Band Festival at the Kalahari

11th Annual Band Festival REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Here We Go!

The 11th Annual Band Festival at the Kalahari is right around the corner! I am very excited about this year’s festival! For those who have been with us for awhile, we have made a few changes to the registration process so please read this information very carefully. This letter will hopefully answer most of your questions. If not, please contact me anytime.

Deadlines

Monday, April 16 - Fill out the Red Google Form* (Roster, Photo, Score) https://goo.gl/forms/p5zoNhpFF4X0Dlwn2


Thursday, April 19 - Fill out the Blue Google Form* (Shirts, Pizza, Activity Choice) https://goo.gl/forms/CyoXENa1jnGG5sG73


Friday, May 4 - Payment needs to be postmarked


Wed-Fri, May 23-25, 2018 – 11th Annual Band Festival at the Kalahari!!


*Why Two Google Forms (Red and Blue)?? Having two forms allows you to send in your roster, photos, and score information in advance. Typically, you have all of this information ready before you receive your student’s activity choice, etc. You don’t have to wait until April 16 to get the Red Google Form in. Getting this done in advance will make completing the Blue Form that much easier.

Student/Equipment Drop Off

As you approach the Kalahari on the service road leading up to the building, continue straight toward the convention center and do not turn right toward the main entrance of the hotel. You will go under a skywalk that connects the convention center to the Kalahari Condo complex. Once on the other side of the building, take a right and you will see the east convention center entrance. Load and unload students and instruments at this door. A member of our staff will be there to meet you when you arrive. They will lead you to your homeroom/warm-up room, give you instructions for the day, and give you the bracelets for the waterpark and/or vouchers for the indoor theme park, pizza/soda tickets. Your bus should park in the parking lot adjacent to the drop off area (East Parking Lot).

Band Festival Schedule

Please follow the schedule listed for your ensemble exactly. With so many bands participating over three days it is imperative that we stay on schedule and do not alter the plans. For example, eating pizza at a time not designated for your group will cause crowding and longer lines for food. If you feel it necessary to change the schedule please contact me in advance!

Schedule: https://goo.gl/OXi5NP

Homeroom/warm-up rooms

The room that is listed by your school on the schedule will function as both your homeroom and warm-up room. We will have chairs set up in this room. There will not be music stands provided in your warm-up room. You can bring folding stands if you wish. The rooms are fairly sound proof, but keep in mind that performances are taking place across the hallway. Loud talking and playing instruments in the hallways is strictly prohibited. You may stay in the homerooms until it states “clear room” on the chart below. At that time you need to take your instruments/supplies out to your buses while you swim. Keep in mind that these rooms will not be locked at any time during the day. The Kalahari and this Band Festival cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Performance & Clinic Rooms

The performance room will be A, B, G and H on your map. When it is time to perform we will have a staff member come get you. Our stage crew will set up your chairs and stands, but please feel free to rearrange as you wish. Your band will enter the performance area using the doors off of the South Atrium. Two large screens will contain a picture of your school/logo and the name of your group. Your band will be introduced using the information you supply on the online registration. There will be a microphone available if you or your students want to introduce your selections. Wed. Groups- When you have finished performing your clinician may begin a portion of the clinic in the performance hall while the preceding clinic finishes in the Clinic Room. When it is time to leave for the clinic, please exit using the South Hallway doors. The Wind Clinic Room will be in Cypress. Thurs & Fri Groups – We will use your seating numbers but then add chairs for the collegiate musicians who will sit with your ensemble during the performance. Please plan to perform one selection with you conducting. Following the performance, a clinician will work with your band and facilitate discussions and modeling that will occur with the collegiate members. If time allows please be prepared to perform a second selection. Following your performance side-by-side experience your students will exit using the South Hallway doors.

Percussion Clinic Room (Wed Groups Only)

We will have two percussion specialists so that each band’s percussion section can receive a full 30 minute clinic in a designated percussion clinic room while the rest of your band receives a clinic. We will have a percussion specialist watching your percussion section and taking notes during your performance. When your performance has ended the percussion specialist will take your percussionists to the percussion clinic room (Guava Room) to talk about what was observed and suggestions for growth and improvement. The percussion clinic room will be furnished with similar equipment found in the performance room. Any percussion equipment you bring into the performance room will be transported to the percussion clinic room and then back to your homeroom. You will receive written comments from the percussion specialist as well.

