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Performer Blogs

Congratulations to all the performers! Here, we share some of their first reactions and continued thoughts to being invited to appear at The Midwest Clinic.

La Cueva High School Jazz Band 1 First Reactions - Brian Dodd, 3rd Trumpet

When I learned that we were given the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Clinic, I was not only very excited for myself, but for the entire band program. The prominence of the Midwest Clinic provides an immense amount of exposure for school music programs in addition to the incredible experiences it offers. I was genuinely surprised that we had been accepted at first as I knew our band was very good, but I didn’t actually expect that we would make it to the Midwest Clinic. Now that we have been given the honor of participating in the Midwest Clinic I am very excited to prepare for what the clinic has in store for La Cueva High School Jazz 1.

La Cueva High School Jazz Band 1 First Reactions - Luke Xue, Lead Alto Sax

My initial reaction to being selected to play at The Midwest Clinic was pure disbelief. Never in a million years could I have imagined that the emergency meeting Mr. Converse had called was to announce that we, a random unknown high school in New Mexico, had gotten a band to the most prestigious high school performance venue in the nation. Then came the rush of excitement of being able to go to Chicago followed by even more excitement from my parents after hearing the news. Even now, I am still shocked that we had made Midwest on our first try. I’m extremely humbled to have been able to play with such a phenomenal band and to have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity.

La Cueva High School Jazz Band 1 First Reactions - Fiona Carney, 2nd Trombone (graduating senior)

I was so excited that we got selected. It was so amazing to see that all the practicing and hard work we put in all year was being recognized nationally!!