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    An Event Like No Other

    It’s hard to believe that the 64th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic was just over a month ago — what a great week of concerts, clinics and fellowship.  After a year dominated by economic news it was a real treat to be able to attend this exhilarating event.

    It’s a unique opportunity to hear great performances, attend rewarding clinics, meet composers and authors, see the best and latest in instruments, equipment, literature, and services, all while renewing old friendships developing new ones.  Having it all under one roof in a great city like Chicago at Christmas time doesn’t hurt either!  The week of spectacular performances was further highlighted by the appearance of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as well as a phenomenal closing concert by the Seika Girls High School Band from Fukuoka, Japan.

    It is a real tribute to the founders that their basic philosophy of the original clinic is still in effect despite all the changes that have occurred through the years.   The current officers, workers and participants do a tremendous job in planning, organizing and making sure everything runs smoothly.  Their efforts made this world-renowned event such a great success.  The entire event made a rousing and uplifting finale to the year while also serving as a brilliant fanfare, welcoming the new year with renewed energy and spirit.

    For all who were there, it was great to see everyone and I hope to see you again next year.  If you could not attend this year I hope you can make it next year and look forward to seeing all of you there!

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    Ron Allenhttp://www.jwpepper.com
    Music advocate, trombone/euphonium player, private low brass instructor, Concert Band Editor for J.W.Pepper, member of Northwinds Symphonic Band, Kansas City, Missouri.

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