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Articles August September 2022

The Midwest Announces Performers and Clinicians for 2022


The Midwest Clinic has announced the full lineup of clinics and performers for the upcoming convention from December 19-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Clinics for this year’s convention will have something for everyone including:
Christine E. Cumberledge, Tools for Effective Rehearsals
Jason Fettig, Conducting Sousa with Style
Jesus Florido, Afro-Cuban Music
Cecelia Kang on Music Literacy
Steven Meyer, Memorable Performances
Megan Perkins. Developing a Culture of Excellence in Middle School Band
Natalie Grana, Better Ears in Your Brass Section
Jack Eaddy, Jr., An Honest Conversation with Minority Directors
Alfred Watkins, Protecting Your Program
Peter Warshaw on SEL in Music Classes
A Conversation with Paula Crider
Dick Dunscomb, Successful Jazz Rhythm Sections
Garrett Klein, Golden Brass Sound
Lauren Reynolds, Ensemble Rehearsing
Don Stinson, Helping Low-Income Music Students Succeed
Bethany Robinson, Building Jazz Culture Through Warmups
Fredd Sanchez, Starting a Mariachi Program
A Session with the United States Navy Band Horn Section
Margaret Selby on Healthy School Orchestra Program Recruiting
Kandis Taylor, Five 21st Century Strategies for Music Learning
Middle School String Orchestra Rehearsal Lab with Michael Tompkins
Doris Doyon on Pillars of a Thriving Band Program
Winifred Crock with Solutions for Rhythmic Issues
Mark Dulin on Trumpet Teaching  of Vincent Cichowicz

The Midwest has also announced a stellar lineup of performers from around the world.
The clinic always hosts top military ensembles and this year will feature concerts by the United States Navy Band, directed by Capt. Kenneth Collins, and the United States Air Force Airmen of Note, led by Sgt. Lucas Brandon.
Performances by Adult or Community Groups will feature the Brooklyn Wind Symphony and conductor Jeff W. Ball, the Spring ISD Alumni Band, Capitol Quartet, and the Pete Ellman Big Band NFP.
For school ensembles and their directors, a Midwest invitation exemplifies the highest levels of student musical achievement. Just a few of the remarkable groups heading to Chicago are:
O’Fallon Township High School Wind Ensemble (Illinois), directed by Melissa Gustafson-Hinds
Allen High School Wind Ensemble (Texas), under the baton of Philip Obado
Denver School of the Arts High School Full Orchestra, led by Enrique Lasansky
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Allen Tinkham, conductor
Cedar Falls High School Jazz One (Iowa), led by Kyle Engelhardt
Pebble Hills High School Jazz Band (Texas), directed by Maximo Sierra
Henry M. Gunn High School Chamber Orchestra (Palo Alto), led by Young K. Kim.
Krimmel Intermediate Symphonic Band (Texas), Stetson Begin director
Seven Lakes Junior High Chamber Orchestra (Texas), Jennifer Gingell
University of Oklahoma Sooner Bassooners, Francisco Javier Alcaraz Leon

For the full list of clinics and concerts, visit



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