FROM Cardinal Heights Band                                                                                            February 2019

Congratulations to the Cardinal Heights music students who participated February 9th’s Solo & Ensemble Festival held at Patrick Marsh Middle School.  Also, thanks very much to all the parents who were able to donate their time and talents in making it a very smooth and enjoyable experience for all.  Special congratulations to the following band students who advanced to the State Level in late April.

*For students that advanced - State Solo & Ensemble Registration has been handed out & emailed and will be due Monday March 4th.  See Mr. Melrose with any questions. 

Cole Ledrowski - Alto Saxophone

Lauretta Loesch - Tuba

Hannah Zander - Clarinet

Flute Trio: Nina Suzuki, Addyson Boott, & Ainsley Wall

Congratulations to the following students who particpated in the UW Eau Claire Middle School Honor Band on Friday February 1st.  Students worked hard to prepare music on their own and join hundreds of students from Wisconsin & Minnesota to create a concert in 6 hours of rehearsal.  Bravo!

Marie Outlay - Oboe, Ethan Flood - Baritone Sax, Ashley Rah - Horn, Aidin Tucker & Emiliy Petree - Clarinet, & Maya Sieker - Bassoon

Wind Symphony & 9th Grade Band Tour, February 28 - March 1:

Thursday, February 1st, the Wind Symphony and 9th grade band will depart for clinics at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.  Permission slips and itineraries will be coming home with students soon.  Cost is expected to be around $85 – fundraising opportunities still exist.  Visit spbb.org for more information. Remember to join us for our concert March 7th  at 7:00!

8th Grade Band - Kalahari Band Festival, Thursday May 23rd

8th Grades students will spend a morning working with great clinicians and hearing other 8th Grade Bands from Wisconsin.  Afterwards students will enjoy some well-earned fun time at the Kalahari Water Park and/or Theme Park

2019 Conductor in Residence - Cheryl Floyd

Cheryl Floyd recently retired from over thirty years of teaching and twenty-three years as Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas. The Hill Country Middle School Band has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998 and 2006, and Music for All’s National Concert Band Festival in 2012.  Mrs. Floyd enjoys an active schedule as an adjudicator, clinician, author, and guest conductor throughout the United States, notably serving as one of the first women guest conductors of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. In 2003, the American Bandmasters’ Association elected her to membership, making her only the fifth female and the first middle school band director to be so honored. She has maintained a keen interest in commissioning new works for concert band and has collaborated with internationally recognized composers in eleven such projects.   Read more here.

Upcoming Dates:

January 2019

Solo & Ensemble Season is coming! – Saturday February 9, 2019 @ Patrick Marsh

Students have all selected a solo or duet for this important project.  This is a long-term project to help foster individual musicianship and growth.  Students have selected one of the following 2 options for their performance grade:

  1. Saturday 2/9/19 – at the official WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival, Patrick Marsh
  1. Registration & Fees have already been collected
  1. Thursday 2/7/19 – Solo Night @ CHUMS, 3 – 6pm
  1. No fees involved & registration will take place the week before the event
  2. This is designed for students who are not able to attend on Saturday or would prefer a different option

Help Needed!

Email -  razarzy@sunprairieschools.org   OR  sign up on-line at https://goo.gl/y6NaL5

***Please consider helping out to make this event a success on Saturday February 9, 2019.  It takes a couple hundred volunteers to put on this festival between donating food, being a door monitor, helping in the cafeteria, and helping set up and teardown.***

Course Scheduling for next school year:

Students will soon be registering for classes next year (whether in 10th Grade @ SPHS or 9th Grade here at CHUMS). If you have any questions about how to fit music into your schedule, feel free to contact one of the directors and we'll help you navigate the scheduling options.

Wind Symphony performs Wisconsin Summit - Friday February 1, 2019

The Wisconsin Summit is a workshop for middle and high school band teachers. Scott Teeple, professor of conducting at UW-Madison, leads participants and guest clinicians through sessions to improve conducting and music teaching.

The Cardinal Heights Wind Symphony has been invited to participate in this year’s Wisconsin Summit as a demonstration ensemble. Our job will be to visit UW-Madison to work with clinicians in rehearsals and music making as a live “music lab.” We will be exploring music making with the clinicians and attendees of the Wisconsin Summit.

Sun Prairie Middle School Jazz Festival - Friday, February 15 @ Cardinal Heights:

All Middle School jazz students (Prairie View, Patrick Marsh and Cardinal Heights) will have a great opportunity to work with clinicians to work on swing feel, style, listening, and improvisation.  Students will have clinics during the school day at Cardinal Heights. After school work with our clinicians on improvisation and rhythm section. The day concludes with a free concert featuring all 5 bands and our clinicians!

Wind Symphony & 9th Grade Band Tour, February 28 - March 1:

Thursday, February 1st, the Wind Symphony and 9th grade band will depart for clinics at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.  Permission slips and itineraries will be coming home with students soon.  Cost is expected to be around $85 – fundraising opportunities still exist.  Visit spbb.org for more information. Remember to join us for our concert March 7th  at 7:00!

