Drum Major Academy


Drum Major Academy

The Drum Major Academy was founded in 1978 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Since its inception, nearly 70,000 high school and college students have attended its summer programs and received instruction on how to be more effective drum majors and student leaders. Founded by George N. Parks, the former director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, the Drum Major Academy has long been recognized by most marching band professionals and band teachers/directors as one of the top locations to send drum majors for training and instruction.

Drum Major Academy Curriculum:

  1. Conducting Instruction/Evaluation
  2. Teaching Techniques
  3. Leadership and Communication Techniques

Additional instruction is available for Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, and Colorguard at select locations.

Common Drum Major Academy Locations each summer:

University of Louisiana/Monroe
Arizona State University/Tempe
University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa
Eastern Kentucky University/Richmond
Beacon College/Leesburg, Florida
University of Arkansas/Fayetteville
Music For All/Bands of America Summer Symposium
University of North Carolina/Charlotte
Kutztown University
Texas Woman's University/Denton, Texas
Liberty Christian Academy/Lynchburg, VA
Ohio Wesleyan University/Delaware, OH
UC/Riverside, California
University of Northern Colorado/Greeley
West Chester University, PA
University of Massachusetts/Amherst
MACE WORKSHOP @ UMASS/Amherst

Drum Major Academy website: http://www.drummajor.org

Graduates of the Drum Major Academy have gone on to be drum majors at the following schools and with the following units:

78th Division Army Reserve Band
Auburn University
Bluegrass Brass Drum and Bugle Corps
Brigham Young University
Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps
Bucknell University
Cadets of Bergen County
Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps
Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps
Colgate University
Colorado State University
Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps
Dartmouth College
East Tennessee State University
Georgetown University
Georgia Tech
Iowa State University
James Madison University
Lebanon Valley College
Lehigh University
Matadors Drum and Bugle Corps
Miami University (Ohio)
Millersville University
Morehead State University
Northwestern University
Notre Dame University
Otterbein College
Penn State University
Phantom Regiment
Pride of Cincinnati Drum and Bugle Corps
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Shippensburg University
Southwest Missouri State University
Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps
Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps
Steel City Ambassadors Drum and Bugle Corps
Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps
Syracuse University
Temple University
Tennessee Tech University
Texas Christian University
The College of Wooster
Towson State University
University of Alabama/Birmingham
University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa
University of Arkansas
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Houston
University of Illinois
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana-Monroe
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska-Kearney
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee
Valley Forge Military Academy
Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps
Washington State University
West Chester University
West Virginia University


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