Conducting Clinician

We have hired a clinician who will capture video of you conducting during your band’s performance then manipulate the video using an iPad application giving you feedback on your conducting technique. During the registration process you will get to identify what you want feedback on in regards to your conducting. For example, you could ask the clinician to focus on your preparatory gestures, use of left hand, or pattern size. The clinician’s comments will be sure to address your requested area. Don’t worry - there’s no “grade” associated with this or an expectation that you will be the next Leonard Bernstein. Rather, we hope to give you some good information that will maybe help you to advance your conducting skills. (It can also be a good thing to share with your administrator – Danielson Domain #4)

Literature & WSMA

Wed Groups - The number and type of selections performed is up to each ensemble. Keep in mind, however that you will have a 30 minute window to set-up, perform, and leave for the clinic. The RED online registration form will ask you to identify and upload PDFs of the selections you plan to perform. You will not need to mail paper scores this year. Before you upload you PDFs, please number all the measures so the clinicians can make quick notes on the performance. This festival does meet the requirements as a “clinic festival” for the WSMA. Remember to fill out necessary forms and send payment directly to WSMA.


Thur & Fri Groups – As stated before, please plan to perform up to two selections. You performance/clinic window is 40 minutes. The RED online registration form will ask you to identify and upload PDFs of the selections you plan to perform. You will not need to mail paper scores this year. Before you upload you PDFs, please number all the measures so the clinicians can make quick notes on the performance. This festival does meet the requirements as a “clinic festival” for the WSMA. Remember to fill out necessary forms and send payment directly to WSMA.

Equipment

We will provide black music stands and conductor’s podium for both the performance site and the clinic sites. Large percussion will also be provided. The online registration will ask you to indicate what large percussion you plan to use. All bands should plan to bring their own snare drums, cymbals & cymbal stands, and any accessory percussion instruments, including all mallets and sticks. In other words, bring any percussion not listed on the online registration form.

Spectators

The performances are free and open to the public. We will have ample seating for parents if they choose to come to hear the performance. Please remind parents that we do not want flash photography during the performance (before and after is fine). You may also take video during the performance. Spectators and parents will not be allowed in the clinic room. Spectators can park in either the West or East Lots.

Live Streaming Broadcast on YouTube

Your performance will be broadcast live on the internet. This year we use our new Band Festival YouTube Channel! Simply tell friends and family to subscribe to our channel in advance and/or go to this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHf0cJThW-52FKLE8x-XAbA/live

Clinician Comment Forms & Recordings

No need to pick up an envelope this year. We will upload your clinician’s comment form as well as your group’s recording to a shared folder on Google. Wed Groups - The recording will contain two tracks. The first track will be a recording of your band’s performance in stereo. The next recording will be an adjudicator’s audio comments (right speaker) and your band’s performance (left speaker). Thur & Fri Groups – The recording will be of the entire clinic.

Momento and Photo

Immediately following your performance (Wed Groups) or your side-by-side clinic (Thur & Fri Groups) please have one or two representatives of your band come forward to receive the annual momento from your clinician. A photo of this presentation will be taken and placed in your group’s folder on Google Drive.

Pizza

Like previous years, each paying participant will receive a token for a slice of pizza and a soda. Pizza/soda will be available in rooms F,C,D adjacent to the performance hall. The movable walls in these convention centers do little to prevent sound carryover. Please remind students to be aware of this and to be on the soft side during lunch. Directors/chaperones paying the $29 will receive a pizza token as well. Those not paying the $29 can preorder the $9 pizza tokens. Cash will not be accepted in the meal room and extra tokens cannot be purchased or refunded on the day of the festival. If you have a student or chaperone with a food allergy/dietary restriction please note that on the online registration. We can offer the following alternatives: 1) Gluten Allergy? Gluten Free Pizza available. 2) Peanut Allergy? The pizza should be fine. We do not have peanuts in the area that the pizzas are made but know we do have peanuts in the Resort. 3) Non-Dairy? Hamburger with Gluten Free (non-dairy) Bun. 4) Vegan? Vegan Veggie Burger, 5) Other?? Let us know we will try to accommodate!

