Wendy Higdon is the Director of Bands and Unified Arts Department Chair at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, IN. She began her career as Director of Bands at Lebanon Middle School (IN) in 1991 and came to Carmel Clay Schools in 1999 where she taught band at Carmel Middle School until the opening of Creekside in 2004. Under her leadership, the performing arts programs at Creekside have grown from 400 students in 2004 to nearly 900 students this year. Under her direction, the Creekside Wind Symphony was honored to perform at The Midwest Clinic in December 2013. The Creekside Wind Symphony was also a featured performing group at the Indiana Music Education Association Conference in January 2013. Her bands have consistently earned high praise from judges, clinicians and guest conductors, including twenty-five consecutive Gold Awards at the Indiana State School Music Association Organizational Contest and many Best in Class and Overall Grand Champion awards at competitions around the Midwest. The Creekside Wind Symphony has also served as a rehearsal clinic band for Linda Gammon at the 2013 Midwest Clinic and for Chris Grifa at the 2015 Indiana Music Education Association Conference. Mrs. Higdon performs frequently with bands and orchestras in central Indiana. She is often called upon as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. In 2013, she received the “Fifty Directors Who Make a Difference” Award from School Band and Orchestra Magazine. She has had articles appear in The Instrumentalist magazine, Bandworld magazine and Carmel Magazine. She has been a frequent presenter at the Indiana Music Education Association Professional Development Conference. In December 2016, she will present a session at The Midwest Clinic. Mrs. Higdon earned her degree in music education from Ball State University Honors College, graduating summa cum laude. She also holds two masters degrees from Butler University, one in clarinet performance and the second in education administration. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, as well as holding memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the Indiana Music Education Association and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. She currently serves on the Indiana Music Education Association Board.