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Band News

Band News

Jul 14, 2018

Important Dates


Edited: 20 hours ago


May 2019

14 Graduation 8pm, South Stadium – Sym Band

23 Leadership Meeting Band Room – Officers/Section Leaders

28 New Parent Meeting 7pm, Band Room

28-29 Band Camp Session 1 7:30am-3pm, SMS – New Marchers/Leaders/Perc.

30- June 12 Trip to Germany Symphonic Band


July 2019

22-24 Percussion Camp 7am-noon, SMS – All 1st Hour Percussion

25-26 Band Camp Session 2 7:30am-3pm, SMS – All 1st and 5th Hour

29-8/2 Band Camp Session 3 7:30am-3pm, SMS – First Hour Members ONLY

30 Strike Up the Band Night 6:00-8pm


August 2019

2 Beach Party 6-8pm, SM Park – All band students invited

8 Raider Rally 6:30pm SMS Gym, First Hour

12 Indian Woods Welcome Picnic 6-7pm, IW, First Hour

19 First Mon. Night Rehearsal 7-8:30pm, Stadium, 1st Hour Band

20 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room

21 First Combined 7am Practice7am, Stadium, 1st and 5th Hour


September 2019

6 Home Game, Potluck Dinner, & Budget Vote, 5pm Cafeteria - All band students/parents invited

13 Away Game (West) 6:30pm, SMS – Volunteer Pep Band

14 Mattress Sale All day, Gym – Volunteers

17 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room

21 Kansas City Champions Marching Festival, Blue Springs South (time TBA)

28 Overland Park Parade 9am, Downtown OP – 1st & 5th Hour


October 2019

4 Homcoming Game (OS) 6pm, SMS – 1st & 5th Hour

7 SM Marching Fest 6pm, SMS – 1st Hour

15 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room

18 Home Game 6pm, SMS – 1st & 5th Hour

19 Marching Contest Warrensburg -- All Day, 1st Hour

24 Away Game 6:30pm, SMN – Volunteer Pep Band

28 Freshmen/Jazz Concert 7pm, Auditorium – 5th Hour and Jazz Band


November 2019

1 Football Game??? TBD

3 Band 5K Race 7:30am, SMS – Volunteers

4-6 Symphonic Band Auditions, 7AM

9 District Auditions All day, OE – Individuals

19 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room

22 Masterworks Auditions 3pm, SMS – Individuals


December 2019


4 Chili Dinner 5:30pm, Cafeteria – All students/parents invited

Winter Band Concert 7pm, Auditorium – 1st & 5th Hour

7 District Band All day, BV – Individuals

17 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room


January 2020

11 State Auditions All day, Salina – Individuals

21 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room

27 Band/Orchestra Concert 7pm, Auditorium – Concert & Freshman Band

30 Masterworks 7pm, Auditorium – Sym Band


February 2020

18 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room

27-29 KMEA All State Band 3 days, Wichita – Individuals


March 2020

24 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room

31 District Sym Band Festival 7pm, SME – Sym Band


April 2020

4 Regional Solo & Ensemble All day, OS – Individuals

8 Pre-State Band Concert 7pm, Auditorium, All Bands

16 State Band Festivals TBA, BV & BVSW – Sym and Con Bands

21 Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Band Room

23 South Area Band Festival 7pm, Gym – Sym and Con Band

25 State Solo & Ensemble All day, Topeka – Individuals


May 2020

2 Evening of Jazz 7:30-10:30pm, Cafeteria – Jazz Band/volunteers

5 Spring Concert, Awards, & Booster Execs Election, 7pm Auditorium -  All Bands

12 Graduation 8pm, SMS – Sym Band

26-27 New Marcher Camp 7:30am-3pm – New Marchers/Leaders

26 New Marcher Parent Meeting - Time TBA

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