C-Heights Band Updates

January 7, 2022

Solo & Ensemble - Volunteers & Donations Needed

Please support our musicians on Saturday, February 12, 2022 by volunteering and making this festival a success. We could use your help to make Solo & Ensemble a great event for students. How can you help?

  • Door monitor (keep hallways quiet, help adjudicator with who performs next)

  • Runner (walk to each site and collect completed results and bring them to the office for tabulation)

  • Concessions (sell food, clean tables, etc)

  • Donate food items for concessions or the adjudicator lunch

Sign-up Online: https://bit.ly/3ClQspf

If you have any questions about VOLUNTEERING contact Rachel Zarzyski - razarzy@sunprairieschools.org

If you have any questions about FOOD donations contact Sharon Haraldson - smharal@sunprairieschools.org

Solo Performances

All students should continue to work on their solos. They have already selected one of the following options for their performance grade:

Option #1, Saturday 2/12/22 – at the official WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival, Patrick Marsh (draft schedule set to come out in a few weeks).

Option #2, Thursday 2/10/22 – Solo Night @ CHUMS, 3 – 6pm, Students will sign-up for a 10-minute time slot on this evening the week before. If you have specific time requests you know of now, please let us know.

Sound of Sun Prairie

On January 9th there will be an "Open House Rehearsal" at Sun Prairie High School from 12:30-3:30 PM. The purpose of this rehearsal is to give students the opportunity to experience Sound prior to making a decision about joining us for the season. All students are encouraged to attend this "no strings attached event". Please note that no prior experience is necessary!

Check out the Sound's most recent newsletter here for more information.

EPOCH (Pep Band) Performance - Jan 13

All C-Heights band students are invited to perform with other Sun Prairie band students in the middle school pep band at the basketball game on Thursday, January 13. This is an optional performance full of lots of energy!

5:45pm- meet at SPHS to rehearse a few songs

6:45 - 7:15pm- perform pregame music

  • Students will need their own transportation to and from this event
  • Band directors will not be staying to chaperone the game. If students want to attend they will need an athletic pass similar if they were attending on their.

Course Registration for next year

Students will soon be registering for classes for the 2022-23 school year. Be sure to stop by the music table at the Course Expo next week Tuesday, Jan 11, 5-7 PM at the High School. Reach out to any of the music teachers with any questions you have.


Field trips this year are a bit more complicated this year due to COVID and bus driver shortage. Here are tentative and hopeful field trips coming up for all band students:

9th Grade Band & Wind Symphony:

- Feb 23 or 24 day trip to a university to work with faculty conductors & clinicians

- Leave around 8:30am and arrive in SP around 4-5pm.

- Cost around $20 - $40

8th Grade Band:

- Friday May 6, during school day and after school

- 8th Grade Bands will participate in clinics and possible field trip

Stay tuned for more info!

Upcoming Events...

January 9, Sound of Sun Prairie Open House Rehearsal, 12:30-3:30pm @ SPHS band room

January 13, EPOCH night, 6-7:30 pm @SPHS (see above)

February 10, CHUMS Band Solo Night, 3:15 - 6:15pm (for students not participating in WSMA Solo & Ensemble on 2/12)

February 12, WSMA Solo & Ensemble @ Patrick Marsh Middle School

February 15, WMSA Piano Night @ Sun Prairie High School

February 18, Sun Prairie Middle School Jazz Festival (6pm Concert @ C-Heights)

February 23 or 24 - 9th grade & wind symphony field trip (more info coming soon!)

March 3 - C-Heights Band Concerts @ C-Heights auditorium with Dr. Corey Pompey:

- 8th grade bands @ 7 PM (arrive 6:30)

- 9th grade & wind symphony @ 8 PM (arrive 7:30)

April 4 - Band-O-Rama @ SPHS Field House @7 PM (students arrive 6:30)

May 6 - 8th grade bands field trip

May 11 - C-Heights Band Concerts @ C-Heights auditorium:

- 8th grade bands @ 7 PM (arrive 6:30)

- 9th grade & wind symphony @ 8 PM (arrive 7:30)

Jazz Updates

Jazz band continues to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-7:40 AM. Upcoming events include:

February 18 - Middle School Jazz Festival, 3-8 PM, C-Heights

April 8 - Swing into Spring Jazz Extravaganza, 7-10 PM, Prairie View MS

Band Lesson Academy - openings still available

In the past, many students and families have found value in taking private lessons with amazing professionals on their instrument. Good news - those teachers come right to Cardinal Heights after school on Tuesdays 3:00-900 PM! Information and registration can be found here.

Cardinal Heights School News & Links

Hopefully these links are helpful to find information all in one place. If there's ever other links you would like included, let us know!

Ordering Band Supplies

Visit Ward Brodt's website to order any band supplies you need. Order what you need and then at check out you can choose school delivery under the shipping section. If you choose school delivery, your supplies will be delivered to Cardinal Heights and we will make sure you get them. If you are unsure what kind of reeds/valve oil/slide grease to purchase, we have attached a list of recommended supplies here.

Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Stay in touch and stay safe!

Mrs. Diallo

8th Grade Bands


Mr. Melrose

9th Grade Band & Wind Symphony