Lakota West Bands Update: November 12


A communication of the Lakota West Upbeat Club and Directors:

This communication covers:

  • Taste for Music
  • LWBBB Meeting
  • Upbeat Club meeting
  • Honor Bands
  • Swing Dance
  • Solo & Ensemble Contest
  • Community Conversation
  • Calendar

Taste for Music

Plan a meeting or get-together and help support the band!

  • Chipotle Taste for Music is Tuesday 11/13 from 5-9pm.   Please bring or show the flyer found here:  Flyer (English) Flyer (Spanish)

LWBBB Meeting November 15

Lakota West Band Business Boosters (LWBBB) was formed as a way for band parents who are also local business owners to support and promote the band.  The LWBBB holds monthly breakfast meetings at 8 am at the First Watch Union Centre Boulevard location on the morning of our Upbeat Club meetings (3rd Thursday of the month).  No meeting in December. For more information, contact Kevin Moorman at 604-2997.

Upbeat Meeting November 15

All parents and guardians of band students grades 7-12 are welcome to attend! Meeting will start at 6:30pm at the MAIN CAMPUS Building in the band room. If you have questions for the Board or need to meet with them, they will be available at 6pm. Come out to see what is ahead and get your questions answered. For agenda and all current and past Upbeat minutes, financial reports, budget  and more, please go to our Upbeat web page here.

Honor Band

  • Auditions for concert and jazz band students in grades 7-12  is Saturday December1 at Fairfield Creekside Middle School.
  • The Honor Jazz Bands rehearsals and concert are the weekend of 1/4-1/6.
  • The Honor Concert Bands rehearse Friday 1/18, Saturday 1/19 and perform Sunday January 20 at Mason High School with Middle School bands starting at 2pm and the High School Bands starting at 4pm. An email came out from CHARMS on Nov 6 with more information about the Concert Band rehearsals and performance schedule.  All students are encouraged to try out!  The audition fee of $3.00 is due to Mr. Carr by Wednesday 11/14. Cash or check please payable to Lakota West High School.

Swing Dance

The Lakota West Swing Dance 2018 is just 4 weeks away – Friday December 7th from 7:30- 10PM. The event is open to our entire community! Bring your friends and family of all ages for an evening of live jazz performances from our outstanding musicians, delicious snacks and desserts, and dancing. There will be swing dance instruction and a Dance-Off. To make this a special night we also need volunteers. Jazz parents are requested to take a shift to set up/decorate, sell tickets, run coat check, serve snacks, and/or tear down/clean up. Most shifts are 1-2 hours so there is plenty of time to enjoy the entertainment before or after your shift. You will not miss your child playing. Whether your child is in jazz or not, please consider taking a shift at this fabulous event! Sign up is here.

Solo & Ensemble

OMEA District 13 Solo & Ensemble contest for grades 9-12 is Saturday, Feb 9 at our High School. Now is the time for all soloists to secure an accompanist for their solos. We compiled a list and it is at the bottom of our private lesson teacher page – see link to page here.  Please see your private lesson teacher or band director with any questions about Solo & Ensemble contest.

Community Conversation

Our Superintendent accepted our request to have an upcoming Community Conversation about Band/Instrumental Music at Lakota. East staff and families will be joining us. It will take place on Tuesday 1/22 at 6:30pm at Plains Jr. Look for an RSVP in future communications. We hope to have parents AND students participate and share your thoughts about the current state of K-12 instrumental music programming and support, and what we would like to see in the near future in order to protect and grow our music program. Now is our chance to be heard! If you have any questions or comments, please email

Calendar Highlights

  • Link to calendar here
  • Monday 11/12
    • Jazz Concert for both East and West, at West starting at 6pm
  • Tuesday 11/13
    • Chipotle Taste for Music from 5-9pm  – flyer
  • Thursday 11/15
    • LWBBB Breaksfast meeting at First Watch at 8am
    • Upbeat Meeting at 6:30 at Main Campus
  • Thursday 11/29
    • Lakota Jazz Festival for both East and West, at East
  • Saturday 12/1
    • Honor Band Auditions from 8a-5p at Fairfield Creekside Middle School
  • Friday 12/7
    • Swing Dance 7:30pm – 10pm, Main Campus Cafeteria
  • Tuesday 12/11
    • Freshman Bands Holiday Concert, Freshman School – 7pm
  • Tuesday 12/18
    • Main Campus Holiday Concert – 7pm
    • Unos Taste for Music (subject to change with concert moving to the 18th)
  • Friday 1/4 – Sunday 1/6
    • Honor Jazz Band Weekend
  • Thursday 1/16
    • LWBBB Breaksfast meeting at First Watch at 8am
    • Upbeat Club meeting at 6:30pm, main campus
  • Friday 1/18 – Sunday 1/20
    • Honor Concert Band Weekend
  • Tuesday 1/22
    • Community Conversation about Lakota Band Program K-12 at Plains Jr at 6:30pm
  • Saturday 1/26
    • Try Band held at the Freshman Building from 9:30am – 12pm

Questions? Contact