Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

Nov 22-23, 2021

Solo & Ensemble UPDATE & Deadlines


6th and 7th grade students will be asked to perform their solo at one or more of the following 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

WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Festival - Saturday, Feb 12 (8 am-4 pm) - specific time TBD


The WSMA REGISTRATION FORM is now available. The deadline to register for the WSMA festival is Nov. 30. Please click the button below to access the form. Please return the completed form to Mr. Gleason. The $8.45 fee will be added to your child's Infinite Campus account and must be paid by Dec. 17 to participate.

Announcing A NEW Ensemble - Panther Pep Band!

We are thrilled to announce the creation of a new ensemble open to all 6th and 7th grade band members. The Panther Pep Band will replace our traditional 6th grade jazz club however it will cover all of the same concepts plus a lot more. The goal of this group is to learn some of the great jazz, pop, and rock styles that we all enjoy and love hearing at sporting events and other venues.


PANTHER PEP BAND will rehearse weekly in the PMMS Band Room on Fridays from 3-4 PM beginning Dec. 3rd.


The group will perform at an upcoming High School Basketball Game (see information below) as well as a few PMMS events to be determined.


To register your child for this new group and performance at the high school, please fill out the online form below.


JANUARY 13 - EPOCH Sound & PANTHER PEP BAND Performance

The Sun Prairie High School Pep Band, Epoch Sound, has invited the Panther Pep Band to perform with them at the SPHS Basketball Game on Thursday, January 13th. We have created parts so that all middle school band students, regardless of their performance level or the instrument they play, can participate. We are going to make a fun afternoon out of the event beginning right after school at Patrick Marsh.


How do you participate?

1) Complete the online registration for Panther Pep Band below and indicate if your child will attend the Jan. 13 event.

2) If attending, please return $5 cash to Mr. Gleason by Jan. 6

3) Make sure you have filled out a district field trip permission form in Infinite Campus.


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.


We are also in need of a few chaperones to help with the evening. If you would like to help, please let us know!

Sun Prairie Bands Big Band Dance

Join us on December 4th as the Angel Park Pavilion transforms into a Jazz Club or Dance scene from the 1940's. It is a social event as well as a concert for our students. Sun Prairie High School Jazz I, II, Cardinal Heights Jazz Band and Sun Prairie Alumni will all perform that evening.

Doors open at 6:30pm, with music beginning at 7pm.


Tickets: $10 Adults, $7 Students and Seniors, Children 5 and under - free.


Covid Mitigation: All audience members are required to have a face covering at this event. Student performers will be using masks and bell covers


We are also looking for some help! If interested, consider signing up for a spot in our concessions stand:


Concessions Help Link

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1r-o_-wwZlQt2llW_WXF3zJqPqDWuzNydv7UWyGgFcTA/edit?usp=sharing

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This Week In Band

Monday, Nov 22 (B Day) -

Tuesday, Nov 23 (A Day) - Full 7th Jazz 7 am


** Extra solo help in lessons this week. No regularly scheduled lessons.

Upcoming Dates

Tue, Nov. 30 - Winter Band Concert - (7 pm) - HS PAC

Fri, Dec 3 - 6th/7th Grade Panther Pep Band Starts- (3-4 PM) - PMMS

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

Winter Concert Quickly Approaching

Believe it or not we are already planning our second concert of the year. Here are the details:


When: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Where: Sun Prairie High School East Performing Arts Center

Who: PMMS 6th and 7th grade bands


Warm-up Rooms and Times

3rd Hr Day A 6th Grade Band - Stage (cases backstage) - 6:40 PM

9th Hr Day B 6th Grade Band - Choir Room - 6:40 PM

3rd Hr Day B 6th Grade Band - Orch Room - 6:40 PM

7th Grade Band - Band Room - Band Room - 6:55 PM


What Should My Child Wear? There is no band uniform this year. Students should dress nicely for concerts. Please avoid clothing that has rips, tears or holes. Please also make sure that any writing on shirts is school-appropriate.


What Should My Child Bring? All students will need to bring their band instrument with the bell cover. Flute players will need their flute masks. Percussionists will need their stick bag with sticks and mallets. All students will need their band music.


Mrs. Haraldson and I will transport the following instruments from Patrick Marsh to the High School and back on the night of the concert. Students playing these instruments will just need to remember to bring their music.

  • Bass Clarinet

  • French Horn

  • Euphonium

  • Tenor Sax

  • Bari Sax

  • Tuba


Concert Etiquette and Masks:

Students and caregivers should remain for the entire concert. The audience should be quiet during the performance but clap loudly after each selection! Only water is allowed in the PAC. Masks will be required.


Where Should We Park and Enter?

Please park and use the main entrance (Door 1).


Will It Be On Livestream Again?

Yes! Livestream link for those who cannot attend but would like to watch 'live' online:

https://youtu.be/lpEYtQmwRxI


Student Attendance: Concerts are an extension of the band classroom and the learning that takes place every day. Music was created to be shared and not performed in isolation (or in the band room only). For this reason, we need to perform for an audience in order to share the wealth of learning that has taken place. This sharing helps the students to bring closure to the learning process and also propels them towards the next step in the journey.

How Can I Find More Information?

Here is a link to our Band Website (http://www.spbb.org/patrick-marsh-bands.html)- 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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