Band-Aides, West, Inc.
Band-Aides, West, Inc., is a non-profit organization which supports the Band Program at Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kansas.
The Shawnee Mission West band program enjoys a tradition of excellence, based on outstanding musicianship, leadership, and self-discipline. There are well over 200 students enrolled in West Bands. The program includes the West Pride Marching Band, two jazz ensembles, three concert bands, basketball pep band, musical pit orchestra and opportunities for solo and ensemble performance at the regional and state levels. Shawnee Mission West bands have received numerous honors in competitions and festivals.
The West Pride Marching Band performs at all home football games, the annual Overland Park Parade, the Shawnee Mission Marching Festival, the Central States Marching Festival in Manhattan, KS, and the KU Marching Festival. The band is a great source of pride for its school and its community.
On New Year’s Day, 2009, 2012, and 2018, the band marched the streets of London, England, for the 6th, 7th and 8th times!
Band-Aides, West, Inc. is the parent support organization for the Band and Jazz Departments at Shawnee Mission West High School. The purpose of the organization is to encourage interest, lend support and promote activities of the Band and Jazz departments. Volunteers serve as chaperones, equipment handlers, uniform helpers, telephone callers, organizers, helpers for events and fundraising, committee chair-people and board members.
Activities include Fall Picnic, Jazz Jam Night, Chili Supper, Jazz on the Bridge, Band Banquet. Band-Aides West, Inc. has been the sponsor of record for past trips beyond SM District guideline mileage limits to London, France, Austria, New Orleans, etc.
Financial support is provided by membership dues and fundraising activities such as Spaghetti Dinner and Concession Stands for football and basketball. Monies have been used to:
- purchase instruments
- purchase general equipment
- purchase uniforms and accessories
- provide clinicians and drum line coaches
- fund scholarships
- provide senior gifts
Bylaws govern the organization with an Executive Board of Officers. Meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the SM West band room. All interested people are welcome to attend.
Joining Band-Aides is easy and very important as it shows interest in your student’s activities. You will be involved with a fun and lively group of parents supporting the band and jazz programs at Shawnee Mission West High School. If you haven’t already,