Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (May 16-20, 2016)

New Information

Band Lesson Academy Final Days

Due to teacher availability and scheduling the final day of BLA private lessons will vary. See below for exact ending dates:

Victoria Rockman - flute (Final Lesson is this Thursday, May 19)

Pedro Garcia - clarinet (Final Lesson is this Thursday, May 19)

Chance Stine - saxophone (Two lessons remaining - May 19 & May 26)

Paul Dietrich - trumpet (Final Lesson is this Thursday, May 19)

Spencer Koscik - horn (One Lesson remaining on June 2)

Mark Davison - trombone/euph/tuba (Two lessons remaining - May 19 & May 26)

Ken Paris - percussion (Three lessons remaining on Tue, May 17, 24, and 31)

7th Grade "Band Jump Start!" (Current 6th Grade Families READ THIS)

As you will recall from the end of the year video, we start each school year with an event called "7th Grade Band Jump Start". This is actually a summer school class that will take place on August 23, 25, 25 at PMMS from 1-3 pm. This is a really fun way to start the year! We will rehearse, play games, and the 100 foot waterslide again! Current 6th graders playing in band next year should sign-up online today as the deadline (June 2) is quickly approaching.

Saxophone Tryouts

6th Graders interested in playing Saxophone next year can begin the process by completing this Google Form. Once the form is complete they will be invited to try all three saxophone options during the week of May 23 during band. The options are Alto Sax (smallest), Tenor Sax (Medium), and Bari Sax (Large). We will evaluate students based on their attendance to concerts and lessons this year and the quality of their work and practice. Our goal, as always, is to find the right "fit" for each student so they can find success and reach their potential.

Students selected for saxophone will be notified the week of May 23. A list of supplies and rental options will also be communicated at that time. A free summer school "Saxophone Start-up Class" will be offered again and will be essential for those switching to saxophone. The class is offered Session 1 (6/20 – 7/8) Period: 8:00 am – 9:55 am

Saxophone Application:

We Need Some Help!

This week Tuesday and Wednesday (May 17-18) we are hosting the band instrument fittings at PMMS from 3-8 pm both days. We need one person each day to help greet and register the families when they arrive to their fitting appointment. Let me know if you are interested and could help!

Hogwart's Magical Talent Show

Harry Potter themed Talent Show this year! Click here to see the commercial about signing up for the talent show. Encourage your kids to do it! All of the information can be found in the commercial or at the registration link.


Registration Link:

Spring Band Concert Links

Thank you for the support during our recent Spring Band Concert. Your kids did great! My apologies again for Livestream not functioning...however, I think I found a solution! Below are the "unlisted" links to the concert and end of the year video. Please feel free to share them with friends and family.

6th Grade Portion:

7th Grade Portion:

End of the Year Video:

Marching Band Practice with the Sound of Sun Prairie (SOSP) - Saturday, May 21

What? This practice is an opportunity for our 6 and 7th graders to work on their marching with our award winning high school marching band "The Sound of Sun Prairie". ALL band members are highly encouraged to attend even if they cannot make it to the Memorial Day Parade.

Location? Sun Prairie High School

Date? Saturday, May 21

Time? 9:00 AM. The kids will be ready to be picked up at Noon.

Uniform? No uniform – wear comfortable shoes to march in – no flip flops please!

Other? Bring instrument in marked case and marching band music. Tuba players will be responsible to bring their own sousaphone or tuba to/from school and percussionists & flags will need to bring their marching equipment to/from school. We would recommend students to bring a bottle of water.

"This was one of the best things we did all year!" - 2015 PMMS Band Member

Memorial Day Parade Information - Monday, May 30

Band in the United States started as marching bands (specifically, military marching bands). It is part of our heritage and a great experience for young musicians. On Monday, May 30 we get the opportunity to pay tribute to our veterans and our nation by marching in the Memorial Day Parade. **This is a mandatory event for 7th Grade Band Members who are in town. 6th Graders are not required to march, but can if they are interested.

**We understand that this is a holiday and that many families have plans out of town, etc. We do not expect you to change your family's plans. However, if you are in town it is important to have your child participate. If your child cannot attend please send Chris an email: or a written note by MAY 20 (THIS WEEK!)

Here are the specifics:

Time? Parade Starts at 10:00 AM. All band members need to report to the main entrance

area of CHUMS by 9:30 AM.

