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Meramec Symphonic Band to Perform at Missouri Music Educators Association

July 22, 2009

Gary Gackstatter  

Gary Gackstatter will conduct the Meramec Symphonic Band at

the 2010 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference.

The Meramec Symphonic Band will perform at the 72nd Annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference in January 2010, at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo. Selection to perform at the conference is the state's highest honor for performing groups. The Meramec Symphonic Band was chosen from over 120 applicants in band, choir, orchestra and jazz bands, in public and collegiate level institutions, and was one of only two college/university level bands to be chosen. To be considered, all groups are required to submit a selection of live recordings from their past season and are judged by an out-of-state panel.

The Missouri Music Educators Association is the state affiliate of the National Association for Music Education; it includes nearly 80,000 members. The MMEA Conference is held each year for Missouri’s music educators and music students and features a wide variety of concerts and clinics covering a wide variety of educational topics. The conference includes performances by the All-State Band, Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Band.

The Meramec Symphonic Band, now in its 41st year. Meramec bands have appeared at the MMEA conference three times in the last 15 years:
the Symphonic Band appeared in 1998 and again in 2003 under the direction of Ron Stilwell, and the Jazz Lab Band appeared in 1995 under the direction of Bob Waggoner.

The specific date and time of the Symphonic Band's performance at the conference will be announced in August.