Dr. Richard Brittain was invited to a small gathering of music educators in the months following World War II. The original goal of the meeting was to provide a venue for the music educators to distribute new music scores, which were difficult to obtain. The year was 1946. The first Midwest Band Clinic was born! Dr. Brittain was educated at VanderCook College, where he returned after the war and became one of the music college’s most esteemed professors. In addition to a rather distinguished teaching career, his work over the years included several noted arrangements for the Neil A. Kjos Music Company . During the 2006 Midwest Band Clinic, Dr. Brittain was the honored guest, receiving many awards and special music tributes. The 60th anniversary of the clinic took on special meaning for the attendees to honor Dr. Brittain, who did not miss one year of the annual convention.