Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band

January Update

What A Great Year To Be In Sound

Happy Holidays and Winter Break!!

Last week we had the opportunity to visit the band students at Cardinal Heights and Sun Prairie High School. Our message?

What a great year to be a member of the Sound of Sun Prairie!

We are so excited about this upcoming season! We would love to have your young musician with us as we celebrate 50 years as an organization!

In our talk with the students, we covered what Sound is, how to get started, the schedule, and the benefits of participation. We took time to answer questions while encouraging everyone to consider being part of this historic season.

Below you will find more information regarding the upcoming dates shared with your students. Please reach out if you have any questions. We look forward to hopefully seeing your child at our upcoming Open Rehearsal on January 9th.


Mr. Gleason

Mr. Davison

Mr. McVeigh

Mr. Leising

Open House Rehearsal - Jan 9

On January 9th we will hold an "Open House Rehearsal" at Sun Prairie High School from 12:30-3:30 PM. The purpose of this rehearsal is to give students the opportunity to experience Sound prior to making a decision about joining us for the season. All students are encouraged to attend this "no strings attached event". Please note that no prior experience is necessary!

We will meet in the high school band room. The rehearsal will include team building, sectional time, full ensemble rehearsal and marching fundamentals. Brass and woodwind players should bring their own band instruments to the rehearsal. Percussionists should bring their sticks and mallets. All students, including those interested in guard, should wear comfortable, athletic-type shoes and clothing.

As a bonus, a hint about this year's show will be shared at the rehearsal!!

Percussion and Guard Rehearsals To Start in January

The Guard and Percussion Section are important areas of any marching band.

The "Guard" or "Color Guard" refers to the students who add many visual effects to the performance. From spinning flags to intricate dance moves, these students create spectacular sights to compliment the sounds.

The Percussion Section involves two main areas:

The Battery - this includes the snare drums, bass drums, and tenors. Specific instrument assignments are usually done via audition after a few rehearsals.

The Front Line - this includes all of the mallet instruments as well as synthesizers, timpani, cymbals, and a host of other percussion instruments. This is a great place for students to consider if they play an instrument that does not "march" in Sound such as the flute or double reeds. Folks with piano background would also find many opportunities in this section.

Students in Percussion and Guard will begin rehearsals a few weeks before the winds. Rehearsals will take place from 12:30-3:30 PM at the high school on these dates:

Jan 23

Feb 6

Feb 20

Unlike the Wind and Percussion sections, students in Guard do not have to be enrolled in band. Students interested in either Percussion or Guard are encouraged to attend the January 9th Open House Rehearsal to learn more!

Leadership Workshops

Sound relies on student leaders within the ensemble. In order to develop that leadership potential, we will hold four leadership workshops in February from 3:30-4:30 PM at the high school. Any students planning to participate in Sound this year and who are interested in developing their leadership skills can participate in these workshops. From this group we hope to find our Drum Major for the season. The Drum Major plays a significant leadership role in the marching band by conducting along with other musical and organizational tasks.

SOSP Kickoff Meeting and Registration

The "official" beginning to the season for all members is at our Kickoff Meeting on Feb. 22 at 7:00 PM at Sun Prairie High School. On this evening, caregivers will meet in the High School Orchestra Room for an informational meeting while the students will meet in the High School Band Room. This meeting will cover all aspects of the 2022 Sound Season including final details about the Florida trip. Students will find out the show theme, enjoy some pizza on us, and receive a special gift!

Registration for the 2022 Sound Season will take place on Saturday, Feb. 26 between 9 am and Noon at Sun Prairie High School. Caregivers will need to stop by this day to complete the forms and complete the registration process. This sounds like a lot, but don't worry we will make it easy!

Feb 26 Is The Final Day To Register For the Florida Trip

As you know, this year's Sound Season will include a trip to Florida to perform at Disney and/or Universal Studios! Please consider registering for this trip now and not waiting until Feb 26.


  • Registering now will allow you to start making payments for the trip.
  • Registering will help us to support your fundraising efforts.
  • Early registration will help us to determine staffing, transportation, uniforms, etc.

Fundraising Information

Thank you for participating in the recent Fruit Sale! The Sun Prairie Band Boosters have more fundraising opportunities coming up. All of these event offer your child the opportunity to raise funds and reduce the cost of their SOSP season and the Florida Trip!

Be on the lookout for more information about these upcoming fundraisers:

  • Emil's Pizza Sale - Details coming out soon. All in time for the Super Bowl!
  • Fish Fry - Friday, February 25th, 2022 - In combination with the Knights of Columbus and Bernie Powers Foundation, we host a Fish Fry, Raffle, and Dessert Table
  • Spring Butter Braid Sale
  • Spring Fruit Sale

Important Dates

Jan 9 - SOSP Open Rehearsal - 12:30-3:30 PM (HS)

Feb 22 - SOSP Kickoff Meeting - 7:00-8:00 PM (HS)

Feb 26 - SOSP Season Registration Day (HS)

Feb 26 - Florida Registration Deadline

Previously Shared Information

SOSP September 15 Meeting Recording

Many thanks to all who attended last night's meeting either in person or virtually. If you could not make it, no worries! We recorded the meeting and have included the documents shared below.

We are excited about the upcoming 2022 SOSP Season and our trip to Florida. We hope that your child will join us for this amazing 50th Anniversary Season! Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Our "hub" for all things related to SOSP and the Florida trip is our website (link button is below).

  • Registration for the Florida trip is now OPEN on our website. After viewing the video and reading the materials contained in this newsletter, we would encourage you to register for the trip soon, even though the deadline isn't until Feb 26. Your registration will help us to plan and will allow us to support fundraising efforts.

  • The Florida trip is part of the 2022 Sound Season. Only students who participate in the Sound Season are eligible to go on the Florida trip.

  • Formal registration for the Sound Season will take place on Feb 26.
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Here are some FAQs regarding Sound and what happens next-

Q: When will we sign up for Sound and the 2022 Season?

A: The official registration date for Sound is Feb 26, 2022. However, we will ask students and families about their interest level in the next few weeks. Families will also have the opportunity to set up an account with our travel company and start raising funds for the Florida trip on Sept 15. We also plan to hold an open rehearsal on January 9th so that students can experience some of what we do (similar to what took place this fall).

Q: When do Sound rehearsals begin and how long are they?

A: Our tentative schedule for the 2022 Season can be found by clicking the button below. Keep in mind that things may change, but this will give you an idea of rehearsal dates and times.

Q: Why does Sound rehearse for so many hours in the summer?

A: We are very careful not to rehearse too long on weekends during the school year. We work hard to balance getting enough time in to generate the skills needed to be successful when we go "full time" following the conclusion of the school year. The summer hours are long but they are broken down into segments filled with a variety of activities and games. As the veteran members of Sound (and the alumni) will tell you "the days are both challenging and rewarding." Sound presents an opportunity for students to really focus on doing one thing really well for a few weeks in the summer. The intense focus not only creates a rewarding performance but develops a sense of community not often found in other places.

Q: How can I find out more about Sound?

A: Check out our website located here:

Q: What do I do if I have more questions?

A: Feel free to contact Mr. Gleason!


Please contact Chris Gleason if you have further questions. He can be reached at

The Sound of Sun Prairie

“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