Pre-registration is now open. Click the button below to pre-register for the conference.

Pre-register for the 73rd Annual Midwest Clinic
Online Registration Fees
The 2019 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$130 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$160 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$95 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 

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.  

View General Conference Info
Sign Up
Subscribe to our newsletter, filled with FREE educational tools and information

Applications to perform or to propose a clinic at the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic are now available!

Exhibitor Contract Advertiser Contract

Culture by Design: Building Community and Sense of Purpose in the Large Ensemble

  • thumbnail for Christopher Marra
  • A sense of community and social connectedness can be a hallmark of a band/orchestra membership. However, directors rarely have the time to consider the ways we can intentionally create these atmospheres. This session will begin by identifying the core components found in music programs that foster strong “cultural hygiene.” Session attendees will leave with strategies for welcoming new members, sustaining veteran members, and cultivating a shared sense of belonging.
  • Christopher Marra (
  • 12/20/2019 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Dr. Christopher Marra serves as Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Instrumental Activities at Seton Hill University. As a part of his duties, Chris is the conductor of the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, and teaches courses in music education and conducting. Chris earned a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in wind band conducting from the University of Michigan, MM in Music Education with an emphasis in wind band conducting from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University.

    Prior to doctoral studies, Chris taught high school band and orchestra for 10 years in San Jose, CA where he held board positions with the CMEA Bay Section and the California Band Directors Association. Chris is also an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator within several state organizations as well as Drum Corps International.

  • Second  clinicians thumbnail image
  • Jonathan R. Grantham
  • Jonathan R. Grantham, director of bands at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California, leads a band program of 350 students involved in five concert ensembles, three jazz bands, a competitive marching band, various chamber ensembles, two winter percussion units, and two winter guards.   

    In his eighteen years at Amador Valley the band program has grown to triple in size and the ensembles have earned consistent superior ratings and high honors. Under Mr. Grantham’s guidance, Amador Valley’s top wind ensemble has performed at the CBDA state conference three times (2007, 2010, 2018), at WASBE in the summer of 2015 and twice at The Midwest Clinic (2013, 2019).

    Mr. Grantham is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. He was an executive board member for NAfME/CMEA Bay Section and the Western Band Association and served for several years on the Special Projects Committee for the California Band Directors Association. 

    Jonathan received his bachelor's degree in music education/trombone performance from Central Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude, and earned his master’s degree in conducting at the American Band College of Sam Houston State University, graduating summa cum laude.

    Honors include twice earning the Excellence in Education Award from Pleasanton Unified School District (2009, 2016) and being chosen as Pleasanton Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year (2013). Mr. Grantham was honored by the CMEA State Association in 2015 with the Don Schmeer/Byron Hoyt Band Educator Award. In 2018 Jonathan was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Bandworld Legion of Honor.

  • Third  clinicians thumbnail image
  • Jessica C. Vaughan-Marra
  • Dr. Jessica Vaughan-Marra serves as Assistant Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Music Education at Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA) and recently completed her Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in string pedagogy at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Prior to beginning her Ph.D. coursework in 2015, she taught instrumental music for nine years in the Cupertino Union School District (Cupertino, CA). She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she completed her B.S. in Music Education in 2006 at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). She received her M.M. Music Education in 2010 from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She is an active member of: The National Association for Music Educators (NAfME); Society for Music Teacher Educators (SMTE); Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). Along with being an active ASTA member and conference presenter, she is also the Chair of the ASTA Mentoring Project Committee. Her research interests include: new teacher digital mentoring, instructional technology in the music classroom, and student motivation.