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The 2016 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$120 Early Bird Director Rate
Through Sept. 23rd
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Through Dec. 2nd
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Through Dec. 2nd
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Applications to perform or to propose a clinic at the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic are now available!

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The 70th Annual Conference - December 14-17, 2016

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Our Military Bands Need Your Help - A Message from Our President

Military bands in the United States have always played an integral part of our national history. In particular, the Washington D.C based bands and orchestras (along with the Coast Guard Band) represent the foundation of our artistic culture. These remarkable ensembles are truly the musical essence of “Americana” at it’s very best.

Presently our Congress is reviewing a suggested “bill” that would put these iconic groups in jeopardy. A mere savings of less than .01% of the military budget would strip our nation of its musical heartbeat.

The Midwest Clinic is asking your cooperation in contacting your state Congress representative to vote NO on this suggested amendment; please share your positive heartfelt support to guarantee the security and welfare of ALL of our military performance ensembles.

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” must remain FOREVER.

Richard C. Crain
President - The Midwest Clinic

Congressional Contact Information:

Author of the House Bill Amendment -  Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) 

The bill is now moving to the Senate.  Contact your Senator today:

U.S. Military Music UPDATE 7/25/2016

What began in 1946 as 120 music directors meeting for six hours in a Chicago YWCA gym has now become the annual four-day music band and orchestra conference known as The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference. For the past 70 years, musicians, educators and people passionate about music education of all skill levels have gathered in Chicago for the largest music conference of its kind.

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference offers guests interested in music education an array of clinics and exhibits, as well as access to music and teaching icons. The conference will also focus on industry trends and future topics in business and music education. With more than 17,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 30 countries, The Midwest Clinic offers music educators and musicians alike an unmatched networking opportunity.

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference each year displays top ensembles throughout the music conference to showcase the newest ideas and talent. From students to professionals, performers have a chance to exhibit their talents to a supportive and enthusiastic audience with an interest in furthering music education. Each band and orchestra conference is unique and offers attendees the most up-to-date music styles and education techniques.

Who Can Attend?

Guests of the music conference do not have to be part of an orchestra, band or any other group. From teachers to administrators, music enthusiast to professional musicians.  And EVERYONE in between! Register on your own or as part of a group. While offering world-class innovation, education and networking, The Midwest Clinic maintains competitive rates to ensure that musicians and music educators from all financial backgrounds can attend.

The Midwest Clinic is ideal for: 

  • Instrumental Music Teachers 
  • Fine Arts Administrators 
  • Professional and Amateur Musicians 
  • Military Musicians 
  • College and University Teachers, Students and Administrators 
  • Music Industry Representatives 
  • Composers and Arrangers 
  • Grade School and High School Music Students 
  • Conductors 

The Midwest Clinic seeks to help musicians of all skill levels and stages
 advance into the next level of their careers. 


"From the Beginning, Into the Future"




The Conference

December 17-20, 2014 at
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL