Lakota West Bands Update: April 17

A communication of the Lakota West Upbeat Club

This communication covers:

  • Jazz ‘n Cakes
  • AmazonSmile Fundraiser
  • Kroger Community Rewards
  • Upbeat Club Meeting and Officer Elections
  • Marching Band Rookie Tryouts
  • Fall Color Guard Auditions
  • For the Calendar

Jazz ‘n Cakes  – April 22

Thanks to generous donations from dozens of community businesses & supporters, more than 50 baskets will be raffled. Raffle tickets will be sold at the door for $1 per ticket. To purchase raffle tickets in advance at the great rate of $20 for 40 tickets, $30 for 70 tickets and $50 for 120 tickets, contact Kevin at or text 604-2997.

Signup for Volunteers     Please consider donating some time to this half day event on Saturday.  It seems we’ve barely made a dent in the number of volunteer spots filled. We need many more hands to make this event a success both for the community as well as the students. Thank you for your time.

Signup for Students – Please sign up for a shift(s) on poster located at West.

Tickets: Tickets are available at the door at $6.00/each, children three and under are free. For more information and performance schedulesee web page.

AmazonSmile Fundraiser

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Lakota West Bands every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Lakota West Band Program.

Click here to learn more.

Kroger Card Renewal Time

Do you shop at Kroger?! Every time you scan your Kroger Plus Card, you could earn money for The Lakota West Bands – it is that easy.  Registration or Renewal must occur before May 1.

Click here to read how to start or renew a card.    


Upbeat Club Meeting and Elections

April Upbeat Club meeting is Thursday 4/20 at Lakota West High School starting at 6:30pm with the Directors’ update, and 7pm for the Upbeat Club regular meeting. All parents with band students in grades 7-12 are welcome and encouraged to join. Officer elections for 2017-18 will take place, and we encourage as many parents as possible to be present in order to participate.

Marching Band Rookie Tryouts

Tuesday April 25 at 6:30pm

Any new student (incoming 9th to 12th graders for 2017-18) wishing to join the 2017-18 Marching Firebirds, should plan to attend the rookie auditions on April 25 at 6:30pm. A meeting will follow for all new Marching Band parents. It takes place in the West High School Band Room. If you have questions, contact the director at your school: Ridge, Plains, Freshman or High School. For more information including the rehearsal schedule, competition schedule, or information about our exciting trip to Orlando in December, please go to our website at

Fall Color Guard Auditions

Tuesday May 2 from 6pm – 9pm at West Freshman Gym
Thursday May 4 from 6pm – 9pm at West Freshman Gym

Open to incoming 9th to 12th graders for 2017-18, and all interested students must attend both sessions. The first day the students will learn technique and audition material. The second day will be a review of the material and auditions. Any questions, please contact Shelby Klamert or Tim Coady.

For the Calendar

  • Link to calendar here
  • April 20  – Upbeat Club meeting
  • April 22 – Jazz’ n Cakes
  • April 25 – Marching Band Tryouts and Parent Meeting
  • May 2 and 4 – Fall Color Guard Auditions
  • May 8 – Spring High School Bands Concert at West
  • May 10 – Plains Jr Spring Band Concert
  • May 10 – Jazz Spring Concert at East
  • May 11 – Band Awards Night
  • May 11 – Ridge Jr Spring Band Concert
  • May 18 – Upbeat Club Meeting
  • May 19 – Lakota West Graduation
  • May 24 – Last day of school, and Rookie Marcher Day from 6-8pm
  • May 29 – Memorial Day Parade