Central Heights Band Newsletter

April 14, 2023



- Due to some scheduling conflicts, the May concert has been moved to Thursday May 11th (one week later than previously scheduled)

- 7pm Concert @ Central Heights

- All Bands (6th , 7th, & 8th)

- Students should wear Central Heights Music Uniform

- Students with school-owned instruments @ home, bring back to school


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

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.


Jazz Update - Wrapping it Up!

Friday April 14, Swing Into Spring Jazz Extravaganza @ Prairie View

  • 7- 9pm @ Prairie View
  • Featuring all Jazz Ensembles in Sun Prairie!
  • Concessions & Pie Auction to Support Jazz 1 going to NYC!

Member Info:
  • CH Jazz - arrive by 7pm (put stuff in Orchestra Room)
  • After HS Jazz 1 - Warm-Up (in Orchestra Room)
  • 7:45pm (approx) - CH Jazz Performs

Spring Rehearsal Updates:

  • Rehearsals resume THURSDAYS ONLY on April 20th
  • Rehearsals are optional for this last month

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.

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.

Band Lesson & Practice Tips

Every band student will receive a weekly private lesson for about 10 minutes with Mr. Melrose or Mr. Metcalf (part-time music teacher).

Part 1 - Warm-Up (long tones, scales, slurs, patterns)

Part 2 - Heavy Lifting (be specific about your goals and find different ways to achieve them; slow practice, chunking, gradually adding parts)

Part 3 - Fun! (find fun pieces to play - or as Melrose for tip on how to find them).

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)