Creekwood Middle School Percussion Ensemble and Director Ariel Gammons are ready to take on The Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Representing the Kingwood community, Creekwood Middle School was selected from hundreds of applications from all around the world to perform at the 71st Annual Midwest International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference in Chicago this December. They are the only middle school percussion ensemble performing at the clinic this year.

The 14 students received the news at school by their Principal Walt Winicki’s intercom announcement. He asked each member of the percussion ensemble to stand in their classrooms and then asked those who have heard of the Super Bowl and World Series to raise their hands. Winicki then announced that the students standing were invited to perform at the band and orchestra “World Series” called the Midwest Clinic.

Percussion ensemble Director Ariel Gammons said, “The Midwest Clinic has over 17,000 annual participants from all 50 states and over 30 foreign countries. It is the number one clinic for music educators and performing at this clinic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Creekwood Percussion Ensemble will be performing approximately eight pieces of varying style and difficulty. We are commissioning one piece from Ivan Trevino, a highly respected composer, for the ensemble to premier in Chicago.”

Being that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is in another state and will be costly, the students are asking for donations and appreciate any size amount given to help pay off their trip.

Donations will be going toward individual student costs, including the flight, hotel, ground transportation and daily activities. They will also the cover the costs of the commissioned piece for the ensemble, sheet music and instruments.

The trip cost is estimated to be $1,500 per person and the payment due dates are in August, September, October and the final date of Nov. 19.

“The students are excited to represent the Kingwood community in Chicago this winter and, of course, play in the snow! This is a huge honor and we are very proud of our students for their hard work and dedication,” said Gammons.

To help fund the Creekwood Middle School Percussion Ensemble, visit the donation page



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