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Winter Concert Is December 13

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The concert listed as Dec. 15 on the Charms Calendar and Events List has been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 13. Join us at 7 p.m. for an evening of music from the wind ensemble, symphonic band (including the freshman concert band), jazz lab, Overland Express and percussion ensemble.

Don't forget that we're taking concert band pictures prior to the concert, starting with the wind ensemble at 6 p.m. followed by the symphonic band at 6:15. Wear your concert attire.

Guys, if anyone needs a tux shirt, bow tie and cummerbund - An option is to see Mr. Thomas' "Band Notes" email of 11-16-16 for details on ordering this at a discount. He must receive your payment and order details before Nov. 30. Students are responsible for getting black dress pants and shoes.

Gals, consult the band handbook for specifics on your dress (e.g. mid-calf or longer and must have sleeves), and don't forget black dress shoes as well.


Pep Band Alumni Night Returns

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As if our pep band could get any peppier, we're welcoming back band alumni on Friday, December 16! Players will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the band room to warm up. They'll play for halftime of the girls game, followed by the boys' game.


Start Studying - Trivia Night Is Coming

TriviaBe ready to strain your brain, because Band-Aides West is hosting a trivia night! We're inviting our West family to put together teams of up to 8 people to see whose noggins hold the most trivia, and/or who are good guessers.


Friday, January 13          7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

SMW Cafeteria               $10 per person


The sign-up deadline is January 11. Sign up on Sign Up Genius. Or use the attached form. Checks payable to BAW. Send to school in an envelope marked "Trivia Night," in care of Mr. Thomas or Mr. Hupe.

There will be free popcorn, with other concessions available for purchase. And there will be a raffle, with a big payout for the top 3 teams. $1/ticket, or $5 for six tickets.

This is an evening that's sure to be a ton of fun!


It's Official!

2016 11 15 London DelegationIt was inspiring to have dignitaries from London at Shawnee Mission West to present a formal invitation to march in the 2018 London New Year's Day Parade, which the band and color guard happily accepted! 

A crowd of students and parents, representatives of the school and district administration, members of board of education, and state legislators were on hand to greet parade Executive Director Robert Bone; Catherine Longsworth, senior parade patron and former Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster (a central borough of London and home of the parade route); and her husband, John Longsworth. These and other parade representatives travel annually to carry out the tradition of personally inviting parade participants, presenting each with a signed and framed invitation as well as other relevant gifts. In turn, Shawnee Mission West presented the visitors with gifts that included one-of-a-kind pillows fashioned by band parent Rene Skelton from retired band uniforms.

The 2018 London parade will be Shawnee Mission West High School's ninth appearance at the event — the most of any organization outside of the United Kingdom. Based on past parade figures, the 2018 parade will feature more than 10,000 performers from more than 20 countries; 500,000 spectators, and more than 3 million television viewers.

To see more photos from the evening at West, click here.

To learn more about the parade, follow LNYDP on Facebook, LNYDP on Instagram, or @LNYDP on Twitter.


Great Opportunity Selling Grocery Coupon Books

Selling Coupon books can be a very lucrative and successful fundraiser for individual students. Here is information from our Coupon Book Chairperson:

The way the coupon book fundraiser will work for students is that the student/parent will purchase the coupon books from BAW LONDON for $5 per book. Since the books cost BAW LONDON $1 per book, the student will receive $4 credit to their Charms account upon purchase and treasurer will log it into Charms. Then the cash that the student receives from selling the book is his/hers to keep, or he/she can choose to deposit it also in their Charms account. Receipts will be provided upon purchase. Coupons expire July 31, 2017. All 3 books have a $5 coupon for $50 purchase so buyer can recoup the cost easily.

Coupon books may be purchased by check made out to "BAW London" (or cash if necessary) from 3 different people/locations:

1)Dinah Humphreys, 8972 Twilight lane, Lenexa, 66219. 913-709-2210.

2)Gwyn Valverde, 10315 W 92nd Pl, Overland Park, 66214. 913-548-5712. or

3)Belinda Hyland, 9151 Acuff Lane, Lenexa, 66215. 913-522-0883.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dinah Humphreys at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2016-2017 Band Aides Meetings

7 p.m.

Band Room

Families of band and color guard students, please attend the monthly meetings of our booster group, "Band Aides," so that you are in the know about all the things we have going on, including the important role you have in helping the program succeed. Also be sure to use the Charms website to sign up for opportunities to support our students at parades, football games, marching festivals, etc. A link to the Charms website is available from the Main Menu on the bandaides.org home page.

Tuesday, December 6

Tuesday, January 3

Tuesday, February 7

Tuesday, March 7

MONDAY, April 3

Tuesday, May 2


Guest Conductor

Parents, we have an incredible opportunity for our February concert to host a guest conductor, Pam Smith Kelly, as we perform the music of her father, the late Kansas City composer Claude T. Smith. We want to pay her an honorarium and need to purchase some music. We have raised $250 towards that endeavor but need another $250. Do you own a business or know of someone who does who would contribute toward this cause? All concert band students (9-12) will get to work and perform with this conductor and play some of Claude Smith's incredible music. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.



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.


Helping One of Our Own

SM West Band Supporters, a fellow Band Parent is under going treatment for Stage 3 Breast Cancer. Thankfully it is treatable, but comes with a lot of medical costs. With permission by the family and Mr. Thomas, we would like to share the gofundme account to help alleviate some of the stress of the medical bills for another Vikings Family. Any help is greatly appreciated.



Rachel Dawson family

     Rachel Dawson is mom to three boys; Noah, Eli and Lucas. 


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