Band & Orchestra BoosterS Organization

2017 IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest - Volunteers Needed!

District 96 is the host of the 2017 IGSMA (Illinois Grade School Music Association) Solo & Ensemble Contest. This contest brings in hundreds of band, orchestra, and choral students from middle and elementary schools across the Lake County area to perform a musical piece for a judge. Many of our own District 96 students will be performing at this event!

This day-long event is being held on Sat., Feb. 4, at Woodlawn Middle School, 6362 Gilmer Road, Long Grove. We will need over 100 volunteers to help on this day, as well as the day before to assist with event set-up. We need people to work shifts at various jobs such as room monitors, parking assistants, contest office, concession sales, and event set-up and take-down, as well as people to cook for a potluck luncheon for the contest judges. Your student does not need to participate in the contest in order to volunteer. Please click on the link below to be directed to our Sign-Up Genius page where you can sign up for the specific jobs and shift times you can work. You are welcome to sign up for more than one non-conflicting job/shift.
Questions? Please contact Sharon Anderson. Thank you!


Chick-fil-A Kildeer • 20429 N. Rand Rd., Kildeer

Chick-fil-A will donate a percentage of sales from 11 AM - 7 PM on Thurs., Jan. 19, to the District 96 Band & Orchestra Boosters.


The District 96 Band & Orchestra Boosters is a 501(c)3 non-profit parent volunteer organization that supports the District 96 Band and Orchestra music program exclusively.  The Boosters provide support for all concerts & parties; large & unusual instruments for the programs; year-end awards; scholarships to music camp each summer, and much more!

Much Appreciated!
Through the overwhelming support of the Boosters from paid memberships and participation in our fundraisers, the Boosters were able to purchase 4 new xylophones to benefit the elementary school band programs at Country Meadows, Ivy Hall, Kildeer Countryside, and Prairie Elementary. The percussion students have been using them for lessons and rehearsals, as well as for their concerts. Thank you to all the band and orchestra families for your generosity!  - October 2016

Booster Meeting Schedule 2016-2017

  • October 19, 2016

  • January 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Woodlawn (REVISED DATE)

  • March 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Twin Groves

  • June 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Woodlawn (REVISED DATE)

All meetings are held either at Twin Groves or Woodlawn at 6:30 p.m. in the band/orchestra room. Please check the calendar for the exact location. Band and orchestra directors attend the Booster meetings, so attending a Booster meeting is an excellent opportunity to get to know your band or orchestra director and hear a report of how things are going at school.

By-Laws Revised 2015

Booster Volunteer Opportunities
Booster parents are always needed to assist in areas of the Band & Orchestra program.  If you are interested in helping in any way, please feel free to contact a member of the Boosters Board, ask your director for volunteer opportunities or attend a Boosters meeting.  Even if you are not able to volunteer for some of the specific programs/events listed below, parents are always welcome to attend Booster meetings.

  • Ice Cream Socials - Assist with serving ice cream after concerts (dates TBA).
  • Gift Cards - Students sell gift cards and a percentage of the value goes to the Boosters. Gift cards on sale from November 3 through December 8, 2016.
  • IGSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest - Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Woodlawn Middle School
  • Restaurant Fundraisers - Single nights events at local/area restaurants where the restaurant donates a portion of the proceeds collected to the Boosters. Wed., Oct. 19, 2016 @ Lou Malnati's
  • Didier Farm Fundraiser - A multi-date spring-time fundraiser where Didier's donates a portion of the proceeds collected to the Boosters. Thurs., May 18 through Sun., May 21, 2017

Booster membership donations are separate from the $20 band/orchestra activity fee charged by District 96.  Our organization is a separate entity that supports the directors and the program in  ways District 96 does not.

Booster membership levels are as follows:
$25-$49: Pianissimo Club
$50-$99:  Mezzo Forte Club
$100 or more: Fortissimo Club

Click here for a Boosters Membership Form that you can print and send to school with your child.  Boosters members will be listed in winter/spring concert program books.  Boosters membership is not required to attend Boosters meetings or events.  The District 96 Band & Orchestra Boosters is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Your donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Plans events and parties.  District-wide events for the 2016-17:

  • Year-End Elementary and Middle School Party (Grades 4 - 8): Mon., May 22, 2017. 

School Representatives
Attends Booster meetings and serves as a liaison for their school at meetings.  Helps the directors at their school with paperwork, events, and year-end awards.

Boosters Advocate
Serves as a liaison between the Boosters and District 96 administration/community.  The advocate's role will vary from year to year.

Boosters Board of Directors
Co-Presidents: Sharon Anderson and Jason Kupferschmid
Treasurer: Gina Starr
Secretary: Marlene Mahn
Board Member: Donna Cobb

Band and Orchestra Uniform requirements

All Band and Orchestra students are required to have a District 96 Band or Orchestra shirt for performances.  Each shirt is a short-sleeved polo shirt embroidered with the District 96 logo. Download 2016-17 Polo Shirt Order Form

District 96 Band or Orchestra Polo Shirt
Black dress pants or black skirt
Black socks or stockings
Black dress shoes 
Band and Orchestra Directors

Directors at each school
Chad Craw  - Band @ Country Meadows, Kildeer and Woodlawn
Dan Nagle  - Band @ Ivy Hall, Prairie and Twin Groves
Eileen Wronkiewicz - Orchestra @ Country Meadows and Woodlawn
Cara Ying  - Orchestra @ Prairie and Twin Groves
Kathy Ok - Orchestra @ Ivy Hall and Kildeer