Sound of Sun Prairie Newsletter

January 6, 2020

Greetings Sun Prairie Band Families

My name is Chris Gleason. I teach band at Patrick Marsh Middle School and I am excited to be this year's Sound of Sun Prairie Director. The goal of this newsletter is to

  • Invite your student to consider joining us this year
  • Provide you with important dates and times
  • Answer some basic questions about how to get started
  • Relay information to you about fundraisers and scholarships

Don't worry, if your child decides not to do SOSP you will not continue to receive this newsletter forever!

What Is The Sound of Sun Prairie?

The Sound of Sun Prairie is a voluntary, extra-curricular marching band. It is comprised of 8-12th grade students who have an interest in performing with percussion and wind instruments or color guard.

The purpose of the Sound of Sun Prairie is to provide an environment in which students can learn to work cooperatively toward common goals, the power of positive attitudes, personal responsibility, self-motivation, individual sacrifice for the good of the group, and striving to work to the best of one’s ability at all times. It is a student-centered organization that promotes personal growth and student leadership. The band’s philosophy is based on the belief that learning to be successful in marching band involves the same process as learning to be successful in other endeavors and that understanding the process for success is the most important part of attaining success.

SOSP is a member of the Mid-America Competing Band Directors Association (MACBDA) and it follows their schedule of events. This includes marching and competing in parades and field show competitions throughout the Midwest.

What Happens First? OPEN HOUSE this Sunday!!

The very first thing to do is to come to our Open House to learn more about Sound and to have your child give it a try! Here is the information:

  • When? THIS Sunday, January 12 from 1-4 PM
  • Where? Sun Prairie High School (Enter Door #3)
  • Who? Sun Prairie band students in grades 8-12
  • What To Bring? Athletic Clothes & Shoes, Instrument and Supplies (tubas, euphs, or horns...just bring mouthpiece)
  • What Will Happen? Students will get the opportunity to meet and greet each other, learn about SOSP, ask questions, try some marching drills, play some of our music, and most certainly...have fun!
  • Can Parents Come? We will hold a parent information meeting at 3 PM in the band room if you want to learn more. Family members are welcome to watch some of the rehearsal as well.

Interested in Color Guard or Percussion?

Guard & Percussion Rehearsals

SPHS 12:30-3:30 PM

Jan. 26

Feb 9

Feb 23

Drum Major Workshops

SPHS 3:30-5:30 PM

Feb 10

Feb 17

Feb 24

March 2

March 9 (Audition)

When Does The Sound Season Begin and End?

Sound rehearses as a full group various weekends in March, April, and May. Sound goes "fulltime" June 14 to July 19. The summer schedule is still being created as we are developing tours for the group. However, our rehearsal dates and times up until June 14 ARE on the SP Band website. Just follow this link and look in the bottom left of the screen at the SOSP Calendar (A hard copy of the SOSP full calendar will be provided at the SOSP Kick Off Event on Feb 25)

How and When Can We Join?

The Sound of Sun Prairie Kick-Off Event will take place on Tuesday, February 25 from 7-8 PM in the High School. Parents/Guardians will have a meeting with the directors in the choir room while the students will have a meeting in the band room. Our goal is to provide you with essential information about the season and allow time for questions.

SOSP Registration will take place on Saturday, Feb 29 between 9 am - 1 pm. Families can "drop-in" when it is convenient to take care of the registration process.

Our first SOSP rehearsal will be the following week on March 7th!

Are Scholarships Available?

The Bernie Powers Band Foundation is sponsoring and managing four scholarships available to band students in the Sun Prairie School District.

Marcia Berman Marching Band/Percussion Scholarship: $200
For students in grades 8-12 to participate in The Sound of Sun Prairie or to assist with percussion lessons or summer camp.

Ken Paris Music Scholarship: $500

For a graduating high school senior who has participated in the Sun Prairie Band program and plans to attend a four year university, technical/vocational school or short career training course.

Jock Bogle Music Education Scholarship: $300

For a graduating high school senior who intends to study music education

Jeff Bogosh Summer Jazz Camp Scholarship: $500

For a student in grades 8-11 to attend a summer jazz camp and then share skills learned by participating in the Jazz program after camp.

For more information, please contact your band director or visit our website at

Applications for all scholarships will be online January 6, 2020.

All applications are due Friday March 20, 2020

Fish Fry THIS Friday! We Need Your Help!

WHEN? THIS Friday January 10th, 5-8pm,

WHERE? Round Table, Sun Prairie

COST - $12.00

  • 3 pc. deep fried/baked cod
  • French fries or baked potato
  • Cole slaw
  • Baked Beans
  • Extra fish - $2/piece

Other options:

  • 7 pc. Shrimp for $12
  • 4 pc. Chicken Tenders for $12
  • $6 Kids Meals

How can you support this event?
EAT - come join us for a meal and invite your family, neighbors, & friends.

BID - consider bidding on the amazing items in the auction!

BAKE - we will be soliciting baked goods for a dessert sale during the dinner
- Sign Up online: SPBB Fish Fry Sign Up Genius

VOLUNTEER - we will need 25 volunteers in two shifts: 4 - 7pm & 6:30 - 9:30pm
*Sign up using the SPBB Fish Fry Sign Up Genius

*Students WILL be able to volunteer for certain duties - see sign-up above.

Any questions? Please contact:
​SPBB Fish Fry Coordinator - Andy Ruplinger:

The Sound of Sun Prairie

“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