Mokena Meteor Music

August 10 - 16, 2018

What is happening in the music department?

Two weeks until the first day of Concert and Symphonic Bands! 17 days until the first day of Cadet Band! 25 days until the first day of Beginning Band!

The directors are working very hard to get things ready for our students. With all the changes to our program, please bear with us as we implement the changes. We will make every effort to get information to families as quickly as possible.

This week, we are working on the new curriculum for band students that includes Sectionals. The Sectional schedules are being finalized and we are excited to get more individualized time with your children.

If your child is going to MJHS this year, stop by and say hello at the Music Booster table on Locker Set Up day!

It's going to be a great year!

Important Information

When do rehearsals begin?

This bears repeating. These are the start days for band and information about the start date for choir.


Friday, August 24 First Day of Concert and Symphonic Band (7:00 – 7:30)

Monday, August 27 First Day of Cadet Band (7:50 – 8:20)

Tuesday, September 4 First Day of Beginning Band (7:50 – 8:20)

Remember students should be dropped off NO EARLIER than 6:40 at the Junior High and 7:35 at MIS. The exterior doors of the buildings will be locked until those times.


An informational meeting for new members will happen in the first few days of school. Rehearsals will start after Labor Day (please listen to announcements for information).

Marching Meteors Field Show Band Registration

If your child is a student at MJHS, please consider joining the Marching Meteors Field Show Marching Band. Currently, we only have 11 students signed up! We cannot field a show with that few people.

The Marching Meteors Field Show Band rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:00 culminating with a performance on October 13 at the Lincoln-Way Invitational Marching Band Championship at Lincoln-Way West High School.

We are in need of winds, percussion and guard members. If you know anyone not involved in the music program who may be interested in guard (spinning flags), please forward them the information.

Register here:

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean at

How to Log Into Charms for the First Time!

Below is a short video walking you through how to sign into your child's Charms account for the first time.

Please be kind. This is my first video ;)

What is an IBA Account?

You may hear the term IBA account and wonder "what is that?" An IBA account is an Individual Bank Account. Every student registered in Charms automatically has an account. Funds raised through IBA Fundraisers will be credited to your child's account and can be used to purchase any music related items such as booster fees, reeds, valve oil, and even music department trips, just to name a few!

Our first IBA fundraiser of the year is the Dollars for Dogs event on August 18.

IBA Fundraisers usually occur once per quarter. Keep watching for more information.

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Help Support the Music Boosters by Shopping Online!

Any time you are shopping via Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile for your purchases. You can select the Mokena Music Boosters to receive a donation on your behalf just by making your regular Amazon purchase through them. It doesn't cost you anything and helps the Music Boosters fund our programs. This is available year round. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean.

Support the LWMB and Clear your Clutter at the Same Time!

Please see below for information on how you can help support the Lincoln-Way Marching Band raise funds for their trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade in January. Items may also be dropped off at our Dollars for Dogs Fundraiser on the 18th and we will make sure the items make it over to LW North for you!

“FUNDrive” Fundraiser – LWMB is hosting a FUNDrive on Saturday, August 18 from 8 am – 4 pm. There will be a truck at the LW North stadium parking lot during the practice. By donating gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories, book, linens, and small household items (no furniture), you can help raise funds for LWMB band for the Rose Parade! We get paid for every pound of goods donated! Savers will be buying whatever is collected, and the proceeds will go to the general fund. Soft goods and books are bought at $0.20 a pound, and small house ware items are bought at $0.10 a pound. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Eisel 708-691-5088

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IBA Fundraiser - Dollars for Dogs!

The first IBA (Individual Bank Account) Fundraiser of the 2018-2019 school year will take place on Saturday, August 18th. All profits will be split evenly between 20 student volunteers and placed in their Charms account (more information on what money can be used for will be in a future newsletter). Shifts will be from 10:45 am -12:30 pm and 12:15 pm -2:00 pm. Students may sign up for one shift only. We are also looking for two adult grillers per shift.

Please visit the Charms website at the link below to sign up.


The fundraiser will be held at Whitmore Ace Hardware at 11600 Francis Road in Mokena.

The spots filled up quickly last year so we are including a waiting list in case there are cancellations. Please be sure to contact Mrs. Dion at ASAP if your child cannot attend so we can make the spot available to someone on the waiting list.

Please note that we will be having other IBA fundraisers this year in case your child cannot attend this one.

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August and September, 2018

8/6/18 - Music Booster Meeting 6:00 at MJHS

8/18/18 - Dollars for Dogs event at Whitmore Ace Hardware

8/23/18 - First Day of Concert and Symphonic Band

8/25/18 LWMB Marching Band Step-Up Night (Concert Band/Symphonic Band/Guard Only)

8/27/18 - First Day of Cadet Band

8/27/18 - First Day of 8th Grade Sectionals

8/29/18 - First Day of 7th Grade Sectionals

8/30/18 - First Day of 5th Grade Sectionals

8/30/18 - Aurelio's Dine and Earn! All Day Dine-In/Carry Out/Delivery - FRANKFORT LOCATION

8/31/18 - First Day of 6th Grade Sectionals

9/2/18 Frankfort Fall Festival Parade (Concert Band/Symphonic Band/Guard Only)

9/4/18 - First Day of Beginning Band

9/5/18 - First Day of 4th Grade Sectionals

9/29/28 ILMEA Auditions (6/7/8 Band or Choir Students - Optional)