Eagle Band Family Newsletter

March, 2022

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

As always, there is a LOT of information here, yet ALL of it pertains directly to our awesome band family! Be on the lookout for newsletters in your inbox near the first of each month!

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

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Getting to Know YOU!

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4th Annual BAND-O-RAMA!!!

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...broken elevator and all!

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1. High School News (LNHS)

Final Orlando Trip Meeting

Monday, May. 22, 5:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Performing Arts Theater at LNHS--ALL travelers please plan to attend!

LNHS Jazz Bands

The LNHS Jazz Bands and Jazz Combo have been very busy (...and very successful)!

Northwest Missouri State University Jazz Festival:

The Screaming Eagles Jazz I received first place in the Class 5 Division. In the 2nd Band Division, the Screaming Eagles Jazz II received 2nd place. In the Jazz Combo Division, Liberty North received first place.

Each division had one student selected as "soloist of the day." Liberty North brought home the award for all three divisions in which they participated. Mateo Navarro - Soloist of the Day for Class 5. Will Elling - Soloist of the Day for Jazz Combo. Alivia Amberg - Soloist of the day for 2nd Band.

UCM Jazz Festival:

The Screaming Eagles Jazz 1 earned a 1+ rating. The Screaming Eagles Jazz 2 and Jazz Combo each earned a 1 rating.

Certificates for "outstanding soloist" were awarded to Mateo Navarro, Will Elling, Issac Epley, Mason Burnett, Andrew McGuire, Josh Nelson, Alex Brillhart and Alivia Amberg.

Winter Guard Success

The LN Winter Guard took 4th place in their recent competition at Missouri State University! They will head to a WGI event in Omaha this coming weekend. Good luck!!

Also, fall guard auditions are scheduled to take place April 17-20.

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2. Middle School News (HMS/SVMS)

Congratulations to the HMS and SVMS Festival Bands!!!

The Festival Bands (combined Cadet and Concert Bands) from HMS and SVMS both earned superior ratings at the 2023 KC Metro District #3 Middle School Band Festival on Saturday, March 4. There was only one other band the entire day who earned an overall superior rating!
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3. Band Boosters and Fundraising

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

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

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

  • Mon., 3/6 - Band Boosters meeting (7:00 p.m. at LNHS)
  • Tues., 3/7 - LN Solo/Ensemble Festival Recital (5:00-8:00 p.m. at LNHS)
  • Mon., 3/13 - LN Large Group Pre-Festival Concert (7:00 p.m. in the JPAT at LNHS)
  • Fri., 3/31 - High School District Solo/Ensemble Festival (3:00-11:00 p.m. at LHS)
  • Mon., 4/3 - Band Boosters meeting (7:00 p.m. at LNHS)
  • Tues., 4/4 - LN Concert and Symphonic Bands to MSHSAA Large Group Music Festival (times TBD at Staley HS)
  • Wed., 4/5 - LN Wind Symphony to MSHSAA Large Group Music Festival (time TBD at Staley HS)
  • Sun. 4/16 - Jazz and Java, featuring the Jazz Bands from HMS, SVMS, and LNHS (2:00-4:00 p.m. at LNHS)
  • Fri., 4/21 - 18th and Vine Jazz Festival (HMS, SVMS, LNHS Jazz Bands)
  • Sat., 4/29 - High School State Solo/Ensemble Festival (All Day at MU-Columbia)
  • Mon., 5/1 - Band Boosters meeting (7:00 p.m. at LNHS)
  • Wed., 5/3 - LPS Middle School Honor Symphony concert (7:00 p.m. in the JPAT at LNHS)
  • Sat., 5/6 - LPS Middle School District Solo/Ensemble Festival (LNHS)
  • Mon., 5/8 - LNHS Bands Spring Concert (7:00 p.m. in the JPAT at LNHS)
  • Thurs., 5/11 - SVMS Bands Spring Concert (7:00 p.m. at SVMS)
  • Mon., 5/15 - HMS Bands Spring Concert (7:00 p.m. in the JPAT at LNHS)
  • Thurs., 5/25 - Last day of the 2022-2023 school year!
  • May 29-June 4 - Orlando trip

