Welcome to Merriam Park Elementary Bands!

band announcements Sept. 20-24: Bonner & Home Game

 

Varsity band: early rehearsals on Monday/Wednesday/Friday of this week, beginning at 6:45AM.  Monday night rehearsal 6:30-8:30PM.
Wed. Sept. 22nd– BONNER SPRINGS MARCHING FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
*ALL STUDENTS BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE.  You will have the ability to refill your own bottle, but you must bring your own.  Also, wear your 2021 show shirt and any color shorts/pants.  The forecast as of Sunday afternoon is a high of 71 degrees.
8:30 AM-percussion load truck
9:50- depart from North
10:20- arrive @ Bonner/unload truck
11:10- warm-up
11:40- official warm-up on field
12:15PM- PERFORMANCE
12:25- clinic
12:55- leave clinic/load truck/eat lunch
2:00- depart Bonner
2:30 arrive at North/unload truck dismiss
In case you haven’t filled out your preference for a school lunch option at Bonner Springs, use the G form:
As discussed during rehearsal last week, although we are the last band of the day, there aren’t as many bands participating, hence the earlier performance time. Teachers have been notified that you will be gone for the duration of the day on Wednesday. Make sure to complete make up work ahead of time, if possible.
Friday, Sept. 24th– HOME FOOTBALL GAME/FEEDER NIGHT:
5:00PM- band room opens, begin uniform distribution.
5:45- “big brothers sisters“ meet Hocker grove students in parking lot, in full uniform.  Big brother/sister list will be posted by band office.
6:15- attendance taken on JV field, full uniform ready to go.
6:40- pregame begins
7:00- football game begin
745-ish- Halftime show. At conclusion of performance, all band parents, please report to the band room for our SMN Marching Invitational parent meet. Parents, I can’t stress enough that this is an “all hands on deck“ meeting. We will conclude the meeting before fourth quarter begins, so you can continue to watch the kids play in the stands during 4th quarter.
Parents, please use this Sign-up Genius for the October 16th Shawnee Mission North Marching Invitational! Job assignments will be discussed/explained at the meeting.  You can sign up during the aforementioned meeting, but if you want to get a head start, please do so:
Other upcoming events:
Oct. 4th (Monday) SMSD marching festival @ SM South.  7PM performance time, more info next week.
Oct. 5th (Tuesday) Block 4 jazz ensemble playing @ Hocker’s concert in auditorium, 7PM.
Oct. 8th– Home football game
October 9th– Olathe Marching Festival/Homecoming- our performance time is 1:30PM, which is later than I mentioned about a week ago. But you can still leave immediately after our performance as long as you communicate your plans. Please use this Google form if you want to leave early. Otherwise, we will leave around 4:00 PM via buses to go back to North. More details to follow in a couple weeks, but I wanted to get the 1:30 PM performance time on everyone’s radar.
G form for NOT riding back on the bus from Olathe marching festival, Oct. 9th:
Looking forward to a fun and busy week!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

 

band announcements Aug. 30-Sept. 3

Band announcements, August 30th-September 3rd-

Please check out this great deal for a fleece hoodie that has the SM north band logo on it. Our vendor has to unload these overstocked items, so he’s selling us these hoodies basically at cost!  The sale ends September 10. The band boosters aren’t making any money on this, this just seems like a really inexpensive way to get a nice hoodie.  The only way to order is with this link, I hope some of you take advantage of this great deal.

https://smnband2021.orderpromos.com/

Early rehearsals as scheduled, Monday and Wednesday morning, 6:45AM. Monday night rehearsal as scheduled, 6:30-8:30 PM. There will be no early rehearsal Friday, September 3rd. Although we would normally meet early Friday for a home football game, given the fact this is an “away” game and we’re not performing at halftime, I think it’s reasonable to let everyone sleep in that extra hour.

Instrument demos on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2nd 4-8PM, for those kids who signed up for this.  It’s not too late to help, use this signup if interested and available:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSex_JjM_a5BP-440b3N6AyE9M1rOLgCfEX3qlVvSz-WoSQwBw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Friday, September 3rd is an “away” game vs. SM East AT North. This is our only football pep band opportunity of the season. This is a required event (as stated on the band calendar). JV students are invited and strongly encouraged to attend! No uniforms, just show shirt or other North apparel/colors. Report time of 6:10PM in the band room. We will warm up and then be in place at 6:40 PM, in time for SM East band to play the national anthem and pregame. Everyone needs to stay for the duration of the game unless something else has been set up before hand with parents. Games are usually over around 9:30 PM.

Then we have a three day weekend, which means no Monday night rehearsal on September 6th. So this places a lot of importance on this week’s rehearsals, which I’m sure will be outstanding!

 

Thank you everyone!

Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

band announcements Aug. 23-27

Hello varsity band members-
We’re looking forward to a fun, yet warm week in band. 6:45 AM rehearsals on Mon/Wed/Fri as scheduled. However, winds and battery will start in the rose garden Mon/Wed. Front ensemble and dance team should set up on the stadium track. We will all be back on the field 15 minutes later, at 7:00 AM. Due to heat advisories, football team has the field from 5:40 7:00AM.
Monday nights rehearsal will start in the band room at 6:30PM. We will move out to the stadium field around 7:15 PM. Please dress for warm weather, and bring plenty of water.
Thursday, May 26th, battery has a short performance at 6:00PM. We are participating as part of the fall sports kick off.
Parents, please click the link below, which is a sign-up genius showing our needs for the month of September. If everyone can just do one thing, it makes it easy for everyone!
Thank you everyone for being so helpful in paying your $125 varsity band expense. If you have not paid that, please go to www.smnorthbands.org and click “group member payments”.  Thank you!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

 

kicking off band at SM North fall 2021!

Hello everyone, welcome back!

 

As we’re getting back in the swing of things, a few announcements. First of all, please use the revised summer/fall band calendar. We’re subtracting a parade, adding a football game and flipping a Monday night rehearsal. I will send hardcopies home in ORANGE color.  DO NOT use the green colored calendar sent out in the spring.  😊

 

Varsity band (block 1) drumline (block 2) and JV band (block 7) will NOT play on Friday, Aug. 13th, but feel free to bring your instrument to school.  We will make sure everyone has a band locker.  Blocks 1,2 and 7 band classes will play beginning Monday, Aug. 16th.

 

Both jazz band classes will play the first day of school, Friday, Aug. 13th.  Please have your instrument at school for jazz band!

 

 

As stated on the band calendar, our first Monday night rehearsal is next Monday, August 16, from 6:30 to 8:30PM, on the stadium field.

 

Our first early morning rehearsal for varsity band is Wednesday, August 18 beginning at 6:45AM on the stadium field.  From that point on, we will have early rehearsals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings beginning at 6:45AM, unless otherwise stated. Early rehearsals will last through Friday, October 29.

 

Permission packets will be handed out next week. Your first 50 point assignment is to have them turned in by next Friday, August 20.

 

If anyone is interested in helping with the elementary school instrument demonstration nights, please use this link below. We’re looking for help on Tuesday, August 31, and Thursday, September 2.  These are optional opportunities, but students who can help learn lettering points.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSex_JjM_a5BP-440b3N6AyE9M1rOLgCfEX3qlVvSz-WoSQwBw/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

Please continue to get rest and pace yourself as we finally began a somewhat normal school year. Mrs. Fillingham and I are really excited about the upcoming year in band, we’ll see you soon!

Final thoughts for 2020-21 school year

Hello band family-

Varsity members, I’m sending the drill writer the final numbers for the show, please make sure you can attend all band camp dates so we have a spot for you in the show. Email me with any scheduling conflicts. Band camp participation is also directly tied to JV and varsity lettering.

The ice cream social on July 24th is just that, free ice cream for all band members and their family!  Everyone will receive their show shirt, and sign up for uniform fittings, band booster info, etc.  We also collect band expenses that night, which is $125 for varsity and $75 for JV members.  We didn’t collect these funds last year due to the pandemic.  These funds cover show shirts, uniform cleaning, marching shoes, as well as helping paying expenses for show design, music arranging, contest fees, and other expenses not covered by the school district.  We will have an online payment option, most likely at available at www.smnorthbands.org

As we will not have access to skyward, the main vehicle of communication will be via ReMind, and this website.  As stated in a previous email, please make sure you’ve signed up for the appropriate ReMind classes so you get information over the summer and the upcoming school year.

Graduated seniors, best wishes with upcoming endeavors. Please stay in touch…you will be missed!

 

I’m really looking forward to working with all of you under somewhat normal circumstances this year. Continue to get rest, and try to be active during the summer months so band camp rehearsals are easier.  I’m glad we all got through this year, looking forward to the upcoming season.  Try to have some fun this summer!

 

Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

 

2021-22 ReMind codes.

 

Text one or more of the following to 81010   Make sure the “@” sign is used

2021 Varsity Marching Band last name A-L.    @2021vmb1

2021 Varsity Marching Band last name M-Z:   @2021mvb2

2021 JV Marching Band:  @2021jvmb

2021 Student Staff:   @2021sstaff
(this is for section leaders and drum majors)

Feb 15 evening rehearsals canceled

Hello everyone-
Due to extreme cold weather, not being able to guarantee a warm rehearsal facility, and the chance of deteriorating travel conditions, we need to cancel the February 15 evening rehearsals for symphonic, concert and freshman bands.  Please pass the word along to fellow band students.