Central Heights Band Newsletter

April 28, 2023

FINAL CONCERT INFO! Thursday May 11th @ Central Heights

Our final concert for the year will feature all bands at Central Heights; 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 7 8th Grade Band. It will also serve as our farewell to our 8th grade students as they prepare for high school next year.


- 6:30pm, Warm-Up for All Groups

- 7:00pm, Concert Begins


- Central Heights Middle School Auditorium


- Central Heights Music Shirt!

- Please wear black pants, shoes, and socks (or as best as you can)

Home Practice Instrument Return

- If you rent an instrument and have a home practice instrument (tuba, euphonium, bari/tenor sax, horn, etc..) please bring the instrument back to be inventoried and cleaned.

*8th Graders - you will get an instrument from SP East for over the summer

*6th & 7th Graders - you will get an instrument before the end of the school year

Please check https://www.spbb.org/central-heights-bands.html for livestream link when available.

Reminder - No Memorial Day Performance


The Memorial Day performance is canceled for all Sun Prairie Middle School Bands. The Sound of Sun Prairie will still be performing and participating.

End of Year Band Donations Accepted - 8th Graders & students not continuing

For all 8th Graders and students not continuing in Band / Music next year, please consider donating the following items we can use for future students:

  • Music Shirt
  • Black Pants
  • Lesson Book(s)
  • Instrument Supplies

Summer School - Private Band Lessons Available!

We are now offering summer school band & orchestra lessons (orchestra started this summer 2022 with great results). Here are some key details about the summer lessons program:

Sign up for summer lessons here!

*If a student would like to sign up for both band and orchestra lessons, please fill out both forms.

*PERCUSSION - Cindy Terhune will be teaching percussion lessons in this program on Tuesday mornings. If that fits your schedule, it is HIGHLY recommended. She is the teacher that started all percussionists in 6th grade. (full disclosure - she's also my wife. I may be biased - but kids always learn a ton).

Other Info:

  • The lessons are taking place during Sun Prairie's five-week summer school at Patrick Marsh Middle School (June 19-July 20), but you do not need to be registered in summer school to have lessons. Students will have one 30 minute lesson per week.

  • To sign up for summer lessons, you will use the Google form at the bottom of this letter . Lessons are NOT part of the official district summer school registration, so you will not see a lesson sign-up in the district catalog.

  • If you are attending summer school, your lesson will be scheduled during the school day. You will be excused from one of your classes for part of the period to attend a lesson. You will have one lesson per week.

  • If you are not attending summer school, your 30-minute lesson will be scheduled for a time between 8:00 and 1:00 (Monday through Thursday). The sign-up form allows you to specify what days and times work best for you. You must provide your own transportation to school for the lesson.

  • The lesson sign-up form will be available until May 29. After May 29, the music teachers will create the lesson schedule. We will contact you by June 9 to let you know the day and time of your lesson.

We can't wait to see you for lessons! If you have any questions before filling out the sign-up form, please feel free to contact one of the summer school music coordinators.

Orchestra : Mrs. Katherine Rush - knrush@sunprairieschools.org

Band: Mrs. Erin Gleason - eegleas@sunprairieschools.org

Summer Music Camps - UW Whitewater

There are TONS of great summer music camps. One that many students have gone to is the UW Whitewater Middle School Band Camp. And..if at least 8 Sun Prairie students go, they would all get a discount!

About the Whitewater Camp:

We help campers enjoy and strengthen a solid base of musical knowledge. Additional attention is given to the acquisition of knowledge of their specific instrument as we broaden their definition of “music”. We create a positive, safe and fun learning environment that assists the camper in meeting and making friends. Our philosophy is designed to nurture the camper as a whole person with a focus on fun.

Help SP Jazz 1 get to New York City!

​Jazz Ensemble I has been selected as 1 of 15 finalist bands to participate in the Essentially Ellington Festival May 11-13 in New York. We are so excited to have these students make their mark on our program and perform in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

This marks the 14th time that Sun Prairie Jazz has participated as a finalist band.


8th Grade Only - Beyond the Notes Festival on May 25th


8:20am – Report to Band Room

8:30am – Depart

10:30am - Performance

11:05 - Clinic w/ Dr. Pompey, UW Madison

11:40 - Listen to other Bands

12:35 - Pizza Lunch (provided)

1:00 - Free time at Water Park or Theme Park

6:15 - Arrive Sun Prairie

Some other reminders:

- Students should wear their Central Heights Music Uniform to school that day

- Students will have time to change before lunch

- There is no cash spending. Students should bring a pre-loaded cash card or can purchase one at Kalahari

- Water Park students should bring their own towel and consider bringing money (cash card) to rent a locker for their belongings

We'll be in touch after May's concert with more details.

Instrument Supplies

We will work with students to see if they need any updated supplies or books for their instrument. Check this list below:



  • 7th & 8th grade have new mallets & sticks to order. Check pg. 2 of the above document
  • NEED HELP? Just ask.

How to order:

  • Click button below "Ward-Brodt - Supplies"
  • Select "Central Heights - Band"
  • Select Instrument


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Ian Melrose

CHMS Music Educator

(608) 318-8064 (Office)

608-618-2843 (Google Voice)