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Leadership

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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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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Leadership
Mar 27, 2019

George N. Parks Drum Major Academy: There is no substitude

A tribute to George N. Parks We are all familiar with the classic line uttered by Tom Cruise in the popular movie, “Risky Business. The script unfolds to evidence: Without permission (in spite of his parent’s warning) the young teenage lad absconds with his father’s cherished Porsche. As he enjoys…
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The Importance of a Leader's Attitude.
Leadership
Feb 22, 2019

The Importance of a Leader’s Attitude

Over the years I have been responsible for selecting countless drum majors to embrace the daunting, never-ending responsibilities connected with their successes both ON and OFF the podium. During one audition process there were several very qualified candidates vying for the vacant drum major position. After going through the rigorous…
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Drum Major Leadership in the Offseason.
Leadership
Nov 25, 2018

Drum Major Leadership After Marching Band Season

The marching band season is now part of the 2018 - 2019 school year. This presents a newfound leadership opportunity for drum majors. While the excitement of standing in front of the band and conducting the selected show/music is no longer part of the leadership agenda, there is much to…
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The Solution-Driven Leader.
Leadership
Oct 20, 2018

The Solution-Driven Leader

It is the time-of-year when we can all use a booster-shot of ENTHUSIASM to guarantee the ongoing positive momentum of our band members and - most importantly - of ourselves. With several weeks of marching band under-our-belts, it is vitally important for drum majors to focus their efforts on SOLUTIONS…
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Band is a place for everyone.
Leadership
Oct 27, 2015

Starred Thought™: Band is a place for everyone

If you're like me, the notebook you took to the Drum Major Academy® is filled with Starred Thoughts™, and each one seemed equally important as the next. At the time you might have thought they only applied to marching band, but as your compassionate eye developed, you saw that these…
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