The Great Lakes Concert Band Festival at Eastern Michigan University offers concert bands an opportunity to showcase their musicianship in a non-competitive environment focused on learning, exploring, and sharing. Void of ratings, scores, or rankings, GLCBF is committed to providing a unique and memorable experience for students in concert bands of all levels and sizes—middle school through high school.
Participating bands will have the opportunity to perform free of repertoire restrictions for an audience of their peers, friends, families, and a panel of nationally recognized conductors/music educators. In addition to performing in beautiful and historic Pease Auditorium on the campus of EMU, each band will receive a performance video recording, adjudicator recorded comments and a 30-min. educational clinic, and enjoy performances by other ensembles, including the EMU Wind Symphony. An added feature of the Great Lakes Festival is that directors may elect to also receive personal video commentary containing tips and conducting suggestions for their individual professional growth.
Dr. Katie Strickland is currently the Chair of the Northwest Missouri State Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Director of Athletic Bands, and Associate Professor of Music, and is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician of marching bands, concert bands, and percussion groups of all ages. A veteran teacher of 13 years in the public schools of Louisiana and a Northwest faculty member since 2013, Dr. Strickland has served on the Louisiana Music Educators Association Board of Directors and as the Missouri State Chair for the National Band Association. .
Dr. Strickland has published articles and presented conference clinics and research posters on the topics of instrumental intonation, music student motivation and retention, percussion pedagogy, and instrumental ensemble sight-reading at both the state (Louisiana and Missouri) and National levels, including the NAfME Biennial Conference. Dr. Strickland was a 2017 recipient of the Northwest College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, an award presented to one faculty member at each of Missouri’s four-year institutions.