Lakota West Bands Update: May 25


A communication of the Lakota West Band Directors and Upbeat Club:

This communication covers:

  • Spring Concerts
  • Sponsorship Opportunity
  • Lakota West Upbeat Club
  • Kroger
  • Class of 2019
  • Memorial Day
  • Mini Band Camp
  • Color Guard
  • 2019 Competition Show
  • Calendar

Spring Concerts

What a fantastic spring season of concerts, awards and celebrations! Here are links to the photo albums that captured so many special moments.

Percussion Concert –
Freshman Concert –
Jazz Concert –
Main Campus Concert and Concertos –
Band Awards –
Windfest2019 – now available on YouTube and Spotify! –

Plains Jr High Concert

Did you hear about the piece Mr. Chumley premiered at the concert? He had a piece written for his 8th grade band – Zig Zag. In his words, ” I always wanted to have a piece written for one of my bands…I was thrilled to be able to commission Sean O’ Loughlin to compose this piece.  It’s fun to play with the students getting to play high, fast and loud, while still having to play expressively in the middle section. I hope you enjoy Zig Zag as much as we do.”

Sponsorship Opportunity for our Businesses and Vendors

The Lakota West would like to invite area businesses to participate in a new sponsorship program to support Lakota West Bands. Each and every donation directly impacts the program.  Top two levels commitment is needed by June 30. For more information visit the webpage or email

Lakota West Upbeat Club

Open Positions

Great opportunities to get involved by considering one of the current open lead positions for next year. All open positions will be assisted by the board or by the current lead to ensure a smooth transition. Please see link  to our key contacts page noting where we need to fill some open lead roles –
Questions  – contact

Our next Upbeat meeting will be on Thursday 8/15 at 6:30pm in the West Freshman band room. Upbeat Board is available at 6pm for any questions. All vet and rookie parents are welcome!


Do you shop at Kroger? Every time you scan your Kroger Plus Card, you could earn money for Lakota West Bands. Link to page with more information –
Thank you for supporting the Lakota West Bands!

Class of 2019


Congratulations and good luck to our class of 2019.  We are so proud of all they have accomplished while in Lakota, and appreciate the pride, dedication and commitment they have shown. We were amazed at both the diversity as well as the level of difficulty of some of the majors that our students will be pursuing next year.
If you missed the Band Awards, here is our traditional senior slide show, thank you Rick Merk for putting this together! Enjoy!

2019 Lakota West Scholarship and Award Recipients
Bill Weatherwax Memorial Scholarship – Charlie Merk
Greg Snyder Coda Scholarship – Jack Greenlee and Emilee Warne
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award – Charlie Merk
John Philip Sousa Award – Jack Greenlee
Congratulations to these awardees and all our seniors! You will be missed!! To see all the awards and honors see our honors webpage here (all years are viewable) – 

Memorial Day Parade May 27

Email went out from Mr. Carr on May 21 through Charms with more information.
Map of parade route –

9:15am (Approximate) Drop off at GE Aviation
10:00am Parade starts (Fight Song Only)
We play the Star Spangled Banner during the ceremony in the cemetery. Students will be dismissed as soon as the ceremony is over.

Mini Band Camp May 28-30, and Rookie Parent Meeting May 30, 7pm

2019 Band Season is here with Mini Band Camp next week! Tuesday through Thursday from 1-9 at the Freshman Building. Pack a dinner/have it dropped off on Tuesday and Wednesday, and pizza will be provided on Thursday. Come to the Camp Preview on the Freshman field on Thursday after the parent meeting at 8:30pm.

Mini Band Camp Reminders

  • Get healthy and hydrated BEFORE Band Camp
    • Increase the water intake at least 2 days prior to camp
    • Eat a good breakfast (no milk on very hot days)
  • Items to bring to EVERY rehearsal including mini camp
    • Flip Folder for your instrument. Buy 2, they can break, and pages
    • Sunscreen
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses (optional)
    • Neck straps (2 for cleaning between)
    • Thick cotton socks and sturdy athletic shoes
    • Rain gear and/or large plastic bag for items brought to the field
    • Coordinates (will be distributed at band camp)
    • 64oz Water Jug (labeled with student’s name)

New Parents/Rookies Meeting May 30 at 7pm
Photos from Rookie Meeting on 5/15 –
Ways to stay connected for rookies, vets, and all parents –

Color Guard 2019

Congratulations to our 50+ Color Guard members for 2019!!
2019-20 Color Guard page –
Audition Photos – and

2019 Competition Show

Link to the reveal of our 2019 competition show!

For the Calendar (2019-20 is now entered on calendar)

  • Link to Calendar Here 
  • Monday 5/27
    • Parade at 10am
  • Tuesday May 28
    • Mini Band Camp 1-9, Freshman Building
  • Wednesday May 29
    • Mini Band Camp 1-9, Freshman Building
  • Thursday May 30
    • Mini Band Camp 1-9, Freshman Building
    • Rookie Parent Meeting 7pm in Freshman Theater
    • Camp Preview at 8:00pm
  • Thursday July 18
    • Marching Band Leadership Retreat all day
  • Monday July 22
    • Pre-Band Camp begins!
  • Saturday August 24
    • Tag Day!
  • Saturday Sept 21
    • Mattress Sale!