The Jump App:

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! We are thrilled to introduce our new communication platform — The Jump App. The app will streamline activities, make it easy to find answers to questions and help the ONW band family stay connected. We will discuss this exciting communication tool at Meet the Band Night but want to give you the chance to download it before the meeting!

We’ve created specific Olathe Northwest Jumps, please follow the link that makes the most sense for you:

Marching Band

The Raven Pride Marching Band is coming off their most successful season in school history. Members of the Marching Band can join this Jump to stay in the loop.

Concert Band

Members of the ONW Concert Band will want to join this Jump to keep up with home concerts, music festivals and other extracurricular concert band events.


The four-time National Championship winning Raven Dance Team doubles as a color guard to perform at halftime with the band. Dance Team members can sync up here.

As the school year goes on, we will add on basketball, jazz band, and any other jumps that may be useful!

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First, how about the Raven Pride Marching Band! Camp was terrific, and the “Meet the Band Night” performance was a pretty awesome start to a school year filled with terrific potential. Wonderful to meet the students and families of our concert, marching, and jazz programs last week. All parts of the band family have grown again for ONW, both in number and quality. I’m looking forward to watching and hearing the exciting and musically rewarding things that our students will bring about for our Northwestband this school year. GO RAVENS!

AND, it is my great pleasure to share the news that BOTH our Raven Winds concert band, and Raven Jazz I ensemble have been selected for all-state convention performances by the Kansas Music Educators association (KMEA)! Groups from all parts of our state submit recorded auditions for blind adjudication annually. Only the top performing groups are accepted for performance at the in-service workshop in February. It is highly competitive, difficult to be selected. Our students earned it, and will no doubt represent our school and band program superlatively. Much more to follow. Congratulations! This is a BIG deal!


Start of School This Week:

Marching Band – The first day of school is busy enough! As was shared at camp, there will NOT be a 7:00 AM rehearsal this Thursday 8/15. 7:00 AM rehearsals will begin for marchers on Friday 8/16. Please bring your instruments for Thursday! We will do our best to allow time for a warm up and a show run! Movement IV is in!! We’ll take our first read together, bring what you need to play on Thursday at regular time.

Concert Band & Jazz Lab  – You are welcome to bring your instrument on Thursday, however you will not need to bring you instrument / stick bag until Friday 8/16. We will assign lockers, check out school provided instruments, and handle introductions and syllabus / handbook overview on Thursday 8/15. Looking forward to having you with us!



Welcome New Parents! Join us Saturday - 8:30 AM - August 17th!

Are you a new parent to the band program here at Northwest? Perhaps a veteran parent but have some questions about getting involved! All who are able / interested are welcome to join us in the band room this Saturday August 17th for some coffee, doughnuts, and information. We’ll get started at 8:30 AM. Several of our parents will share some helpful information, you’ll have a chance to ask questions, and you’ll get to meet some really terrific people who are in your corner to guide you through this exciting time of transition to high school and the ONW band program. Hope to see you with us! If this is not a convenient time for you, don’t hesitate to reach out by replying to this message. I’ll be happy to meet with you at an alternative time that fits your  schedule best.


Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Don’t forget about this GREAT way to earn some money for your ONW band account! Still a handful of spots available, fill ’em up! A super fun event, and highly profitable to YOU!! More information available on the link which follows.

40th Annual Enrichment Festival – August 16th, 17th, & 18th. We are needing student and parent volunteers for this festival at Swope Park. If you are interested, please click on the link below:



Olathe Northwest Area Try-It Night - Wednesday August 21st

Each year, Olathe Northwest staff and students host an exciting evening where we invite our new 5th grade students to attend and try out the instruments of the band and orchestra. Again, I would like to ask / beg the students of our leadership team and ALL Raven Band students to consider lending a hand to make sure our future Ravens enjoy a highly positive and exciting experience! Check your calendar on Wednesday the 21st and keep it open as you are able. A training session and a pizza dinner will be provided after school. We will need lots of help through student demonstration, student led “instrumental fittings”, and could use some parents to assist with logistics of the evening and visit with future band parents answering questions surrounding things you wish you had known as a new band parent. 

We will discuss the day in greater detail on Thursday and will have a sign up available by the end of this week. If you would like to share some music wil a small ensemble of friends. we would greatly appreciate that! We have some music available and can help as needed. 

Thanks so much for your consideration of lending a hand at this highly important evening for the Raven Band and Orchestra, class of 2027!



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