Drum Majors
Drum Majors

Bands of America Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha

Ball State University, Muncie, IN
June 22 - 27, 2015 | Leadership Weekend Experience: June 20-22

Attitude, experience and artistry- the key building blocks for success and leadership

These are traditions that define Bands of America. For more than 35 years student leaders and teachers have looked to Bands of America for the latest in marching band performance and leadership training. Drum major training, through the lends of overall band development, centered on personal and peer leadership have always been BOA mainstays.

Core Teaching Principles


Beginning with self-analysis, students learn their strengths and weaknesses, wants and needs and finally, the paths they wish to explore. We work to create leaders for whom leadership is not an exercise or task, it is a natural extension of their being.


The musical and visual knowledge possessed by the most effective drum majors is extensive. From score study and concise conducting patterns to visual acuity and showmanship, our program will provide instruction, challenges and growth.


Our program will help develop communication skills by examining the words we speak, the signals we give, the message that is received and the actions that occur as a result. Drum Major Institute participants will examine each aspect and work to find his/her own unique style.


In the most embracing and encouraging community in America, participants will examine with us this vital, often intangible portion of a successful ensemble. With the building blocks provided in this camp, we will explore the importance of group dynamics, define the variables that affect it and incorporate ways to influence the elements that matter most.

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