Central Heights Band Newsletter

February 3, 2023


- Solo Night (Thurs. 2/9) - this week!!

- Concert - Tuesday 2/28 @ Central Heights (Uniform Shirts are here!)

- Winter Conferences Sign-Up

Solo Night - Thursday February 9th (Graded Performance)


All Central Heights Band students are working on a short solo as part of their 3rd Band Assessment. Students will perform their solo and receive a mini lesson/critique from guest clinicians that we bring in. This is a required and important event and moment for all band students.


- Sign up for a 10 minute performance slot sometime between 3:35 - 6:30pm

- Parents/Caregivers are welcome to attend, but not required

- This is a casual event and students can wear normal school clothes

- If you have scheduling conflicts, please let me know ASAP and we'll reserve a time that works for you and/or come up with alternate performance plans


Find a 10 minute time that works for you (leave time to get here a bit early to warm-up and at end for quick reflection)

- Rooms #1 & #2, Flute & Clarinet Only

- Room #3 - Trumpet & Horn

- Room #4 - Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

- Room #5 - Saxophone & ANY overflow

- Room #6 - Percussion (15 minute slots to all for mallet & snare solo)

*NOTE - students signed up for Saturday 2/11 Solo & Ensemble will not sign up for this event. See email from Mr. Melrose on 1/19 with Draft Schedule #1. Conflicts need to be reported by Monday 1/23.

Next Concert - Tuesday February 28th & Central Heights

CHMS February Concert – Tuesday February 28th
For this concert, we will be combining with Central Heights Orchestra and showcasing some student small ensembles as well.


- 6:30pm, 6th Grade Band & Orchestra (6pm warm-up)

- 7:30pm, 7th & 8th Grade Band & Orchestra (7pm warm-up)


- Central Heights Middle School Auditorium


- Students will now have their Central Heights Music Shirt!

- Please wear black pants, shoes, and socks (or as best as you can)

Winter Parent/Caregiver Conferences - Sign up Now!

If you are interested in signing up for a winter conference with Mr. Melrose on Thursday Feb. 16 (4-8pm) or Friday Feb. 17 (7:30-11am), please sign up HERE

At conference you can expect and/or ask about:

- Student's Self-Assessment in Band so far

- Goals & Practice Strategies

- Sound of Sun Prairie (8th Grade)

- Band Next Year

- Summer Band Opportunities

- Anything else!!

Black History Month - Music

This month we are celebrating, honoring, and learning about important Black icons in music.

  • 6th Grade Band is learning "Hound Dog" inspired by it's original singer, Willie Mae Thornton (not Elvis).
  • 8th Grade Band is learning a piece called "Spit-Fire" by Black composer, William Owens. This piece honors the Tuskegee Airmen of Word War II.
  • All Bands are starting the day listening to great Black artists throughout history and on their instruments.

8th Grade Only - Sound of Sun Prairie Open House

8th Grade Band Students & Families,

You are all invited to learn more and check out one of Sun Prairie's most storied and celebrated music opportunities, the Sound of Sun Prairie summer marching band! If you're interested in learning more about this group, check out the dates below and feel free to reach out to Mr. Melrose (sign up for a conference above!).

Open House - Sunday, February 12th from 12:30-3:30pm at SP East

  • This is an opportunity for students to see what a typical rehearsal experience is for this group.

Parent Information meeting - Tuesday February 21 at 7pm

Registration - Saturday, February 25 from 9am to 11am (drop in)

Students and parents can enter at door 3 for each of these events.

Jazz Updates

Great Job at the Central Heights Family Fun Night!

Friday March 3rd, SP Middle School Jazz Festival

  • Clinic w/ guest artist, 3:35 - 5pm
  • 5pm - Pizza Dinner
  • 6:30pm - Concert w/ Patrick Marsh, Prairie View, & Guest Artists

Friday April 14, Swing Into Spring Jazz Extravaganza @ Prairie View

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:

  • 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

  • Friday March 3, SP Middle School Jazz Festival (after school, 6:30pm Concert)

  • Monday April 3, Band'O'Rama @ SP East, 7 - 8pm

  • Thursday May 4, Central Heights Spring Band Concert

  • Thursday May 25, 8th Grade attends "Beyond the Notes" Festival @ Kalahari

The Memorial Day performance is canceled for all Sun Prairie Middle School Bands. The Sound of Sun Prairie will still be performing and participating.

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)

SOLO Practice Tips:

  • Do 50/50 practice - 50% of practicing just the really tough parts, 50% doing run throughs and focusing on big picture
  • Find professional recordings, listen, and try to imitate what makes them sound good
  • Practice playing for people, pets, and stuffed animals (who knows, maybe Toy Story is real?!?!!!!)

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)