Lakota West Bands Update: August 20


A communication of the Lakota West Upbeat Club and Directors:

This communication covers:

  • Freshman Parent Meeting 8/23
  • Upbeat Club Booster Meeting 8/23
  • Football Game Friday 8/24
  • Tag Day 8/25
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Yard Signs Sale
  • Concert Uniform Fittings and Purchases
  • Mattress Sale 9/15
  • Calendar

Freshman Parent Meeting August 23 – for Freshman Concert Band families

Mr. Racic is holding at meeting on Thursday 8/23 at 6:30pm in the Freshman Theater.  Many important things will be covered and hopefully all your questions answered.  Topics include Lakota Band Day 9/21, OMEA Solo & Ensemble Contest, OMEA Large Group Contest, Concert Schedule, Upbeat Club participation and more.

Upbeat Club Booster Meeting August 23 – Note time changed to 7:30pm for August Only

All parents and guardians of band students grades 7-12 are welcome to attend! Meeting will start at 7:30pm at the Freshman Building in the band room or Theater and run appx one hour. This first meeting of the year may run longer. Come out to see what is ahead and get your questions answered. Click here for Agenda. For all Upbeat minutes, financial reports, budget  and more, please go to our Upbeat web page here.

Football Game Friday 8/24

Tickets available in advance through Thursday at West High School for $10/ea. Tickets available at gate at $12/ea.  See email from Mr. Carr with the subject “Paul Brown Game Info (Students and Parents)”that came out 8/19. Schedule of the day is also now on the calendar. Highlights: report at 3:30pm, plan on full uniform, pack dinner.

Important Reminders about wearing marching band uniform:

  1. Handout given to students at Uniform Fitting  – click here
  2. Items to Pack in Your Red Bag for every Game or Competition (from Handbook)
    • Parka (rain or shine, things change)
    • Shako/Beret and box
    • Gloves (L/R)
    • Marching Shoes (name marked on inside)
    • Black crew socks
    • Flip folder & lyre (for football games)
    • Water bottle
    • Hair ties, bobby pins, etc…
    • Small bag (cinch or other) for personal items (watch, wallet, jewelry, phone etc…)
    • Power snack  (granola bar, trail mix etc..)

Tag Day August 25

Tag – You’re it! Actually, We’re ALL IT!  Thank you to all that signed up just since Saturday! We still need 25 more drivers.

All Lakota West marching and concert band students grades 9-12 are expected to participate. Attendance will be taken upon arrival. We need everyone because this event benefits everyone! We need 85 parents to drive a route.  Any route missed is a significant impact on the amount of donations we collect. The SIGN-UP FOR 85 parents needed is here! You may request your neighborhood if it is still available so don’t wait! Questions contact

Volunteer Opportunities

All current opportunities and description of volunteer roles always listed on Parent Volunteer Page. Here they are below also:

Tag Day
Third Quarter Refreshment Help
Split the Pot Assistance
Hemming and light alterations of concert uniforms
Assistance at concert uniform fitting days

Yard Sign Sale – Sale ends Thursday 8/23

Marching Firebird Yard Signs! Available for a limited time! They are $25 each, payable by cash or check. See link to print order form
Orders will be collected on the following dates/times:

  • Thursday 8/23 at the Upbeat meeting at 7:30pm (sale ends)

Concert Uniform Fittings grades 10-12

Students in Concert, Symphonic or Symphonic Winds will be fitted for concert uniforms during their block bell (bells 4, 5 and 6) on August 29 and August 30.

See our Concert Uniform page

See letter from Uniform Chairperson for information about  fittings, items provided by parent, as well as items needed to be purchased by parent from the Upbeat Club. This document is also linked to the Uniform page on our website. Questions contact

Mattress Sale Sept 15

Check out the new flyer here! It includes a $50 off purchase of $500 or more! Please spread the word to your coworkers, family and friends. Here is a link to the Facebook event you can use to share and invite your friends and family. Questions contact

For the Calendar (use link to calendar below where you’ll find the most up to date information)

  • Link to calendar here
  • Monday 8/20 – Rehearsal 6:30pm – 9pm, main campus
  • Wednesday 8/22 – Rehearsal 3pm – 5:30pm, main campus back parking lot (freshman – remember to sign up for activity bus at lunch EVERY Wednesday. This will take you to main campus after school)
  •  Thursday 8/23
    • Rehearsal 6:30pm – 9pm, Freshman Building
    • Freshman Concert Band Parent Meeting – 6:30pm, Freshman Theater
    • Upbeat Club Meeting – 7:30pm, Freshman Band Room or Theater
  • Friday 8/24 – Football Game at Paul Brown Stadium
  • Saturday 8/25 – Lakota Tag Day
  • Monday 8/27 – Rehearsal 6:30pm – 9pm, main campus
  • Sept 12 – tentative day for cookie dough delivered  New Date is 8/29
  • Wednesday 8/29  – Rehearsal 3pm – 5:30pm, main campus back parking lot
  • August 29 and August 30 – Fittings for concert uniforms during block bells
  • Thursday 8/30 – Rehearsal 6:30pm – 9pm, Freshman Building
  • Saturday 9/1 through Tuesday 9/4 – No school and no band rehearsals
  • Wednesday 9/5 – Rehearsal 3pm – 5:30pm, main campus back parking lot
  • Thursday 9/6 – Rehearsal 6:30pm – 9pm, Freshman Building
  • Friday 9/7 – Rehearsal 6pm – 9pm, location tba
  • Saturday 9/8 – Rehearsal 9a-9pm, location tba, no meals provided
  • Monday 9/10 – Rehearsal 6:30pm – 9pm, main campus
  • Wednesday 9/12  – Rehearsal 3pm – 5:30pm, main campus back parking lot
  • Sept 12 – tentative day for cookie dough delivered  New Date is 8/29
  • Thursday 9/13 – Rehearsal 6:30pm – 9pm, Freshman Building
  • Saturday 9/15
    • Mattress Sale – all sections to have shift that morning to help bring customers into school
    • Mattress Sale from 10am – 5pm at West Main Street
  • Taylor Band Competition at Taylor High School – typical plan is rehearsal, eat, pack, depart for show in busses
  • Friday 9/21 – Lakota West Band Night!

Questions? Contact