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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, the situation is not bright 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 the 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!




We will play with Mr.Joseph Alessi, the principal trombone player of the New York Philharmonic! We received the message movie from him!




Mr.Christopher Martin, the principal trumpet player of the New York Philharmonic! We received the message movie from him!




Message from Mr.Jan Van der Roost!


Being connected with "Osakan Philharmonic Winds" as their principal guest conductor for 8 years, I strongly can encourage to support their prestigious “Midwest Clinic project”. Indeed: that annual event gathers ±18 000 people from all over the globe and makes Chicago the “meeting place” for everybody who is involved in the wind orchestra world.

Knowing the musical quality of “OPW”, I can imagine they’re going to amaze and impress everyone while playing the final concert in the main concert hall: the audience will be very large so it will be a unique opportunity to display their musical skills for people from countless countries!

I don’t know (yet) what exactly they are going to play, but one of the compositions on the program will be my newest work, called “SEATBELTS FASTENED!”, commissioned by “OPW” on the occasion of their 20th anniversary. That will concern the “American première” of that piece, which makes it all even more exciting, I think!

As such an enterprise costs a lot of money, any financial support would be most welcome. The international prestige of the “Midwest Clinic” is unrivaled so it is a great opportunity for “OPW” to be part of that major event (especially as it concerns one of the absolute highlights: the final concert!). Highly recommended!

Jan Van der Roost
Composer/Conductor



Message from Mr.Johan de Meij!


The Osakan Philharmonic Winds are planning to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic this year. A very important yearly event, now in its 73rd year, that attracts many thousands of conductors, composers, publishers and everyone involved in the band world to Chicago. I myself have been participating as a conductor, clinician; and exhibitor since 1988, without missing a single year.

I had the honor and the pleasure to work with the Osakan Philharmonic Winds in 2016, conducting a sold-out gala concert with Joseph Alessi as our trombone soloist. The OPW belongs to the top of the wind orchestra scene in Japan, and they have built quite an impressive reputation over the last 20 years.

I highly recommend to support the Osakan Philharmonic Winds to make their trip to Chicago possible. I truly hope that we together can make their dream come true, and to make their 20th Anniversary even more special.

Thank you for your generous support!

Johan de Meij
composer/conductor



We have received the message from Dr. Glenn D. Price!


I would like to congratulate the Osakan Philharmonic Winds on their invitation to perform at the Midwest Clinic in December.
Having conducted this ensemble on several occasions, I can attest to their high level of professionalism, both technically and musically. Moreover, the members are some of the most wonderful, caring and devoted people that I have ever had the chance to work with.

Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I support Osakan’s crowdfunding challenge, and urge individuals and corporations to support this outstanding group, who are wonderful ambassadors of music and harmony.

Sincerely,

Dr. Glenn D. Price
Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Caltech Director, Los Angeles Conducting Institute Past-President, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)


History and current situation of OSAKAN

The Osakan Philharmonic Winds first started as a self-operated professional band in 1999. In 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 the good ensemble.”


“Be true to what written on music.”


The above is 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 master classes and private lessons to improve the musicality of our members.

the masterclass by Mr.Joseph Alessi

the lesson by Mr.David Griffin


3. The 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, the situation is not bright 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 the 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 overseas 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 the 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, the situation is not bright 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 the community by sharing what we learned through lessons and workshops at the Midwest Clinic

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