Eagle Band Family Newsletter

October, 2023

Hello, and welcome back to the official newsletter of the Eagle Bands (HMS/SVMS/LNHS)!

There is a LOT of information here, yet ALL of it pertains directly to our awesome band family! Please take plenty of time to read through the entire document as there are helpful links and resources throughout!

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In this issue:

  1. High School News (LNHS)
  2. Middle School News (HMS, SVMS)
  3. Boosters/Fundraising Update
  4. Upcoming Performances/Events
  5. Director Wish List
  6. Senior Spotlight
  7. Upcoming Auditions/Opportunities/Camps/etc.
  8. Directors Do Things, Too!
  9. Contact Information and Helpful Links

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1. High School News (LNHS)

Smith-Cotton Marching Invitational CHAMPIONS!

In addition to winning class awards for music and percussion, the Screaming Eagles Marching Band and Guard had the highest field show competition score of the day! There were nearly 20 other schools competing--Congratulations, LN!!
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2. Middle School News (HMS/SVMS)

8th Grade Tour and Evening Performance with the LN Marching Band

7th Grade Cadet Band

Many of the 7th grade students are working on their All-District Band audition packet and learning many new major scales. It's amazing to think that only one year ago they were just learning their first notes!

6th Grade Beginning Band

The beginners are up-and-running on their instruments! They are working hard to learn the first 5 notes, set and playing positions, hand placement/posture, and basic rhythms. You'll be 'blown away' by how great they sound on their December concerts!
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3. Band Boosters, Fundraising, and Student Financial Accounts (SFAs)

Band Boosters

The Liberty North Band Boosters are a group of parent/guardian/supportive adult volunteers, organized to:

  • Support the students, directors, staff, and families.
  • Create a sense of community and encourage parent/guardian and student engagement in band and guard activities.
  • Raise funds to financially support band and guard programs.
  • Promote the program within the community.

The Boosters support ALL of our Band Family, grades 6-12.

Please contact Booster President Amy Konkle with questions, ideas, or to find out ways to get involved! libertynorthband@gmail.com. Please see section 9 of this newsletter ("Contact Information") for information on joining their Remind messaging group!

Meeting Dates (all at 7:00 p.m. in the LNHS Band Room)

Monday, November 6

Monday, December 4

Monday, January 8

Monday, February 5

Monday, March 4

Monday, April 1

Check the band website for updates/changes!


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Student Financial Accounts (SFAs)

Student Financial Accounts (SFAs)

Also called "individual accounts," these exist to provide students and families opportunities to raise, store, and spend funds for band-related purchases/fees/trip expenditures while a student is enrolled within the Eagle Bands program at LNHS. The SFAs are still relatively new, so please be patient as we continue to work out the 'kinks.'

Click here to view a detailed explanation of the SFAs. This was the policy originally approved by the district, but currently is undergoing revision by the Boosters and Directors.

Click here to submit parent/guardian contact information for your student(s). Information submitted through this form will only be used by Band Boosters to communicate Student Financial Account (SFA) balance and reimbursement information.

Click here to access the form used to request usage/transfer of SFA funds.

Questions? Please contact Booster President Amy Konkle (libertynorthband@gmail.com), or one of our Co-Treasurers Julianne Hemphill or Crissy Patterson (lnbandtreasurer@gmail.com).

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4. Recent/Upcoming LNHS, HMS, and/or SVMS Performances

  • Thurs., 10/5 - Nest Fest parade (6:30 p.m. at LNHS)
  • Fri., 10/6 - LNHS homecoming football game (7:00 p.m. at LNHS)
  • Wed., 10/11 - LNHS 1st hour Advanced Band video auditions/playing test due by 11:59 p.m.
  • Fri., 10/13 - LNHS home football game (7:00 p.m. at LNHS); Senior night!
  • Sat., 10/21 - Cameron "Marchfest" Marching Band Festival (times TBA)
  • TBA - MSHSAA post-season football games
  • Fri., 11/3 - LNHS bands to UMKC Crescendo event at Kauffman Center
  • Sat., 11/4 - Middle School, High School, Jazz - All-District Auditions (all day at LHS)
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5. Wish List

Here is a wish list from the band directors/guard coaches. If you are able to help with any of these, or if you have any contacts/leads, then please contact either Dr. Doss (Justin.Doss@lps53.org) and/or Booster President Amy Konkle libertynorthband@gmail.com!

  • New Eagle Band attire for the Directors/Coaches/Staff - Help us dress for success! (We cannot use our school budget money for this, so we would welcome funding for new polo shirts, matching staff jackets, hats, etc.)

  • Recruitment wristbands, stickers, candy, etc. - Cost varies by unit (contact Kelsee.Gardner@lps53.org to help with bracelets and/or stickers!)

  • Gift cards - The Boosters/Directors can always use gift cards to local stores to benefit students for trips, special events, performances, equipment, etc. (e.g., Walmart, Target, Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, Amazon, etc.)

  • Vending machine for LNHS band room (to include reeds, oil, marching gloves, flip folder pages, etc.) - Cost unknown

  • Semi trailer for transporting instruments, uniforms, etc. - Cost unknown

  • Scholarship funding for HMS/SVMS/LNHS students - specifically, funds for summer band camps, honor ensemble participation, private lessons fees, etc. (These are NOT currently in place, so we would be looking for someone to help create them AND acquire ongoing funding for them.)

