McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band

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2016 Band Director Workshop

The McCracken Middle School Bands is proud to host the 2016 Band Director Workshop on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Sponsored by the Illinois Grade School Music Association and the National Band Association, the BDW 2016 will provide attendees with a day filled with quality, relevant professional development. The day will be scheduled with a mix of clinic sessions, open rehearsals, and performances designed to educate and inspire both young and experienced directors.

We have a tremendous lineup of guest clinicians and ensembles for this year's workshop including Richard Floyd, Julie DeRoche, Andrew Hitz, Chip De Stefano, the Northwestern University Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor), and the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band.

Registration is now open!

News and Announcements

Skokie Award for Artistic Excellence | April 27, 2016
Congratulations to Mr. De Stefano for being selected as the 2016 Skokie Award for Artistic Excellence Individual Recipient by the Skokie Fine Arts Commission!  Mr. De Stefano will be recognized ...

2016 IGSMA District Contest | March 12, 2016
Congratulations to the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band and McCracken Choirs for their fabulous performances today at the Illinois Grade School Music Association District 7 Organization Contest.  All the groups ...

CBDNA/NBA North Central Performance Webcast | February 23, 2016
Thursday, February 25 at 7:00p the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band’s performance at the CBDNA/NBA North Central Division Conference will be webcast at: http://music.iastate.edu/feeds/recital/ All of conference performances will be webcast ...

Mike Balter Inducted into Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame | November 16, 2015
Congratulations to McCracken (Oakview) Middle School Band Alum, Class of 1966, Mike Balter for his recent induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame!

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Upcoming Events

Dec 13 Sym Band with Tamagawa Academy
Dec 19 Winter Concert (at McCracken)
Dec 20 Winter Concert (Sym Band at NNHS)

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