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Jazz on the Bridge

2017 Breakfast

How do you beat barbecue dinner and jazz music? You don't! Friday, April 20, is the annual Jazz on the Bridge event. It gets under way at 5:30 p.m. We have a great lineup from many schools and even Overland Express alumni! Our special guest is Craig Treinen, saxophonist and director of jazz studies at Washburn University. The cost is $5 for barbecue, chips, a drink and dessert.

If you can, please help make it all happen. Opportunities:

  • Donate cookies or brownies (individually wrapped for one serving). They can be homemade or store-bought. 
  • Donate drinks (bottled water and canned pop)

Drop off donations Thursday or Friday at the band room.

  • Sign up in Charms to help by chairing the event (mainly picking up the barbecue), or hellping with setup, food service or clean-up.
  • Make sure your student signs up in the band room.

Even if your student isn't playing that night, please come support the cause, and enjoy a night of great music and food in the process.

The lineup:  



5:30 Trailridge MS

5:50 Westridge 7th

6:10 Westridge 8th

6:30 Hocker Grove MS

6:50 SMNorth II

7:15 SMEast II

7:40 SMWest Jazz Lab


6:00 SMS Brass Band

6:30 SME

7:00 SMNW

7:30 SMS

8:00 SMN

8:30 OE Alumni

9:00 Overland Express with Craig Treinen


Regional Results

Congratulations to the students who participated in Saturday’s Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival!

Alister Berns-Hoyt - Snare - II Excellent

Grace Loya - Oboe - I Superior

Abby Johnson - Clarinet - I Superior

Caroline Schmidt - Clarinet - I Superior

Alex McCarthy, Eian Wright, Luke Demint - Trombone Trio - II Excellent

Curtis Schnitzer, Sean Perkins, Brennan Crowder, Rachel Silverstein - Percussion Quartet - III Good

Curtis Schnitzer, Kurt Johnson, Brennan Crowder, Joe Compton - Percussion Quartet - II Excellent

Destiny Howell - Trumpet - I Superior

Nicholas Berns-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Padyn Betendorf - Brass Quintet - II Excellent

Anabeth Laacker - Clarinet - I Superior

Caroline Schmidt, Abby Johnson, Anabeth Laaker, Sydney Leslie, Athena Powell, Tess Colvet, Ashlyn Henrie, Bailey Olen, Meghan Paul - Clarinet Choir - I Superior

Elena Straus - Flute Solo - Superior I

David Frohardt, Carver Hartle, Destiny Howell and Hannah Silverstein - Trumpet Quartet - Superior I

Hannah Silverstein - Trumpet Solo - Superior I

Everyone who received a “I” rating is eligible for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 28.


Important Dates

Wed., April 18   State Large Group Festival - Schedule Attached
Fri., April 20      Jazz on the Bridge, 5:30 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 listing of SM West Band Events on Charms.


Find Your Role in Band-Aides West 

Band-Aides can't function without your leadership. Please consider how you can help us finish out 2018 and help us support our students in the 2018-2019 year.

Jazz on the Bridge Friday, April 20.This is our annual dinner and multi-school jazz program featuring a special guest artist. We need someone to coordinate the ticket sales and the barbecue dinner (purchased at a local restaurant). 

2018-2019 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!" 


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!




Please take note of our sponsors, whose logos are at the top of this home page (and here). The West Pride Bands are grateful to have these establishments support the music and color guard programs.


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