Eagle Band Family Newsletter

November, 2022

Welcome back to the official newsletter of the Eagle Bands (HMS/SVMS/LNHS)!

As usual, 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:

-High School News (LNHS)

-Middle School News (HMS, SVMS)

-Boosters/Fundraising Update

-Upcoming Performances/Events

-Director Wish List

-Senior Spotlight

-Upcoming Auditions/Opportunities/Camps/etc.

-Directors Do Things, Too!

-Contact Information

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High School News (LNHS)

Screaming Eagles Competitive Results

Lee's Summit North Marching Invitational

2nd place field competition, indoor guard, and indoor drumline

Cameron Marchfest

2nd place indoor guard and drumline

1st place parade and field competition

Grand Champions of the festival

High School All-District Band and Jazz Band Results

CONGRATULATIONS to the following LNHS students!

Liberty North had more students earn spots in the High School All-District Bands than any of the 38 other eligible high schools in the KC Metro! (A school record 48 spots earned by 43 students in the bands for LNHS...the next closest school had 25!)

(Numbers represent chair order; Numbers alone = All-District Band; HM = Honorable Mention Band)

Matt Dusin - Alto Saxophone - 3rd

Mateo Navarro - Alto Saxophone - 4th

Braden Baker - Alto Saxophone - 5th

Emmanuel Ealey - Alto Saxophone - HM 3rd

Nathan Berg - Alto Saxophone - HM 4th

Alondra Valdez - Alto Saxophone - HM 5th

Braden Baker - Bari Saxophone - 1st

Emmanuel Ealey - Bari Saxophone - Alt 1

Carolyn Forgues - Bass Clarinet - 5th

Caiti Harts - Bb Clarinet - 8th

Alyssa Flener - Bb Clarinet - HM 9th

Lydia Hoffman - Bb Clarinet - HM 10th

Austin Syler - Bb Clarinet - HM 11th

Lauren McLaughlin - Bb Clarinet - HM 12th

Sophia Selby - English Horn - 1st

Adalena Neisler - Euphonium - HM 3rd

Zoe Hood - Euphonium - HM 4th

Sindhu Rao - Flute - 3rd

Zach Huber - Flute - Alt 2

Kayla Nelson - Horn - 1st

Nathan Dembski - Horn - 2nd

Claire Bogaard - Horn - 3rd

Giana Garcia - Horn - Alt 1

Sophie Selby - Oboe - 2nd

Grace Flener - Percussion - 1st

Josh Nelson - Percussion - 2nd

Noah Adrineda - Percussion - 7th

Carter Sidden - Percussion - Alt 3

Josef Jefferson - Percussion - Alt 4

Braden Baker - Tenor Saxophone - 1st

John Walls - Tenor Saxophone - 2nd

Mateo Navarro - Tenor Saxophone - Alt 1

William Elling - Trombone - 1st

Mason Burnett - Trombone - 3rd

Andrew McGuire - Trombone - 7th

Dylan Muñoz - Trombone - HM 7th

Knox Rhoad - Trombone - HM 8th

Evan Maschler - Trombone - HM 9th

Lane Patterson - Trumpet - 5th

Mareina Harris - Trumpet - 9th

Ty Hyer - Trumpet - HM 9th

Trevan Ehrhart - Trumpet - HM 10th

William Kanning - Tuba - 3rd

Alex Brillhart - Tuba - Alt 2

Mateo Navarro - Alto Saxophone - 1st Jazz

Mason Burnett - Trombone - 1st Jazz

William Elling - Trombone - 2nd Jazz

Mareina Harris - Trumpet - HM 2 Jazz

Please bookmark libertynorthband.org, your 'one stop shop' for all things LNHS Bands!

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Middle School News (HMS/SVMS)

Middle School All-District Band and Jazz Band Results

CONGRATULATIONS to the following HMS and SVMS students!

South Valley (16) and Heritage (15) had the 2nd and 3rd most students earn spots in the MS All-District Band compared to ALL other middle schools in the KC Metro!

Brianna Byrne - Flute - Alt. 1

Berkley Goodwin - Oboe 1

Seth Nickel - Clarinet 1

Violeta Cruz - Clarinet 5

Owen Hurley - Clarinet 20

Jared Munoz - Clarinet 22

Jack Graue - Bari Sax 2

Caleb Shonkwiler - Trumpet 1

Leo Diaz - Horn 2

Matthew Dembski - Trombone 1

Tyler Nelson - Trombone 3

Kellan Davies - Trombone 6

Donovan Kiser - Trombone 7

Matthew Dembski - Euphonium 3 (took trombone)

Matthew Dembski - Tuba 1 (took trombone)

David Kim - Percussion 1

Mason Wallace - Percussion 4

Vanessa Hoehns - Flute 9

Abigail Boulter - Flute 11

Bennett Hyer - Flute HM

Braeden Claas - Clarinet 7

Zachary Swanson - Clarinet 8

Aiden Prentice - Clarinet 14

Mackenzie Huber - Clarinet 15

Andrea Saavedra - Bass Clarinet 1

Brian Seoane Cancino - Trumpet 10

Austin Guettermann - Trumpet 11

David Vaughan Jr. - Trumpet HM

Logan Hemphill - Horn 7

Ashlyn Folsom - Horn HM

Evan Francis - Trombone Alt. 1

Kole Dornan - Tuba 2

Isabella Brown - Percussion HM

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Band Boosters and Fundraising

The Liberty North Band Boosters are a group of parent volunteers, organized to:

  • Support the students, directors, and families.
  • Create a sense of community and encourage parent and student engagement in band activities.
  • Raise funds to financially support band programs. (SEE BELOW!)
  • 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.


