Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

Dec 20-23, 2021

No Regular Lessons This Week

Mr. Gleason and Mrs. Haraldson will be traveling to the elementary schools on Monday and Tuesday to talk about band and to demonstrate the instruments. As such, we will not have regularly scheduled lessons this week. In addition, students will not be allowed to come in for recess or resource to practice since we will be out of the building. Students can come down to practice on Wednesday and Thursday. We would also encourage any students looking for extra help on their solo or band music to come down on those days as well.

Please encourage your kids to take their band instrument home over winter break!

Thank you!

WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Reminders

Reminders for those families participating in the WSMA SE Festival on Feb 12 at Patrick Marsh Middle School.

  • Fees for the festival are in your child's Infinite Campus account. IF you haven't paid yet, please do this ASAP.
  • To see a list of the students who are registered for the festival please click here. The schedule will come out in late January with specific times.
  • Please consider donating some food or helping us that day! It is a LOT of fun and your help is vital to making this run smoothly. Here is the Sign-up Genius

Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea?

The Tonal Energy Tuner app would make a great gift for your child! This app is used by musicians across the world. The app includes a tuner, metronome and many other useful tools to help your child practice more effectively. AND the price is right at $3.99! Click HERE to find out more.

Looking for other ideas? Consider a box of reeds, an instrument stand, a better mouthpiece or ligature, or a lesson with a professional musician.

Want more specific ideas? Contact Mr. Gleason or Mrs. Haraldson!

Solo Nights - Jan 24-25

As you know, all band students are working on a solo that they will perform at one of these upcoming events:

6th Grade Solo Night - Monday, Jan. 24 (4:30-7:00 pm) - student's specific time TBD

7th Grade Solo Night - Tuesday, Jan 25 (4:30-7:00 pm) - student's specific time TBD

We will begin scheduling students for the 6th and 7th grade solo nights in the near future so you can get the exact performance time on your schedule. Family is encouraged to attend! Plan on attending solo night for about 35 minutes from time of arrival to departure. An example of a student's schedule that night is:

5:20 pm- Arrive

5:25 pm - Warm-up & photo taken

5:40 pm - Performance

5:45 pm - Fill out reflection

5:55 pm - Depart

School Instrument Repair & Rental Fees

If your child uses a school instrument a $50 charge has been applied to their Infinite Campus Account last week. The $50 covers the entire school year and helps to pay for maintenance and repair fees. We do our best to keep our school instruments in good playing condition. We also spend time teaching your children how to maintain and care for their instruments (regardless if they are owned by you, the school, or a music store). As you know, instruments cost many hundreds and even thousands of dollars. We appreciate your continued support!

Panther Pep Band Update

The Panther Pep Band is going GREAT! Here's an update on what is going on:

  • No Rehearsal this week
  • Next rehearsal is Friday, Jan. 7 (last chance to join the group)
  • Please pay $5 by Jan. 7 to help pay for pizza and transportation to the HS
  • Thursday, Jan. 13 is our performance at the High School Boys Basketball Game

Jan 13 - Epoch Sound Night Tentative Schedule

2:50 pm – Rehearsal and Activities at PM

4:30 PM – Pizza in the Cafeteria

5:05 PM – Load Bus going to the HS (one way…must find a ride home after the performance).

5:45 PM - MS musicians meet in the band room of the High School to rehearse with Epoch Sound. *Students who are unable to attend right after school may also meet us at the high school by 5:45 PM. These students are responsible for their own transportation to the high school!

6:30 PM – Set-up in the Field House at SPHS

6:45 PM – Pregame music will begin.

7:15 PM – Approximate End Time - MS students will be dismissed after the performance.

*Students may stay for the remainder of the game; however they must purchase a ticket from SPHS Athletics and will not be supervised by Mr. Gleason or Mrs. Haraldson. (SPHS Policy)

***Please note that transportation home from the HS is the responsibility of the student’s family! Students will need to take their instruments home from the HS as well as return them by Monday for rehearsal. Please note that family members who wish to hear their child perform must purchase a ticket to the basketball game.

This Week In Band

Monday, Dec 20 (A Day) -

Tuesday, Dec 21 (B Day) - 7th Jazz

Wednesday, Dec 22 (A Day)

Thursday, Dec 23 (B Day) - 7th Jazz

Friday, Dec 24 - No School

Upcoming Dates

Thur, Jan 13 - EPOCH Sound Pep Band Night - (3-8 PM) - PMMS/SPHS

Mon, Jan 24 - 6th Solo Night - (4:30-7 PM) - PMMS

Tue, Jan 25 - 7th Solo Night - (4:30-7 PM) - PMMS

Sat, Feb 12 - WSMA District Solo/Ensemble (8 am - 4 PM) - PMMS

Tue, Feb 15 - WSMA District Piano Solo Night (4-8 PM) - HS PAC

Fri, Feb 18 - Middle School Jazz Fest (3-8 PM) - CHUMS

Previous Information

We Need Your Help

This year Patrick Marsh Middle School is hosting the WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Festival. The festival will include over 600 performances by student musicians from all the schools in Sun Prairie. To run the festival we need volunteers to be room monitors, concession workers, and result collectors & tabulators. We are also looking for food donations for our adjudicator lunch as well as donations for the concession stand.

Please consider giving a bit of your time that Saturday (easy jobs I promise!) or donating some food. To sign-up either register for a spot on Sign-up Genius or by completing this paper form and returning it to Mr. Gleason. Thank you in advance!

How Can I Find More Information?

Here is a link to our Band Website ( this is a great place to look if you ever have questions. We try to keep it updated with everything you would need.

Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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