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A tradition of excellence for more than 75 years! Solo & Ensemble Organization Contests/Festivals The Illinois Grade School Music Association, Northern Division, is dedicated to encourage, aid, and advance music education in the elementary, middle and junior high schools of the State of Illinois. IGSMA sponsors contests among school bands, orchestras, and choruses, including solos and ensembles. The year culminates with a final organization contest/festival.

Why Become a Member? Adult professionals, dedicated to providing valuable and meaningful feedback for both students and directors, serve as adjudicators. IGSMA, Northern Division, is divided into nine districts making contest site locations convenient. Participation in IGSMA supports statewide advocacy for music education at the elementary and middle school levels. “Out of all of the activities I do with my students throughout the school year, without a doubt the most beneficial are IGSMA Solo/Ensemble Contest and Organization Contest. The students always seem a bit more “professional” after their first time being at Organization Contest - I definitely notice a change in their demeanor and attitudes. I heartily recommend all directors to join this fine organization!”

“Participating in the IGSMA Organization Contest has brought my choral program to a level of excellence that I could not have done alone. This tradition gives my students an amazing sense of accomplishment and an annual goal that we work together to achieve.” - Elena Ryan, Choral Director, Attea MS

- Carrie Provost, Orchestra Director, Franklin MS

“I have been sending students to the Illinois Grade School Music Association Organization Band Contest for almost 20 years and have found it to be an incredible place for students to achieve both individual and ensemble performance goals. IGSMA encourages a high level of musical and personal growth for each student who participates and is an integral part of our instrumental music program.” - Kimberly Farris, Band Director, Wilmette JHS

Officers Lisa Kiener-Barnett

Terrence Melbourne
 Vice President

Edward Jones
 Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Keith Wiemelt, District 1

Lisa Eaton, District 4

Kimberly Farris, District 7

Linda Betzelberger, District 2

John Versluis, District 5

Allison Reatherford, District 8

Rebecca Meadows, District 3

Jeff Muraida, District 6

Deb Shofner, District 9

District Chairpersons

For information pertaining to membership and participation next school year, contact: • • (815) 729-0575


It’s been a tremendous honor to have organized and hosted these workshops the last three years. My approach continues to be to try to design a professional development day that I would most like to attend and I couldn’t be more excited to share in this day with you. Throughout my 21 years of teaching, and really well before that as a student, I have had more than my fair share of friends and mentors who have taken real ownership of my success as a teacher and the success of our program. I hope my efforts to “pay it forward” today will allow us all to do our jobs just a little bit better tomorrow.

This workshop, quite simply, wouldn’t be possible without the support of a large number of people. The Illinois Grade School Music Association and the National Band Association have provided generous financial and publicity that has allowed us to bring in such a distinguished panel of clinicians. XO Professional Brass has provided an educational grant supporting the appearance Andrew Hitz. Yamaha Corporation of America has also provided funds to support their artists Richard Floyd and Julie DeRoche. Joel Cohen, a former McCracken band parent and longtime member of the Grant Park Orchestra, just happened upon the BDW 2016 website and immediately sent me an email asking how he could help. Today just wouldn’t be the same without the outstanding Northwestern University Symphonic Band. I am very appreciative of the efforts Shawn D. Vondran made in order to make their performance possible.. And (of course!) a big thank you also to Skokie School District 73.5 and Kate Donegan, superintendent, for hosting us here today and moving their district’s inservice to another building. The most basic premise of my philosophy on being a band director (and teaching in general for that matter) is that students are a reflection of their teacher. I believe that to be true in both in the “micro” level of our rehearsals and “macro” level of the culture of our program created by how we present ourselves as professionals. To that end, I believe it vitally important to be a part of our national and state professional organizations. I have been an active member of both the National Band Association and the Illinois Grade School Music Association for my entire career. Both the NBA and IGSMA have representatives here today. Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself, learn more about these two meaningful organizations, and grab membership materials. Thank you for being here. Here's to a wonderful day of professional development!


