December Concert

Our December 7th concert at Comstock Concert Hall was a musical celebration; specifically, a Pre-Midwest Clinic Celebration Concert honoring the North Hardin High School Wind Symphony! This fine ensemble, led by Brian Froedge, with assistants Daniel Reams and Brittany Ford, will be featured in performance at the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference ( in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, December 17th at 4:30 pm.

The joint concert was a natural, as the members of the Louisville Concert Band reminisced their own 2013 Midwest Clinic performance experience and delighted in cheering on the North Hardin High School Wind Symphony as previewed what will be a spectacular performance in Chicago! The Comstock Hall concert was a musical feast delivered by both ensembles. The North Hardin Wind Symphony served up works by Franz von Suppé, Frederick Speck, Samuel Hazo, and others, while our Chamber Winds Louisville and Louisville Concert Band followed with dessert courses featuring chamber music by Gordon Jacob and Nebojša Živković, full-cast works by Persichetti, Brahms, Gallante, and marches by Fillmore and Jewell.

October Concert

Join us for our Fall concert on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8pm in Comstock Concert Hall. We will be sharing the stage with University of Louisville Symphonic Band.

December 1 Concert

Congratulations on a wonderful concert last night. You sure know how to connect the dots! Further, the fact that you shared it with that audience of high school musicians and their parents made it that much more powerful. Kudos to all, with an extra round of applause to Kaelah for her glossy piccolo solo in Chimes of Liberty, and also of course to David for his fabulous solo performance of Scherzo. (I don’t think I’ve ever seen high school euphonium and tuba players move as fast as when they jumped to their feet when he finished!)

I look forward to what we’ll be able to do together during the next couple of weeks. You are a special group of musicians and your commitment to one another and our art is what it’s all about.

All best,

December 1st Concert

Hi Everyone,

First of all, congratulations on a wonderful concert last Thursday evening. I think we all sensed a special chemistry with that audience. Also, special kudos to Reese, Mark, Colin, Stasi and Chris for their fine quintet performance with the Symphonic Band!

As you know, our proposed program for the Midwest Clinic was approved without any changes! For our December 1st concert, we will add some more of the pieces that will be on our Midwest Clinic concert.

Sun., Nov. 3 6:30–9:00 p.m. (University of Louisville – LL65)
Sun., Nov. 10 6:30–9:00 p.m. (University of Louisville – LL65)
Sun., Nov. 24 6:30–9:00 p.m. (University of Louisville – LL65)
Sun., Dec. 1 3:00–5:30 p.m. (Ballard High School Fine Arts Center)

Sun., Dec. 1 7:00 p.m. (Ballard High School Fine Arts Center)

The Ballard HS Wind Ensemble will begin the concert. I anticipate that we will be onstage at around 7:30 pm. Music will be sent out soon. The selections will include:

  • Yankee Doodle by Morton Gould
  • Jennie’s Bawbee & Peascod’s Galliarda by Kenneth Hesketh
  • John Riley (with Wayfaring Stranger) by Brant Karrick (Acton Ostling, Jr., conductor)
  • Très Moutarde by Cecil Macklin (Nan Moore, conductor)
  • The Chimes of Liberty by Edwin Franko Goldman
  • Scherzo by Edwin Franko Goldman (David Centers, euphonium)
  • Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Vasily Kalinnikov

We will probably also include Solo una Volta! (Only Once!) by Yasuhide Ito as an encore number.

As you know, as we prepare for our Midwest Clinic performance, all of our rehearsals are very important. For this concert we have only 3, plus a dress on the day of the show. Please write back directly to me to confirm your availability for our rehearsals and the concert at:

All best,
Fred Speck

Midwest Clinic

What began in a YMCA gymnasium on December 7, 1946 with 120 instrumental music directors from the Chicago area, has been transformed into The Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. Today, this professional gathering boasts the largest and most geographically diverse attendance of any clinic of its kind in the world. Recent Midwest Clinics have been attracting more than 16,000 annual attendees. These participants, representing all 50 states and more than thirty countries, are made up of instrumental music teachers, fine arts administrators, professional musicians, composers and others interested in refining their skills as concert band, jazz band and orchestra musicians, directors and teachers. It’s no surprise that such a rich history has prompted, Richard Crain, President of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors to refer to the event as the “granddaddy” of all instrumental music conventions.

A hallmark of the Midwest Clinic has been the concert performances of fine ensembles from throughout the United States and abroad. These ensembles are selected to represent various categories, including public school ensembles, military bands and orchestras, adult groups and chamber ensembles. This year, the Louisville Concert Band has been selected to perform at this prestigious event. The concert will take place on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Ballroom W375E of McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.