Bands of America Drum Major Institute

For four decades, student leaders and band directors have looked to Bands of America for the latest in marching band performance and leadership training. The Bands of America Drum Major Institute will INFORM and INSPIRE outstanding student leaders, uncovering their innate musical abilities and personal character strengths while simultaneously providing new skills and perspectives.

CORE Teaching Principles – Character, Content, Communication, and Chemistry – permeate every aspect of our program.

A sound and modern curriculum designed to equip young leaders with advanced leadership techniques for use both in band and in life. Taught by the best educators and leaders in music education, veteran drum majors, new drum majors, and any students aspiring to be drum majors, will learn musical and visual knowledge possessed by the most effective drum majors. Score study and concise conducting patterns, enhanced visual acuity and showmanship, teaching methods, and instructional insight will inspire and challenge all students regardless of their drum major experience.

June 26 - July 1, 2017

Leadership Weekend June 24-25

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Drum Major Institute Faculty

Bobby Lambert

Director of Bands, Wando HS, SC
Western Carolina Drum Major
Symposium DMI Coordinator

Maurice Burgess

Director of Vocal Activities, Gregg MS, SC
Western Carolina Drum Major

Andrew Craft

Director of Bands
Ronald Reagan High School, NC
Western Carolina Drum Major

Stephanie Grote

Assistant Director of Bands
Vandegrift High School, TX
Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Major

Chris Kaatz

Doctoral Conducting Student
Northwestern University, IL

Koji Mori

Band & Orchestra Director
Lassiter High School, GA
Phantom Regiment Drum Major

Scott Oliver

Assistant Director of Bands
Marian Catholic High School, IL
Madison Scouts Brass Caption Head

Kim Shuttlesworth

Director of Bands
James Bowie High School, TX
UT Austin Drum Major

Taylor Watts

Associate Director of Bands
Kell High School, GA

Michael West

Director of Bands
Round Lake High School, IL
University of Illinois Drum Major; Mace Specialist

Photos from Drum Majors at America’s Camp

What are students saying about Drum Majors at America’s Camp?

I had no idea what to expect going in, but now I feel excited/prepared for the rapidly approaching season.

DMI has been the best camp I’ve ever been to and has changed my perspective on life!

The atmosphere at camp is amazing! I wish my whole band could go and experience it!

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