Sun Prairie Band Department News

January 13, 2021

Important Hybrid Band Information

As families consider their choice between remaining in virtual school for the third quarter or moving to hybrid learning on February 22, we have had questions about what band classes would look like in hybrid learning.

The school district has been developing a mitigation plan for band classes that includes:

  • layers of mask wearing

  • social distancing

  • bell covers with filters.

This plan is based on the preliminary results of a study of aerosol rates produced by wind instrumentalists, vocalists, and even actors, and how quickly those aerosol rates accumulate in rehearsal space and effective mitigation measures. The study was led by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the preliminary results can be found here. The study was conducted concurrently at University of Colorado and University of Maryland to compare results and it is currently in the final stages of peer review and publication. The publication of the study is expected soon.

Currently the Dane County mask mandate does not permit playing wind instruments (brass and woodwinds) indoors in schools. Once published, this new study will provide more specific information for Dane County Public Health to review and to determine appropriate implementation of the information in the study. Our hope is that with this new research, DHS and DPI will update mitigation requirements allowing us to return to in-person playing in band with appropriate mitigation measures in place.

We are developing several plans for band in the hybrid format set to begin Feb. 22 that will also incorporate students that choose the virtual learning option.

  • We can share that we WILL still meet as a class!

The format of our in-person instruction will include a variety of musical activities such as:

  • drum circles

  • music composition

  • and more if wind playing still isn’t viable.

We will continue the following instruction:

  • Students online will still perform on their instruments participating in activities similar to what we have done in the past.

  • Band lessons will continue to take place on a weekly basis as well. As more information is made available we will have multiple plans to keep making music in any format.

Regardless of the method of instruction, we promise to work as hard as we can to provide your children with the best music education possible. We are dedicated to their growth through music and appreciate your continued dedication and support.

Incoming 6th Grade Band Q&A Meeting Tomorrow!

Join us for an optional Q&A meeting tomorrow (Thursday, Jan 14) at 7:00 PM. This meeting is meant for Parents and Guardians of current 5th grade students who want to learn more about band. Click Here For Zoom Link

Helpful Links:

6th Grade Band Family Guide & Information Booklet

Sun Prairie Join Band" website page

Important dates regarding this process:

  • January 27- 6th grade course registration forms due. Select “Band” as your elective choice.
  • March 1- Top two instrument choices due by this date using the online band instrument se-lection form found at
  • March 15- Percussion online preparation workshop
  • March 30- Percussion online auditions
  • April 9- Final instrument selection confirmed with families
  • August 9-13- Band Starts Now! Free Summer School Class (this will be the week your child officially starts in band!!)
Join Band Video 20-21

Outreach Help - Former & New Band students Welcome!

Do you know anyone that discontinued band this year because of the pandemic and virtual learning? Please know we welcome students back to band (or to even start if they've never had the chance to be in band).

Please reach out to any band directors with questions about how this could work at their school!

We Love Our Band Family!

Sun Prairie Band Department

“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