Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (Nov 23-24, 2020)

We Are Grateful

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward

On behalf of Mrs. Haraldson, Mrs. Gary, Mrs. Rush, Ms. Hutera and myself, we would like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are very GRATEFUL to have the opportunity to work with your children. We appreciate the opportunity to teach them through music.

There will be no scheduled lessons this week due to the shortened week. We will be working with students who need a little extra help or need a make up lesson. Also, there will be no 7th grade jazz this week.

7th Grade Solo Project Started

This past week the 7th grade band members each selected a solo to begin working on. This will be the focus of our next five band lessons. You should hear a LOT of this solo being played over the upcoming weeks. We have encouraged your kids to "chunk it up" by working on small sections at a time. False starts, going slow, and making mistakes is certainly part of the learning process. The key is to work slowly attending to the mistakes and making the corrections. If you hear your child saying "I can't do it", just say back to them "you can't do it yet".

Your child will record their solo and turn it in for a grade by January 15. There is an optional (but recommended) online solo festival sponsored by the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) that your child can participate in as well. The fee is around $9 per entry. More information about this will be coming out in future newsletters.

PMMS Band Solo Timeline (all 7th graders required to do it)

Nov 16-20: Select Solo in lessons

Nov 23-24: No lessons

Dec 21-23: No lessons

Jan 15: Solo Recordings Due

Jan 19-21: Solos graded and shared prior to the end of the quarter.

Those interested in WSMA Festival (optional)

Jan 12: Registration Form Sent To Students

Feb 12: Registration and Video Recording for the WSMA Festival Due

Feb 19: Payment Due In Infinite Campus*

Feb 23: Student Performance Uploaded to WSMA (fee must be paid)

April 16: Evaluations Completed and Returned to Student

*Entry fee is approximately $9. If finances are a concern, please contact Mr. Gleason

Thank You Video To Our Friends In South Africa

South Africa Thank You

Previous Information

6th Grade Virtual Band Concert Dec 1st

The PMMS 6th Grade will present a 10-15 minute Virtual Band Concert on Tuesday, December 1st. Students with last names beginning with A-L will be at 7:00 PM and students with last names beginning with M-Z will be at 7:30 PM. The concert will take place on Mrs. Haraldson's Zoom account. The concert will feature the 6th grade band members demonstrating the many things learned in band up to this point, including a live performance of the piece Conquest by all of the 6th grade band members. Band members are encouraged to wear their "I'm In The Band" tshirts.

What: 6th Grade Virtual Band Concert

When: Tue, Dec 1st (A-L 7:00 PM, M-Z 7:30 PM)

Where: Mrs. Haraldson's Zoom Account (not school)

Patrick Marsh Middle School Band Joins Consortium Honoring Black Lives

The Patrick Marsh 7th Grade Band has entered a consortium with other band programs from across the country to commission Katahj Copley, an African American composer from Georgia to write a piece exploring systematic racism in our country. Our goal will be to perform this before the end of the school year. The composer writes:

"On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was a killed when a police officer brutally placed his knee on his neck. This moment not only changed my life, but the world around us. For hundreds of years, the black community has been hushed, pushed, and brutalized by systematic racism. We have had our voices taken away from us. This piece represents a voice for the voiceless. I wanted to show the five stages of grief, they are not in the order of the stages but better yet the stages of the black community's grief.

Denial: The piece seems to not want to start. It's subtle and seems not wanting to start. Another death has come and it seems too unreal.

Depression: The theme begins to come in. The piece moves into a somber funeral march, a march for the fallen and unarmed.

Bargaining: The piece begins to sway back and forth between beauty and anger. Trying to find ways to get away from this pain.

Anger: The march reaches its crescendo with the voices of the voiceless finally fighting back. With anger and rage the piece goes into a violent scream.

Growth: As the rage strengthen the voices instead of acceptance, we enter growth. The voices have become stronger than before and will continue to grow. The voices seek change and won't stop until change has come."

Welcome Ms. Hutera

We are pleased to welcome UW-Eau Claire Music Education Major, Megan Hutera, to Patrick Marsh (virtually). Megan is completing her degree at UWEC and will be joining us the next few weeks as a Teacher Assistant. She has already wowed the 7th grade band with her version of the popular video game Among Us recrafted for band! We are fortunate to have her with us. Here is a bit more about Megan:

Megan Hutera is currently a Senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she majors in Music Education and studies trumpet with Mr. Robert Baca. Originally from Rice Lake, WI, Megan has performed in numerous pit orchestras in Rice Lake and Eau Claire and was also the first female brass soloist for the Madison Scouts in their 2018 season. Megan enjoys teaching privately, conducting, exploring the beauties of Eau Claire, and teaching at the Shell Lake Arts Center Concert Band camp. Megan is a 4-year member of the Blugold Marching Band with her final two years leading the band as a drum major. Megan has plans to pursue her Master’s and doctorate in the Music Education field and become an educator and mentor for many students in the future.

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.

Reading Notes In A Galaxy Not So Far Away!

In an effort to help our young musicians to learn how to read musical notation, we purchased a fun game called Staff Wars. This is an essential cognitive process, similar to reading text, that gets better with repetition. So....what better way to practice than with a game! Challenge your child to a match and see who gets the highest score!

  • Username: spasd

  • Password: readmusic2020

Virtual Private Lessons are Here!

For students that are interested in taking private lessons for enrichment and extra help from a professional musician, please consider reaching out to our list of fantastic professional musicians. These are a group of people that are connected to Sun Prairie in various ways - some are alumni! Whether you participated in last year's "Band Lesson Academy" or you are looking for more - please check out this fantastic resource! To start lessons with any of these teachers, simply email them requesting a lesson time. Payment will be done between you and the teacher directly. Click Here to find a teacher:

Where Can We Find Information About Band This Year?


1. This newsletter will be sent every Sunday afternoon. It will contain the plan for the week, updates on classwork, and special events or opportunities.

2. Our PMMS Band Website will have weekly lesson plans, resources, links, and our weekly lesson schedule. I will also keep links to all of our newsletters on this website if you ever need to look for something shared previously but lost it in your inbox. Consider the website as the "go to" place to find out information this year.


Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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