Feb. 14-21 Several Important Announcements

Tuesday, Feb. 14- double header basketball game.  Report time of 5:30PM.  

Wednesday, Feb. 15th- DEADLINE FOR ALL COLORADO PAYMENTS.  Please submit a check to the booster treasurer, Mr. Reed, or through PayPal via the band website.  Go to www.smnorthbands.org and click on “group member payments”.  The boosters need to pay for final condo costs, as wells bussing and festival registrations.  Please visit www.charmsoffice.com login to view current balance due.

Monday, Feb. 21- double header basketball game.  Report time of 5:30PM.

Several random, but very important announcements:

All interested students should sign up, by the band office, for the KSHSAA Solo & ensemble festival, which will be held on Saturday, April 8th.  This is optional to all band students, but JV and varsity lettering points will be awarded.  Sign up no later than this Thursday, February 16th.  

Finish signing up, by the band office, for the Colorado bussing lists, by this Thursday, February 16th.

BAND CAMP DATES for summer 2017 are now posted on the main page of the band website (right hand side).  Parents, please plan travel/vacation plans around these dates.  As a parent of three, I know that can be challenging, but it’s important our entire band is together for summer rehearsals.  FYI- all band camp dates are reciprocal dates as last summer.

July 21- Student Leadership train/work day 9AM-4PM

July 22- Drumline camp (varsity/pit/battery) 8AM-4PM

July 24-26 Drumline camp (varsity/pit/battery) 5-9PM

July 25/26 JV & new varsity marchers 8-11:30AM

July 27 Ice Cream Social (everyone) 7:00PM

July 27-Aug. 4 Band Camp (varsity/ no weekends) 8AM-4PM

Aug. 4 Band Camp (everyone) 6-7:30PM

SENIORS- please begin submitting baby/child and high school pictures to our senior video producer at [email protected]  3-6 pictures would be ideal, ages 0-18 of your life!  You can submit hard copies to Mr. Reed, and you will get them back after the video is made.  DEADLINE FOR SENIOR PICTURES is Friday, March 31st.  The sooner, the better.  Seniors, thanks in advance for your help with this huge project.

Friday, March 3rd- SPRING SWING!!! Although both jazz bands (and Hocker) will perform, EVERYONE is invited to attend this party.  Students tickets are $7 at the door, and adults are $15.  This includes 2+ hours of dance music, free swing/dance lesson, food and drink, including our famous chocolate fountain!  The party runs from 6:30-8:30PM in the North cafeteria.  

Feb. 3-14: Chili supper, b-ball, enrollment info

Friday, Feb. 3- double header basketball game, “Hall of Fame” night.  Report time of 5:30PM for pep-band in band room.  PARENTS, the school booster organization is asking help from band parents at this game.  Since they helped purchase our new marching banner (which matches our new uniform color), please consider clicking the link below to help  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eafa62fabf58-hall  Apologies for the late notice on this.  

Tuesday, Feb. 7- CHILI SUPPER– all band students involved.  Admission is free, but read below for food.  Participating band students pay as well, but notice the low cost…we just want everyone to eat together!

5:15PM- jazz band report to band room, warm up

5:45- EVERYONE encouraged to eat in the cafeteria while jazz bands play.  $5.00/person, children 5 and under $3.00.  Dinner includes chili, cheese, hotdog, dessert, condiments.  The idea is for everyone to eat, please don’t eat at home or go somewhere else…we’ve ordered 250+ servings of chili.  

6:30ish- after eating, everyone walks to auditorium to listen to: 6th grade honor band, freshman band, concert band, symphonic band.  Everything should wrap up by 7:30PM.  

STUDENTS: start eating around 5:45PM in cafeteria.  Be in auditorium no later than 6:40ish, after you finish your meal for the concert in the auditorium.  Casual formal attire requested, no specific color coordination.  Jeans, shorts, jerseys, etc.  Symphonic band members, do not wear your uniform!  

PARENTS, please visit the following link, we need more volunteers to help, etc.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4caeaf2dab9-chili

Wednesday, Feb. 8- Northern Exposure.  No bands performing.  Will need a few upperclassman students to speak with 8th graders in band room from 6:30-8:00PM.  

Tuesday, Feb. 14- double header b-ball game.  Should be a “sweet” game.  


– band students should sign up for marching band, regardless of JV or varsity designation (1/2 credit).   Exception, if you know you’re in varsity percussion, please sign up for “instrumental ensemble” class in the fall.  Also sign up for symphonic or concert band in spring (1/2 credit).  Final spring placement depending on auditions next November.  Also sign up for Jazz 1, it’s a great class!  The only prerequisite is to be in a large ensemble in addition to jazz (i.e. marching, concert, etc).  Sign up for Jazz 2, if you’re already in that class.  Auditions for jazz placement this May.

