Press Release: 12-07-2011
Veteran Waukegan Public Schools band instructor Mr. Bradley Say will perform with two bands at the upcoming Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Say will play the euphonium with the Chicago Brass Band and trombone, with the Northshore Concert Band.
The Midwest Clinic, an annual four-day international band and orchestra education conference at McCormick Place, attracts nearly 16,000 music educators, professional musicians, vendors, exhibitors and students each year from all 50 states and nearly 30 countries. It also features several concerts each day performed by artists and bands that have been vetted and auditioned by Clinic organizers. The Clinic runs from December 14 to 17.
This will be Mr. Say’s third performance at the Midwest Clinic, but it is the first time one of his bands has passed the arduous selection process in more than a decade.
“When you perform at the Midwest Clinic you are performing in front thousands of music educators and professional musicians who can be very critical, so you have to be at your absolute best,” said Mr. Say. “It also brings more local, national and international exposure to the ensembles.”
Mr. Say has been a band instructor for District 60 for 13 years. He currently instructs the student bands at Juarez Middle School, and also works with band students at Glenwood, North and Clearview elementary schools. In teaching students the principals of music he reminds them that it is important that they realize that music can be a life-long endeavor no matter what profession they pursue.
Mr. Say has played the euphonium since high school and began playing trombone after high school. He is also a Staff Sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard Band.
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