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.

Brother David Gregory

Lambda Omega Chapter – 1966
Carson-Newman University

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Brother Roy Holder

Theta Omicron Chapter – 1968
The University of Tennessee – Knoxville

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Brother Charles Menghini

Xi Kappa Chapter – 2000
VanderCook College of Music

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Brother John Southall

Epsilon Iota Chapter – 1987
Florida State University

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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

Composition: Candor
Performed by: Vandegrift High School
Friday, December 17 at 5:30 PM, 375 E

Brother Frank Ticheli

Alpha Alpha Chapter – 2009
National Honorary Member

Composition: Bash
Performed by: Dallas Winds
Thursday, December 16 at 7:30 PM, 375 AB

Meet the Sinfonian Clinicians

Brother Jamey Aebersold

Gamma Omega Chapter – 1976
Indiana State University
National Honorary Member

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Playing JAZZ is Easy

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Brother Matthew Arau

Gamma Zeta Chapter – 1992
Lawrence University

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Fine Tuning Ensemble Culture: Intentionally Creating a Positive Community Through Conversation and Collaboration

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Brother Christopher Ayer

Alpha Chapter – 1991
The New England Conservatory of Music

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Clarinet 102

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Brother James C. Barnes

Xi Chapter – 1994
Kansas State University

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Small School Clinic with Cleveland High School

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Brother Brian Balmages

Beta Xi Chapter – 2016
The Ohio State University

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Embedding Social Emotional Learning in Instrumental Music Education (Panel)

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Brother Archie “Chip” Birkner

Eta Omega Chapter – 2000
University of Florida

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Tips, Tricks, and Tools for a Better Percussion Section

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Brother Jay Bocook

Gamma Eta Chapter – 1972
Furman University

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The Modern Band Transcription

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Brother John R. Bourgeois

Zeta Pi Chapter – 1956
Loyola University New Orleans
National Honorary Member

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Play On! A Marine Musician’s Journey From the Bayou to the White House

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Brother Barrington Coleman

Alpha Lambda Chapter – 1978
Illinois Wesleyan University

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Strategies, Perspectives and Demonstration for a Life in Jazz Performance and Education

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Brother Daniel Cook

Iota Chapter – 2018
Northwestern University

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Flow: The Secret to Getting Your Students “In the Zone”

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Brother Eugene M. Corporon

Kappa Omicron Chapter – 1966
California State University – Long Beach

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Contemplation – Story Tellers and Guides: The Impact of Artistry

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Brother Zac Coudret

Delta Lambda Chapter – 2008
Ball State University

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High School String Orchestra Rehearsal Lab

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Brother John N. Culvahouse

Theta Omicron Chapter – 1971
The University of Tennessee – Knoxville

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The NBA at 60: The Past, Present, and Future of the National Band Association (Panel)

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Brother Chris “Chip” DeStefano

Iota Chapter – 1991
Northwestern University

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Day One – Trombone

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Brother Rodney Dorsey

Epsilon Iota Chapter – 1985
Florida State University

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Midwest Clinic Performance Application Clinic

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Brother Douglas Droste

Beta Xi Chapter – 1995
The Ohio State University

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Sensory Friendly Concerts for Your School

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Brother Sam Fagaly

Beta Omega Chapter – 1984
Louisiana State University

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Better Saxophone Sounds, Classical and Jazz: Advanced Techniques for Beginners and Fundamental Techniques for Professionals

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Brother Richard Floyd

Alpha Iota Chapter – 2013
The University of Texas at Austin

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An Interview-Conversation With Richard and Cheryl Floyd

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Brother Mark Ford

Zeta Psi Chapter – 1990
East Carolina University

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Articulation, Balance, and Blend With Keyboard Percussion Instruments in Concert Band

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Brother Thomas Fraschillo

Eta Phi Chapter – 1965
University of Southern Mississippi

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The NBA at 60: The Past, Present, and Future of the National Band Association (Panel)

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Brother Rick Good

Delta Psi Chapter – 1997
Auburn University

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The NBA at 60: The Past, Present, and Future of the National Band Association (Panel)

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Brother Steve Graves

Kappa Omicron Chapter – 1983
California State University-Long Beach

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The Professional Balancing Act: Teaching Effectively With a Side Hustle

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Brother Ethan Gula

Omicron Upsilon Chapter – 2015
University of Houston

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It Takes a Village: The Importance of a Mentor/Consultant

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Brother Adam Hill

Xi Kappa Chapter – 2001
VanderCook College of Music

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Hands-on Percussion for the Non-Percussion Educator: Basics of Snare and Mallets

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Brother Roy C. Holder

Theta Omicron Chapter – 1968
The University of Tennessee – Knoxville

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The NBA at 60: The Past, Present, and Future of the National Band Association (Panel)

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Brother Barry Houser

Theta Sigma Chapter – 1996
Florida Southern College

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Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable: Being an Ally of Our Students

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Brother Jerry Junkin

Alpha Iota Chapter – 1988
The University of Texas at Austin

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Carl St. Clair and Jerry Junkin A Coincidence of Careers- University of Michigan- 1982-84

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Brother James Keene

Pi Psi Chapter – 1979
Texas A&M University – Commerce

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The NBA at 60: The Past, Present, and Future of the National Band Association (Panel)

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Brother Sidney King

Zeta Kappa Chapter – 1959
University of Louisville

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Teaching Double Bass Technique Through Orchestral Excerpts for Beginning and Intermediate Bassists

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Brother Craig Kirchhoff

Delta Rho Chapter – 1969
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

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Audience Engagement – Considerations for Music Performance

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Brother William Lake, Jr.

Iota Epsilon Chapter – 2016
The University of North Carolina – Greensboro

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Affirming and Supporting Minoritized Students in Tangible, Actionable Ways

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Brother Tim Lautzenheiser

Delta Lambda Chapter – 1966
Ball State University

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An Interview-Conversation With Richard and Cheryl Floyd

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Brother Drew Leslie