Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (May 2-6, 2016)

New Information

All The Way To State!

Congratulations to Kallan Engleson and Anastasia Rockman who participated in the State Solo/Ensemble Festival at UW-Whitewater this past weekend. Kallan performed a piano solo, mallet solo and mallet/flute duet. Anastasia did the duet as well as her flute solo. To qualify for State SE a student must perform a class A (hardest level) piece of music from the WSMA list at a very high level. Making it to State is an amazing accomplishment for students this age. Congratulations Kallan and Anastasia!

6th Percussion Sectionals This Week...

6th Grade Percussionists will have sectional (rehearsal) on Mon., Tue, Wed., and Thur. from 7:30-7:55 AM in the band room.

Flag Practice This Week with SOSP Helpers

Our Panther Marching Band Colorguard has been selected for this year. These students need to report to the stage on Wednesday morning for a rehearsal with two Sound of Sun Prairie (SOSP) Colorguard members (Roxi and Julie) from 7:10-7:30 am.

7th Band Evening Rehearsal ONE Week Away!

In preparation for our Spring Band Concert on Tue, May 10, the 7th grade band will have a mandatory rehearsal at Sun Prairie HIgh School in the Performing Arts Center from 7:30-8:30 PM on Monday, May 9th. 7th Graders do not need to wear their band uniform for this rehearsal but WILL need to bring their instruments to and from rehearsal. (Tubas, Horns, and Euphoniums are encouraged to bring home instruments to the rehearsal. They can leave the instruments at the school for the concert the next evening.)

Spring Band Concert (May 10)

Our final concert of the year is always amazing! It will be held in our beautiful Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Sun Prairie High School. This concert is significant for a few reasons:

1) All of the PMMS Bands are in the same concert!!

2) We do the world premiere of a new work written for us! This year it is "Rock Music" by Alex Shapiro written for our 7th grade band. The 7th Grade portion of the concert will focus on an "Earth" Theme this year!

3) We get to celebrate another great year and take a look back at some great accomplishments.

Date/Time? Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. Concert Starts at 7:00 PM in the High School PAC

6:30 PM - 7th Band Picture (meet in HS Band Room)

6:40 PM - 6th Bands warm up in the HS Orch Room

7:00 PM - Concert Begins (6th grade bands then combined 7th band)

8:25 PM - Concert Ends

Concert dress is the band uniform. Students who usually use school instruments will need to bring their instruments from home unless they check one out from school.

The concert will conclude with our Annual Year-in-review DVD. The concert will again be shown via the internet. Tell family and friends to go to - here is the direct link to the concert:

**Don't forget - 7th Mandatory Rehearsal on Monday, May 9 from 7:30-8:30 PM. This is a very necessary and important rehearsal. Thank you!

Memorial Day Parade Information - Monday, May 30

Band in the United States started as marching bands (specifically, military marching bands). It is part of our heritage and a great experience for young musicians. On Monday, May 30 we get the opportunity to pay tribute to our veterans and our nation by marching in the Memorial Day Parade. **This is a mandatory event for 7th Grade Band Members who are in town. 6th Graders are not required to march, but can if they are interested.

**We understand that this is a holiday and that many families have plans out of town, etc. We do not expect you to change your family's plans. However, if you are in town it is important to have your child participate. If your child cannot attend please send Chris an email: or a written note by May 13th.

Here are the specifics:

Time? Parade Starts at 10:00 AM. All band members need to report to the main entrance

area of CHUMS by 9:30 AM.

Route? The parade begins at CHUMS and ends at Walker/Main Street near the Public Library. Parents please meet us in Public Library Rear Parking Lot immediately after the parade! We recommend that parents park in the rear parking lot of the library and walk back up the parade to see/hear the band.

Uniform? Black Band shirt, black pants, black socks and shoes (no shorts)

Important! Remember to leave instrument case in your parent’s car when you meet at CHUMS. You will just need your assembled instrument.

Help Needed: We usually have 8-10 parents walking with the band during the parade. We will have some water/gatorade at the end of the parade for the kids, but if it is a warm day we might do a quick water break along the way as well. If interested in helping send Chris an email.

Marching Band Practice with the Sound of Sun Prairie (SOSP) - Saturday, May 21

What? This practice is an opportunity for our 6 and 7th graders to work on their marching with our award winning high school marching band "The Sound of Sun Prairie". ALL band members are highly encouraged to attend even if they cannot make it to the Memorial Day Parade.

Location? Sun Prairie High School

Date? Saturday, May 21

Time? 9:00 AM. The kids will be ready to be picked up at Noon.

