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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Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

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

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

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

Night Marching Band Rehearsal, 2019

Tuesday nights we will be rehearsing, either as the full band or specific sections of the band. September 6: Full bandSeptember 10: TBDSeptember 17: Full band, no percussionSeptember 24: Full bandOctober 8th: Full band October 15: Full bandOctober 29: Percussion only Percussion also has the following additional practice: September 9thSeptember 16th
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Brass Key

Key Band Information

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! Key Shawnee Mission West Band Information
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Shawnee Mission West Pride Band playing at a football game

New SM West Band Aides Site

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!
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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

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

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

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

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

Night Marching Band Rehearsal, 2019

Tuesday nights we will be rehearsing, either as the full band or specific sections of the band. September 6: Full bandSeptember 10: TBDSeptember 17: Full band, no percussionSeptember 24: Full bandOctober 8th: Full band October 15: Full bandOctober 29: Percussion only Percussion also has the following additional practice: September 9thSeptember 16th
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Brass Key

Key Band Information

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! Key Shawnee Mission West Band Information
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Pride Band playing at a football game

New SM West Band Aides Site

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!
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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 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.

Audition Process

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.

Final Words

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 briannalthomas13@gmail.com

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Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

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

Monday – Percussion rehearsal 6-9p

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

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

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

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

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

NEXT WEEK

Monday – Percussion 6-9p

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

Friday – Pep Band

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

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

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

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

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

Read More

Night Marching Band Rehearsal, 2019

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
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New SM West Band Aides Site

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!

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

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

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

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

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

Night Marching Band Rehearsal, 2019

Tuesday nights we will be rehearsing, either as the full band or specific sections of the band. September 6: Full bandSeptember 10: TBDSeptember 17: Full band, no percussionSeptember 24: Full bandOctober 8th: Full band October 15: Full bandOctober 29: Percussion only Percussion also has the following additional practice: September 9thSeptember 16th
Read More
Brass Key

Key Band Information

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! Key Shawnee Mission West Band Information
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Pride Band playing at a football game

New SM West Band Aides Site

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!
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

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

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

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

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

Night Marching Band Rehearsal, 2019

Tuesday nights we will be rehearsing, either as the full band or specific sections of the band. September 6: Full bandSeptember 10: TBDSeptember 17: Full band, no percussionSeptember 24: Full bandOctober 8th: Full band October 15: Full bandOctober 29: Percussion only Percussion also has the following additional practice: September 9thSeptember 16th
Read More
Brass Key

Key Band Information

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! Key Shawnee Mission West Band Information
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Pride Band playing at a football game

New SM West Band Aides Site

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!
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

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

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

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

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

Night Marching Band Rehearsal, 2019

Tuesday nights we will be rehearsing, either as the full band or specific sections of the band. September 6: Full bandSeptember 10: TBDSeptember 17: Full band, no percussionSeptember 24: Full bandOctober 8th: Full band October 15: Full bandOctober 29: Percussion only Percussion also has the following additional practice: September 9thSeptember 16th
Read More
Brass Key

Key Band Information

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! Key Shawnee Mission West Band Information
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Pride Band playing at a football game

New SM West Band Aides Site

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!
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

Band Notes Feb 2, 2020

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

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Thomas!

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

Night Marching Band Rehearsal, 2019

Tuesday nights we will be rehearsing, either as the full band or specific sections of the band. September 6: Full bandSeptember 10: TBDSeptember 17: Full band, no percussionSeptember 24: Full bandOctober 8th: Full band October 15: Full bandOctober 29: Percussion only Percussion also has the following additional practice: September 9thSeptember 16th
Read More
Brass Key

Key Band Information

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! Key Shawnee Mission West Band Information
Read More
Shawnee Mission West Pride Band playing at a football game

New SM West Band Aides Site

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!
Read More