C-Heights Band Updates

October 1, 2021

Starting Next Week- Jazz Band

Jazz band rehearsals will begin on October 5. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00-7:40 AM in the band room. Students will need to enter the building via door 22 (on the back side of Cardinal Heights).

There will be a handful of performances possibly including and not limited to:

- Big Band Dance, Saturday December 4th, 7:30pm @ Angell Park

- Sun Prairie Middle School Jazz Festival, Friday February 18th, all day including 6pm concert

- Swing Into Spring Jazz Extravaganza, 7pm @ Prairie View

Please complete this form if you're interested in being in jazz band this year. This will help us in our planning.

Flute Choir Opportunity

Any flute players interested in participating in flute choir should complete this form and return it to one of the band teachers as soon as possible. It was distribtued to students in class and due on Oct 1 - please return no later than Monday, Oct 4 if interested.

Monday 10/18 - C-Heights Fall Band Concert

We are really excited to resume in-person concerts here at C-heights! All audience members are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. This concert will also be live streamed (link to be shared day of concert).

Date: Monday, October 18

Location: Cardinal Heights Auditorium

Time: 8th grade concert begins 7PM (students arrive by 6:30), 9th grade & Wind Wymphony concert begins 8PM (students arrive by 7:30)

Attire: All students need to be sure that they have the appropriate attire from one of the following options:

Option 1

School provided: pants, vest, tie

Student provided: white (long sleeved, collared) shirt, black shoes, black socks

Option 2

School provided: dress

Student provided: black shoes

Caregiver Conferences

Conferences will be held on October 7 and 8. Please sign up via one of the links below. If you are unable to find a time that works for your schedule, please contact us.

Mrs. Diallo Conference Sign Up

Mr. Melrose Conference Sign Up

Sun Prairie Middle Level Honor Band

The Sun Prairie Middle Level Honor Band is an opportuity for band students to spend a day with other band students from around the area. Students work with a conductor and clinicians throughout the day and then participate in an evening concert. Any 8th grade students interested in participating in the Sun Prairie Honor Band on Saturday, Nov. 13 should complete this application form. Applications are due Friday, October 8. More information can be found via this link. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Band Lesson Academy - Starting Soon!

In the past, many students and families have found value in taking private lessons with amazing professionals on their instrument. Good news - those teachers come right to Cardinal Heights after school on Tuesdays 3:00-900 PM!

Band Booster Lesson Academy information and registration can be found here.

About the Sun Prairie Band Boosters Lesson Academy

The Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy has been created to provide convenient access to quality private instrument instruction for students in the Sun Prairie Band Program. The program is designed to give students access to one-on-one instruction on their instrument with professional musicians/teachers that specialize on specific instruments.

The benefits of private instrument instruction include; accelerated study of instrument technique and repertoire, preparation of audition materials, or study of subjects of particular interested (e.g. solo literature or improvisation).

The Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy is designed to serve those students not currently studying privately. It is not designed to take students away from local teachers not in the Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy and should not be interpreted as a signal to change teachers. There are many fine teachers in the immediate area who offer quality instruction.

Upcoming Events...

October 15, Wind Symphony & 9th Grade Band “Lock-In” is postponed to later in year

October 18, Band Concert (see above)

November 13, Optional - Sun Prairie Honors Band (7th/8th Grade only), all day

Bucky Book Fundraiser (Sept. 3 - Nov. 5)

Sun Prairie Band Boosters offer a variety of optional fund-raisers throughout the year to #1 help support great programs like bringing in guest artists and composers and #2 earn credits to students’ individual band ledger that can be used for:

  • Field Trips (8th Grade - Kalahari, approx $40, 9th Grade & Wind Symphony Tour, approx $90)

  • Summer Band Camps

  • Sound of Sun Prairie (think Florida 2022 trip!)

  • Private Lessons

Bucky books are $35 each and students receive $11.25 credited to their ledger for every book sold. PLUS if you sell 5 books, the sixth book is FREE. If you sell that sixth book, that means $91.25!!

The Bucky Book sale goes until November 5th and books can be picked up from Mr. Melrose – ipmelro@sunprairieschools.org

Cardinal Heights School News & Links

Hopefully these links are helpful to find information all in one place. If there's ever other links you would like included, let us know!

Sound of Sun Prairie Updates

This week, there was a Sound of Sun Prairie meeting. For those unable to attend, a recording of the meeting can be found here. Handouts can be viewed via this link.

C-Heights Band - Supply List

The following items will be necessary and helpful for all band members. If you need help (financially or logistically) obtaining any of these items, please don't hesitate to reach out. We can help!

Requested Supplies:

  • 1" Binder (*NEW this year!)
  • Sharpened Pencils
  • Working Instrument
  • Reeds, Oils & Greases, Swabs, Mouthpiece, etc... see our recommended supplies here. *Percussion - take note of stick & mallet updates on pg. 2

Ordering Band 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 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.

Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Stay in touch and stay safe!

Mrs. Diallo

8th Grade Bands


Mr. Melrose

9th Grade Band & Wind Symphony