Lakota West Bands Update: March 10

A communication of the Lakota West Upbeat Club and Directors:

This communication covers:

  • Taste for Music Fundraiser
  • Winter Guard
  • Upbeat Club Meeting
  • Jazz ‘n Cakes
  • Summer Opportunities
  • Calendar

Taste for Music at Chipotle on Tuesday March 10

  • Hope you can join us for a tasty meal and a donation to your favorite band program!
  • Chipotle at 9324 Union Centre Blvd
  • Flyer – http://bit.ly/39Bl8oO

Winter Guard

Congratulations to both Jr Varsity and  Varsity Winter Guards for strong performances at the MEPA competition this weekend! JV took 1st in Scholastic Regional A and Varsity placed 3rd in Scholastic A!

Upbeat Club Meeting is Thursday March 26

Join us to find out what is on the horizon, get questions answered, or meet some band parents! Note meeting changed dates due to Spring Break.

Current openings for 2020-21 include the following:

  • VP Freshman, Secretary, Publicity and Media Design, Jazz ‘n Cakes Event Lead, Mattress Sale, Spiritwear, Try Band

There are also a number of parents ‘senioring out’ next year due to their youngest/only child in the program will be graduating in 2021. We encourage our volunteers to take advantage of their experience and guidance by shadowing them this next year in their current role.
Roles needing a shadow for 2021 because they will be open in 2021-2022 include the following:

  • President, VP, Treasurer, Communications Lead, Website, Vendor Lead  for Jazz ‘n Cakes, Photographer Lead, Pit Crew Lead, Swing Dance Lead, Tag Day Lead

Jazz ‘n Cakes is Saturday March 28

Lakota West’s 23nd annual Jazz ‘n Cakes is Saturday, March 28th from 8 am – noon at the Lakota West Main Campus. This fun family event, sponsored by the Lakota West Upbeat Club, features live jazz music performed by our students and an all-you-can-eat pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast. Proceeds support ALL Lakota West Bands, Colorguard, and Winterguard, as well as the Dan Kenworthy and Bill Weatherwax Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Tickets:

Jazz ‘n Cakes tickets were distributed at the winter concerts or in  class to all band students.  We ask that each band student sell 5 tickets. Please return  all payments or unsold tickets to Mr. Carr or Mr. Celek no later than Thursday March 12 due to spring break. Possible option – send in a check for $35 for the 5 tickets and continue to sell the tickets that you have been given during the final 2 weeks before the event!

Volunteers

Descriptions for each position available when you click on the link to sign up:

Presale Basket Raffle Tickets Online Sale!

Order online here and tickets will be available to pick up at the Jazz ‘n Cakes Basket Raffle table at the event, labeled and ready.

    • $20 for 40 raffle tickets (5 tickets more than day of event)
    • $30 for 70 raffle tickets (10 tickets more than day of event)
    • $50 for 125 raffle tickets (15 tickets more than day of event)
    • $100 for 300 raffle tickets (50 tickets more than day of event)

Lincoln Drive Event during Jazz ‘n Cakes

Drive event during Jazz n’ Cakes from 8:30am – 1:30pm sponsored by Montgomery Lincoln Mercury.  This is a huge fundraising opportunity for the band program.  The event is purely for research.  You drive the vehicle(s) and you fill out a survey about your thoughts on the vehicle.  You will not be contacted after the event.  You must be 18 yrs or older to drive and there will be set course.  Sign up now! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548afab2da20-lincoln

Help Promote Event!

