November 13, 2021

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Attention NAfME Collegiate Members and any student currently majoring in music education: Join us for both Bands of America Championship and Drum Corps International Semifinals events for FREE!

If you’re a college student currently majoring in music education (undergraduate or graduate level), you can attend the Bands of America Grand National Championship Semifinals AND the Drum Corps International World Championship Semifinals as our guest!

Saturday, November 13, 2021 BOA Grand National Semifinals

Friday, August 12, 2022 DCI World Championship Semifinals

You’ll experience KICKin’ off the day with Fran Kick and a series of marching music education/music-industry insiders. A behind the scenes tour and complimentary tickets from reserved seats to see, hear, and feel what’s possible in today’s marching music activity.


Saturday, November 13, 2021 9:00am-5:30pm

Bands of America

8:30-9:00 a.m. Sign in Southeast VIP Stadium Entrance
9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome with Fran Kick, Mix-and-Meet
9:30-10:15 a.m. Behind the scenes stadium tour
10:15-11:35 a.m. Meet-the-Masters
11:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Enjoy Grand National Semifinals

(Parking and meals on your own.)

Friday, August 12, 2022 9:00am-10:00pm

Drum Corps International

8:30-9:00 a.m. Sign in Southeast VIP Stadium Entrance
9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome with Fran Kick, Mix-and-Meet
9:30-10:15 a.m. Behind the scenes stadium tour
10:15-11:35 a.m. Meet-the-Masters
11:45 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. See warm-ups and/or marketplace
1:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. Enjoy World Championship Semifinals

(Parking and meals on your own.)



Lucas Oil Stadium
500 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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RSVP required to attend both events as space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bands of America

Register by November 1, 2021

BOA Future Music Educators’ Expereince Registration Form

Your receipt via e-mail confirmation will guarantee your registration. For more information call Ben Zolkower, Education & Advocacy Coordinator, at 1-317-524-6209 or email

Drum Corps International

Registration opens January 1, 2022

DCI Future Music Educators’ Experience Registration Form

Your receipt via e-mail confirmation will guarantee your registration. For more information call DCI at 1-317-275-1212.



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NAfME Future Music Educators' Experience with Fran Kick

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Future Music Educators’ Experience Video

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Gary Hall, Music Faculty
Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming
My students felt that the entire BOA Grand Nationals weekend experience was of tremendous educational value. In fact, a quick show of hands indicated that the entire instrumental music class is planning on attending again. The overwhelming response was absolutely positive!Gary Hall

That’s right! Gary and his entire group of students flew in from Cheyenne, Wyoming to participate.

JJ Norman, Collegiate Program Manager
National Association for Music Education
Any time young professionals get together to discuss their passion for and the future of their chosen profession it is time well spent. But, when these future music educators are brought together by an event centered around a common goal, such as the “Future Music Educators Experience,” the value is augmented. Seeing such success and energy regarding the future of music education is incredibly uplifting and invigorating. I highly recommend future music educators interested in the marching activity take advantage of such opportunities to kick start their career.JJ Norman

Marshall Kimball, Music Professor
Marietta College, Ohio
I took my Marching Band Techniques class to this event last year. it was extremely worthwhile and educational for all my music education students. From the presentations to the performances of the bands, my students were able to accumulate information that will help them in their future careers as instrumental music educators. I am pleased this opportunity is being given again. It takes the classroom into a very practical arena.Marshall Kimball

Daniel Belongia, DMA
Assistant Director of Bands, Illinois State University
I've had a variety of experiences with BOA and DCI as a volunteer, performer and teacher. I believe in them and the positive role they've played in my career and life.Dan Belongia

Joe Allison, Professor of Music
Eastern Kentucky University
This is a well-coordinated event. I’m very impressed. So proud of you and the results you facilitated today, Fran. Higher ed people can be a bit cloistered and not always receptive to that which they don’t understand. In my old age, it's easy to be jaded about educational initiatives, but I'm convinced that you're the Real Deal for the Right Reasons!Joe Allison

