Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

Dec 6-10, 2021

Solo Performance Update

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

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

Registration for the WSMA festival has now ended. IF you didn't get the form in but would still like to have your child participate, please email me today. Registration fees (approx. $9) will be added to your child's Infinite Campus Account this week. Please pay this fee by Dec 17.

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

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!

Panther Pep Band Off To A GREAT Start

The first rehearsal of our newly created Panther Pep Band went really well! Nearly 50 students attended the first rehearsal. It is not too late to join! Just have your child sign-up in the front of the band room and return $5 to Mr. Gleason if they plan on attending the Jan. 13 performance at the high school (see information below for details). Our next rehearsal will be this Friday from 3-4 pm in the PMMS Band Room. The activity bus will be available on Fridays.

Winter Concert Recording

Congratulations to all of the students on their recent performance at the Winter Concert. Mrs. Haraldson and I are very proud of their growth. Thank you so much for attending and supporting your student's efforts. The recording of the concert can be found below. Feel free to share this link with family and friends if they would like to view it:
11/30/21 Patrick Marsh Middle School Winter Band Concert

If You Thought That Was Good - Just Wait!!

Believe it or not, registration for next year's classes will begin soon. As you could tell from our recent concert, your child's experience in band is just getting started! There are so many wonderful opportunities awaiting them as they continue on this journey. Here are just a FEW things they have to look forward to in future months and years:

Middle School Specific

  • Middle School Jazz Fest
  • Solo Festivals
  • Honor Bands
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Pit Ensemble for Musicals
  • Panther Pep Band
  • UW-Eau Claire & UW-Whitewater Trips
  • Performance at the Beyond The Notes Festival at the Kalahari (8th grade)
  • Annual Commission project called ComMission Possible

High School Specific

  • Jazz Performances (State and National Level)
  • The award-winning Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band
  • State Honors Bands
  • EPOCH Sound Pep Band
  • Overnight Trips and Performances in places like New York, Florida, and beyond!
  • Numerous visiting professional ensembles and performers.
  • Guest clinician and composers.

We strongly believe that music plays a vital role in your child's education. We aim to create nothing short of a life-changing experience for your student. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about next year's schedule or have questions about how to fit it all in.

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Contribute To My DonorsChoose Project?

I want to make sure my students have the materials and experiences they need to succeed, so I just created a request on DonorsChoose: Unlocking Musical Creativity.

Sir Ken Robinson once said, "All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think." My students reflect this truth each day at school. I love their curiosity and passion. My students are diverse, capable and curious. While they do not hide their frustrations they do not hold back their joy. It is a privilege to work with them each and every day.

The Project

In our middle school general music classrooms, we see a wide range of students with varying degrees of musical skills and knowledge. Regardless, our goal is to create opportunities for them to create, connect, respond, and perform music.

The goal is to purchase USB mini keyboards that will transform their Chromebooks into music workstations. Students will have the capacity to create melodies, explore sounds, develop harmonies, construct rhythms, and collaborate musically. Pablo Picasso summed it up well; “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up”.

To contribute just click the button below or the link above. If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.

Thanks so much,


P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help, please pass this along!

This Week In Band

Monday, Dec 6 (A Day) -

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

Wednesday, Dec 8 (A Day)

Thursday, Dec 9 (B Day) - 7th Jazz

Friday, Dec 10 (A Day) - Panther Pep Band 3-4 pm

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

Jan. 13 Panther Pep Band Performance Information

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) Have your child sign-up for Panther Pep Band in the band room (if they haven't already)

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

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!

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

“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