Staff Series Archives - Drum Major Academy

Two Types of Band Member - Rob Hammerton.
Oct 13, 2020

There Are 2 Kinds of Band Members

Rob Hammerton shows us how there are two kinds of band members: the Bandos-From-Birth... and the people like Benjy. Benjy is a character in a story told by DMA’s great friend Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. Benjy was the terrified freshman who was ready to quit band at band camp, until his…
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Drum Major Leadership: Me vs We.
Jul 21, 2020

Are you I-Me or We-Us?

Heidi Sarver wants to talk about one of the most stressful experiences most DMA fans have gone through before: Leadership auditions. Heidi is one of our Lead Clinicians for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. In her "spare time," she’s a Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands…
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DMA is for teachers, too.
Jun 25, 2020

DMA Inspires Teachers, Too. Here’s Why We Do It.

Florida, Texas, Indiana... Anywhere you go, kids want to do well in band. The only variable in the equation is the teacher in front of them. That’s our job. And that’s what DMA is for. Justin McAdams is a DMA Lead Clinician. He’s a Band Director and Performing Arts Coordinator…
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Planning for College, with Dr. Daniel Kirk.
Jun 18, 2020

3 Smart Ways to Choose the Right College

3 things to find about your favorite colleges: money, professors, and that "do I feel at home here?" feeling. Dr. Daniel Kirk is the Director of Instrumental Activities at Reinhardt University. Daniel visits dozens of high schools in the Atlanta, GA area to talk with them about college and collegiate…
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Learn to Teach at DMA, with Katie McCarthy.
Jun 11, 2020

Learn to Teach Marching Band at DMA! And also TikTok?

Lean Clinician Katie McCarthy discusses how DMA jump-started her career as a high school band director — and TikTok helps! Katie attended DMA at UMass Amherst 3 times: 2001-2003. She joined our IMPACT Team in 2005, and hasn't missed a single DMA since. For the last 10 years, she has…
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DMA Starred Thoughts with Evan Doyle.
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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#1 Band Recruitment Method.
May 20, 2020

How to Recruit for Marching Band: #1 Band Recruitment Method

This is it. This is the NUMBER ONE absolute best marching band recruitment method. I’ve tried them all in my 10 years as a band director. And here's the method that works best. If you're in band, you already know: band is awesome. You also know that band is a…
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