A National Honor: Midlothian HS Band Invited to Selective Music Clinic

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MIDLOTHIAN, TX -- It's an honor so few have the privilege to receive; it's one that students from Midlothian High School will remember for a lifetime.

The Wind Ensemble at Midlothian High School was just selected to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The selection is a prestigious honor -- only four schools from across the world are invited to attend the event.

The school's Director of Bands, Larry Doran, says the selection was based off an audio recording of the band. Doran says he received the news via email.

“I clicked on it, read it, and then I had to re-read it," Doran explained. "I said 'wow,' and just kinda sat down real quick.”

Not only was Doran's group chosen to attend the Midwest Clinic, his band ranked first, of those selected.

"The head of the whole Midwest Clinic came by and told us we had made first in the nation, and that really surprised us,” member Dylan West said.

Another band from Texas was invited, as was a band from Australia and one from Japan. The clinic allows students to showcase their talents.

“It’s more of just a showcase – to be able to come and play and play all this great new music,” member Jordan Doss explained.

The band will perform 10-different selections for their concert.

“One piece we had commissioned, In Memory, by John Gibson, which is in honor and memory of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield,” Doran said. "Chris Kyle was a an American sniper. Kyle was a graduate of Midlothian High School.”

Another piece features the talents of a professional trumpeter. "The Stardust, Dallas Symphony principal trumpeter, Ryan Anthony, is our soloist on that,” Doran explained.

A talented band that’s sharing its music from Midlothian, with the rest of the country. “It’s an amazing honor; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’re really excited about it,” Doss said.

“What an honor for the school music program, but also for the school community,” Doran added.