Important Announcement

To Parents of Lee’s Summit West Band Students:

LSW Band – Parent Meeting

Tuesday, April 11th @ 6:30 PM –In the Band Room

This is a VERY IMPORTANT meeting for all LSW Band Parents.

We have many talented students moving through our program along with several new students and incoming freshman who are excited about getting involved in Band. We’ve had an amazing year that I’d like to reflect on. As the Director, I feel that it is critical to communicate with you, the parents, about the future plans for our program.

We realize that most parents have very busy schedules, but we will be hosting a meeting that cannot be overlooked. If you have a student who is participating in Band this school year, we need for you to attend this meeting.

The meeting will only take about 30 minutes. We also have a HUGE fundraiser coming up that I want to share with all of you during the meeting.

As a part of our upcoming fundraiser, the company that we are working with is donating $5 to the Band Program for every parent in attendance! This is an easy opportunity to support our program, just by sharing a few minutes of your time.

The meeting will be held at Lee’s Summit West High School in the Band Room at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.


Clifton D. ThurmondDirector of Bands, Lee’s Summit West High School

Pre Contest Orchestra Concert for this evening CANCELLED. INFO ABOUT NEXT WEEK’S CONTEST PERFORMANCES

Hello Orchestra Parents and Students:

We originally had a pre-contest concert scheduled for this evening and that concert has been cancelled due to the crazy busy schedule we have been under.

Contest is next Thursday, April 6th.

The Full Symphony Orchestra will perform at 1pm next Thursday, April 6th

The Symphony Strings will perform at 2:05pm next Thursday, April 6th

The Philharmonic/Concert Orchestra will perform at 3:10pm next Thursday, April 6th

These performances are open to the public even though they occur during the school day.

The Philharmonic/Concert Orchestra students will be available for pickup to go home at approximately 4:05pm.


I hope you can make their performances even though they are at odd times as it will be the last stage performance of this year. (Our final performance is in a gym 🙂 )

Thank you

Kirt Mosier

Titan Pride Update, Post Spring Break Edition

Wow. What a trip to Chicago it was! Thank you to all the parents who traveled with us and made this a great experience for all. A huge shout out to the McMilian, Krause, and Grigsby families for putting in extra duty on the trip and hauling our trailers to/from Chicago, you are a blessing!

This Friday (3/31) and Saturday (4/1) and NEXT Wednesday (4/5) and Thursday (4/6), we are in dire need of help to run our festivals. PLEASE go to charms today and sign up for a time slot.

There is NO concert tomorrow night!

Friday, March 31
Symphonic Band (Mr. Harrel’s band) plus a few select students from Percussion Class and Concert Band, will be taking the stage at 3:30pm to perform at MSHSAA State Contest. We are the hosts, as you can see from our volunteer plea above. These students will need to bring their concert outfit to school on Friday morning, as they will change into that outfit directly after school. These students will be done no later than 4:30pm.

Wednesday, April 5
Wind Ensemble will be performing at MSHSAA State Contest at 3:30pm. These students will need to bring their concert outfits to school that day, as they will change into them before the end of the school day.

Tuesday, April 11
Mattress Sale Fundraiser kick off meeting. We need ALL parents of band students to attend this meeting at 6:30pm in the band room. For every parent we have in attendance, the company pays us $5 with our sale profits. Please plan to attend.
Following this meeting will be our monthly Music Parents Booster meeting.

Thursday, April 13
Lee’s Summit Contest
This is a solo/ensemble contest for students who did not go to District Contest a few weeks ago. They should know who they are at this point. This contest is held at Lee’s Summit High School with a 7-minute time slot between 3pm and 6pm. Students need to figure out logistics as a bus is not provided.

Friday, April 28
State Solo/Ensemble Contest
This contest is for students who earned a 1 rating on a solo or small ensemble at District Contest on March 11. Transportation will not be provided due to the nature of the scheduling. Please plan accordingly. The contest is hosted by MU in Columbia.

