Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (FEB 8-12, 2016)

New Information

EPOCH Sound Pep Band Night HUGE Success!

EPOCH Sound Pep Band Night went really well! As you can see in the pictures, the group was HUGE! We had a lot of fun working on the music, playing with PVMS and EPOCH Sound at the High School. We watched some great videos of Drum Corps International and our very own Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band! Mrs. Haraldson and I were very proud of the way the kids played and rehearsed. Bravo!

Here is a quick video of the night:

WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival (Feb 13) - Schedule Version 3.0, Guide, and Map

Schedule 3.0 is now out. Here is a list of just the PMMS Band Events: Changes will be made until 1 pm on Wednesday. At that time I will share the final schedule with you (it should be pretty close to this one!)

You can view the entire schedule and more on the "Solo/Ensemble Page" of the band website:

Here is a link to the "Solo/Ensemble Guidelines" Document that your child will receive in band on Tuesday. It is basically a "How To" guide with some great reminders and a map of the festival sites.

7th Band Projects (Due Wed Feb 17)

7th Grade Bands members have been assigned a project to show understanding of our current music "beyond the notes". Examples of these projects will be on display at our upcoming band concert. Students are encouraged to show understanding in a way that excites them (technology, artwork, dance, composition, writing, etc). More information about the projects can be found in their portfolios:

2nd Hour Portfolio

5th Hour Portfolio

Middle School Jazzfest (Feb 19)

Middle School Jazzfest is Friday, Feb 19! This performance will involve the 7th Grade Jazz Band (no 6th jazz...don't worry your concert is coming on March 12) After school on Feb 19, 7th jazz students will take a bus to CHUMS, participate in clinics, eat pizza, and then perform a concert with CHUMS and PVMS at 6:30 PM in the CHUMS Auditorium. Please plan to pick up your child after the concert at CHUMS (approx 7:30 pm) as there is no bus returning to PMMS. This trip was included on the beginning of the year fieldtrip form - also, no money is due (we will pay for the bus and pizza). Students will need to wear their uniform for this concert. An exact itinerary will be sent out by Mrs. Haraldson this week.

Early Spring Band Concert Info (Feb. 23 @ PMMS)

The Early Spring Band Concert is Tuesday, Feb 23 at PMMS. This is an amazing (and somewhat crazy) concert! Basically 12 ensembles will perform in 2 hours! Parent Band, Friday Ensembles, and our bands will all perform. To help everyone stay organized we have created a matrix. Please look at it carefully to find out what time specific meeting times and locations for all ensembles. Looking for 2 or 3 more people to help out with the tasks listed on the document.

7th Band UW-Whitewater Trip (Feb 25)

The 7th Grade Band will take an all-day field trip to UW-Whitewater on Thursday, Feb. 25. The band will work with Dr. Glenn Hayes, UWW Director of Bands in the beautiful Young Auditorium on the UWW Campus. Students will take part in a masterclass with UWW Music Education Students, listen to the Prairie View 7th Grade Band and eat lunch on campus. The trip itinerary can be found here: The cost of the buffet style lunch is $7.00. Please send cash or check (Payable to "PMMS") by Tuesday, Feb 23 (we will have someone collecting money at our concert of Feb. 23 as well). The permission slip you signed at the beginning of the year had this date on it so we are all set there. If you would like to chaperone this trip please fill out this form I will be in touch with you about chaperoning specifics. Thanks!

This Week In Lessons

6th Graders will do lesson book and check off band music. 7th graders will continue to check off band music. Find your child's lesson time here:

Recent Information

8th Grade Registration Reminders and Links

A few reminders:

1) Students DO NOT have to audition to be in 8th Grade Band... just sign-up!

2) Students can, if interested, audition for the Wind Symphony (audition based band comprised of 8th and 9th graders).

3) Scheduling examples can be found in the information linked below. This will help show you how to schedule your classes in both 8th and 9th grade meeting all requirements and keeping band in your schedule.

To see the handout and information just follow this link to the band website:

Link to 8th Grade Scheduling Information (Scheduling Cards, Booklet, etc)

Are You Practicing? Parent Band (Feb 23 @ PMMS)

Parent Band performance will be at the Early Spring Band Concert on February 23. Parent Band Rehearsal is Monday, Feb 15 (7-7:30 pm) Email Mrs. Haraldson if you would like to be a member of this award winning ensemble! (

The Week Ahead

Monday, Feb 8 (Day 1)

Tri-State Honors Registration Money Due Today

Tuesday, Feb 9 (Day 2)

7th Grade Jazz Ensemble 7 AM

Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal during 7th Lunch w/ Mr. Rayford

No BLA Drum Lessons until Feb. 23

6th Grade Jazz 3-4 PM

Wednesday, Feb 10 (Day 1)

7th Grade Jazz Ensemble 7 AM

Thursday, Feb 11 (Day 2)

7th Grade Jazz Trombone Sectional 7 AM

Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal during 7th Lunch w/ Mr. Rayford

BLA Lessons 3-5 PM (no BLA Sax Lessons this week)

Friday, Feb 12 (Day 1)

Friday Morning Ensembles 7 AM Sharp

Saturday, Feb 13

WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Festival (PVMS)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb 13 - WSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 8 AM-4 PM (PVMS)

Monday, Feb 15 - Parent Band Rehearsal 7-7:30 PM (PMMS)

Wednesday, Feb 17 - 7th Band Projects Due

Friday, Feb 19 - MS Jazzfest Concert 6:30 PM (CHUMS) - not 6th jazz

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Early Spring Band Concert 6:30 PM (6th) 7:30 PM (7th) (PMMS)

Thursday, Feb 25 - UW-Whitewater 7th Grade Band Trip 7:40 AM-2:45 PM

Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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