-NEW- Music theory offered block 2.  This a great class, especially if you want to major (or minor) in music when yo go to college…it will REALLY help you!  Open to all juniors and seniors.  FYI- this is no longer an IB music class, it’s strictly music theory.  Will discuss more in class.

-if interested in taking Med Sci class as a junior next year, you can still take band, so sign up!  We are working out the details pertaining to how both semesters will work..don’t worry!

Colorado- ALL participants now have their username and password (document given in class).  Parents, BEFORE NEXT MONDAY, please visit  http://www.online.winterparkskimusicfestival.com/#/login  use the username/password given to your child, and fill out all information…it should only take 10 minutes.  They need this information ASAP.  FYI- I cannot send the document electronically, it was sent to me as a 113 page PDF, which I had to print.  Each participant was given a paper with all the necessary information on it.  

The bands are doing great this semester…keep up the good work!

Mr. Reed

Band Announcements Jan. 27-Feb. 3

Tuesday, January 31- North Area Band Festival– This is for symphonic band and the Crimson Tribe Jazz Ensemble only.  

6:45AM- We need help setting up 400 chairs, beginning at 6:45AM that morning.  Although this report time is optional, lettering points will be awarded, and we could REALLY use a lot of hands.  

7:40AM- rehearsal begins in the field house.  You will be considered tardy if not ready to play in the field house at that time…so get to school a little early. 

6:30PM in the band room, in full uniform, and warming up.  We will play for 10 minutes and walk down to the field together to “meet and greet” all the 5th-8th grade kids.  Concert begins at 7:00PM, should last around one hour.  EVERYONE is responsible for getting all equipment back to the band room before leaving North.

Friday, February 3- Double header basketball game.  Report time of 5:30.  This is the annual “Hall of Fame Night” so there will be a big crowd.  Please make sure you can attend, or email me at least 2 says ahead of time.  There are only 3 regular season games after this one!

Colorado participants: Your child will receive a very important document this Wednesday, February 1st (concert band on Feb. 2nd).  You will receive your official username and password to submit information regarding health insurance, skiing options, and other important items.  This information is not in electronic form, so the document will be handed out, not emailed.  Please finish this process by this Friday, February 3rd.  It only take a few minutes.

Finally, congrats to all the kids who participated in the musical “Catch Me IF You Can”- the production was amazing!  Everyone, please consider attending at least one of the performances this weekend!

Mr. Reed

January 15th band announcements

– Congratulations to Jada Green and Chloe Mears for their audition and selection to the Kansas Honor Band, which will perform in Wichita, KS in late February.  Kudos to everyone who participated with auditions at the district and state level…you are all better players because of you commitment to practicing!

-pep-band calendar change.  No game tomorrow night (Monday, January 16th).  Game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 17th.  Report time of 6:15PM, NOT 5:45PM.  It’s a not a double header, just a single game vs. Blue Valley NW.

-clarification of band calendar.  There are two dates which do not line up with what you see on the North master calendar, but the band calendar is correct.  Chili supper is Tuesday, Feb. 7th, NOT Feb. 9th.  Symphonic band festival is Monday, April 3rd, NOT April 4th.  Please remember the REQUIRED Colorado trip meeting on Monday, March 27th, for all participants on this trip.  All students must attend, in addition to one parent (guardian).  There are several legalities to cover, which require a student and parent together.

-symphonic band AND freshman band students.  There are a few of you that did not complete the listening assignment which was due Friday, January 13th.  To receive partial points, please enroll for the class (codes listed below) and follow the directions.  If you are completing this assignment late, in addition to completion of the assignment on Google classroom, you must ALSO email me completion of this assignment, as the Google classroom doesn’t notify me when someone submits a late assignment.  Please remember, this is important, yet should be fun.  If turning in late, please do so ASAP, so you can receive more points.

symphonic band google classroom code: 3le3yg  (notice the l is a lower case L, NOT a 1.

freshman band google classroom code: 975bym

PARENTS- if you are interested in serving on the 2017-18 band booster board in some capacity (including helping, but are flexible with your service) please email me.  If you are willing to serve with the boosters in some capacity, even if you do not have a preference for your service, we will make sure you are not over extended.  Continuing needs with uniforms, fund raising, and at-large board members (attending meetings) are all needed.  We would like to solidify next year’s slate of booster members within the next couple weeks.

Also parents, please email Ms. Clifford at  [email protected]  if you are willing to help serve food at the Feb. 7th chili supper.

Finally, please remember to view the band calendar and other items on the band website  www.smnorthbands.org  there’s always good information.  I hope to have the rest of the semester’s calendar uploaded by the end of the day.

I hope everyone is enjoying the extra time off this weekend.  Go Chiefs!

Mr. Reed

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   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4caeaf2dab9-smnmarching

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.