Band Boosters

The Shawnee Mission East High School Band Boosters is a not-for-profit group that strives to assist the band program. The SME Band Boosters organization is made up of parents whose children are enrolled in any band at Shawnee Mission East.

The Band Boosters meet on the first Wednesday of each month. Usually from 7 to 8:30 pm in the band room. These meetings are an invaluable source of information about course requirements, uniforms, concert dates, trips, etc.

The Band Boosters provide financial, physical, and moral support for the band program on a year-round basis. Various fundraisers have provided equipment, software, camp fees, awards, scholarships, uniforms, instruments, guest clinicians, and receptions, just to name a few.

As you may guess, there is a lot of work involved in the band program by students, teachers, and parents. But, the rewards are immeasurable! We look forward to a great school year. Won’t you join us in making the music programs at SME the best in the state?


The only requirement for being in the Band Boosters organization is to have a student in one of the many performing ensembles at SME. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, if you want to know how, contact our Band Booster President Jake Hood at

Executive Board Members

Position Name/Yr of Student Contact (via Email)
President Jake Hood — Junior
Vice President Gwen Wurst — Junior
Treasurer Shelly Hood — Junior
Co-Treasurer Kelly Chamberlain — Sophomore
Secretary Helen Chamberlain — Senior & Sophomore
At-Large #1 Leslie White — Junior
At- Large #2 Susan Nitsch — Senior
At- Large #3 Rusty Debey — Sophomore
At-Large #4    

Committee Members

Committe Name Contact
Band Banquet Heather Rubesch — Sophomore
Band Camp Social Event Melissa Dailey — Senior
Band Trophy Case Heather Rubesch — Sophomore
Bus Coordinator (Football) Emily Babcock
Camp, Festival, Travel Food & Beverages Rachel Gast — Sophomore
Car Wash Michelle Bunte — Sophomore
Communications Harlan Brooks — Sophomore
Concert Programs 1. Trudy Williams — Sophomore 2. Aiken Coinrad — Freshman 1. 2.
Concession Stand (Basketball Season) 1. Rusty Debey — Sophomore 2. Lisa Debey — Sophomore 1. 2.
Corporate/Village Shops Fundraising 1. Jeff Faulk 2. Christy Rogers 1. 2.
Jazz Night Melissa & Joe Athon — Freshman
Little Lancer Band John Kashka — Band Parent Alumnus
Merchandise Fundraising Rachel Gast — Sophomore
Props/Marching Show Leslie White — Junior
Senior Recognition Events Lauren Conderman
Student Representative Natalie Nitsch — Senior  
T-Shirt Coordinator Gwen Wurst — Junior
Truck Driver/Loading Coordinator (Primary and Alternate) [for transportation of band equipment] Primary: David Hassett Alternate: Mason Goodmon 1. 2.
Truck Loading Assistant Coordinator [for transportation of band equipment] Chris & Tom Clevenger — Sophomore
Uniforms 1. Kimberly Justice — Junior 2. Tracy Haynes — Freshman 3. Mary Krohn — Sophomore 1. 2. 3.
Year End Video Tiffany & Wesley Truster — Junior & Senior

Additional Information

  • Booster Committees
  • Booster Documents & Forms
  • Supporting the Band
    • Sponsors
    • How to become a Sponsor