Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week In Band (Jan 7-11, 2019)

Welcome Mr. Jacob Branderburg

We would like to welcome our new student teacher, Mr. Brandenburg to the Patrick Marsh family. He will be with us third quarter working with our 6th and 7th grade students. He is completing his music education degree from UW-Plateville and is an excellent saxophonist.

7th Grade Field Trip Date Change & $$

On Tuesday, February 26th the 7th grade band will travel to UW-Whitewater to participate in our annual band clinic with UWW Director of Bands, Dr. Glenn Hayes. The trip was originally planned for Thursday, Feb. 21 but due to a schedule conflict at UWW it had to be changed.

  • The fee for the trip is $10. Send cash or check payable to "PMMS" by Feb. 18 . This will cover the student's transportation and lunch on campus.
  • We will depart at 7:45 am and return by 2:45 pm.
  • Looking for a few adult chaperones to join us on this fun trip. Fill out this form if interested!

Specific Registration Information for 7th Graders

We would love to see all of our band students continue in band next year. Registration can be confusing at times. Here is a suggestion from Mr. Mesner and Mr. Melrose (Band Directors at CHUMS):

"If a child is unsure of how to fit classes into their schedule, I would recommend that they make a list of the elective classes they want to take and just fit them into the schedule template on page 2 of the information found at the link below. This seems to solve most issues."

Also percussion audition etudes:

Contact them if you have any questions!

Mr. Mesner =

Mr. Melrose =

Horn Tryouts For 6th Graders -FORM DUE WED

The "Horn" or as some call it "French Horn" is a beautiful and important brass instrument found in bands and symphonic orchestras. It usually gets all of the amazing melodies in movies! For example, listen to the YouTube recordings below.

Horn Overview:

Famous Horn Opening to Jurassic Park:

Mozart Horn Concerto:

Horn Ensemble Performing Back To The Future:

Why did we wait to start 6th grade students on this instrument?

1) We want students to grow a bit physically to handle the instrument.

2) The instrument pitched in F does not lend itself to a comfortable starting pitch like the other instruments when played in the full ensemble.

3) The notes/partials are close together. Students with some experience and ear training tend to pick this up faster.

What is the Process?

If your child is interested in switching to Horn, then please complete this form with your child. Completing this form does not mean that your child will automatically switch to the horn. We will have your child try the instrument and also consider the following:

-Your child's success on his/her current instrument

-Child's current grade in band

-Responsibility and care your child demonstrates for his/her current instrument

-Attendance at lessons, rehearsals and concerts

-Routine practice habits

-Completion of this form demonstrating a desire to make this switch and promise to work hard to make it successful.

-Ability and potential success on the new instrument (we are looking to see if it is a natural “fit”)

-Support from parent(s)/guardian(s).

**Please note that we are looking for students interested in making a permanent switch. For example, if a student is hoping for oboe or saxophone they should not try out for horn. Resources and time go into making this switch successful for the student.

Deadline - Form must be completed by Wednesday, Jan. 9 to be considered.

6th Solo Night THIS Thursday!

Here is the link to the Solo Night Schedules:

Please find your child's name, performance time and location on the schedule (alphabetical order). Note the two tabs at the bottom of the document. One is for 6th grade solo night (Jan 10) the other is for the 7th grade solo night (Jan 15)

If you need to request a time change, please email me this week. I will do my very best to accommodate all requests. My email is

6th Grade Solo Night Reminders:

  • Thursday, January 10 at Patrick Marsh MS
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to warm-up in the band room
  • Performances are 5 minutes (perc. 12 min)
  • Family and friends are welcome to listen in the performance room.
  • Following the performance students should return to the band room to fill out the reflection on the reverse side of the rubric before leaving.

7th Grade Solo Night Reminders:

  • Tuesday, January 15 at Patrick Marsh MS
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to warm-up in the band room
  • Performances are 6 minutes (perc. 12 min)
  • Family and friends are welcome to listen in the performance room.
  • Following the performance students should return to the band room to fill out the reflection on the reverse side of the rubric before leaving.

Band Boosters Fish Fry Update

Our 3rd Annual Fish Fry is coming up Friday 1/18 and things are looking great! Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help, bake, and donate silent auction items. We could still use many more volunteers (super fun!) and people willing to bake some cakes or cookies by 4:30pm. See below for specific info.

Most importantly - invite friends and family to COME EAT!!!

SPBB Annaul Fish Fry - Friday 1/18 @ The Round Table, 5 - 8pm

*Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Sun Prairie
*To benefit Sun Prairie Bands programs & scholarships

EAT - come join us for a meal and invite your family, neighbors, & friends (Carry-Out available!)
DONATE - take part in our silent auction featuring items and gift certificates from many great places!
BAKE - we will be soliciting baked goods for a dessert sale during the dinner.
- Contact Dessert Chair, Billie Streich
- Please drop off around 4:30pm & label if they are peanut, nut, or gluten free
VOLUNTEER - we need more (Click HERE)

*Students will be allowed for certain tasks this year including Table Bussing, Buffet Servers, Carry-Out, & Dessert Sellers
*Volunteers - we'll be sending an email you signed up with specific instructions for Friday - thank you, thank you!!!

COST - $12.00 3 pc. deep fried/baked cod/4 chicken tenders/21 shrimp

· French fries or baked potato

· Cole slaw

· Baked Beans

· Extra fish - $2/piece

Thank you - See you Friday January 18th.

Questions? Contact Fish Fry Chair: Billie Streich


UW-Whitewater Day Clinics

UW-Whitewater offers many "day" clinics for specific instrument types. These are great opportunities for students to meet peers from across the area while receiving excellent instruction from collegiate professors. Follow this link to learn more:


Curious to see what the 7th grade bands will learn in the upcoming weeks? Here are the portfolios we will be using in the upcoming weeks:

1st Hour:

7th Hour:

We Need Your HELP!

Patrick Marsh Middle School will be hosting the Solo/Ensemble Festival on Feb. 9th. This is a great opportunity for our students and we can’t do it without your help. Please consider donating food or your time. The jobs are easy and fun!!!

Go to Sign-up Genius to see the options:

If you have any questions about VOLUNTEERING contact Rachel Zarzyski

If you have any questions about FOOD donations please contact Sharon Haraldson

Prior to the festival we will confirm your working time/assignment via email or phone. Thank you!

EPOCH Sound Pep Band Night

The Sun Prairie High School Pep Band, Epoch Sound, has invited all 6th and 7th grade band students in Sun Prairie to perform with them at the SPHS Basketball Game on Thursday, January 31. We have created parts so that all middle school band students, regardless of their performance level or the instrument they play, can participate. We are going to make a fun afternoon out of the event beginning right after school at Patrick Marsh. This will be a great opportunity for everyone in band to have some fun, make great music, and hang out with each other!

How do you participate?

1) Sign-up on the Epoch Sound Sign-up Sheet located in the front of the band room.

2) Return $5.00 for pizza (cash please)

3) Start practicing the music in this packet!

Epoch Sound Night Tentative Schedule

2:50 pm – Rehearsal and Activities at PM

4:30 PM – Pizza in the Cafeteria (Bring own drink)

5:10 PM – Load Bus going to the HS (one way…must find a ride home after the performance).

5:45 PM - MS musicians meet in the band room of the High School to rehearse with Epoch Sound. *Students who are unable to attend right after school may also meet us at the high school by 5:45 PM. These students are responsible for their own transportation to the high school!

6:45 PM – Pregame music will begin. The MS group will alternate with tunes played by Epoch Sound.

7:15 PM – Approximate End Time - MS students will be dismissed after the performance.

*Students can stay for the remainder of the game; however they will not be supervised by Mr. Gleason or Mrs. Haraldson and must purchase a ticket from SPHS Athletics.

Please note that transportation home from the HS is the responsibility of the student’s family! Students will need to take their instruments home from the HS as well as return them on Monday for rehearsal. Please note that family members who wish to hear their child perform must purchase a ticket to the basketball game.

We are also in need of a few chaperones to help with the evening. If you would like to help, let us know. In order to help us plan for transportation and food, dinner money is due no later than Thurs, January 24.

Questions? Comments? Please let us know! We are looking forward to this event and we hope your student will be able to join us!

Mr. Gleason

Mrs. Haraldson

Parent Band - Mon, Feb. 11 and Feb. 18

As a part of our learning process in band, the students of the 6th and 7th grade level bands will be teaching a parent or guardian to play their instrument. They will explain how to begin on their instrument, they will teach you the first 5-7 notes on their instrument, and they will coach you through a piece of beginning band music. The "final exam" will be a performance at our Early Spring Band Concert, Monday, February 18! We are planning to have one short rehearsal on Monday, February 11th from 7:00-7:30 PM in the Patrick Marsh Band Room. Please consider this enriching opportunity to help your child learn and learn for yourself some of the same things your son or daughter does every day.

How do you sign-up? Sign-up at one of the tables at the Winter Concert or email Mrs. Haraldson and let her know. Parent Band Music will be available at the concert or will be sent home with your child.

Mrs. Haraldson 834-7627
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Monday, Jan 7 (Day 2) -

Tuesday, Jan 8 (Day 1) - 6th Jazz (3-4 pm), 7th Jazz (4:15-5 pm)

Wednesday, Jan 9 (Day 2) - 6th Horn Application Due (if interested)

Thursday, Jan 10 (Day 1) - BLA (3-5:20 pm), 7th Jazz (4:15-5 pm)

Friday, Jan 11 (Day 2)

BLA (Band Lesson Academy Semester 1 Dates)

January 10 - Lesson 10
January 17 - No Lessons (Make-up Date)
January 24 - No Lessons (Make-up Date)


GOING TO MISS A LESSON? Contact your private teacher. Find your teacher's email here:

BLA (Band Lesson Academy Semester 2 Dates)

January 31 - Lesson 1
February 7 - Lesson 2
February 14 - Lesson 3
February 21 - Lesson 4
February 28 - Lesson 5
March 7 - Lesson 6
March 14 - Lesson 7
March 21 - Lesson 8
March 28 - Lesson 9
April 4 - Lesson 10
April 11- Lesson 11
April 18 - No Lesson (Spring Break)
April 25 - Lesson 12
May 2 - Lesson 13
May 9 - No Lessons (Make-up Date)


GOING TO MISS A LESSON? Contact your private teacher. Find your teacher's email here:

7th Grade Jazz Rehearsals

6th Grade Jazz Rehearsal Dates

Jan. 8

Jan 15

Jan 22

Jan 29

Feb. 5

Feb 12

Feb 26

March 5

March 11 (Monday)

March 15 - Swing Into Spring Concert (7-8 PM at PVMS)

Upcoming Dates

January 10 - 6th Solo Night at PMMS (5-8 PM)

January 15 - 7th Solo & Ensemble Night & Step-Up Instrument Appt. at PMMS (5-8 PM)

January 31 - Epoch Sound Pep Band Night at SPHS Fieldhouse (3-8 PM)

February 9 - WSMA District Solo/Ens. at PMMS (All Day)

February 12 - WSMA Piano Solo Night at SPHS (4-8 PM)

February 15 - Middle School Jazz Fest at CHUMS (3-8 PM)

February 18 - Early Spring Band Concert (6:30 & & 7:30 PM)

Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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