Bill Jobert
Coordinator of Music Education, Wright State University
I was excited to see so many of our students attend the Future Music Educator's Experience at Lucas Oil Stadium. This is the second year in a row we have had students attend and they are coming back to WSU and sharing some real excitement over the people they met and got to talk to. The feedback from the students who attend is very positive and I appreciate how everyone treats them as young professionals during the day. This is part of a culture shift we are working on in our music education program. We are encouraging and pushing students to step off campus and to take advantage of the rich offerings in our region. They have been much more actively attending conferences and workshops and we are encouraging this in our music education classes.Bill Jobert

Jessica Metzger
Music Education Major
The Grand Nationals Semi-Finals as well as the DCI Semi-Finals Experiences for college students majoring in music education were probably the most exciting and educational days of my college career to date. All the speakers were great and very motivational. Getting to know other music education majors was also another aspect I enjoyed. It was an overall fantastic experience.Jessica Metzger

Matt McComb
Music Education Major
The programs at both the Grand Nationals Semi-Finals and the DCI Semi-Finals were great. Being in a room with music educators and marching music fans alike was a fun experience. Being able to talk and share ideas with people from across the country was truly awesome. As a future music educator about to graduate in eight short months, I feel that I gained a great deal of knowledge and information that will help me in the field. Furthermore, the networking connections I have made through different people in different places are something I will cherish. I feel that these two experiences were a phenomenal way to getting future music educators in one room to discuss the topic of the future.Matt McComb

Holly Smith
Music Education Major
You are truly a motivational speaker and further inspire and remind me why it is I want to do what I want to do as a music educator. All the advice you offer is 100% useful.Holly Smith

Michael Baum
Music Education Major
I had a wonderful time at the free DCI Semi-Finals symposium for music education majors! It was a great way to meet new people and get a behind the scenes look at how a DCI show works!Michael Baum

Kelvin Flores, Music Education Major
California State University, Northridge
The Future Music Educators' Experience was surreal! Even a week later I am still in awe of everything I witnessed and learned during the event. My favorite part was meeting and learning from the master teachers. It is an experience that I will remember for many years to come and help guide me as I become a new music teacher within the next year. Thank you once again for inspiring so many students!Kelvin Flores

Tripp Hutson
Music Education Major
On our way back home after a truly amazing first experience at Grand Nationals! I'm still in awe about everything that occurred over the last 24 hours. The Future Music Educators’ Experience was truly a humbling, energizing experience for all that participated. The participating bands were fantastic and the winner, well deserved. Congrats to the Tarpon Springs HS band on your achievements! If anyone ever is thinking about attending Grand Nationals, do it!Bands of America

Rebecca Beyers
Music Education Major
Thank you for speaking and for inspiring me to become a stronger leader. I will never forget the people I met, the words I heard, and the amazing musicianship I experienced. Your analysis of the 'stick' and 'carrot' resonated with me and I now look at school with a 'want to' instead of 'have to' attitude. It is amazing how much easier life can become with that attitude!DCI 2014 Tour Logo

Brenna Giazzon
Music Education Major
I feel so thankful and blessed to have attended The Future Music Educators' Experience today! Not only did I come away with more ideas on how to prepare for the future, but I was also reminded of the amazing support system that will always be there to help.Bands of America

Music Education Major
The DCI Semifinals event was an amazing experience! I learned so much inspirational information about visual manipulation and planning a show. I am currently in the process of applying for drum corps internships as a result of this AWESOME day. If you have the chance to go, you need to take it.DCI 2010