Uniform? No uniform – wear comfortable shoes to march in – no flip flops please!

Other? Bring instrument in marked case and marching band music. Tuba players will be responsible to bring their own sousaphone or tuba to/from school and percussionists & flags will need to bring their marching equipment to/from school. We would recommend students to bring a bottle of water.

"This was one of the best things we did all year!" - 2015 PMMS Band Member

School Instrument Turn-in Day

All school instruments and supplies need to be returned to the PMMS Band Room no later than Tuesday, May 31. We need to inventory all of the school owned instruments on this day.

Instruments will be reissued to current 6th graders by Tuesday, June 7th. Current 7th Graders using school instruments should contact Mr. Mesner or Mr. Melrose about getting an upper middle school instruments.

Join Band!

We have noticed that there are A LOT of younger siblings of our current bands students in 5th grade currently. We would love to teach them as well! We have worked hard to make the process of joining band easier. Simply go to this link: to make an appointment for an instrument fitting. All of the information about joining band is on that page. Let us know if you have questions!

This Week In Lessons

7th Band will check off "This is My Country" (last 1/2 memorized) and Lesson Book. 6th Band will check off one of their Spring Concert Selections & Lesson Book. Find your child's lesson time here:

Recent Information

Summer Band Opportunities! Registration Open

We would like to encourage Sun Prairie Middle School Band students to consider participating in a summer band opportunity such as one of our area music camps or our Summer School Jazz Band or Concert Band. We feel any of these opportunities offer a tremendous experience for students both musically and socially. Summer camps are a great way to keep playing, meet new friends, and work with an expert on your own instrument.

2016 Summer School Offerings (On-line Registration Opens Monday, April 11 (6:00 pm) Closes Friday, May 6 (Midnight)

Summer School Jazz Sessions 1 and 2 (June 20-July 28) from 8:00 – 9:55 a.m. $8 Fee

(2 three week sessions)

DESCRIPTION: High Energy and loads of fun! That’s what Jazz Ensemble is all about. Join us for an opportunity to improve your playing, learn how to improvise or improve your improvisation, perform multiple jazz styles, and dive into jazz history. We’ll be listening to and learning from the jazz legends. This course is open to any middle/upper middle school music student.

Summer School Concert Band Sessions 1 and 2 (June 22-July 30) from 10:05 – Noon $8 Fee

(2 three week sessions)

DESCRIPTION: (for students currently in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9)

Summer Concert Band is an opportunity for students to continue learning about and creating music through performance in band. This is a class for students who love to play a band instrument and work with others to create music. Students will learn a variety of music and prepare for a performance at the end of each session.

Summer School Registration is at

Summer Band Camp – UW-Whitewater

UW Whitewater Summer Band Camp, July 17-22

$485 for resident campers, $435 for commuting campers, 262-472-3165,

**$20 per camper discount if we get 8 or more to go to this camp (we usually do!)

· The Best Band Camp Around!

· There are a variety of band camps in the area and across the state. The UW-W band camp is exceptional and highly recommended by Mr. Gleason and Mrs. Haraldson.

· If you would like information on other camps, just let us know (but this is the best!)

Many camps have a commuter option, which reduces the cost of attending quite a bit. Check the web sites for details. Students returning from camp rave about the great time they had. They learn an incredible amount of information in a short period. The instructors are eager to share their knowledge and love for music. Camp is a great experience and we highly recommend it for all our students. Follow this link to go directly to the UW-Whitewater Band Camp Site:

The Week Ahead

Monday, May 2 (Day 2)

6th Percussion Sectional 7:30-7:55 AM

Tuesday, May 3 (Day 1)

6th Percussion Sectional 7:30-7:55 AM

BLA Drum Lessons 3-4:40 PM

Wednesday, May 4 (Day 2)

Flag Practice 7:10-7:30 AM (Stage)

6th Percussion Sectional 7:30-7:55 AM

Composer Shapiro Skype with 7th Grade Bands!!

Thursday, May 5 (Day 1)

6th Percussion Sectional 7:30-7:55 AM

BLA Lessons 3-5 PM

Friday, May 6

No School

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 9 - 7th Band Dress Rehearsal @ SPHS PAC (7:30-8:30 PM)

Tuesday, May 10 -Spring Band Concert (SPHS PAC 7:00-8:30 PM)

Saturday, May 21 - Marching Band Practice w/ SOSP (SPHS 9am - Noon)

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Parade (CHUMS to Library 9:30 am -10:30 am)

Tuesday, May 31 - School Instrument Turn-in Day

Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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