We are pleased to announce dates for our 2018 Concert Band Clinics. We hosted over 50 ensembles between 3 sites last year, and we can’t wait for 2018! After much careful planning and strong interest, we have decided to open a 4th site in Mona Shores! Our new host is excited to welcome local middle and high school ensembles to this new location. Here are the 2018 dates:
|Mona Shores||Jay Boyden, Host||February 23-24||Mona Shores HS|
|Fowlerville||Bill Vliek, Host||March 2-3||Fowlerville HS|
|Belleville||N. Taylor & M. Campbell, Hosts||March 15-16||Belleville HS|
|Hartland||Brad Laibly, Host||March 16-17||Hartland HS|
For those who have not attended in previous years, here are some things you’ll want to know. Your group will perform on stage and, following your performance, will get a clinic with one of our three clinicians. These clinicians are either college band directors or retired high school band directors who have been selected for their ability to work with groups at all age levels. Your group will NOT receive a rating. Our goal is for you and your ensemble to have a venue to perform, receive constructive feedback, AND to hear other groups of a similar ability level. We believe that students are not given enough opportunities to hear other groups their age play and we want to remedy that. Consequently, your ensemble will be scheduled near other groups of your age/ability level so that this experience is not just a performing one, but also a listening one. There are no restrictions on the literature you play or the amount of time you wish to play. Junior high/middle school groups are given 25 minutes to play/get cliniced, and high school groups are given 40 minutes. You can use that time however you’d like. At the end of the day, each ensemble will receive a high quality CD recording of their performance as well as recorded comments from all 3 clinicians on one CD. Though your group will not be rated, you may elect to receive a participant’s plaque. This is a perfect event if you wish to use it as a preparation for another festival or as a substitute for the traditional festival model. Either way, we’d love to have you.
More information regarding cost, registration and event specifics will be posted here in the coming months so keep checking this website and mark your calendars now for these GREAT events!