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Richard Crain

Richard Crain
Charlie Bradberry

Charlie Bradberry

Small School/Big Results “Tips and Tricks for Building a Successful Small School Band”

Clinic Synopsis:

Join Midwest Clinic Past President, Richard Crain and the Iowa Park HS Hawk Band, Iowa Park, Tx. in the inaugural “Richard Crain Small School Band Clinic”. With over 30 years of superior ratings on their resume, The Iowa Park HS band and their director Charlie Bradberry will present a step-by-step method they use for success in and out of the band hall.

Richard Crain - Biographical Information

Richard C. Crain retired in 2000 after 44 years in public school music education. Mr. Crain was band director in Mercedes, Belton, Spring, and Westfield High Schools in Texas. In 1982, he became Director of Music Programs for the Spring Independent School District near Houston. During his tenure in Spring ISD the band programs won numerous state and national awards. Crain is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, served 32 years as Executive Secretary of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, is past president of the Texas Bandmasters Association, and is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame and the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Texas Bandmasters Association. He and his wife Gayle are members of the Music for All/Bands of America Hall of Fame. In May of 2017, he received the Honorary Doctorate Degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, and in April of 2017 received the A.A. Harding Award from the ASBDA. August of 2018, Crain received the “Arkansas Traveler Award” from the Arkansas Bandmasters Association. He was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Academy of Wind and Percussion Award by the National Band Association, and in the same year he received the World Peace and Understanding Through Music Award from the Women’s Band Director International. Crain served as president of the Board of Directors of The Midwest Clinic for 12 years, retiring in 2021. He also serves as a deacon at Spring Baptist Church.

Charlie Bradberry - Biographical Information

Charlie Bradberry is a 1994 Graduate of Iowa Park High school and is proud to be fulfilling a childhood dream of teaching at his Alma Mater. Mr. Bradberry graduated in 1999 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree. After completing his first year of teaching he went back to graduate school and earned a Masters of Education in Music degree from Texas State University. (Formally known as Southwest Texas State University). Mr. Bradberry is in his 25th year of teaching, having started his career as both an assistant and head middle school director in Burnet and Burkburnett, Texas. As a head and assistant director, he helped guide the bands he worked with to two State Marching Bands contests and many sweepstakes awards. Over the last 27 years, Mr. Bradberry has been the jazz or rock drummer for the Wichita Jazz Orchestra, Gant Blues Band, Apache Casino Big Band, and The Black And White Band, along with performances with country artists such as Luke Robinson. Mr. Bradberry’s career also includes his time inside the studio where he made contributions to several different radio and television commercials and did guest work with artists on their albums. Mr. Bradberry and his wife Pepper have three children: Morgan and Brian George and son Lincoln of Wichita Falls, Texas, Meghan and Michael Rodgers and daughter Myleigh of Burkburnett, Texas, and Mason Bradberry of Iowa Park. Along with spending time with his family, Mr. Bradberry loves aviation and is an active pilot who enjoys flying his plane (N93619) all over the country.