Music Programs - School Year

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These are opportunities to participate in music programs outside of school during the school year.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Bugles Across America
    • Trumpet players only. Volunteers are needed to perform "Taps" at military funerals. There is an increasing shortage of players to the point where sometimes a recording or other electronic version needs to be played. Volunteer to help military families! Audition on taps required (use 1st and 3rd valve).
  • DeForest Area Music Boosters Craft Fair (Holiday Music)
    • Let's ring in the holiday season with some holiday music! The first Saturday of December, we always seek middle and high school students to play or sing holiday music for the Music Boosters craft fair. Piano players are also welcome!
    • Sign up here to participate

Extra Performance Opportunities

  • Day of Percussion (Various Hosting Locations)
    • Day of Percussion features clinics and concerts for percussionists of all levels, from beginning to advanced. The event is hosted yearly in Wisconsin at various locations.
    • Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Fall Horn Festival (UW-Whitewater)
    • A FANTASTIC opportunity for French Horn players to come and play together. I have had students in past schools ranging from middle to high school that have had a blast!
    • Saturday, November 11, 2017.
  • Fall Youth Concerto Competition (Madison Symphony Orchestra)
    • This is an opportunity for musicians to perform a solo with the Madison Symphony Orchestra! Recommended for advanced musicians on any instrument.
  • Flute Festival of Wisconsin (UW-Stevens Point)
    • Open to flutists of all levels. Activities include performances, workshops, masterclasses, vendor exhibits, flute choir reading sessions, collegiate and young artists competition, and a guest artist!
    • 2018 Date TBA. Since it is usually held the first Saturday of March, students can participate in this festival INSTEAD of Solo/Ensemble and receive credit.
  • Madison Flute Club / Flute Choirs
    • This is a wonderful opportunity for middle and high school flutists to gain valuable small ensemble experience and work on fun original works for flute choirs. Middle school participants should have a minimum of one year of experience. They will work on pieces for all C flutes. High school students have the opportunity to perform on bass, alto, and piccolo flutes.
    • Performance Preparation Workshop (January) - Offered to students preparing Solo and Ensemble music. 30 minute slots are available to receive feedback on their performance.
  • Madison Music Foundry
    • Provides lessons and opportunities for instrumentalists and vocalists to explore music in different ways, mostly through popular styles. In addition to lessons, they provide workshops on everything ranging from songwriting, electronic music, recording/mixing, and rock bands.
  • Madison Youth Choirs
  • MadReeds
    • Madison-based organization dedicated to promoting double and single reed instruments in our community and schools. They feature a community double-reed (bassoon/oboe) ensemble and clarinet choir.
  • Tuba Christmas (Tubas and Euphoniums)
    • Individuals of all ages that play tuba or euphonium/baritone are welcome to attend the most convenient Tuba Christmas event of their choice! Madison generally hosts one every year, but there are other locations throughout the state too.
  • UW-Eau Claire Festivals
  • UW-Milwaukee Festivals
  • UW-Oshkosh Festivals
    • French Horn Workshop
      • French Horn players of all ages and abilities are invited to attend a one-day French Horn workshop featuring guest artists! It includes small and large horn ensembles, master classes, a concert, and break-out sessions for middle school help.
      • 2018 Date TBA
  • UW-Whitewater Festivals
    • Trombone Day
      • Meet with other trombone players of all ages in an all-day event that features guest artists, performing opportunities, and a trombone exhibit area!
      • Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO)
    • WYSO is private, non-profit organization designed to meet the symphonic educational needs of young musicians living in southern Wisconsin. The organization, in existence since 1966, consists of 4 orchestras and is comprised of public school aged children. Internationally recognized for their excellence, the top orchestra has toured around the world - Scotland, Japan, France and Spain, to name a few of their stops. The orchestras rehearse on Saturday mornings at the UW School of Music during the school year and are headed by James Smith, an outstanding faculty member at UW. This is truly an exceptional organization and serious musicians should definitely consider this experience!
    • Contact Mr. Skaleski, call WYSO directly at 263-3320 or use the web site above for more information.
  • Winds of Wisconsin (High School Grades Only)
    • Winds of Wisconsin is composed of a select group of Wisconsin high school wind and percussion instrumentalists who perform traditional and contemporary wind band literature.
    • Auditions are typically in September. Application materials also due at that time.
    • Mr. Skaleski will need to write you a recommendation letter if you apply for 9th grade.

Marching Programs


  • Drum & Bugle Corps
    • These groups consist of brass and percussion instruments, and color guard. The brass instruments (bugles) are a little different than standard band instruments in their construction, although no prior experience on these instruments is required for membership. Drum corps is a blend of music and athletics-Broadway on a football field. The final product is breathtaking, both musically and visually. Below are listed area Drum & Bugle Corps.
      • Blue Stars (La Crosse, WI)
      • Madison Scouts (Madison, WI)
        • This is an all-male corps (world class), open to individuals 16-21 years of age. The Madison Scouts, founded in 1938, have earned a reputation for excellence. The Scouts have won the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship twice and consistently finish in the top ten in the championship finals. Access their web site for more information.
      • Kilties (Racine, WI)
        • Founded in 1934, the Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps has been evolving for over (almost) 80 years. They are a co-ed corps open to ALL ages with an emphasis on education and mentorship. The Kilties participate in rehearsals and performances on a weekend-only schedule which allows members to attend school, work and spend time with family. Members range in age from high school through adult. The Kilties core values are character, honor, excellence and tradition. Visit their website for more information.
      • Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL)
        • Based out of Rockford, IL, was founded in 1956. The Phantom Regiment has won the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship twice, the most recent first place finish in 2008. Visit their website for more information.
      • Pioneer Corps (Milwaukee, WI)
      • Racine Scouts (Racine, WI)
      • Shadow (Oregon, WI)
      • Sound of Sun Prairie (Sun Prairie, WI)
      • Southwind
        • Founded in 1981, this is a co-ed corps for individuals 16-21 years of age. The corps tours extensively in the summer, much like the Madison Scouts. Access their web site for more information. They are committed to returning to performing in 2014 after a hiatus lasting a few years.

There are many other drum and bugle corps throughout the United States that you can join! Some are highly competitive and expensive (world-class DCI) while others are much more affordable (open class or junior corps DCI).

Other Area Music Opportunities

  • Madison Symphony Orchestra
    • We are very fortunate to have a nationally recognized orchestra right here in Madison, performing in one of the best concert halls in the nation. Check out a concert! They usually have a weekend concert series every month during the school year.
  • UW-Madison School of Music - Click for a calendar of events
    • The UW has lots of free concerts which are open to the public. These performances include university concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, choral groups, student and faculty recitals, and much, much more!
    • Click to see the schedule at Mills Concert Hall. Address: 455 N. Park St. in Madison.
    • Parking is available nearby in the State Street Campus Garage (415 N Lake St, Madison, WI 53715)
    • With such an excellent university so close by, it would be a shame not to take advantage of some of its offerings. You can get on the mailing list for UW School of Music events by calling 263-1900. DO IT! Make a fun, inexpensive family outing downtown.
    • You can also access UW School of Music, UW Summer Music Clinic and Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra information on the web: http://www.music.wisc.edu
  • UW-Whitewater School of Music
  • UW Varsity Band Concert at the Kohl Center
    • 2018 Dates: April 19-21