Congratulations to the Wakeland High School Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble who have both received an invitation to perform at the 74th Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and Convention. Wakeland is the only program to have two ensembles invited to perform at the event.
The Midwest Clinic is an internationally recognized band and orchestra clinic held in Chicago annually. Groups from all over the world apply to perform including full orchestras, bands, percussion ensembles and chamber groups. It is an opportunity for music directors, composers and performers to hear performances from the best of the best and share a variety of literature.
Tanner Smith is the director of bands for Wakeland High School and the Wakeland Wind Symphony.
“The Midwest Clinic is one of the most prestigious performance opportunities in the world for any performing ensemble and I couldn’t be more thrilled for the students to be internationally recognized like this,” Smith said. “As we prepared to record and submit our application, we spent time to focus on the music making and how impactful each and every student was to making the music come to life.
“As a director, I was speechless when we found out we were chosen because these students in the Wakeland Band work so hard every day to perform at the highest level. I am honored to share the classroom with my students every day and I am so thrilled for the world to get to see them on stage in December!”
This is not the first time that a Frisco ISD ensemble has been invited to the esteemed Midwest Clinic, which hosted a Liberty High School ensemble in 2015. This additional Frisco ISD invitation is a true accomplishment and a testament to District fine arts programming.
This is the just the second time Wakeland has submitted concert band recordings to the Midwest Clinic and the first time for the percussion ensemble.
“This international competition is a huge accomplishment for these students and to receive this opportunity is an amazing honor and a wonderful way to represent the entire district of Frisco ISD,” said Brian Teed, Wakeland percussion director.
The Midwest application is pretty extensive. The ensembles had to send in two recordings from the current school year. The Wind Symphony submitted “Traveler” by David Maslanka and “Who’s Who in Navy Blue” by John Philip Sousa. The Percussion Ensemble submitted “Firefly” by Nathan Daughtrey and “Not Far From Here” by Blake Tyson. In addition to the recordings, the ensembles submitted a profile of the band program and community that showcased all of the opportunities provided to students in the fine arts at Wakeland and throughout Frisco ISD.
Congratulations to these student performers on a truly remarkable achievement and to their instructors for their incredible leadership!