Midwest Blog

If you’re heading to Chicago for the Midwest Clinic this week, we hope you’ll stop by the Music for All booth #1325. We will have the 2017 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2018 Music for All National Festival! (and of course a lot of smiles and hellos for all of our friends!)

In addition to stopping by to see us, we hope you’ll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. We’ve compiled a list below of sessions that are being presented by friends of Music for All!


Chat Room: Program Management and Booster Volunteers
11:30AM – 12:00PM Room 375D
David Vandewalker

Clinic: Generation Next
Designing Total Program Success

1:15PM – 2:15PM Room W185
Bobby Lambert and Jeff Young

Clinic: If I Knew Then What I Know Now?
1:15PM – 2:15PM Room W183
Tim Lautzenheiser

Clinic: Inspired Teaching: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!
1:15PM – 2:15PM Room W184
Peter Boonshaft

Clinic: Directors Icons Panel: Reflections of the Past; Thought About the Future
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room W185
Alfred Watkins, John Casagrande, John Thomson, Paula Crider


Chat Room: The Art of Teaching and Making Music
10:30AM – 11:00AM Room 375D
Richard Floyd

Clinic – Generation Next
Rehearsing the High School Band: Valuable Lessons from Extraordinary Directors
12:00PM – 1:00PM  Room W185
Stephen Meyer, Gary Markham, Roy Holder, Bill Watson, David Vandewalker

Clinic – Music Administration Collaborative
The Dreams of Our Founding Fathers and Creating A World of Music for All
12:00PM – 1:00pm Room W186
Robert Morrison

Clinic: The Dark Side of Tradition: Strategies for Eliminating Hazing and Bullying in the School Band Program
1:30PM – 2:30PM  Room W179
Patrick Dunnigan

Clinic: Finding The Perfect Fit: Beginning Band Recruitment and the Instrument Fitting Process
3:00PM – 4:00PM Room W181
Wendy Higdon


Clinic: An Interview with Colonel Arnald Gabriel
8:30AM – 9:30AM Room W185
Arnald D. Gabriel and Tim Lautzenheiser

Clinic: The Jazz Combo: An Inside View
8:30AM – 9:30AM Room W196
Steve Houghton

Chat Room: Growing the Program in Numbers and Musical Quality
9:00AM – 9:30AM Room 375D
Freddy Martin

Chat Room: Culture Setting
10:30AM – 11:00AM Room 375D
Alfred Watkins

Clinic: Small Schools Initiative
Voicing and Re-voicing YOUR Band’s Success!
10:30AM – 11:30AM Room W183
Robert W. Smith

Clinic: The Woman as Band Director: Cultivating Success on and off the Podium
12:00PM – 1:00PM Room W185
Kim Shuttlesworth and Catharine Sinon Bushman, Courtney Snyder, Elizabeth Peterson, Nicki Sawel, Cynthia Johnston Turner

Chat Room: Beginning with Beginners
12:30PM – 1:00PM Room 375D
Cheryl Floyd

Chat Room: Composer Robert W. Smith
2:30PM – 3:00PM Room 375D
Robert W. Smith

Clinic: Marching Band/Concert Band: It’s All Band – Using Every Opportunity To Teach Good Fundamental Playing Skills
3:00PM – 4:00PM Room W185
Andrew Seally, Greg Bimm, Joel L. Denton, John Miller, Roy Holder

We hope you’ll check out one of the above sessions, and many of the other sessions and incredible concerts during the Midwest Clinic. For a full schedule visit www.midwestclinic.org. Clinic times may change from when we gathered the information listed above, so make sure that you check the Midwest official schedule before you head to a session. Maybe even check out the newly updated Midwest Clinic app so you can check out the schedule on the go! Information about the app, and how to download, can be found on the Midwest Clinic website.