Welcome to Sante Fe Trail Elementary Bands
Hello SM North band students-
Students who enroll for taking classes on campus will rehearse during the school day, as well as any before school and Monday evening rehearsals. Students who opt for online only will be allowed to rehearse with the band before school and Monday evening rehearsals. I’ve also heard that if you’re opting for online school and you enroll for band, the online class will more than likely not be taught by Ms. Fillingham or myself. There has been talk that all online (district wide) band students could conceivably be taught by the same teacher(s) for the entire district. So the reality would be that online only band members will have another teacher for your online band class, but you could still do morning rehearsals and Monday night rehearsals with the North marching band.
I must emphasize everything I just said could change! At the end of the day, North band kids who are opting for online, we will somehow make a place for you in the North marching band. Obviously, you will not have as much rehearsal time, but we will figure something out so you can continue to play with the North band.
We are still slated for varsity band to have five mornings of conditioning/marching/music fundamentals, August 17-21, from 8-11 AM. The first day (17th) will be for new varsity marchers and student staff. All varsity band members should be there August 18-21.
We will also have percussion only rehearsals 8-11AM on Saturday, Aug. 22nd and Monday, August 24th. Stay tuned for more information specific to percussion.
We do not have any JV marching band summer conditioning dates, but JV band members are more than welcome and encouraged to join us August 17th-22nd.
Thank you everyone for your patience. Ms. Fillingham and I can’t wait to work with all of you again. More information to follow regarding procedures for summer conditioning dates mentioned above.
Varsity band members, please email me ASAP if you cannot attend the conditioning/rehearsals listee above.
Parents and students-
We are trying to work out details to have a fundamentals/conditioning week for all varsity band members, Aug. 17-22, from 8-11AM in the North stadium. We will also try to schedule 1-2 additional meetings with varsity percussion. Of course, this is contingent on conditions with Covid in our area, as well as protocols pertaining to meeting with students on campus. Final permission will be given by SMSD. In the meantime, please try to keep these timeframes available.
Please continue to be safe!
Band parents and students-
The decision has been made from the district to postpone all band camps/rehearsals for at least a week or two. If we get an opportunity to rehearse or condition before school starts, in a safe manner, I will let you know as soon as possible. Any rehearsals or conditioning sessions that are offered will be voluntary. Potential summer rehearsals will not be required to letter or participate in varsity band, etc. Families should feel free to schedule anything without feeling like they’re missing out on a major component of the band program. These are indeed, unique times that we are living in.
Thank you everyone for your patience, as I truly did not want to cancel anything unless we had to.
Please email me any questions, and I’ll answer to the best of my ability.
Stay safe, and will keep in touch!
Dear north band family-
First off, Ms. Fillingham and I really miss you guys. We all know we’re dealing with an unfortunate reality, but we’re going to make the fourth quarter meaningful, productive and memorable.
There are so many questions, but we are going to have to place much of it on hold until a game plan is in place. Please be patient.
Final opportunity to get your instrument out of the band room if you have not already done so: Please email me no later than 5 PM tomorrow (March 24), if you need your instrument out of the band room. This does not mean summer rentals, personal belongings, even music folders. This is strictly in the event your personal instrument is still in the band room. This will be the only opportunity for the foreseeable future for you to get your instrument.
At 11:00AM this Thursday (March 26), we will go into the band room and bring your instruments outside in the west parking lot. One at a time, you can get out of your cars, pick up your instrument and depart. At no time, should more than one student be outside of their car while getting their instruments. No one will be allowed in the school at any time. I do not know the next time anyone will have access to the band room. Again, email me by tomorrow (March 24) so that I can pull your instrument.
I sent a Remind text out about 20 minutes ago. If you did not get it, but want to get reminder texts, please text @fgce42 to the number 81010. It doesn’t matter which class you were in fall or spring semester.
Everyone needs to sign up for the following Google classroom. It’s entitled North bands 4th quarter 2020. The code is bk3m2w6. We will send assignments, videos and other events to this classroom. In fact, there’s a video waiting for you there now!
Finally, set your alarm clock every day and get projects done! Not just music, anything and everything.
I promise we will talk more about varsity and jazz auditions, music, etc. as soon as we can.
We’re also looking forward to seeing you on the WebEx platform very soon, more information to follow.
Ms. Fillingham and I have always been very proud of you. Let’s make the fourth quarter of the school year better than any of us could possibly imagine.
We’re looking forward to the first major concert of 2020! This Monday, February 3rd is our annual pancake dinner (previously know as the chili supper). Dinner begins and continues 5:30PM-6:30PM in the cafeteria. No admission charge, but dinner is $5/person, regardless of age. Dinner includes all you can pancakes and sausage (one plate). Both of North’s jazz bands will play during dinner. At 6:45PM, the official concert begins in the auditorium. The order of performance is 6th grade honor band, freshman band, concert band, and symphonic band. Each group performs two selections, so everything should wrap up around 7:30pm.
Casual formal attire for all band students, no specific color coordination. Jazz students should wear their jazz shirts. Aside from eating, jazz students should be ready to play no later than 5:15PM and all band students should report no later than 6:30PM. This is a graded/required event for all band students.
We’re looking forward to everyone eating with us in the cafeteria. We’re including additional food lines this year, so the serving should proceed quicker than last year!
Parents, please click the link below to help volunteer, serving and general cleaning up. It’s a really easy gig, so please consider helping out at this event!
Looking forward to seeing everyone Monday night!
The school calendar’s Feb. 4th chili supper has been moved to Feb. 3rd and it’s now the pancake dinner.
A reminder of tonight’s (1/14/20) booster meeting from 5:45-6:45PM tonight in the choir room. Basketball pep-band will be warming up in the band room at 5:30PM.
The band will be selling mattresses in early May, in preparation for the spring 2021 band trip to Winter Park Colorado. All students enrolled in band for the 2020/21 school year are eligible to attend. I don’t have any details about the trip yet, but if you or someone you know is in the market for a mattress, please consider holding off until May so you can receive the profit of this fundraiser.
Symphonic band students will be receiving their new uniform as this week. However, we need students to hem their dress/pants before the January 27th North area band festival. Please make arrangements to make that happen.
Welcome back everyone!
2020 Spring calendar was sent via Skyward today. The band website will be updated soon.
Drum Major audition signups by band office.
Pasted below is the 2019-20 basketball pep-band schedule:
12/6 DH- 5:30 BV HS 11/14
12/16 DH-5:30 BV SW 11/28
1/7 DH-5:30 Olathe East 12/5
1/14 DH- 5:30 Olathe West
1/28 DH-5:30 Barstow
2/4 DH- 5:30 Gardner (Northman)
2/14 DH-5:30 Metro Academy (Hall of Fame)
2/21 DH-5:30 SM Northwest (band feeder night)
2/25 DH- 5:30 Olathe South
2/28 DH- 5:30 SM East (senior night)
All pep-band members receive a free 2019-20 pep-band T shirt. All pep-band members receive 20 lettering points for the season. Four points will be deducted for every missed pep-band performance. Two points will be deducted for every missed rehearsal, or a late arrival time for a performance. Please let Mr. Reed know WELL IN ADVANCE (at least 2 weeks) of any performance you may have to miss. Please write the schedule down on your calendar to avoid any other conflicts (i.e. work, etc.). There are only 10 nights due to the fact they are all double headers.