Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020)

Patrick Marsh Band Students Accepted Into State Honors Program

Five Patrick Marsh Students from last year's 7th grade band have been accepted into the WSMA Middle Level Honors Project this year.

Started in 1967, the WSMA State Honors Music Project provides musically talented students with an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation’s finest conductors in a professional, highly disciplined setting. Selected through a rigorous audition process, students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the short rehearsal period, which culminates, typically, with a performance in October at the Wisconsin State Music Conference held in Madison each year. This year due to the pandemic, students will meet, rehearse and perform virtually. For many of these young musicians, the WSMA State Honors Music Project offers the experience of a lifetime, creating friendships, memories and skills they take with them in whatever path they choose.

Atticus Coen - WSMA State Honors Band, Trombone

Colin Leiterman - WSMA State Honors Band, Flute

Caleb Retcheski - WSMA State Honors Band, Bassoon

Nick Ruplinger - WSMA State Honors Band, Percussion

David Willey - WSMA State Honors Band, Tuba


Lesson Attendance

Students receive a private 15 minute lesson each week from one of the band teachers. It is vitally important that every child make his/her best effort to be on time to their scheduled lesson. We have noticed a number of students who do not show up to their scheduled lesson time but request a make up lesson. We are happy to offer make up lessons, however, it doubles our work as we are now online during the scheduled time as well as for the make up. When you consider 200+ lessons a week this adds up. Here are a few suggestions to help with this:

  • Ask your child to put their lesson time into digital calendar with notifications turned on OR have Siri, Google Home or Alexa remind them of their lesson time!
  • Communicate in advance with your child's lesson teacher if your child will be gone. We will do our best to reschedule.

Thank you for your help with this. We LOVE seeing your children and value this time with them each week. Your assistance will help us to remain efficient and avoid the very real Zoom fatigue!

6th Band Students Need This Warm-up Book

Just a friendly reminder that all 6th graders need this warm-up book for their instrument:

Sound Innovations Ensemble Development For Young Concert Band.

Many of you already have this book through your rental plan with Ward Brodt. Those of you who own your instrument or are using school instrument may not. Please check your chid's folder and if you don't see it, order it ASAP. Here is a link to Amazon to place your order.

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:

Previous Information

Music Professor

If your child is a 6th grade band student OR they are just starting in band, please encourage them to watch the Music Professor Videos online. Your child was provided a subscription to this service for the entire year! The videos contain fantastic information specific to your child's instrument. In a way, this is like receiving private lessons from a professional musician! Here is a video tutorial I created to help you get started with Music Professor if you haven't used it yet.

Lesson Reports Launched

It was fantastic seeing your children again in band lessons this past week. As you probably noticed, we sent a "lesson report" to both you and your child following their lesson. The report contains information about what we did in the lesson including reminders as well as the assignment for next week.

Our hope is that this immediate feedback and communication about your child's growth and performance will provide you with valuable information to help support their learning. We would encourage your young musicians to practice daily for at least 20 minutes. Our focus nearly every week will be on the lesson book (Daily Routine for Perc). Thank you for helping to "build" this time into their schedule at home.

We hope that you find the lesson reports helpful. Please note that we will add both of the email addresses that we have on file for this week's reports (last week we sent it to just one parent/guardian email).

GREAT Video About The Benefits Of Music

Medical Symphony - PBS Sept 18

Share Your Photos!

We love seeing photos of your kids participating in band from home! With your approval, we would love to share those photos on our Facebook Band Page or on future newsletters. If you have a great photo to share, send it to Chris at Thanks!

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

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