Central Heights Band Newsletter

December 15, 2022


- Pep Band Night (Rehearsals 12/16 & 12/22 (new), Performance in 1/6/23)

- Volunteers Needed, WSMA Solo & Ensemble on 2/11

- Winter Break, Band Bingo Challenge!

Winter Concert - Thank you & Great Job!

Thank you all for your help and support in making Monday's Winter Concert at SP East a musically fulfilling evening. As a parent of 3 kids myself, I understand and appreciate all the planning it takes to make things like concerts possible. I hope you enjoyed seeing students share their music and work with you.

Below are some pictures from the concert and the 8th Grade Band's rehearsal with Patrick Marsh & SP East Wind Ensemble.

Volunteers Needed - WSMA Solo & Ensemble @ Central Heights

On Saturday February 11th Central Heights will welcome hundreds of Sun Prairie music students and families as they participate in the annual WSMA Solo & Ensemble.

Please consider how you could help through donating food for judges & concession or donating your time as a door monitor, concessions worker, or office helper.

Go here to sign-up and get more info:


*NEW DATE* Friday 1/6* Pep Band Night with High School EPOCH Sound

The Sun Prairie East High School Pep Band, Epoch Sound, has invited all 6-8 grade band students in Sun Prairie to perform with them at the SPEHS Basketball Game on Friday January 6th. There are parts ranging in ability from beginners to more advanced. This is a super fun night for any and all band students!

How do you participate?
- Read the FULL information letter (note - performance date is now Friday 1/6)

- Pay $6 fee (includes bussing & pizza dinner on 1/6)
- Come to rehearsals (12/16 & 12/22*new*) after school
- Come to the event on Friday 1/6

Information & Music is posted in Google Classroom.


This is an optional winter break activity for students to stay active and play their instrument (hopefully in a fun way?!).

Options include:

- Playing in a Blanket Fort

- Video Calling a friend/relative and play a song for them

- Making your instrument out of home supplies

- Teaching a friend/cousin/adult/sibling to play "Hot Cross Buns"

- And more.....


*Will also be posted in Google Classroom on 12/22

Band Calendar & Upcoming Dates

Cardinal Heights Band Calendar 2022 - 2023

Linked above is our calendar for the year. Please communicate in as much advance as possible with any conflicts and reach out if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday January 6 - Pep Band Night @ SP East, optional (3 - 8pm)

  • Thursday February 9, Central Heights Solo Night, 3:45 - 6:30pm

  • Saturday February 11, WSMA Solo & Ensemble @ Central Heights

  • Tuesday February 14, Piano Solo Night @ SP East

  • Tuesday February 28, Central Heights Band & Orchestra Combined Concert

Band Lesson & Practice Tips

Every band student will receive a weekly private lesson for about 10 minutes with Mr. Melrose or Mr. Metcalf (part-time music teacher).

Want to know if how students are doing in their lesson?

- get connected to Google Classroom (if not already, send me an email & I'll get you connected)

Practice Tip:

Plan your Practice - chunk it up into different smaller parts and it won't seem overwhelming.

1. Warm-Up (Scales, Fundamental Exercises, Long Tones)

2. Main Project (hard parts of music, solo work, etc...)

3. For Fun (music that's fun/easy for you, or themes from movies, etc...)

Instrument Supplies

We will work with students to see if they need any updated supplies or books for their instrument. Check this list below:



  • 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)