SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
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Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
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2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
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Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
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Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
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SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
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SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
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SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
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2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
Read More

SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
Read More

SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
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SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
Read More

2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
Read More

SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
Read More

SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
Read More
SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
Read More

2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
Read More

SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
Read More

SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
Read More
SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
Read More

2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
Read More

SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
Read More

SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
Read More
SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
Read More

2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
Read More

SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
Read More

SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
Read More
SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
Read More

2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
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SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
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SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
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SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
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Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
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2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
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Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
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Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
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SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
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SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
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SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
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Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
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2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
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Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
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Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
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SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
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SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
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SM West Color Guard Performing

2020 Color Guard Auditions

Are you interested in auditioning for the 2020 Color Guard? Here’s all the information you will need about the audition, pre-audition, clinics, and a brand-new audition process! Pre-Audition Meeting We will be holding a pre-audition meeting on February 11, 2020. It will be held in the band room at West at 7pm (Room 149). This is a meeting for both students and parents where we will go over this information!  If you have questions, ask them on the 11th!  If you have a question, I bet someone else does too, so go ahead and ask! Pre-Audition Clinic The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Winter Band Concert

2019 Winter Band Concert Information

Thursday night, Dec. 12 - Band concert ALL bands.  Pictures will be taken prior to the concert starting at 6:00p with the Wind Ensemble, followed at 6:15 by the Symphonic Band (this includes Freshman Concert Band the rest of the year).  Jazz pictures will be taken later.  The doors to the auditorium will open after pictures about 6:40p.   Make sure you have the appropriate "concert dress" items.  All Black long dresses, Tuxedo shirts, ties, cummerbunds, black dress pants, black DRESS shoes and long black socks etc.  If in doubt, please ask Dr. Thomas.  Ladies - dresses above the knees are not acceptable nor are low necklines.   If you need help obtaining the correct attire,…
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2019 KBA Marching Festival Schedule – SM West

From Mr. Thomas: Saturday:  KBA Marching Festival - STRANGE schedule.  Not my desire, but due to a packed performance schedule (28 bands), we must leave the campus at noon (fire marshal’s declaration), then if we are in finals, we will drive back.  Please eat breakfast prior to arrival in the morning.  You can eat lunch when we arrive back in KC.  Similarly, if we make it into finals, please eat before arrival back at West to return.  6:15a - Call time – come in T-shirt, shorts, socks, marching shoes etc.   Change into uniform, upon arrival at school. 6:45     Bus departs West 8:00     Bus arrives at Topeka Washburn University             Warm-up 9:30     Preliminary performance 9:50     Change into street clothes to watch other bands…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Band Glow Marching Show

October Glow Marching Show Resources

Mass quantities of Glow Sticks make the show such a brilliant success! You can find them locally - sometimes - or order online; A list of products used successfully before; no affiliation, just products that have worked. (we really should get an Amazon Affiliate Account...) 100 Pack Loops, Blue25 box bright blue 6" glowsticks25 box bright green 6" glowsticks100 pack loops, green100 pack loops, multicolor25 box, multicolor 6" glowsticks or this set100 pack smaller loops (wristband size, multicolor) You will need a *lot* of clear packing tape to attach the glowsticks to your marching band student. Here is a lot of clear packing tape in easy to use dispensers. Please…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Homecoming Parade

2019 Homecoming Parade

The SM West homecoming parade will begin at approximately 1:30 pm in the circle drive of Shawnee Mission West High School.  The parade proceeds down 85th Street to Santa Fe Drive and concludes at Overland Park Elementary School.  Parents and guests are invited to attend or watch along the parade route. Stay tuned to the SM West Band Facebook page for any updates or changes for weather.
Read More

SM West Band Notes, April 28 2019

Notes from Mr. Thomas: Seniors – The BAW Scholarship Packet and essay are due in the band office first thing Monday morning. Seniors – The Kelsie Smith Scholarship was emailed earlier this past week. Tuesday – We have a pep band for the 8th graders that are coming to visit us at 9:00a.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the front of the band room. I need your name on the list by Monday if you are going to play. Drum line we need all of you because you will have a spotlight performance in the auditorium at around 9:30. No need to wear Pep Band shirts unless you want…
Read More

SM West State Solo / Ensemble Results, 2019

From Mr. Thomas - Bravo to everyone. It did my heart well to listen to each solo and group and hear the improvement that has been made. Excellent work! I am proud of each of you and you should be as well. State Ratings, in order of appearance: II - Aiden Parkhurst – Snare Drum Solo II - Grace Loya – Oboe Solo II – Victoria Major – Flute Solo I – Corbin Wise – Clarinet Solo I – Brass Quintet – Nicholas Bern-Hoyt, Nathan Nguyen, Josh Knecht, Luke Demint, Paydn Bettendorf I – Victoria Major – Piccolo Solo I – Tess Coltvet – Clarinet Solo I – Alister Berns-Hoyt…
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