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To the band mecca, the US! Challenge for the Midwest Clinic!

To the band mecca, the US! Challenge for the Midwest Clinic!

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What's this Challenge about?

We are Osakan Philharmonic Winds, the first professional band to become a non-profit organization in Japan.
The Osakan Philharmonic Winds is invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic 2019 in Chicago, USA. This will be the second world tour for us.
After reviewing many application videos, the Board of Directors selected our band valuing our musicality and technique.
It is a great honor to be invited to the final concert of the event.
However, it will cost the band about JPY 18,000,000 (USD 162,400) for airfare, hotels, concert expenses, etc.
As we are a non-profit organization, we cannot afford the travel expenses only by selling concert tickets or goods. We have been working on raising money through grant writing and asking companies for advertisements. However, situation is not blight with the current economic situation.

Through this challenge, we would like you to know the Osakan Philharmonic Winds and support our goals: “to introduce Japanese band culture in the mecca, the US,” and “to give back to community by sharing what we learned through lessons and workshops at the Midwest Clinic.”

Thank you for your support for the OSAKAN performing at the Midwest Clinic!



History and current situation of OSAKAN


The Osakan Philharmonic Winds first started as a self-operated professional band in 1999. At the beginning, as members were young and in the same generation, it was not rare to have some discrepancy in our opinion. The turning point for such a young band was in 2006 when we welcomed Mr. Yoshihiro Kimura as our Music Director. He made the OSAKAN as a group while cherishing members’ unique personality.
our Music Director - Yoshihiro, Kimura


“The professional must be committed to every single note.”


“The communication is the key to good ensemble.”


“Be true to what written on music.”


The above are Mr. Kimura’s favorite quotes.
Now, the Resident Conductor Mr. Tomo Matsuo, appointed as the successor by Mr. Kimura, abides by Mr. Kimura's precepts and leads the OSAKAN to further development.
our the Resident Conductor - Tomo Matsuo

1. Making the Osakan sound “Blend tone”

The Music Director Mr. Yoshihiro Kimura creates the unique OSAKAN sound by carefully adjusting dynamics and blending the tones of each instrument.


2. Improving musicality and technique

Recently, we had invited famous oversea players with extraordinary technique to perform with us. In addition to the main concert, we ask them to teach masterclasses and private lessons to improve the musicality of our members.
the masterclass by Mr.Joseph Alessi
the lesson by Mr.David Griffin

3. Current issue of the OSAKAN

As we are a non-profit organization, we do not have enough funds. Thus, we do not hire any administration staff. As “playing manager,” some of our members work on publicity, merchandise, accounts, etc. while also playing in the band.
prepare the instruments
merchandise
receiving the questionnaire

For this special trip, we have been working on raising money through grant writing and asking companies for advertisements. However, situation is not blight with the current economic situation. However, we would like to attend the Midwest Clinic and achieve our goals: “to introduce Japanese band culture in the mecca, the US,” and “to give back to community by sharing what we learned through lessons and workshops at the Midwest Clinic.” This is why we decided to do this challenge.


To the band mecca, the US!

What's The Midwest Clinic?


The 73rd Annual Conference - December 18-21, 2019

The Midwest Clinic is the largest instrumental music education conference in the world.
For over 70 years, they have showcased the finest performances by ensembles from around the globe, presentations by the foremost experts in music education, and the latest music industry trends for all age and experience levels.

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference each year displays top ensembles throughout the music conference to showcase the newest ideas and talent. From students to professionals, performers have a chance to exhibit their talents to a supportive and enthusiastic audience with an interest in furthering music education. Each band and orchestra conference is unique and offers attendees the most up-to-date music styles and education techniques.

Learn More! → https://www.midwestclinic.org/
The Largest Exhibit Hall

Why was OSAKAN invited to the Midwest Clinic?



It has been our dream to perform in this prestigious event.
The many oversea guests we had invited to perform with us, strongly suggested us to make the dream come true, and we decided to stand for that.
After reviewing more than 200 application videos, the Board of Directors selected our band valuing our musicality and technique.
It is a great honor to be invited as a main guest to such a historic conference.
the Concert of the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"

However, it will cost the band about JPY 18,000,000 (USD 162,400) for airfare, hotels, concert expenses, etc.
As we are a non-profit organization, we cannot afford the travel expenses only by selling concert tickets or goods. We have been working on raising money through grant writing and asking companies for advertisements. However, situation is not blight with the current economic situation.


【Expenses】

Total: about JPY 18,000,000 (USD 162,400) / 54 members / 7 days
Breakdown:
Airfare: JPY 13,000,000
Accommodation: JPY 3,500,000
Other fees (printing, renting space, attendance fee, etc.): JPY 1,500,000


December 18 Leaving Japan, Arriving the US
December 19 Rehearsal, Attending workshops
December 20 Rehearsal, Attending workshops
December 21 Final concert performance
December 22 Taking lessons
December 23 Leaving the US
December 24 Arriving Japan


Our goals:

- to introduce Japanese band culture in the mecca, the US
- to give back to community by sharing what we learned through lessons and workshops at the Midwest Clinic

Thank you very much for everyone's support and kindness.