The annual Midwest Clinic is only a few weeks away and, sadly, I won't be able to make it to Chicago this year. Midwest is a huge event - a giant convention for music educators around the country to learn from each other in seminars, find out about the latest products, and hear the best of the best school-level, college, and professional bands, orchestras, and ensembles.
This year, if you go, be sure to wake up bright and early on Wednesday, December 16 and head to the Skyline Ballroom at 8:30am to hear the J. Frank Dobie High School Chamber Orchestra of Houston, Texas. They're going to play Quicksilver and I'm sure they'll do a spectacular job.
I found a performance from the Midwest Clinic on YouTube to share - the Hershey Symphony Festival Strings playing Zydeco Two-Step at the 2006 convention. The intonation is perfect, but the tempo is way too fast. Still, it's an honor to have my music selected for such a prestigious event. Just one more thing to be thankful for this holiday weekend!