The IMPACT Team is a wonderful opportunity for college students to gain valuable teaching experience — and not just for Music Ed majors!

Applications are due by April 15.

What is the IMPACT Team?

This is a group of unpaid interns who assist the clinicians and staff of the Drum Major Academy® by providing administrative and teaching assistance as needed during the course of the DMA location where they are assigned.

Each member receives a full tuition, room and board to attend DMA.

To be eligible, applicants must be a matriculating student at a college or university.

Apply to join IMPACT

Dr. John Leonard, IMPACT Coordinator

John Leonard, DMA Lead Teacher.

Dr. Leonard runs the IMPACT program for DMA. He is the Assistant Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Leonard has held previous appointments at Western Michigan University, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also serves as the staff coordinator for the Drum Major Academy.

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

IMPACT Applications are due by April 15.

IMPACT Team Roles


IMPACT TEAM Members are unpaid interns. One never truly stops learning, so here is a great opportunity for you to continue with your education and development of critical leadership and communication skills.


IMPACT Team members are viewed as a teacher by the Academy students. You will be furthering your teaching techniques by serving as liaisons between the students and the staff.

Role Model

IMPACT Team members are role models for the high school students attending the workshop. This means you are an adult presence in the dorms, as well as other settings.