"Notes" from Band

Week of: 3-9-20

This Week's Lessons

This week's lesson schedule is linked below.

6th Graders: Will be working on "The Star Spangled Banner" and will continue to work out of their method book

7th Graders: Will be continuing to work on scales and out of their method book. 7th graders should also be practicing their new band music and their chromatic scale.

Elementary Music Tour Field Trip

What is it?

Students in 7th grade band, choir and orchestra will have the opportunity to perform in the annual elementary music tour.

When and where?

The performance will take place on Wednesday, April 8 from 7:45-2:30pm. Students will travel by bus to Horizon, Token Springs and Meadow View to perform. We will also be stopping at the East Towne Mall Food Court for lunch.

What do I need to bring?

Your student will need to wear their band, choir or orchestra uniform. If students are in two performing musics (ie: band/choir, band/orchestra, choir/orchestra) they can choose between whichever uniform they would like to wear that day. Students will need to bring a jacket, spending money for lunch and their instrument with them on the trip.

Will there be a cost?

YES! There is a $5.00 bus fee that can be paid in infinite campus OR by cash or check. If your student is in double music you only need to pay the $5.00 fee once. Students that choose to eat at the food court will need to bring spending money. LUNCH IS NOT PROVIDED IN THE COST OF THE TRIP. Students may also opt to bring a cold lunch or school provided sack lunch. If you would like to order a school provided sack lunch please contact me no later than March 16.

What do I need to do now?

Keep this information sheet for your reference and plan ahead for your student’s lunch option.

Can I Chaperone?

YES! We are in need of several chaperons for the trip. Please reach out to your student’s teacher if you are interested in attending.

Wind Symphony Auditions

8th Grade Wind Symphony auditions will take place on Monday, March 9th for Woodwinds and Percussion. Brass will audition on Thursday, March 12. Audition information/requirements can be found at this link. They are also listed below. To sign up for a time, go to the sign up sheet on the band room white board. Please note that that these auditions are only for students who are interested in being in Wind Symphony next year. No audition is required for 8th grade band.

Audition Requirements for Wind Players

1. Play concert G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, & Gb major scales ascending (played up the scale but not down) from memory - Musician’s may earn additional credit for performing multiple octaves of any scale

2. Play a chromatic scale from the musician’s lowest possible note to the highest possible note from memory

3. Section of a solo of the musician’s choice

4. Short sight-reading exercise

Audition Requirements for Percussion Players

1. Play concert G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, & Gb major scales ascending (played up the scale but not down) from memory

2. Snare drum etude on the percussion audition sheet (see your band director for the sheet)**

3. Timpani etude on the percussion audition sheet (see your band director for the sheet)**

4. Mallet etude on the percussion audition sheet (see your band director for the sheet)**

5. Short sight-reading exercise on snare drum and mallets

**Percussionists may substitute a solo from solo/ensemble for the corresponding audition etude. For example, a snare drum solo may be performed in place of the snare drum audition etude.

Swing into Spring-7th grade Jazz and 6th grade band club

On Friday, April 3 the Sun Prairie Band Department will be holding our Swing Into Spring Extravaganza at Patrick Marsh Middle School starting at 7pm. Our 6th grade band club is fortunate to have the opportunity to perform as the opening group for this event and the 7th grade jazz band will perform later in the evening. Specific performance times for each group will be released soon. There will also be concessions, dancing, and a pie auction during the evening and it is free and open to the public.

Band O Rama and Three New Features!

Our annual Band O Rama will take place on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 pm in the High School Field House. This concert will feature all of the bands in the Sun Prairie Area School District. The concert will also have three new features:

SUNNY NUTRITION will be selling delicious, healthy smoothies prior to the concert in the high school cafeteria starting at 5:30 PM. They will feature two flavors at our event

  • Cherry Dipped Cone
  • Elvis Banana-Rama

Proceeds will go to support the band!!

BAND SWAG - we are excited to announce a new online store featuring clothing items for all of our bands! Shop for items with the Sound of Sun Prairie logo, Sun Prairie Jazz Logo, or District Band Logo. Ameriprint will even have some of the items at Band O Rama for you to look at and purchase.

WARD BRODT - Rob Smith from Ward Brodt will have a table set up at this concert as well. He will have some supplies for sale and would be available to talk to you about step-up instruments and more!


On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7 p.m., the beauty of musical expression, the drama of competition and the inspiring tale of dreams come true went on display as four gifted young artists vied for top honors in the final round of the 2020 Bolz Young Artist Competition. Broadcast from Overture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, the concert featured the magnificent Madison Symphony Orchestra led by Associate Conductor Kyle Knox.

Michael Wu, a senior at Sun Prairie High School, began piano lessons at age five, and currently studies with Bill Lutes, Emeritus Professor at the UW-Madison School of Music. Along with being this year's Bolz Young Artist Competition winner, Michael also received the Steenbock Youth Music Award in the 2017 Bolz Young Artist Competition and took first place in Division III of the National Steinway & Sons Piano Competition in 2018. Michael is a former Prairie View student and he currently plays clarinet in the Sun Prairie High School Wind Ensemble. Congratulations Michael!!

Final Forte: Michael Wu

Big News About The Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band

Our high school marching band, The Sound of Sun Prairie has created a partnership with DCI (Drum Corps International) and will perform at six DCI shows this summer! They will be among the first high school summer marching bands to perform in this new format. (Watch the Video Below!!)

Our students (grades 8-12) will have the opportunity to perform for large audiences at multiple venues across Wisconsin and Iowa. In addition to this, they will have an opportunity to hear some of the world's greatest drum corps!! Their summer will also include a trip to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival as well as MANY other fun trips and opportunities.

Even though our students are too young for this ensemble I wanted to share this exciting news! Below is a video that was just sent out about this year's Sound Performance Schedule. Definitely something for your kids to look forward to!

Sound Performance Schedule Announcement 2020

Find Us Online!

The Sun Prairie Band Boosters have a FANTASTIC website that contains information about all things related to band in Sun Prairie. You can find the site by visiting www.spbb.org/pvms or by searching for “Sun Prairie Band Boosters.” Be sure to visit the Prairie View Bands page and the Prairie View Bands Blog throughout the year for updates, news, and resources. We also encourage you to check out the other schools’ pages to get an idea of just what band in Sun Prairie is all about.

This Week

Tuesday: 7th Grade Jazz Band (7:00-7:30 AM),

Wednesday: SPBB Lesson Academy (3:00-5:30 PM)

Thursday: 7th Grade Jazz Band (7:00-7:30 AM), 6th Grade Band Cub (3:00-4:00 PM)

Upcoming Dates

April 3: Swing Into Spring Jazz Concert at PMMS

April 6: Band O'Rama Concert at SPHS

April 8: Elementary School Tour (7:45 am-2:30 pm)


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us:

Matt Quaglieri

6th Grade Band, Jazz Band, and 6th and 7th Grade Lessons


520-0122 (Text Message)

834-7839 (Office)

Erin Gleason

7th Grade Band, Jazz Band, and 6th and 7th Grade Lessons



Prairie View Middle School Bands

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