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Cardinal Heights Band - March Updates
CHUMS March Concert – Wednesday March 7 @ Cardinal Heights
Also for this concert, we welcome a guest conductor - Mrs. 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.
8th Grade Bands to Participate in Kalahari Band Festival - Permission Slips Available!
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
Solo Night Reschedule Information
Update 2/7 - Due to School Cancellation on Thursday 2.7, we are going to go digital with our Solo Night performance.
DUE THURSDAY 2/14:
In order to receive credit for your solo assessment please:
1. Record your solo on Twisted Wave and save as mp3 file (use their default setting & save to your Google Drive, "File" - "Send to Google Drive")
2. Listen to your solo
3. Go to our Self-Assessment Google Form
4. Upload your file on Question #4 (If you have trouble with this part, you can email your band teacher)
5. Fill out this Google Form Self-Assessment
6. Hit "SUBMIT"
Good job! If you have any questions or trouble, email your band teacher and we'll problem-solve.
Cardinal Heights Band - December Updates
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
Email - email@example.com 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.***
Welcome to Cardinal Heights Band 2018 -2019!
Uniform Check-Out for 2018-2019 School Year:
All Upper Middle School students enrolled in performance music classes are 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.
We hope to get all students fitted with uniforms as soon as possible. Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following dates. If these don’t work with your schedule, please contact a band director and we’d be happy to find another time that works.
Uniform Fitting Times - Summer 2018:
Wednesday August 22rd. 12 - 6pm
Wednesday August 29th, 4 - 8pm (also Cardinal Heights Open House)
Tuesday September 4th, Before or After School
Wednesday September 5th, Before or After School
Parents and/or Students - Interested in Helping Out with Fittings?
Please email director, Ian Melrose, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sun Prairie Honors Band - Fall 2018
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 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 grade students. The goal is to provide inspiring musical opportunities for our 7th, 8th, and 9th 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.
About Cardinal Heights Bands:
Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School houses grades eight and nine, with more than 200 students enrolled in band classes. The Cardinal Heights music program includes four concert bands, two orchestras, three choirs, and a digital music class. Concert bands at Cardinal Heights include two eighth grade bands, a ninth grade band, and an auditioned Wind Symphony comprised of both eighth and ninth grade students. Concert bands rehearse daily and students receive weekly small group instruction as part of the band curriculum. Co-curricular ensembles available to Cardinal Heights band students include two jazz ensembles, a jazz combo, the "Epoch Sound" pep band, and a voluntary marching band, the "Sound of Sun Prairie."
The mission statement "a vision of students as accomplished learners and evolving musicians in pursuit of artistry" guides the Cardinal Heights band program. With support from the Sun Prairie Education Foundation and Sun Prairie Band Booster organizations Cardinal Heights bands have created a series of visiting clinicians, conductors, composers, and artists to collaborate with students. These collaborators have played an important role in supporting the growth of students. These visitors and musical mentors have introduced students to new approaches, perspectives, and philosophies about music, creativity, and self-expression. Past collaborators include composers Rick Kirby, Joel Blahnik, John Stevens, John Nelson, Jonathan Newman, and Kim Archer; conductors Scott Teeple, Peter Haberman, Carolyn Barber, and Matt Temple; clinicians Philip Ostrander, Matt Buchman, and Ronald Carter. Cardinal Heights students have participated in the commissioning of new works for band including Aurum Memoria, In Memory of Jay Haraldson John Nelson, 3 O'Clock Mix by Jonathan Newman (consortium), and Beacon, In Memory of Jim Croft by Kim Archer (La Crosse Central consortium).