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

TJ Kelly by TJ Kelly Last updated May 19, 2020 2,175 Views

All About COVID-19.

As of May 19th, 2020, we are still planning to hold our UMass Amherst DMA workshop this summer. All other Workshops have been cancelled. Please see below.

Drum Major Academy/DMA.As of our latest update on May 19th, we still plan on holding our UMass Amherst DMA in July of 2020.

However, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to cancel all other Workshops for 2020.

As with everything else right now, this is an ongoing situation, and more changes may be announced in the future.

Here are our lists of cancelled workshops for the summer 2020 DMA Workshop season.

These lists are subject to change!

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DMA 2020 Workshops

Sadly, we have received word from several universities and our partners at Vivace Productions which forced us to cancel several DMA Workshops this summer.

Others have asked us reschedule our Workshops to give the campus more time to prepare.

Here’s the list of Workshops and statuses, as of May 19th, 2020:

U of ArkansasCancelledJun 15-19
U of Northern COCancelledJun 25-29
Wheaton CollegeCancelledJun 27-Jul 1
Texas Woma’s UCancelledJul 5-9
Kutztown UCancelledJul 6-9
Stetson UCancelledJul 6-10 (was Jun 12-16)
Ohio Wesleyan UCancelledJul 10-14
UNC CharlotteCancelledJul 15-19
UC RiversideCancelledJul 16-20
Eastern Kentucky UCancelledJul 19-23 (was Jun 22-26)
West Chester UCancelledJul 20-23
UMass AmherstAs plannedJul 25-29


Kutztown & West Chester Workshops

Vivace Productions.For many years, GNPDMA has held two Workshops in partnership with Vivace Productions. 2020 would have been West Chester University’s 50th anniversary holding its Marching Band Workshops.

But, sadly, Vivace has made the difficult decision to cancel their 2020 summer programs.

Therefore, the DMA workshops scheduled for Kutztown and West Chester Universities are cancelled.

Here’s what Vivace Productions’ staff said about the cancellations:

…as time has progressed and the recommendations of experts has become clearer, we have realized the RIGHT choice is the HARD choice; we will be cancelling all of our 2020 Summer programs.

We are hoping to return summer 2021 and continue to explore potential alternative options to provide leadership and music enrichment.


COVID-19 Statement from DMA Staff

The George N. Parks Drum Major Academy and staff always look forward to the start of each summer. The students that we get the opportunity to work with are inspiring, smart, enthusiastic, and fun to teach.

We hope to get to started as planned and have another great summer to add to the last 41 summers of creating leaders.

It is with that hope that we say we don’t know what the future brings with COVID-19 virus, in regards to schools, gatherings, and “social distancing.”

We think it’s important to follow all of the guidelines set forth by the CDC and other groups with expertise in this unprecedented event.

As much as we would like to start the summer as scheduled, we will abide by whatever those recommendations are.


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Should I register for DMA 2020?

Registration is open, and we would certainly refund any monies spent towards a workshop that ends up being canceled because of COVID-19.

But at this point, it is probably better to plan to register but wait to register until we know more about future recommendations. We will certainly be taking registrations as last minute as we possibly can.

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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