SM West band sets record with latest invitation to play in London New Year’s Day parade

SM West band members and local officials celebrated the group’s tenth invitation to the London New Year’s Day parade last week. Photo courtesy Shawnee Mission School District.

Dignitaries from London were in Overland Park last week to extend an invitation to the SM West marching band to perform in the city’s New Year’s Day parade — and mark a major milestone in the process.

With 10 invitations to the parade over the years, no other band outside of the United Kingdom has been asked to perform in the event as many times as the SM West group.