Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (Nov 16-20, 2020)

6th Grade Virtual Band Concert Dec 1st

The PMMS 6th Grade will present a 10-15 minute Virtual Band Concert on Tuesday, December 1st. Students with last names beginning with A-L will be at 7:00 PM and students with last names beginning with M-Z will be at 7:30 PM. The concert will take place on Mrs. Haraldson's Zoom account. The concert will feature the 6th grade band members demonstrating the many things learned in band up to this point, including a live performance of the piece Conquest by all of the 6th grade band members. Band members are encouraged to wear their "I'm In The Band" tshirts.

What: 6th Grade Virtual Band Concert

When: Tue, Dec 1st (A-L 7:00 PM, M-Z 7:30 PM)

Where: Mrs. Haraldson's Zoom Account (not school)

South Africa Response Number Two!

Our friends from the Roedean School in Johannesburg, South Africa have responded with another video! The South African students are entering into their final days of this term. Consequently, this will be the final video to us for now. Our hope is to reconnect with them when they return next term. Our students created short videos thanking them for the collaboration.
A warm hello from the Roedean music class

Patrick Marsh Middle School Band Joins Consortium Honoring Black Lives

The Patrick Marsh 7th Grade Band has entered a consortium with other band programs from across the country to commission Katahj Copley, an African American composer from Georgia to write a piece exploring systematic racism in our country. Our goal will be to perform this before the end of the school year. The composer writes:

"On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was a killed when a police officer brutally placed his knee on his neck. This moment not only changed my life, but the world around us. For hundreds of years, the black community has been hushed, pushed, and brutalized by systematic racism. We have had our voices taken away from us. This piece represents a voice for the voiceless. I wanted to show the five stages of grief, they are not in the order of the stages but better yet the stages of the black community's grief.

Denial: The piece seems to not want to start. It's subtle and seems not wanting to start. Another death has come and it seems too unreal.

Depression: The theme begins to come in. The piece moves into a somber funeral march, a march for the fallen and unarmed.

Bargaining: The piece begins to sway back and forth between beauty and anger. Trying to find ways to get away from this pain.

Anger: The march reaches its crescendo with the voices of the voiceless finally fighting back. With anger and rage the piece goes into a violent scream.

Growth: As the rage strengthen the voices instead of acceptance, we enter growth. The voices have become stronger than before and will continue to grow. The voices seek change and won't stop until change has come."

Welcome Ms. Hutera

We are pleased to welcome UW-Eau Claire Music Education Major, Megan Hutera, to Patrick Marsh (virtually). Megan is completing her degree at UWEC and will be joining us the next few weeks as a Teacher Assistant. She has already wowed the 7th grade band with her version of the popular video game Among Us recrafted for band! We are fortunate to have her with us. Here is a bit more about Megan:

Megan Hutera is currently a Senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she majors in Music Education and studies trumpet with Mr. Robert Baca. Originally from Rice Lake, WI, Megan has performed in numerous pit orchestras in Rice Lake and Eau Claire and was also the first female brass soloist for the Madison Scouts in their 2018 season. Megan enjoys teaching privately, conducting, exploring the beauties of Eau Claire, and teaching at the Shell Lake Arts Center Concert Band camp. Megan is a 4-year member of the Blugold Marching Band with her final two years leading the band as a drum major. Megan has plans to pursue her Master’s and doctorate in the Music Education field and become an educator and mentor for many students in the future.

Ward Brodt Early Black Friday Sale!

Ward Brodt will have an Early Black Friday Sale on Nov. 20 and 21st. To get coupons and to see the deals follow this link:

Previous Information

Band Swag Makes A GREAT Gift!


Sale is on now until Nov. 22 (11:45 pm)


Online ordering. Shipping available or pickup at Ameriprint


Show your band spirit with some band swag featuring our new band logo (designed by band parent Anne Hawley). New items have been added! Check it out!

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.

Reading Notes In A Galaxy Not So Far Away!

In an effort to help our young musicians to learn how to read musical notation, we purchased a fun game called Staff Wars. This is an essential cognitive process, similar to reading text, that gets better with repetition. So....what better way to practice than with a game! Challenge your child to a match and see who gets the highest score!

  • Username: spasd

  • Password: readmusic2020

Virtual Private Lessons are Here!

For students that are interested in taking private lessons for enrichment and extra help from a professional musician, please consider reaching out to our list of fantastic professional musicians. These are a group of people that are connected to Sun Prairie in various ways - some are alumni! Whether you participated in last year's "Band Lesson Academy" or you are looking for more - please check out this fantastic resource! To start lessons with any of these teachers, simply email them requesting a lesson time. Payment will be done between you and the teacher directly. Click Here to find a teacher:

Where Can We Find Information About Band This Year?


1. This newsletter will be sent every Sunday afternoon. It will contain the plan for the week, updates on classwork, and special events or opportunities.

2. Our PMMS Band Website will have weekly lesson plans, resources, links, and our weekly lesson schedule. I will also keep links to all of our newsletters on this website if you ever need to look for something shared previously but lost it in your inbox. Consider the website as the "go to" place to find out information this year.


Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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