Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (April 6-9, 2021)

Time To Pivot (again!) PLEASE READ!

In recent days two BIG decisions have been made that will impact band --

1) Bands Can Play Outside!

2) Four Day Per Week School Starting April 26th

The newest order (Order #15) removed all masking requirements outdoors and recommends them only if 6 ft of distancing is not maintained from people outside someone's household. This will allow the playing of instruments outdoors without any problem as long as we maintain distancing. The school district is in the process of renting and erecting a large tent that will be placed behind PMMS by the band room. Special musician masks for students and covers for instruments will also be available. Our plan is to start playing outside April 12th.

Lessons - With all of this taking place we had to create a new band lesson schedule. The new schedule will begin starting tomorrow (Tuesday) and should be good for the remainder of the year! The schedule will allow us to do virtual lessons until April 26th and then convert to in-person lessons (outside) following that. Students remaining virtual will still be able to do only online lessons. HERE IS THE NEW LESSON SCHEDULE

Band Classes - Starting tomorrow Mr. Gleason and Mrs. Haraldson will meet with all in-person and online students simultaneously during their given band class time. In class this week we will discuss the procedure for playing outside, help answer questions, and work on some rhythms. Students at home will be given some free time to practice while the students at school will do some more drum circle work.

When Should My Child Bring Their Instrument To School? - Students can bring instruments starting next Monday, April 12. PLEASE NOTE that tuba, euphonium, french horn, bari sax, and tenor saxophone players DO NOT need to bring in their home instruments. Percussionists only need to bring in their sticks/mallets. All students should bring in their band folder with band music and lesson books.

Where Will My Child Store Their Instrument? - Students have been assigned a new band locker number. We will post these locker numbers in the band room and share it with them online. Students do not need to lock their locker.

Previous Information

UWW Virtual Flute Day

The 2021 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Virtual Flute Day, with guest artist Jim Walker, former Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Professor of Flute at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School, is coming up on April 10th! UWW hopes you will join them on Zoom for an inspiring day of participatory classes, master classes, panel discussions, and recitals for middle school through adult flutists of all abilities.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required by April 8, 2021.

Visit view the full schedule of events and register to receive your Zoom link!

Spring Virtual Band Concert - Monday, April 26

We are excited to announce that we will host a Patrick Marsh Spring Virtual Band Concert on Monday, April 26th. The concert will take place on Zoom at times to be determined in the near future. Our hope is to host both 6th and 7th grades at the same time so that our PMMS Band Family can see the amazing work your kids are doing! The concert will begin at 7 pm and will last less than an hour.

Save the date and watch for more information to come!

Beyond The Notes Solo Festival Opportunity


This festival has been designed to provide an opportunity for 6th and 7th grade band students at Patrick Marsh and Prairie View Middle Schools to record a solo and receive expert feedback from a guest music educator.


Band students in 6th and 7th grades are eligible to participate.


April 16 - Solo Festival Registration Closes

April 23 - Solo recordings are due in Flipgrid

April 30 - Clinician feedback provided by this date


$5.00 to participate in this optional event. You will receive an invoice once you have completed the form below. Payment can be made online via credit card (preferred) or by check mailed to the address on the invoice. Cash not accepted. You will need to upload a PDF of your child's solo in order to complete the registration form.

Flipgrid Link To Record:

Need Supplies?

Visit Ward Brodt's website to order any band supplies you need. Order what you need and then at check out you can choose home delivery or school delivery under the shipping section. If you choose school delivery, your supplies will be delivered to Cardinal Heights and we will make sure you get them. If you are unsure what kind of reeds/valve oil/slide grease to purchase, we have attached a list of recommended supplies here.


Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

“Move beyond the notes to cultivate a life long passion and drive for creativity, curiosity, and community through a vision of students as accomplished learners and evolving musicians in pursuit of artistry