Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (April 4-8, 2016)

New Information

7th Grade 3rd Quarter Assessment Reports Emailed Tonight

The 7th Grade 3rd Quarter Assessment Reports should have arrived in your in-box tonight. The first batch I sent out had a few wrong email addresses attached to them. Hopefully you all have the correct report for your child. If not, email me and I will get it to you.

I think these reports best capture your child's growth and achievement in band. Research has shown that the best assessment is intrinsic - meaning that if they "own" it, they might do something about it. Mostly, I found that your kids are right on with their assessment. You will find my comments at the bottom of the page. I think this intrinsic, narrative, reflection based assessment is much more informative than just a number. With that said, you will see a number on the report card for band....focus on what you read in the assessment report you get tonight! It is much more accurate...and most importantly, it comes from your kids!

Congratulations Kallan!

Kallan Engleson has been accepted to the 2016 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Kallan is recognized with this honor and Carnegie Hall performance opportunity as a result of her demonstrated musical accomplishments and successful audition recording.

The Middle School Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individuals by allowing them to study under masters in New York City and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. Through a selective application process, the Honors Performance Series brings together skilled middle school instrumentalists and vocalists from schools across the world for a special Carnegie Hall performance.

Kallan will perform in the exclusive Honors Junior Performance at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, June 25, 2016, under the direction of world-renowned conductors. She will attend a Broadway Show, see famous sites, and experience the excitement of New York City. The trip will include a celebration of her accomplishments at the Junior Finalist Celebration in Times Square

Kallan plans to do hold a recital to help raise funds for this trip. Congratulations Kallan!

Summer Band Opportunities!

We would like to encourage Sun Prairie Middle School Band students to consider participating in a summer band opportunity such as one of our area music camps or our Summer School Jazz Band or Concert Band. We feel any of these opportunities offer a tremendous experience for students both musically and socially. Summer camps are a great way to keep playing, meet new friends, and work with an expert on your own instrument.

2016 Summer School Offerings (On-line Registration Opens Monday, April 11 (6:00 pm) Closes Friday, May 6 (Midnight)

Summer School Jazz Sessions 1 and 2 (June 20-July 28) from 8:00 – 9:55 a.m. $8 Fee

(2 three week sessions)

DESCRIPTION: 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.

Summer School Concert Band Sessions 1 and 2 (June 22-July 30) from 10:05 – Noon $8 Fee

(2 three week sessions)

DESCRIPTION: (for students currently in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9)

Summer Concert Band 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.

Summer School Registration is at

Summer Band Camp – UW-Whitewater

UW Whitewater Summer Band Camp, July 17-22

$485 for resident campers, $435 for commuting campers, 262-472-3165,

**$20 per camper discount if we get 8 or more to go to this camp (we usually do!)

· 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:

This Week In Lessons

Due to Ice Skating, Tour, Brewer Trip, Reward Day, and No School on Friday, we are going to do group lessons during band (called sectionals) instead of individual lessons. Find your child's lesson time here:

Recent Information

PMMS Music Department Elementary Tour (April 6)

The 7th Grade Band, Choir, Orchestra, Fiddle Club and Jazz Ensemble will tour Eastside, Northside and Bird Elementary Schools on Wednesday, April 6. 7th Graders will meet in the band room when they arrive to school. We will be gone all day and return by 2:45 pm. Students will need money for lunch at the East Towne Food Court (or bring a sack lunch). Students must wear the band uniform (if they are in choir or orchestra they can select what uniform to wear). Horn, Euphonium, Tuba players should bring home instruments unless they "check out" a school one with Mr. G.

Band O Rama (April 11)

Band O Rama is the concert where all the bands in Sun Prairie Area School District perform. This year's concert honors our elementary music educators and all they do to nurture the love of music in our students.

Date/Time? Monday, April 11th, 2016. 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.

Spring Band Concert (May 10)

Our final concert of the year is always amazing! It will be held in our beautiful Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Sun Prairie High School. This concert is significant for a few reasons:

1) All of the PMMS Bands are in the same concert!!