Monday, May 1
Cavalcade of Bands 1
This concert involves all Percussion Class, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band students and starts at 7pm

Tuesday, May 2
Cavalcade of Bands 2
This concert involves all Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band students and starts at 7pm.

Tuesday, May 9
Music Awards
For all music students (bands, choirs, orchestras) receiving awards and accolades for the 2016-2017 school year.
This event begins at 6:00pm

Music State Festival

Good evening,

We’re a little over a week away from the State Festival. This festival is a little different than the last one in that this consists of large ensembles for band, orchestra and choir.

We are very short of both parent and student volunteers on all days and shifts. We’ll get each parent into a position to be able to hear their students perform. If there is a specific job you’d like to have please let myself or Michelle Krause know, we’ll do what we can to place you in that spot but keep in mind some areas are higher priority to staff than others.

March 31st – 2nd/3rd Bands
April 1st – Choir
April 5th – 1st Bands
April 6th – Orchestra

Charms instructions — use this to sign up for volunteering for adults and students

Go to

– Select Enter in the upper right-hand corner and select Parents/Students/Members

– Enter school code: lswhsmusic

– Click on the Public Calendar icon

– Go to the day that you wish to volunteer and click on the hand (if you know your students number please enter it)

Thank you,


MSHSAA State Festival schedule – ALL CHOIRS REQUIRED April 1st.

Hello Choir families and happy spring break! Please find the schedule below for the April 1st required MSHSAA Large ensemble festival. This event is hosted at LSW.

Women’s Choir, Freshman Women, Concert Choir Women: 7:30 a.m. call time. 8:45 a.m. Performance time. The women should be free to go no later than 10:00 a.m.

Men’s Choir and Concert Choir Men: 11:45 a.m. call time. 1:00 p.m. performance time. The men will be free to go no later than 2:00 p.m.

Concert Choir: 1:15 p.m. Call time. 2:15 p.m. Performance Time. The Concert Choir should be free to go no later than 3:15 p.m.

Una Voce: 2:45 Call time. 3:30 performance time.

Stay tuned for more information after we come back from spring break!

Amy Krinke and Jacob Lowry

Chicago Trip Suggested Packing List and Tuesday Rehearsal

Here is a suggested packing list. It is fairly general, but gives you a good idea of what to remember to pack. Of course, you know better than we do what will make you the most comfortable. You should think of any kind of weather and be prepared.

Reminder also, that there is a rehearsal for ALL Chicago students on Tuesday night. ALL Chicago students should bring their concert uniform/choir robe w/stole to their rehearsal packed in the provided garment bag (given to you Monday during class). NO SHOES ALLOWED IN THE GARMENT BAGS.
Band Rehearsal (4:45-6:15pm) at LSWHS
Orchestra Rehearsal (4:45-6:15pm) at LSNHS
Choir Rehearsal (7:00-9:00pm) at LSWHS

See you soon!


LSWMP March news and notes

Hello everyone,

We’re about to start a very busy ending to the year, it’s crazy to think that in just a little over 2 ½ months the school year will be coming to an end. There’s some amazing music to be heard over the next couple of months and I hope everyone will take a few minutes to stop and enjoy it.

It takes a lot of work to make the next couple of months go smoothly but if everyone is willing to give a little bit of their valuable time it’s something we as a group can do together easily. As a music department we have over 500 students, many of which participate in both instrumental and vocal. How many activities in school have that many students associated with it? I’m going to go out on a limb and say none except for the entire student body of the high school. These amazing young adults are why our music teachers need the music parent’s help with so many things; please join me in giving them all the support we can over the next couple of months.

On to the news and notes, I apologize for the length of this email but as I stated it’s a busy time.

Music Festival: March 10th and 11th

  • · Thank you to those that have already volunteered for March 10 and 11.
  • · March 10 – We still have need for one parent volunteer on the 2:30pm – 6:00pm slot.
  • · March 11 – We still have need for one parent volunteer on the 1:15pm – 4:15pm slot.
  • · Students – We can use more students in several slots for both days. If the slots are full and you want to volunteer please show up anyway! If you need community service this is a great time to get it, all students need community service to graduate.
  • · We’ll need more volunteers at the end of the month/beginning of April and you can sign up for those as well.
  • · This music festival can’t be successful without parent and student volunteers.

