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December, 18, 2024
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM




Rachel Maxwell

Rachel Maxwell

Devin Cano

Devin Cano

Developing The Young Band Sound

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic will provide targeted information and resources focusing on fundamental techniques, ensemble cohesion, and enhancing young concert bands' sound quality and musicality. The clinic includes ideas to develop instrumental technique, tone production, and intonation to lay a strong foundation for individual and ensemble playing.

Rachel Maxwell - Biographical Information

Rachel Maxwell currently serves as the Director of Bands at Traughber Junior High School and has served as the Junior High Band Coordinator for SD #308 in Oswego, IL. She has taught music education courses at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and North Central College in Naperville, IL, and has been invited to be a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at a number of music camps and festivals nationally including the Music for All National Summer Symposium, the NC All-State Middle School Band, ISYM at the Univ. of Illinois, Il State Univ. Junior High Camp and several ILMEA District Level Festivals. Mrs. Maxwell has degrees from Illinois State University (BME), The University of Illinois (MME), Aurora University (MAEL) and completed additional coursework in team-building, leadership, and working with diverse students. She is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Boston University. Mrs. Maxwell taught band in the West Aurora School District (1993-95) and in the Oswego School District (1995-present). A proponent of new music for young bands, she is part of the team from Oswego SD #308 that commissioned and premiered Sheltering Sky by John Mackey, Sol ye Sombra by Donald Grantham, Atmosphere by Scott McAllister, Our Cast Aways by Julie Giroux, and Dream of Ember, Dream of Star by David Biedenbender, and an upcoming work by Omar Thomas (2024).

Devin Cano - Biographical Information

Devin Cano currently serves as the Associate Director at Traughber Junior High School in Oswego, Illinois. Prior to that, he served as the Band Director for Lombard Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands for Galesburg High School in Galesburg, Illinois. Devin Cano is originally from Lake Villa, Illinois. Mr. Cano received his Music Education and Saxophone Performance degrees at Illinois State University. He is currently working toward his Master's in Music Education at Vandercook College of Music. Devin Cano is a National Association of Music Education and the Illinois Music Educators Association member.