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 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  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:


Band Announcements May 15th-21st- Three events remaining

Tuesday May 15- 2nd installment of the California trip is due today.  Although we received quite a few over the past few days, please mail checks made payable to “Shaw-Mi-No”  to the address listed below.  Or you can pay online at and click “Group Member Payments”


Charlotte West- booster treasurer

10604 W 52nd terr

Shawnee, KS  66203


Mattress sale fundraising closure-

We had one of the biggest mattress sale Shawnee Mission schools has ever had, with over 70 mattress sold in one day!  Profits totaling $11,200 with credits directed to student accounts for the trip are being made.  FYI- Ms. West (booster treasurer) is just getting the breakdown of student profits today, so please allow her a week or so to input everything into Charms.  If you’re waiting on mattress sale credits to pay the 2nd installment, please make the 2nd installment within a week…I hope that makes sense.  Again, student account receipts can be found at using the login procedure used on the initial email about California.


Wednesday, May 16- Graduation Band

All 9th-11th grade students (except block II and VII percussionists) report time of 6:15PM in the North band room.  Casual formal attire required, as we will be on TV.  No specific color coordination of clothing.  Parents, this is not a band concert, so please drop students off, and the ceremony should be over before 9:00PM.  Students can bring study materials, as we’re so close to finals.  In the off chance of inclement weather tomorrow evening, please check for a text stating we’re in the field house.  In that case, block VII students would be asked to stay home due to limited spacing in the field house.  If you don’t hear anything, plan on block I, II and VII students playing outside.


Saturday, May 19- Varsity marching rehearsal from 9AM-2PM on the stadium field.  No instruments needed.  There is a 30% chance of rain, but please plan on reporting for our 9AM start time, even if it’s raining.  Stay tuned via text or band website for updates.  We will feed all varsity marchers around 11:30AM.


Monday, May 21- Indoor marching band rehearsal/summer rental for 2018 JV and varsity marchers.  Please bring instruments.  All student staff (section leaders/seniors) report no later than 5:30PM in the band room.  8th graders will begin reporting around 5:45PM to eat Papa Johns for dinner with student staff.  EVERYONE please report no later than 6:30PM in the band parking lot (having already eaten dinner).  We will have a short marching session in the parking lot, followed by section meetings, then everyone will play through some pep-band tunes in the band room.  The rehearsal will end at 7:30PM, followed by finalizing summer rentals.  If you’re renting an instrument over the summer (drum, sax, marching brass, etc.) please bring a check for $30.00 MADE OUT TO SMSD (not Shaw-Mi-No).


That will wrap up all band activities for the 2017-18 school year!

Calendar change regarding May 30th/31st marching rehearsals

2018 varsity band members:

Mark Schelish, a former DCI veteran and clinician for over 20 years has been a tremendous help to us in the past.  He’s highly sought after as a marching clinician and has been an invaluable part of our past successes.  Unfortunately, he has been recently called on an overseas trip during our May 30th/31st varsity marching rehearsals, thus a need to reschedule.

I really hate rescheduling events on the calendar, as I respect and appreciate everyone’s attempt at clearing other priorities in their lives to make all rehearsals and performances.  In this case, we really don’t have a choice other than to cancel.

Therefore, we are canceling the May 30th/31st rehearsals and rescheduling them for Saturday, May 19th, from 9AM-2PM at the North stadium.  If you have unavoidable conflicts that cannot be rescheduled, please email me as soon as possible, and of course it will be an excused absence.  We will wrap up by 2PM, thus allowing anyone to attend graduation parties, work schedules and other commitments.  I realize there are situations (state bound athletes, etc) that cannot attend, but please plan on attending unless there is no way to do so.  The “glass half full” outlook is that we will wrap up all band activities before Memorial day, thus making the summer a little longer.  We are also combining two rehearsals into one, to maximize and respect everyone’s valuable time.

