Sun Prairie Band Department News

August 28, 2020

Welcome Back!

Hello Sun Prairie Band Families!


We are thrilled to welcome you all back to a new school year! Undoubtedly, this school year will look a bit different. However, we are committed to providing the very best educational and social experience possible through music. The role and importance of the arts have never been more essential in our children's lives. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to music education in Sun Prairie. We are excited to get started!

Band Beginners Are Off And Playing!

Many of our beginning band students started their musical journey on Aug 17 in a class called Band Starts Now. This year's class was offered all online with eleven Sun Prairie band directors (current and retired) assisting with starting the next generation.


We flipped our instruction by providing instructional videos for the students to watch prior to our daily Zoom meetings. All of the students did a great job and make significant progress during the week. We are excited to start the students who could not make it and those who are still joining. Please let your friends and neighbors know that it is not too late to sign -up!


Many thanks to Shelley Weiss, Summer School Administrator, who supported our beginning band program in many ways. We appreciate the support and commitment to these eager, young musicians!

SPHS Jazz Still Swingin'

Socially Distant Music! Students from the SPHS Jazz program spent a day recording for a virtual big band recording for the Madison Area Music Association Awards. Thanks to

Audio for the Arts

for all of their expertise.

Band Booster Future Communication

The Sun Prairie Band Boosters is an organization with a long history of positive collaboration and support in Sun Prairie. The organization continues to play a vital role in our community and in your child's music education. It is important to stay connected with this group and to find ways to become involved. In the near future, the Band Boosters will send you a newsletter called "The Booster Beat". Please consider learning more about this organization and the many things they do to support our learners. If you would prefer not to receive communication from the Boosters, please just click "unsubscribe" when you receive the first Booster Beat.

Congratulations WSMA Honors Project Members!

A number of Sun Prairie band students were selected for the highly competitive Wisconsin State Honors Projects this year. Students prepared an audition that took place last winter and spring. To be selected for any of these ensembles is a distinct honor. Congratulations students!


Selected:

Atticus Coen - Trombone, PMMS

Caleb Retcheski - Bassoon, PMMS

David Willey - Tuba, PMMS

Asha Sundaram - Flute, PVMS

Miles Gleason- Tuba, CHUMS

Makenzie Martinez - Flute, CHUMS

Matt Anderson - Euph, SPHS

Lauretta Loesch, Tuba, SPHS

Sydney Kostelac, Flute, SPHS

Colin Leiterman - Flute, PMMS


Alternate:

Abby Lydon - Flute, PMMS

Haley Isaacson- Flute, PMMS

Teegan Davis- Clarinet, PMMS

Anna Gaylord - Flute, PVMS

NEW Band Swag On Sale Now!

Late last year we introduced a new band logo for our district. Many thanks to band parent, Anne Hawley for creating the new design! The Sun Prairie Boosters have been working with Ameriprint to create some great band "swag" options. The goal is to open this virtual clothing store a number of times each year introducing a few new items and logos each time. This online store contains the district band logo, SP Jazz Logo, and Band Booster Logo. Future stores will include SOSP, EPOCH Sound Items, and more.



  • This online clothing "store" closes on Sept. 21st
  • Items can be shipped to you or curbside pick-up at Ameriprint.
  • To order click HERE

Support Sun Prairie Bands When You Shop On Amazon!

AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you. The SP Band Boosters are a charity that you can choose. The KEY to this working is remembering to order using smile.amazon.com (not just amazon.com). This simple change can help us raise funds to support our band kids!

Here's how to shop AmazonSmile:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com.
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.
  3. Choose "Sun Prairie High School Band Boosters" to receive donations.

Congratulations Mr. Sveum

Steve Sveum, newly retired SPHS Band Director, was just selected for the Wisconsin Award for Excellence in Teaching Music award from the Wisconsin School Music Association and Wisconsin Music Educators Association. Congratulations Steve you continue to make us proud!

Still Time To Join Band!

We are still accepting students to join 6th grade band next year. Please encourage any incoming 6th graders to consider band! https://www.spbb.org/join-band-here.html

Sun Prairie Band Department

“Move beyond the notes to cultivate a life long passion and drive for creativity, curiosity, and community through a vision of students as accomplished learners and evolving musicians in pursuit of artistry