Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (March 29-April 2, 2021)

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! Here are a few updates:

  • Lessons are ON for this week! Please be sure to check your email to see if your child's lesson teacher requested a different lesson time due to no classes on Tuesday, etc.
  • Saxophone players please read the information below about this week's lesson.
  • The end of the quarter is this Friday. We will send out an end-of-the-quarter synopsis/reflection.

AMAZING Opportunity For Our Saxophonists!

On Wednesday, March 31 at 11 am our current 7th grade saxophonists will participate in a FREE masterclass with world-renown saxophonist, Tom Luer!!!!

Mr. Luer will work with students for about 45 minutes starting at 11 am sharp at this zoom link: Saxophone players should plan to attend this masterclass instead of coming to their regular lesson this week. Students should have their saxophone out and ready when the class begins. If for some reason your child cannot attend the 11 am masterclass, please contact me.


Tom Luer is a freelance saxophonist who resides in Los Angeles, CA, and is a Rico Reeds Performing Artist. His album “Project Popular” was released in 2011 to critical acclaim. Most recently, Tom appeared on Dave Slonaker’s Grammy nominated album “Intrada”. Additional recording credits include Grammy winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling's “The Brill Building Project”, the Mike Barone Big Band “Birdland”, Cooper Phillip’s “Walk A Mile”, and Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington’s “Bicoastal Collective”. Recently, NPR used music from Tom's CD in a nationally broadcast promo.

Tom recently performed on the NBC broadcast of “Sports Illustrated 50 Years of Beautiful” and on the “X-Factor” on Fox. Previous television appearances include the American Music Awards, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Ellen Degeneres Show. Additional performance credits and tours include the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Poncho Sanchez, Queen Latifah, Patrizio Buanne, and Engelbert Humperdinck .

Tom has a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and additional graduate studies in jazz at the University of North Texas. As a music educator, Tom is currently an adjunct faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona. Previous positions have included the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Bethel College, North Lake Community College and Butler County Community College.

UWW Virtual Flute Day

The 2021 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Virtual Flute Day, with guest artist Jim Walker, former Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Professor of Flute at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School, is coming up on April 10th! UWW hopes you will join them on Zoom for an inspiring day of participatory classes, master classes, panel discussions, and recitals for middle school through adult flutists of all abilities.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required by April 8, 2021.

Visit view the full schedule of events and register to receive your Zoom link!

Previous Information

Spring Virtual Band Concert - Monday, April 26

We are excited to announce that we will host a Patrick Marsh Spring Virtual Band Concert on Monday, April 26th. The concert will take place on Zoom at times to be determined in the near future. Our hope is to host both 6th and 7th grades at the same time so that our PMMS Band Family can see the amazing work your kids are doing! The concert will begin at 7 pm and will last less than an hour.

Save the date and watch for more information to come!

Beyond The Notes Solo Festival Opportunity


This festival has been designed to provide an opportunity for 6th and 7th grade band students at Patrick Marsh and Prairie View Middle Schools to record a solo and receive expert feedback from a guest music educator.


Band students in 6th and 7th grades are eligible to participate.


April 16 - Solo Festival Registration Closes

April 23 - Solo recordings are due in Flipgrid

April 30 - Clinician feedback provided by this date


$5.00 to participate in this optional event. You will receive an invoice once you have completed the form below. Payment can be made online via credit card (preferred) or by check mailed to the address on the invoice. Cash not accepted. You will need to upload a PDF of your child's solo in order to complete the registration form.

Flipgrid Link To Record:

Need 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 home delivery or 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.


Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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