CH Band - End of Year Newsletter

May 19, 2023

CH Band - August "Jumpstart" Classes

Save the Date for this August - next year's 7th & 8th Grade Bands (current 6th & 7th graders) will have a chance to come together, play games, and start our musical adventure for the year. Let Mr. Melrose know if you can't make it.

7th Grade:

August 21 & 22, 1 - 3pm @ Central Heights

8th Grade:

August 23 & 24, 1 - 3pm @ Central Heights

Summer School - Private Band Lessons Available!

We are now offering summer school band & orchestra lessons (orchestra started this summer 2022 with great results). Here are some key details about the summer lessons program:

Sign up for summer lessons here!

*If a student would like to sign up for both band and orchestra lessons, please fill out both forms.

*PERCUSSION - Cindy Terhune & Mr. Metcalf will be teaching percussion lessons in this program. If that fits your schedule, it is HIGHLY recommended.

Other Info:

  • The lessons are taking place during Sun Prairie's five-week summer school at Patrick Marsh Middle School (June 19-July 20), but you do not need to be registered in summer school to have lessons. Students will have one 30 minute lesson per week.

  • If you are attending summer school, your lesson will be scheduled during the school day. You will be excused from one of your classes for part of the period to attend a lesson. You will have one lesson per week.

  • If you are not attending summer school, your 30-minute lesson will be scheduled for a time between 8:00 and 1:00 (Monday through Thursday). The sign-up form allows you to specify what days and times work best for you. You must provide your own transportation to school for the lesson.

The lesson sign-up form will be available until May 29. After May 29, the music teachers will create the lesson schedule. We will contact you by June 9 to let you know the day and time of your lesson.

End of Year Band Donations Accepted - 8th Graders & students not continuing

For all 8th Graders and students not continuing in Band / Music next year, please consider donating the following items we can use for future students:

  • Music Shirt
  • Black Pants
  • Lesson Book(s)
  • Instrument Supplies

Summer Music Camps - UW Whitewater

There are TONS of great summer music camps. One that many students have gone to is the UW Whitewater Middle School Band Camp. And..if at least 8 Sun Prairie students go, they would all get a discount!

About the Whitewater Camp:

We help campers enjoy and strengthen a solid base of musical knowledge. Additional attention is given to the acquisition of knowledge of their specific instrument as we broaden their definition of “music”. We create a positive, safe and fun learning environment that assists the camper in meeting and making friends. Our philosophy is designed to nurture the camper as a whole person with a focus on fun.

Summer Refresh: Instrument Supplies

Now is a great time to think ahead to purchase supplies for next year (reeds, swabs, mallets, etc...)


  • 7th & 8th grade have new mallets & sticks to order. Check pg. 2 of the above document
  • NEED HELP? Just ask.

How to order:

  • Click button below "Ward-Brodt - Supplies"
  • Select "Central Heights - Band"
  • Select Instrument


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Ian Melrose

CHMS Music Educator

(608) 318-8064 (Office)

608-618-2843 (Google Voice)