Online Registration Fees
The 2018 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$125 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$155 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$90 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 
$125 First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 13th

NOTE:  Anyone registered as a spouse or exhibitor will be ineligible to receive a professional development certificate/credit hours for the events attended during the conference.  

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It's a Swing Thing

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  • The Oak Prairie Junior High School Jazz Band, under the direction of William Rank, will perform a swing selection, followed by advice from José for the rhythm section, Tony on improvisation, and Dick regarding overall ensemble style. The session will close with the band performing that selection again. Junior high and middle school directors are especially encouraged to attend and consider these suggestions towards applying their ensembles to present at a future Midwest Clinic.
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  • José Antonio Diaz is artistic director for the Diaz Music Institute and director of bands at MacArthur HS in Houston. His bands appeared with Jon Faddis, Eddie Palmieri, Poncho Sanchez, and Arturo Sandoval. Diaz was selected by FOX 26 and Univision TV as a Hispanic Hero. Antonio J. García has performed as trombonist, bass trombonist, or pianist with 70 major artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Louie Bellson, Dave Brubeck, and Phil Collins. He is an author, clinician, and avid scat-singer. He is director of jazz studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. J. Richard Dunscomb is recognized nationally and internationally as a conductor, author, adjudicator, and clinician. Honors received include the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, The Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor, and an Elkhart Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.