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

For four decades, student leaders and band directors have looked to Bands of America for the latest in marching band drum major 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.

The Drum Major Institute, led by Bobby Lambert, 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 how to teach music and visual fundamentals during sectional rehearsals at their home programs. Other important skills learned at camp include: score study, concise conducting patterns, showmanship, teaching methods, and instructional insight. DMI faculty will inspire and challenge all students, regardless of their drum major experience. 

Students do not need to prepare a placement hearing for the Drum Major Institute.

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2024 Drum Major Institute Faculty

Bobby Lambert

Division Head
Director of Bands, Wando H.S., SC, Former Western Carolina University Drum Major

Maurice Burgess

Director of Vocal Activities, East Edisto Middle School, Summerville, SC

Jonathan Cao

Director of Bands, Vines High School, Plano, TX

Ellen Chmura

Associate Director of Bands, J.J. Pearce H.S., TX

Samuel Crawford

Director of Bands at Riverwood H.S. (GA), Founder of Silent Command, Former Bluecoats Drum Major

Dr. Chris Kaatz

Assistant Director of Bands, Stephen F. Austin State University, TX

Koji Mori

Director of Orchestras, Harrison H.S., GA,
former Phantom Regiment Drum Major

Scott Oliver

Director of Bands, Neuqua Valley H.S., IL

Ben Pouncey

Former Director of Bands, Ashley Ridge H.S., SC,
Former Cadets Drum Major

Adam Vernon-Young

Director of Bands at Laing Middle School

Taylor Watts

Associate Director of Bands at Kell High School

Ross Werner

Marketing Director, FJM, Inc.
former Carolina Crown Drum Major

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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