Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (April 11-15, 2016)

New Information

Band O Rama is TOMORROW! (Monday, 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.

PHOTO HELP! - The Sun Prairie Star will not be able to make it to the concert. Would a few of you be willing to take some photos during the performance and email/share them with me on Monday night? (I need the photos Monday night as there is a Tuesday AM deadline for the paper.) I'll make sure you get credit for your photography skills! Maybe a Panoramic Photo if you have the option!

Gleason and Schiemann Receive Kohl Fellowships

Happy to report that Chris Schiemann and I have received Kohl Fellowship Awards this year. The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator (Retired) in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $10.2 million to Wisconsin educators, students, and schools. 100 Wisconsin educators are selected for this award each year. “Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers, and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.

Today we participated in a luncheon at Sun Prairie High School and received the award from Herb Kohl himself. Also the mother of Aleah Frank (PMMS 6th grade trumpeter), Amy Frank received a Kohl Fellowship (she teaches at Waunakee Intermediate School)!!

This is a huge honor for which I'm very grateful. Thank you to my family who puts up with me working constantly, my great colleagues - especially Sharon Haraldson (my work wife). The incredible staff at PMMS and amazing leadership from Mr. Luessman and Mr. Shefchik. Most importantly, thank you to the students and families of PMMS....your passion and enthusiasm for music make this job so fulfilling. I plan to use the $3,000 grant to help pay for next year's ComMission Possible Composer - Brian Balmages!

This Week In Lessons

7th Band will check off Earthdance. 6th Band will check off one of their Spring Concert Selections. Find your child's lesson time here:

Recent Information

Summer Band Opportunities! Registration Opens Monday!

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:

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!

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!!

The Week Ahead

Monday, April 11 (Day 1)

Band O Rama Concert - SPHS Fieldhouse (report by 6:30 pm, Concert 7:00 pm)

*Go to Dairy Queen after the concert and tell them you are with SP Jazz and they will donate a percentage to the HS Jazz Program as they get ready to go to NY!

Tuesday, April 12 (Day 2)

BLA Drum Lessons 3-4:40 PM

Wednesday, April 13 (Day 1)

Thursday, April 14 (Day 2)

Forward Exam Testing (Hours 1-4 in afternoon)

BLA Lessons 3-5 PM ** No BLA next Thursday, April 21

Friday, April 15 (Day 1)

Forward Exam Testing (Hours 5-8 in afternoon)

Upcoming Events

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

“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