! Chip De Stefano
 Director of Bands, McCracken Middle School
 Board of Directors - Middle School Representative, National Band Association

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Workshop Program 

8:15 - 9:15


Band Room

Maintaining a Happy Workshop Presenter: Richard Floyd


What are the qualities that make up a “happy workshop?” How can we deal with the tedious necessity of drill and repetition while maintaining a “student engaged” musically focused rehearsal setting? What does it meant to “be inspirational?” What are “margins” and why are they important? And…much, much more.

9:25 - 10:25 LECTURE SESSION

Band Room

The Seven Deadly Sins of Music Making Presenter: Richard Floyd


We all understand the craft of making music. The mastery of notes, rhythms, tuning, precision and so on are second nature to us. Yet technical mastery in no way insures a musical result. What “musical sins” do we commit in our quest for “getting it right?” And, is it possible to embrace the craft of making music while remaining true to the art of making music?

10:35 - 11:35 LECTURE SESSION

Band Room

Care and Feeding of Your School’s Percussion Instruments Presenter: Joel Cohen


Tips to fix, assess and improve your drums, timpani and percussion accessories from a lifelong fix-aholic!



Yeah…but I can’t do that Presenters: Chip De Stefano Demonstration Group: McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band


There are no secrets remaining in our profession, but the wealth of information can sometimes have an almost paralyzing effect on our own growth as teachers. Additionally, it’s human nature to carry assumptions (and excuses) that silently undermine our teaching. Recognizing that we’re falling into this fixed mindset is the first step to fighting through these traps. This session will discuss specific “next action” rehearsal strategies that are our primary techniques for addressing common performance problems in the rehearsal classroom.

Workshop Program 

11:35 - 12:35 LUNCH

Off-site or Cafeteria

12:35 - 1:35 LECTURE SESSION

Band Room

Lessons Learned from 1,000 Band Rooms Presenter: Andrew Hitz


Instead of being in one band room 1,000 times, Andrew has been to well over 1,000 band rooms once. In his travels all over the world, he has observed pedagogical trends that run contrary to accepted best practice of the world’s finest performers. Andrew will address these common misconceptions while offering more efficient methods and providing examples of directors who have successfully implemented these ideas within their programs.

1:40 - 2:40


Band Room

Clarinet Basics: Develop a Great Clarinet Section Presenter: Julie DeRoche Demonstration Group: McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band Clarinets


Beautiful clarinet tone, articulation and technique are essential to the sound of any instrumental ensemble, yet finding strategies for teaching this to students can be difficult. Knowing clear and consistent approaches for teaching your section the basics of good embouchure, tongue position and articulation, and correct holding and hand positions can help achieve excellence with students of all ages.

2:45 - 3:45


Featured Performance: Northwestern University Symphonic Band Shawn D. Vondran, conductor


Militärischer Festmarsch (Königsmarsch), TrV 217 (1906) – Richard Strauss/Barrett Lagan Love: An Ancient Ulster Air for Band (1999) – Luigi Zaninelli Firefly (2008) – Ryan George Liberty Fanfare (1986/2010) – John Williams/Bocook New England Triptych (1956) – William Schuman I. Be Glad Then America II. When Jesus Wept III. Chester

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BDW 2017 Tuesday, November 7, 2017

illinois summer youth music

pre-college academy JUNE 18-24

specialized programs for individual instruments with mixed instrument chamber music experience for advanced high school students

black chorus JUNE 18-24

senior high ensembles JUNE 25-JULY 1

band, chorus and orchestra

junior high ensembles

JULY 9-15 | band, chorus, orchestra JULY 16-22 | band band, chorus, orchestra


JULY 16-22 senior jazz (combo-based) junior jazz (big bands and combos)

