C-Heights Band Updates

September 17, 2021

FYI - School Instrument Rental Fee Coming Soon

If your child is using a school instrument (including percussion), you will soon see that fee applied to your child's account via Infinite Campus Parent Portal (late September). You will be able to pay the fee online.

This fee helps cover routine use and maintenance for all school-owned instruments.

Band lessons - week of Sept 20

Make Up Lessons

Band lessons are in full swing at CHeights and students are getting used to the schedule.

Next week, we will NOT have our regularly scheduled lessons. Next week's lessons are for students who:

  • Missed a lesson and need to make one up
  • Need to get fitted for a band uniform
  • Would like some extra help with their band music

See lesson schedule here - or button below.

*This is confusing, please don't hesitate to reach out when you have questions.

Individual Band Portfolio - Keeping track of progress together

All band students have personal band portfolio where we will keep track of grades and assignments. If you are interested in having access to your student's portfolio, we can share it with you.

Starting Soon - Jazz Band

We are super excited that jazz band at CHeights will be starting up again shortly! ALL band students are welcome to participate no matter what instrument you play. ALL experience levels are welcome! We are not holding jazz auditions this year.

Jazz Band will rehearse two mornings/week from 7am - 7:40am. Days of rehearsals will be determined once we know how many students will participate.

There will also be a handful of performances possibly including and limited to:

- Big Band Dance, Saturday December 4th, 7:30pm @ Angell Park

- Sun Prairie Middle School Jazz Festival, Friday February 18th, all day including 6pm concert

- Swing Into Spring Jazz Extravaganza, 7pm @ Prairie View

Please complete this form if you're interested in being in jazz band this year. This will help us in our planning.

Upcoming Events...

October 15, Wind Symphony & 9th Grade Band “Lock-In”, 4 - 9pm

October 18, Band Concert - all bands at Cardinal Heights:

  • 8th Grade Bands 7pm (arrive 6:30pm)
  • 9th Grade & Wind Symphony, 8pm (arrive 7:30pm)
    *Note - concerts will be livestreamed and some capacity limits will exist. More info will be shared closer to the event.

November 13, Optional - Sun Prairie Honors Band (7th/8th Grade only), all day

Band Lesson Academy - Starting Soon!

In the past, many students and families have found value in taking private lessons with amazing professionals on their instrument. Good news - those teachers come right to Cardinal Heights after school on Tuesday!

Look for more news in the beginning of October on registration & scheduling.

About the Sun Prairie Band Boosters Lesson Academy

The Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy has been created to provide convenient access to quality private instrument instruction for students in the Sun Prairie Band Program. The program is designed to give students access to one-on-one instruction on their instrument with professional musicians/teachers that specialize on specific instruments. Students will focus on fundamental skills that are particular to his or her instrument.

The benefits of private instrument instruction include; accelerated study of instrument technique and repertoire, preparation of audition materials, or study of subjects of particular interested (e.g. solo literature or improvisation). Private study is a powerful tool in supporting musical growth in students. This program is organized by the Sun Prairie Band Boosters as a service to band students in Sun Prairie Schools.

The Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy is designed to serve those students not currently studying privately. It is not designed to take students away from local teachers not in the Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy and should not be interpreted as a signal to change teachers. There are many fine teachers in the immediate area who offer quality instruction.

When & Where:

  • Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School – Tuesdays, 3:00-9:00

Bucky Book Fundraiser (Sept. 3 - Nov. 5)

Sun Prairie Band Boosters offer a variety of optional fund-raisers throughout the year to #1 help support great programs like bringing in guest artists and composers and #2 earn credits to students’ individual band ledger that can be used for:

  • Field Trips (8th Grade - Kalahari, approx $40, 9th Grade & Wind Symphony Tour, approx $90)

  • Summer Band Camps

  • Sound of Sun Prairie (think Florida 2022 trip!)

  • Private Lessons

Bucky books are $35 each and students receive $11.25 credited to their ledger for every book sold. PLUS if you sell 5 books, the sixth book is FREE. If you sell that sixth book, that means $91.25!!

The Bucky Book sale goes until November 5th and books can be picked up from Mr. Melrose – ipmelro@sunprairieschools.org

Cardinal Heights School News & Links

Hopefully these links are helpful to find information all in one place. If there's ever other links you would like included, let us know!

Sound of Sun Prairie Updates

This week, there was a Sound of Sun Prairie meeting. For those unable to attend, a recording of the meeting can be found here. Handouts can be viewed via this link.

C-Heights Band - Supply List

The following items will be necessary and helpful for all band members. If you need help (financially or logistically) obtaining any of these items, please don't hesitate to reach out. We can help!

Requested Supplies:

  • 1" Binder (*NEW this year!)
  • Sharpened Pencils
  • Working Instrument
  • Reeds, Oils & Greases, Swabs, Mouthpiece, etc... see our recommended supplies here. *Percussion - take note of stick & mallet updates on pg. 2

Ordering Band Supplies

Visit Ward Brodt's website to order any band supplies you need. Order what you need and then at check out you can choose school delivery under the shipping section. If you choose school delivery, your supplies will be delivered to Cardinal Heights and we will make sure you get them. If you are unsure what kind of reeds/valve oil/slide grease to purchase, we have attached a list of recommended supplies here.

Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Stay in touch and stay safe!

Mrs. Diallo

8th Grade Bands


Mr. Melrose

9th Grade Band & Wind Symphony