SUMMER/FALL high school marching band schedule came out on Remind text on 3/1 from Mr. Fuller

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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

  • Used LPS Middle School Band Polos - If you have any gently-used, still in good condition, LPS middle school band polo shirts, then please consider donating them to one of the middle schools (Mr. Dragen at HMS or Ms. Gardner at SVMS)
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6. Senior Spotlight

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

Nathan Dembski

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Horn, Mellophone, Guitar

Favorite band memory - "My favorite band memory has to be the bus ride to and from our Northwest concert my junior year. To put it lightly, it was crazy fun. It was such a great time and everyone made it so much fun."

Something interesting/unique about me - "Along with being in band, I've played soccer for 12 years."

Accomplishments/accolades/awards - "All-District Honorable Mention once, All-District Band three times, All-State Band twice, 2 Gold ratings at state festival"

Lana Stout

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Flute, Piccolo, Trombone on occasion

Favorite band memory - "My favorite band memory is at the 2021 Cameron competition when we took first in every award and took home the overall highest score award."

Something interesting/unique about me - "The first instrument i learned how to play was the violin in third grade."

Matt Dusin

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Saxophone

Favorite band memory - "My favorite band memory was being in the All-State Band. I loved the chance to make great music and bond with people who shared my passion for music."

Accomplishments/accolades/awards - All-District Band two times, All-State Band, 2 gold ratings at the ‘21-‘22 state Solo/Ensemble Festival

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7. Upcoming Auditions/Camps/Workshops/Performance Opportunities

Solo/Ensemble Festivals

Students in grades 6-12 may choose to prepare a solo and/or small ensemble work for the upcoming Solo/Ensemble Festivals that happen each spring semester. This is one of the many "extra" experiences we offer as part of our comprehensive band program. Our students have a long tradition of excellence in these events, and we are confident this year will be no exception!

  • In middle school, the district festival includes each of the four LPS middle schools and occurs on Saturday, May 3. Ask Ms. Gardner and Mr. Dragen for more information!

  • In high school, there is a pre-festival recital at LN (March 7), MSHSAA district festival (March 31), and State festival (April 29). All music must come from the state required list (the PML, or prescribed music list) and we are limited to 55 entries maximum at the district level.
    PML - http://gvlabs.com/festivalmanager/mshsaa/src/admin_pml.php


Live Jazz KC High School All Star Big Band

The founders of the Live Jazz KC High School All Star Big Band are seeking motivated high school jazz musicians for this KC Metro honor group. Visit https://www.livejazzkc.com/hsallstars for details, and contact Mr. Fuller for a recommendation/nomination.

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8. Directors Do Things, Too!

Ms. Gardner Serving the KC Metro Schools

Ms. Gardner was the festival manager / District Band-Middle School Large Group VP, hosting the KC Metro District #3 MS Large Group Festival at LNHS on Saturday, March 4.

Congratulations to Ms. Brier!

Ms. Brier, who has been on staff as an Assistant HS Director this year, recently accepted an offer to serve as the next Director of Bands at Discovery Middle School! While we certainly will miss having her on the 'north side,' we are thrilled to have her as a full-time member of the LPS staff!
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9. Contact Information

SVMS - Kelsee.Gardner@lps53.org

HMS - Michael.Dragen@lps53.org

LNHS - Michaelshane.Fuller@lps53.org

LNHS - Justin.Doss@lps53.org

LNHS Band Website - libertynorthband.org

Remind Codes (text the code, including the "@" to the number 81010)
  • LNHS Concert Band (all grades) - @lncb2223
  • LNHS Seniors - @lnband23
  • LNHS Juniors - @lnband24
  • LNHS Sophomores - @lnband25
  • LNHS Freshmen - @lnband26
  • LNHS Varsity Guard - @lnvguard
  • LNHS JV Guard - @jvguardln

Remind Codes for Band Boosters

  • 22-23 Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - @lnhsbandb2
  • 22-23 Freshmen - @lnhsbb2026
  • 22-23 8th Grade - @lnhsbb2027
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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