Super DMA!

We offer specialized tracks for band members, in addition to our nationally-acclaimed drum major curriculum.

Drum Major Leadership in the Offseason.

Marching Band Leaders

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all your student leaders had the same training as your Drum Majors? 

The Band track at the Super DMA held at our Westfield, MA location is for you!

Marching Band @ UMass Super DMA.

DMA Band Curriculum

You don’t need a title to benefit from this program! This track is for current and hopeful/future band section leaders.

This curriculum covers, but is not limited to:

  • How to Prepare for Music Sectionals
  • Basic Conducting for Successful Music Sectional Rehearsals
  • Developing Better Intonation and Tone Quality
  • Reading and Understanding Drill Charts

In addition, all students enrolled in the Band Track learn, participate in and experience the following:

  • The DMA Teaching Procedure
  • Leadership Sessions
The Importance of a Leader's Attitude.

Two Workshops. One Philosophy.

With Super DMA, all your marching band student leaders get the same training as your Drum Majors.

What makes the Super DMA unique is its integration with the Drum Major curriculum. It focuses upon the student becoming a second set of eyes for the band director.

Using the same DMA Teaching Procedure as the Drum Majors, those enrolled in the Band Leaders track learn to develop three very specific skills:

  • Observe
  • Analyze
  • Correct
  • Educate

These skills are applied to the physical aspect of performing on instruments.

This coordinated effort of instruction ensures that ALL of your student leaders will return with a working knowledge of the same material!

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Super DMA Staff

Our Lead Clinicians are some of the very best in the business, who run their own programs at the high school and college level.

Michael LaCava, DMA Staff.

Michael LaCava

DMA Band Coordinator

Michael is the head of the Band curriculum track. He was the Concert Band conductor at Fitchburg State University for many years before moving to administration, and being named Principal of Chelmsford High School.

Michael is also the former Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Chelmsford Public Schools and former band director at Gardner High School, MA.

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