Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

Nov 1-5, 2022

Gleason Recognized At The Badger Game

Mr. Gleason was recognized as a Badger Outstanding Educator this past Saturday at the Badger Homecoming Game! He and his family met Ron Dayne prior to the game and Mr. Gleason was recognized during a timeout! Mr. Gleason was recently notified that he is one of five people to receive the Horace Mann Teaching Award by the NEA Foundation and one of twenty-five to be selected nationwide as a Semi-Finalist for the GRAMMY Educator of the Year Award. Way to go Mr. G!
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Friday Lessons Come Wednesday

Due to school not taking place this Friday we would like all Friday lessons to come on Wednesday. We will fit you in with our Wednesday students this week!

Short 30 Minute Online Meeting - Please Come

General Band Booster Meeting - Thursday, Nov. 4th, 6:30pm Everyone is invited! Short 30-minute online meeting. Agenda: Elections for Vice President and Vice Treasurer. Update on Fundraising Opportunities. Register for meeting on Booster Newsletter.


7th Band Assessment Information

The goal of assessment is to provide feedback to the student, teacher, caregivers and other stakeholders. Research has shown that students who practice self-reflection and self-analysis do better and accomplish more. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to practice self-reflection and self-analysis while receiving feedback from their teachers. This process will also provide you with a multifaceted report on student progress. These reports will be sent to you in the form of a PDF once per quarter and will give you more information than what you will see in their official grades.

Band Proficiency Statements

  1. Individual skills - Demonstrates appropriate skills & techniques in lessons.

  2. Ensemble skills - Demonstrates appropriate skills & techniques in large group settings.

  3. Imagination, Creativity, Composition, Improvisation & Innovation

  4. Literacy - Read, Write, Listen, Speak and Think

  5. Analysis & Evaluation - Respond to music through analysis and evaluation

  6. Connections - Demonstrate connections between art, culture, history, community & self.

  7. Building Myelin - Demonstrate goal-oriented practice, practice strategies, and self-evaluations.

It is my goal to change the paradigm of assessment in music education. I want to see your children more actively engaged in their own assessment. I believe that if we want students to become self-reliant; self-directed, self-assessing learners they must have the opportunity to practice self-reliance, self-assessment and self-direction. To this end, we have embarked on a new way to assess!

In the next few days, please watch for an email containing your child's 7th grade band assessment for Quarter 1. Students will still receive a grade via Infinite Campus, however, I hope that you find this reflection informative and useful. Thank you for taking the time to read it. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me.

Mr. Gleason

This Week In Band

Monday, Nov 1 ( A Day)

Tuesday, Nov 2 (B Day) - 7th Jazz Saxes & Rhythm Section Only 7 am

Wednesday, Nov 3 (A Day) - Friday Lessons Come Today

Thursday, Nov 4(B Day) - Full 7th Jazz 7 am, Band Booster Meeting Online 6:30 PM

Friday, Nov 5- No School

Upcoming Dates

Sat, Nov 13 - Sun Prairie Honors Band (all day) - PVMS

Tue, Nov. 30 - Winter Band Concert - (7 pm) - HS PAC

Mon, Dec 6 - 6th Grade Jazz/Pep Band Starts- (3-4 PM) - PMMS

Thur, Jan 6 - EPOCH Sound Pep Band Night - (3-8 PM) - PMMS/SPHS

Previous Information

Band Booster News

Hopefully you received a newsletter from the Band Boosters today. If not, here are some important items:

  • General Band Booster Meeting - Thursday, Nov. 4th, 6:30pm Everyone is invited! Short 30-minute online meeting. Agenda: Elections for Vice President and Vice Treasurer. Update on Fundraising Opportunities. Register for meeting on Booster Newsletter.

  • Bucky Books Sale is happening NOW until November 5th

  • FRUIT, CHEESE, SAUSAGE, & KRINGLE Sale - Starts Monday!!

    Twice a year the Sun Prairie Band Boosters offers fresh, delicious fruit for sale to the general public. New this year are Kringles! Students, parents and guardians earn a percentage of every sale for their band ledger.

  • Madison Marathon - November 14th

    Volunteer to cheer, encourage, and hand out waters & bananas to the Marathon Runners!

    Each volunteer earns credit into your Band Student's Ledger.


Thirteen PMMS Students Selected For Sun Prairie Middle School Honors Band!

Congratulations to the following thirteen students for being selected to the Sun Prairie Middle School Honors Band! These students will join other middle school students from Sun Prairie, Oregon, Waunakee, Appleton, Mt. Horeb, Middleton, and Fort Atkinson on Saturday, November 13th at Prairie View to rehearse with respected educator, Patty Schlafer. The students will present a concert that evening at 6:00 PM in the Prairie View Gym.

Selected Students:

Aaron Divney - Clarinet

Soren Eisner - Trumpet

Ava Flores - Oboe

Isabella Horan - Euphonium

Gabriella Horan - Flute

Kendyl Johnson - Tuba

Neely Jordan - Clarinet

Rebekah Lefeber - Clarinet

Elaina Nicodemus - Clarinet

Liam Scanlan - Trumpet

Macy Scherer - Percussion

Keegan Shields - Tuba

Faith Watson - Tenor Sax

How Can I Find More Information?

Here is a link to our Band Website ( this is a great place to look if you ever have questions. We try to keep it updated with everything you would need.

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