2020-2021 Wind Ensemble Members,

It is with disappointment to announce that the Board of Directors of The Midwest Clinic has made the decision that a live, in-person Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic cannot be scheduled as planned, meaning that the Wind Ensemble will not be performing at Midwest.  While I am disappointed that this year’s wind ensemble will not be taking the trip to Chicago, I am in agreement with the Midwest Clinic Board that this decision is in the best interest of the health and safety of clinic attendees and, most importantly, performing ensembles.  Aside from student health and safety, this also prevents our families from having to financially commit to a trip that would inevitably be in question.

The Board of Directors has made the decision that our Wind Ensemble will be invited to perform at the 2021 Midwest Clinic. This is the 75th Anniversary of this event and will be held in Chicago in December of 2021.  While I am not required to accept this invitation until January of 2021, I can tell you that I fully intend to accept the invitation for our Wind Ensemble to participate in this extremely prestigious international event.  Therefore, the Wind Ensemble selected for the 2021-2022 school year will take the trip to Chicago for performance at The Midwest Clinic.

Invitation for performance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic is done through a rigorous recorded audition process and I am so proud that this year’s ensemble was selected and am grateful that we were able to record on March 12, the day before what we become the last day of school.  If you have not had the opportunity to listen to the concert performances that were submitted, please give them a listen:



2021 Seniors – please understand that while this situation is out of our control, the band staff is committed to ensuring that we provide an outstanding experience for you during the 2020-2021 school year.  While I am very disappointed that you will not be able to participate in this event, I am proud that you are the class that helped make it happen.  We will work TOGETHER to navigate our great band program through whatever this school year brings.

I will speak to this topic this evening in our Zoom meeting, but wanted to get you the information prior to you hearing from another source.

All the best…and as always…

Go Vipers.

Mike Howard

Director of Bands
Vandegrift High School
Leander ISD
TMEA Region 32 Band Chair
TMEA Area E Band Chair