CH Band - Concert Tuesday 2/28

Concert - Tuesday February 28th & Central Heights

CHMS February Concert – Tuesday February 28th
For this concert, we will be combining with Central Heights Orchestra and showcasing some student small ensembles as well.


- 6:30pm, 6th Grade Band & Orchestra (6pm warm-up)

- 7:30pm, 7th & 8th Grade Band & Orchestra (7pm warm-up)


- Central Heights Middle School Auditorium


- Students will now have their Central Heights Music Shirt!

- Please wear black pants, shoes, and socks (or as best as you can)

Please check for livestream link when available.

Black History Month - Music

This month we are celebrating, honoring, and learning about important Black icons in music.

  • 6th Grade Band is learning "Hound Dog" inspired by it's original singer, Willie Mae Thornton (not Elvis).
  • 8th Grade Band is learning a piece called "Spit-Fire" by Black composer, William Owens. This piece honors the Tuskegee Airmen of Word War II.
  • All Bands are starting the day listening to great Black artists throughout history and on their instruments.

8th Grade Only - Kalahari Band Trip Info & Fundraising

The 8th Grade Band will participate in the annual Beyond the Notes Music Festival at the Kalahari on Thursday 5/25/2023


Interested in Fundraising?

The Band Boosters are doing their final sale of the season; BUTTER BRAIDS!

Jazz Updates

Friday March 3rd, SP Middle School Jazz Festival

  • Clinic w/ guest artist, 3:35 - 5pm
  • 5pm - Pizza Dinner
  • 6:30pm - Concert w/ Patrick Marsh, Prairie View, & Guest Artists

Friday April 14, Swing Into Spring Jazz Extravaganza @ Prairie View

8th Grade Only - Sound of Sun Prairie Updates

8th Grade Band Students & Families,

You are all invited to learn more and check out one of Sun Prairie's most storied and celebrated music opportunities, the Sound of Sun Prairie summer marching band! If you're interested in learning more about this group, check out the dates below and feel free to reach out to Mr. Melrose (sign up for a conference above!).

First Rehearsal - Saturday, March 4, 9am - 1pm @ SP East

- wear athletic gear

- bring a water bottle

- let Mr. Melrose know you're interested! You're welcome to try this rehearsal before committing to the group.

Students and parents can enter at door 3 for each of these events.

Band Calendar & Upcoming Dates

Cardinal Heights Band Calendar 2022 - 2023

Linked above is our calendar for the year. Please communicate in as much advance as possible with any conflicts and reach out if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday February 16, Central Heights Rescheduled Solo Night, 3:45 - 6:30pm

  • Tuesday February 14, Piano Solo Night @ SP East

  • Tuesday February 28, Central Heights Band & Orchestra Combined Concert

  • Friday March 3, SP Middle School Jazz Festival (after school, 6:30pm Concert)

  • Monday April 3, Band'O'Rama @ SP East, 7 - 8pm

  • Thursday May 4, Central Heights Spring Band Concert

  • Thursday May 25, 8th Grade attends "Beyond the Notes" Festival @ Kalahari

The Memorial Day performance is canceled for all Sun Prairie Middle School Bands. The Sound of Sun Prairie will still be performing and participating.

Band Lesson & Practice Tips

Every band student will receive a weekly private lesson for about 10 minutes with Mr. Melrose or Mr. Metcalf (part-time music teacher).

Want to know if how students are doing in their lesson?

- get connected to Google Classroom (if not already, send me an email & I'll get you connected)

SOLO Practice Tips - Break up practice into 3 parts:

*Even 10 minutes can make a big difference - especially when done many days/week.

Part 1 - Warm-Up (long tones, scales, slurs, patterns)

Part 2 - Heavy Lifting (be specific about your goals and find different ways to achieve them; slow practice, chunking, gradually adding parts)

Part 3 - Fun! (find fun pieces to play - or as Melrose for tip on how to find them).

Instrument Supplies

We will work with students to see if they need any updated supplies or books for their instrument. Check this list below:


  • 7th & 8th grade have new mallets & sticks to order. Check pg. 2 of the above document
  • NEED HELP? Just ask.

How to order:

  • Click button below "Ward-Brodt - Supplies"
  • Select "Central Heights - Band"
  • Select Instrument


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Ian Melrose

CHMS Music Educator

(608) 318-8064 (Office)

608-618-2843 (Google Voice)