Two Types of Band Member - Rob Hammerton.
General
Oct 13, 2020

There Are 2 Kinds of Band Members

Rob Hammerton shows us how there are two kinds of band members: the Bandos-From-Birth... and the people like Benjy. Benjy is a character in a story told by DMA’s great friend Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. Benjy was the terrified freshman who was ready to quit band at band camp, until his…
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Drum Major Leadership: Me vs We.
General
Jul 21, 2020

Are you I-Me or We-Us?

Heidi Sarver wants to talk about one of the most stressful experiences most DMA fans have gone through before: Leadership auditions. Heidi is one of our Lead Clinicians for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. In her "spare time," she’s a Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands…
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DMA is for teachers, too.
General
Jun 25, 2020

DMA Inspires Teachers, Too. Here’s Why We Do It.

Florida, Texas, Indiana... Anywhere you go, kids want to do well in band. The only variable in the equation is the teacher in front of them. That’s our job. And that’s what DMA is for. Justin McAdams is a DMA Lead Clinician. He’s a Band Director and Performing Arts Coordinator…
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Planning for College, with Dr. Daniel Kirk.
General
Jun 18, 2020

3 Smart Ways to Choose the Right College

3 things to find about your favorite colleges: money, professors, and that "do I feel at home here?" feeling. Dr. Daniel Kirk is the Director of Instrumental Activities at Reinhardt University. Daniel visits dozens of high schools in the Atlanta, GA area to talk with them about college and collegiate…
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Learn to Teach at DMA, with Katie McCarthy.
General
Jun 11, 2020

Learn to Teach Marching Band at DMA! And also TikTok?

Lean Clinician Katie McCarthy discusses how DMA jump-started her career as a high school band director — and TikTok helps! Katie attended DMA at UMass Amherst 3 times: 2001-2003. She joined our IMPACT Team in 2005, and hasn't missed a single DMA since. For the last 10 years, she has…
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DMA Starred Thoughts with Evan Doyle.
Leadership
May 29, 2020

DMA’s Most Important Lessons, According to Evan Doyle

Evan Doyle, a DMA Lead staff member, talks about his most important DMA lessons—especially during "social distancing." In our organizations, leaders who are gonna be effective are going to be be those that value the people in the organization more than anything else.
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#1 Band Recruitment Method.
General
May 20, 2020

How to Recruit for Marching Band: #1 Band Recruitment Method

This is it. This is the NUMBER ONE absolute best marching band recruitment method. I’ve tried them all in my 10 years as a band director. And here's the method that works best. If you're in band, you already know: band is awesome. You also know that band is a…
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Marine Corps Band Virtual Concert.
General
May 19, 2020

Marine Corps Band Virtual Play-Along Concert

The American Bandmasters Association and the United States Marine Band invite you to perform virtually with the Marine Band! On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 1 p.m. (EDT) participate in a special Sousa event with Colonel Jason K. Fettig of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. With everyone joining…
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All About COVID-19.
General
Mar 18, 2020

[Updated June 10th] 2020 Workshop Changes & COVID-19 Statement

We will consider each GNPDMA workshop location on a separate basis, with the hopes that the further into the summer we go, the more likely we’ll be able to hold workshops as usual. Hoping that you and yours stay safe and healthy. And we hope to see you this summer!
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Leadership
Apr 19, 2019

True Confessions about the Drum Major Academy

Although I was keenly aware of the extraordinary popularity-and-success of the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, my first introduction to the DMA was an observation at a summer camp where Mr. Parks was working with 600+ drum majors. He asked me to say a few words to the enthusiastic…
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