Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week In Band (April 8-12, 2019)

Band O Rama is Tomorrow! Monday, April 8

SPECIAL NOTE - BOR is tomorrow! I would suggest arriving to the HS around 6:10 or 6:15 PM. Traffic gets a bit congested when you consider that 800 families are trying to arrive about the same time (6:30 PM). Come a bit early and get a good seat!!

Still looking for one or two parents to help us out.. Let me know if you are interested!!


Date/Time? Monday, April 8. Concert Starts at 7:00 PM in the High School Fieldhouse – All PMMS band members meet in HS Orchestra Room by 6:30 PM to warm-up.

Uniform? Black band shirt, black pants, black socks & shoes

Other? Bring instrument in marked case and music. ALL students are responsible for bringing their own instruments to and from this performance. Student’s using school instruments should bring their “home” instruments unless they make arrangements to check out a school instrument with Mr. Gleason. Percussion should plan to bring their bell sets to the performance as well. Mr. Gleason and Mrs. Haraldson will only bring large percussion needed for the performance.

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Quick Glance At The Week Ahead

Monday, April 8 (Day 1) - BAND O RAMA (7 pm - SPHS)

Tuesday, April 9 (Day 2) -

Wednesday, April 10 (Day 1)-

Thursday, April 11 (Day 2) - BLA (3-5:20 pm) - no clarinet BLA this week.

Friday, April 12 (Day 1)- WSMA ML Honors Auditions (registered students only)

BLA (Band Lesson Academy Semester 2 Dates)

April 11- Lesson 11
April 18 - No Lesson (Spring Break)
April 25 - Lesson 12
May 2 - Lesson 13
May 9 - Lesson 1 (Make-up for Jan. 31)

May 16 - Lesson 2 (Make-up for Feb 7)


GOING TO MISS A LESSON? Contact your private teacher. Find your teacher's email here:

7th Grade Jazz Rehearsals

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates

April 8 -Band O Rama Band Concert at SPHS Fieldhouse (7 PM)

April 12 - WSMA ML Honors Auditions (4-9 PM at PVMS)

May 6 - Mandatory 7th Grade Evening Rehearsal at SPHS PAC with composer Markowski! 6:30-8 PM

May 7 - Spring Band Concert at SPHS PAC (7 PM)

May 18 - Marching Band Practice with SOSP at SPHS (9:30-Noon)

May 27 - Memorial Day Parade (9-11 AM)

June 3 - 7th Performance at State Capitol (Noon -1 PM)


7th Band To Perform At The State Capitol - June 3

Exciting News! The 7th grade band will perform in the State Capitol Rotunda on Monday, June 3rd from Noon-1 pm. The performance will be free and open to the public. It would be great to have parents, family and friends there! The plan is to rehearse in the morning, grab an early lunch at Prairie Lakes Mall (by Costco), perform at the Capitol, take a short tour of the building and then return to school before the end of the day. Please fill out and return this permission slip:

There is no fee for this trip other than needing money for lunch.

The concert would pay tribute to our service men and women as well as celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. If you are interested in helping to chaperone this trip please fill out this form: Thank you in advance!!

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Save The Date!

7th Grade Band members will have a mandatory rehearsal with our guest composer in the Performing Arts Center at Sun Prairie High School on Monday, May 6th from 6:30-8 PM. We will need this time to rehearse as a full band with the composer in this performance space. There is a home track meet that same night but the students will be done in plenty of time for this necessary rehearsal. Thank you for saving this date!

Three $100 Scholarships To Be Given Away To Attend UWW Band Camp

This year we are excited to provide up to three $100 scholarships to attend the UWW Band Camp. Having worked at the camp numerous times, I can tell you that the UWW Band Camp is one of THE best music camps in the Midwest. This year's camp will take place July 14-19, 2019. The cost is $495 (fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance.) We will receive $20 off each registration if eight (8) or more students from PMMS register to attend Middle School Band Camp. Make sure to use promo code 8GROUP20 at check out to receive the discount. If we don't get eight students to attend, you will be charged $20 during registration at the camp.

This is a safe, well-run camp that nearly 250 middle school students attend every year. To read more about the camp and to register online follow this link:

The scholarship application must be completed by Friday, May 3. Scholarships will be awarded at our Spring Band Concert on May 7. Here is the link to apply:


Registration Opens Tuesday, April 2

Registration for summer school starts next week Tuesday for middle school students. Here is some information to keep your student involved in music over the summer!

Want more information? Head to the SPASD Summer School Website


High Energy and loads of fun! That’s what Jazz Ensemble is all about. Join us for an opportunity to improve your playing, learn how to improvise or improve your improvisation, perform multiple jazz styles, and dive into jazz history. We’ll be listening to and learning from the jazz legends. This course is open to any middle/upper middle school music student. Current Grades: 6–9 Session 1: (6/24 – 7/11) Session 2: (7/15– 7/31) Period: 1 (8:00-9:15 am) Course Fee: $10

Summer Concert Band (for students currently in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9) is an opportunity for students to continue learning about and creating music through performance in band. This is a class for students who love to play a band instrument and work with others to create music. Students will learn a variety of music and prepare for a performance at the end of each session. Current Grades: 6-7 Session 1: (6/24 – 7/11) Session 2: (7/9 – 7/31) Period: 2 (9:20-10:35 am) Current Grades: 8-9 Session 1: (6/24 – 7/11) Session 2: (7/15 – 7/31) Period: 3 (10:55 am-12:10 pm) Course Fee $10


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 20 through Thursday, August, 22, 2018 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: . 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


At the end of May we will have interested 6th grade band students try out for saxophone. A summer school class is offered to transition students over to this new instrument. If you think your child is interested in saxophone next year sign them up for this class. This will hold a spot for your child on the bus if they plan on using school transportation. If your child is not selected for saxophone it is easy to just drop the class. The only students we allow into this class are the ones selected for saxophone in May. The course will be offered Session 1 (6/24- 7/11) during period 1 (8:00-9:15 am). More information about saxophone will be shared in May.


Summer Band Camp – UW-Whitewater

UW Whitewater Summer Band Camp, July 14-19, 2019

$495 for resident campers, $445 for commuting campers, 262-472-3165,

**$20 per camper discount if we get 8 or more to go to this camp. Make sure to use promo code 8GROUP20 at check out to receive the discount. If we don't get eight students to attend, you will be charged $20 during registration at the camp.

  • The Best Band Camp Around!

  • There are a variety of band camps in the area and across the state. The UW-W band camp is exceptional and highly recommended by Mr. Gleason and Mrs. Haraldson.

  • If you would like information on other camps, just let us know (but this is the best!)

Many camps have a commuter option, which reduces the cost of attending quite a bit. Check the web sites for details. Students returning from camp rave about the great time they had. They learn an incredible amount of information in a short period. The instructors are eager to share their knowledge and love for music. Camp is a great experience and we highly recommend it for all our students. Follow this link to go directly to the UW-Whitewater Band Camp Site:

Don't forget - we are offering three $100 scholarships to attend this camp this year!
The scholarship application must be completed by Friday, May 3. Scholarships will be awarded at our Spring Band Concert on May 7. Here is the link to apply:

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Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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