Drum Major Academy Staff

Lead Clinicians

Our Lead Clinicians are some of the very best in the business. These folks run their own programs at the high school and college level. They share a wealth of knowledge with our students.

John Leonard, DMA Lead Teacher.

John Leonard

Assistant Director of Marching & Athletic Bands
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Evan Doyle

Band Director
Westborough High School
Westborough, MA
Kirk, Daniel.

Daniel Kirk

Director of Bands
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Kansas City, KS
Justin McAdams.

Justin McAdams

Band Director
Phoenixville Area High School
Phoenixville, PA

Featured Guest Clinicians

DMA is proud to provide a world-class education and leadership experience for our students. Our guest clinicians are some of the best in the business.

Guest Clinician Tim Lautzenheiser.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser


Tim is Chair of the NAfME Music Honor Society and adjunct faculty member at Ball State, Purdue/Fort Wayne & Butler U.

Tim Lautzenheiser began his teaching career at Northern Michigan University. He then moved to the University of Missouri, and from there to New Mexico State University. During that time, Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in both instrumental and vocal music.

Following his tenure in the college band directing world, he spent three years with McCormick’s Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America.

In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization designed to manage the many requests for teacher inservice workshops, student leadership seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of effective leadership training. After thirty-plus years of clinic presentations, some three million students have experienced one of his popular sessions.

Tim presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is a nationally recognized voice touting the importance of arts education for every child.

His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational community. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, as well as the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is also the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants).

He holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama; in 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he is a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors.

Heidi Sarver, DMA Lead Teacher.

Heidi Sarver


Heidi I. Sarver is a Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Delaware.

She was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Music in 1995. Professor Sarver is Director of the 300+ member Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, co-conductor of the Symphonic Band and instructor of two Marching Band Techniques courses.

Professor Sarver attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance. Her teachers include George N. Parks, Walter M. Chesnut, Malcolm W. Rowell and Seymour Rosenfeld.

Professor Sarver has taught with DMA since 1985, and currently serves as Educational Director and lead clinicians. She is active as a national and international adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor. One of her passions is marching band show design, and has written for many high schools and colleges in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Arizona.

In the past Professor Sarver has performed with the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps as a soprano (trumpet) soloist, music instructor and drum major. Prior to her appointment at the University of Delaware, she was a high school band director in New York, and the Assistant Director of Bands at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She is a member of DMEA, MENC, and serves as state chair for both CBDNA and the National Band Association. In her spare time Professor Sarver enjoys road and mountain biking, swimming, and spending time with her two basset hounds and two cats.

Scott O’Neil


Scott is a conductor, arranger, orchestrator, and radio music educator based in Colorado.

Now a freelancer, O’Neil previously served as the Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony and the Colorado Symphony orchestras, and has guest conducted extensively, including the Columbus (OH) Symphony, Houston Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony.

He has performed as conductor with classical artists such as Van Cliburn, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and popular artists like Seal, Sarah McLachlan, Chris Botti, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Steve Vai. In 2005 he was the conductor of the inaugural Honor Orchestra of America, in association with the Bands of America organization.

As an arranger/orchestrator, O’Neil has written for artists like Eileen Ivers, Bela Fleck, Ingrid Michaelson, Weird Al Yankovic, Jack Black and Tenacious D, and Wu-Tang Clan. In 2014 O’Neil was invited to create a Ted-talk, based on his theme music for Arrow Electronics. Scott can be heard regularly on Colorado Public Radio Classical, offering insights into the greatest music our history has to offer.

O’Neil marched with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the Oberlin College Conservatory, he did post graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, and has a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Rice University. Scott began his training as a conductor as a 3-year “Vet” at the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, and he is thrilled to return as a guest contributor.

Dr. Lauren Reynolds, DMA Lead Teacher.

Dr. Lauren Reynolds


Lauren Reynolds is Associate Professor of Music & Director of Concert Bands at the University of Delaware.

Lauren Reynolds is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Delaware School of Music, where she serves as conductor of the University of Delaware Wind Ensemble and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and wind literature.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Delaware, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting, cognate in Flute Performance, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Rodney Winther. She is the founder and Music Director of the Delaware Youth Wind Ensemble, a year-round honor ensemble comprised of fine high school musicians from the greater Delaware region.

Dr. Reynolds has conducted ensembles from the middle school through professional levels, and has served as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. Under her leadership, the University of Delaware Wind Ensemble has participated and led in the commissioning of numerous works for winds and won second place in the 2021 American Prize for Band/Wind Ensemble Performance College/University Division. Their 2019 tour of Spain culminated in an invited performance at the annual Úbeda Festival of Music and Dance, and they were featured performers at the 2020 CBDNA Eastern Division Conference. Most recently, the ensemble was selected to perform at the 2022 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference in Prague.

Dr. Reynolds currently serves as president of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). She resides in Maryland with her husband, a professional bassoonist and their two children.


No program is successful without strong leadership and support. Our management team has been guiding the DMA vision since our very first days.

Jeanne Parks, DMA President.

Jeanne C. Parks

DMA President

  • BS Music Education, West Chester U
  • MA Music Education/Choral Conducting, UMass Amherst
  • MS in Marriage & Family Therapy, Antioch New England
Jeanne Parks, DMA Staff.

Hilary Lowery

Academy Coordinator

  • BS Music Performance, U of Oklahoma
  • MM Music Performance, U of Kansas
  • DMA Music Performance, U of Kansas

Teaching Staff

Every one of our teaching staff members has years of study, performance, and teaching experience. Combined, they have more than 300 years of marching music training.


Each summer, 50 college students from across the country assist the DMA clinicians and staff in behind-the-scenes preparations, daily workshop sessions, and evening activities.

These dedicated college students work side-by-side with our professional staff as part of our IMPACT program. Do you think you have what it takes to join them?