The South band program exists to foster a love of music through understand and performance. We emphasize quality literature and high expectations of students, regarding preparation, performance, and teamwork. Students will be given significant leadership and decision making opportunities, thus, the success of the program lies heavily on the students themselves.
Fall Semester, Open to all students
Beginning with summer camp, members of the Rompin' Stompin' Raider Band learn traditional and modern marching techniques and formations, play music from many different genres, support the South football program, and take part in one of the most decorated traditions of Shawnee Mission South High School. The band performs at home football games, and competes at area marching festivals.
Fall Semester, Open to 9th Grade Students
For students wanting to focus building musical fundamentals, the Freshman band delivers a balance of traditional concert band and learning the basics of marching. Members of this class march during Pre-game at home football games, play in the stands during the game, but also perform their own concert band music in October and December.
Spring Semester, Open to all students
In the spring, the band program splits into two ensembles.
The Symphonic Band is an auditioned group under the direction of Steve Adams that meets during 1st hour. This is an elite group that performs college level music regularly and consistently receives the highest ratings at State Festival.
The Concert Band is for any student, 9-12 and is non-audition. Directed by Paul Schapker, this group includes a developmental aspect for younger musicians, but strives for the same quality of performance as the Symphonic Band, on more accessible music. This group also has a tradition of receiving exceptional marks at the State Festival.
Fall/Spring Semesters, By Audition Only
Jazz Band is an extension of the regular band class. Students will have exposure to a large variety of jazz and related styles through listening, performing, and studying. Students will also have opportunities to develop improvisational techniques.
Students must be members of another regular band or orchestra class.