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 clinic kicked off with a bang on Wednesday the 17th with a rousing performance from two military bands. First, the United States Navy Band Chamber Ensemble led by Captain Brian O. Walden welcomed clinicians and attendees alike. They were followed by “Pershing’s Own” String Quartet from the United States Army Band led by Colonel Timothy J. Holtan. The United States Air Force Band, Airmen of Note, would also play later in the clinic. All three performances reflected the fine talent of the US military musicians and were an inspiration to all in attendance. Student bands from across the country also played in the convention center in front of ecstatic crowds.
This year, Midwest outdid itself with a record number of clinics. Over 100 clinics were put on by clinicians from across the country on a wide variety of subjects for all different types of ensembles and soloists. From fixing squeaky clarinets to conductor communication to copyright law, music professionals were treated to almost anything that might pique their interest.
Clinics included three new music readings that anyone could attend, with music for orchestra, concert band, and jazz band. The sessions included music for all levels from beginner to advanced. Those interested in the sessions can see the set lists here. Midwest also highlighted hundreds of new pieces from all the major publishers. You can see all of those new pieces on the Midwest website.
All in all, 2014 saw yet another highly successful Midwest Clinic. With the 69th Midwest Clinic already announced, there’s no reason not to start planning next year’s trip today!