McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band

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2014 Band Director Workshop

We are excited to be hosting the inaugural Band Director Workshop on Tuesday, November 4. Sponsored by the Illinois Grade School Music Association and the National Band Association, we have a full day of quality, relevant professional development for our attendees. We're pleased to announce John Whitwell (Director of Bands, Michigan State University, retired) as our featured clinician, and the fabulous Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony as the featured ensemble. Please see the workshop information page for a listing of all clinicians and to register for this year's workshop!

NEW! CPDUs will be provided for each session though Skokie School District 73.5.

News and Announcements

McCracken Band Alum Mike Balter Receives Honorary Doctorate | August 20, 2014
A huge congratulations to McCracken Band alumnus Mike Balter for receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music this past July!!! A truly great and well deserved honor! ...

All Bands Concert | May 19, 2014
A big congratulations to the Middleton Elementary School Beginner Band & 5th Grade Band, and McCracken Middle School Concert Band and Symphonic Band for terrific performances at the All Bands ...

IGSMA State Festival | April 27, 2014
Congratulations to the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band, 8th Grade Singers, 7th Grade Singers, and Swing Choir for their terrific performances at the Illinois Grade School Music Association State Festival ...

In Memorium: Charles Groeling | January 23, 2014
We just learned that Charles Groeling, former band director at Niles East and Niles West High Schools, recently passed away. Dr. Groeling was a tremendously accomplished director bringing the Niles ...

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Upcoming Events

Oct 08 Beg Band Parent Orientation
Oct 16 Sym Band Fall Concert
Nov 04 Sym Band at IGSMA/NBA Workshop

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Recommended Books

American BandPracticing for Young MusiciansTeaching Music With PromiseTeaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band

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Recommended Recordings

Stars and Stripes: Marches, Fanfares and Wind Band SpectacularsBrunchWithin Earshot

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