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!

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

Sep 23 Sym Band Concert with Wood Oaks JHS
Sep 23 Sym Band at Middleton
Sep 27 IMEA Auditions

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Recommended Books

The Creative Director: Alternative Rehearsal TechniquesTeaching Music Through Performance in BandTeaching Music with PassionIntangibles of Musical Performance

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Recommended Recordings

Bernstein, Gershwin, Tilson ThomasDvorak: Serenades Op. 22 and 44Keeping My Composure

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