Route? The parade begins at CHUMS and ends at Walker/Main Street near the Public Library. Parents please meet us in Public Library Rear Parking Lot immediately after the parade! We recommend that parents park in the rear parking lot of the library and walk back up the parade to see/hear the band.

Uniform? Black Band shirt, black pants, black socks and shoes (no shorts)

Important! Remember to leave instrument case in your parent’s car when you meet at CHUMS. You will just need your assembled instrument.

Help Needed: We usually have 8-10 parents walking with the band during the parade. We will have some water/gatorade at the end of the parade for the kids, but if it is a warm day we might do a quick water break along the way as well. If interested in helping send Chris an email.

This Week In Lessons

6th & 7th Band will check off "This is My Country" (all memorized) and Lesson Book. Find your child's lesson time here:

Recent Information

School Instrument Turn-in Day

All school instruments and supplies need to be returned to the PMMS Band Room no later than Tuesday, May 31. We need to inventory all of the school owned instruments on this day.

Instruments will be reissued to current 6th graders by Tuesday, June 7th. Current 7th Graders using school instruments should contact Mr. Mesner or Mr. Melrose about getting an upper middle school instruments.

Summer Band Opportunities! Registration Open

We would like to encourage Sun Prairie Middle School Band students to consider participating in a summer band opportunity such as one of our area music camps or our Summer School Jazz Band or Concert Band. We feel any of these opportunities offer a tremendous experience for students both musically and socially. Summer camps are a great way to keep playing, meet new friends, and work with an expert on your own instrument.

2016 Summer School Offerings (On-line Registration Opens Monday, April 11 (6:00 pm) Closes Friday, May 6 (Midnight)

Summer School Jazz Sessions 1 and 2 (June 20-July 28) from 8:00 – 9:55 a.m. $8 Fee

(2 three week sessions)

DESCRIPTION: High Energy and loads of fun! That’s what Jazz Ensemble is all about. Join us for an opportunity to improve your playing, learn how to improvise or improve your improvisation, perform multiple jazz styles, and dive into jazz history. We’ll be listening to and learning from the jazz legends. This course is open to any middle/upper middle school music student.

Summer School Concert Band Sessions 1 and 2 (June 22-July 30) from 10:05 – Noon $8 Fee

(2 three week sessions)

DESCRIPTION: (for students currently in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9)

Summer Concert Band is an opportunity for students to continue learning about and creating music through performance in band. This is a class for students who love to play a band instrument and work with others to create music. Students will learn a variety of music and prepare for a performance at the end of each session.

Summer School Registration is at

Summer Band Camp – UW-Whitewater

UW Whitewater Summer Band Camp, July 17-22

$485 for resident campers, $435 for commuting campers, 262-472-3165,

**$20 per camper discount if we get 8 or more to go to this camp (we usually do!)

· The Best Band Camp Around!

· There are a variety of band camps in the area and across the state. The UW-W band camp is exceptional and highly recommended by Mr. Gleason and Mrs. Haraldson.

· If you would like information on other camps, just let us know (but this is the best!)

Many camps have a commuter option, which reduces the cost of attending quite a bit. Check the web sites for details. Students returning from camp rave about the great time they had. They learn an incredible amount of information in a short period. The instructors are eager to share their knowledge and love for music. Camp is a great experience and we highly recommend it for all our students. Follow this link to go directly to the UW-Whitewater Band Camp Site:

The Week Ahead

Monday, May 16 (Day 1)

Music Department Performance for the School (2 pm)

Tuesday, May 17 (Day 2)

BLA Drum Lessons 3-4:40 PM

Incoming 6th Grade Instrument Fittings - PMMS 3-8 PM

Wednesday, May 18 (Day 1)

Flag Practice 7:10-7:30 AM (Stage)

Incoming 6th Grade Instrument Fittings - PMMS 3-8 PM

Thursday, May 19 (Day 2)

BLA Lessons 3-5 PM

7th Visit to CHUMS

Friday, May 20 (Day 1)

Flag Practice 7:10-7:30 AM (Stage)

Saturday, May 21

Marching Band Practice with SOSP - HS 9-Noon

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 21 - Marching Band Practice w/ SOSP (SPHS 9am - Noon)

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Parade (CHUMS to Library 9:30 am -10:30 am)

Tuesday, May 31 - School Instrument Turn-in Day

Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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