Welcome to Merriam Park Elementary Bands!
Band announcements Sept. 18th-22nd
Monday, Sept. 18- 6:45AM varsity rehearsal. Also, 6:30-8:30PM varsity rehearsal.
Wednesday, 6:45AM varsity rehearsal.
Friday- 6:45AM varsity rehearsal. Also on Friday, home football game:
4:30PM- band room opens up.
4:45- big brother/sisters arrive. This list will be posted by Wednesday or so, usually juniors and seniors.
5:00- Hocker Grove students arrive at band room eat with big brother/sister HS students.
5:15- begin checking out full uniforms to varsity students, and JV students who choose to participate with this football game.
6:05- attendance taken on upper field, everyone in full uniform and instruments, ready to go.
6:40- pre-game performance.
7:00- game begins
7:45ish- halftime performance. AFTER HALFTIME, parents, we will have our SMN Marching Invitational meeting, to be held in the North CHOIR room (HG students being picked up in band room) during the 3rd quarter. We will keep the meeting brief so you can head out to the game for the 4th quarter.
9:30ish- game concludes, turn in uniforms and dismiss.
Looking forward to a productive week in band!
Monday, Sept. 11- 6:45AM varsity rehearsal (if raining, we will begin inside). Also, 6:30-8:30PM varsity rehearsal. Parents, anyone wanting to help with the new rose bush prop, sound system or podiums, the band room will be open beginning 5:15PM and on to work on these projects. Thanks in advance for anyone that can help.
Wednesday, 6:45AM varsity rehearsal. Also on Wednesday, the Bonner Springs Marching Festival:
10:20AM- drumline excused from block 3 class to begin helping load truck.
11:00- all varsity members should eat 1st lunch.
11:30- all varsity members report to band room, change into show shirt and khaki (or as close to brown color, do your best) shorts, and help load truck.
12:30PM- begin loading bus.
1:00- arrive at Bonner Springs HS, begin loading truck.
2:00- begin music/visual warm-up process.
2:45- begin clinic.
3:15- clinic ends, 15-minute break, then percussion begin loading truck.
3:40- all winds begin music rehearsal in Bonner Springs band room as we wait for our busses to arrive.
4:45ish-load busses and depart for North.
5:15ish-arrive at North, unload truck and dismiss.
PARENTS: please use this sign-up genius to help with the Bonner Springs festival: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084EA4A92DA5FEC52-bonner#/
Looking forward to a busy and rewarding week in band!
Monday, Aug. 28-
6:45AM varsity band rehearsal in stadium. I know this seems crazy after last week, but you might consider bring warmer clothing tomorrow morning, as the low temperature is 60 degrees!
6:30-8:30PM- varsity rehearsal in stadium. Students, if anyone is available to arrive as early as 5:30PM, to help set up the full sound system.
6:45AM varsity band rehearsal in stadium.
6:45AM varsity band rehearsal in stadium. Also:
FIRST HOME FOOTBAL GAME!
5:00PM band room doors open for uniform checkout. FYI- yoyu don’t all need to arrive at 5:00, that’s just when the process begins. We try to give a little bit more time for the first game.
6:15- all varsity (and JV students if you’re attending) students in attendance block on the upper football field behind the stadium, attendance taken at this time. Everyone should be in full uniform and instruments ready to go.
6:45- band will perform at pregame, playing the fight song/school song, as well as the national anthem.
7:00- game begins.
9:30ish- game concludes. All student back to band room to turn in uniforms.
Students, feel free and bring water. You will have 3rd quarter off to visit concessions, etc. The band room will be locked for the duration of the game. Please don’t ask to leave early, etc. as no one will have access to the building until the game concludes.
Parents, regarding Friday’s home football game, we always need lots of volunteers to help with uniforms and water. Please use this signup genius to indicate how you’re willing to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084EA4A92DA5FEC52-football?fbclid=IwAR271bnvQcmOCKtzAi2zHQZSdUxFYA8UWc9g9OD3HEBHkfj01jbF8_9a4qI#/
Looking forward to our first home game week, and hopefully more normal weather!
Monday, Aug. 21st–
-6:45AM varsity rehearsal. We will all start in the band room, then winds go outside at 7:10AM (football is on the field until 7:15AM). All percussion will stay inside Monday morning. Another reminder that attendance is taken exactly at 6:45AM, instrument and music ready to play.
-6:30-8:30PM Monday night varsity rehearsal. The current plan is to start inside, then move to the stadium once the sun gets behind the home stands. BRING WATER Monday night!
