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K-State Today

January 24, 2014



K-State Concert Band Clinic begins today

By Don Linn

The K-State Concert Band Clinic hosts 700 high school band students to campus today for a weekend of music making with some of the country's top conductors and educators. The clinic this year will be conducted by Jim Kull, St. Charles High School; Louis Menchaca, Concordia University; Chris Chapman, Oregon State; Chris Hedges, Northern Kentucky; Lance Neilson, Doane College; and Susan Creasap, Morehead State. This is the 21st year of this event.

After its introduction in the winter of 1994, the K-State Concert Band Clinic has grown throughout the Midwest region. All participants experience educational and musical learning from nationally acclaimed guest clinicians. Centered on the K-State campus in Manhattan, the students are offered opportunities to visit the area and gain a sense of the university's atmosphere. The three-day event includes six large ensembles, percussion ensembles, sectional rehearsals and master classes with the K-State music studio faculty.

For area school band directors, clinic sessions are offered by the honor band directors as well as an opportunity to meet the clinicians at a sponsored luncheon. On Saturday, the K-State Bands will perform a special concert at 4 p.m. in McCain Auditorium. The weekend concludes with performances by all six honor bands on the stage of McCain Auditorium on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.