C-Heights Band Updates

August 12, 2021

Meet Your Band Teachers

Mr. Melrose and Mrs. Diallo are the band teachers at Cardinal Heights. We are really excited to be working with the Cardinal Heights students this year! Mr. Melrose will be the main teacher for 9th Graders and Wind Symphony students. Mrs. Diallo will be the main teacher for 8th Graders.

C-Heights Music Uniform Fitting - 8/16 & 8/17

All Cardinal Heights music students will be fitted for a concert uniform. Options for the uniform include pants and vest, as well as a dress.

  • For the pants and vest options, the school will provide black tuxedo pants, black vest, and black tie These students are responsible for providing their own white collared shirt (long sleeves), black socks (calf length), and black shoes.

  • The school will provide a floor length black dress. Students wearing a dress are responsible for providing their own black dress shoes.

Dates for Fitting:

  • Monday August 16, Music Uniform Fitting, 2 - 6pm (part of Cardinal Heights Registration)

*Note - Registration goes until 8pm, we will only be fitting until 6pm

  • Tuesday August 17, Music Uniform Fitting, 4:30pm - 7:30pm (part of Cardinal Heights Open House)

C-Heights Band - Supply List

The following items will be necessary and helpful for all band members. If you need help (financially or logistically) obtaining any of these items, please don't hesitate to reach out. We can help!

Requested Supplies:

  • 1" Binder (*NEW this year!)
  • Sharpened Pencils
  • Working Instrument
  • Reeds, Oils & Greases, Swabs, Mouthpiece, etc... see our recommended supplies here. *Percussion - take note of stick & mallet updates on pg. 2

Ordering Band 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 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.

IMPORTANT DATES, 2021 - 2022

Cardinal Heights Band Calendar 2021 - 2022
Please see linked tentative schedule above. Please communicate in as much advance as possible with any conflicts.

Upcoming Dates:

  • August 16, Music Uniform Fitting, 2 - 6pm (Cardinal Heights Registration)

  • August 17, Music Uniform Fitting, 4:30pm - 7:30pm (Cardinal Heights Open House)

  • October 15, Wind Symphony & 9th Grade Band “Lock-In”, 4 - 9pm

  • October 18, Band Concert - all bands at Cardinal Heights: 8th Grade Bands 7pm (arrive 6:30pm); 9th Grade & Wind Symphony, 8pm (arrive 7:30pm)

  • November 13, Optional - Sun Prairie Honors Band (7th/8th Grade only), all day

FYI - Sun Prairie School District "Calendar at a Glance"

FYI - Cardinal Heights Bell Schedule (new for 2021-2022)

COVID Mitigation for Band - Fall 2021

We are excited and grateful we can safely play our instruments together this year. And we understand that comes with responsibility. Here is how we will work to balance the opportunity and responsibility:

  1. Students must wear Face Masks at all times (unless playing their instrument w/ bell cover)
  2. Bell covers will be used for all wind instruments (school provided)
  3. We will only play indoors for a maximum of 50 minutes at one time, then we will change rooms and/or go outside to allow for three air exchanges
  4. Students will be spaced at least 3 ft. apart
  5. Students will hand-sanitize regularly

These guidelines follow the recent updates from International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study and align with the recent announcement from Sun Prairie Area School District.

ANY QUESTIONS? Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns, or ideas.

SUN PRAIRIE HONORS BAND - Audition Information (8th grade only)

Sun Prairie Honors Band is a group of dedicated 6th, 7th, & 8th grade band students from the Dane County area, hosted by Cardinal Heights Band and led by a guest conductor.

While there is not a rush to start, we did want to let you know that timelines and audition etudes are updated on our website. Students can start practicing if they want something to work on, but no pressure to start now.

Etudes can be found on the website:


  • October 1 - registration opens
  • October 13 - audition recordings due
  • October 18 - performers selected & music emailed
  • November 13 - Event Day!

Band Lesson Academy - Resuming Fall 2022

In the past, many students and families have found value in taking private lessons with amazing professionals on their instrument. Good news - those teachers come right to Cardinal Heights after school on Tuesday! We'll be resuming this program this year - read below for more info.

About the Sun Prairie Band Boosters Lesson Academy

The Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy has been created to provide convenient access to quality private instrument instruction for students in the Sun Prairie Band Program. The program is designed to give students access to one-on-one instruction on their instrument with professional musicians/teachers that specialize on specific instruments. Students will focus on fundamental skills that are particular to his or her instrument.

The benefits of private instrument instruction include; accelerated study of instrument technique and repertoire, preparation of audition materials, or study of subjects of particular interested (e.g. solo literature or improvisation). Private study is a powerful tool in supporting musical growth in students. This program is organized by the Sun Prairie Band Boosters as a service to band students in Sun Prairie Schools.

The Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy is designed to serve those students not currently studying privately. It is not designed to take students away from local teachers not in the Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy and should not be interpreted as a signal to change teachers. There are many fine teachers in the immediate area who offer quality instruction.

When & Where:

  • Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School – Tuesdays, 3:00-9:00

Registration & more info coming in early September 2021.

Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Stay in touch and stay safe!

Mrs. Diallo

8th Grade Bands


Mr. Melrose

9th Grade Band & Wind Symphony