Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (May 10-14, 2021)

Happy Mother's Day

A quick "shout-out" to all the moms out there! You are loved and appreciated! Thank you for all you do for your kids and community!

7TH BAND JUMP START (FOR CURRENT 6TH GRADE BAND STUDENTS)

Band Jump Start is a SPASD Summer School Offering. The class is designed to welcome the incoming 7th graders to a new year of band at Patrick Marsh Middle School. The Band Jump Start class is three days: Tuesday, August 10 through Thursday, August, 12, 2021 from 1-3 pm each day. The class will consist of rehearsal in the PMMS Band Room and games outside - including the annual band waterslide on the hill behind school! To register just fill out this form: https://forms.gle/LUwxtsgHNazmYwfM6. No further registration is needed through the school district. There is no fee for this course and no bus transportation provided. Contact me if you have any questions

Let's Try This Again! Jazz Tomorrow

Due to the weather, we had to cancel jazz last week. However, we are EXCITED to offer jazz this week (especially since we can be inside to play). Here are the reminders:


When?
2:45-3:45 PM at PMMS (May 10, 17, and 24).


Who?
All band students are welcome regardless of instrument or grade level! We will learn the fundamentals of jazz and work on a combined piece together. Online students are welcome to join us for these rehearsals using Mr. Gleason's Zoom Link.


Remember:

Transportation will not be available after jazz so families will need to make arrangements for their own transportation.

Marching Band Is Headed To Florida!

The Sound of Sun Prairie High School Marching Band is celebrating its 50th anniversary season next school year (Jan-July 2022) with a trip to Florida to perform at Walt Disney World and/or Universal Studios! Current 7th grade band members are eligible to join. In fact, current 7th graders are encouraged to participate in the marching band evening rehearsals Aug 16-20 culminating with a performance at the first home football game in the new Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium! All of this information including the registration August registration form can be found at this link

Previous Information

More Good News!

As schools throughout Dane County continue to move to more in person learning options and opportunities, there are updates on mitigation and playing wind instruments (band) in schools. Dane County Public Health recently released Health Order #16 which will go into effect on May 5. Based on an International Aerosol Study, Health Order #16 allows wind instruments (band) indoors with music-specific mitigation techniques. These mitigation techniques have been developed following the science of the International Aerosol Study and have been successfully implemented in schools throughout Wisconsin and other states. This mitigation plan includes (if you are more of a video kind of person here is a link to a video of these mitigation techniques):


  • Masks worn at all times (a mask for your face). Protec mask for wind players (these are provided by the school district) and percussion use a traditional mask

  • Bell covers with a Merv 13 filter used on all wind instruments (a mask for your instrument)

  • Six feet distance between all participants

  • No shared instruments or mallets

  • Indoor class/rehearsals with air exchanges

  • Indoor class/rehearsals limited to 30 minutes followed by a break or move to another room for a minimum of one air exchange in the HVAC system (one air exchange is about 10 minutes in SPASD buildings)


With the implementation of Health Order #16 on May 5 these science-based and real-world tested mitigation measures may be used for indoor band classes in the Sun Prairie Area School District.

In-Person Spring Band Concert - May 26th

After discussions with leaders at the district and building level, we are THRILLED to announce that we will hold our Spring Band Concert in-person in the back parking lot of Patrick Marsh MS on Wednesday, May 26th at 7:00 pm. This concert will include both the 6th and 7th grade bands and should last about 30 minutes.


How Will It Work?

The bands will set up on the pavement facing the large grass area behind PMMS (see map below). Family members will park in the front parking lot of PMMS and then walk to the back. Family members should plan to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on. Handicap parking will be available in the "turn around drive" by door #7.


Is It Safe?

Our band musicians will be seated 6 feet apart per PHMDC and SPASD guidelines. This will allow your children to safely perform together unmasked. Audience members are asked to be seated in the lawn area 6 feet apart and masked (individuals from the same family can be closer). Safety is our number one goal. We do have special musician masks and bell covers available to students upon request.


What Will Students Need To Bring?

Band members will need to bring their instruments and band music. This includes percussion, tuba, euphonium, horn, and any player who has a school instrument at home. All school instruments will be collected after the concert so that we can clean, repair and inventory all of the instruments. Students using school instruments and who are continuing in band next year will have a new instrument checked out to them before the end of the school year.


Can "Virtual" and AVID Band Students Participate In The Concert?

YES! We will prepare for the concert both in rehearsals and in lessons. All virtual and AVID students are encouraged to participate in the concert.


Is The Concert Required?

Typically our concerts are required as they are an essential part of the learning process and a natural extension of what we do in the classroom. However, given that we are still in a pandemic and there wasn't much "lead time" regarding the concert date, we will not require participation. We would highly encourage everyone to participate as it will celebrate your children's hard work, determination and perseverance. If you child cannot attend, we would ask that you email to let us know so we can plan ahead.


What Happens If It Rains?

We will hold Thursday, May 27 as our "rain date".


What Time Will Students Need To Arrive?

Band members should be in their seats by 6:45 PM. We will do a short warm-up and then begin the concert promptly at 7:00 PM.


What Should The Students Wear?

There will not be an assigned uniform. Students can wear typical school clothes. Of course, students who have any "band swag" are certainly welcome to show it off!

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Band Lesson Schedule - Version 9,459.2

  • With the pivot to teaching larger cohorts 4 days per week and our ability to teach outside in-person, we have modified the lesson schedule again.
  • This will be the final lesson schedule change of the year. We are planning on doing four more weeks of lessons (April 26-May 21).
  • The focus of the lessons will be on the current band music in preparation for the concert.
  • Due to pairing up students for lessons, we will not complete the lesson summary after each lesson. We will, however, include feedback at the end of the semester.
  • Click HERE to see the new schedule or the button below.

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.

IMPORTANT LINKS

Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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