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Midwest 2015 Preview

December 15, 2015

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!

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Midwest 2014 in Review

January 8, 2015

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.

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The Conn-Selmer Institute 2014

June 6, 2014

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.

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Plan Your Field Show with Pyware

May 28, 2014

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.

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Richard Strauss’ 150th Birthday

May 12, 2014

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.

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Three Marching Band Horror Stories

April 21, 2014

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.

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