Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (Jan 11-15, 2021)

Band Pride!

Many thanks to the Sun Prairie Band Boosters for the cool yard signs and the many volunteers who set them up! Signs are still being delivered but if you don't get one by the end of the week just contact Mr. Gleason. Thank you for the continued support and pride in the Sun Prairie band program. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with your children and look forward to brighter days full of music-making!

BTN Solo Festival to Replace WSMA Festival

We have found a new option for students interested in submitting a recording of their solo for feedback from a guest clinician. The Beyond The Notes organization has just announced an online solo festival. The entry fee is only $5. This will replace the WSMA festival experience this year. More information about dates and procedures will be forthcoming!

6th Grade Jazz Begins This Tuesday!

6th Grade Jazz will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00-3:30 PM beginning January 12 and ending March 9. This class is open to all current 6th grade band students. All instruments welcome. The goal of the class is to introduce the basic concepts of swing, the blues, and improvisation. Interested students can sign up using this Google Form.

7th Grade Solo Project Deadline Extended to January 18

The deadline for your child to record their solo is January 18th. The recording serves as a formative assessment and an opportunity to measure your child's growth and achievement. All of the details are in your child's Google Classroom Account as well as below:


You will use flipgrid to make the recording. Here is the link Begin your recording by saying the following:

1) Your Name

2) The title of the piece you are going to play and who composed it.

3) Something that you learned about the piece or yourself as you prepared it.

You might want to test your microphone and your distance to your computer by recording a little bit, then listening to it. Flipgrid will allow you to re-record anything if it doesn't go as you planned.

We are not looking for a "perfect" performance-- mistakes will happen. However, we are looking for evidence of careful preparation, accuracy, posture, tone and most importantly, musicianship. Go beyond the notes and try to express some emotion using your instrument!

Grading Rubric

Frozen Pizza Sale Ends Tuesday!


  • Emil's Pizza is based out of Watertown WI.
  • Their frozen pizza's are made with fresh ingredients purchased locally.
  • Prices are similar to grocery store prices. Families can stock up for easy meals and for the LV Super Bowl!
  • Each pizza sold will generate $1 to band member's ledger account. Funds can be used for multiple expenses, for details view Student Ledger Usage Guidelines page.

Click to view and print order form 2021 Order Form

​​​Important Dates for Pizza Sale:
Sale begins January 1st
Enter Sales online on Google Form by January 12th 5 pm
Pickup Saturday, January 30th at the High School 9am-10:30am
Money Due to Chairperson by February 7th, drop off at 144 Broome St, Sun Prairie
Questions: Contact Kelley via email: or call/text cell phone: 608-577-2222

Visit our Website Emil's Frozen Pizza page to view and print order forms and for additional details

Previous Information

2021-22 Class Registration Taking Place This Week!

Students will be selecting classes for the next school year beginning next week (Jan. 11-15). We would encourage ALL of your children to continue the journey they have started. As the upperclassman will tell you, it only gets better! Here is specific information for each grade level:

To Our Current 6th Graders:

Congratulations on starting in band during unprecedented times. Your class will forever be remembered for your resilience and determination. We are SO PROUD of what you have already accomplished and CAN'T WAIT to hear you all perform together in the future.

We have many exciting things planned for next year including:

  • A trip to UW-Eau Claire to tour the university, work with collegiate musicians, and hear the state's largest marching band.
  • Perform a world premiere of a new composition written by the world-renown composer, Viet Cuong.
  • A trip to UW-Whitewater to perform in the massive Young Auditorium and work with Dr. Glenn Hayes, UWW Director of Bands. We will also experience college campus life and food at Esker Dining Hall.
  • You will also be the first 8th grade band to attend PMMS moving forward! Wait until you hear what is planned for that year!!

To Our Current 7th Graders:

Students at Cardinal Heights LOVE their band experience! Check out this brief video highlighting their ensembles and what students have to say about band at C-Heights!

Here are just some of the things to look forward to in 8th grade band:

  • A trip to perform at the Beyond The Notes Music Festival at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.
  • Wind Symphony overnight tour of major universities in Wisconsin and beyond.
  • Jazz Ensemble performances at the Big Band Dance as well as Jazz Fest.
  • Opportunity to join the award-winning, Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band!

Please take a moment to look at this document with information about all of the band classes and activities that Cardinal Heights has to offer. Wind Symphony audition information is also included.

At Cardinal Heights, we welcome all students to participate in band! Please feel free to share the above information with anyone who may be interested in band - even if they have never participated before!

Booster Information

If you didn't see it, the Band Boosters sent out a recent newsletter with some important dates and information. Take a look HERE to read the entire newsletter. However, here are some highlights:

General Booster Meeting
Sunday, Feb 21st, 5:30PM

On the agenda: 2022 6-7-8 class schedule, SOSP update, hybrid band, fundraising/financials.

Feed The Beat

It's important that we do our part to give our support to our local restaurants during this challenging time. Each month we will pick one local restaurant to support for 1 week. Boosters will not be asking for any profit from restaurants.

Stay in touch through our website and Facebook page for details.

SP Band Highlights

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.

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

“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