FROM Cardinal Heights Band                                                                                 September 2018


We would like to welcome all of the 8th and 9th grade families to the Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School band program and our “vision of students as accomplished learners and evolving musicians in pursuit of artistry.”  

Band Lessons:

Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy

The Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy has been created to provide convenient access to quality private instrument instruction for students in the Sun Prairie Band Program.  The program is designed to give students access to one-on-one instruction on their instrument with professional musicians/teachers that specialize on specific instruments right at Cardinal Height after school on Tuesdays. Students will focus on fundamental skills that are particular to his or her instrument.  Instructors provide individualized assignments and instruction specific to the student’s particular abilities.  The benefits of private instrument instruction include; accelerated study of instrument technique and repertoire, preparation of audition materials, or study of subjects of particular interested (e.g. solo literature or improvisation).  Private study is a powerful tool in supporting musical growth in students.  This program is organized by the Sun Prairie Band Boosters as a service to band students in Sun Prairie Schools.  

Learn more about the Sun Prairie Band Booster Lesson Academy at 

Sun Prairie Honors Band - just around the corner (audition recordings due October 17 - festival on November 17)

In 2004 the Sun Prairie Honor Band began and included students from each school in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. In 2014 the event expanded by inviting students from other area schools to audition by recording and adding a 9th  & 10th grade band to create the “Sun Prairie Honors Bands”.  The festival includes two bands, one consisting of 7th & 8th grade students and another consisting of 9th & 10th grade students.  The goal is to provide inspiring musical opportunities for our 7th, 8th,9th, & 10th grade band students.  Lunch, Dinner, a festival T-shirt, and a commemorative DVD are included as part of the tuition.

Learn more about the Sun Prairie Honors Band at

Cardinal Heights Jazz!

Jazz season will be kicking off shortly with auditions for jazz bands at the Upper Middle School.  There is a place for everyone; the audition helps place students in an appropriate ensemble. Students interested in participating in jazz band will audition by performing “Blues by Five,” some sight-reading, and the option of soloing over a Bb blues.    For more information please visit

Auditions will take place September 24 - 27 and rehearsals will begin October 1st.  

Jazz I will rehearse Mondays and Thursdays 7:00-7:45am.  

Jazz II:  Saxophone, trumpet & trombones rehearse Tuesday and Friday 7:00-7:45 a.m.

              Rhythm section rehearses Wednesday and Friday 7:00-7:45 a.m.

September 2018 (continued)

Music Uniforms:

All Upper Middle School students should have been fitted for a concert uniform.  The school will provide black tuxedo pants, black vest, and black tie for gentlemen.  Gentlemen are responsible for providing their own white collared shirt (long sleeves), black socks (calf length), and black shoes.  The school will provide a floor length black dress for ladies.  Ladies are responsible for providing their own black dress shoes.  

Instructions on care and hemming music uniforms are available at our website:, under downloads.

Fundraising Opportunity for Band:

The Sun Prairie Band Boosters are an essential component of the Sun Prairie Band Program.  One of the ways they “boost” the program is through fundraisers that help support numerous programs, including bringing in guest artists and conductors.  One of the projects the Band Boosters has supported at Cardinal Heights is a conductor in residency program.  This program has brought nationally recognized conductors to Sun Prairie to work with Cardinal Heights students.   Students can also earn credit to their individual band ledger that can be used for field trips, summer camps, and Sound of Sun Prairie fees.  For more information please visit, and click on “Band Boosters” at the top.

Their current fund raiser is selling Bucky books – available from Mr. Melrose –

Wind Symphony & 9th Grade Band Lock-In, Oct. 19-20:

Both the Wind Symphony and 9th Grade Band will host a “lock-in rehearsal” on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.  Students report to the band room at 4pm on 10/19 and can be picked up Saturday 10/21 at 8am.  Students will participate in teambuilding, rehearsals, sectionals, guest clinicians, and games throughout the evening and spend the evening at Cardinal Heights.  More information about the schedule and what to pack will be sent home with students.  

If you are interested in chaperoning (the few, the proud, the chaperons!) please contact Mr. Mesner –  

Upcoming Dates

Thank You!

Thank you very much to all of the parents who continue to make Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School a success.  Sun Prairie has a long and outstanding tradition of fine bands and great learning opportunities through band.  We are thrilled to continue this tradition at the Upper Middle School and would like to express our gratitude to all of the families that make Sun Prairie a special place for bands and students.  Your help and support make a difference for young people in our program.  Thank you and we hope you are looking forward to a great year of band at the Upper Middle School.    


Joe Mesner, Ian Melrose