South O'Brien School District

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Music Boosters

Welcome to the Music Boosters Page!

The South O’Brien Music Boosters is a community-based organization that supports the band and choral programs at our school.  Music Boosters was organized to help offer financial assistance to the needs of the South O’Brien Music Departments.  The Music Boosters raise money by sponsoring various projects during the school year.

SOHS Music Boosters Board Current Officers and Members

  • Heidi Farquhar: President
  • Lauri Sells: Vice President
  • Holly Wagner: Secretary
  • Jenny Johnson: Treasurer
  • Board Members include: Mr. John Krager, Mr. Jared Lancaster, Mrs. Becky Meyer, Becky Wester, Teresa Triplett, Jenny Johnson, Robin Dau, Robin Thomas, Christine Feltman, Danelle Strubbe, Lynda Goebel, Laurie Cooper, Heather Struve and Theresa Gnade

Who can be a member of the SOHS Music Boosters?

All parents, family and community members are welcome.  All you need to be a Booster is a desire to help out the band and choir!

How can I get involved?

Get in touch with the band or choral instructors here at school, or any member of the Boosters Board, and we will get you in the loop today!

How often does Boosters meet?

During the school year, the Music Boosters meet once a month.  When there are big events coming up, they will meet more often.  Meetings are posted on the school calendar as well as the calendar on the high school band site.

What do I have to do as a Music Booster?

We ask that Boosters attend meetings regularly and contribute their thoughts to the conversation.  There are positions for such roles as executive board, membership, Just Donate, concession stand, etc.  Among the biggest events for the Music Boosters is the annual “Just Donate” fundraiser held annually each fall.  Much help from Boosters and parents is needed to ensure a successful fundraising campaign each year.  Funds raised provide clinicians, instruments, uniforms and services for our music programs.   Another of the bigger jobs of the Music Boosters is running the winter concession stand for basketball games and wrestling meets.  All parents of students in band or choir, grades 7-12, will be asked to work the concession stand and to contribute one pan of bars or brownies for the games that they work.  In the event of job conflicts, we would greatly appreciate your student working in your place, at the concession stand.

What’s in it for me?

Participating in these events raises money for students to go on the music trip every four years.  Also, every time a student helps with “Just Donate,” emptying pop cages in each of the towns (Primghar, Paullina and Sutherland), and working at the concession stand, that student earns a “point” and that “point” turns into money that is credited to them for the upcoming music trip. Our last music trip was to New Orleans in March 2014.  Through their work and their parents work through several Music Booster events, many students had the entire cost of that trip paid in full! Our next trip will be in the spring of 2018 and is currently in the planning phase.  In addition to offsetting costs to students for the music trip every four years, recent assistance from the Music Boosters has helped to cover the expenses of new band uniforms, instrument repairs, show choir choreography, clinicians, travel expenses and new posture chairs to all four music classrooms.

Questions and Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Lori Heemstra at  712-261-0157 (cell) or email at

Music Boosters was organized to help offer financial assistance to the needs of the South O’Brien Music Departments. The Music Boosters raise money by sponsoring various projects during the school year.

All parents of South O’Brien music students are members of the Music Boosters and will be asked to help with fund-raising projects. Meetings are held once a month and members are always welcome. Anyone interested in becoming involved or offering support should contact Lori Heemstra (

More information on Music Booster activities can be viewed at:


  • Just Donate (held in September of each year). Music students canvas the district seeking donations to the Music Boosters. They do not sell anything, they just ask for your financial support.
  • Concession stands at varsity basketball games.
  • Pop can and bottle cages in Paullina, Primghar, and Sutherland



  • Marching Band Uniforms
  • Concert Band Shells
  • Risers


  • Music
  • Instruments
  • Instrument Stands
  • Piano
  • Sound System For The Choir Room In Paullina
  • Tuxedos For Concert Choir And Show Choir
  • Dresses For Concert Choir And Show Choir
  • Show Choir Choreography
  • Miscellaneous Uniforms
  • Electronic Equipment
  • Trailer For Hauling Equipment
  • Music Software
  • Shared Expenses For Director Professional Development
  • Travel and Lodging Expenses
  • Provide Financial Assistance For Music Trip (Every 4 Years)
  • Instrument Repairs
  • Marching Band PA System
  • Marching Flags
  • Wenger Chairs

Music Directors

  • Brian Cole: 7-12 Instrumental Music
  • Becky Meyer: K-6 Vocal Music, 5-6 Instrumental
  • Kyle Harms: 7-12 Vocal Music