Again, please contact me ASAP if you cannot attend the May 19th marching rehearsal.  To clarify, this is for varsity band members.  Thanks for everyone’s understanding-


Mr. Reed


No change in the May 21st pizza party (6:00-7:30PM).  All JV and varsity members should attend this brief music rehearsal.  We will also complete all summer rentals after the rehearsal ends.  More detailed information to follow.

Band Announcements: May 4-16…lots of information

Friday, May 4-

Pizza Jazz- 5:30-9:30PM in the cafeteria.  Free admission, all you can eat Papa Johns for $6.00 or $1.50 by the slice.  Come and go, as you also participate/watch North Relays.  PARENTS: 2 signups below to help Friday evening.

To help  specifically with Pizza Jazz:

To help SM North boosters with running North Relays:

Saturday, May 5-

Drumline auditions– 9AM-noon in the band room.  Any interested students who want to participate with varsity percussion (battery AND front ensemble).

Sunday, May 6-

Mattress sale– 10AM-5PM in the SM North aux gym.  Another email coming out with final reminder information.

Monday, May 7-

North/Hocker spring band concert– 7PM, North auditorium.  Free admission.  7th, 8th, 9thgrades, concert and symphonic band will perform, should last about 75 minutes.  Seniors, you will need to turn in ALL music and folders at the conclusion of the concert.  Professional attire required for students, no specific color coordination.  Report time for students is 6:30PM in the band room.

Thursday, May 10-

Band Banquet, North cafeteria.  Dinner is $9 at the door (no presales).  Food being catered by Avelutto’s all you can eat buffet…yummy!  Begin serving food around 5:45PM and eating until 6:30PM.  Please arrive no later than 6:15 if you plan on eating.  The awards portion of the banquet will begin around 6:30PM and last until around 8:30PM.  Kids, this is a special evening. Lettering awards, solo/ensemble recognition, over 15 trophies, senior memories and a video. Although this is not required, this is HIGHLY encouraged to attend, as we typically have over 250 people join us.  Casual formal attire encouraged.  REPEAT…this is a very special evening.

Tuesday, May 15-

2nd California trip installment due.  Mail to: Booster treasurer, Charlotte West, 10604 W 52nd terr, Shawnee, KS 66203 or submit to Mr. Reed at North.  All checks made out to Shaw-Mi-No.  Can also play online at under using the “group member payments” link.

Wednesday, May 16-

Graduation, SM North stadium.  All 9th-11th graders are in graduation band.  Report time of 6:00PM.  Causal formal attire required (no specific color coordination), as we will be on TV. Begins at 7:00PM and should conclude by 9:00PM.

Will send another email about indoor marching rehearsal/pizza party on May 21st, and both varsity marching rehearsals on May 30th/31st.

Jazz band announcements- final 3 performances for April/May

You are receiving this email if your child is in block III or block IV jazz band.  The final 3 performances of the year are as follows:


Friday, April 20- SM West “Jazz on the Bridge” festival. No admission and everyone is encouraged to attend.


Block III band has a report time of 6:20PM (in the West band room) to warm up.  Their performance time is 6:50PM in the West cafeteria.  They should then stay for the Block IV performance, which is at 8:00PM on the West “bridge”.  Although all students are encouraged to stay, students may leave after that performance.  Wear your jazz shirt and black pants/shoes.


Block IV (Crimson Tribe) band has a report time of 6:30PM to watch Hocker Grove and block III band in the cafeteria.  Warmup at 7:30PM and performance at 8:00PM on the bridge.  Wear jazz shirt and black pants/shoes.  Although all students are encouraged to stay, students may leave after that performance.


Thursday, April 26th– KCKCC Jazz Summit festival  No admission and everyone is encouraged to attend.  Google KCKCC Jazz Summit for address if you’re interested in going.


All jazz students should report to North no later than 7:00AM.  Both bands will depart North via school bus by 7:10AM.  Rhythm section students should arrive earlier to load equipment.  All jazz students should wear their jazz shirt, black pants and shoes.  Block III performs at 8:15AM in the KCKCC auditorium.  Crimson Tribe performs at 10:45AM in the KCKCC auditorium.  Both bands will continue to watch other groups and eat lunch at KCKCC.  Bus will return to North no later than 2:15PM.  Please bring money for lunch.


