Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.

Sam Ewing

Once we get started, we feel…..

  • Conducting is important, but leadership counts. Leadership is the foundation of a good conductor. This is the subject that we want you to “get personal!” Leadership discussions and activities are a part of this course. This means that we respect your opinions and experiences. Every person’s experience and time is valuable.

  • Show up. Consistent attendance will help you understand the different aspects of these leadership positions. However, consistent attendance also helps the other students through your participation in conducting and various activities. Everyone is busy. Balance is important. You know yourself best. Communicate.

The Training Program started Wednesday, January 6th. The Drum Major Society and the Members of the Board are thrilled to host the 2014 Training Program. We look forward to getting to know you and to working with you. Please contact us with any training questions.

Melissa Dennedy


Melissa Dennedy is a current Board Member and the Training Program Chair of the Drum Major Society. Ms. Dennedy graduated with a Bachelors of Music, in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. During her time at the University, she was an active, five- year member of the Marching Band (clarinet, Drum Major) and held various leadership positions. Ms. Dennedy earned her Masters of Music Degree in Music Education through Boston University in 2009. This is Ms. Dennedy’s 13th year as band director and music teacher at Loveland Intermediate and Middle Schools and 20th year teaching private instruction. She resides in Loveland with her husband, three children, and two pugs.