Hope to see friends and colleagues from across the country in just over a week at the 71st Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago . I will be presenting a clinic on Wednesday , December 20th at 1:45 p.m. in W180. “Composing with my middle school band during rehearsal? Yes you can!” Provided insights and suggestions for opening up introductory composition exercises that reinforce basic musical concepts and spark creativity in young musicians.

I eagerly look forward to the Midwest clinic each year. It is enriching to attend clinics given by the finest instrumental music educators from across the country, and attend wonderful concerts by bands of all ages. The opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues is uplifting and encouraging. At the end of the day, the food in Chicago isn’t too shabby either (Lou Malnati’s here I come)!

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