The IMPACT Team is a wonderful opportunity for music education majors to gain valuable teaching experience, and yes, it is a fantastic addition to your resume!

What is the IMPACT Team?

This volunteer group of dedicated college students assists the clinicians and staff of the Drum Major Academy® in behind the scenes preparations, daily workshop sessions, and evening activities.

Each member receives a full tuition, room and board scholarship to attend DMA as a potential “staff member in training.” They are a group of energetic individuals who are the spine of the Academy.

IMPACT Team members represent the drive and motivation for the week and serve as the role models for every student, director, clinician, and yes, even the staff.

Roles of the IMPACT Team Member

  • IMPACT TEAM Members are still students. One never truly stops learning, so here is a great opportunity for them to continue with their education and their development of critical leadership and communication skills.
  • IMPACT Team members are in the position of teacher. They will be furthering their teaching techniques by serving as liaisons between the clinicians and the staff.
  • IMPACT Team members are role models for the high school students enrolled in the workshop. This means they are an adult presence in the dorms, as well as other settings.

Laura Abbey

IMPACT Coordinator

Laura runs the IMPACT program for DMA.  She is the Band and Orchestra Director at Tenakill Middle School in Closter, NJ.

Laura has also been the Marching Band Director at Northern Valley High School at Demarest in New Jersey and was a Color Guard Captain for the University of Delaware Marching Band.

Please feel free to email Laura with any IMPACT-related questions: