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December, 21, 2017
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM


Skyline Ballroom W375AB




Chris Kanicki



Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

Summit High School opened in 2002 and is located in Mansfield ISD, just south of Dallas/Fort Worth. SHS has 2,118 students grades 9-12. 52% are economically disadvantaged, making Summit a high-achieving Title I school. With 210 students in band, we offer 3 band classes based on ability that meet for 90 minutes each day. We also offer marching band, musical orchestra, jazz band, percussion ensembles, and colorguard as after school activities. Our kids start band in 6th grade in homogeneous classes at Cross Timbers IS. We work closely with CTIS and Howard MS directors to coordinate a vertically-aligned curriculum. This has resulted in an enrollment of 600+ kids in band 6-12! Our goal is to have a well-rounded curriculum that utilizes music to develop life-long learners by teaching work ethic, teamwork, and artistic appreciation. All three of the Summit concert bands consistently earn “Sweepstakes Awards” at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-reading Evaluation each year. The Wind Symphony has earned “Best in Class” and “Grand Champion” distinctions at festivals throughout the country. This is the first time the Summit Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic. We are incredibly humbled and excited by this opportunity!

Summit High School Wind Symphony

Conductor's Bio

Christopher Kanicki is in his 3rd year as Director of Bands, and 7th year overall, at Summit High School. Prior to his tenure at Summit, Mr. Kanicki was an Assistant Director at Alice High School and William Adams Middle School in Alice ISD. He received his Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Miami, where he studied saxophone with Dale Underwood. Mr. Kanicki’s concert ensembles have earned consecutive “Sweepstakes” awards for the past 11 years at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluations. They have also earned distinction as “Best in Class” at festivals across the state, most recently in 2016 at the South Coast Music Festival in Corpus Christi, TX, and in 2017 at the Ovation Music Festival in Argyle, TX. The Summit Wind Symphony was also selected as a Commended Winner for the National Wind Band Mark of Excellence Award in 2016, and a National Winner in 2017. Marching bands under the direction of Mr. Kanicki have also earned distinction at both local and statewide marching contests. The Alice High School Marching Band competed at the State Marching Contest in 2007 and 2009, while the Summit High School Marching Band has earned “Best in Class,” “Grand Champion,” and numerous caption awards at competitions throughout the North Texas area. Mr. Kanicki’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He currently resides in Mansfield, TX where he enjoys scenic drives in his car and traveling with friends and family.