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2021 Training Program Schedule


Signups are due by Friday, February 19th.

Based on University facility restrictions due to Covid-19 most classes offered this year will be hosted virtually.  Additionally, due to scheduling conflicts this year’s sessions will move to weekends to accommodate the most flexibility.

Workshops will be held Saturday’s from 4-6pm.

Example Workshop Schedule Timeline:

  1. February 20th           Workshop #1: Introductions and Getting Started
  2. February 27th           Workshop #2: A Strong Foundation
  3. March 6th                   Workshop #3: Conducting+ & Commands Intro
  4. March 13th                 Workshop #4: Commands & Pregame Intro
  5. March 20th                 Workshop #5: Conducting, Commands & Pregame Review
  6. March 27th                 Workshop #6: Gameday Logististics & Headset Review
  7. Weekend of April 3rd will be skipped due to Holiday
  8. April 10th                    Workshop #7: Score Analysis & Conducting Recap
  9. April 17th.                   Workshop #8: Advanced Conducting Options
  10. TBD – Tryouts

2021 Training Program Dues


The 2021 Training Program registration fee is:

This fee includes:

  • Registration Materials
  • Workshop Materials
  • Drum Major Handbook
  • Misc.

This fee is typically due by the second workshop session and can be paid online after you attend the  first session.

2021 Training Certification Requirements


The Drum Major Society Training Program offers 3 levels of Certification.

Students choose voluntarily the path they wish to take and may adjust their preference as needed. Each level is designed to offer students a way to achieve higher levels of effective participation based on their availability and preference. The following guidelines exist per level to give students an idea of what will be expected of them once they select their path during the Training process.

*All Gold Star path students projects are eligible for Scholarship Community Service requirements for both High School and Collegiate level students.

GOLD STAR LEVEL

  1. Participation
    • Actively participates in workshops and discussions.
    • Leads a fifteen minute discussion/ presentation on a leadership topic at a scheduled workshop. Topic is pre-approved by the instructor. See guidelines for the presentation.
    • Creates and participates in a community service project.
      • Final project idea must be submitted by the final week in January and approved by the Board of Directors by the second week in February.
      • The service project must have a goal.
      • The service project must not have personal monetary profit.
      • The service project must be completed, with a final summary report by the second week in March to the members of the Board.
  2.  Audition
    • Participates in the final Drum Major Tryout at the University of Cincinnati.

SILVER STAR LEVEL

  1. Participation
    • Actively participates in workshops and discussions
    • Leads a fifteen minute discussion/ presentation on a leadership topic at a scheduled workshop. Topic is pre-approved by the instructor. See guidelines for the presentation.
  2. Audition
    • Participates in the final Drum Major Tryout.

BRONZE STAR LEVEL

  1. Participation
    • Actively participates in workshops and discussions.
  2. Audition
    • Participates in the final Drum Major Tryout.