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December, 17, 2015
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM




Trent Cooper

Trent Cooper
Shelby Chipman

Shelby Chipman
Chase Giddings

Chase Giddings

Matthew McInturf

Matthew McInturf

Matching Minds and Music: Building Meaningful Relationships with Your Students

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic will present ways to make meaningful connections to teenagers through music. It will demonstrate the life-changing power that music has for At-Risk students. It will feature performances by members of the Andy Dekaney High School Band in a variety of musical settings.

Trent Cooper - Biographical Information

Trent Cooper has been a music educator in Texas for 29 years. He began his career in the Spring Independent School District as an Assistant Director at Wells Middle School and returned to the district in the fall of 2003 to serve as an Assistant Director at Westfield High School. That year, the band was selected as the Bands of America Grand National Champion. His bands have won numerous festivals throughout the State of Texas and the nation. Today, marks Mr. Cooper’s fifth appearance at The Midwest Clinic with a band. He has presented clinics at The Midwest Clinic in 2009 and he has subsequently presented clinics at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association Convention, the Sam Houston State University Summer Music Symposium and various school district training sessions throughout the State of Texas. Mr. Cooper served on the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List Committee for four years before being asked to serve as chairman of that same committee. He has benefited from the from the mentorship of Eddie Green, Matthew McInturf, Joe Dixon, Richard Floyd, Larry Livingston, Richard Crain and Philip Geiger. He holds an Undergraduate Degree from the University of Houston and a Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University. He is a member of TMEA, TMAA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha. He and his wife Angela reside in The Woodlands Texas.

Shelby Chipman - Biographical Information

Shelby R. Chipman, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Florida A&M University (FAMU). His responsibilities in the Department of Music include teaching Instrumental Music Education, conducting, and coordinating student recitals and student teachers (as music interns). Additionally, he conducts the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and String Ensemble. He is a native of Miami, where he graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High. He received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Music Education from Florida A&M University, where he was conducting student of Dr. William P. Foster and Dr. Julian E. White. Professor Chipman completed his master’s degree in music education at the University of Illinois, and received his Ph.D. in music education from the Florida State University (FSU) College of Music, where he studied with Dr. Bentley Shellahamer. Prior to his appointment at FAMU, he taught music in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for 10 years. His band program at Miami Central High School developed into one of the finest band programs in the country. As much as a teacher as he was a musician, Dr. Chipman was named Teacher of the Year during the 1993-94 school year. Under his leadership the Rocket Marching band performed in the 1993, 1995, and 1997 King Orange Jamboree Parades, 1993 Heritage Festival (New Orleans), 1990-96 FAMU’s Homecoming Festivals (Tallahassee, Fla.), 1992-97 MLK Parades & Festival (St. Petersburg, Fla.), 1997 Macy’s Day Parade (New York City), and numerous other marching events. The Miami Central High School Symphonic Band performed at the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Chipman is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA), FMEA Black Caucus, and Bethel AME Church (Tallahassee). He has coordinated numerous band festivals and had the pleasure of working with James Croft, Jim Sparks, Gary Green, Anthony Maiello, and Eugene Corporon, who represent some of the finest conductors in the world. In addition to working with these outstanding conductors, Dr. Chipman has presented music education and conducting clinics on several public school and college campuses, as well as given lectures at the FMEA conference and Mid-West Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeastern United States and currently serves as music director/conductor of the Tallahassee Big Bend Community Orchestra, as well as the Florida collegiate advisor for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The Florida A&M University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands perform regularly on campus during the fall and spring semesters as well as at divisional, national, and professional music conferences. Under his direction, wind symphony has performed at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in Tampa, Florida, Carnegie Hall, New York City, and has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, April 2016. Dr. Chipman is married to Detrick LaShawn and together they have one son, Israel Armenian Chipman. As an educator, Dr. Chipman believes that all students can learn. He believes there are obstacles that create barriers, but through faith, guidance, and love anything can be accomplished. “As educators, it is our responsibility to encourage students to maintain their focus,” Chipman said. “There is good in all and we are challenged to bring out the best in students.”

Chase Giddings - Biographical Information

Chase R. Giddings is the director of bands at Stelle Claughton Middle School in the Spring Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Mr. Giddings’ responsibilities include teaching beginner instrumental classes, directing the Symphonic Band, co-directing the Jazz Band, and overseeing all aspects of the band program. A native of Houston, Mr. Giddings is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at SHSU, he participated in various ensembles including the SHSU Symphonic Band, Bearkat Marching Band, Saxophone Quartet, and Jazz Lab Band. He also served as conductor of the SHSU Brass Choir from 2010-2012. Chase’s primary teachers and mentors include: Dr. Scott Plugge, Dr. Matthew McInturf, Dr. Brian Gibbs, Dr. James (Mike) Bankhead, Dr. Carol Smith, Seth McAdow, Richard Crain, Trent Cooper, and Joe Clark. In his spare time, Chase enjoys researching family ancestry, announcing athletic events, and spending time with his family and friends. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Matthew McInturf - Biographical Information

Matthew McInturf is Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Director of the Center for Music Education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He previously taught at Florida International University and in the public schools of Richardson, Texas. Dr. McInturf received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of North Texas, where he studied conducting with Anshel Brusilow and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Houston where he studied composition with Michael Horvit and conducting with Eddie Green. Throughout his career, Dr. McInturf's ensembles have been recognized for their musical accomplishment. He has performed throughout the United States and recordings of his performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio. In 1991, conducting the J. J. Pearce High School Band, he performed an acclaimed concert at the Mid-West clinic, with trombone soloist Christian Lindberg. He has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, TX and at the Southwest Regional Convention of the College Band Directors National Association with the SHSU Wind Ensemble. An advocate of new music, Dr. McInturf has continued to commission new works for wind ensemble. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the World-Wide Concurrent Premiers and Commissioning Fund, Inc., a non-profit corporation that works internationally to form consortiums to commission significant new works from contemporary composers. Dr. McInturf has served on the National Commissioning Committee of the College Band Directors National Association and the Commissioning Committee of the American Bandmasters Association. Dr. McInturf has an ongoing commitment to music education and frequently serves as a presenter for teacher in-service and consultant for public schools. He has been a guest lecturer in music education for universities and professional conferences. In his role as the Director of the SHSU Center for Music Education, he coordinates a program of performance based pedagogy workshops that offer valuable tools for practicing teachers and is the Managing Editor for Praxis, the online journal of the Center for Music Education. He has served on the College Band Directors National Association Music Education Task Force and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Band College. Dr. McInturf is a Past President of the Texas Bandmasters Association and serves as Region Officer in the Texas Music Educators Association. He is currently the Vice President of the Southwestern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. He is active in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the American Bandmasters Association and is a member of the College Music Society. Dr. McInturf enjoys guest conducting and frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator.