McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band

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2014 Band Director Workshop

We are excited to be hosing 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!

News and Announcements

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 ...

In Memorium: Bennett Reimer | November 19, 2013
I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bennett Reimer, a former professor of mine at Northwestern University and giant in the field of music education. Dr. Reimer was ...

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Upcoming Events

Aug 20 First Day of School!
Aug 21 Chair Placement Auditions Begin
Aug 26 Concert Band rehearsals Begin

Complete calendar

Recommended Books

Pathways: A Guide for Energizing & Enriching Band, Orchestra, & Choral ProgramsTeaching Music Through Performance in BandImproving Intonation in Band and Orchestra PerformanceBest Music for Young Band

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Recommended Recordings

Our Hearts JoySongs from the TrilogyBruckner: Te Deum

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