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