Welcome to Merriam Park Elementary Bands!

band announcements March 1st-8th

Symphonic band sectional rehearsal schedule, all groups beginning at 7:00AM.  This is a graded event, please be on time.
Wed. March 1st: flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, bassoon.
Fri. March 3rd: all saxophones, tubas
Mon. March 6th: horns, percussion
Reminder that this Friday (March 3rd) is the annual Spring Swing Dance Party, from 6:30-8:30PM in the cafeteria.  $15/adult and $7/students.  Jazz participants are free.  In addition to 2 hours of dance music provided by our SM North area jazz groups, admission includes coffee, appetizers, dessert, including our world-famous chocolate fountain!  Any attire will be appropriate.  We had over 300 people attend last year, don’t miss this fun evening of swing dancing, music, food and coffee!  FYI- cash/check only, and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Parents, we’re still looking for help for the Spring Swing, including food donations.  Spring Swing signup genius for parents: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c44a8aa22a13-spring1#/
Block 4 Jazz Ensemble, don’t forget about the SMNW Jazz Cabaret on Wednesday, March 8th.  Call time of 6:30PM at SMNW, concert begins at 7:00PM and should last about an hour.  Everyone is welcome to attend!
Students, Ms. Fillingham would appreciate help with Honor Band rehearsals, every Tuesday from 3:45-4:45PM in the band room.  Lettering points awarded.  Please email Ms. Fillingham with questions.

band announcements Feb. 21-March 3

The last pep-band performance is tonight (2/21).  Report time of 6:00PM in the band room.


Parents, we’re hosting our biggest jazz event of the year on Friday, March 3rd…the Spring Swing!  We’re in need of several volunteers.  If you have any availability for Friday, March 3rd, anytime from 4-9PM (not the entire time, just a portion) OR…you can donate food.  Even if your child is not in the jazz program, we would really appreciate your help and/or food donations!

Here’s the link:




Symphonic and Concert bands…there are only 11 rehearsals between now and the SM music festivals in late March.  Please do everything you can to be on time and ready to go during class.  Each rehearsal is SO important!


Students, please finish signing up for the April 15th Solo/Ensemble festival by tomorrow, February 22nd.  The sign up is on the band room office window.


That’s it for now, have a wonderful week!

Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

band announcements Jan. 31-Feb. 7 AND 2023 band camp dates

Tuesday, Jan 31- pep-band b-ball game.  Report time of 6:00PM.


Monday, Feb. 6- pancake dinner/concert!

6:00PM- everyone eats pancakes in the cafeteria as the two SM North jazz bands play.  Although students/families are not required to eat the pancakes dinner, we would really appreciate everyone eating as a group!  Dinner is $7.00 for all-you-can-eat, and Chris Cakes is our caterer.  In addition to pancakes, they’re also including sausage and orange juice.  We’re planning on at least 250 people eating with us.  In addition to a great meal, it’s lots of fun!

6:45PM- everyone transfers to the auditorium for the formal portion of the concert.  The order of performance is: 6th grade honor band, freshman band, concert band, symphonic band.  Each group will perform two tunes, and the concert should wrap up around 7:45 or so.

To clarify, this is a graded/required performance for ALL SM North band students.  All students need to stay for the entire event.


Tuesday, Feb. 7- pep-band b-ball game.  Report time of 6:00PM.  There is also a booster meeting this same evening, which is 5:45-6:45PM in the choir room.


ALL band students, if you haven’t dropped by to pick up a pair of aviator sunglasses, please do so after school any day you wish.  ALL band students receive a free pair of sunglasses, regardless of whether you traveled to Florida!



Listed below are the 2023 Summer Band camp dates.  Students and parents, PLEASE do your best to make travel/vacation plans around theses dates, especially if you’re planning to be in varsity band.  As a parent of 3 children who all participated in varsity band here at North, I know this can be difficult…but so many varsity students are planning on a 100% participation rate, as we learn a significant portion of the competitive marching band show during this camp.    It’s the same basic schedule as last year, except a few days later on the calendar, as the school year is starting a few days later relative to this year.  Having said all that, please let me know if there’s going to be a scheduling issue.


