"Notes" from Band
Week of: 1-7-18
New This Week
This Week's Lessons
Due to the partial week last week, the lesson schedule is modified for this week.
6th graders that did not have a lesson last week have a lesson this week. The schedule has been modified to give all 6th graders one more lesson before Mentor Night next Wednesday.
7th Graders resume their normal lessons this week. They will be working on their solos.
It's Registration Time!
It's hard to believe that registration forms for next year's classes will go out to students this week! Last week, 7th grade students met CHUMS band teachers, Mr. Mesner & Mr. Melrose, and heard about the opportunities in band at Cardinal Heights. 6th graders will be recieving scheduling cards this week. Additionally, all students will get a chance to check out what some of our older musicians are doing at events such as Epoch Sound Night, Band O'Rama, and the Memorial Day Parade Rehearsal.
We would like to encourage your student to continue the journey on his/her instrument in band next year. You quite simply will not find another band program as comprehensive as Sun Prairie's in the state and our staff work hard to provide students with high-quality musical experiences across the board. We know that scheduling can be confusing so please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or problems that you run into in this important process.
6th Grade Mentor Night: This Wednesday!
6th Grade Solo Night is this Wednesday, January 9 from 5:00-8:00 PM. Please check the attached schedule for your student's most current time and let me know ASAP if you notice a scheduling conflict as attendance will be taken. Students should plan on arriving at Prairie View about 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time to warm-up and head to their room early. Students are encouraged to dress nice, but it is not required. Parents are also encouraged to attend!
We hope this will be a positive experience for your student-the goal is to have the opportunity to work with and learn from a specialist on his/her instrument.
Current Information from Previous Newsletters
Epoch Sound Pep Band Night
"Epoch Sound" is our high school pep band and they have invited us to perform with them at a boys basketball game on Thursday, January 31. We hold a rehearsal, social, and pizza dinner after school on the 31st before taking busses to the High School.
Before break, students received information and a permission form for the event. Signed forms and $5 for pizza are due back to us no later than Friday, January 18. Due to space constraints, this is a hard deadline.
While this event is optional, it will be a great time and a fantastic opportunity for students to use their musical skills to support the athletic program and to interact with some older musicians who were once in their shoes. Look for a permission form to come home this week!
Parent Band is Coming Soon!
The culmination of this activity will be a parent band made up of parents and other family members for the winter concert. Both 6th & 7th grade families are welcome to participate and music will be sent home over the next few weeks and there will be one rehearsal at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 12. This group is always a BLAST and we encourage you to consider joining us for this year's Parent Band!
SPBB Fish Fry: Friday, January 18
In conjunction with the Knights of Columbus the Sun Prairie Band Boosters will be hosting our Third Annual Fish Fry at the Round Table in Sun Prairie on Friday, January 18. The first two years were a hit-we almost broke their serving record! More importantly, we raised over $3,000 towards supporting students in Sun Prairie Bands. We are looking forward to seeing you out again this year!
More information (as well as how you can help!) can be found here:
Volunteer for Solo & Ensemble
Paper volunteer forms are also available upon request. Please fill out one and return it to your student’s music teacher. Please contact volunteer coordinator, Rachel Zarzyski, at firstname.lastname@example.org or concessions coordinator, Sharon Haraldson at email@example.com with any questions.
Percussion Lesson Opportunity
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Tuesday: 7th Grade Jazz Band (6:55-7:35 AM), 6th Grade Jazz Band (2:50-4:00 PM)
Wednesday: SPBB Lesson Academy (3:00-5:30 PM)
Thursday: 7th Grade Jazz Band (6:55-7:35 AM)
Friday-6th Grade Jazz Band (2:50-4:00 PM)
January 18: SPBB Fish Fry at the Round Table
January 31: Field trip to the Overture Center
January 31: Epoch Sound Pep Band Night
February 9: WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival at PMMS
February 12: Parent Band Rehearsal
If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us:
6th Grade Band, Jazz Band, and 6th and 7th Grade Lessons
520-0122 (Text Message)
7th Grade Band, Jazz Band, and 6th and 7th Grade Lessons
Prairie View Middle School Bands
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