Band and Orchestra Recruitment for current 4th grade students
We'd like to welcome YOU to the District 87 Instrumental Music Program!
Due to COVID-19, we will be unable to visit the 4th grade students at their schools in order to complete instrument selection for 2020-2021. Feel free to start exploring the programs here, and we'll plan to visit all students at their schools in the fall to select their instruments and enroll!
Band or Orchestra?
The band and orchestra have different instruments, which means that they have different sounds. Use the links below to start thinking about which sounds you prefer!
Which instrument should I play?
Your choice of instrument is a personal decision. Use the videos below to start thinking about which instruments you might want to try in the fall!
Band Instrument Demonstration Videos
Orchestra Instrument Demonstration Videos
Tell me more about this program. . . .
The District 87 Instrumental Music program has a proud history, and we know you have questions about what is involved. Please use the following resources to help answer your questions, and then email us with any questions you may still have about our program.
How do I go about getting an instrument?
Students will not need instruments until after they've completed the selection process in the fall. If you'd like to start exploring your options, though, the information for our local music stores is listed below.
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!
Email links for all instrumental 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)