Capital City Marching Festival

Wednesday evening is our first judged festival at Washburn University! All are welcome to attend. Adults are $10 and children/students are $5. Cash or check only at the gate. We would LOVE to have a large contingent cheering us on! 


  • 5:45pm – Load Props and Percussion
  • 6:00pm – Load in Full Uniform
  • 6:30pm – Highland Park
  • 6:45pm – Shawnee Heights
  • 7:00pm – Leavenworth
  • 7:15pm – Topeka High
  • 7:30pm – Marching Vikes Performance
  • 7:45pm – Washburn Rural
  • 8:00pm – Topeka West
  • 8:15pm – Washburn University
  • 8:45pm – Awards
  • 9:30pm – Return

Fundraising and Volunteer Opportunities

There are still plenty of spots open for parents and/or students to volunteer at Gary’s Berries and SVEC. The money you earn from these two fundraiser facilities will go directly to your student’s band account. If you are interested in working at any of these events, please contact Vicky Smith at ASAP as we need to get you added to the schedule. Basic details are listed below:

Gary’s Berries – This is a new opportunity for Seaman Band families

Parents and students (14 & older)

October 2 – October 24 (Saturdays and Sundays), work as many days as you are able to

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 6 hour shift, no limit on number of people

Stormont Vail Events Center (SVEC) Concession Stands

Parents and students (must be 16 & older)

October 3 – Casting Crowns Concert

October 7, 8, 9 – PAFRA Rodeo

October 16 – Alice Cooper Concert

October 24 – Theresa Caputo Live (Long Island Medium)

If you are interested in working at the Demo Derby event in November, it is highly recommended that you work at one of the events listed above to get some training/experience. 

Again, please contact Vicky Smith at if you have any questions or want additional information.

Thank you!

Cookie Dough Turn In TOMORROW (Thursday)

Just a reminder that all physical cookie dough order forms and a check to “Seaman Bank” are due to my desk tomorrow! There is a possibility late orders can’t be accepted, so please turn them in on time.

Online orders are available through next week.


Season Apparel Order

All students will need to order specific items to outfit them for the season. Please read the following information so you are aware of what exactly is required of each student.

All students are required to have the following (ADT excluded):

  • Short-sleeve show shirt – purchased yearly
  • Gloves (percussionists excluded) – purchased yearly
  • Black marching shoes – purchased once and replaced if needed
    • We have many donated marching shoes from graduating seniors that students are welcome to for free, so please check out our uniform closet to get hooked up!
  • Black marching shorts – purchased once and replaced if needed
  • Crew Length black socks – purchased on your own as needed

To complete your order, please visit our store using this link. Online payment is not available at this time. When submitting your order please indicate how you will remit payment. Options available are the student’s fundraising account, checks, cash, or sending via PayPal.

Regarding PayPal: send to Seaman Viking Bands as “a friend.” If you send us money to the account as a merchant, we lose a percentage due to fees. This way I avoid having to charge you extra to cover the fees. Feel free to use the following graphics as reference when submitting payment in this way. Failure to do so will result in me cancelling the payment and asking you to send it again.

Payment is due by Tuesday, August 10th. This date is our first Tuesday Night Rehearsal (TNR) so physical payments can be dropped off on my desk then.

Parent/Guardian Meeting and Demonstration Night – Wednesday, August 4

One week from today is our parent/guardian meeting and demo night. It is highly encouraged for all to attend our 7pm meeting as we will discuss our handbook, fundraising, Winter Park, and answer any questions you may have about the upcoming school year.

We will begin our camp demonstration at 8pm in the stadium. The students will highlight the techniques learned at camp and show you a portion of the first movement from our competitive show. We hope to see a large turn out next Wednesday. The weather isn’t supposed to be infernal, so it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality entertainment outdoors!

Senior Band Accounts

Any remaining funds in your accounts will need to go through the processes below. Please let me know your preference if you haven’t already done so:

  1. Funds will either be transferred to or held for siblings joining the program within 2 years.
  2. Transferred to a preferred student as a donation.
  3. A donation to the program to help students in need.

Returning School-Owned Instruments

If you are graduating or not returning next year and have a school-owned instrument, you are required to have it professionally cleaned and returned to us in proper condition in a timely manner. If you have more than one, choose what has been used the most to clean and repair. Transcripts and diplomas will be held until the instrument(s) is/are returned.

Band Booster Club Officers

As we return to a sense of normalcy in the fall, our Booster Club is going to get its engine up and running again! We are looking for volunteers to help organize water donations, marching festival meal prep and service, hosting the NEKMEA District Band Festival, and a few fundraising endeavors. The more parent help we can get to support the kids, the easier and more successful these large scale events can be. Sign up here!

Current openings are:

  • President – runs meetings, oversees operations, direct contact with directors
  • Vice President – facilitates volunteer opportunities
  • Treasurer – handles financial records and transactions
  • Secretary – takes minutes of the meetings and maintains/retains meeting records
  • “Pit Crew” – accompanies us to Marching Festivals and helps prepare the field, podiums, and front line equipment before our performances
  • Volunteer – no obligations, just ready and willing to help when asked