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Scott Casagrande

Scott Casagrande

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

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 has been Director of Bands at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL since 1999 and is currently in his 33rd year of teaching. He will retire in June, 2021. He has taught high school, middle school and elementary students in suburban, urban and rural settings. In addition to his duties at John Hersey High School, Mr. Casagrande currently serves Music for All as a Music Education Consultant. He is also an administrator for the Music Education Alliance 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 many times in The Instrumentalist and the National Band Association Journal and has presented at several state conventions. Under Mr. Casagrande’s direction, the Hersey Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble have both performed as a featured ensemble in the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. They have been selected to perform in 21 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 (90+ ensembles in both events).