Lakota West Bands Update: March 19

A Communication of the Lakota West Upbeat Club and Lakota West Band Directors

This communication covers:

  • OMEA Large Group Contest
  • Concert Band Auditions
  • Jazz Band Auditions
  • Jazz ‘n Cakes
  • 2018 Marching Band Firebird Commitment Form and Deposit
  • Calendar

OMEA Large Group Contest
Congratulations to all five high school bands who competed in District Large Group Contest earlier this month:

Symphonic Winds – Superior Rating
Symphonic Band – Outstanding Rating
Concert Band – Festival Performance [A student had a family emergency and was unable to participate. A senior stepped in and sight read the concert for them! Unfortunately, this precluded them from being rated. However they received comments and benefited from the experience.]
Freshman Band Zero Bell – Outstanding Rating
Freshman Band First Bell – Outstanding Rating

Concert Band Auditions for 2018-19
Auditions for Concert Bands for 2018-19 begin March 12 and conclude March 22. Please refer to CHARMS email sent on 2/23 for more information. All date are also on our calendar.

Jazz Band Auditions for 2018-19
Auditions for Jazz Ensembles for 2018-19 is on our Jazz web page on our website. Auditions to take place during Jazz class in February and March. If not currently in jazz band class, contact to schedule an audition.

Jazz ‘n Cakes April 21

This event is one of the largest single fundraisers we have each year. There is a potential for a great return for our students and band program. Here is how you can help!
Tickets – We are requesting each family of a band student in a concert band, jazz band or winterguard grades 9-12 purchase 5 tickets. You may use them for yourself, sell to family and friends, or offer to your favorite teacher! All additional tickets can be purchased at the door. 5 tickets per family have been distributed to all families either at the concert or sent home with students. Please check with your students! Payment for the 5 tickets is $30 and is due to the band directors by Friday April 6. Checks should be made out to Lakota West Upbeat Club.
Basket Raffle Items – Each year we hold a silent auction and basket raffle with dozens of themed baskets, and we’d love your help.  Check your closets.  Did you receive any gifts that just don’t suit you?  We’ll take them!  Gift cards or event tickets you’ll never use?  We’d love them!  Do you know anyone who might like to donate a service (haircut, photography, etc)?  Send them our way!  E-mail us at
Vendors – join our Main Street Market at Jazz n’ Cakes, Saturday, April 21st at West High School.  For information on reserving a table, e-mail Use Facebook to invite vendors!
Facebook  – once you see the event posted on Facebook, use that to share and invite your friends and neighbors.
Raffle Tickets – more details coming next week!
We will need lots of volunteers to help the day of the event – check back at our Parent Volunteer page on our website for a sign up link, a few weeks before the event. We have over 100 parent shifts to cover and close to 200 student shifts. All hands on deck!
2018 Marching Firebird Commitment Form and Deposit Due March 23
Who’s ready to to be a 2018 Marching Firebird! Remember the commitment forms are due Friday 3/23 to Director Andrew Carr or Asst Dir Tom Racic. If you turn in the form without the deposit, you will be billed and can pay through EZPAY . Checks should be made out to Lakota West High School and please put student ID on check. The initial deposit is $100. Link here to  form for additional information.
Highlights from the Calendar
  • Calendar – click here for link
  • Monday March 19 – Concert Band Auditions continue – see band calendar
  • Thursday March 22 – Jazz ‘n Cakes Planning Meeting at 7p
  • Friday March 23 –
    • Drum Major Auditions postoned. Date not known at this time. 2018 Leadership team will be required to participate.
    • Marching Band Commitment form and deposit due
  • March 24-25 – WGI Mideast Power Regional
  • Monday March 26 – Spring Break begins
  • Saturday March 31 – Winterguard TMA Championships
  • Tuesday April 3 – School Resumes
  • Thursday April 5 – Jazz ‘n Cakes Planning Meeting at 7p
  • April 12-14 – WGI World Championships in Dayton
  • Saturday April 14 – Ridge Jr Solo & Ensemble Contest
  • Thursday April 19 –
    • LWBBB Breaskfast meeting at 8am at First Watch
    • Upbeat meeting at 7pm, Main Campus
  • TBD Marching Band Assessment and Parent Meeting for 2018 Rookies
  • Saturday April 21 – Jazz ‘n Cakes
  • Monday May 7 – Main Campus Spring Concert at 7pm
  • Wednesday May 9 – Lakota Jazz Concert at 6pm
  • Thursday May 10 –
    • Plains Jr Concert – 6:30pm
    • Ridge Jr Concert – 6:30pm
    • Band Awards, Main Campus – 7:30pm
  • Friday May 11 – Last day for Seniors
  • Tuesday May 15 – Freshman Bands Concert – 7pm
  • Thursday May 17 –
    • NO Upbeat Meeting (rescheduled to 5/30)
    • West Graduation – combination of Concert and Symphonic Bands perform
  • Wednesday May 23 – Last day of school K-11
  • Monday May 28 – Memorial Day Parade
  • Tuesday May 29 – Mini Camp from 1-9pm
  • Wednesday May 30 – Mini Camp from 1-9pm with Upbeat meeting at 7p and Parent Band Show at 8:30pm

Any questions on the information contained in this post, you can contact