Participating Colleges 2009-2019

Adrian College, MI
Appalachian State University, NC
Aquinas College, MI
Arizona State University, AZ
Arkansas State University, AR
Arkansas Tech University, AR
Asbury University, KY
Auburn University, AL
Augsburg College, MN
Austin Peay State University, TN
Baldwin-Wallace College, OH
Ball State University, IN
Baylor University, TX
Bluffton College, OH
Bob Jones University, SC
Boston University, MA
Bluffton College, OH
Bowling Green State University, OH
Butler University, IN
California State University Fresno, CA
California State University Northridge, CA
Capital University, OH
Central Michigan University, MI
Claflin University, SC
Colorado Mesa University, CO
Columbus State University, GA
Concordia University Chicago, IL
Concordia University Wisconsin, WI
Corban University, OR
DePaul University, IL
DePauw University, IN
Duquesne University, PA
East Carolina University, NC
East Tennessee State University, TN
Eastern Illinois University, IL
Eastern Kentucky University, KY
Eastern Michigan University, MI
Edinboro University, PA
Elmhurst College, IL
Florida State College-Jacksonville, FL
Franklin College, IN
Furman University, SC
Georgia State University, GA
Glenville State College, WV
Grace College, IN
Grand Rapids Community College, MI
Grand Valley State University, MI
Harding University, AR
Hastings College, NE
Heidelberg University, OH
Huntingdon College, AL
Illinois State University, IL
Indiana State University, IN
Indiana University, IN
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA
Indiana University-Purdue University, IN
Indiana Wesleyan University, IN
Ivy Tech Community College, IN
Jacksonville State University, AL
James Madison University, VA
Kansas State University, KS
Kennesaw State University, GA
Kent State University, OH
Kenyon College, OH
Laramie County Community College, WY
Lawrence University, WI
Lee University, TN
Lindsey Wilson College, KY
Lincoln Memorial University, TN
Manchester University, IN
Marian University, IN
Marietta College, OH
McKendree College, IL
Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO
Miami University, OH
Michigan State University, MI
Middle Tennessee State University, TN
Missouri Western State University, MO
Morehead State University, KY
Muskegon Community College, MI
Murray State University, KY
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
North Greenville University, SC
Northern Arizona University, AZ
Northern Illinois University, IL
Northern Kentucky University, KY
Northern Virginia Community College, VA
Northwest Missouri State University, MO
Northwestern University, IL
Oakland University, MI
Ohio University, OH
Ohio State University, OH
Ohio Wesleyan University, OH
Oklahoma State University, OK
Oral Roberts University, OK
Otterbein University, OH
Pasadena City College, CA
Penn State University, PA
Purdue University Fort Wayne, IN
Roosevelt University, IL
Rowan University, NJ
Sam Houston State University, TX
San Antonio College, TX
San Diego State University, CA
Santa Fe College, FL
Shenandoah University, VA
Snow College, UT
Southeast Missouri State University, MO
Southeastern Louisiana University, LA
Southern Arkansas University, AR
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, IL
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, OK
Southern Wesleyan University, SC
Spring Arbor University, MI
St. Ambrose University, IA
SUNY Fredonia, NY
Taylor University, IN
Tennessee Tech University, TN
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, TX
Texas Tech University, TX
Truman State University, MO
Tulsa Community College, OK
Union University, TN
University of Akron, OH
University of Alabama-Birmingham, AL
University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Arkansas, AR
University of Central Missouri, MO
University of Cincinnati, OH
University of Connecticut, CT
University of Dayton, OH
University of Evansville, IN
University of Florida, FL
University of Hawaii, HI
University of Houston, TX
University of Illinois, IL
University of Indianapolis, IN
University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO
University of Missouri-St. Louis, MO
University of Kansas, KS
University of Kentucky, KY
University of Louisville, KY
University of Memphis, TN
University of Michigan, MI
University of Minnesota-Duluth, MN
University of Minnesota, MN
University of Missouri, MO
University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska-Omaha, NE
University of New Hampshire, NH
University of North Alabama, AL
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina-Charlotte, NC
University of North Texas, TX
University of Northern Iowa, IA
University of South Carolina, SC
University of South Florida, FL
University of Southern Mississippi, MS
University of Tennessee-Martin, TN
University of Texas-Arlington, TX
University of Texas-Austin, TX
University of Texas-El Paso, TX
University of Texas-San Antonio, TX
University of Toledo, OH
University of Utah, UT
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-River Falls, WI
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, WI
Utah Valley University, UT
Valparaiso University, IN
Vanderbilt University, TN
VanderCook College of Music, IL
Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
Washington State University, WA
Wayne State University, MI
West Chester University, PA
Western Illinois University, IL
Western Kentucky University, KY
Western Michigan University, MI
Western University, Ontario, Canada
Winthrop University, SC
Wittenberg University, OH
Wright State University, OH
Youngstown State University, OH