2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

The Band Director’s Bag of Tricks: How to Make Your Clarinet Section Sound Bigger and Better

- MST
Broadmoor Hall C

Sheridan Monroe Loyd
Montrose High School, Director of Bands

Sheridan Monroe Loyd is the Director of Bands at Montrose High School on Colorado’s Western Slope, where she teaches two concert bands, two jazz bands, and the “Pride of Montrose” Marching Band. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Loyd was the Director of Bands for the Estes Park School District, where she taught the 5th-12th grade bands, jazz band, and marching band. In all four years at Estes Park Schools, the concert bands received superior and excellent ratings at CHSAA Large Group Festival. The Estes Park Marching Band won the Colorado Bandmasters Association 1A State Marching Band Competition in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Ms. Loyd was selected by her fellow teachers as the Estes Park School District Teacher of the Year in 2018. She has a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from Miami University (Ohio).

As a clarinetist, Ms. Loyd has performed internationally in Argentina and the Czech Republic, and at major venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall and Boettcher Hall. She has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Wind Ensemble, and the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, and was selected as a clarinetist with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. As a soloist, she won Miami University’s Concerto Competition in 2013, performing the American premiere of Ondřej Kukal’s Clarinettino with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra. Her clarinet teachers include Michele Gingras, Dr. Ramon Kireilis, and Dr. Wesley Ferreira.


This session will introduce practical and efficient approaches to help your clarinet players sound better immediately, regardless of age or skill level. You will gain the tools to provide incoming band students with a successful instrument tryout experience on the clarinet, and the knowledge to set them up for success in their early years of clarinet playing. I will also discuss what judges look and listen for in honor band auditions and demonstrate methods to help students get over the break, have greater overall technical facility, and develop good tone in the altissimo register.

Andrew Holcombe, session presider

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