2017 Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival Applications Open Today

The Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival is quickly becoming a classic event in Chicago.  Since 2010, the concert finale of this event has featured some of the finest wind ensembles from across North America performing amazing renditions of Grainger’s masterpieces … Continue reading

Now Accepting Choirs for Z. Randall Stroope Choral Event in Chicago, March 16-18, 2017

Windy City Festival Chorus - Z. Randall Stroope

For the fifth year in a row, we will have the honor of hosting Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, one of the country’s leading composers of choral music, for an exclusive choral event in Chicago – the Windy City Choral Festival. … Continue reading

A Letter from Gary Schwartzhoff: The Historical Importance of FDR’s Four Freedoms

The following is a guest post by Dr. Gary R. Schwartzhoff, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Four Freedoms Choral Festival. The Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) has shaped not just the United States of America, but the world … Continue reading

Buffalo Choral Arts Society in New York City

We were excited to work with Marcia Giambrone and the Buffalo Choral Arts Society of Buffalo, New York on their tour to New York City, where they performed at venues such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Statue of Liberty. … Continue reading

SELU Wind Symphony at the Sousa Band Festival

The Southeastern Louisiana Wind Symphony joined us in performing at the the inaugural John Philip Sousa Band Festival in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. We were delighted to hear from Dr. Glen Hemburger, director and Professor of Music & Director … Continue reading

National Independence Day Parade – It’s Here!

Happy Fourth of July Weekend from MCI Headquarters! We are incredibly excited about all of the Independence Day festivities about to happen over the weekend in Washington, D.C., and we hope that YOU can join us and be a part … Continue reading

Chaparral Middle School at the Inaugural Sousa Band Festival

We are happy to have worked with the Chaparral Middle School Wind Ensemble, one of four talented bands featured in the inaugural John Philip Sousa Band Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

Applications now accepted to march in the nation’s Independence Day Parade – July 4, 2016

Band at the Capitol Building waiting to march in the National Independence Day Parade

“Pfft.  Please!  I’ll be cooking barbecue and heading down to the local fireworks.  Not interested!” When we talk with marching band directors about participation in America’s National Independence Day Parade, especially when it means traveling to another part of the … Continue reading

Col. Arnald D. Gabriel Recognized for a Lifetime of Service

How many ways can one appreciate a man who so completely embodies the spirit, drive, and passion of America’s Greatest Generation as Col. Arnald D. Gabriel?  Answer: Not enough. Col. Gabriel served as a combat machine gunner with the United … Continue reading

Memorial Day Choral Festival 2015 – Sunday, May 24th!

MCI is proud to present the 2015 Memorial Day Choral Festival happening this Sunday, May 24th, at 3:00PM at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. Ten choirs from across the United States … Continue reading