Thanks to all who helped support the 1st annual mattress fundraiser sale!

What an...interesting (and EASY) way to make money! This year, we cleared over $5,500 in fundraising profits, selling 37 mattresses! Next year, let's shoot for 50!

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

  • Thurs.-Sat., 11/17-19 - Into the Woods (LNHS musical)
  • Sat., 12/3 - HS All-State Band auditions (Columbia, MO)
  • Tues., 12/6 - HMS Winter Band Concert (at LNHS)
  • Wed., 12/7 - LPS MS Honor Symphony Orchestra Concert (at LNHS)
  • Thurs.-Sat., 12/8-10 - High School All-District Band rehearsals and performances
  • Sat., 12/10 - MS and HS All-District Band rehearsals and performances
  • Tues., 12/13 - LN Bands Winter Concert (at LNHS)
  • Fri., 12/16 - SVMS Winter Band Concert (at SVMS)
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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!

  • 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.)

  • 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.)

  • Korg CM300 Tuner Cords - We currently are short around 40 cords for the students we have. These are available in a variety of colors (black preferred, but not necessary) online and at local music stores - approx. $15-20 each

  • 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

  • Batteries - 9V, AAA, AA (You would be surprised how many of these we burn through in a year!) - Cost varies by unit

  • 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.)
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Senior Spotlight

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

Alysse Kowalke

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Clarinet, plus 7 years of piano

Favorite band memory - "My favorite band memories are from the marching competitions. The atmosphere is always incredible and I love the ability to spend time with some of my favorite people, all while doing the school activity I enjoy most."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I'm a grammar nerd and I won't hesitate to correct someone's grammar. I also really enjoy styling my outfits and I have an obsession with clothes."

Nicholas Castner

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Tuba/Sousaphone

Favorite band memory - "My favorite band memory was going to Mizzou for the state football game. Hanging out with all of my friends, watching my favorite sport and being able to play at the largest college in Missouri, the atmosphere there was amazing and a once in a lifetime experience for me."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I love to throw axes at my job at Woodchux and I love tattoos. I currently have two but I want to get more because I think the art is really cool."

Misc. - "I plan on majoring in Finance and Economics and I am looking at attending college at either William Woods University, Westminster College or the University of Central Missouri"

Mareina Harris

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Trumpet

Favorite band memory - "Friday night games, Saturday competitions, jazz band shenanigans, but most of all meeting some of my best friends through this program."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I have learned how to play several instruments including French horn, clarinet, flute, trombone, piccolo trumpet, etc."

Accomplishments/accolades/awards - "I made All-District once. Participate in the metropolitan youth orchestra for 3 years now, compete in the State/National PTA Reflections program and have been recognized at state level for music composition the past 5 years/seasons."

Sophie Volk

Instrument(s)/Equipment - I mostly have used Flag and Rifle

Favorite band/guard memory - "Our guard trip to Springfield for championships."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I broke more than 30 bones at once in a car accident."

Accomplishments/accolades/awards - "I've lettered in Color Guard for almost 4 years. Sophomore year I won most passionate, Junior year I won Outstanding Flag."

Misc. - "I've been on the team for 4 years, I love performing the halftime show and can't wait for our winter guard season."

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Upcoming Auditions/Camps/Workshops/Performance Opportunities

The President's Own U.S. Marine Band Concerto Competition

The U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C. is holding a concerto competition for high school students. Please visit https://www.marineband.marines.mil/Educational/Concerto-Competition/ for more information. Auditions are due by November 15! (Winds and percussion are only eligible every-other year, so check it out now!)


Missouri All-State Band (High School Only)

Missouri All-State Band/Orchestra/Jazz Band auditions will occur on Saturday, December 3 in Columbia, MO. These auditions are for students who earned a spot in their All-District ensembles.

The Eagle Bands have an incredibly strong tradition of excellence at the District and State levels. Last year, we 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!!


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 25, 2023.


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.


KU Prairie Winds Festival (High School Only)

Feb. 3-4, 2023 - Honor band, festival, and clinic - See https://music.ku.edu/band/prairiewinds for more information!

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Directors Do Things, Too!

Dr. Doss takes a cello lesson

Noah Doss teaches his dad the basics of cello at the LPS "Orchestra Family Night"

Mr. Fuller directs the pit orchestra

Mr. Fuller will be leading the pit orchestra for the upcoming performances of "Into the Woods" at LNHS.

Mr. Dragen also works in theatre

Mr. Dragen served as Assistant Director and Sound Designer in the recent HMS production of "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood."
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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