Band Festival Programs

Thanks to sponsorship by Ward Brodt Music in Madison, Wisconsin we will again have a beautiful FREE music program booklet for each of your students. This will surely be a wonderful keepsake for your students. Each band will get one page in the booklet. The page will display a group photo of the band as well as performance selections, and band roster. To see last year's program follow this link:

https://www.spbb.org/uploads/2/2/2/1/22215324/103726_proof.pdf

Submitting Your Group's Photo

You will be asked to upload a photo of your band. The photo has to be taken at a high resolution to look good in the printed program. Use a good quality camera with the setting on “fine” or “best quality” The file size should be between 2MB to 11MB. Any photo less than 2MB will not work. Typically photos taken with a cell phone/tablet will not be high enough in quality for the program.

Submitting Your Group's Roster

Please use the “Program Roster Template” when submitting your roster – listing your students in this manner: First Name Last Name [example Bill Nelson – all in one cell). Organize it by instrument then alphabetically by student’s last name. Please do not do Last Name, First Name when typing your kid’s names (for example: Nelson, Bill). No special font is necessary, as all of the formatting will need to be redone to fit the booklet. Please do not send PDF’s, Word or Excel documents of your roster. Rosters will only be accepted using the provided Google Sheets “Program Roster Template”. Please rename the Google Sheet with the name of your school. Program Roster Template: https://goo.gl/za46zP

Band Festival Tshirts

Official Band Festival at the Kalahari Tshirts will be sold only in advance again this year:


  • “Performance” fabric again this year (5.0 oz., 100% polyester with cotton feel, Aqua FX™ moisture wicking properties, Freshcare™ anti-microbial properties)

  • All shirts come in Youth Sizes M, L, XL and Adult Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL.

  • The shirt says [FRONT] “11th Annual Band Festival at the Kalahari” and [BACK] “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” - Victor Hugo as well as the name of all of the participating groups.

  • Each shirt is only $11.00. Shirts size 2XL or larger will need to add $3 more per shirt. Your ordered shirts will be given to you when you arrive at the festival. You will place your tshirt order when you do the rest of your online registration. The order form below has been developed for your use with your students. Feel free to use this if you wish.

  • Groups purchasing 30 or more shirts will receive their shirts in a laundry bag with the Kalahari Band Festival Logo printed on it!

Activity Choice

Like last year – Students/Chaperones/Directors paying the $29 will have a choice when registering of a waterpark wristband or an indoor theme park pass* (groups staying overnight see below). You do not need a pass to enter the indoor theme park, however you do need a wristband to enter the waterpark. So students electing to get the waterpark wristband can still do indoor theme park activities; however they will need to pay for each activity (see the Kalahari Website for individual indoor theme park activity prices). Each participating school will receive two free* “observer” waterpark wristbands allowing two chaperones/ directors to enter the waterpark for free if they remain in street clothes. Again this year is the option to purchase more “observer” waterpark passes for $10 each. However, you can purchase these for the same price at the waterpark desk on the day of the festival. I would recommend not pre ordering extra observer bands as they are not refundable or eligible for a voucher.


There is no cost for directors and chaperones to observe students in the indoor theme park. The price for chaperones/directors who would like to swim or receive an indoor theme park unlimited ride wristband is $29 if sent in with this registration form. Please note that this will not be the price at the door on the day of the event (it will be significantly higher!). Please be careful not to lose a wristband as there are no extras. You may want to consider bringing a pair of scissors to cut the excess when kids put on their wristbands. Also, you cannot exchange or request more or less of a certain wristband after the April 19 registration deadline. The Kalahari will have lifeguards and employees working both parks, however it is recommended that an adult chaperone be in each park to watch the kids. Students should not wander to other locations in the hotel complex including the Desert Star Cinema which is attached to the complex via the indoor theme park without adult supervision.


*Complimentary waterpark observer bands will not be given to schools that purchase theme park bands only.


**If a child is sick or cannot attend you can return the waterpark wristband or indoor theme park to the group sales office on the day you are at the festival for a voucher good for a future visit to the waterpark or indoor theme park. The group sales office is identified on the map of the facilities and is next to the Acacia Room. The wristbands and pizza tokens will be valid the days of the event only and cannot be used at any further dates/times.

