The Booster Beat

January/February 2020-2021 Edition

President's Prelude

As we begin second semester we see changes on the horizon; kids returning to school in hybrid format. There are some decisions being made at end of this month by county that will affect how this will look for band classes. Based on some studies they are looking at our teachers are hopeful that we will be able to fill the hallways of our schools with music again soon.

I recently had the joy of helping to distribute the Proud Band Family signs in yards to all band students in our school district. It has been great driving around town and seeing where homes are filled with the sounds of children learning their instruments.

The future of band in SPASD has been a focus of the board over the past year. We need to establish a strong foundation in students during middle school so they can grow beyond the notes every year in band. The board feels there are some changes coming at the middle school level that will impact the program in the future. I invite you review the documents and watch this short video for more details.

In friendship and music,

Andrew J. Ruplinger

General Band Booster Meeting

Sunday, Feb. 21st, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Mark your calendar! All are invited to attend the next Booster meeting which will be held via Zoom. Please RSVP and we will email the Zoom like on 2/20/21, link will also be posted on our Facebook page

Tentative agenda items include:

  • hybrid model band class,
  • SOSP update,
  • Middle school elective changes,
  • fundraising
  • financials
  • Varsity Awards
  • Bernie Power Scholarship opportunities

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Bernie Powers Band Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

2021 Scholarship Applications are now available!!

They have scholarship opportunities for students in grades 8-12

Deadline for applications is Friday March 12th, 2021

Click this link for details:

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Feed The BEAT

The Sun Prairie Band Boosters last year held our Feed the BEAT fundraiser with some local restaurants. We appreciate what they have done for us in the past and I ask if you will join me in supporting them now.

We are not asking for anything from them at this time, just want to give our thanks. If you want to mention that you are ordering because of their past support of the band program that would be fine.

Participating restaurants from last year were: Burracho's, Day One Pizza, Mooyah's, and Mod Pizza. Also keep in mind Dairy Queen who has supported our Jazz program over past years.

Stay in touch through our website and Facebook page for future deal nights with local restaurants.

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Spring Butter Braid + Fruit Sale Start January 30th

Our annual spring Butter Braid Sale and Fruit Sale starts January 30th till February 13th. Delivery before Spring Break and Easter!

Order forms and sale details are posted on our website.

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Twice a year the Boosters offers delicious fruit for sale to the general public.

Butter Braids are a Delicious Pastry that is hand braided and filled with fruit. Delivered frozen, un-thaw overnight, bake the next morning for finger smacking breakfast. Great for family or holiday brunch gatherings.

Band Members will earn a percentage of every sale for their band ledger.

How does Fundraising help you?

By participating in one or multiple fundraisers you can earn funds into your CHARMS Ledger Account! Funds can be used for multiple music fees throughout the school year.

For details check out the following links.

The Booster funds are used to help cover costs for many great opportunities for ALL band members 6th grade through 12th grade. Here are just a few things we help provide for:

  • Band Uniforms
  • Lesson Academy
  • Transportation
  • Jazz Program
  • Sound of Sun Prairie Program
  • Varsity Point Awards
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Varsity Points

Starting in 9th grade your band student will earn points when participating in various band opportunities. The points will accumulate through 12th grade. Once the student reaches a certain point level they receive an award.

12 points or greater earns a Varsity Letter

24 points or greater earns an Instrument Pin

36 points or greater earns a Ribbon

48 points or greater earns a Medallion

To earn points, student must participate in one or more of the following:

  • 1 point per semester in Band

  • 1 point per semester in Jazz (one point given for Essentially Ellington in NYC)

  • 2 points for participation in Epoch Sound (1 football and 1 basketball)

  • 3 points per season in Sound of Sun Prairie (entered in July)

  • 2 points for participation in SPHS “Pit” Orchestra

  • 1 point for participation in Solo & Ensemble (no points for “Solo Night”)

  • 1 additional point for participation in State Solo & Ensemble (entered on 5/1)

  • 1 point for WYSO

  • 1 point for High School Honors Band

  • 1 point for Winds of Wisconsin

  • 1 point for Full Orchestra

  • 1 point for Chamber groups (.5 point per semester)

Recognition of Varsity Points will be awarded at the

Spring Band Concert and at the end-of-season Sound of Sun Prairie picnic.

What is the purpose of the Sun Prairie Band Boosters?

  • Encourage and support interest in the band department of the Sun Prairie school system
  • Lend moral and financial support to the Sun Prairie school system's band department
  • Promote the general activities of the band department
  • Along with the band directors, help foster a positive and welcoming environment for band members, parents and members of the Sun Prairie community
  • Manage the extra-curricular fund raising and fund distribution functions of its members

Make sure you join our facebook page and check out our website

The Booster Beat is published during the school year.

This newsletter will be delivered electronically. If you prefer to receive this newsletter via US Mail, please send an email to the editor at In your email, please list your name, your child’s name, and which band they are in. If email is not an option, please contact your child’s band director.