evanand-sean-250x180Bates Middle School Band Directors Sean Hackett and Alex Beaton and Chestnut Oaks Middle School Band Director Evan Thompson will represent Sumter School District and the state of South Carolina as they take the stage with the Palmetto Concert Band on December 15 at the Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL.

The Midwest Clinic began in 1946 with 120 attendees and has grown to over 17,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. The clinic offers music educators and musicians an unmatched networking opportunity with an array of clinics and exhibits for all levels of the profession. The Midwest Clinic displays top ensembles throughout the conference to showcase the newest ideas and talent. Ensembles go through a rigorous audition process.

This is the Palmetto Concert Band’s third performance at this prestigious event and the first performance in Chicago for Mr. Hackett, Mr. Beaton, and Mr. Thompson.