Waterpark Information

Lockers - they are cash or credit card & you rent them inside the women's, men's or inside the waterpark. They are $10, $15, or $20 depending on the size of the locker. 4-5 kids should be able to fit in a $20 locker IF they don't bring their entire bedroom with them. Students will also have use of the locker rooms and showers. Towels will also be available for student use. Many groups last year had students place their clothes/towels on the deck overlooking the waterpark (mezzanine) and had a chaperone keep an eye on it during their swimming time. Please tell your students not to just leave clothes/bags on the benches in the locker rooms as many, many people use this area. We have had years where students left backpacks/belongings unsecured on the benches in the waterpark changing rooms. These items were either put on top of the lockers or in an empty laundry bin in the changing rooms so that other guests could use the benches. PLEASE speak to your students about where they should put their items!

Indoor Theme Park Information

The Indoor Theme Park at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells features over 100,000 square feet of excitement. Participants choosing the indoor theme park unlimited ride wristband will be able to enjoy the 6-story Ferris wheel, mini golf, go carts, ropes course, climbing wall, laser tag, and the recently added Vortex Tunnel, Atomic Rush, and XD Dark Ride 5D Theater!!! The pass does not include arcade games, bowling, Virtual Reality or golf simulators.


Hotel Room Discount

Family members can stay at the Kalahari on Thursday or Friday night for a discounted price (if available). The pre-tax rate will be approx. $129.95 for Thursday night or $149.95 Friday night (up to 4 in a room). Reservations can be made on an individual basis by calling 877-253-5466. Ask for the Patrick Marsh Middle School Band 2018 Room Block. Please note…the number of rooms at this rate is limited. Reserve before April 23, 2018 to get the discounted rate.

Band Staying the Night?

A few groups are already planning to stay the night at the Kalahari. If you are interested in this, let me know, however the number of rooms we have at the reduced rate are limited. Just a reminder to those groups staying - waterpark passes are included with your room fee. Therefore you do not need to order wristbands or “observer passes” during registration and will not receive the two free observer passes. Please keep in mind that you cannot request a certain number of indoor wristbands in lieu of the waterpark wristbands that come with your rooms, etc. If students would like to do the indoor theme park either have them pay a la carte on the day of the festival or purchase the indoor unlimited ride wristband during registration (this will be above and beyond the price for the room- so in essence they will have both an waterpark wristband and an indoor theme park wristband if desired). Also, don’t forget to sign up for the pizza vouchers as this does not come with your room ($9 per person).

Magic Returns

Magician Ryan Martin will be back to entertain again this year on Wednesday, May 23. He will be doing close-up magic during lunch and dinner. In addition to this, we have added a 30-minute "show" that will take place in the Pizza Room. Ryan says he has a great show planned for us.


Close-up Magic at Tables: 11 am - 1 pm, 4 - 5:30 pm

Magic Show: 5:30 - 6:00 pm


Ryan IS amazing. Your students and parents will love him! Wednesday groups, consider making plans to attend this show with your kids! To find out more about Ryan visit his website: https://ryanmartinmagic.com/

Payment

Once you have completed and submitted the BLUE Google online registration I will email you an invoice for the total amount you owe. Please send a copy of this invoice along with payment postmarked by Friday, May 4, 2018. Please send one check made payable to “Patrick Marsh Middle School”. Mail to: Chris Gleason, Patrick Marsh MS, 1351 Columbus St, Sun Prairie, 53590. The $29 price is only available to participating students, directors and chaperones not other family members. Additional tickets cannot be purchased at this price after April 19. Refunds will only be made on or before April 19. Additional passes to the waterpark or indoor theme park after April 19 will be at full price.

Behavior

We are all guests at the Kalahari. Proper student conduct and behavior is expected of all students at all times. Kalahari employees/lifeguards have the right to eject a student from one of the parks if they are being unsafe or disorderly. If a student is ejected from a park it will be the school’s responsibility to stay with that child until the group departs. It could also mean that the school will not be allowed to attend future festivals. Please emphasize the importance of being courteous, patient, kind and safe.