Upcoming Dates:

Thank you!

Joe Mesner 318-8137, jrmesne@sunprairieschools.org 

Ian Melrose 318-8134, ipmelro@sunprairieschools.org

FROM Cardinal Heights Band                                      December 2018

CHUMS December Concert – Monday Dec. 17th  @ High School PAC!

The High School and Cardinal Heights will share the PAC stage for the Winter Concert.  

*Students will be responsible for transportation of their instrument to and from this concert.  Please plan ahead and let us know if you are in need of assistance.  

Solo & Ensemble Season is coming! – Saturday February 9, 2019 @ Patrick Marsh

Students have all selected a solo this important project that helps foster individual musicianship and growth.  Students have 2 options for their performance grade:

Option #1, Saturday 2/10/18 – at the official WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival, Prairie View

Option #2,  Thursday 2/8/18 – Solo Night @ CHUMS, 3 – 6pm

Help Needed!

Email -  razarzy@sunprairieschools.org   OR  sign up on-line at https://goo.gl/y6NaL5

***Please consider helping out to make this event a success on Saturday February 10, 2018.  It takes a couple hundred volunteers to put on this festival between donating food, being a door monitor, helping in the cafeteria, and helping set up and teardown.***

Wind Symphony performs Wisconsin Summit - Friday February 1, 2019

The Wisconsin Summit is a workshop for middle and high school band teachers. Scott Teeple, professor of conducting at UW-Madison, leads participants and guest clinicians through sessions to improve conducting and music teaching.

The Cardinal Heights Wind Symphony has been invited to participate in this year’s Wisconsin Summit as a demonstration ensemble. Our job will be to visit UW-Madison to work with clinicians in rehearsals and music making as a live “music lab.” We will be exploring music making with the clinicians and attendees of the Wisconsin Summit.

Cardinal Heights Jazz Dates:

Upcoming Dates:

FROM Cardinal Heights Band                                                                                 November 2018

CHUMS December Concert – Monday Dec. 17th  @ High School PAC!

The High School and Cardinal Heights will share the PAC stage for the Winter Concert.  

*Students will be responsible for transportation of their instrument to and from this concert.  Please plan ahead and let us know if you are in need of assistance.  

Solo & Ensemble Season is coming! – Saturday February 19, 2019 @ Patrick Marsh

Students have all selected a solo or duet for this important project.  This is a long-term project to help foster individual musicianship and growth.  

Students have 2 options for their performance grade:

  1. Saturday 2/9/19 – at the official WSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival, Patrick Marsh
  1. Fees are involved to cover registration and optional medals
  1. Thursday 2/7/19 – Solo Night @ CHUMS, 3 – 6pm
  1. There are no fees involved for Solo Night
  2. This is designed for students who are not able to attend on Saturday or would prefer a different option

Cardinal Heights Jazz Dates:

Upcoming Dates:

FROM Cardinal Heights Band                                                                                 October  2018

Welcome!

It’s been great to work and learn together this past month with students.  Speaking of working together - please remember the importance of band lessons.

Band Lessons:

  • Students have a band lesson every week during their resource.  They are either assigned to their first study hall or second study hall of the week.
  • Lessons are where much of the assessment occurs and instrument curriculum is taught.  If you have any questions about what your band student should be practicing please take a look at their quarter lesson planner and band notebook.  You can find copies of these at our web site http://www.spbb.org/cardinal-heights-bands.html 
  • In addition to their weekly lessons, students will usually have 2 -3 smaller assignments on program called Smart Music.  Smart Music is accessible on students’ chromebooks.

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 http://www.spbb.org/sun-prairie-honors-band.html

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 http://www.spbb.org/spbb-lesson-academy.html 

Cardinal Heights Jazz!

Jazz has begun - thanks to everyone who auditioned!

https://www.spbb.org/chums-jazz-bands.html

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.

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:  spbb.org/cardinal-heights-bands, 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, spbb.org and click on “Band Boosters” at the top.

Their current fund raiser is selling Bucky books – available from Mr. Melrose – ipmelro@sunprairieschools.org

Another fund raiser is Concessions @ UW Football & Hockey - Contact Andy Ruplinger, ConcessionsChairs@spbb.org

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 – jrmesne@sunprairieschools.org.  

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.    

Enthusiastically,

Joe Mesner, Ian Melrose

FROM Cardinal Heights Band                                                                                 September 2018

Welcome!

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 http://www.spbb.org/spbb-lesson-academy.html 

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 http://www.spbb.org/sun-prairie-honors-band.html

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 http://www.spbb.org/chums-jazz-audition-page-2018.html

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:  spbb.org/cardinal-heights-bands, 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, spbb.org and click on “Band Boosters” at the top.

Their current fund raiser is selling Bucky books – available from Mr. Melrose – ipmelro@sunprairieschools.org

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 – jrmesne@sunprairieschools.org.  

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.    

Enthusiastically,

Joe Mesner, Ian Melrose