contemporary music JULY 16-22

hip-hop rock band/ songwriting composition musical theatre

piano programs JUNE 18-24 JULY 9-15 JULY 16-22


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Clinician Biographies RICHARD FLOYD Richard Floyd is enjoying his 53rd year of active involvement as a conductor, music educator and administrator. For 31 years Floyd served as State Director of Music for the University Interscholastic League at the University of Texas at Austin where he coordinated all facets of secondary school music competition for some 3500 performing organizations throughout the state. He currently holds the title of Texas State Director of Music Emeritus. His other professional endeavors include the post of Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band. Former positions include Professor of Conducting and Wind Ensemble Conductor at the University of South Florida, Director of Bands at Baylor University and 11 years as a member of the music faculty in the nationally acclaimed Richardson, Texas school band program. Mr. Floyd has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe as a clinician, lecturer, adjudicator and conductor including appearances in 43 states and 10 foreign countries. His areas of primary interest include conducting, wind band repertoire and the entrenchment of performance-based music programs within the academic framework of the secondary school curriculum. In 2002 he was the single recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association in recognition of his significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and also recognized him with the TBA Lifetime Administrative Achievement Award in 2008. Most recently he received the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame and Texas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011. In December of the same year he was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor for distinguished service and contributions to bands, orchestras and music education. In 2013 he was elected to the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts recognizing excellence and exceptional service to bands. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book “The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music” published by GIA Publications.Association.


Richard Floyd’s appearance at BDW 2016 is made possible, in part, through the generous support of Yamaha Corporation of America

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ANDREW HITZ Andrew Hitz is an internationally renowned soloist, clinician and speaker having appeared in over 40 states and 30 countries including Japan, Brazil, Russia and Singapore. He recently ended a 14 year tenure as the tuba player for Boston Brass. Andrew has also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Marine Band of Mexico. Andrew currently teaches tuba and euphonium at George Mason University and Gettysburg College. As an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments, he appears all over the world as both a teacher and performer. Andrew has presented at over 20 state music educator conferences and taught master classes at some of the finest music schools in the world including Juilliard, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. He has also spoken about entrepreneurship and music business at many colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina, where he appeared as a thought leader specializing in marketing and social media at The Savvy Musician In Action Retreat. Andrew hosts two podcasts through his latest venture, Pedal Note Media, a digital media company founded with former Boston Brass colleague Lance LaDuke. Pedal Note Media provides products and programs to educate, entertain and inspire music teachers, players and fans. “The Brass Junkies” is a podcast interviewing the best brass players in the world on everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business. Previous guests have included Joe Alessi, Carol Jantsch and Marty Hackleman. The other is “The Entrepreneurial Musician” which features interviews with some of the most successful people in the music business. Previous guests on TEM have included David Cutler of The Savvy Musician, Ranaan Meyer of Time for Three and Gavin Chuck & Michael Clayville of Alarm Will Sound. Both podcasts are available through iTunes or streamable through the Pedal Note Media website. Andrew is also the author of “A Band Director’s Guide To Everything Tuba: A Collection of Interviews with the Experts” which features interviews with Sam Pilafian, Pat Sheridan, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and others. The second volume focuses on the trombone and will feature interviews with Joe Alessi, Lance LaDuke, Ralph Sauer and others. It is due out in May of 2016. Andrew is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mockingbird Foundation, a non-profit organization which has awarded over $900,000 in grants to help bring music education to underserved populations. Andrew lives in the Washington, DC area with his son Nicholas, his dog Izabella, and his wife Tiffany, who he thinks is the best band director in the country. He is an avid sports fan, loves history, and has seen the band Phish in concert 174 times. No that is not a typo.“You’d never guess he was a mild-mannered second trumpeter from the hair-raising high notes... or from the way he seamlessly unfurls long lines…” (

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This appearance of XO Tuba Artist Andrew Hitz has been made possible, in part through an educational grant from XO Professional Brass.