Band Festival Website

To get more information about the festival, first check the Band Festival Website. http://www.spbb.org/band-festival-at-the-kalahari.html I continually update this site with information.

11th Annual Festival Clinicians

Clinicians

Wed. Groups - In addition to our percussion specialists and conducting clinician, we will have three adjudicators on a rotating scheduling during the festival. During your band’s performance one adjudicator will listen and make recorded verbal comments and written comments. A different adjudicator will listen and serve as your clinician.


Thur. & Fri Groups - Two clinicians will rotate facilitating the side-by-side clinic.

Matt Temple

Matt Temple was appointed Director of Bands at New Trier High School in 2007. He conducts the curricular Freshman Concert Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Varsity Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as the extracurricular Pep Band and Pit Orchestra for the underclassman musical. Mr. Temple earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in music with an emphasis in conducting from Eastern Illinois University. He also completed an additional master’s degree in educational leadership through Aurora University. Under Mr. Temple’s direction, the New Trier Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed at the 2012 Midwest Clinic, 2010 Western Illinois University Showcase of Bands, the 2009 Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and the 2008 and 2009 University of Illinois Superstate Festivals. Prior to his appointment at New Trier, Mr. Temple served as the Fine Arts Chair at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, from 2000-2007, and as the Music Director at Flora High School from 1994-1998. Mr. Temple has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence multiple times and has appeared in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers.” He recently completed a four-year term on the Advisory Committee for the Music Educator’s Journal and is a Contributing Editor for the Instrumentalist magazine. He is also a co-founding member of the Illinois Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance Project. Mr. Temple has presented clinics on student-centered instruction, band curriculum, and the importance of music selection at the Illinois and Indiana State Music Conferences in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Matt lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with his wife Maureen and their seven-year-old twins, Aiden and Annabelle.

Glenn Hayes

Glenn C. Hayes is the Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds and the Warhawk Marching Band. Dr. Hayes' teaching areas include graduate and undergraduate conducting, graduate music education, wind literature, secondary instrumental music methods, student teacher supervision and marching band techniques. His previous teaching positions include Moorhead (MN) State University, Bowling Green (OH) State University, Greater Muskegon (MI) Catholic Schools and Grand Blanc (MI) Community High School. Under his guidance, the UW-W band program has received regional, national and international acclaim for excellence in performance both in the concert hall and on the marching field. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed by invitation at conventions of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, College Band Directors National Conference and the Music Educators National Conference. On February 20, 2013, Dr. Hayes led the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance at Carnegie Hall to great acclaim - the first Wisconsin university band to perform in the legendary hall. Dr. Hayes a member of the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division and a member of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Committee. Dr. Hayes has guest conducted and adjudicated throughout the United States and has given hundreds of clinics for high school and middle school bands. His primary conducting teachers have been John P. Paynter, Elizabeth A. H. Green and Norman C. Dietz. Dr. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and his graduate degrees from Northwestern University.

Peter Haberman

Peter Haberman serves as the director of bands and associate professor of music at Concordia College where he conducts the Concordia Band. He also leads the Echo Band, works with student conductors, teaches music education courses and coordinates the comprehensive band program. Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Haberman held similar positions as director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Bucknell University. Haberman maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician across North America. His ensembles have performed at conferences and music festivals across the nation and internationally. He also has served as music director for many community ensembles including the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony. Haberman is an active board member for the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His honorary memberships include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. A native of Minnesota, he has earned degrees from Concordia College, the University of Montana, and the University of Minnesota where he completed a Doctor of Music Arts in conducting. Peter lives in Moorhead, Minnesota with his wife Erika Tomten and their daughter Claire.

Phil Ostrander

Phil Ostrander is Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he conducts the Symphony Band and teaches private trombone and trombone ensemble. Dr. Ostrander completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Ostrander received master's degrees in both trombone and wind conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a bachelor's and Performer's Certificate from Eastman. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the popular chamber group Burning River Brass Ensemble. Currently, he is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee under Michael Stern and also Principal Trombone of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. An accomplished jazz trombonist, Dr. Ostrander has collaborated with jazz artists Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Jimmy Heath, Claudio Roditi and Rich Beirach. He teaches jazz at the Shell Lake Arts Camp in northern Wisconsin. He has recorded on Sony Classical with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Naxos with the IRIS Orchestra. Dr. Ostrander is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Musical Instrument Company.