2) We do the world premiere of a new work written for us! This year it is "Rock Music" by Alex Shapiro written for our 7th grade band. The 7th Grade portion of the concert will focus on an "Earth" Theme this year!

3) We get to celebrate another great year and take a look back at some great accomplishments.

Date/Time? Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. Concert Starts at 7:00 PM in the High School PAC

6:30 PM - 7th Band Picture (meet in HS Band Room)

6:40 PM - 6th Bands warm up in the HS Orch Room

7:00 PM - Concert Begins (6th grade bands then combined 7th band)

8:25 PM - Concert Ends

Concert dress is the band uniform. Students who usually use school instruments will need to bring their instruments from home unless they check one out from school.

The concert will conclude with our Annual Year-in-review DVD. The concert will again be shown via the internet. Tell family and friends to go to and search for “PMMS Bands”.

**Don't forget - 7th Mandatory Rehearsal on Monday, May 9 from 7:30-8:30 PM. This is a very necessary and important rehearsal. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed!

We need parent/guardian volunteers to help out with a number of PMMS Band events taking place in the next few weeks. Please fill out this form if you are interested. Mr. Gleason will contact you via email to confirm if and when he needs you for the event you select. Thank you in advance!!

Sun Prairie Band Students - Tell us about your musical start in Elementary School.

On Monday April 11th, Sun Prairie Bands will host their annual Band O'Rama featuring the over 700 grades 6 - 12 band students culminating in joint performances of our National Anthem & On Wisconsin.

This year were recognizing and celebrating our Elementary General Music Teachers in Sun Prairie. We want to hear your favorite elementary musical memories. Please fill out this FORM and tell us about it! **Parents/guardians - only your children have access to this form as we want their specific musical memories. : )

"Rock Music" Is In Our Hands!

Composer Alex Shapiro has completed her composition "Rock Music" for our 7th Grade Band. The band had the chance to hear it for the first time this past Friday with the composer present on Skype!

I think composer Shapiro said it best when she wrote:

ROCK MUSIC is possibly the very first geo-electroacoustic minimalist band piece: it has no melody, and no rhythm. It's conceptual and atmospheric, using textures of instruments, voices, and rocks to weave a wind band into a piece of sonic fabric stretched across linear time.

In this geo-electroacoustic piece, the music slowly crawls, melts, and scrapes over a sonic landscape in random, irregular ways: much as the glaciers carved the world we know.

To hear the work and learn more about the composition, simply go to our webpage and look for "Rock Music":

The Week Ahead

Monday, April 4 (Day 1)

Ice Skating (House 7A) 7:55-9:25 AM

Ice Skating (6th grade - 3rd, 6th and 7th hour Day 1 PE kids) 12:25-2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 5 (Day 2)

7th Grade Jazz Ensemble 7 AM

Ice Skating (House 7B) 7:55-9:25 AM

Ice Skating (6th grade-6th and7th hour Day 2 PE kids) 12:25-2:00 PM

BLA Drum Lessons 3-4:40 PM

Wednesday, April 6 (Day 1)

7th Music Dept Tour of Elementary Schools (all day) - wear band uniform, bring $$

6th Graders to Brewer Game

Thursday, April 7 (Day 2)

Reward Day

BLA Lessons 3-5 PM

Friday, April 8

No School

WSMA Middle Level Honors Auditions 4-9 pm

Upcoming Events

Wed, April 6 - 7th Music Department Tour to Elementary Schools (during school)

Friday, April 8 - WSMA Middle Level Honors Auditions (4-9 PM @ PMMS)

Monday, April 11 - Band O Rama (7:00 PM @ SPHS Fieldhouse)

Monday, May 9 - 7th Band Dress Rehearsal @ SPHS PAC (7:30-8:30 PM)

Tuesday, May 10 -Spring Band Concert (SPHS PAC 7:00-8:30 PM)

Saturday, May 21 - Marching Band Practice w/ SOSP (SPHS 9am - Noon)

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Parade (CHUMS to Library 9:30 am -10:30 am)

Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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