Friday, May 4th– SM North Pizza Jazz  No admission and everyone is encouraged to attend.  North boosters will sell pizza by the slice or “all you can eat” pizza for $6.  Both groups should plan on staying for the duration, which is 6-10PM.  Performance times will be announced soon, but block III will perform around 7:00PM and Crimson Tribe around 9:30PM.  All performances are in the SM North cafeteria.  All jazz students should wear jazz shirt and black pants/shoes.

April 9th-16th Lots of information on a variety of subjects…

Monday, April 9thbooster meeting from 5:45-6:45PM in the band room.  Everyone is welcome!  Will cover upcoming events, California details and other exciting things.


Friday, April 13thDeadline for all seniors to turn in 3-6 candid pics for the senior video.  Maybe a baby pic, elementary middle school and a couple HS shots pics?  Send via email to: [email protected]


Sunday, April 15thGrocery Sacking at Hen House fund raiser.  Students, this is a chance to raise some “sweat equity” funds for your California trip!  Click on the link below for more information and to sign up.  First come, first serve!


Monday, April 16thsymphonic and concert band state contest concert AND California trip meeting.  Report time for Block I and II is 6:30PM in the band room, in your symphonic or concert band uniform, ready to play.  The concert should last less than 30 minutes.  At the conclusion of the concert, there will be a CALIFORNIA TRIP MEETING (more details in an upcoming email.  Although block VII band students are not performing, they should attend the 7:30PM trip meeting if they are traveling to California.  PARENTS: The band boosters will be given $5 for EVERY parent that attends the meeting!



solo/ensemble festival schedule for Saturday, April 14th  at Olathe South HS.  Hard copies of the schedule can be picked up in the band room.

Symphonic band festival, S/E help and senior pictures deadline

Tuesday, March 27th– SMSD Symphonic band festival at SM East HS auditorium.  Symphonic band performing.  Report no later than 6:30PM in full uniform and ready to play in the SM East choir room (close to their stage, just follow the crowd).  Concert begins at 7:00PM, no admission cost.  This is a required concert for symphonic band, and everyone is welcome to attend.  The concert should last until about 8:30PM.



Parents- We still need 2 more volunteers, minimum, in order to satisfy requirements for SM North band students to participate in the solo/ensemble festival on Saturday, April 14th.  Please consider volunteering for a 4 hour slot on April 14th.  Please use the following link to volunteer, and then please email me so I know we’ve reached our requirement.  Thanks in advance.


BAND BANQUET- Also parents, please let me know if you are available to help with decorating the evening of the band banquet, May 10th.  From 4-6PM or along those times.  Again, thank you.


SENIORS- Please email 4-6 pictures that you would like to have included in the banquet video to me.    The deadline for all picture submissions is Friday, April 13th!  Ms. Cassie Davis, a student in North’s film production class is graciously giving her time to make this video for the band.  Please give her a huge thank you if you see her in the hallways!  Seniors, an even better thank you is to have your pictures submission by the deadline- it’s a tough job producing the video when you have all the materials, so let’s help her out.


Welcome back everyone!

Spring Swing this Friday, March 2nd!

A reminder about the big party this Friday night, March 2nd, in the cafeteria from 6:30-8:30PM.  Both North jazz groups and Hocker Grove will perform jazz/dance music.  We will also have appetizers, including our famous CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN and other desserts!  Group dance lessons are also included.





Performing jazz students and one Hocker Grove parent receives free admission.  This is a fund raiser for the jazz department.  Although it’s $7/student, it’s well worth it!  Lots of fun, music, friends and food.  North band students will also receive 2 lettering points for attending and staying for the entire event.


Any attire is welcome, although many choose to dress up a little.  The music and food begins at 6:30PM this Friday…see you there!