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December, 15, 2021
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM


W 184


Scott Casagrande

Scott Casagrande

Getting Your Band Program Back Up on Its Feet: Systemic and Artistic Motivations To Inspire Your Students To Get Back in Shape

Clinic Synopsis:

Last year’s pandemic presented the most significant challenge to music education in our lifetime. It's time to be smart about how we structure traditional activity in our band culture to maximize the inspirational opportunities for students and get our band back up on its feet. This clinic presents simple but effective adjustments to areas such as music selection, auditions, part-testing, private lessons and technology with attention to differing economic situations at all teaching levels.

Scott Casagrande - Biographical Information

Scott J. Casagrande was Director of Bands at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL for 22 years and retired in June, 2021 after completing 33 years of teaching in Illinois Public Schools.  He taught high school, middle school and elementary students in suburban, urban and rural settings over the course of his teaching career.  Mr. Casagrande currently serves Music for All and MusicFirst software as a Music Education Consultant. He is also an administrator for the Music Education Alliance (National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association and Music for All) and the Dr. William P. Foster Project serving bands in under-served communities. He is a Past-President of the National Band Association and was a member of the NBA Executive Board from 2012-2020. He has been published often in The Instrumentalist and the National Band Association Journal and has presented at ten different state music conferences. Ensembles under Mr. Casagrande’s direction performed as a featured ensemble in the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. They were also selected to perform in 23 Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festivals, two Illinois Music Educators Association Conventions and four Music for All National Concert Band Festivals. The Hersey Symphonic Band has been named the Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival Honor Band four times and the band program was awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor by the Sousa Foundation. In addition, Jazz Ensembles under Mr. Casagrande’s direction have been Grand Champions at the Purdue Jazz Festival and the Jazz in the Meadows Festival several times (the two largest jazz festivals in the Midwest).