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.