Instrument selection and sizing 3/1 & 3/2

Thank you to all the parents that came to our meeting last night.  There are multiple steps to be sure your student will be ready to start middle school orchestra next school year, so please click on the tab above “How To Join Orchestra” and follow those steps.

The main step right now is to be sure your student has orchestra as their #1 elective choice on their registration form for Cockrill.  The second main step is to sign up for an appointment for your student to try out and choose an instrument.  Click here for the signup website to choose your time.

As always, feel free to email us if you have questions.  See you soon!

Nicole Brown

John Powelson

Incoming 6th grade orchestra parent meeting

If you have an incoming Cockrill 6th grader, please be sure to attend our parent meeting on Thursday, February 23rd at 7PM.  Cockrill is hosting an incoming 6th grade registration meeting at 6PM, so please come over to the orchestra room after that meeting and we will be happy to introduce you to our program and give instructions for the next steps.  We want to welcome you to our program, and answer any questions you have.  If you have any questions now, please email us at and and we’ll take care of you.

Also, be sure to click the tab above titled “How to Join Orchestra” for more information about the next steps.  See you soon!


Elementary Recruiting Tour

We have two rehearsals for all the 7th/8th grade students performing in the Elementary Recruiting Tour.  The tour is during the school day on Friday, January 20th.  The rehearsal dates are Wednesday January 11th and January 18th from 4-6PM in the cafeteria.  All students who want to go on the tour need to attend both of the rehearsals!!  We will be going to lunch after the tour, at a location to be announced.  The McKinney Orchestra Booster Club will cover the cost of the lunch for students!  A flyer will be going home later this week with more specific information.

Orchestra Night at the Theater!

Our next Orchestra social event is to go see the CMS Theater’s production of School of Rock! Please join us next Wednesday, November 9th to support our friends performing in this awesome musical.

Tickets are $5 and include an In-n-Out Burger (or grilled cheese) meal! You can pre-purchase tickets from any drama student, or purchase tickets at the door. This should be a really fun night, and we’d love to have a huge Orchestra cheering section in the audience!

The show begins at 7pm, but eating yummy burgers begins at 6pm. We will take an estimated head count on Monday so In-n-Out knows how much food to prepare, and we know how many seats to reserve.

Hope to see you there!

-Ms. Brown and Mr. Powelson

Fundraiser Update

 ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS TO SHOP! We have not yet met our sales goal, and EVERY sale directly benefits OUR Orchestra kids. Please give those out of town friends and family a chance to shop for a great cause! Forward the email you received this morning, post on your Facebook page, or cut and paste the info below into your own message!
Sales go through Monday (Oct. 31) and all orders are due to the Orchestra Office by Tuesday, November 1st.
Just click here to shop & support us! Please make sure our ID# 241198 and seller name are entered at the top right corner.
Happy Shopping,
McKinney Orchestra Booster Club

Fundraiser Fun!

Don’t forget to keep selling! If you need additional catalogs, order forms, or leave-behind order forms, let us know. Our next prize drawing (for anyone who has sold 5+ items) is Tuesday, October 25th. Every 5 items gets your name in the drawing again. Also, 30+ items earns you a free invite to our MOST AMAZING PARTY EVER. Sales go through Monday, October 31, so we have exactly one week to go!

Click here for the direct CMSO FUNDRAISER LINK


Mixed Bag Fundraiser is Underway!

Please take a moment and forward this link to your friends and family who would be willing to help raise funds for our orchestra program.  We get 40% of all online sales, so please be sure our fundraiser id # 241198 is showing while you are shopping.  Thank you!

Ms. Brown and Mr. Powelson

Hi Cockrill Orchestra Friends and Family!
Help us raise funds for a great cause. Every order counts and I’m hoping you can take a moment to shop online & support our orchestra program.

It’s easy to support us! Just shop the Mixed Bag Designs Website here Please make sureour ID# 241198 and seller name is entered at the top right corner.   Please send me theorder number you will get after placing the online order so I can make sure it links to my account.
Happy Shopping,
Cockrill Orchestra

Tonight’s Concert

We’re looking forward to tonight’s fall concert! Performers need to arrive at 6:15 and follow signs to the Band Hall for uncasing and tuning.

The auditorium doors will open at 6:20 pm. In the lobby, we’ll have some samples set up for our upcoming fundraiser. Parents, be sure to stop by and check them out while you wait for the concert to begin at 7pm. Fundraising sales packets will go home with everyone tomorrow.

Tonight’s performance is being professionally recorded, so once you get in the auditorium, please put away cell phones, iPads, and other lightmaking/noisemaking devices. Every group on stage has worked hard to deserve our full undivided attention tonight! 🙂



7th/8th grade Six Flags trip coming up!

In case you didn’t get the flyer from your student, information about our upcoming CMS fine arts Six Flags trip went home yesterday.  It will be Saturday, 10/22 and the cost is $40.  Please ask your student for the bright yellow flyer.  Money is due no later than 10/14.  Cash, checks (to MOBC) or PayPal accepted.  To pay with Paypal…

  1. Go to www.paypal.comand select Send Money.
    2. Enter orchestraboosterclub@gmail.comas the email recipient of your payment.
    3. Enter the amount you are paying.
    4. In the “Notes (optional)” section, you MUST enter the following to receive credit for your payment:
    CMS; Student’s first and last name; Payment is for ________________
    5. Select “Goods and Services”
    6. Click “Send”