Welcome to Central Heights Band!

July 11, 2022

Meet your Band Teacher

Hi! My name is Ian Melrose and I'll be the music teacher for Band at Central Heights Middle School. I am SUPER excited to be opening a new building with all the students this year. We get the opportunity to imagine, explore, and create what an awesome music and Band experience can be.

I have been teaching for 19 years with the past 14 being here in Sun Prairie, mostly at the former Cardinal Heights. My main instruments is tuba and I love playing and teaching all of the instruments. I have three kids that attend Sun Prairie schools (9th, 6th, and 3rd grades) and my spouse is a Sun Prairie graduate. I love playing basketball, football, tennis, Sudoku, reading books, watching movies, and being outside. I can't wait to learn about you all and see what we have in common and can learn from each other.

I truly see education as a partnership between teacher, student, caregivers, and community. Please never hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, and updates. See you soon!

Ian Melrose


Central Heights Band Calendar 2022 - 2023

Cardinal Heights Band Calendar 2022 - 2023

Please see linked tentative schedule above. Please communicate in as much advance as possible with any conflicts.

Upcoming Dates:

  • August 22 - 25, Band Starts Now for 6th Grade students (see below for more info)

  • September 6 - 9, Band Blast Off (for beginners not able to attend in August, see below)

  • Tuesday October 4, Central Heights Band Concert (6:30 - 6th, 7:30 - 7th & 8th)

Ward Brodt Tent Sale - Saturday July 16th

Interested in getting great deals on instruments and supplies? Consider checking out Ward Brodt's annual summer tent sale.

This can be a great time to buy supplies (reeds, valve oil), fun new music books, accessories (mutes), or even purchase a quality used instrument.

Feel free to reach out if you have questions before wanting to purchase anything.


Grade Level Information

8th Grade Info

The Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band has been having a great season this summer and is about to embark on their 50th anniversary trip to Florida next week.

The Sound of Sun Prairie Staff would like to invite all incoming 8th-12th grade band students to a mini marching band experience in August. This event will consist of four evening rehearsals on Aug 22 - 25. The rehearsals will take place at Sun Prairie High School East from 5-9 PM each night. We will be preparing for a performance at the home football game in the Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium on August 26th! Your child will not need to officially join Sound to participate in this event. This opportunity is meant to introduce and connect new students to the Sound of Sun Prairie. This is a chance to get a glimpse of what SOSP is about.

Please look through the informational letter linked below. If your child is interested in participating, please fill out the registration form by August, 1.

Please feel free to email me with any questions.

7th Grade Band

Hey 7th Grade! Looking for something new to practice this summer? Check out these packets of Fun Tunes.

Some are tricky, some are easier - look through the whole thing. Find a couple tunes you enjoy and see what you can do! Bonus...email Melrose a video?!?!

6th Grade Band

Hello 6th Grade Band Families!

We are looking forward to helping you start your band journey this year. Here's some reminders and updates for helping you get started. If you have any questions (it's a lot!), please do not hesitate to reach out!

Instrument Rental:

How to order rental instruments/supplies:

1. Ward-Brodt: Visit the appropriate link below and select your school and grade level to set up your rental and supply purchase.

2. Ward-Brodt: Contact Rob Smith at 661-8633 to complete this process

3. You can also visit White House of Music to rent an instruments & order supplies.

  • Tuba and euphonium players should plan on renting their instruments from the school but still need to contact Ward Brodt to purchase supplies.
  • **Please let us know if we can assist you with acquiring supplies for your student as we do not want finances to prevent anyone from joining band.**

Band Starts Now, August 22 - 25:

Band Starts Now! is a class that meets four days for an hour and a half. Students will meet in like-instrument classes to learn the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to play the instrument. The classes have a well designed curriculum rich with games and activities essential to the students first steps on their instrument.


Option 1 - Patrick Marsh

8:00-9:30 AM Flute, Trombone, Euphonium, Percussion

9:30-11:00 AM Clarinet

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Trumpet, Tuba

Option 2 - Prairie View

8:00-9:30 AM Flute, Trumpet Class

9:30-11:00 AM Clarinet

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion

**Please note that district transportation is NOT provided for this summer school course.


We will be offering a condensed version of the same class called Band Blast Off on September 6-9. Class will meet from 3:35-4:35 PM after school in the band room and an activity bus will be available to take students who normally ride the bus home. Be sure to look out for another email with more information before the beginning of the school year.


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

Ian Melrose

CHMS Music Educator

(608) 318-8134 (Office)

608-618-2843 (Google Voice)