Summer Band Camp Dates 2023:

July 24- section leader training- 9AM-4PM

July 25-28- Drumline camp (varsity bat/pit)- 4-8PM

July 27/28- JV and new varsity marchers 8-11:30AM

July 31-Aug 8- Band Camp (varsity/ no weekends)- 8AM-4PM

Aug. 8- Band Camp picnic (varsity & JV) 6-7:30PM


pep-band info. and sym. band uniforms

Hello everyone-
Remaining b-ball pep-band dates:
Jan. 31
Feb. 7
Feb. 17
Feb. 21
All report times are 6:00PM in the band room.  FYI- Feb. 17th is also feeder night, so please get here a little earlier for that one!  Lots of 6th and 8th graders in the band room.
Symphonic band:
Symphonic band uniform fittings are today and tomorrow (Jan. 17th & 18th) from 5:30-7:00PM.  The signup is still located by the band office.  Fitting slots are in 15 minutes increments.  We’re trying to get everyone in uniforms for the Jan. 24th  North Area Band Festival.  If we don’t have the band into uniforms, we obviously can’t wear them.  IF…there’s just no way to go to either fitting time, please tell me ASAP so we can make an alternate time with Ms. Hall.  FYI- 39 of the 49 symphonic band students have already signed up for a time, thank you!
We’re off to a great start in 2023!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

band announcements Dec. 4th-13th

A big congratulations to the following students who participated in the NE KMEA mini convention this Saturday:  James Barton, Henry Duff, Jack Eaton, Sofia McGhee and Anahi Silva.  They are now slated to audition on January 7th for the state band!


A reminder that our Winter Concert will be held Tues. Dec. 13th.  Note, this concert will start at 6:30PM, NOT 7:00PM as the calendar states.  The order of performances is: percussion ensemble, orchestras, bands. ALL band students should report to the band room by 6:10PM.


FLORIDA PARTICIPANTS: At the conclusion of this concert, we will have a required meeting.  All participants and at least one parent should attend.  We are required to take attendance.  We will cover legalities, precise itineraries and we will introduce all chaperones.  The meeting will last about 45 minutes.



Lettering opportunity for any band students: Hocker Grove has their Winter concert Monday, Dec. 5th at 7PM in the field house.  If anyone can either help set up at 5:45PM or help get equipment back to the band room at 8:00AM, we would be thrilled to meet you in the field house.  Lettering points awarded for this service.  Thank you!


Both jazz classes, we have our yearbook photo at 7:45AM this Tuesday, Dec. 6th, in the field house.  Please remember to bring your jazz shirt for this photo.



Now a note from our fund raising chairperson, Ms. Kronawitter-

Hello North Band Families,

Reminder for those that participated in the Fundraiser – Pickup is Tuesday, December 6, from 3:30pm-6:00pm, in the North Auditorium lobby. Please make arrangements to pick up your orders during this time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected], or 913-522-6163.

Also, please be advised that online sales are still open through the end of the year (Ship to Home option only), so if you missed the deadline, or want to raise some more funds, you can visit the website, www.clubschoicefundraising.com; School code – SHAW35. Please be advised that any funds raised at this point CAN NOT be used for the upcoming Florida trip, but can be used for future band fees and/or trips.

Maureen Kronawitter


That’s it for now.  I hope everyone is enjoying December!

Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

tentative (as of 11/14/22) schedule for Orlando, FL trip

Dec. 25-

10PM- depart North


Dec. 26-

8PM- arrive in Orlando


Dec. 27-

Morning clinic Univ. Orlando with Dr. Lubaroff

Afternoon/evening in Cocoa Beach


Dec. 28-

Morning rehearsal for Cheez-It Bowl
afternoon/evening at Universal Studios


Dec. 29-

Morning rehearsal for Cheez-It bowl

Afternoon/evening performance for Cheez-It Bowl


Dec. 30-

All day at Universal Studios/ Island of Adventure


Dec. 31-

All day at Disneyworld

6PM recording workshop @ Disneyworld


Jan. 1-

Morning departure back to KC. Jan. 2- early arrival back to SM North

band announcements Nov. 1-17

Hello everyone-
Two events this Tuesday, Nov. 1st:
-Band booster meeting at 5:45PM in the band room.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Parents, this is a great way to get plugged into the band booster organization!
-Jazz band concert at 7PM in the auditorium.  Blocks 3 and 4 jazz bands will be playing.  Free admission to all.
Now a note from our fund-raising chair, Ms. Kronawitter:
Hello North Band Families,
How are those sales going? We are one week in, with one week to go for our Fall Band Fundraiser. Remember, 40% of each participant’s sales will go directly to their individual account, and will be available for the final trip payment. Selling has never been easier – in addition to the traditional catalog ordering, let your friends and family know they can also order ONLINE and have those orders delivered directly to their home. Packets went home last week, and they contained all the information you need, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected],.
As of last Thursday, Oct. 26th Totals: 18
  • Retail: $839.00
  • Profit: $344.60
  • Units: 41
All orders are due next Monday, November 7, 2022, so don’t wait another minute – NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED –   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSuCX3Vhn2o
Maureen Kronawitter
Students, if interested, please sign up for:
-Symphonic band auditions, which occur Nov. 14th-17th after school.
-Basketball pep-band!  Please sign up by this Friday, Nov. 11th, so we can order pep-band shirts.
Finally, traveling participants final Florida trip installment is due Tuesday, Nov. 15th.  Thanks in advance for taking care of this.  Online payments can be made at www.smnorthbands.org or check made payable to Shaw-Mi-No can be brought to the school and given to Mr. Reed
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

