THIS WEEKEND! Music major, band director clinic in Johnstown, Pa.

Two-day session keys in on producing a successful marching band


The Cadets Experience educational series features a special event this weekend - May 15-16 - at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in Johnstown, Pa., with the first ever Marching Music Matters: A Clinic for Music Majors and Band Directors. 

Led by George Hopkins, members of The Cadets staff, and several special guests, this unique clinic will provide current and future music educators the tools they need to be successful as a marching band director.

“It is our goal to provide both current music majors and band directors with the tools they need to be successful once they leave they leave college or to enhance what they are already doing in the field,” said Justin Heimbecker, Performing Ensembles Director for Youth Education in the Arts. “This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best in the field and gain valuable insights into how to make your marching band successful.”

Sessions and Presenters will include:

  • Marching Band Programming - George Hopkins
  • Drumline 101: What does a band director need to know? - Jon Merritt and George Hopkins
  • Tools and Techniques to Build a Hornline Sound - Gino Cipriani
  • How to build a Color Guard from the Ground Up - Daniel Riley
  • Percussion Education - Products and Services for the Marching Band Director - Neil Larivee, Vic Firth
  • How to Choose Your Look - DeMoulin Uniforms
  • Being a Band Director - A Look at the Logistics - Larry Markiewicz

To SEE the full curriculum and staff for this special clinic CLICK HERE.

The cost to attend is free for Cadets members and alumni, $49 for US Scholastic Band Association member band directors and 2010 Cadets staff, $99 for all other participants.


Housing will be provided in the dormitories of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Meals will be provided by The Cadets, corps-style.

Transportation can be provided to and from Pittsburgh Airport, Johnstown-Cambria County Airport and the Johnstown Train Station.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Melissa Babalonis at or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 115.


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