Patrick Marsh Middle School Band
January 10-14, 2022
Epoch Sound Pep Band Night Is Thursday!
Epoch Sound night is finally here! If your child is participating in this optional event please see details below.
Jan 13 - Epoch Sound Night Schedule
2:50 pm – Rehearsal and Activities at PMMS
4:30 PM – Pizza in the Cafeteria (Bring a waterbottle)
5:05 PM – Load Bus going to the HS (one way…must find a ride home after the performance).
5:45 PM - MS musicians meet in the band room of the High School to rehearse with Epoch Sound.
6:45 PM – Pregame music will begin.
7:20 PM – Approximate End Time - MS students will be dismissed after the performance.
*Students can stay for the remainder of the game; however they will not be supervised by Mr. Gleason or Mrs. Haraldson and must purchase a ticket from SPHS Athletics. (SPHS Policy)
**Please note-transportation home from SPHS is the student's responsibility and the HS athletic department has requested that anyone wishing to stay for the game purchase a ticket at the door after we play. Students will need to take their instruments home from the HS as well as return them by Monday for rehearsal. (We will take the bass drums with us however).
Prior to Winter Break we demonstrated the Horn for the 6th grade band students and played a few recordings. This week during band interested students can try the instrument to see if it is something they might like to consider switching to.
The Horn is an expensive instrument consequently we will supply your child with an instrument to keep at home and one at school. No supplies need to be purchased the first year other than two lessons books (approx. $14 total). If your child is selected for the horn a $25 rental fee will be applied to their Infinite Campus account. We do not want finances to be a barrier, however, so please contact us if that is a concern.
Before making any changes to a new instrument we will be in touch with you. Our goal is to conclude this process within the next two weeks. Please reach out with any questions.
New Lesson Schedule Starts on Monday!
To add to the fun, Friday lessons this week should come Wednesday since we do not have school Friday. What could go wrong with this plan?? (ha ha). The new lesson schedule is linked below.
Save The Date: Middle School Jazz Fest!
Huntertones Are Coming!
On Monday, March 14 at 7:00 PM, the Sun Prairie Performing Arts Center will host an evening performance by the New York-based, Ohio State University-formed music group called the Huntertones. The ensemble's seven members have established a global reputation as a high-energy, innovative presence in music during the band's first decade together.
Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their thrilling, horn-driven sound features genre-bending composition and unconventional covers. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music.
The Huntertones 2017 Michael Jackson mash-up tribute video went viral, hitting more than 550k views on Facebook. The group's successful 2018 Passport album was built around the band members' world travel as Music Ambassadors to Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America through the U.S. State Department Music Abroad Program. The celebratory anthem "Togo" from the album encapsulates the pure joy of the arts in Togo, Africa, and the composition has become a centerpiece of Huntertones' live concert repertoire.
Jon Batiste from the Late Show With Stephen Colbert says of the group, "Honest, genuine, skillfully executed music without limitations that is uplifting and cannot be quantified."
Renown Jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke states, "Soulful, tasty and groovy. I dare you not to dance or be in a good mood during and after listening to this beautiful music".
The Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band will celebrate its 50th anniversary this season. Proceeds from this concert will support the group's performance in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in July. The Huntertones, March 14 performance and clinics with Sun Prairie middle school students, are made possible by the generous support of the Sun Prairie Education Foundation.
Reserve your seats today through our online ticketing system. All seats are $10 and can be purchased here: Huntertones Concert
Sun Prairie Booster Beat
Thur, Jan 13 - EPOCH Sound Pep Band Night - (3-8 PM) - PMMS/SPHS
Mon, Jan 24 - 6th Solo Night - (4:30-7 PM) - PMMS
Tue, Jan 25 - 7th Solo Night - (4:30-7 PM) - PMMS
Sat, Feb 12 - WSMA District Solo/Ensemble (8 am - 4 PM) - PMMS
Tue, Feb 15 - WSMA District Piano Solo Night (4-8 PM) - HS PAC
Fri, Feb 18 - Middle School Jazz Fest (3-8 PM) - CHUMS
6th and 7th Grade Solo Night Performance Schedule Now Ready
Performance times have now been set for our 6th and 7th Grade Solo Nights (click button below to find your child's time). ALL 6th and 7th grade students have been assigned a time including those planning to do the WSMA Festival on Feb 12.
- We highly recommend this experience for all students as it provides a wonderful opportunity to perform as a soloist and to receive feedback from another music educator. If, however, your child cannot attend the solo night please let us know so we take them off the schedule.
- 6th and 7th Grade Percussion students will only perform at the 6th grade solo night on Monday, Jan 24.
- If your child's performance time does not work, please let us know and we will do what we can to move or exchange performance times. If possible, please only request a time change if absolutely necessary. Thank you for your flexibility.
6th Grade Solo Night - Monday, Jan. 24 (5-7 PM)
7th Grade Solo Night - Tuesday, Jan 25 (5-7 PM)
EVENT SCHEDULE EXAMPLE:
5:20 pm- Arrive
5:25 pm - Warm-up & photo taken
5:40 pm - Performance
5:45 pm - Fill out reflection
5:55 pm - Depart
School Instrument Repair & Rental Fees
WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Reminders
- Fees for the festival are in your child's Infinite Campus account. IF you haven't paid yet, please do this ASAP.
- To see a list of the students who are registered for the festival please click here. The schedule will come out in late January with specific times.
- Please consider donating some food or helping us that day! It is a LOT of fun and your help is vital to making this run smoothly. Here is the Sign-up Genius