December 6, 2019 - Band Updates

Hello everyone,

1. Great Concerts! - Thanks to everyone who came and supported the bands at our winter concerts this week, and a huge congratulations to the students on their hard work.

2. WSMA DEADLINE TONIGHT - Tonight is the deadline to register for the WSMA state honor band/orchestra/jazz auditions in February.  Our school number is 10508.  Audition packets are available in the band room.

3. Fruit Sale Info -

Tomorrow is fruit delivery day!  A few key reminders:

  • Don't forget to sign up to volunteer!  We could still really use a half dozen more parents throughout the morning.

  • Students, we could really use another 15 or so people to sort fruit and assemble citrus medleys.  Sign up in the band hallway, or just come in around 7:30 or 8:00 (or anytime that morning)!

  • Everyone, be sure to pick up your fruit between 8:30 and 11:30.  If you sold more than $800, please wait until 10:00.  Bring a single check to 'MHS BOPA.'

  • Don't forget to distribute your fruit to customers as soon as possible!  Thanks again for selling fruit and for volunteering - your participation makes this great band program possible.


4. Jazz Cabaret -

Get ready for Jazz Cabaret 2019!  This popular annual event at the Marriott West features our four jazz bands.  More info and tickets are available here.  Sign up to volunteer here.  A few notes:

  • All guests need tickets to attend.  Order online only by January 3rd

  • Student performers need a ticket only if they would like to have dinner at the venue.

  • Although fundraisers are great, this event is intended to be an upscale dinner performance, not a fundraiser.  Ticketing only just covers meal/venue costs.

  • Financial assistance is available courtesy of BOPA.  Please reach out to


5. Pep Band - Starts next week!  Our first game is 12/12; sign up in the band room. 

Michael Ver Voort

Music Teacher & Director of Bands 
Middleton High School 
(608) 829-9680

December 2, 2019 - Band Updates

Hello band parents and students,

Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope everyone is enjoying the time off from school.  We have a very busy band week ahead of us, so read on for all the details:

1. Fruit Delivery Day Information 
Thanks to everyone who sold fruit for this year's annual fruit sale.  Delivery day is Saturday, 12/7.  Please see the fruit sale email for more info.  A few important notes:


- Parents, please  sign up here to help with delivery day. 
- Students, please sign up on the bulletin board outside the band room. 
- Pick up the fruit you sold between 8:30 and 11:30am on Saturday.  Have one check (to 'MHS BOPA') ready for the grand total of all your orders.

A huge thank you again to everyone who either sold or is volunteering next week.  It takes our entire band/orchestra community to run this great fundraiser and keep our programs running another year.

2.  Winter Concerts! 
Our culminating winter band concerts are next week!  See you Tuesday and Thursday for some great performances.  Both concerts start at 7:30 in the MHS Performing Arts Center.

Block 1 (Chamber Winds) -- Thursday, December 5th. Report 6:50.  Wear all black.

Block 3 (Wind Ensemble) -- Tuesday, December 3rd.  Report 6:50.  Wear all black. 
Block 6 (Concert Band) -- Tuesday, December 3rd. Report 6:50.  Wear all black. 
Block 7 (Cardinal Band) -- Thursday, December 5th.  Report 6:50.  Wear "dress nice."


3. Concert Refreshments

Please sign up to bring treats or drinks for our post-concert receptions: 
Tuesday Concert Refreshments 
Thursday Concert Refreshments

4. Senior Poster Photo Shoot 
Seniors, remember to report to the PAC during ASR this Tuesday for the senior poster photo shoot.  Dress is concert black.  Parents, more information about the Senior Legacy Posters will be available soon.


5. Pep Band 
Students, don't forget to sign up for pep band! Details here.  Our first pep band game is December 12th.

6.  Jazz Cabaret 
Get ready for Jazz Cabaret 2020! Held again at the Madison Marriott West, Friday, January 10, 2020, at 7 pm.  Tickets go on sale Monday, December 2, 2019 on the BOPA website.

7. Concert Listening Assignment 
Students, don't forget about your concert listening assignment.  Once per semester, each student in band needs to attend a high school, college, or professional classical or jazz performance that they are not performing in, then turn in a five-sentence concert review attached to the concert program.  There are  many options, but here are a few easy ones coming up:

12/3 or 12/5: Whichever band concert you're not performing in (free) 
12/7: Edgewood College holiday concert ($10) 
12/12: MHS winter choir concert (free) 
12/13, 12/14, 12/15: Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts ($15 student tickets) 
Any performance at the UW-Madison school of music ( calendar)(free)

A few common questions: broadway musicals, rock/pop concerts, and middle school concerts don't count, but ballets, operas, and any other classical/jazz/world performances do.

Thanks for reading, everyone.  Have a great weekend!


Michael Ver Voort

Music Teacher & Director of Bands 
Middleton High School 
(608) 829-9680

November 11, 2019 - Band Updates

Hello band parents and students,


1. FRUIT ORDER FORMS DUE TODAY - Order forms for the fruit sale are due today, November 11th.  If you forgot, you can turn it in tonight at jazz band or tomorrow morning. Tally night is Wednesday, so if forms are not in by the end of school tomorrow, you may not have any fruit for your customers!


Online orders will continue until this Thursday, November 14th, so you can still order last-minute fruit.  On behalf of the students, thanks for your participation in this fundraiser!


2. Volunteer for Fruit Sale - We could still use a few parent volunteers for this Wednesday (Tally Night), and many volunteers for Saturday, December 7th (Delivery Day).  Please sign up for a shift - it's a lot of fun and absolutely necessary to make this great fundraiser possible.  These online sign-ups are only for parents; students will sign up at school next week.


3. Winter Band Concerts - Our first major concerts are just around the corner!

Block 1 (Chamber Winds) -- Thursday, December 5th. Report 6:50.  Wear all black.

Block 3 (Wind Ensemble) -- Tuesday, December 3rd.  Report 6:50.  Wear all black.

Block 6 (Concert Band) -- Tuesday, December 3rd. Report 6:50.  Wear all black.

Block 7 (Cardinal Band) -- Thursday, December 5th.  Report 6:50.  Wear "dress nice."


4. Volunteer for Jazz Cabaret - Our first major jazz event is coming up in January.  Check out volunteer opportunities here.


5. Pep Band Season is here - It's time for pep band!  Details are pretty much the same as last year: each student in band needs to attend four games during the year, including at least one before the end of first semester.  Sign ups are in the band room and the available dates are listed below for your convenience.  The commitment for each game is from 6:30pm until about 9:00pm; students receive service learning hours and band award points for participation.  Can't make enough dates?  Make-ups happen during ASR (2 halves ASR = 1 game); see Mr. V and Mr. R for details.


Thursday 12/12

Thursday 12/19

Tuesday, 1/7

-- End of Semester 1 --

Friday, 1/24

Friday, 1/31

Thursday, 2/6

Friday, 2/7

Friday, 2/14

Tuesday, 2/18

Thursday, 2/20

Friday, 2/21



Michael Ver Voort

Music Teacher & Director of Bands

Middleton High School

(608) 829-9680

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