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Band, Orchestra, and Chorus Recruitment for current 4th and 5th grade students

Come join your music program!

We are ready to begin enrolling students in beginning music for the 2021-2022 school year!  Current 4th and 5th grade students will be eligible to choose from band, orchestra, or chorus as a class for next year.  We hope to see you in our music rooms! 

Enrollment Information

   1. Look through the information on this page, and decide if you'd like to participate in one of these programs.    
   2. Decide what instrument to play, or if you'd like to sing!  There are many resources on this page to help.  
   3. Complete the appropriate enrollment form below.  
   4. If your child is enrolled in band or orchestra, please make arrangements for an instrument by August 2.  


6th Grade Enrollment Form (for current 5th graders) - Due May 21 - Please complete as soon as possible!

5th Grade Enrollment Form (for current 4th graders) - Due June 1  

Presentations from May 5 Parent Meetings
   Current 4th grade Powerpoint (in English or en Espanol) or Video
   Current 5th grade Powerpoint (in English or en Espanol) or Video

Families can make an appointment to try instruments at either the Music Shoppe or Carl's Pro Band.  

Band and Orchestra students should make arrangements for an instrument by August 2.  


Other Recent Updates

Link to demonstration webinar for current 4th grade students

Link to demonstration webinar for current 5th grade students


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Band, Orchestra, or Chorus?

The band and orchestra have different instruments, which means that they have different sounds.  The chorus uses their voices to make music. Use the links below to start thinking about which sounds you prefer!  

5th Grade Orchestra audio links:  At the Grasshopper Ball, Orchestra March

5th Grade Band audio links:  William Tell Overture, Champion Fanfare, Panther Rising

Beginning Chorus audio link: Opening Tonight, The Song that Nature Sings, Born to Be Somebody


Which should I choose?

Link to 5th Grade Demonstration Webinar

Your choice of instrument is a personal decision.  Use the webinar above and/or videos below to start thinking about which instruments you might want to try in the fall!

Band Instrument Demonstration Videos










Orchestra Instrument Demonstration Videos





Choral Demonstration Videos

Choir Demonstration 1

Choir Demonstration 2



How do I go about getting an instrument?

Students will not need instruments until after they've completed the instrument selection process.  If you'd like to start exploring your options, though, the information for our local music stores is listed below.  

These local music stores provide instruments, supplies, and lessons (at a cost), if your child is interested in starting band or orchestra while we are remote learning.  

Required books:
     Band: Measures of Success book 1
     Orchestra: String Basics book 1

If you are unable to find a store that has a rental program that will work for your budget, please contact Ms. Kelly or Mr. Mackinder for assistance.  We will work with you to find an instrument and get your child playing music with us!

The Music Shoppe
1540 E. College Ave. #4, Normal IL 61761
Phone: 1-800-322-5019
Online Rental Flyer

Carl's Pro Band
1806 East Empire Street Service Rd, Bloomington IL 61704
Phone: 1-309-828-4676
Online Rental Flyer page 1
Online Rental Flyer page 2


Other Information

All Zoom and SignUp Genius links will be sent via Skyward email to parents/guardians of 4th and 5th grade students.  

Beginning music presentations on Zoom
Current 4th graders - April 26
Current 5th graders - April 19

Parent Meeting (Zoom) - May 5
Current 4th graders - 6 p.m.
Current 5th graders - 7 p.m.

Open House at BHS for instrument trials - May 17
(Please sign up on SignUp Genius so that we can ensure distancing and disinfection. Thanks!)

Junior High Bus Map (reference for current 4th grade students)


Contact Information

Email links for all music teachers:  

Pamela Kelly (5th grade band, BHS bands) 

Max Chernick (5th grade band, BHS bands)

Michele Carnahan (BJHS bands)

Sarah Brown (BJHS bands)

Caleb Mackinder (5th grade orchestra, BHS orchestras)

Jason Zimmerman (BJHS orchestras)

Julie Sandy (Chorus)