downtown OP (74th and Floyd), warm up
10:00- parade begins
11:30ish- parade ends at Overland Park elementary school, load bus and return to North.
11:45- arrive at North, check in uniform.
Parents: If you plan on watching, I would try to get as close as possible to the clock tower in downtown OP.  The parade route runs approx. 80th and Santa Fe, running southwest to the Overland Park elementary school.
Other announcements for parents: 
-please continue to use this link to volunteer for various events throughout the marching season.  We still have needs at games and especially marching festivals.
-anyone that has passed the SMSD Tier I parent training, we need 2 volunteers to ride the bus to the Overland Park parade, as well as to Warrensburg.  Please email me if you are willing to ride the bus to either of those events.
I think everyone has done a great job for a packed first 3 weeks of school.  Congrats to all- keep working hard and getting rest when you can!
Mr. Reed

band announcements Aug. 27-Sept. 1 and home game itinerary

The band continues to work hard and make progress.  Great job everyone!  As we practice perfection with the goal of the entire band not being late, here’s where we stand over the course of our 5 rehearsals this week, with 100+ people:

Number of tardies per section:
clarinet: 2
alto sax: 1
trumpet: 5
trombone: 1
percussion: 2
Varsity schedule: Early rehearsals beginning at 6:45AM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  Monday night rehearsal beginning at 6:30PM.
JV schedule: The one REQUIRED graded early rehearsal this Wednesday, Aug. 30th at 7:00AM on the stadium field.  This is our only chance to integrate ALL classes in order to perform the pregame show two days later.  If transportation is an issue, please let me know ASAP, as we can probably help.  If you are a bus rider, please make other transportation plans for Wednesday.  Thanks in advance!
EVERYONE: Friday, Sept. 1st Home football game itinerary:
5:15PM- begin uniform checkout
6:15- report to rose garden for attendance, in full uniform, ready to play
6:45- pre-game show on varsity field
7:00- kickoff
9:30ish- uniform checkin after game
enjoy 3 days off!