Print flyer and share at work – http://bit.ly/2IEwo7X
Use the Facebook event to invite your friends!  Facebook Event
Click ‘going’ on the Facebook event so it shows up to your friends on Facebook (you’ll also get notified of any updates to the event)
Follow the band on twitter and retweet any posts about the event!
Not into social media? Just share the information from our website here – http://bit.ly/3cUMs3E

Summer Opportunities

  • Have you visited our “Helpful Links, Camps and more page”? Lots of information including summer camps. Here are a couple to highlight:
    • Link to page – http://lakotawestbands.org/links/
    • The Blue Way Summer Educational Experience 2020, June 6-7
    • The Breakdown Camp, June 12-14
      • https://thebreakdowncamp.com/
      • Held at Lakota West (!)
      • Learn the fundamentals of dance needed for today’s fast moving and rapidly evolving marching arts musical performer. This one of a kind event will guide you in setting up your dance fundamentals program for the upcoming competitive season.
    • Music for All Summer Symposium, June 22-27
      • https://camp.musicforall.org/
      • Music for All has been providing positively life-changing experiences at its summer camp for nearly 45 years. It’s America’s Camp: the national summer learning experience for band and orchestra students, and teachers. We bring together the best faculty, exciting concerts and events, and students from band and orchestra programs from coast-to-coast who share a love of music-making, performance, and student leadership.
  • We are always looking for information to update this page, so if you have anything you would like us to include, please send to web@lakotawestbands.org

For the Calendar

  • Link to Calendar Here 
  • Tuesday March 10
    • Taste for Music at Chipotle on Union Centre Blvd
  • Thursday March 12
    • Jazz ‘n Cakes Planning meeting at 6:30 at main campus band room
    • Ticket money or unused tickets returned to directors at school
  • Saturday March 12 through Thursday March 19
    • Symphonic Winds trip to New Orleans
  • Thursday March 26
    • Upbeat Meeting at 6:30 at West Main
  • Saturday March 28
    • Jazz ‘n Cakes
  • Friday April 3 through Sunday April 5
    • West Musical: Fiddler on the Roof



Lakota West Bands Update: February 13

A communication of the Lakota West Upbeat Club and Directors:

23nd Annual Jazz ‘n Cakes is Saturday, March 28th

This is our 2nd largest fundraiser!  This fundraiser supports not just the Jazz Bands, but all Lakota West Bands, Colorguard and Winterguards.

  • Volunteers:  Our next planning meeting is Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30pm at the LW Freshman building outside of the gym.
  • Donations:  Don’t have time to volunteer this year?  Please consider donating a gift card, bottle of wine, scratch-off tickets, etc for our fabulous basket raffle. E-mail market@lakotawestbands.org for information. All donations are tax-deductible.
  • Vendors:  A limited number of vendor tables are still available for Jazz ‘n Cakes 2020.  If you are interested or know a vendor who might like this opportunity, please contact vendors@lakotawestbands.org for details.
  • Key Position:  We are still looking for someone to be our Volunteer Leader on the day of the event.  If you are interested or want more information, please contact pancake@lakotawestbands.org.
  • Any issues with band emails  – use LWUpbeat@gmail.com.

Thank you!




Lakota West Bands Update: February 5

A communication of the Lakota West Upbeat Club and Directors:

This communication covers:

  • Solo & Ensemble Contest
  • Texas Roadhouse Taste for Music
  • Honor Bands and All State
  • Calendar

Solo & Ensemble Contest for District 13 – Saturday 2/8/20

  • February 8 at the main campus, Lakota West will host OMEA District 13 Solo and Ensemble Contest. Hundreds of students from local schools will be here to perform for the judges and receive a rating. We need LOTS of helping hands for this event. This is one of our biggest events as far as number of volunteers. Please don’t delay and use the link below to view the different roles and sign up for the available volunteer positions. If you have any questions about solo and ensemble, please email us at solos@lakotawestbands.org.
  • Sign up here!

Texas Roadhouse Taste for Music Fundraiser 2/11/20

  • Join us at the Main Event on Tuesday February 11 from 4-9pm! Present flyer linked below and they will donate 10% to Lakota West Bands!
  • Print and share flyer here – http://bit.ly/2ZX6uUT

Congratulations to all our 2020 OMEA District 13 Honor Band Students and All State Honor Ensemble Students!