John Stewart

John R. Stewart is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches courses in conducting and repertoire, supervises student teachers, and coordinates the concert band program. Dr. Stewart maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the upper Midwest. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education (2013) at the University of Minnesota while studying conducting with Craig Kirchhoff. Dr. Stewart earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Florida (1996) and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida (2009). Prior to his appointment at UWEC, Dr. Stewart was Interim Conductor of the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble (Minnesota). Dr. Stewart served as Director of Bands at Saint Cloud High School (Florida) from 1996-2010 where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Percussion Ensemble and Marching Band. In 2006, he earned his National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and in 2008 was named the St. Cloud High School "Teacher of the Year."

UWEC Bands

Special Thanks to the members of the UWEC Band Program for sharing their passion and knowledge with our students. We are appreciative of their willingness to participate in this event. We are also excited to welcome them to the best profession in the world – music education!

Cindy Terhune (Percussion)

Cindy Terhune earned her bachelors degree in music education from UW-Madison and completed her masters in music performance under the direction of Anthony DiSanza at UW-Madison. She owns the Terhune Music Studio where she teaches private piano and percussion lessons to about fifty students. She has performed as a section percussionist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Madison Symphony Orchestra, and principal percussion in the Beloit-Janesville Symphony. She teaches the Sun Prairie High School percussion ensemble and is assistant director of the Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Cindy freelances as a percussion clinician (concert and rudimental) at many area school districts including Beaver Dam, Beloit Turner, Lodi, and Waukesha West.

Ken Paris (Percussion)

Ken Paris is a retired band director and educator. His teaching career included four years(1975-1979) in Fort Atkinson and thirty years(1979-2009) in Sun Prairie. Mr. Paris received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago (1975) and his Masters degree in music education from UW Madison in 1992. Professionally, he was a member of WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association), MENC (Music educators national conference) and WNBA (Wisconsin national band association). Mr. Paris was also President/Treasurer/Secretary of MACBDA (Mid America Competing Band Directors Association) for 15 years. His duties in Fort Atkinson school district included elementary band, HS marching band and all percussion lessons district wide. In Sun Prairie, Mr. Paris taught band at every level and building in the district. He also directed the HS pep band, JV sound project and Sound of Sun Prairie for many years. He was department coordinator for 6 years and taught a jazz ensemble every year since its start in the early 1980's. Mr. Paris grew up on a dairy farm south of Madison and attended school in Oregon. He loves the sport of volleyball and coached in Sun Prairie from 1986-2009. Mr. Paris retired in June of 2009 and looks forward to the opportunities of travel and spending more time with his family.

Jacob Klingbeil (Conducting Clinician)

Conductor Jacob Klingbeil completed his graduate degree in instrumental conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Professor Scott Teeple. There he assisted with all functions of the university concert band program, conducting the University Band and acting as assistant conductor with the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Mr. Klingbeil has also served on the staff of the Illinois State University band program, where he worked with the concert bands, Big Red Marching Machine, and pep bands. While at Illinois State, he assisted with the production of the Wind Symphony's 2013 recording on the NAXOS label, “Point Blank.” Currently, he serves the music education community of Butler Middle School and Waukesha North High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin where he teaches 6th-8th grade band and high school band students.


A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Klingbeil received his bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he graduated with honors and won the 2012 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition. Through his studies he has also studied with notable conductors such as Carl St. Clair, H. Robert Reynolds, Frank Battisti, and Michael Haithcock, among others.


Mr. Klingbeil holds memberships with the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, the Conductor's Guild, the International Trumpet Guild, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national fraternity.

Congratulations.... you made it through a lot of information! Here is your “to do” list:

By Monday, April 16:


By Thursday, April 19:


By Friday, May 4:

  • Look for an invoice for total bill from Chris. Send invoice back with one check made payable to “Patrick Marsh Middle School”.

** Must be postmarked by the due date to avoid late fee of $20


Contact Chris with any questions - cpgleas@sunprairieschools.org School Phone: 608-834-7625