Mokena Meteor Music

August 17 - 23, 2018

What is happening in the music department?

School starts this week! That means that the first band rehearsals are quickly approaching.

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.

It's going to be a great year!

Important Information

Required Books for Band Students

All band students need to have the following books for band rehearsals and Sectionals. These books will be charged through your child's Charms account. Please watch your account for these charges. All students MUST have these books.

4 th/5th Grade - Essential Elements Book 1 (should already have purchased from Quinlan and Fabish or still have from last year) and The Simple Rhythmatician ($6.95) - TOTAL $6.95 (as long as you have your Essential Elements Book 1)

6 th Grade- Essential Elements Book 2 ($9.99), Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician ($9.95) and The Simple Rhythmatician ($6.95) - TOTAL $26.89

7 th/8th Grade- Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician ($9.95) and The Simple Rhythmatician ($6.95) - TOTAL $16.90

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).

Change in Sectional Days for MIS Students

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to change the Sectional days for students at MIS. 5th Grade Cadet Band students will now have Sectionals on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and 4th Grade Beginning Band students will now have Sectionals on Thursday or Fridays.

The Sectional schedule is being finalized and will be distributed soon!

Marching Meteors Field Show Band Registration

We still need a few more students to join if we hope to run this extra curricular activity this year. If your child is a student at MJHS, please consider joining the Marching Meteors Field Show Marching Band. Currently, we only have 19 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

Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble will be offered this year!

Please listen to announcements to learn when and how to sign up for these extra-curricular ensembles.

Jazz will start the end of October and run through the middle of March.

Percussion will start in January and run through May.

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!

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.
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August and September, 2018

8/24/18 - 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

8/28/18 - First Day of 5th Grade Sectionals

8/29/18 - First Day of 7th 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

9/18/18 - Music Booster Meeting (7pm at MJHS)

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