Mokena Meteor Music

January 17 - 23, 2020

Important Information from the Music Department!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

There is a lot of information for our 8th grade band students below. Please read the Newsletter in its entirety.

WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF SOMEONE TO SHADOW OUR TREASURER! If we cannot find someone soon, the Boosters will be unable to operate next year. Please consider donating some time to this very worthy organization. We cannot do what we do without your support!

Activity photos will be taken on Tuesday. See below for more information.

8th Grade Pep Band Step Up Night is February 7. Please see below for more information.

There is an information meeting for 8th grade parents and students planning to continue in ANY music program at LWC on February 11 at LWC. Please see below for more information.

All 8th Grade Band students who are planning to continue in Band or Marching Band should complete an audition. Please see below for more information.

Our Third IFA Fundraiser information in below.

Choir Step Up is Tuesday, January 21. Information can be found below! PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR T-SHIRT SIZE IN THE LINK BELOW!

Our next Music Booster meeting is Tuesday, January 28 in the Learning Center at MJHS. Please come out and see what the Music Boosters are all about!

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The registration portal is open for the 2021 Disney Trip. If your child will be in 7th or 8th Grade Band NEXT YEAR and would like to attend, please go to for more information.

Registration for the student and fan package is due by January 31.

Choir Step Up Event - January 21!

Tuesday, January 21st is the Lincoln-Way Central Choir Step-Up Night for all MJH choir students!

Here's the schedule:

5:30: Arrive at LWC in uniform - Auditorium Entrance at the Southwest corner of the building. Parents can drop off and then come back later for the concert.
5:30-6:00: Pizza dinner (provided by LWC) - students are permitted to bring their own water bottles.
6:00-6:40: Warmup/practice on stage, meet Mr. Bultman, and learn about Choir at LWC
7:00: Concert for Parents with performances by Mokena, Martino, and Lincoln-Way Central

LWC will be giving all of the choir students a t-shirt at this event.

Please select a t-shirt size for your choir student by filling out this form:

Junior High Activity Pictures

Activity pictures will be held on Tuesday, January 21 at MJH for the following music groups: Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Choir, Marching Meteors, and Jazz Band. Students do NOT need to wear their uniforms for the photos. Dress nicely. If you would like to purchase these photos, there are forms in the Main Office at MJHS. If you would like your student to get an individual photo with or without their instrument, they will need to bring a completed form.

This includes Color Guard for the Marching Meteors. Those students will need to arrive at the junior high by 7:15 on Tuesday to be included in the photo.

Photos for the musical will be taken later in the semester.

If you have any questions, please contact your director.

Third Quarter IFA Fundraiser!

It's time for another optional IFA fundraiser for the Music Department! The Music Boosters offer quarterly IFA (Individual Family Account) fundraisers for students wishing to add money to their account. These monies can be used for future music department purchases such as, registration fees, books, travel (ie DISNEY!).

Students can sell Lou Malnati's Frozen Pizza Certificates. Each coupon is good for one frozen deep dish (cheese, sausage, pepperoni, or spinach only pizza) to be picked up by the customer at any Lou Malnati's location, including Arizona, Indiana and Wisconsin. Certicates are $13 each with $5 going back to your student.

These IFA fundraisers are not mandatory but are a good way for students to build their funds. Choose to participate in all of them or pick and choose fundraisers that appeal to you.

Certificates should be available to pick up approximately two weeks after the end of the fundraiser. You will be notified of their availability.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Grant or Mrs. Zielinski at

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8th Grade Pep Band Step Up Night

Please see the above flyer from Mr. Mroczek at Lincoln-Way Central inviting our 8th grade band students to Pep Band Step Up Night on Friday, February 7!

This is fun evening that our students have participated in over the years. Come out and have a great time playing fun stand tunes and hanging out with your future band mates!

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mroczek at

Lincoln-Way Central Annual Music Information Meeting - 8th Graders ONLY

All 8th grade music students and their parents are invited to the Lincoln-Way Central Annual Music Information Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, at 7:30PM (after the Music Boosters meeting). The LWC music faculty and music boosters will cover a wide variety of topics, including how to register, class selection, extra curricular activities, and more!

On a wonderful side hour will be no charge next year! Woo!

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mroczek at or Mrs. Jackson at

LWC Band Audition Information - 8th Graders ONLY

Information and music for the 2020-2021 L-W Concert Band Auditions is now available.

Curricular Audition Process

  • The WW/Brass audition consists of five scales (marked on music), and 2 etude excerpts (marked on music).
  • The Percussion audition consists of a snare drum etude excerpt and a mallet etude excerpt.
  • Incoming freshman should prepare and record as much of the music as possible, but please tell them not to worry if they are not able to prepare all of it.

Audition Procedures

  • Auditions must be video recorded, uploaded to YouTube (one video), and a link submitted through the L-W Google Form (available February 10). The audition videos will be sent to a panel of outside judges for scoring.
  • Audition video submission will be accepted starting February 10th, and the window will close February 24th. Videos should be submitted following the instructions at the website listed below.
  • Auditions may be recorded at home or at school.
  • All students planning on joining band next year should audition. The audition will be used for concert band placement for next school year, as well as marching band part assignment and role assignment.

More information regarding how to complete an audition, as well as how to download the audition music/materials, can be found on our music website at the link below.

Website link:

Please contact Mr. Mroczek at with any questions.

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Do you miss volunteering at the grade school?

Do you want to be more involved but don’t know how to because maybe your student is getting older and there’s not as many volunteer opportunities.

Come to the Music Boosters!

It’s a great way to stay involved behind the scenes

If you have a student in band or choir you are already a member!