Music parent officers:

  • · Following up from above in order to give the teachers and students the support needed we need an amazing group of parents to help lead us.

o There are a couple of positions available for the upcoming year – treasurer and merchandising.

o Positions that will open up after next year that you could shadow the current person – secretary and band uniforms.

o If those don’t interest you and another position does many of our current officers are more than willing to adjust to other roles because we’re all interested in doing what’s best for the entire music program.

Kauffman Performance: March 12th

  • · All information in regards to performance time, schedule to meet at LSW, parking, etc should have been received from the teachers.
  • · Students aren’t allowed to carry anything with them into Kauffman Center other than what’s in their pockets. No food is allowed at all.

Chicago trip (this only applies to those going):

  • · Packing information will be sent from the teachers this weekend.
  • · You should have already received information about departure time, itinerary and bringing their concert outfit(s) with them to Tuesday’s rehearsal.
  • · Any questions please direct to the music teachers.


  • · Trash bag fundraiser – This is for individual accounts and will begin on April 12th. Look for more information towards the first week of April.
  • · Mattress fundraiser – This is a fundraiser for the program as well as the individual student accounts. It will be held on May 6th. We’ll have more information about this at our April 11th meeting.

Seniors – If you’re majoring in music then we’ve got scholarship opportunities for you. Check out a scholarship packet in the guidance counselor office.

Upcoming dates:

· March 10-11 – Solo and Ensemble Contest

· March 12 – Kauffman Performance

· March 14 – Pre Chicago Concert

· March 15 – Band performs at Walmart grand opening

· March 16-21 – Chicago Trip

· March 31 – Large Ensemble Contest 2nd/3rd Bands

· April 1 – Choir Contest

· April 5 – Large Ensemble Contest 1st Bands and Percussion Ensembles

· April 6 – Orchestra Contest

· April 11 – LSWMP Meeting

· April 13 – Lee’s Summit Festival

Charms instructions – use this to sign up for volunteering for adults and students

Go to

– Select Enter in the upper right-hand corner and select Parents/Students/Members

– Enter school code: lswhsmusic

– Click on the Public Calendar icon

– Go to the day that you wish to volunteer and click on the hand (if you know your students number please enter it)

Thank you,

Brent Grigsby

LSWMP President

LSWMP Music Scholarship

Good morning,

Congratulations seniors, and parents, on reaching the conclusion of your high school journey. I’m proud to announce that the annual LSWMP Scholarship and Roy and Barbara Nelson Scholarship are now available for seniors that plan to major in music at college.

Scholarship packets are available in the guidance counselor’s office as of first thing in the morning (at schools end at the latest). All packets are due on April 3rd by 3:00pm unless prior arrangements have been made.

I’ve also attached a pdf file with the information. Should you have any questions please contact Jeff Duncan at jefngeo or myself at lswmusicpresident, brentgrigsby.

Thank you,

Brent Grigsby
LSWMP President

Music Scholarship 2017.pdf



1. Attached to this email you find a general itinerary for the trip. A personalized itinerary will be given to each student at the trip meeting, which will be at 8:30pm at LSNorth in the PAC. We will also have a chaperone meeting during this time.

2. In addition, you will find the “Code of Conduct and Medical Release” Form to be completed and returned to your director no later than Friday, March 3rd. The medical release form MUST have all requested insurance information INCLUDING POLICY AND GROUP NUMBER.

3. All students will need to have their concert outfit(s) with them on a hanger when arriving at the Chicago rehearsal on Tuesday, March 14th. We will provide each student with a garment bag. Students in choir AND and instrumental group will put their concert outfit AND robe in the same bag.

4. All luggage and carry-ons will be searched prior to loading/boarding the bus for departure during the ALL-Trip Meeting (on itinerary).