Reagan Band Honored to Play at Top Tier International Music Conference

Reagan Wind Ensemble

Once again, the Ronald Reagan High School band has racked up another top tier accomplishment.  Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, the band’s Wind Ensemble performed at the 72nd annual Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference in Chicago. Reagan is only second high school band from San Antonio selected to perform in the history of the conference.  The last time was decades ago - in 1983.

This recent performance was just the latest in the long list of noteworthy accolades for Reagan’s Band.  Two years ago, Ronald Reagan High School was thrilled when the Tournament of Roses President announced its band was selected to to march in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade in California. The entire Reagan community tuned in to try to catch a glimpse of their friends and neighbors as they performed.  Reagan High School was only the fourth San Antonio-area high school band in the past 50 years to receive this honor.  Other honorees were the “Lady Bird” Johnson High School Band in 2014, the Churchill High School band in 2005 and the Marshall High School band in 1977. 

Last year, Reagan band members were again shocked and delighted when they were invited to march in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Reagan will represent the state of Texas in the parade next November.  They were one of only nine selected from hundreds of marching band applicants nationwide to perform in the 93rd edition of the annual holiday tradition.
“Very few high school band programs in America rival the level of excellence and artistry achieved by the students of the Ronald Reagan High School Marching Band,” Wesley Whatley, creative director of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® and head of the Parade’s Band selection committee, told NEISD.  “These talented students have amassed a long list of accolades, and we are proud to offer another jewel in their crown.”

To be considered to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference, Reagan’s Wind Ensemble submitted performance recordings last March.  Reagan was selected over a record number of applicants from around the nation, according to NEISD.

“Performing at the Midwest Clinic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that the Reagan Band students, staff and parents are incredibly excited about,” said Dan Morrison, Reagan High School Band Director. “We will be premiering four pieces of music commissioned for the Reagan Band in addition to performing alongside world-famous trumpet player and recording artist, Wayne Bergeron.”
More than 17,000 attendees interested in music education from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are expected to attend the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra, and Music Conference Dec. 19-22. Performing at the prestigious clinic is considered by many to be the highest honor a high school concert band can achieve. Reagan will perform alongside some of the best middle, high school, university and professional bands and orchestras in the world.
“The Reagan Band is honored to represent Reagan High School, the North East Independent School District and San Antonio on an international stage,” said Morrison.

Whether the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, or the Midwest Clinic, these events all share a common thread.  An invitation to perform is the highest achievement to which a high school band can aspire.  Their inclusion stands as a testament to the caliber of Reagan’s band program and Morrison’s direction.

Reagan Wind Ensemble Chicago