Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week In Band (Dec 2-6, 2019)

Winter Band Concert THIS Thursday!

Location: PMMS Cafetorium


Sixth Grade Bands 6:30 PM (here and ready for warm-up at 6:10 PM)

  • 3rd Hour - On Stage (cases in the band room in lockers)
  • 8th Hour - Band Room (cases in lockers)
  • 9th Hour - Orchestra Room (cases in orch room)

Seventh Grade Bands 7:30 PM (here and ready for warm-up 7:10 PM)

  • 1st Hour - Orchestra Room
  • 7th Hour - Band Room

Attendance requirements, concert dress, and expectations for concert etiquette remain the same as for the Fall Concert. For those of you who cannot make it in person, a broadcast of the performance will take place on our band YouTube Channel the next day.

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At the concert you will have the chance to:

  • Sign your child up and pay for the optional EPOCH Sound Pep Band Trip on Jan. 9 ($5.00) cash please

  • Sign up for Parent Band (and get music)

  • Purchase Fish Fry Tickets!

6th & 7th Solo Night Schedules Ready

The first draft of the 6th and 7th grade solo night schedules is now ready. To view the schedules click HERE. Please note the tabs at the bottom of the sheet to view each schedule. (The WSMA schedule will not come out until late January).

If you need to request a change to your child's time please email Mr. Gleason. Here are reminders about the upcoming solo nights:

6th Grade Solo Night Update-

  • Monday, Jan 13, 5-7 pm at PMMS
  • Required event for all 6th grade band students.
  • Performance time is five minutes with the clinician.
  • The schedule will be shared in the near future.
  • Students should arrive 15 min. before their performance time and can leave after they complete the reflection following the performance.

7th Grade Solo Night Update

  • Tuesday, Jan 14, 5-7 pm at PMMS
  • Required event for all 7th grade band students if they are not doing the WSMA festival.
  • Performance time is six minutes with the clinician.
  • The schedule will be shared in the near future.
  • Students should arrive 15 min. before their performance time and can leave after they complete the reflection following the performance.

WSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 am- 4 pm at PVMS
  • This is an optional event - registration is now complete.
  • Registration fees will be added to the student's Infinite Campus accounts this week. These fees are due December 6th.
  • There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer (door monitors, runners, concessions) and be a part of the festival. You can view volunteer opportunities here

Big Band Dance This Saturday

Feel like dancing? Consider attending the annual Big Band Dance this Saturday from 7:30-10:30 PM at the Angel Park Pavillion. Groups performing will include the Sun Prairie High School Jazz 1 and 2, CHUMS Jazz 1 and 2, and the Alumni Jazz Ensemble.

Annual Fish Fry - January 10 (Purchase Tickets At The Concert!)

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This Week In Lessons

7th Grade - We will work on our solos

6th Grade - We will work on Sawmill Creek and our lesson book.

The Week Ahead

Monday, Dec 2 (Day 1) -

Tuesday, Dec 3 (Day 2) -7th Jazz

Wednesday, Dec 4 (Day 1) -7th Jazz

Thursday, Dec 5 (Day 2) - BLA, Winter Band Concert

Friday, Dec 6 (Day 1) - WSMA SE Payment Due

Band Lesson Academy


December 5 - Lesson 6
December 12 - Lesson 7
December 19 - No Lessons (Midwest Clinic)
December 26 - No Lessons (Winter Break)
January 2 - No Lessons (Winter Break)
January 9 - Lesson 8
January 16 - Lesson 9
January 23 - No Lessons (Make-up Date)


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

7th Grade Jazz Reminders

Recent Information

Parent Band - Feb. 10 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, Tuesday, February 18! We are planning to have one short rehearsal on Monday, February 10th 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

EPOCH Sound Pep Band Night - Jan 9

We are going to have a Band Party in conjunction with a music event! Epoch Sound, the high energy high school pep band that performs at the HS basketball games, has invited interested middle school 6th & 7th grade band students to join them for a performance at the HS Basketball game on Thur., January 9. We have created parts so that all middle school band students, regardless of their performance level or the instrument they play, can participate. Note- the pep band will only play pre-game.

Thursday, Jan. 9

2:50 pm – Rehearsal and Activities at PMMS

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.

7:20 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 9.

How do you participate??

1) Sign-up on the Epoch Sound Sign-up Sheet at Winter Band Concert table.

2) Pay at concert or return $5.00 for pizza & bus (cash please)

3) Music to be handed out in December

Host A Band Student From Japan!

The Sun Prairie Band Program is pleased to welcome 111 student musicians from Hikarighaoka High School in Okazaki, Japan on December 17 and 18. Part of the visit will include home stays for our Japanese guests. We are looking for families willing to host groups of two or three of these student musicians from the evening of Tuesday, December 17 through the morning of Thursday, December 19. Host families would provide sleeping accommodations (nothing fancy - a couch or air mattress is okay), a few meals (dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday; breakfasts on Wednesday and Thursday) and transportation to and from Sun Prairie High School during the musician's stay (musicians will be at school during the day). This is an exciting cultural opportunity for our students!

How to become host families

1. All adult members living in host family homes will need to have a current background check on file with the Sun Prairie school District at the time of hosting. This is the same background check you complete to volunteer or chaperon in the school district. If you think you may already have a background check on file please email Mr. Gleason and he can confirm for you.

2. Review the timeline and check list on our website. You can find all the information and forms need to be a host family HERE

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"Feed the Beat" Food Nights

Support the band boosters by eating out at these locations on these dates:

  • ModPizza - December 10th 10:30am-9pm (Need 20 people to RSVP here

  • Mooyah - January 28th, 4-9pm

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Upcoming Dates

December 5 - Winter Band Concert at PMMS (6:30 & 7:30 PM)

December 10 - Mod Pizza Eat Out Night

December 10 - 6th Jazz Begins (3-4 PM)

January 9 - EPOCH Sound Pep Band Night at SPHS (3-7:30 PM)

January 13 - 6th Solo Night

January 14 - 7th Solo Night

February 8 - WSMA District Solo/Ens.

February 11 - WSMA Piano Solo Night

Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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