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.Continue reading
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
6:30pm 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
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!
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!
The following times are the pre-audition clinics. It is very important that you be at each clinic because this is where we learn and perfect the audition material! If you have a conflict, let me know ASAP. Wear clothing you can move in and tennis shoes. We will have some dance technique involved as well as flag (please no jeans or boots).
- Monday, February 17 (No School) – Main Gym from 7:30-9 AM
- Tuesday, February 18 (No School)- Main Gym from 7:30-9 AM
- Wednesday, February 19- Stage Gym from 6:30-7:30 AM
- Thursday, February 20- Stage Gym from 6:30-7:30 AM
- Friday, February 21 (NO EARLY MORNING CLINIC)- Audition begins at 4:30 PM in the Main and Aux Gyms
Please be on the bridge prior to 4:30 in order to warm-up and get checked in. We will begin at 4:30 when the gym is available following basketball. As you will learn, “To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late!” Please wear all black and tennis shoes, so we can see your lines clearly.
The audition process will be BRAND NEW this year, so both veterans and new recruits alike will see something a bit different. The audition will be comprised of two components or stations: Technique and Fight Song AND Routine. To be in accordance with SMSD rules, we will have a panel of seven judges: three for technique, and four for routine. These are color guard/dance coaches and teachers from both the school district and across the state. They are very knowledgeable and eager to help build our best team for the 2020-2021 school year. More info regarding the breakdown of scores will be discussed at our pre-audition meeting.
Bring your questions, comments and concerns on February 11 at 7 pm! (If you have a question that absolutely can’t wait, my email is below.) Yes, there’s a lot of details. Please don’t let the process scare you away from this awesome program!
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting on February 11 at 7pm!
Coach Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!
Dr. Thomas has spent the last three years working on his doctorate degree – he completed this year, and the BandAides West executive board presented him with a special recognition during the 2019 Winter Band Concert!
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!
Tuesday nights we will be rehearsing, either as the full band or specific sections of the band.
- September 6: Full band
- September 10: TBD
- September 17: Full band, no percussion
- September 24: Full band
- October 8th: Full band
- October 15: Full band
- October 29: Percussion only
Percussion also has the following additional practice:
- September 9th
- September 16th
Welcome to the newly updated Shawnee Mission West Pride Band website. The key information you will need is on your left side of the screen. Bookmark this site as well to find out the latest news, events, photos and videos of the Shawnee Mission West Band!
Welcome to the new Shawnee Mission West Pride Band parent and booster club website – Band Aides! We’re working to get all of the relevant content moved from the original site; pardon our dust as we rearrange the furniture.
Our old site had a bit of a breakdown and isn’t showing any of the content. Currently you can find the latest news and information at our Facebook site. We anticipate having this site fully live by the first week of February!