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.
Our editors have their work cut out for them when choosing which titles to include in our Editors’ Choice series each year. We did some digging to find out which titles Pepper customers favored this past year and were pleased to see that, for the most part, you liked what we liked. Here is a list of the top 10 picks for both band and choir music, amongst you, our customers!
Does your band want to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? Pepper and Manhattan Beach Music have teamed up to provide free music for your band so you can host your own benefit concert. Bands across the country have expressed interest in putting on benefit concerts, and having free band sets can get them on their way.
I recently had the honor of interviewing composer and teacher Frank Ticheli. In addition to composing, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. He is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire.
We were all deeply saddened to hear the news that Francis McBeth passed away Friday, January 6th. Dr. McBeth was a very well respected and admired figure in the concert band world and beyond.
Sean O’Loughlin is a rising name in the music world. His music is characterized by vibrant rhythms, passionate melodies, and colorful scoring.
Larry Clark’s pieces have been performed internationally and appear on numerous contest/festival lists. He is an ASCAP award-winning composer with over 200 titles in print and is in high demand to write commissions for bands and orchestras across the country.
A graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), and Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Michael Sweeney has over 500 publications to his credit.
An active composer, conductor and performer, Brian Balmages’ fresh style of composition has put him in high demand for his wind, brass and orchestral music worldwide.