Welcome to Sante Fe Trail Elementary Bands

band announcements May 17-23

Wednesday, May 17th– Graduation Band. All band students (except block 7 percussion and those involved with NJROTC) report to band room by 5:45PM. Look nice, Sunday best, but no color coordination.  You can bring homework and devices if need be.  We will warmup/tune/rehearse in the band room, then head to stadium. Bring your own water bottle, we will be out in the stadium from 6:30-about 8:30PM.  Parents, please do NOT attend this event (I know, sort of a unique request) as the stadium is reserved for families of graduating students.
Friday, May 19th– nothing scheduled.
Monday, May 22nd
6:00-6:45PM- Indoor marching rehearsal/pizza party.  Incoming freshman and their families eat pizza with student staff.
6:45-7:30PM- ALL high school band members (varsity and JV) report to band room for short meetings (by instrument section).  We will then play a couple pep-band tunes, and then read through the 2023 marching band show!  We will also check out instruments to current 8th graders.  We plan to check out instruments to current high school students during finals.
Tuesday, May 23rd
4:30-7:30PM- Varsity marching rehearsal.  All 2023 varsity marchers need to attend.  This will be a great way to end the school year, lots of fun!  Please bring instrument, but we do not plan on playing, just marching.
Students interested in auditioning for the 2023-24 jazz ensemble and you’re not currently enrolled in a jazz class, please see Mr. Reed to set up an audition sometime this week after school.
That’s it for now, we can really see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

band announcements May 5-11

Friday, May 5th– Pizza Jazz- 6-10PM, North cafeteria.  Parents, please use this link to donate items and/or help with Pizza Jazz. Thanks in advance for your help:
Tuesday, May 9th– Hocker/North band spring concert- 7PM, North auditorium.  Call time for band students is 6:30PM in the band room.  Symphonic, concert and freshman band are playing, as well as Hocker Grove 7th/8th grade bands.
Thursday, May 11th– band banquet- begin eating at 5:45PM and program begins around 6:30PM, North cafeteria.  Please RSVP by this Wednesday (May 3rd) if you’re attending the banquet: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwY1hCqBClZrsD_zzj939uCz3XLy0PuHCO2E1d8S–hVzz4g/viewform?usp=sf_link


band announcements April 12th-19th

Friday, April 14th– Jazz on The Bridge performances @ SM West.  Block 4 jazz band plays 6:00-6:20PM on the SM West “bridge”.  Call time of 5:30 for this group and should stay for block 3’s performance.  Block 3 Jazz band plays at 7:30PM in the SM West cafeteria.  Call time of 6:00PM for this group to hear block 4 play on the bridge.  Jazz students should wear jazz shirts and black pants.  Admission is free, but they have BBQ on sale.
Saturday, April 15th– Regional solo/ensemble festival.  See schedule outside of band office.
Monday, April 17th– Contest Concert for Symphonic and Concert band.  Concert begins at 7:00PM in the auditorium.  Blocks 1 and 2 should wear their concert uniforms with a call time of 6:30PM in the band room.  The concert should last about 1 hour.  Both groups will perform their state contest literature.
Wednesday, April 19th– State contest for Symphonic and Concert band.  Both bands perform at Blue Valley Southwest HS and it’s free to the public.  Concert band performs at 11:40AM and Symphonic band performs at 2:30PM.  Students should bring their uniforms to school and change into regular clothes when they arrive back at school.  Transportation to and from BVSW will be provided to students via charter bus!
Other items:
-Symphonic band, your playing test is due Monday, April 17th via Canvas.
Parents, we are looking for a fund raising chair for next year. If you’re available to help with that project or other projects, please email Ms. Keller at [email protected]
Parents, we are looking for two additional parents to help on Saturday, April 15th for a few hours at the solo/ensemble festival at Olathe South.  If you can, please use this signup and then email me that you’ve signed up.  We really need at least two more parents.  Thanks in advance.  Thank you to Ms. Gunn and Ms. Menendez who have already signed up to help!  Here’s the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4ba4a62ea64-kshsaa2#/
It’s a very busy and important 7 days for the band program.  Students, please continue to be on time and ready for action for every rehearsal!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

Band announcements April 3rd

EVERYONE, we have a booster meeting this Wednesday (April 5th) in the band room from 5:45-6:45PM.  This was originally scheduled for Tuesday but needed to be changed due to scheduling conflicts.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Parents, this is a great way to get more connected with our band program!


SENIORS: As a reminder, please use this link to submit pictures for the band banquet video.  Pictures are due by Friday, April 21st.  Please use this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_VeQPkYCJciaexE04gsJ7YZio2vKsjDwIsFhutOb_2im7Og/viewform?usp=sf_link



PARENTS, please sign up below if you can help at the High school level solo/ensemble festival.  You can sign up for one shift on Saturday, April 15th.   If you sign up, please email me that you have done so, as I don’t receive notifications when anyone volunteers.  They are asking for at least 3 to 4 parents from our school to volunteer.  If you help, you will definitely be able to watch your child perform.  Shifts generally run 3 ½ hours or so.  Please use this link to volunteer:






STUDENTS, please sign up below if you can help at the SMSD Middle school level solo/ensemble festival.  You can sign up for one shift on Saturday, April 22nd.  Lettering points awarded.  If you sign up, please email me that you have done so, as I don’t receive notifications when anyone volunteers:



That’s it for now.  More information to follow regarding upcoming performances for contest season.


Mr. Reed

Ms. Fillingham

band announcements March 23- April 4

Hello everyone-
Use this link to submit senior pictures, as well as all other candid shots for the band banquet video, as all submissions are due no later than Friday, April 21st: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_VeQPkYCJciaexE04gsJ7YZio2vKsjDwIsFhutOb_2im7Og/viewform?usp=sf_link
Please read this pasted message from an SMN band alum who is hosting an upcoming jazz show: Please join us Sunday, April 16, from 6pm-8pm, for Jazz Vespers, at The First Baptist Church of Kansas City Missouri, for a free concert, sure to entertain the entire family.  We will be performing selections from Count Basie, Jay McShann, Harlan Leonard, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Earl Hines, and more.
Upcoming band events:
March 28th– SMSD SYMPHONIC band festival @ SM East.  Block 1 symphonic band will be performing.  Call time for students is 6:25PM in the SM East choir room, in full uniform, ready to play.  Parents, the free concert begins at 7:00PM in the SM East auditorium.  The concert should last less than 90 minutes.  This is a graded event, and all students are expected to stay for the duration.  Symphonic band, don’t forget about the clinic with Mr. Steve Davis the following morning during class.
March 30th– SMSD CONCERT band festival @ SM Northwest.  Block 2 concert band will be performing.  Call time for students is 6:25PM in the SM Northwest choir room, in full uniform, ready to play.  Parents, the free concert begins at 7:00PM in the SM Northwest auditorium.  The concert should last less than 90 minutes.  This is a graded event, and all students are expected to stay for the duration.
April 4th– Band booster meeting in the North band room, beginning at. 5:45PM.  The meeting will last less than 60 minutes.  Parents, this is a great way to get plugged into the band program!
That’s it for now!
Mr. Reed
Ms. Fillingham

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