We are in need of volunteers for the following areas:


(2 year term beginning June 2020)



Dine & Earns (beginning June 2020)

Dipping Dots’

Afraid you don’t have the time to commit to a position? Grab a friend and do it as a team! If you are interested, please contact one of the Music Directors

Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at the MJHS Library

Private Music Lessons - Highly Encouraged

It is not required that Mokena music students take private lessons. It is true, however, that the vast majority of students who do not take private lessons tend to have improper playing habits, and never reach their full potential as musicians. SECTIONALS ARE NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR PRIVATE LESSONS. There are still many benefits of private instruction over full band rehearsal and small group sectionals. If you are interested in getting your child private lessons on their instrument, please visit the following link:

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean or Ms. Beekman


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Please note that students are responsible for their own schedules for Musical rehearsals. The schedule for rehearsals is posted in the band room hallway, and is updated every week in the Newsletter. Students should refer to their script to determine whether or not they are needed if they feel the information is unclear. I will always either list the song title or the scene we will be working on. This is their responsibility. Attendance is critical and ADVANCE notice should be given if a student will be missing. This INCLUDES other school activities.
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Musical Tech Crew Members

PLEASE NOTE SOME CANCELLATIONS AND AN ADDITIONAL SUNDAY. I completely understand if your child cannot make the Sunday builds. We need to add more time so we may add a few more Sunday builds into the schedule if we need it. Crew is never mandatory until Tech Week. And I completely understand needing family time. If your child is available on those dates, great. If not, I understand. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

More information on who is in which group can be found in the next section. Our January/early February schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 18 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Sebastians, Buddy-Chum-Pals

Thursday, January 23 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - CANCELLED DUE TO VOLLEY FOR A CURE

Saturday, January 25 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Sebastians, Buddy-Chum-Pals and Aquaholics

Thursday, January 30 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - CANCELLED DUE TO IMEC CONFERENCE

Saturday, February 1 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - TENTATIVE

Sunday, February 2 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - TENTATIVE

Thursday, February 6 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Buddy-Chum-Pals, Ratatouille


Saturday, February 8 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Tentative

Sunday, February 9 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Possible

Thursday, February 13 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, February 20 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, February 27 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 29 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, March 1 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Possible

Thursday, March 5 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 19 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 21 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, March 22 - LOAD IN!!!!

Students should bring a sack lunch and drink to Saturday Crew meetings.

Please make sure to wear clothing that you don't mind ruining (we will be painting) and students must always have on closed toe shoes - no flip flops or slides. Students should bring screw guns if they have them and should ALWAYS wear eye protection (goggles).

Tech Week Mandatory Schedule

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 23
Tuesday, March 24
Wednesday, March 25
Thursday, March 26

Students will be bused from MJH to LWC for these rehearsals. Students who have purchased dinners in advance will be fed. Students who did not pre-pay for dinners will need to provide their own dinners/drinks.


Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28

These performances will take place at LWC. Times to be determined

Sunday, March 29

Time to be determined


Mandatory set strike and storage of equipment
We will start at LWC and then move things to MJH.

This is MANDATORY for all Cast and Crew members.



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Help Support the Music Boosters by Shopping Online!

Did you know that you can support the Mokena Music Boosters with every Amazon purchase you make at no cost to you? Any time you are shopping via Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile for your purchases. Go to 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. The AmazonSmile fundraiser is available year round - not just at Christmas time. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean.


TonalEnergy Tuner is an all-inclusive, easy to use application designed for individual practice and/or large ensemble rehearsals that aides musicians to improve sound quality and intonation.

Tuning, volume, articulation, release, duration, and steadiness are the key elements of developing a beautiful tone quality. TonalEnergy Tuner is the first multi-purpose application that allows users of all ages to understand and improve every aspect of their sound.

This app is especially useful to young brass players who struggle to find the correct partial. Oftentimes they think they are playing the correct pitch, when in fact, they are not. This can be very frustrating. This app can help students learn where the correct partial is and to hear when they are not matching the correct pitch.

In addition to its tuner capabilities, it has a built in metronome to keep students rehearsing with a steady beat!

We highly recommend that all students in our band program invest in this application if they have access to a device. It is well worth the $3.99 it costs. This is much more inexpensive than a separate metronome and tuner device.

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What is an IFA Account? (Formerly known as IBA)

You may hear the term IFA account and wonder "what is that?" An IFA account is an Individual Fund Account. Every student registered in Charms automatically has an account. Funds raised through IFA 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! The current 6th and 7th Grade Band students are eligible to go on the 2021 Trip to Disney World! If your child is in 4th and 5th Grade, they will be eligible for the Disney trip in 2023. Start saving now!

IFA Fundraisers usually occur once per quarter and are not mandatory. We are currently running the Popcorn Fundraiser. 50% of the proceeds will go into your child's IFA account.

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Music Booster Meeting - January 28, 2020

Come out on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM to the monthly Music Booster Meeting. The meeting will take place at Mokena Junior High School. Music Booster meetings are open meetings that anyone can attend. Come see what our Boosters are all about and how you can help support your child's music education. I look forward to seeing you there!

We are in serious need of someone or more than one person to take over the Treasurer responsibilities next year. If we do not have someone to take on this role, we will be unable to operate the Music Boosters. Please consider giving some time to take on this very important and crucial role.

Did you know we have a Facebook page?

The Mokena Meteor Music Department has a Facebook page! It is a closed group, so please request to join! We post photos and information about what is happening in the Music Department. There is a link at the bottom of this Newsletter.
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1/14 - DISNEY Informational Meeting for current 6/7 grade band students

1/15 - Early Dismissal - NO SECTIONALS

1/20 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

1/21 - LWC Choir Step Up Night

1/25 - Solo/Ensemble Pre-Contest

1/28 - Music Booster Meeting 7:00 pm at MJH