Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
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Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
Read More

Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
Read More
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Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
Read More
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Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
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2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
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Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
Read More

Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
Read More

Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
Read More
2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
Read More

Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
Read More

Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
Read More

Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
Read More
2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
Read More

Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
Read More

Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
Read More

Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
Read More
2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
Read More

Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
Read More

Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
Read More

Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
Read More
2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
Read More

Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
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Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
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Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
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Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
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2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
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Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
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Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
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Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
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Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
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2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
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Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
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Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
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Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
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Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
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Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
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Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
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Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
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2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
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Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
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Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
Read More

Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
Read More
2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
Read More

Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
Read More

Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
Read More

Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
Read More
2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
Read More

Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
Read More

Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Marching Band in the Louie Louie Lenexa Parade

2020 Louie Louie Band

Hello Viking Band Families and Alumni-- You may be wondering about the Louie Louie Band at the Lenexa Community Days Parade this 4th of July.  Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade has been canceled this year. Lenexa is still hosting a form of the celebration in the form of a Porch Parade.   People and businesses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate their front yards and porches for the holiday, and guests can drive the route and enjoy the decorations.  The Porch Parade is from July 1-4.  I encourage you to take a drive through Lenexa this weekend to check it out!  Hopefully, we'll be able…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes: Summer Edition

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are staying safe.  Mr. Hupe and I miss being around you all and making music together. Please, spend time practicing your instrument, and music for the fall marching band show.  That link to the music was sent a month ago.  You can go online and find "fun" music to practice for your instrument as well.  That can be Disney, some pop song on the radio, etc.  If you are playing by yourself, it doesn't even have to say it is written for trumpet, flute, sax, tuba or anything else.  Playing by yourself, it doesn't have to match up with anyone, so ANY music will…
Read More

2020-21 Key Positions

Band parents and family - yes, we're getting ready for the 2020-21 West Pride Band year! We have some key positions that need to be filled to make the Band year the best it can be for your students! The Band Aides are looking for a few people to chair some events next year. If you're interested, please contact Dawn Schnake at dawnschnake@gmail.com . August Car Wash - Secure the sites, publicity July 31 Ice Cream Social - Make a flyer, lead the serving Oct Red Wheel Fundraiser - Collect forms, place order, etc West Area Outreach - Connect with Elem and Westridge Band Families Bulletin Boards - We have…
Read More

Band Notes, 3/22: Instruments and classes

Hello, Shawnee Mission West Band Students!   You will need to get your instrument and get signed up online for the final quarter classes. Please complete both requests so we can get back in action with the band! Instrument Pickup from Shawnee Mission West I need to know who needs to pick up instruments from the band room - your personal or school-owned.  If possible, we would like everyone to have their instrument at home.   We are going to try to do some playing!  Percussion, if you do not have a snare or bell kit at home, we will pass out what we have for you.  Please see your email for…
Read More

Wow! Latest Band News, 3-18-20

Are you as shocked as I am?  This is crazy, but here we are.  I know you have lots of questions, as do we as teachers and parents. Let me give you what I know at this point about our band. KSHSAA events (Solo and Ensemble & State Large Group) events have been canceled, right along with school.  Soloists, I have heard of some of our local colleges will be hosting virtual festivals in which you can record yourself and send to them for feedback.  More to come. London - Do not worry at this time.  We are still months away.  Direction will be coming. Flower fundraiser - many of…
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, 3-14 2020

GREAT job Wind Ensemble at the Kauffman on Wednesday!   I was so incredibly proud of you and your performance.  That will be a great memory for me, I hope it will be for you as well.  Thank you to Chadwick Taylor and Rachel Silverstein for chaperoning the Sym Band for us.  Sym Band and Freshman Band, thatnks for joining us as a family for the event.  It was a wonderful day getting to hear all of those great groups and wonderful music that was played. (more…)
Read More
Decorate notes on a musical staff

Band Notes, Mar 7, 2020

BRAVO JAZZ BANDS at PSU yesterday!    Jazz Lab received I’s from both judges and OE received a I and a II (they had some technical struggles with electronics on the stage).  These students received Outstanding Musicianship awards: OE trumpet section (Carver Hartl, Hannah Caudillo, Hannah Silverstein, Lauren Houghton), Curtis Schnitzer, Corbin Wise, Tess Coltvet, Maddie Crowder, Zoey Isom and Kyle Clow.  BRAVO – we’re PROUD of you! (more…)
Read More
2020-21 Color Guard

2020-21 Color Guard Announced!

After excellent tryouts and a hard set of decisions, the Shawnee Mission West Pride Color Guard has been chosen! Congratulations to: Bettendorf, Samantha (Captain) Buckley, AngelinaBush, MadisonGlean, Natalie (Captain) Hansen, Signe Holmes, Elexus Johnson, Maggie Kloster, Gracie (Officer) Lendos-Chinchilla, Alex Roundtree, Curtis Spivey, Jewel Wagner, Kira andWillis, Olivia Thank you to all who auditioned. We look forward to an excellent season! The revised date for the team meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM in the SMW band room.
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Spiritwear Design Contest

The Band-Aides booster club for the Shawnee Mission West Band is sponsoring a Spiritwear design contest. The winner gets their design on the next round of Spiritwear! Deadline: Turn in to Dr. Thomas, Mr. Hupe, or email to dawnschnake@gmail.com by 3:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd. That is two weeks away! Format: jpg, pdf, or drawn by hand. Large enough to put on a shirt. Guidelines: Identify the school. West or Shawnee Mission WestUse 3 colors or fewer and include school colors. Background color of the shirt can be white, black, grey, or gold.No dates. For example, don’t use 2020-2021 in the design.Humor is okay, but keep it positive. Full band program, not just…
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Band Notes, Feb 16 2020

Hello Shawnee Mission West Pride Band Students and Parents! First off – good concert everyone.  It is always such fund to see the West Community come together for this concert. The Chili Supper event, is something special and somewhat unique for many bands.    I hope you enjoy being able to perform in a more relaxed manner.  Sorry it fell this year on a long weekend.  Wasn’t my first choice either. Jazz Lab – your recordings will be posted in the Google Classroom.  Please listen to them so you know what to practice as we look forward to the Pitt State Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6.   Wind Ensemble – Your recordings are in your Google Classroom.  If you have…
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