Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (Nov 2-6, 2020)

Lessons This Week

Band lessons are back on this week as scheduled. However, Friday lessons with Mrs. Haraldson and Mr. Gleason will be rescheduled for Thursday due to no school on Friday. Please note that Mrs. Gary's Friday lessons will still take place on Friday.

What are students working on?

6th Grade - lesson book and the new band music

7th Grade - lesson book, scales, and solo (if ready)

7th Grade Band Students - Come Get Music This Wednesday!

On Wednesday, November 4th, from 3pm-7pm Patrick Marsh will hold another materials pick up event at PMMS. We WILL have new music available for students in 7th grade band and 7th grade jazz. Please plan to swing by to pick up the new music that evening!

Band Fundraisers

Each year, the Sun Prairie Band Boosters hold fundraisers to support the band program. Funds raised help support our band students for things such as guest artists and clinicians. Students also benefit from these fundraisers directly by having a portion of the sales deposited directly into their band ledgers. (What's a band ledger? Click HERE to find out)

There are currently several opportunities for raising funds (please click links for details):

Fruit, Cookie Dough Sale (ends Nov 9)

Bucky Book Sale (Books are shipped - all done online!)

Band Swag Sale (ends Nov 22)

**No door to door sales should be done. Orders will be placed online. Contactless pick up of sold items will take place. See links above for all the details.

7th Grade Band Students Create Videos For Overseas Friends

This past week members of the 7th grade band created two videos for our overseas friends. Students in 1st and 2nd Period Band, as well as our AVID Band Students, created a video for the school in Johannesburg, South Africa. Students in 3rd and 4th Period Band created a video for the school in Perth, Australia.

Many thanks to all of the students who took a leadership role in creating these videos. We look forward to getting a response from these overseas schools. Our students are already starting to generate ideas for our next videos. Great job!

South Africa Video 1
Perth, Australia Video 1

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.

Previous Information

Reading Notes In A Galaxy Not So Far Away!

In an effort to help our young musicians to learn how to read musical notation, we purchased a fun game called Staff Wars. This is an essential cognitive process, similar to reading text, that gets better with repetition. So....what better way to practice than with a game! Challenge your child to a match and see who gets the highest score!

  • Username: spasd

  • Password: readmusic2020

7th Grade Jazz -Tuesdays

7th grade jazz band is an additional opportunity for students to explore a different genre of music. This year we will be focusing on learning the 12 bar blues, improvisation, and some standard jazz charts and melodies.

7th Grade Jazz are on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:00 PM. All 7th grade musicians, regardless of instrument, are encouraged to join. 7th grade jazz will meet every Tuesday at that same time.

Join Mrs. Haraldson on Tuesdays to learn about this truly American art form. Here is the link:


  • CAMERAS - Please ask your child to turn on their cameras during class (If possible). Certainly, there are reasons to keep it off (WIFI signal strength, etc). However, we rely on seeing your children as much as we do hearing them. As you can imagine, seeing hand placement, embouchures (mouth), posture, instrument angles, etc are all visual cues that assist us. If your child's camera doesn't work on their Chromebook, please have them fill out an Incident IQ Repair Request online to get it fixed.

  • FOOD/DRINK - Please remind your kids that eating food and then playing immediately afterward will get food particles into their wind instruments causing damage. Students should take a drink of water after eating and before playing and always avoid eating while playing in general.

  • CHAIRS - We have noticed a number of students sitting on couches or recliners during their lesson or band class. Your child will play best using a hard, flat chair like a wooden kitchen chair. Students are encouraged to stand and play (depending on the instrument) as well. However, stay away from beds, couches, and other soft surfaces.

  • DOGS/CATS - Nothing wrong with this at all. Love seeing them : ) Even the fish.

Virtual Private Lessons are Here!

For students that are interested in taking private lessons for enrichment and extra help from a professional musician, please consider reaching out to our list of fantastic professional musicians. These are a group of people that are connected to Sun Prairie in various ways - some are alumni! Whether you participated in last year's "Band Lesson Academy" or you are looking for more - please check out this fantastic resource! To start lessons with any of these teachers, simply email them requesting a lesson time. Payment will be done between you and the teacher directly. Click Here to find a teacher:

Where Can We Find Information About Band This Year?


1. This newsletter will be sent every Sunday afternoon. It will contain the plan for the week, updates on classwork, and special events or opportunities.

2. Our PMMS Band Website will have weekly lesson plans, resources, links, and our weekly lesson schedule. I will also keep links to all of our newsletters on this website if you ever need to look for something shared previously but lost it in your inbox. Consider the website as the "go to" place to find out information this year.


Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

“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