wrapping up marching band 2022

Dear band family-
There are simply no words to describe last Saturday at UCM.  Parents, you are truly amazing, self-sacrificing people.  Volunteering all day, many of you missing the show to hold a prop.  So many memories were created that day…parents, you are truly amazing!
Kids, what a rollercoaster afternoon.  Having an incredible prelims run, only to hear we didn’t make finals, then to learn we DID qualified for finals.  Then another great show!  Then once back to North after midnight, and everyone stayed to unload.  What a moment, what a day.  I’m getting a little emotional as I’m typing this!  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you everyone for making this marching season so memorable.
The only announcement is that varsity students will have the official yearbook photo in the field house this Wednesday (Oct. 26th) at 7:10AM.  Band room will open at 6:45AM, have full uniform and instrument.  We’ll take the full band photo, followed by drumline and group photos, followed by individual pictures.  Please don’t be late or miss it, or you won’t be in the marching band yearbook photo.
Also, here’s an announcement from our fundraising chair, Ms. Kronawitter:
Hello North Band Families,
Today we kick off our big fundraiser for the year. Packets will be going home with students today! I encourage everyone to take part in this opportunity to raise funds for your band kid. 40% of each participant’s sales will go directly to their individual account. For those of you participating in the upcoming band trip to Florida, these funds will be available to use for the final payment that is due on November 15. But, even if you’re not participating in this band trip, the funds that your student raises will be placed in their individual account, and can be used for yearly band fees and/or future band trips, which typically happen every 2 years. Your packet will contain all the information you need, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected], or 913-522-6163.
Maureen Kronawitter
Those traveling to Florida, your LAST installment is due Tues. Nov. 15th.  You can send a check to me at school (made payable to Shaw-Mi-No) or visit www.smnorthbands.org and click group member payments.
Well, that’s a wrap for the marching season.  What memory, what a season, what an incredible group of people we get to work with.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

band announcements Oct. 17-22

SM North band family-
Although I try to keep these emails to nuts and bolts, and itineraries, I’m going to use a little bit more prose on this one. We were so very proud of our band community yesterday.  The preparation from dozens of people truly paid off, as our large group of student and parent volunteers worked at the festival, it went off about as good as any invitational we’ve ever had. Thank you so much for everyone’s attention to detail, and work ethic. Varsity kids, your performance last night was probably the best of the year, so we are in a good place to make our final push for this coming Saturday. But to top off the invitational, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the evening, as so many of you stayed that extra hour to clean up our entire campus… That’s about as fast and efficient as we’ve ever been. It was basically close to a perfect day…Thank you everyone!  So let’s talk about this final week of marching band, as we prepare for Warrensburg.
Monday, Oct. 17- NO early rehearsal, rest up for our final Monday night rehearsal, which is 6:30-8:30PM in the stadium.  This is a 90 minute odd day, we’ll see winds but no percussion.
Tues.- regular “even” day of school so we’ll see varsity percussion, no winds.
Wed. -6:45AM rehearsal for varsity band.  This is an “odd” day.
Thurs.- regular “even” day of school so we’ll see varsity percussion, no winds.
Fri- P/T conferences during day, no school.  Although we originally had a 9-11AM rehearsal scheduled, we have been told we cannot rehearse between 8AM-3PM.  So we will have our final early morning rehearsal from 6:45AM-8:00AM.  For whatever it’s worth, we plan on bringing donuts for everyone.  😊
Saturday- UCM Warrensburg marching festival itinerary:
8:30- band room opens, checkout uniform
9:30- depart North to Warrensburg in uniform (uniform top off)
11:00- arrive at UCM, unload truck
12:00PM- eat lunch at bus.  Lunch provided by boosters.
12:45- walk to stadium
1:00- watch 5 bands
2:15- depart stadium, back to bus
2:30- arrive back to bus, uniform tops on
3:00- warm-up process
4:00- stage to gate
4:15- arrive at gate
5:15- prelim awards
If we do not make finals, back to bus, load and depart.  Sack dinner provided by boosters.
If we do make finals, look on ReMind app for further instructions.
9:15- finals awards ceremony
9:30- back to bus, load and depart.
– also, if participating with the Florida trip, please make sure accounts are funded to $1,800.  Shaw-Mi-No is receiving a final invoice this Thursday.  You also need to register with WorldStrides, per my email last Friday. 51 students and 10 adults have successfully completed this important step.
Again, we’re so proud of your accomplishments and efforts yesterday.  One more week, you’re doing great!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

