Third and fourth grade band/orchestra parent information meeting

photos of band and orchestra students with text that invites parents to May 2 meeting

A letter to 3rd and 4th grade families about beginning band and orchestra:

Dear 3rd and 4th Grade Families,

April is an exciting month for our students as they consider selecting an instrument to play. We are thrilled to prepare to welcome you and your child into our instrumental music program for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Downers Grove District 58 has a strong commitment to music education in all of our schools. We are exceedingly proud of our students and the people they become through their involvement in studying music. Participation in beginning band or orchestra is the first step in learning a unique skill that will last a lifetime!

You are invited to an informational meeting on Thursday, May 2 in the Herrick Middle School cafeteria to learn about selecting an instrument, how to register for band or orchestra, and arranging to rent an instrument for your child. The program will last about an hour. Our beginning band meeting (for 4th grade parents) will begin at 6:30 p.m., and our beginning orchestra meeting (for 3rd grade parents) will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Later this month, we will be meeting with all 3rd and 4th grade students to demonstrate and talk about the different instruments offered in our program. Students will be encouraged to think about the instruments they like the most and why they like them. We encourage you to discuss instrument choices with your child and contact us if you have any questions. 

Beginning band or orchestra is the start of an incredible journey, and we cannot wait to meet and start our beginning instrumental music class for the 2024-2025 school year! 

Please contact one of us if you have any questions about the District 58 Instrumental Music Program. We look forward to seeing you on May 2! 

How to sign up for band and orchestra


The DG58 Instrumental Music Staff

  • Miss Emily Bloom, band (HG, KG, LE, PD, WH) - 
  • Mrs.  Colleen Eakley, orchestra (FA, HL) -
  • Mrs. Theresa Farrell, band (BA, HP) -
  • Ms. Madelyn Fiene, orchestra (HP, LE) -
  • Mrs. Christine Kaminski, band (ES, FA, IT, HL) -
  • Ms. Lisa Rose, orchestra (BA, ES, HG, PD, WH) - 
  • Ms. Evangeline Tuohy, orchestra (ES, KG, IT) and band (KG)-