Online Pre-Registration Fees
$75 First-Time Only Attendee until Nov. 1st
$105 Early Bird Registration until Oct. 1st (non-refundable)
$125 Pre-Conference Registration (Oct. 1st - Dec. 8th)
$50 Full-Time College Student* until Dec. 8th
$40 Spouse of Registrant
$25 Primary/Secondary Student
$20 Chaperones
Online Pre-Registration will open in Mid-June.

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Our History - An International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference

The Midwest Clinic began on December 7, 1946, when approximately 120 directors from the Chicago area assembled in a YWCA gymnasium on Chicago’s West Side for a six-hour clinic and new music reading session. In 1947, the event was expanded to two days and moved to the Hotel Sherman to take advantage of the larger facilities and accommodations for out-of-town directors. Besides the two-day format, this second installment brought many new features, including a printed program, an additional band, and a new name: The Mid-West Band Clinic. The VanderCook School of Music, Neil A. Kjos Music Company and Lyons Band Instrument Company sponsored the event. For the next 25 years, the Hotel Sherman was home to The Midwest Clinic. In the 1950s, orchestras and jazz ensembles were introduced, and in 1962, The Midwest Clinic held its first official Orchestra Day. In 1963, the clinic expanded to a four-and-a-half-day format. In 1973, The Midwest Clinic moved to the Hilton Chicago, where, with several nearby venues, it was held until 2008. In 1995, the Blackstone Hotel was used in addition to the Hilton for hosting clinic events. With the addition of this facility, The Midwest Clinic was able to present more clinics than ever in its history. In 1999, the Congress Plaza replaced the Blackstone Hotel as the second site of conference events. The Blackstone Hotel and Merle Reskin Theatre were used as additional sites in 2008. In 2009, The Midwest Clinic moved to McCormick Place West, bringing all the conference programs and exhibits under one roof.

In the earliest years of the "Mid-West Band Clinic," the organizers – H.E. Nutt, Howard Lyons and Neil Kjos, Sr. – invited outstanding bands to perform, based upon the reputations of the organization and its director. In addition to giving a formal concert, the bands were also expected to provide a sight-reading session, with the selections being requested by audience members on the spur of the moment. Today, The Midwest Clinic continues to feature performances by outstanding organizations, but now every group that desires to perform must first apply to do so.

Over the years, the focus of The Midwest Clinic has remained on bringing music directors into contact with not only the best published music, but also with new and established teaching techniques, and the latest products and services for the music educator.

Additional Highlights:

1962 The Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor is created to recognize outstanding contributions to music education.
1983 The Executive Director position is increased from part-time to full-time.
1988 College Night is instituted, bringing representatives of colleges and universities into contact with students and teachers
1989 The Teacher Resource Center is created.
1990 The Midwest Motifs newsletter is first published.
1991 The Midwest Clinic Industry Award is created to recognize outstanding contributions to music education through the music industry.
1992 The Midwest Clinic International Award is created to recognize outstanding contributions to music education internationally.
1995 A new Executive Assistant position increases the full-time staff to two.
1996 The Midwest Clinic commissions its first two pieces of music, in honor of its 50th anniversary.
1997 The United States Coasts Guard Band presents two concerts on Wednesday night to meet the growing audience demand for the featured United States military band performances.
2001 Preregistration for the conference is first offered, through this website, and orchestra events are expanded into Thursday.
2002 Streaming video selections from concert performances are archived on The Midwest Clinic website, and the College Student and Beginning Teacher Track series of events provides a core curriculum specifically aimed at teachers at the beginning of their careers.
2004 Rehearsal labs are introduced at the Palmer House and the Merle Reskin Theatre is added to the venues hosting Midwest Clinic events.
2006 A new Office Manager position increases the full-time staff to three, clinics created specifically for high school students are added to the program, and the 60th anniversary conference is attended by a record-setting 17,000 people from 36 countries.
2007 Conference given it's first theme, "Mentoring in Music Education."
2012 Inaugural High School Institute Program and first Orchestra New Music Reading Session

Timeline: What Growth Has Meant to Our Organization

1946     First Band Clinic at Chicago Westside YMCA
1947     Mid-West Band Clinic moves to The Sherman House
1951     Mid-West National Band Clinic
1968     Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic
1973     Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic moves to Chicago Hilton and Towers
1986     Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic
1996     The Midwest Clinic, An International Band and Orchestra Conference
2009     The Midwest Clinic moves to McCormick Place West   

This historical overview was adapted from The First Fifty Years, by Midwest Clinic Secretary Victor Zajec, and from additional commentary provided by Victor and Marilea Zajec.

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