Eagle Band Family Newsletter

September 19 - October 2, 2022

This is the first edition of 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! Be on the lookout for newsletters in your inbox approximately every two weeks.

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High School News (LNHS)

September and October are BUSY months for students in the LNHS Bands! We have already had Leadership and Service Team (LST) training, drumline/guard camps, summer band camp, end-of-camp preview performance, multiple home football games, assemblies, and much more! Soon, we will make the transition from "marching season" into "concert season" with all of our classes.

The LNHS Wind Symphony will soon start preparing for their upcoming performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) convention. This is a HUGE honor that involved a recorded audition for an out-of-state panel of judges. This is only the second time in the history of the LNHS Bands that one of our groups has been selected for this performance!

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

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Middle School News (HMS/SVMS)

The Concert Bands from both HMS and SVMS recently visited several LPS elementary schools to share their talents with our future Eagle Band Family members! The next evening, they joined the LNHS Marching Band for 8th Grade Night at the home varsity football game!

Also, the Beginning Band students started with instruments TODAY! Welcome to your life-long journey as an instrumental musician!

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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.

Trivia Night - Oct. 9

Parents/Guardians--The Boosters NEED YOUR HELP to advertise and promote their upcoming trivia night. Please email Booster President Amy Konkle (libertynorthband@gmail.com) for more info and a digital flyer! This could easily be a $5,000+ fundraising event, but ONLY WITH YOUR HELP!!!

Online Silent Auction

Check out these AWESOME silent auction items, including a trip to the SUPER BOWL!

Spread the word to anyone interested!

(Auction is live through Oct. 9)


Needing a new mattress? Check this out!

HUGE profits to the band! If you know a high school band/guard member, then mention their name prior to purchasing so they get fundraising credit toward their individual Student Financial Accounts!
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Coming Soon! (Oct 10-21 - LNHS Students!)

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

  • Thurs., 9/15 - HMS/SVMS 8th Concert Bands Elementary Tour
  • Fri., 9/16 - LNHS Home Football Game (8th Grade Band Night - SVMS, HMS, LNHS)
  • Sat., 9/17 - LN Drumline to Drummit at the Summit (Lee's Summit HS) - CLASS CHAMPIONS!
  • Sat., 9/24 - Fall Festival Parade (LNHS)
  • Sat., 9/24 - Liberty Marching Band Showcase (LNHS, LHS) at the LNHS Football Stadium, 7:00 p.m. (FREE to the public! Come check it out!)
  • Thurs., 9/29 - Nest Fest Parade (LNHS), 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri., 9/30 - LNHS Home Football Game (Homecoming)
  • Mon., 10/3 - 7:00 p.m., Band Booster Meeting AND Mattress Fundraiser Kickoff Meeting
  • Mon., 10/3 - LN Advanced Bands audition videos due
  • Sat. ,10/8 - LN Screaming Eagles at Lee's Summit North Marching Invitational
  • Sat., 10/15 - LN Screaming Eagles at Cameron Marchfest
  • Tues., 10/18 - First day of Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band (1st hour at LNHS)
  • Fri., 10/21 - NHS Home Football Game
  • Sun. 10/30 - Mattress sale fundraiser (LNHS Field House)
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Senior Spotlight

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

Zachariah Huber

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Flute; Woodwind Captain

Favorite band memory - "My favorite memory as it regards to band is competition days. Getting to travel and preform at places that are not North is an amazing experience. Plus with all the downtime there is generally a fun atmosphere where everyone hangs out and plays games."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I play Rugby for the school club and over the summer for a local club."

Accomplishments/accolades/awards - "I have lettered all three years in band. Sophomore year I got a silver at districts. Junior year I got gold at districts and silver at state."

Karlee McQueen

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Band - Percussion; Guard - flag, rifle, sabre, and dance

Favorite band memory - "When we go to the Cameron band festival they always schedule the drumline and Indoor guard competition super close together. As soon as I finish one I am running out of the room to get to the other one on time. It's always super stressful at the time but when I look back I always find it kinda funny."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I'm a childhood cancer survivor." Also, "In my free time I enjoy reading and swing dancing."

Josh Nelson

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Percussion - Snare Drum, Marimba Timpani, Drum Set, Tenors etc.; Percussion Captain

Favorite band memory - "The most influential memory is when I made improved in state year after year, and hope to continue that trend."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I can solve a Rubik’s cube."

Accomplishments/accolades/awards - "Two years in the All-District Band and Two years in the All-State Band."

Caiti Harts

Instrument(s)/Equipment - Clarinet, piano, ukulele, some guitar and saxophone; Drum Major

Favorite band memory - "When Mr. Fuller started singing during a drill down."

Something interesting/unique about me - "I love to code!"

Accomplishments/accolades/awards - "All Districts 3 years in a row, All State HM junior year, Drum Major two years, exemplary rating at district and state music festival for my solo junior year."

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Upcoming Auditions/Camps/Workshops/Performance Opportunities

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.


The National Youth Wind Symphony will be conducted by internationally acclaimed conductor Eugene Migliaro Corporon. Maestro Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas.

Northwinds Symphonic Band Young Artist Concerto Competition will be conducted by internationally acclaimed conductor Marios Papadopoulos. Maestro Papadopoulos is the Founder and Music Director of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra in England.

To apply, your students will need to prepare the excerpt/s for their instrument from the approved list and video or audio record themselves playing the music, without accompaniment. Additionally, a written and signed letter of recommendation from you or their private instructor which speaks to their ability to perform the selected repertoire is necessary and must accompany the application.

To audition for the National Youth Wind Symphony, go to https://bit.ly/NYECarnegieHallMAP

To audition for the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, go to https://bit.ly/NYSOCarnegieHallMAP


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

KC Metro All-District Band auditions (for both middle school AND high school) will occur on Sat., Nov. 5 at Liberty High School.

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!!

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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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Wish List

Here is a wish list from the band directors. If you are able to help with any of these, or if you have any contacts/leads, then please let us know!

  • Convince friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, etc. to attend the mattress sale, trivia night, bid in the online silent auction, buy Shakespeare's pizza, etc.!
  • Vending machine for LNHS band room (to include reeds, oil, marching gloves, flip folder pages, etc.)
  • Semi trailer for transporting instruments, uniforms, etc.
  • 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.)
  • New 6' silver flag poles for the guard (approx. $500-600 for 30 poles - https://www.bandshoppe.com/shop/color-guard/color-guard-flags/flag-poles-accessories/aluminum-flag-poles-58102/ )
  • Two tarp carts for winter guard floor tarps (approx. $250 each - https://www.mccormicksnet.com/FloorMover-Tarp-Cart-p/8010040.htm)
  • Batteries - 9V, AAA, AA (You would be surprised how many of these we burn through in a year!)
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Directors Do Things, Too!

Check out this article written by Mr. Fuller in the School Band and Orchestra Magazine...
As well as this article written by Dr. Doss in the Missouri School Music Magazine!
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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