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Cool! Our First Drum Battle!2018 03 02 Drum Battle letter


The annual percussion show is March 20, and we're incorporating a drum battle! We're spreading the word and want parents and students to do the same! Please let friends at West and beyond know that the battle is open to any high school student. Any questions? Ask Mr. Thomas.
Please share the flyer on social media. 
This concert is always a fun event, so BRING FRIENDS, and come support your percussion section!

Drum Majors Named

We are pleased to announce our 2018-2019 Drum Majors! We're thrilled to have Betsy Armstrong, Grace Loya and Alicia Taylor as our new leaders.


Solo & Ensemble Fest - Help Needed

Parents of solo and ensemble students: We need a few helpers for the Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 14. We need four parents to sign up. Thank you in advance for the donation of your time.
Email Mr. Thomas and sign up here: .

Jazz Musicians Honored

Congratulations to Overland Express and Jazz Lab for great performances at the March 2 Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival. Overland Express received a Superior rating and Jazz Lab received an Excellent rating! Outstanding musicianship designations for OE went to Connor Martin (drums), Eli Dawson (bass), Nathan Nguyen (piano), Eric Hancock (bari sax) and Nate Deets (alto sax) and for Jazz Lab: Eli Dawson (bass) and Curtis Schnitzer (trumpet).


Congratulations, 2018-2019 Color Guard!

We are pleased to announce our marching band color guard for next year:
Sammi Bettendorf
Madison Bush
Cheyenne Catorie-Higgins
Chloe Hodgkins
Tiffany Jackson
Regan Lavin
Brianna Tuma

Congrats to Our National Merit Finalist

2018 2 23 IMG 4696 Rachel Silverstein

Rachel Silverstein is one of two SM West National Merit finalists and just 17 in Shawnee Misison.

Of the 1.6 million National Merit® Scholarship Program entrants, about 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for Semifinalist or Commended recognition in the program. The top third, or about 16,000, qualify as a semifinalists.This elite group is further narrowed down to 15,000 finalists.

We're proud of you, Rachel!




Find Your Role in Band Aides West

 2016 Jazz on Bridge

A role where we need help is the person who'll chair this year's Jazz on the Bridge.


Band-Aides has just a couple of roles open now if you'd be willing to help, and a few more coming up for the 2018-2019 year.

Open Jobs Now

Dine-to-Donate Chair -- You reach out to restaurants to arrange dates upon which some of the day's income goes to our program.

Jazz on the Bridge -- This is our annual dinner and multi-school jazz program featuring a special guest artist. You'd coordinate the ticket sales and the barbecue dinner (purchased at a local restaurant).

2018-2019 Initial Roles to Fill

Officers: Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary

Chair for Band Camp snacks

Chair for Band Camp ice cream social

Chair for Uniforms

Chair for Spaghetti Dinnner & Auction

Publicity, Website, Social Media team

... And more. Be thinking of where you can use your talents on behalf of our students. Let Jennifer Silverstein know your area of interest. As Mr. Thomas is fond of saying, "We couldn't do it without you!" 


Important Dates

Tues., Mar. 20  Percussion Concert and Drum Battle, 7 p.m., SM West Auditorium
Tues., Mar. 27  Wind Ensemble Festival, Shawnee Mission East
MON., April 2    Band-Aides Meeting, 7 p.m., Band Room
Thurs., April 5   Solo & Ensemble Recital, 6 p.m.
Sat., April 14     Regional Solo & Ensemble Festival
Wed., April 18   State Large Group Festival
Fri., April 20      Jazz on the Bridge, 6 p.m., SM West
Tues., April 24  West Area Band Festival - Wind Ensemble and Overland Express
Sat., April 28     State Solo & Ensemble Festival, Washburn Rural High School, Topeka
Tues., May 1     Band-Aides Meeting
Wed., May 2     Lettering Points Due
Fri., May 4        North Pizza Jazz, Shawnee Mission North High School, 6 p.m.
Sat., May 5       Everything on Wheels Car Show, SM West
Mon., May 7     Spring Band Concert, SM West Auditorium
Mon., May 14   Band Banquet, SM West Cafeteria, 6 p.m.
Thurs., May 17 SM West Graduation, SM South High School
You can also find the complete SM West Band Events on Charms.


Share, and Share Alike


Actually, it's Like, and Share and Share!

Please check out our Facebook page, and Like/Follow us. You can also indicate you'll attend the events and by all means, SHARE THE EVENTS such as our car wash, mattress sale, etc., on your personal Facebook pages! Thank you for helping to spread the word and drum up attendance!




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