The Wheaton Municipal Band heads to McCormick Place West in Chicago to perform for the 66th Annual Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference, on Saturday, December 22, at 8:30 a.m.
Joining the band in this special performance are John Hagstrom, Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpeter and former student of Dr. Moss; Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor Emeritus, USAF Band; Dale Underwood, alto sax soloist; Richard Blatti, Director at Ohio State University School of Music; Craig Kirchhoff, Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota; and Myron Welch, Director of Bands Emeritus, the University of Iowa.
“This is a huge honor,” says maestro Dr. Bruce Moss. “We are one of only two summer bands to have been invited to perform at this prestigious event.”
Band president Don Cavalli added, “Even more remarkable is that our band does not get the opportunity to rehearse as other bands do. The Wheaton Municipal Band typically gets one rehearsal per performance. It is a tribute to the great musicianship of the band and the director, Dr. Moss.”
At the December 3 Wheaton City Council Meeting, Mayor Michael Gresk presented a proclamation to members of the Wheaton Municipal Band congratulating the band on receiving this esteemed invitation. The Wheaton Municipal Band, under the leadership and vision of music director, Dr. Bruce Moss, is one of the foremost community music organizations in America.
The Midwest Clinic—the world’s largest instrumental music conference—presents over forty concerts including orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands, and chamber music ensembles for nearly 16,000 participants from all fifty states and more than thirty foreign countries. The conference also provides approximately eighty clinic sessions and showcases more than 350 exhibitors including music publishers, instrument manufacturers, military organizations, and institutions of higher learning. Groups selected to perform at the conference undergo a rigorous application process from a pool of more than 170 applicants. The purpose of the Midwest Clinic is to serve music educators and to help raise the standards of music education around the world. For more information, please visit www.midwestclinic.org.