Recordings from OMEA events can be purchased here – http://bit.ly/2RZCghR

Photos from Winds and All State at OMEA – https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakotawestbands/albums/72157712936131983
Photos from OMEA Honor Band Concerts – https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakotawestbands/albums/72157712752767793
Photos from OMEA Honor Jazz Band Concerts – https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakotawestbands/albums/72157712642009047
Photos from Try Band – https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakotawestbands/albums/72157712833133898

Calendar Highlights

  • Link to Calendar Here 
  • Wednesday February 5
    • Jazz ‘n Cakes Planning Meeting at 6:30pm at West Freshman
  • Saturday February 8
    • Solo & Ensemble Contest for District 13 Schools at West Main from 8am-5pm.
  • Tuesday February 11
    • Taste for Music at Texas Roadhouse from 4-9pm
  • Friday February 14 through Monday February 17
    • No School
  • Thursday February 20
    • Upbeat Club Meeting at 6:30pm at West Main
  • Saturday February 22
  • Thursday February 27
    • Plains Jr Winter Concert at 6:30pm
  • Friday February 28 through Saturday February 29
  • Monday March 2
    • Main Campus Concert at 7pm
  • Tuesday March 3
    • Freshman Concert at 7pm
  • Friday March 6
    • Freshman concert with East, time tbd at East Freshman
  • Saturday March 7
  • Saturday March 14- Thursday March 19
    • Symphonic Winds trip to New Orleans



Lakota West Bands Update: January 6

A communication of the Lakota West Upbeat Club and Directors:

This communication covers:

  • Main Event Fundraiser
  • Upbeat Club Meeting
  • Try Band
  • Solo & Ensemble Contest
  • Jazz ‘n Cakes
  • Calendar Highlights

Main Event Fundraiser 1/14/20

  • Join us at the Main Event on Tuesday January 14 from 4-9pm! Games, Lazer-Tag, Bowling, and so much more! Submit your receipt to have 20% donated to Lakota West Bands! Click on graphic to see what all there is to do and play!
  • Print and share flyer here – http://bit.ly/2ZX6uUT

Upbeat Club Meeting 1/16/20

  • Next meeting is Thursday 1/16 at West Main Campus band room.  All parents and guardians of band students grades 7-12 are welcome to attend! Meeting will start at 6:30pm, will include an update from the directors, and run appx one hour.  The Upbeat executive board will be on hand at 6pm for any questions. Come out to see what is ahead and get your questions answered.  For all Upbeat minutes, financial reports, budget  and more, please go to our Upbeat web page here.

Try Band – 1/25/20

  • Try Band is back! This is an open house/musical scavenger hunt! All west fifth or sixth graders are invited and will be receiving an invitation flyer from the Upbeat Club in the coming weeks. The Upbeat Club hosts the  ‘Try Band’ event to expose ALL students to musical instruments in hopes to increase the enrollment in our current beginning band program, which currently starts in 7th grade, as the 6th grade after school band clubs are not at every school.  Symphonic Winds students spend the morning working one on one with the students so they can try any and all the instruments they wish to try.  A concert at 11:30 concludes the event. A few parents are needed to meet and greet – email Barb at tryband@lakotawestbands.org if you can volunteer from 9:30-12:30 at the freshman school on 1/25.
  • How can you help?
    1. Facebook: Please go to our Try Band Facebook event page: [link].  Click on the Share button.   Select Invite Friends.  A list of your Facebook friends will appear. Select those friends with fifth and sixth graders, or who work with fifth and sixth graders.  Click Send Invites. That’s all! Thanks in advance for helping us promote this wonderful event!
    2. Facebook: Click that you are interested or going directly on the event! If all else fails – simply share the event to your timeline!
    3. Posters: Have an idea on where to place a poster? email tryband@lakotawestbands.org and we’ll get it posted!
    4. Flyer: Print our flyer and share!
    5. Retweet once it is posted on Twitter.

Solo & Ensemble Contest 2/8/20

On Saturday, February 8, 2020 Lakota West will host OMEA District 13 Solo and Ensemble Contest. Hundreds of students from local schools will perform solo or as part of an ensemble for a judge and receive a rating.  We will have more than 1000 individual performances on approximately 20 stages, hosting more than 4000 visitors in our school during this day.  We need LOTS of helping hands for this event!  Available positions range from selling concessions to helping inside or outside the performance stages to assisting in the office.    Use the link below to view the information about the different roles and sign up for the available volunteer positions. If you have any questions about solo and ensemble, please email them to:  solos@lakotawestbands.org.

Jazz ‘n Cakes 3/28/20

  • Next planning meeting is Wednesday, January 8th, 6:30pm, Freshman Campus Band Room.  Please come join us!  The more people, the lighter the tasks!
  • We have split the event into 7 sub-groups with leads for each (Kitchen, Dining Room, Market Street Vendors, Basket Raffle/Silent Auction, Volunteer Coordinator, Tickets, Marketing).  Join a sub-group that interests you!
  • We also have lots of small jobs to help us make this event a success: placing yard signs, ticket sales, donation solicitation (online, e-mails, and in person), basket assembly, typing up programs and much more.  For more information, please e-mail pancake@lakotawestbands.org or attend our next planning meeting.
  • Don’t have time to volunteer this year?  Please consider donating  a basket for our fabulous basket raffle, or any unwanted gifts/gift cards!  Did you get a gift card this year you’ll never use?  Or maybe a gift you don’t know what to do with?  Send them our way!  Our talented raffle basket team will turn your castoffs into a fabulous array of prizes for Jazz ‘n Cakes. Contact market@lakotawestbands.org for information on how to donate or just bring your donations to the next Upbeat Club meeting on January 16th.
  • A limited number of vendor tables are now available for Jazz ‘n Cakes 2020.  If you are interested or know a vendor who might like this opportunity, please contact vendors@lakotawestbands.org for details.

Calendar Highlights

  • Link to Calendar Here 
  • Wednesday January 8
    • Jazz ‘n Cakes Planning Meeting at WF at 6:30pm
  • Sunday January 12
    • District 13 Honor Jazz Band Concerts at Kings HS at 2:30pm
  • Tuesday January 14
    • Main Event Fundraiser from 4-9pm
  • Thursday January 16
    • Upbeat Club Meeting at 6:30pm at West Main
  • Sunday January 19
    • District 13 Honor Band Concerts starting at 2pm with Jr High, and 4pm for High School. At Mason High School.
  • Thursday January 23
  • Saturday January 25
    • Try Band at West Freshman from 10am – 12pm
  • Monday January 27
  • Saturday February 1
  • Tuesday February 4
    • Solo & Ensemble Recital from 6-8pm at West Main campus. All ensembles grades 9-12 to perform and receive judge’ feedback.  Not suitable for visitors.
  • Thursday February 6
    • Ridge Jr Winter Concert at 6:30pm
  • Saturday February 8
    • Solo & Ensemble Contest for District 13 Schools at West Main from 8am-5pm.
  • Friday February 14 through Monday February 17
    • No School
  • Thursday February 20
    • Upbeat Club Meeting at 6:30pm at West Main
  • Saturday February 22
  • Thursday February 27
    • Plains Jr Winter Concert at 6:30pm
  • Friday February 28 through Saturday February 29



Lakota West Bands Update: December 2

A communication from the Lakota West Upbeat Club and Directors

This Communication Covers:

  • Honors
  • Upbeat Club
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Spiritwear
  • Swing Dance
  • Marching Band Uniform Sale
  • Jazz ‘n Cakes
  • Calendar Highlights

Honors and Congratulations

Congratulations to the 2019 Marching Firebirds for the first ever Semi-Finals performance at Bands of America Grand Nationals! Thank you to Tyler Johnson for this video! https://youtu.be/_Qcf-hMybRI

Congratulations to our Varsity and Junior Varsity Winter Guards for 2020! http://lakotawestbands.org/color-guard/

Upbeat Club

Next meeting is Thursday 1/16 at West Main Campus band room.  All parents and guardians of band students grades 7-12 are welcome to attend! Meeting will start at 6:30pm and run appx one hour.  The Upbeat executive board will be on hand at 6pm for any questions. Come out to see what is ahead and get your questions answered.  For all Upbeat minutes, financial reports, budget  and more, please go to our Upbeat web page here.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Swing Dance Volunteers – these are for the night of the event – sign up link here
  • We are looking for some help with the Jazz ‘n Cakes event on 3/28. There are plenty of supports to help the transition to the lead positions go smoothly. If you can help out in a small or in a leadership capacity, please email us at LWUpbeat@gmail.com and plan to attend the meeting on 12/4!
  • Jazz ‘n Cakes planning meeting is Wednesday 12/4 at 6:30pm at the freshman band room.

