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CARDINAL HEIGHTS BAND NEWS:
Welcome to Cardinal Heights Band 2017-2018!
Solo & Ensemble Season is coming! – Saturday February 10, 2018 @ Prairie View
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:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org OR sign up on-line at https://goo.gl/Hs2AWk
***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.***
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.
Sun Prairie Middle School Jazz Festival - Friday, February 16 @ 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, March 1 - 2:
Thursday, March 1st the Wind Symphony and 9th grade band will depart for clinics at New Trier High School. 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 8th at 7:00!
Uniform Check-Out for 2017-2018 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 2017:
Wednesday August 23rd. 12 - 6pm
Wednesday August 30th, 4 - 8pm (also Cardinal Heights Open House)
Tuesday September 5th, Before or After School
Wednesday September 6th, Before or After School
Parents and/or Students - Interested in Helping Out with Fittings?
Please email director, Ian Melrose, email@example.com
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 2017
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).