Patrick Marsh Middle School Band
Aug 30-Sept 3, 2021
Off To A Good Start
When Will Band Lessons Begin?
Our goal is to begin lessons this coming Friday. We will share the schedule with you and the students once it is completed.
The Sound Of Sun Prairie - First Performance A Hit!
Masking Order Update
We wanted to reach out to you with new updates that impact our Sun Prairie band students based on the new public health order 17 requiring masks indoors from Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). Public health order 17 says that “every individual, age two (2) and older, shall wear a face covering when in any enclosed space open to the public.” While there are exemptions for activities like eating and drinking, public health order 17 has not provided an exemption for playing wind instruments indoors such as the previous public health order 16 which included an exemption for wind playing using bell covers.
Until this order was released, we were prepared to conduct band safely indoors following mitigation guidelines highlighted by a study of aerosols at the University of Colorado. These measures included the use of slitted masks and fabric covers on the bell of the instrument. The Sun Prairie Area School District believes strongly in this comprehensive research study on responsible and appropriate mitigation strategies for band classes to take place safely indoors. We are hopeful that Public Health Madison & Dane County will restore an exemption to play instruments indoors. However, we do not know what kind of timeline will be needed. The current public health order will be active for 28 days.
Because of this, we will be welcoming your students into our band classroom starting next week, but we will hold band class and lessons outside when playing. Playing as a band will be our highest priority. The Sun Prairie Band Department is recognized for its energy and dedication to students and music and all of that energy and dedication will be poured into making band fantastic this fall.