Welcome to District 87 Fifth Grade Music!

  • FIFTH GRADE BEGINNING MUSIC - BAND | ORCHESTRA | CHORUS

    This website is a resource for students about to enter fifth grade in District 87 Elementary Schools: Bent, Irving, Oakland, Sheridan, Stevenson and Washington.  Students can choose to participate in band, orchestra or chorus.  All of these programs meet before school each day at Bloomington Junior High School from 8:00 am - 8:45 am. 

    Program Start Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022

    If you missed the registration meeting, complete the following steps to sign up!

    Step 1 - Review the attached PRESENTATION for general program information

    Step 2 - Choose an instrument - All students completed a trial and received a recommendation letter

    *If another trial is needed, please visit one of the local music stores

    Step 3 - Complete and submit the GOOGLE FORM REGISTRATION

    Step 4 - Band/Orchestra only - Rent an instrument before Friday, August 5 

    *Keep scrolling down this page to find contact information of local music stores

    **ALL REGISTERED FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE A WELCOME EMAIL IN AUGUST WITH FINAL DETAILS PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL**


  • If you have any questions, please contact...

    Band and General Information:  

    Ms. Pamela Kelly - kellyp@district87.org

    Orchestra

     Mr. Caleb Mackinder - mackinderc@district87.org

    Chorus:  

    Mr. Montana Thomason - thomasonm@district87.org


  • How do I go about getting an instrument?

    Most students have completed the instrument selection process after visiting with a music teacher at their elementary school. A recommendation letter was sent home with students that completed instrument trials; however, if you would like to explore more options with your child, the information for our local music stores is listed below.  

    These local music stores provide our recommended instruments and supplies.

    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
    Website: www.themusicshoppe.com

    Band Rental Flyer:  Band2022

    Orchestra Rental Flyer: Orchestra2022

    Carl's Pro Band
    1806 East Empire Street Service Rd, Bloomington IL 61704
    Phone: 1-309-828-4676
    Website: www.carlsproband.com

    Carl's flyer: Carl's 2022

    PLEASE HAVE YOUR INSTRUMENT RENTED BY AUGUST 5 TO ENSURE DELIVERY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

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

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  • Ralla Klepak Foundation

    Illinois Wesleyan University has recently announced a new opportunity for music students in District 87. Free lessons and instruments are available based on financial need (free & reduced lunch students). Weekly lessons are provided by professionally trained music faculty, and additional performance opportunities are included. Follow this link for the application: CLICK HERE.  

    Read the press release about this partnership by clicking here.