Spiritwear

Items to be available at holiday concerts on 12/10 and 12/16 for pickup.

Swing Dance 12/13

The Lakota West Swing Dance is Friday, December 13, 2019 from 7:30 to 10 – less than two weeks away! This event raises funds for all concert, jazz, and marching bands as well as color guard and winter guards, and each band member is asked to bring snack items for the dance.

Snacks:

Here are the items to send, starting December 9th or on the day of the dance:  Link to snack assignments, snack ideas and delivery/drop-off instructions – Here

Symphonic Band

Sweets or Finger Foods

Concert Band

Finger Foods

Symphonic Winds

Salty or Savory Snacks

Freshman Jazz

Sweets or Salty/ Savory Snacks

Jazz Ensemble

One 12 pack of any variety of soda

Jazz Combo

Two –  2 liters of any variety of DARK soda – no clear please

Volunteers:

Many volunteers are needed to pull off this unique event. Please see the Sign-up Genius link and sign up to help out. For additional questions, visit the Swing Dance webpage or contact Cindy Merk at jazzdance@lakotawestbands.org  Spread the word by posting flyers. Be sure to attend the Swing Dance, and bring friends, all are welcome! It truly is an event for all ages, and you will be supporting a great cause – Lakota West Bands!

Please CLICK HERE to volunteer the night of the event.

Marching Band Uniform Sale 12/1-12/13

See email that came out from Charms on 11/30. This info is also now on a web page here with all the links – http://lakotawestbands.org/marching-band-uniform-sale-2019/

Dates to remember:
Sale closes at 5pm on Friday 12/13.
Two options only for payment and pickup of items:
Friday 12/13 at Swing Dance at West Main Cafe from 7:30pm – 10pm
Wednesday 12/18 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Freshman band room.

Jazz ‘n Cakes Planning Meeting 12/4

Join us at 6:30pm in the Freshman band room on Wednesday for our planning meeting for Jazz ‘n Cakes which is on Saturday 3/28/20. This is a big and important fundraiser for our program and we could use a lot of help, plenty to go around!

Calendar – link to calendar

  • Sunday December 1
    • Uniform sale starts
  • Tuesday December 3
    • Taste for Music at Unos from 11am – 10pm/ Please show flyer
  • Wednesday December 4
    • Jazz ‘n Cakes Planning Meeting at 6:30pm at Freshman band room
  • Thursday December 5
    • Lakota Winter Jazz Fest at 6pm at East 
  • Saturday December 7
    • Honor Band Auditions 8am-5pm in Fairfield
  • Tuesday December 10
    • Freshman Band Concert at 7pm
  • Friday December 13
    • Uniform sale closes at 5pm/pay and retrieve at Swing Dance
    • Swing Dance at 7:30 at West Main
  • Monday December 16
    • Main Campus Band Concert at 7pm
  • Wednesday December 18
    • Pay and retrieve uniform purchases from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Tuesday January 14
    • Taste for Music at Main Event from 4pm – 9pm
  • Thursday January 16
    • Upbeat Meeting at 6:30pm, Main campus
  • Thursday January 23
    • Symphonic Winds concert at UC CCM, time tba
  • Saturday January 25
    • Try Band and concert/Symphonic Winds students participate 9am-12pm appx
  • Monday January 27
    • Symphonic Winds concert at Miami U , time tba
  • Saturday February 1
    • Symphonic Winds concert at OMEA Conference, time tba
  • Saturday February 8
    • Solo & Ensemble Contest



Lakota West Marching Band Concert – New Date is 11/25

The Lakota West Marching Band Concert has moved to Monday 11/25 at 7pm due to a conflict with space.