  • Korg TM-60BK Tuner/Metronome Combo - approx. $30 each (goal = 25 units)

  • New 6' silver flag poles for the guard - approx. $500-600 for 30 poles

  • Two tarp carts for winter guard floor tarps - approx. $250 each
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6. Senior Spotlight

Each newsletter, we will highlight some of our amazing SENIORS!

Grace Flener

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Percussion

Favorite band memory - "Definitely my MMEA/All-State experience last year. I had a blast getting to play with high level musicians at state, and then performing with some of my best friends in Wind Symphony was amazing."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I really enjoy hiking and being in the mountains!"


All-District Band x2
All State Band HM
All-State Orchestra
Solo and ensemble exemplary ratings x3
Martin Jacobs Music Excellence Award

Alex Brillhart

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Tuba, String Bass

Favorite band memory - "My Favorite band memory was the trip in Orlando with the rest of the band."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I don't really have anything interesting or unique about me that people don't already know."

Accomplishments/accolades/awards - "I made 6th chair state, I got silver twice on state level solos and gold on 1 state level ensemble, and I have participated in every 'honor band' that was available to me from my freshman year to now."

Mackenzie "Mak" Morgan

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Trumpet/Mello/Horn; I was in Guard (8th, 9th, 11th); and, I've done Jazz Band since MS.

Favorite guard memory - "My favorite memories from band would have to be bus rides to competitions. I have a lot of fun talking to people I don't always talk to and goofing off with my friends."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I know how to juggle, I'm not amazing yet but I'm pretty close."

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7. Upcoming Auditions/Camps/Workshops/Performance Opportunities

William Jewell Upcoming Events

"Jewell Journey Day" (Friday, October 6) for juniors and seniors interested in doing music in college. There will an opportunity to sit in on ensembles and take a free trial lesson. Register here: https://jewell.edu/join/visit.

Saxophone players may be interested in the Northland Youth Orchestra's first annual KC Saxophone Christmas. The event will be on Sat., Dec. 16, and registration will open in a few weeks.


KC Metro All-District Band / Missouri All-State Band

KC Metro All-District Band auditions (for both middle school AND high school; concert band and jazz band) will occur on Sat., Nov. 4 at Liberty High School.

The Eagle Bands have an incredibly strong tradition of excellence at the District and State levels. For the past two years, we've had more students make the All-District Bands AND the All-STATE Band than any other schools in the state!! Let's keep the streak going!!

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - Check out this YouTube channel from MU for audition help and examples!


Northwinds Symphonic Band Young Artist Concerto Competition

The Northwinds Symphonic Band has an annual Concerto Competition for students in grades 9-12. The winner of this competition not only gets to perform with this semi-professional band on one of their concerts, but they also win a cash prize of $1,000.00! (Dr. Doss has had 4 former students win this competition over the years, though I take ZERO credit for their success in this event! I say this only to let you know it is VERY possible to win!)

Information may be found here. Deadline is January 24, 2024.


Northland Symphony Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia


Youth Symphony of Kansas City


Fountain City Youth Brass Academy


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8. Directors Do Things, Too!

Dr. Doss Judges Marching Bands

Dr. Doss regularly judges marching band festivals around the Midwest each fall. Most recently, he listened to the four North Kansas City high schools, then offered each a short instructional clinic. He also will be judging in Branson (Branson Marching Invitational) and in Hutchinson, KS (Kansas Bandmasters Small Schools State Championship).

Ms. Gardner and the Northland Symphony Orchestra

Ms. Gardner will be performing (clarinet) with the Northland Symphony on Sunday, October 15, 3:00 p.m. at North Kansas City High School. Go check it out and earn letter credit for concert attendance (high school)!

Mr. Dragen and the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra

Mr. Dragen is a member of the St. Joseph Symphony. Here is a photo from a recent performance!

"...I was RUNNIN'!"

Mr. Dragen and his daughter, Cece, run together each year in the Dad & Daughter 5k!
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9. Contact Information and Helpful Links

LNHS Band Website - libertynorthband.org

Remind Codes (text the code, including the "@" to the number 81010)
  • LNHS Concert Band (all grades) - @ln2hr2324
  • LNHS Seniors - @lnband24
  • LNHS Juniors - @lnband25
  • LNHS Sophomores - @lnband26
  • LNHS Freshmen - @lnband27
  • LNHS Varsity Guard - @lnvguard

Remind Codes for Band Boosters

  • 23-24 Juniors, Seniors - @lnhsbandb2
  • 23-24 Sophomores - @lnhsbb2026
  • 23-24 Freshmen - @lnhsbb2027
  • 23-24 8th Grade - @lnhsbb2028
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Band Directors

Mr. Fuller

LNHS Wind Symphony

Screaming Eagles Marching Band

Screaming Eagles Drumline and Percussion Ensemble

Screaming Eagles Pep Band

Screaming Eagles Jazz Band

LNHS Musical Pit Orchestra Director

Dr. Doss

Instrumental Music


LPS MS Honor Symphony Founder & Conductor

MMEA State Band Vice President

MMEA District #3 President-elect

Mr. Woods

LNHS/SVMS Assistant Director