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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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What's New in 2018

December 19-22, 2018, at McCormick Place West in downtown Chicago.

Performances, clinic sessions, rehearsal labs and so much more at the 2018 conference!!! The 72nd annual conference schedule includes over 230 events. Whether you’re a music educator that’s been in the business for decades or a college student who’s just getting started, The Midwest Clinic offers a wealth of knowledge, insights, unmatched camaraderie, networking, and the opportunity for more professional development hours than any other instrumental music education conference in world. See why Midwest continues to be the signature event for the profession.

Browse over 100 clinic sessions

Browse the 2018 performing ensembles


New Sousa Band

This is a concert not to be missed! The Friday evening feature performance, Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band, will present a concert consisting of repertoire from works programmed in Sousa's lifetime. Each concert (just like the original) includes classical works, light music, virtuoso solos and novelties. Sousa's marches are performed only as encores and announced by cue cards. Usually 8-12 marches are played on each program. The Band has toured extensively in the East, Middle West and the Southeastern United States. The band made their first overseas tour to Japan in August 1996 and in China in 2010-11. In Nov. 1993, the band played their first theatrical engagement with a one week appearance at the Cristy Lane Theatre in Branson, Missouri. They have appeared regularly in every section of the United States. In 2000 they were presented by the Minnesota Orchestra, and in May 2002 by the Seattle Symphony. They have also appeared at the Music Man Museum in Mason City, Iowa, for the Meredith Willson birthday celebration. Learn more

Sponsored by Bob Rogers Travel


Pacifica Quartet

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was previously the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. In 2017, the Pacifica Quartet was appointed to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School. They are also resident performing artists at the University of Chicago.

Sponsored by D'Addario



The United States Army Band "Pershing’s Own"

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has been the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army since 1922 when Army Chief of Staff General of the Armies John J. “Black Jack” Pershing directed that the band be organized, built on the tradition of the European military bands he had heard during the First World War. “Pershing’s Own” provides music support for the leadership of the United States, to include all branches of government, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in support of Soldiers and their Families, public diplomacy, memorial affairs, community and international relations, and recruiting initiatives. 



Airmen of Note

The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of The United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces dance band, the current band consists of 18 active duty Airmen musicians including one vocalist.


The Inaugural Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute


The art of conducting has been a lifelong passion of music educator and conductor H. Robert Reynolds. Through his commitment to the advancement of conducting he has inspired countless students around the globe to discover their own passion for the art form. The Midwest Clinic is committed to supporting the art of conducting by presenting an in depth conducting symposium for outstanding selected participants. Open for observation (and encouraged!) for all Midwest conference attendees.

Sponsored by WorldStrides OnStage

Browse the Reynolds Conducting Institute Fellows


Breakfast with Legends
Join some of the most well-known and respected individuals in the profession to start off your 2018 Midwest Clinic day! The inaugural Breakfast with Legends places conference attendees alongside icons of the profession in an engaging and relaxed environment. Don’t miss the opportunity to dialogue, ask questions, hear stories, and more from those that have played a crucial role in the profession’s advancement. A full breakfast buffet will be served. Seating is limited to 100 people.

Sponsored by Director's Choice Travel

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2018 Award Recipients


The Midwest Clinic is pleased to announce the 2018 Award Winners. To view our complete history of award recipients, please click here.



Day One Initiative

Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument. Day One sessions will occur on Wednesday and Friday during the conference. Learn more

Ignacio Berroa


Ignacio Berroa has been recognized as one of the greatest drummers of our time. He was honored by inclusion on the Blue Note Records Jazz compilation. “Jazz Drumming Legends” which include some of the most renowned jazz drummers in history, Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie best defined Ignacio as: “… the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro – Cuban music as well as Jazz…” Don't miss Ignacio's clinic session on Thursday, December 20th at 11:30am and Trio performance on Friday, December 21st at 1:30pm. Following the Friday afternoon performance, Ignacio will sit down for an interview with DownBeat Magazine where he will talk about his world-renowned career, philosophy, upbringing, and more. 


Midwest Jazz and String Commission

Join us for the world premiere of Bert Ligon's Cowboy Charlie's Journey- a versatile work for strings, brass, and rhythm section. Commissioned by The Midwest Clinic in celebration of the 2018 conference.


Thursday, December 20
Bloomington High School North Advanced Jazz Ensemble
Janis Stackhouse, director

Friday, December 21
Saratoga High School Strings
Michael Boitz, conductor


Community Band Initiative

In an effort to promote and showcase the vibrant community band movement around the world, we are proud to introduce this new initiative as part of the annual conference. Recognizing outstanding community ensembles that are compromised primarily of non-professional musicians, this initiative truly exposes the importance and power of life-long music-making regardless of vocation.

Sponsored by Conn-Selmer, Inc.

The Woodlands Concert Band


Carrollton Wind Symphony


Banda Santa Cecilia Besana e Triuggio


Always something new at THE source for instrumental music education since 1946- The Midwest Clinic! View our complete schedule of conference events for the 72nd annual conference.