Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
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Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
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Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
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SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
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Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
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Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
Read More

Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
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Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
Read More

SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
Read More

Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
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Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
Read More

Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
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Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
Read More

SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
Read More

Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
Read More

Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
Read More

Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
Read More

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
Read More

SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
Read More

Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
Read More

Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
Read More

Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
Read More

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
Read More

SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
Read More

Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
Read More

Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice.

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Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here. 

Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member.

Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you.

Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the band room.  Pass the word.

Wednesday – Parent/Teacher conferences.  Want to make a payment – Bring it, we’ll take it.  Need to figure out how to get into CHARMS, we can help you.  Want to talk about the Kauffman Concert – let’s talk.  What to talk about how to get private lessons – we have names.  Interested in a new instrument, we have ideas on that too.  Mr. Hupe and I are here for you.

Friday – Home Basketball vs SMNW.  5:30 call time.  Black Pep Band.  Make sure and wear your Pep Band T-shirt.  If you borrowed one, it needs to be washed and returned so you are not charged for it. 

Saturday – Chili Supper and Concert.  Tickets will be available at the door.

5:30pm Serving Line Opens

5:50pm Jazz Lab Ensemble

6:15pm Drumline

6:30pm West Area Honor Band

6:50pm Symphonic Band w/ Freshman Band

7:15pm Overland Express

7:40pm Wind Ensemble

Each bands call time is 30 minutes prior to their performance, in the band room.  

Normal Formal Concert Black is the required attire for the evening.  Ladies, remember no short dresses.  The hemline should be 3 inches from the floor.  Also, no strapped dresses without a shrug, shawl or some other cover.  Gentlemen, BLACK socks with those black dress pants and black dress shoes.  If you are not in the correct attire, you will not perform.  If there is a question or problem, PLEASE ask before Saturday.  We WANT everyone to perform.  The concerts are fun and should be a highlight and not stressful.  Let’s enjoy making GREAT music together!

Don’t forget – Each student needs to bring one dozen cookies either on Friday or Saturday!  THANK YOU!

Bill Thomas and Kevin Hupe

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Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality!

Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p

Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p 

            Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents – we need your help!

Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students.

Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the ticket for food.  The concert is free to attend. 

Friday – Pep Band (Gold) Call time 5:30p

NEXT WEEK

Monday – Percussion 6-9p

Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition meeting 7p in the band room.

Friday – Pep Band

Saturday – Chili Supper Concert 5:30 p.m.   ALL bands will perform.  Full Concert dress.  Warm-up time is 30 minutes prior to your performance.

            Parents, we need your help setting up, serving, and striking after the event.

            Students, we need your help setting-up, serving, and striking after the event.  Lettering points are awarded.

Kauffman Concert (for the Wind Ensemble) – Wednesday, March 11, 12:30p.m.

Parents – tickets are now available.  They are free, but you do need a ticket to attend.  Symphonic band and Freshman band will be joining us in the audience.  I have field trip forms from the Marching Band folks.  Freshmen, I will get Field Trip forms for you shortly.  I will also have a timeline for departure and return shortly.  Parents, this is a very special event.  I hope you can adjust your work schedule to be able to join us as we perform in this world-class performance venue.

Click here: https://youthsymphonykc.org/concerts-and-events/ to reserve your free tickets.

Solos and Ensembles – Now is the time to select your solo or ensemble.  Sign-ups will take place in a few weeks.

Thank you all for what you do to make the West Pride Bands so amazing!  The invitation to perform at the Kauffman Center happened because of amazing students and parent support.  That is why we are taking ALL the HS band students, and the upcoming 8th grade band students.  We wand the entire band family to enjoy this great moment together!

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SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs!

Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them!

Senior Pep Band members – Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need to reach out to her.  If you do not respond, you will not walk that evening and your piacture will not be included in the program.  Please communicate with her!

Chili Supper Concert – Saturday, February 15.   ALL Bands will perform.

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Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend.

We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away!

So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!

Tuesday 

B-ball Pep Band – Gold. 5:30p

Wednesday 

Drumline performs at CAA 4:45- 5:15    

Be at CAA no later than 4:30p

Center for Academic Achievement

8200 W. 71st Street

Jazz Lab performs at 7:30- 8:00

Be at CAA no later than 7:00p

Thursday

Drum Major Interviews during Seminar

Friday

B-ball Pep Band – Black and Gold  Time TBA

Monday Jan 27

Drumline 6-8   Band room to auditorium????

Viking View – 7:00p in the band room

Upcoming freshmen and parents

We need a few upperclassmen to serve as greeters

Center for Academic Achievement performances (Drumline and Jazz Lab) this week are for the 50th Celebration of our school district.  Parents of student performers and performers,  look for a separate email tomorrow about where to meet as well as a special note from the organizers.  It is a ticketed come-and-go event.

Chili Supper tickets will be given to the students in the coming few days.  This concert and dinner takes place on Saturday, February 15, 5:30-8:00p.m.  Like all concerts, it is a required event and has been on your calendar since August.  Everyone will receive 10 tickets to sell.  We are already looking toward next year’s marching band show, with enhanced drill and props.  We are also beginning our group lessons.  We need ALL students to sell their tickets.  That is how BAW earns money to pay for these extra activities and expenses.  All money from ticket sales and any unsold tickets should be returned in the envelope given to the students.  Thanks to all the parents for planning and organizing.

Have a GREAT week!

Bill Thomas and Kevin Hupe
Shawnee Mission West H.S.

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Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room.

All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.  

Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas. 

The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us!

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2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition – Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM!

Step-off Band (Class)
8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin’ Eagles (Gold)
8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold)
8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold)
8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue)
9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue)
9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White)
9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White)
10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White)
10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue)
10:30 AM “The Pride of Southwest Kansas” (Blue)
10:45 AM EHS Band (Gold)
11:00 AM Shawnee Mission North Marching Indians (White)
11:15 AM Eisenhower Instrumental Music Boosters (Gold)
11:30 AM Goddard Instrumental Music Booster – GIMB (Gold)
11:45 AM Seaman High School Bands (Blue)
1:15 PM BV Tiger Band (White)
1:30 PM Derby High School Bands (Blue)
1:45 PM WRHS Band fan club – public page. (Blue)
2:00 PM Maize South High School Bands (Gold)
2:15 PM BVN Band (White)
2:30 PM Valley Center High School Band (White)
2:45 PM OSHS Band Boosters (White)
3:15 PM Lawrence HS Marching Lions (Blue)
3:30 PM Topeka West Charger Band (White)
3:45 PM Olathe North Bands (Gold)
4:00 PM Olathe East Bands (Blue)
4:15 PM Buhler High School Bands (Blue)
4:30 PM Blue Valley West Band Boosters (Gold)

The Finals Competition begins at 7:30 PM and features the 12 highest scoring bands in Prelims.

Best of luck to all 28 bands performing!

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Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas – so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too!

All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.

Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
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Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
Read More

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
Read More

SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
Read More

Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
Read More

Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
Read More

Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
Read More

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
Read More

SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
Read More

Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
Read More

Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
Read More

Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
Read More

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
Read More

SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
Read More

Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
Read More

Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band at the Chili Supper

Section Battle Winners!

Tonight at the Chili Supper and Concert the BAW had a SECTION BATTLE!  The purpose was to raise money to purchase a trailer for the band to haul equipment on the field for marching festivals and performances.  Donation tubs were on the table in the gym.  Bills counted towards the total, and coins added to the tubs subtracted from the total for each section.  The winning section will receive a donut party during sectional practice. (more…)
Read More

Band Notes 2-9-2020

Greetings everyone.  My how fast the time is flying by.  Here are this weeks notes.  There is a lot of information here.  Monday morning is the Heart of the West Pep Assembly.  It will be at the normal time between 2nd and 3rd periods.  Feel free to dress up for pajama day.  Please get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room just like last time if you are a pep band member. Monday night – Percussion rehearsal.   Mr. Viking is just around the corner.  I need a list of names for the program please.  Curtis and Sean, will you coordinate and provide to me?  Thank you. Tuesday – Color Guard Pre-Audition Meeting for students and parents.  7:00p in the…
Read More