Tuesday.- normal classes
If the hot weather holds, we will begin at 6:45AM and run with a similar morning schedule as Monday.
Thursday.- normal classes
6:45AM varsity rehearsal, and we will probably start in the stadium, stay tuned via ReMind app for Friday’s morning schedule.
Two additional items for this Friday, both are optional, but you will receive lettering points:
-Students willing to help with the 5th grade “instrument petting zoo” from 4-8PM, please show up by 3:45PM to help. Lettering points awarded. Signups are by the band office, and you don’t have to stay the entire time.
The Fall Sports Kickoff is also this Friday, and we’ve been asked to play some pep-band tunes! Please arrive by 6:50PM in the band room, and we play in the stadium at 7:10PM, and we’re finished by 7:30PM!
8AM-noon- instrument petting zoo, part 2! Again, sign up by the band office for any portion of time you can help.
Two additional items:
-We will begin handing out show shirts this Thursday after school. Please drop by the band room to get your shirt, provided you have paid your $125 varsity band fee. Block 7 JV band will receive their shirts this Friday during class, provided your $75 JV band fee is paid. A reminder that anyone can pay their band fee at www.smnorthbands.org and click “group member payments”.
-Fall semester permission forms will be handed out tomorrow during class, and are due this Friday, Aug. 25th. This will be an easy 50-point assignment!
Looking forward to the first full week of school and band!
Looking forward to seeing new varsity marchers and JV marchers tomorrow morning from 8-11:30M on the stadium field.
NEW: Due to extreme hot weather, we’re making a change for next week. July 31st-August 8th, all rehearsals will BEGIN AT 7 AM and end at 3 PM. The extra hour of cooler weather will be much appreciated by all, as well as keeping everyone safer.
Students, if you think you could run into transportation issues with the earlier time, please reach out and ask someone for a ride… I am completely confident we can get everyone there as long as we know any possible transportation issues.
It is still very important that everyone realizes we are starting right on time, which is now 7 AM on the stadium field.
As always, please remember to wear light colored clothing, tennis shoes with socks (no sandals or flip flops), sunglasses, sunscreen… And I strongly encourage everyone to bring a large water container with plenty of ice, preferably a 1-gallon jug. Band booster parents will be there to offer additional water, but please bring your own supply. Several bands in the area have also moved their schedule back to 7AM time to beat the heat.
Cross country athletes, please communicate with coach Pope, as we’ve talked about sharing cross country and band times next week.
Parents, we are still looking for additional volunteers to work tomorrow, Friday as well as next week. Please visit the Shawnee Mission North Facebook page, as you can find a link to sign up.
Please email Mr. Reed with questions, and we’ll see everyone soon!
Looking forward to getting things rolling for band in the 2023-24 school year. Pasted below are the summer events and rehearsal schedules.
A special welcome to new associate band director, Ms. Maddy Beasley! Ms. Beasley has been teaching in Missouri for the last 3 years. She is a saxophone player from Pitt State and is working on her master’s at KU. I know you will enjoy working with her…please make her feel welcome at the Ice Cream Social this Monday, July 24th!
Students, please remember to wear/bring the following for all outdoor rehearsals:
Light colored shorts/shirt, tennis shoes with socks (NO FLIP FLOPS)
1 gallon iced down water container
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
Returning marchers, please bring your old flip folder/lyre. Otherwise, we will provide flip folder/lyre, music, black pouch with coordinates, pencil and markers.
2023 REMIND CLASSES
Everyone, please sign up for the following Remind codes, as this is how we communicate last minute information (usually due to weather): text to the phone number: 81010 Also, make sure you use the “@” sign in the text box. We’re only allowed 150 members per class, which is why we break up the varsity band in two groups. Parents, please feel free to join this as well. REMINDER: This is a one way communication device. Even if it says you can respond, please email or text Mr. Reed with responses/questions. Finally, please make sure your responses are all in lower case.
Varsity band members last names A-L: @bison231
Varsity band members last name M-Z: @bison232
2023 Band Student Staff (section leaders and seniors): @bstaff23
2023 Drumline: @bdrum23
2023 JV Band: bisonjv23
July 24- Student leadership training/work. 9AM-4PM
July 24- Ice Cream Social Little Theatre Lobby. 5-6PM- greet new associate band director, Ms. Beasley!
July 25-28- Drumline camp (varsity/bat/pit) 4-8PM
July 27/28- JV & new varsity marchers- stadium 8-11:30AM
July31-Aug.8 Band Camp (varsity/no weekends) stadium 8AM-4PM
Aug 8- Band Camp/Picnic (Everyone) stadium/caf. 6:00-7:30PM