"Notes" from Band

Week of: 10-7-18

Well after a very productive six weeks, our first concert has finally arrived! 6th and 7th grade students have been hard at work on their instrument and we have been making steady progress since the beginning of the school year. Tuesday's concert will be a great opportunity for everyone to share that progress with you.

New This Week

This Week's Lessons

This week's lesson schedule is linked below.

6th graders will be working on their lesson assignments. Be sure to ask your student what he/she should be practicing at home.

7th Graders will be working out of their method book and working on the chromatic scale.

Fall Concert: Tuesday, October 8

Report Time: All students need to report to their warm-up location no later than 6:30 PM on the night of the concert. We will warm-up and head to the stage as a group so it is very important that students arrive on time and ready to go.

Attendance: Concert attendance is a Sun Prairie Area School District Music Department proficiency statement and does appear on each student’s report card. Students are expected to stay at Prairie View for the entire concert. Once the 6th grade band has finished performing, students will be seated in the audience to listen to the 7th grade band before being dismissed for the evening. Furthermore, any absences must be submitted to Mr. Quaglieri in writing prior to the day of the concert and will be made up on an individual basis.

Concert Dress: Students must wear black pants and their Prairie View Bands dress shirt to the concert. Students need provide their own black pants; your student my grow into more than one size this year so it may be best to avoid an expensive pair. Black shoes are encouraged but are not required.

Seating: For your convenience, you may find your seat in the audience after you drop off your student. Please try to save seats near the ends of rows and toward the back for guests who may need a more easily-accessible location.

Webcasting: All band concerts that take place at PVMS are webcast for friends and family members who are out of town. The webcast will be available at www.spbb.org/pvms one half hour before the concert starts. Please share this link with any and all music lovers in your life!

Shirts are Here!

Concert shirts will be handed out to all students who had paid for one when we placed the order in September. If your student did not receive a shirt, we will let them borrow one for the upcoming concert. Please contact the main office ASAP or go on Infinite Campus parent portal to make a payment ($18) so we can order one for our December concert.

7th Grade Jazz Band

  • 7th Grade Jazz is open to any instrument.

  • Rehearsals are on Tue & Thursday mornings from 7 am - 7:35 am in the PVMS Band Room

  • A sign-up sheet will be located at the front of the band room this week.

  • The first rehearsal will take place on Thursday, Oct 17 for rhythm section members (piano, drum set, bass, and guitar).

  • The first full rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

  • Performance dates can be found on our band calendar (link at bottom of newsletter) and will be shared again when jazz begins.


This week during band class, all 6th grade students will sign-up for SmartMusic accounts. SmartMusic is a web-based program that allows us to personalize student learning by moving them through learning targets at their own pace. Students will have access to this program on their School Issued Devices (SID) and it can be a powerful practice and assessment tool for them.

Current Information from Previous Newsletters

Sun Prairie Honor Bands

The Sun Prairie Honors Band for 7th and 8th grade students will meet for a festival on November 16th, 2019. This ensemble serves students from several school districts in southern Wisconsin. It is a one day commitment for participants. Prairie View band students can audition for the ensemble following directions here.

Just the process of preparing for the audition will help your child make great gains in their playing. This is an excellent opportunity for Prairie View students to sit side by side with the strongest players in our area. Students who have been a part of the group in the past have enjoyed how this experience has stretched them musically and allowed them to meet new people who are also in band. Please contact Mrs. Gleason if you have questions!

Lesson Academy Registration is Still Open!

We still have several slots available. For information on dates and teachers at PVMS, please click here! The PVMS Lesson Academy will take place after school on Wednesdays.

Registration for this fall is now open! Time slots for lessons are filling quickly. To sign up, please fill out the registration form on the Lesson Academy main page. You will then follow instructions to contact your child's teacher to schedule a time for your child's lesson. Registration will close Wednesday, October 2nd by 8:00pm.

Upcoming Dates

October 8: Fall Band Concert at PVMS

October 16: Sun Prairie Honors Band Recordings Due


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us:

Matt Quaglieri


(608) 520-0122 (Google Voice-Text Message)

(608) 834-7839 (Office)

Erin Gleason


(608) 834-7825

Prairie View Middle School Bands

“Move beyond the notes to cultivate a life long passion and drive for creativity, curiosity, and community through a vision of students as accomplished learners and evolving musicians in pursuit of artistry