Resources for Drum Majors​

Here is a list of other resources for trainingequipmentwebsites and organizations.

Training

The United Spirit Association 

The USA Band Program offers a well-balanced curriculum that’s designed to support the Band Director and Drum Major in all areas of performance and competition. With a distinct curriculum for both conductors and spinners, USA offers in-depth study and training of competitive high school, collegiate, and DCI style conducting as well as parade competition. The USA Band Program is supported by and works in partnership with SCSBOA, NCBA, Peacocks American Competitions, Varsity Athletic Band, and Varsity Performing Arts. 

MMDMA 

MMDMA is a leadership and performance training academy based in Northern California for all leaders in the music and color guard world. They help field conductors to lead the music towards an emotional journey, not merely being a living metronome.  The goal is inspired conductors that drive the music through well-defined movement.

Sacramento Mandarins Fall Academy

The mission of the Mandarins Academy: to further the students’ skills in technique, musicianship, performance, and leadership development, all in support of their school music program. Part of the Mandarins Academy’s unique experience is due to the Directors and educators having performed or taught with the Sacramento Mandarins drum corps, so they are able to expose Mandarins Academy students to the teaching method and material used by the drum corps.

George N. Parks Drum Major Academy

Summer training camps by a leader in the art of drum majoring, with over 35 years of experience in training today’s band leaders. Camps in in Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky

Smith Walbridge Clinics

The nation’s first Drum Major Camp founded in 1952 held at Eastern Illinois University.

SASI – Drum Major Camps

Drum Major conducting, marching and leadership training with a fresh, modern approach in Texas and Oklahoma.

BOA Drum Major Institute

Bands of America branded Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Performing Arts Marching Band Auxiliary Camp at Michigan State University

Summer drum major camp held at Michigan State University.

Private Instruction in Northern California

One-on-One instruction is available on a limited basis throughout the year from Rick Wilson. Drum Major styles include field conducting, military baton, and mace.

Websites

WorldofPageantry.com

The World of Pageantry is not only the premier internet pageantry arts resource, but a published print Newspaper covering the west coast’s marching band, drum corps, color guard and drill team activities.

Marching.com

A one-stop source of high school marching band events, scores, links
and resources. Find details of major parade and field competitions,
links to marching bands on the net, and a directory of services and
supplies for your marching band, color guard or drum line.

Halftime Magazine

Halftime Magazine is the only lifestyle publication that presents the sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts in a highly visual format. Covers high school marching band, college marching band, drum corps, winter guard, indoor drum line and all-age ensembles.

Peacocks Marching World 

Peacocks Marching World provides drum major, marching band, concert band, drumline and color guard equipment and supplies.

Organizations​

 

Drum Corps International

DCI is a nonprofit youth organization serving junior drum and bugle corps around the globe. Since 1972, DCI has developed into a powerful youth activity with artistic and organizational influence on the world’s drum and bugle corps, marching bands, and related activities.

Western Unites States Pipe Band Association

WUSPBA is the governing body for pipe band and solo drum major competitions. Their site also includes information on rules and dress standards.

Northern California Band Association

NCBA is one of the major governing bodies for high school band reviews and field shows in Northern California. Their site also lists solo drum major competitions held during the spring.

Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association

SCSBOA is one of the major governing bodies for high school band reviews and field shows in Southern California.

Peacocks American Drum Major Competitions. California’s longest running Drum major competition circuit.

 

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