We are excited to return to Chicago, Illinois this December for the upcoming 75th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Barring any state or city mandates, the clinic is planned to be held in person from December 15-18, 2021. We are also looking forward to seeing the high number of Brothers who are presenting, performing, exhibiting, and volunteering with the event.
Throughout history, our Brothers have played an integral role in the Midwest Clinic. “Always Something New” was the motto and philosophy of Brother Dr. Albert Austin Harding (Alpha Xi Chapter – 1925). During the 1920s and ’30s, he was the man who set the wheels in motion that led to the eventual establishment of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in December of 1946. What began as 120 music educators meeting in a YMCA gym in 1946 has grown to a four-day event with over 17,000 attendees, exhibitors, and participants from over 80 countries.
We look forward to seeing those Brothers in attendance during the clinic and encourage all Brothers to stop by the Phi Mu Alpha Booth (#1540) in the exhibit hall.
Lunch with Legends
As part of the 75th Anniversary, the Midwest Clinic is hosting a “Lunch with Legends,” where attendees can purchase a ticket to enjoy a meal with Bill Bitter, Dr. Charlie Menghini (Xi Kappa Chapter – 2000), Dr. David Gregory (Lambda Omega Chapter – 1966), Dr. John Southall (Epsilon Iota Chapter – 1987), Roy Holder (Theta Omicron Chapter – 1968), and June Holder, who all have been named as some of the “greatest living legends” in the music education industry. This event will take place in the Prairie Room on Friday, December 17th from 1:00 – 2:15 PM.
75th Anniversary Commissioned Pieces
The Midwest Clinic commissioned several pieces as part of the upcoming 75th Anniversary. A few of our Brothers will have their works highlighted during the event.
Brother Omar Thomas
Gamma Alpha Chapter – 2004
James Madison University
Performed by: Vandegrift High School
Friday, December 17 at 5:30 PM, 375 E
Brother Frank Ticheli
Alpha Alpha Chapter – 2009
National Honorary Member
Performed by: Dallas Winds
Thursday, December 16 at 7:30 PM, 375 AB
Meet the Sinfonian Clinicians
Brother Sam Fagaly
Beta Omega Chapter – 1984
Louisiana State University
Better Saxophone Sounds, Classical and Jazz: Advanced Techniques for Beginners and Fundamental Techniques for Professionals
Brother Drew Leslie
Epsilon Chapter – 1999