JULIE DEROCHE Julie DeRoche, Professor of Clarinet and Chair of the Department of Music Performance, has served on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music since 1984. A student of Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody, she received her degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University in 1981. She has remained in Chicago since then, developing a significant career as a clarinetist and educator. Ms. DeRoche is an admired clarinet pedagogue, and is frequently engaged to teach and give master classes at clarinet events and conferences throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Ms. DeRoche has performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and can be heard on a number of that ensemble’s recordings, including the Strauss Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Barenboim), Bruckner Symphony #0 (Solti), Mahler Symphony #9 (Boulez), and Boulez Notations 7, and Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (Barenboim). She toured regularly with the CSO in Europe, South America, Asia and the U. S., and has performed with that organization at the Ravinia Festival. In addition, she served full-time as acting second clarinetist for the 2000-2001 CSO season. Ms. DeRoche has performed with numerous chamber ensembles in the Chicago area, and has recorded hundreds of radio and TV commercials. She has been actively involved with the International Clarinet Association, serving as Conference Director, Treasurer and President of this organization. In 2013, Ms. DeRoche participated in the prestigious Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is excited to have recently signed on as a new Yamaha Performing Artist. Joel Cohen has spent his all of his adult life playing and repairing percussion instruments. He has been a member of the Grant Park Music Festival for 38 seasons. He has also performed with: The Milwaukee Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, The Joffrey Ballet orchestra (Chicago), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, and many more groups.


Julie DeRoche’s appearance at BDW 2016 is made possible, in part, through the generous support of Yamaha Corporation of America


JOEL COHEN Joel Cohen has spent his all of his adult life playing and repairing percussion instruments. He has been a member of the Grant Park Music Festival for 38 seasons. He has also performed with: The Milwaukee Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, The Joffrey Ballet orchestra (Chicago), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, and many more groups. Joel is a “go-to” person for information on improving and upgrading percussion instruments, and has created many unique instruments and accessories. He also has a vast historical perspective on how these instruments have evolved thru the years.


! ! Chip De Stefano received both his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and Master of Music Education Degrees from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, he studied conducting with John P. Paynter, Steve Peterson, and Don Owens, trombone with Frank Crisafulli and Art Linsner, and music education with Bennett Reimer, Donald Casey, Jim Kjelland, and Peter Webster. Mr. De Stefano was director of the Northwestern University Basketball Band (1994-1996) and the University Jazz Lab Band (1995-1996). In addition to these responsibilities, he assisted with all the office of band’s performing organizations and had conducting appearances with the wind ensemble, symphonic band, trombone ensemble, and marching band. Mr. De Stefano is currently in his 21st year as Director of Bands at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, Illinois. Under his direction, the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band has received first division ratings at all district and state organization contests of the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) and has made multiple appearances at the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) All-State Conference, University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival, and NAfME North Central Division Conference. In 2006 and 2013 the Symphonic Band received an invitation to present at concert at the Midwest Clinic:An International Band and Orchestra Conference. In the Spring of 2007, the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the McCracken Symphonic Band the prestigious Sudler Silver Cup. Mr. De Stefano also serves as Director of the University Wind Ensemble at the University of Chicago, where he prepares the primarily non-music major ensemble for three performances each year. As a published arranger and composer, Mr. De Stefano has received commissions from the marching bands of Northwestern University, Samford University, the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, the University of Idaho and dozens of high schools from across the United States. His works have been performed on ABC’s 1996 Rose Bowl Halftime Show, Live! with Regis and Kathy Lee, and WBBM News Radio 780. Mr. De Stefano’s works are available from FJH Music, LudwigMasters Publications, Grand Mesa Music, Kagarice Brass Editions and Mr. De Stefano’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Illinois Music Educators Association, Illinois Grade School Music Association, the National Band Association (Board of Directors, Middle School Representative), All-Illinois Junior Band (Board of Directors) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. De Stefano is active nationally as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He's conducted honor bands, festivals and camps in Singapore, Florida, Georgia (scheduled), Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, and throughout Illinois. In addition, he has presented conference sessions at the Midwest Clinic (2008), ILMEA All-State Conference (2003, 2005, 2008, 2016), Iowa Bandmasters Conference (2010), Nebraska Music Educators Association State Conference (2011), New England Band Director Instituted (2016), Arkansas Tech University Band Director Workshop (2013), NBA/IGSMA Band Director Workshop (2014, 2015), Illinois State University Band Director Workshop (2012) and DuPage County Music Clinic (2009, 2014). Mr. De Stefano is a recipient of nineteen National Band Association Citations of Excellence. He was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2001, the IGSMA Barbara Buehlmann Young Conductor Award in 2004, the IGSMA Cloyd Meyers Memorial Award in 2011, and the Skokie Award for Artistic Excellence in 2016.

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