The Mansfield ISD Summit High School Wind Symphony and T.A. Howard Middle School Honor Bands recently received one of the most prestigious honors afforded to musicians and music educators. Both schools have been invited to perform at the 2017 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the largest instrumental music education conference in the world.
This marks the first time a Mansfield ISD band has been selected to be featured in the legendary conference which bills itself as showcasing the ‘finest performances from around the globe’ since 1946.
“We’re incredibly proud of all the students’ hard work, and thankful for all the amazing private lesson teachers, clinicians, parents, administrators and band directors, past and present, who have made this possible,” said Summit Director of Bands Christopher Kanicki.
All bands undergo a rigorous multi-step application process. Applications are evaluated by some of the foremost music educators in the world and only a handful of groups are chosen each year from the United States and 30 participating countries.
“Being invited to The Midwest Chicago Clinic is a huge accomplishment for our students, band staff and lesson teachers who have worked so hard to earn this privilege,” said T.A. Howard Band Director Nathaniel Neugent. “I am beyond proud of our administration, parents, district and community for supporting us in this endeavor 100 percent.”
Along with their performances, Summit High and Howard Middle school students and instructors will have the opportunity to attend concerts and clinics allowing them to learn the latest techniques and trends in music education from the best in the industry.
The Midwest Clinic draws more than 17,000 attendees from around the world. The annual conference will be held Dec. 20-23, 2017.
Get more information about The Midwest Clinic at www.midwestclinic.org.
The Summit High School Wind Symphony
The T.A. Howard Middle School Honor Band