Common Questions

We hear these questions a lot. We’ve collected answers below to our students’ and parents’ most common questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your printable/mail-in registration?

We are no longer able to accept paper registrations via mail or email. All registrations must be done by creating an account on our registration page.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

What is included in the total cost?

Tuition, lodging, meals, textbook “The Dynamic Drum Major,” and a DMA t-shirt.

Not to mention world-class instruction and the experience of a lifetime!

Is The Dynamic Drum Major textbook mandatory? And if so, why isn't it included in the tuition cost?

The most recent edition of The Dynamic Drum Major (black cover) will be needed throughout the week for reference and reading assignments.

I prepaid for the textbook The Dynamic Drum Major or DMA Flag Package. When do I receive it?

Students will receive their purchased items upon their arrival at the Academy.

LGBTQ+, Diversity and Inclusion

The Drum Major Academy offers equal opportunity for all races, ethnic background, genders, and gender identities.

DMA works to create an inclusive environment for all LGBTQ+ students and staff.  We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure all students and staff feel safe and comfortable during their time at DMA.

Please call our office at 781-874-9728 for more information.

I paid a deposit when I registered. How and when do I pay the balance due?

Registration fees must be paid in full, PRIOR to your arrival at an Academy workshop. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Balance due amounts may be paid by logging on to your account on your workshop’s registration page, or by calling the DMA office at (781) 874-9728.

I'm trying to log into my account but it keeps telling me "That email address entered does not match our records." Why is this happening?

The email address that you initially created the account with may no long be the log-in address for the account.

The email address listed under Parent #1 will always be the default log-in address, even if this was not the email address you used to set up the account.

The password you created, however, will remain the same.

What type of adult supervision is there?

The entire adult professional staff stay in the dormitories with the students providing 24-hour supervision.

More information on our student safety protocols can be found here.

What is the daily schedule?

  • General schedule 8:00am — 10:30pm
  • Meal times vary, but ample time is given to eat, study, practice, and rest.

Example of full day:

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Session (outside)
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Session (inside/outside rotations)
  • Dinner
  • Evening Session (outside/inside)
  • Return to dorms

Please note: the decision to hold session inside or out is dependent on weather. Locations changes are made at the discretion of the staff. Because of this, students should carry a packable rain poncho or jacket in case of inclement weather.

*Arrival times, final presentation, and departure times are specific to each location — this information is included in the check-in packet. You will receive your packet after registering.

Do students have free time for recreational activities?

No. This is an academic and educational workshop.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. You have all been selected as intelligent leaders of your high school bands. We leave it to your discretion to wear appropriate clothing during the DMA workshop to maintain a respectful, professional atmosphere.

  • No bathing suits, tube tops, short shorts, or open arm hole shirts for girls or boys — full T-shirt is required.
  • Sneakers or boat shoes are required. Sandals or open toed shoes can be dangerous during marching.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn for reasons of safety, hygiene, and courtesy to others.

Are there accommodations for food allergies or restrictions?


All host schools will receive student food allergy/restriction information in advance of the workshop. The information provided to the host school is taken from your medical form. Please be sure to include all necessary information on your medical form so the host school can accommodate accordingly.

Are linens provided in the dorms?

No. Each student must provide their own linens and beddings. Extra-long twin sheets are the typical size for a university dormitory bed.

Are the dorms air conditioned?

All dormitories have A/C — Except at UMass.

We do, however, recommend that you consider bringing a fan. We are not in control of the A/C and degrees of coolness in facilities vary.

Are there refrigerators and/or microwaves in the dorms?


How much money should students bring with them?

There are vending machines located on all campuses where Academy workshops are held. While students enrolled do receive three (3) meals each day, many may wish to have a snack or drink during the day. Ultimately we leave this decision to the parent.

How many students are in a dorm room?

There are 1 to 5 students in a room depending upon each university’s policy. Housing assignments are made prior to student arrival.

Can I choose my roommate?

No. Students will be housed with students from other schools in order to enhance the experience of meeting new friends and working with new people.

This is a firm Drum Major Academy policy. Housing assignments will not be changed.

I am a band director and would like to register my students myself online. How can I do this?

The simple answer is you cannot.

The registration form is set up to collect important information on each student/family that needs to be agreed to and signed off on by a parent or legal guardian.

My band director/band parent group is paying for my tuition. How can they make a payment?

If someone other than the registrant/account holder is making a payment, they have a couple of options.

A check or school purchase order can be sent in the mail to the DMA office at: 415 Lake Shore Dr NE, #114, Bemidji, MN 56601.

The student’s name must be clearly marked on the payment method so that we are able to apply the payment to the correct account.

We also accept credit card payments over the phone.

Invoices/Receipts are available by request.

I am band director/band parent treasurer and I would like to pay for multiple students with one check/purchase order. Is that possible?


Please include a note with your payment that has both the students’ names and the allocated amount for each student. Please also include a contact phone number in case we have any questions regarding the payment.

Do you offer any financial aid or scholarships to attend the Academy?

The Drum Major Academy does not offer any financial aid or scholarship opportunities.

We recommend looking for financial opportunities within your local community. Groups like: Rotary International, Elks Club, Churches, et al. do occasionally have programs for students who are looking for financial help with summer program costs.

Still have questions?

No problem. Please feel free to get in touch with our staff anytime. We’ll be happy to answer questions for you!