"I would not be where I am today without the constant push from the Sun Prairie music programs. I learned so many invaluable lessons about musicianship from my instructors, my peers, and my experiences. But, one point I feel I should highlight is that the motivation to always be doing more was key in my growth as a student. From Solo & Ensemble to Chicago Bass Festival, from NIU Jazz Camp to Essentially Ellington, and from jazz combo to Grape Salsa, my involvement in music apart from school has been just as important as, if not more than, my involvement in school ensembles. But if it were not for my educators and my fellow students motivating me to practice, to be on-time, and to take these opportunities, I would be an entirely different person with not half the achievement. And for this I give my sincerest gratitude to the music teachers at Sun Prairie, and to all my friends still there or doing excellent things elsewhere. Thank you!"
~ Sam Olson
"As I begin my career in New York City I am endlessly thankful for the guidance and training I have received. An incredibly important part of my education was my experience with the Sun Prairie Band program. Through concert band and The Sound of Sun Prairie I learned musicality, leadership, discipline and the importance of working as a team. I utilize these skills everyday and value them as tools that make me the performer and person that I am. I am overwhelmingly thankful and excited to be starting my career with Peter Pan Live! and I can't wait to share this wonderful experience with all of you!"
~ Michael Hartung, former SOSP drum major
Thanks to the community's Steinway Project Fundraising Campaign, the Sun Prairie High School's Performing Arts Center is the proud home to a brand new Steinway Concert Grand Model D Piano. This 9-foot piano was hand-selected by our musical faculty and has earned the praises of world renowned artists, as well as everyone that has had a chance to play it. When it is not being used, it is stored in its own climate controlled garage.
A $20,000.00 maintenance endowment was included in the fund raising to help keep the piano in excellent repair for its lifetime. The funds are managed by the Bernie Powers Band Foundation.
The Foundation has granted nearly $18,000 in requests from the music program. Including:
- Band Truck Campaign
- Instruments for student use
- CD/DVD duplicator
- Supplies for CD/DVD duplicator
- Portable recorders for rehearsals
- Laptop for presentations, SOSP, Duplicator, Smartmusic, Recruitment
- Steinway D Grand Piano