band announcements Oct. 3-8

Symphonic band/KMEA music has been out for some time.  Please pick up after school anytime you like.  The deadline to signup for KMEA honor band auditions is this Wednesday, Oct. 5th after school.  Signup by band office.  Signups for symphonic band auditions will go up in late October, with auditions held November 14th-17th.
FLORIDA ANNOUNCEMENT: roommate signups will go up tomorrow after school.  If you are attending the Florida trip, please start talking about who you want to room with.  If you don’t sign up, I would be happy to assign your roommates for you.  4 students per room. 2 chaperones per room.  Chaperones, if you want to request a roommate, please email me and I’ll make that happen.  The deadline for roommate signups is next Monday, Oct. 10th.
Oct. 3rd-8th band announcements:
Oct. 3rd– 6:45AM rehearsal for varsity band.  Also on Oct. 3rd, SMSD Marching Band Festival!  Parents, this is in the SM South stadium, and free to the public.  Varsity students, this is a graded event, and all students must ride the bus to and from SM South. The order of performance is: West/North/East/Northwest/South.  PARENTS, we will sit on the north side of the home stands (closer to 103rd ST).
2:40PM- percussion students and anyone who wants to help (lettering points awarded), begin loading truck by band room.  Once loaded, break for dinner.
4:30- parents loading props/fronts into trailer.
5:00- band room opens, get in full uniform.
5:30- load bus and leave for SM South stadium.
6:00- arrive at South, get props ready and warm up.
7:00- Festival begins.
8:30ish- festival concludes.  Load truck/trailer, back to SM North.
9:00ish- unload truck, return uniforms and dismiss.
Oct. 4th– normal day of school with one exception.  Hocker Grove bands and block IV jazz concert.  Report time for block IV is 6:15PM, concert begins at 7:00PM and should be over by 8:00PM.  Block IV students, I would really appreciate some help at 6:00PM setting up the stage for Hocker Grove.
Oct. 5th– 6:45AM rehearsal for varsity band
Oct. 6th– normal day of school
Oct. 7- 6:45AM rehearsal for varsity band.
Oct. 8th– Varsity band’s Olathe Marching Festival @ Olathe NW HS.  Parents, this is a ticketed event.  Participating varsity students get in free.  All parents need to pay a $10 fee at the gate CASH ONLY.  Senior citizens and visiting students pay $5.  Children 5 and under are free.
Oct. 8rd itinerary:
Students should wear show shirt throughout the day and underneath uniform.  Don’t forget long black socks.
7:45AM- band room opens- load truck/props trailer
8:30- change into uniform, load garment bags into uniform trailer
9:20- depart SM North in full uniform to Olathe Northwest
9:45- arrive @ Olathe NW- unload trucks/trailers
10:50- begin stretching/physical warmup
11:20- move to warmup area
11:25- musical warmup
11:55- move to stadium
12:05PM- on deck
12:30- back to busses, change out of uniforms, eat lunch in parking lot (provided by boosters) and return to stadium to watch bands.
3:45- prelim awards- everyone should be sitting together in stands, watch ReMind app
5:30-9:15PM- 2nd round of performances.  We won’t know our schedule until after prelim awards ceremony.  In that time, we will get back into uniform, warm up and perform.  Students, please bring money for a dinner via their concession stands.  Since we’re one of the smaller bands, I’m guessing we would perform between 5:30-7:00PM.
9:30- Olathe North performance in exhibition
9:45- finals awards
10:00- back to busses- load truck/trailers.  Depart for SM North.  Upon arrival home, unload truck/trailers/uniforms and depart.
Announcements beyond Oct. 8th
Oct. 13th final home game (on Thursday night)
Oct. 14th– varsity marching rehearsal 10:00AM-12:30PM on stadium field.  There is no school this day
Oct. 15th– SM North Marching Invitational!  There will be another email regarding this huge event.
Oct. 21st varsity marching rehearsal 9-11AM. There is no school this day
Oct. 22nd– UCM Warrensburg marching festival. We don’t know performance times yet, hopefully early afternoon and evening.
We’re looking forward to a wonderful 3 weeks!  Thanks again to Shaw-Mi-No parents who helped last Friday night…the kids had a great first time run of the entire show!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham