At the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha
- Ball State University, Muncie Indiana
- SWAG members must be at the Symposium by 3 p.m., June 19 through June 29
What is the SWAG Team?
The heart and soul of the Summer Symposium, the SWAG Team is a volunteer group of dedicated college students, graduate students, band directors, and others interested in music education. The SWAG Team's mission is to ensure that everyone associated with the Symposium has a positive experience and an opportunity to grow as a person. Students, directors and clinicians have been amazed by the spirit and hard work put forth by the Team.
The SWAG Team plays a major role in the Summer Symposium, serving as counselors, staff assistants, and role models to the 1,000+ student participants. It's an unparalleled experience and a wonderful addition to a resume showcasing service on a national scale.
At the heart of every activity is leadership. The SWAG Team program is designed to be a living testament to results gained from the development, assertion and practice of strong leadership skills.
During the weekend prior to the Symposium, the all-volunteer SWAG Team attends training workshops, prepares the student residence halls and rehearsal areas, and helps to fulfill the vast logistical needs required for a smooth, successful Summer Symposium. Music for All supports each SWAG's preparation and professional development with seminars and workshops with some of the nation's finest music and teaching professionals.
Once the Symposium begins, SWAGs provide vital services from assisting with classes and delivering water to transporting clinicians and students, repairing instruments, and performing countless other tasks. Perhaps their most important duty is performed at residence hall floor meetings each night, where they lead students in discussions about their experiences and facilitate positive interaction with one another. Lifelong friendships start at these floor meetings.
The SWAG Team's unswerving dedication and contagious enthusiasm inspire everyone associated with the Summer Symposium. The Symposium could not be held without the enormous contributions of the SWAG Team.
How to Apply for the 2014 SWAG Team
Anyone that has completed one semester of college (or equivalent of military or professional experience) is eligible to apply for the SWAG Team. You do not need to be a music major or band director, many on the team have not been associated with music programs since high school but are great team members.
Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2014. All support materials for the application (letters of recommendation, audition materials, and pictures) are due no later than March 15th. Selection for the team will take place in late March with notifications of selections being sent out in early April.
Members of the SWAG Team will need to be on campus by 3 p.m., June 19 through June 29, 2014 at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Music for All provides room and board and three uniform t-shirts during the time of the symposium.
The Symposium, for campers, runs from June 23-28, 2014. The student Leadership Experience Weekend is June 21-23.
Apply to the SWAG Team:
Selection for a position on the SWAG Team is very competitive. Applicants must have completed one semester of undergraduate study or have military or other professional experience and must submit a summary of their school music experience, three letters of recommendation, and an audition recording for instrumental area assignments. Each year, only the most outstanding candidates are selected to form the SWAG Team.