It is time again for arguably the biggest conference of the year for musicians and music directors, The Midwest Clinic. Every year, Pepper does its best to provide you with all the information available on what’s being played. We know you’re excited to see this year’s music and we’re excited to share it with you!
A flurry of activity surrounds the 50th anniversary of the movie The Sound of Music. Released in March of 1965, it immediately began to make waves in both the film and musical worlds.
For many of us, every day is a celebration of music in our schools. Day in and day out, educators labor to bring the beauty of music to the next generation, ensuring a richer life for their students.
The 68th annual Midwest Clinic has come and gone, but this year more than lived up to what we have come to expect. Many attendees come back year after year to enjoy bands from locations all over the nation and learn from the greatest minds in music today. The clinic continues to grow, as well, with over 800 more attendees than last year, 700 of whom experienced the clinic for the first time.
The Midwest Clinic is coming up in December and Pepper will be there with a host of great guests. We’ll also be handing out the Midwest Pamphlet, which is your guide to the clinic, but right now we would like to present an inside look at what is happening at the Pepper booth, #807.
It is almost time for the long-awaited reveal of Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Youth Choir. The wildly popular Virtual Choir project has a new flavor this time around, focusing completely on the voices of those 18 and under.
The Conn-Selmer Institute returns this year from June 8th to the 11th. Held annually in Mishawaka, Indiana, sessions focus on recruitment techniques, retention, student engagement, and motivation as well as a wide range of other topics music teachers may not have touched upon in college.
The process of planning and executing a marching band field show can take an incredibly long time, but since 1994, marching band directors have had Pyware to help them. Pyware is an advanced tool for constructing and visualizing both formations and movements for field shows, drum line competitions, and color guard productions.
In 2014 we celebrate the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss (June 11, 1864 – September 8, 1949). He is considered by many to be the natural musical successor to Richard Wagner and the leading German composer of the post-Romantic period of music.
Trying to keep a rehearsal running smoothly with a collection of musicians is difficult enough as it is. Add to that the unpredictable outdoors, a plethora of competitions, and a hundred or so jittery teenagers and you might as well be herding cats.