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

We have started our group lessons during band classes.  YAY!  Thank you Mr. Hupe for setting these up this year.  Thank you Band~Aides for supplying the money to make this a reality! Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p Tuesday – Pep Band (Black)  Call time 5:30p              Band~Aides meeting at 7:00p.  This week we are talking about the upcoming Chili Supper Concert.  Parents - we need your help! Wednesday – Parent Teacher Conferences.  Parents, feel free to join us for conversations about your wonderful students. Thursday – Chili Supper Ticket Envelopes due back in the office.  You may return them early.  PLEASE don’t return them late.  EVERY Ticket Envelope MUST be returned.  Preferably with all tickets sold; if not, then with unsold tickets.  You only need the…
Read More

SM West Band Notes, 30-Jan-2020

Pep Band Friday morning.  Get out of class at 8:45 to come to the band room to prepare.  We will begin playing at 9:15.   Wear RED to support the Chiefs! Chili Supper tickets were given to the students on Tuesday.  They should have taken them home.  Parents, please help them sell ALL 10 tickets!  We need your help here.  ALL Ticket envelopes need to be returned February 6 with the money in the envelope and/or unsold tickets.  DO NOT lose them! Senior Pep Band members - Your Senior night is coming up on Tuesday, February 18.   If you have anything new to add to your bio, you need…
Read More

Band Notes, Jan 20, 2020!

Hello everyone.  We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow after a long 4-day weekend. We’re VERY proud of our students who auditioned for All-State band on Saturday.  We won’t find out for a few more days if they are in or not, but it is the journey that is most important.  The journey of improvement.  Being accepted into this All-State band or getting a I at contest, or getting scholarships, those all give incredible feelings, but they come when someone else sees fit to bestow them.  Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments no one can give or take away! So what is coming up you ask – well I’m glad you asked!…
Read More
Dr. Bill Thomas in Profile

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

Our West Area Band director and SMSD Music Coordinator, has successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation and is now Doctor Bill Thomas! To recognize his accomplishments, Shawnee Mission West will be hosting a brief reception before school on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 AM in the band room. All band and color guard alumni and their families are invited to a reception to honor Dr. Thomas on Wednesday, November 20, from 7:00 AM-7:30 AM in the band room.   Parents, please swing by before work to congratulate Dr. Thomas.  The BAW Executive Board will have coffee, orange juice and donuts.  Please come and celebrate with us! 2019 Shawnee Mission West Graduation
Read More
SM West Drum Majors at Kansas Bandmasters Association

2019 Kansas Bandmasters Competition Schedule

Kansas Band News has announced the schedule for the 2019 Kansas Bandmasters Marching Band Competition - Shawnee Mission West Pride will be marching at 9:30 AM! Step-off Band (Class) 8:00 AM Bishop Carroll Screamin' Eagles (Gold) 8:15 AM McLouth High School Marching Band(Gold) 8:30 AM Wichita East Marching Blue Aces (Gold) 8:45 AM De Soto High School Marching Wildcats (Blue) 9:00 AM Olathe Northwest Raven Pride (Blue) 9:15 AM Blue Valley Southwest High School Band (White) 9:30 AM Shawnee Mission West Marching Band (White) 10:00 AM Free State High School Band (White) 10:15 AM GCHS Marching Stampede (Blue) 10:30 AM "The Pride of Southwest Kansas" (Blue) 10:45 AM EHS Band…
Read More

Hair Dye Time!

The band did so well at their car wash this year they beat the goal set by Mr. Thomas - so he held up his end of the deal and had his hair dyed pink! Mr. Hupe too! All of the photos, in full resolution without watermark are available on our Smugmug photo site; feel free to download, reuse, but do give credit to the photographer.
Read More