The Booster Beat

February 2023

President's Prelude

2023 is well under way, and our band program is booming with activity! February, and the coming months, holds a lot of opportunity for students to showcase their work and for families to get involved in keeping our program strong. In February, we have Solo Nights at the schools, Solo and Ensemble, Sun Prairie Jazz Fest, Sound of Sun Prairie Kick-off and registration, Wind Ensembles’ trip to Minneapolis to work with incredible clinicians, and the annual Fish Fry Fundraiser and spring Fruit and Butter Braid fundraisers. This month holds great opportunity for you to be part of the ripple of positivity that these experiences provide for our kids and community. Please read on to see details about the events and when and how you can best contribute. It takes many hands to keep a program going strong for our kids. Now is the time to jump in and be a part of something truly special!

Sarah McVeigh

Solo & Ensemble Day

Saturday, Feb. 11th, 8am

Central Heights Middle School

Come check out the incredible hard-working and skilled students that are participating this year, and purchase your Fish Fry tickets! Concessions will also be available at the event.

Here is the link to sign up and volunteer: SOLO & ENSEMBLE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

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Annual Fish Fry Scholarship Fundraiser Event

Friday, Feb. 17th, 5-8pm

The Round Table, 1611 North Bristol St

This event takes many hands to make a success! If you are unable to volunteer your time, please sign-up to bring baked goods and/or come eat at the event! Tickets are now for sale and will be available at Solo and Ensemble on February 11.

Here is a link with all the information you need to ensure this experience is a success, including ticket information and volunteer/bake-sale sign-up: Friday Fish Fry and Bake Sale: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.

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30th ANNUAL Sun Prairie Jazz Fest

Saturday, Feb. 18th, 8am-9:30pm

Sun Prairie West High School

The 30th Annual Sun Prairie JazzFest will take place on Saturday, February 18. We are still in need of volunteers for the day. You do NOT need to be a jazz parent to help, and like the Fish Fry, this event requires many hands to make it a smooth and successful event. We will be welcoming 17 schools to our venue, and we want to show them the very best of Sun Prairie! Please check-out the link to sign-up here: JazzFest Volunteer Sign-up

You can purchase tickets to the evening concert here: Sun Prairie JazzFest Concert Tickets. The concert is at 7:00pm on February 18 at Sun Prairie West High School. Tickets are $8. Whether you have a student in the concert or not, this will be a night of outstanding music and entertainment!

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Band Booster Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 6:30pm

Sun Prairie East High School Orchestra Room

Everyone is invited!

Sound of Sun Prairie (SOSP) Kick-off event and Registration

Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 6:30pm

Sun Prairie East High School Orchestra Room

This year’s SOSP will have a kick-off meeting on February 21 at 6:30pm in the SP East Orchestra Room. The first thirty minutes is committed to Booster updates for all parents and then Sound details will start at 7:00pm. Sound of Sun Prairie has a lot of opportunity for parent involvement. It is a great way for you to be connected to your child through something that they love!

This year’s registration for SOSP is on Saturday, February 25. Come to the meeting on February 21 and learn what you will need for registration on February 25. LOVE THAT SOUND!

Bernie Powers Band Foundation - Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are available through the Bernie Powers Band Foundation.

Grades 7-12 are eligible to apply.

Applications are due by Friday March 17th 2023

- Marcia Berman SOSP/Percussion Scholarship

- Jock Bogle Music Education Scholarship

- Jeff Bogosh Summer Jazz Camp Scholarship

- HEAR Scholarship

- Ken Paris Music Scolarship

Click on this link for more information: Scholarships

Taste of Madison Coordinator Needed!!

We are in need of a coordinator for this year’s Taste of Madison.

This fundraiser takes place over Labor Day weekend, September 2-3.

It's a HUGE fundraiser for our organization. You will earn ledger funds for your student by participating in the event.

Please let us know if you are interested in coordinating this event by sending an email to


The Boosters hold a variety of Fundraising opportunities throughout the school year.

Pick and choose which ones are best for your family.

For Current Information check our SPBB Fundraisers website

Spring Fruit Sale Ends February 10th!

  • The Spring Fruit Sale has begun! All orders are due on Friday, February 10. Here is a link to details and how to place your orders: Spring Fruit Sale. Sell, sell, sell to build up funds for your ledger!

Butter Braid Sale starting February 20th

  • The Annual Butter Braid sale will run from February 20 – March 6. Pick-up will be on March 30. Mark your calendars and watch for more information to come home through your child’s band teacher in the coming weeks. This is another fantastic opportunity for you to earn funds for your ledger, and to have delicious treats just before the Easter Holiday!

How does Fundraising help you?

By participating in one or multiple fundraisers you can earn funds into your CHARMS Ledger Account! This is a unique feature the Band Boosters offer to ALL band members.

Funds can be used for multiple music fees throughout the school year (Field Trips, Lessons, SOSP, Summer music camps, Honor band fees)

The Booster funds are used to help cover costs for many great opportunities for ALL band members 6th grade through 12th grade. Here are just a few things we help provide for:

  • National Guest Clinicians visit and work with the Bands
  • Concert and SOSP Band Uniforms
  • Lesson Academy
  • Jazz Program
  • Sound of Sun Prairie Program
  • Varsity Point Awards
  • Scholarships

Please remember that ALL student ledgers zero out at the end of the school year to preserve the booster tax exempt status. All requests for ledger use must be made before August 1.

Questions: Reach out to your Band Director

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Varsity Points

Starting in 9th grade your band student will earn points when participating in various band opportunities. The points will accumulate through 12th grade. Once the student reaches a certain point level they receive an award.

12 points or greater earns a Varsity Letter

24 points or greater earns an Instrument Pin

36 points or greater earns a Ribbon

48 points or greater earns a Medallion

To earn points, student must participate in one or more of the following:

  • 1 point per semester in Band

  • 1 point per semester in Jazz (one point given for Essentially Ellington in NYC)

  • 2 points for participation in Epoch Sound (1 football and 1 basketball)

  • 3 points per season in Sound of Sun Prairie (entered in July)

  • 2 points for participation in SPHS “Pit” Orchestra

  • 1 point for participation in Solo & Ensemble (no points for “Solo Night”)

  • 1 additional point for participation in State Solo & Ensemble (entered on 5/1)

  • 1 point for WYSO

  • 1 point for High School Honors Band

  • 1 point for Winds of Wisconsin

  • 1 point for Full Orchestra

  • 1 point for Chamber groups (.5 point per semester)

Recognition of Varsity Points will be awarded at the

Spring Band Concert and at the end-of-season Sound of Sun Prairie picnic.

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