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.

DMI presents 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, DMI is for veteran drum majors, new drum majors, and any students aspiring to be drum majors. Students 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.

Save Your Spot for 2019!

June 24-29, 2019

Leadership Weekend June 22-23

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Drum Major Institute Faculty

Bobby Lambert

Division Head
Director of Bands, Wando HS, SC
Western Carolina Drum Major

Claire Bogdan

Band Director at Westglades Middle School, FL

Maurice Burgess

Choral Director, Gregg MS, SC
Summerville High School Band, Instructional Staff
Western Carolina Drum Major

Jonathan Cao

Director of Bands
Vines H.S., Plano, TX

Ellen Chmura

Assistant Band Director
Cain M.S., Rockwell, TX

Chris Kaatz

Mace Specialist
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

Ben Pouncey

Band Director
DeBose M.S., Summerville, SC

Taylor Watts

Assistant Director of Bands, Kell High School, GA
University of Georgia Drum Major

Ross Werner

Butler University Graduate
DM at Carolina Crown (’15-’17) and Trumpet Player at Phantom Regiment (’14)
Greenwood, IN

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!

Parent/Booster Institute

Music for All’s parent/booster training and advocacy programs and resources are key elements in Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has the opportunity and access to participate in music making in his or her scholastic environment.

What Should Your Child Bring?

June weather in Indiana is often unpredictable. Historical averages for this area range from 60°F-90°F and often include high humidity. Please keep that in mind when packing for camp.

Staying in Touch with your Student

The Music for All Headquarters staff is unable to receive and deliver messages to students by phone, unless an emergency requires immediately delivery. If you wish to speak with your child during the week, plan your calling schedule before your child leaves home.

Supervision and Health Info

Your child’s safety is our utmost priority. While at camp, your child is required to attend all classes, meals, concerts, and nightly floor meetings, where attendance is taken.

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