Drum Major and Leadership Institute

Save the Date: June 6-8, 2019

The Colorado State University Drum Major and Leadership Institute is designed to train high school drum majors and section leaders in the areas of peer mentorship, visual technique instruction, music performance techniques, conflict resolution, and conducting. During the institute, participants will have the opportunity to interact with students from around the region including members of the CSU marching band leadership team, and a nationally-renowned clinical staff. Using a part lecture/ part group participation method, our institute seeks to give student leaders the tools to be successful inside and outside of their band program. Whether you are currently a student leader in your band, or aspiring to become one, our institute is here to develop YOU!

2019 Institute Clinicians

Dr. T. André Feagin

T. André Feagin headshotDr. Feagin is the assistant director of bands and assistant professor of music at Colorado State University. At CSU his job duties include serving as conductor of the Symphonic Band, director of the CSU Marching Band, Presidential Pep Band, and Basketball Pep Band. In addition, he teaches courses in undergraduate conducting and marching band techniques. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of bands at Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina) and associate director of bands at the University of Texas at El Paso. His public school teaching experience include serving as director of bands at Watkins Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (Tennessee).

Dr. Feagin has appeared with numerous All-state and regional honor bands throughout the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Previous engagements include serving as conductor of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Concert Band, conductor of the Massachusetts All-State Band, the New Mexico All-State Concert Band, and the New England Intercollegiate Band. He has presented clinics on conducting, leadership, and the marching arts at the Arizona Music Educators Association State Convention, The Savannah State University Conducting Workshop (GA), The Universiti Teknologi MARA in Selangor, Malaysia, the South Carolina Music Educators Association State Convention, the Georgia State University Leadership Institute, the New England Band Directors Institute (NH), and the 2018 NAfME National Conference.

In 2004, Dr. Feagin was one of three nationally selected conductors to perform with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America in the inaugural Young Composer/Conductors Mentor Project sponsored by the National Band Association. In 2012, he was one of three nationally selected conductors to perform with the United States Academy Band at West Point during the Association of Concert Bands National Convention.

Dr. Feagin’s research and scholarly activities include serving as a contributing author in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. In addition, he has been featured in the Instrumentalist, andTeaching Musicmagazines. His doctoral research studies Spanish wind band composer Bernardo Adam Ferrero and his composition Homenaje a Joaquín Sorolla. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a proclamation of “Professor T. André Feagin Day” from the Mayor and City Council of El Paso, Texas.

Dr. Feagin’s teaching experience in Drum Corps International expands two decades. He currently serves on the brass staff of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Previous appointments include serving as brass caption head of the Santa Clara Vanguard and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He has served on the brass staff of Carolina Crown and is the former executive director and brass caption head of the 2007 DCI Division III World Champion Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performing member, he served four years as conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and was the recipient of the DCI Jim Jones Leadership Award in 2000 and the DCI Division III Director of the Year Award in 2007. He continues his involvement in the marching arts serving as a clinician, consultant, adjudicator, music arranger, visual designer, and program coordinator for some of the nation’s finest high school and university band programs.

Dr. Feagin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, a Master of Music degree in wind conducting, and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He is grateful for the many mentors throughout his life that have shaped his passion for teaching and music. Among them are Gregg I. Hanson, Thomas Cockrell, Bruce Chamberlain, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Kraig Alan Williams, James Gholson, Denise Gainey, Steven Cohen, and Lapraydia King-Jones.

Dr. Feagin holds professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Minority Band Directors Association, Patron of Mu Phi Epsilon, and honorary memberships in both Tau Beta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Dr. Andrea E. Brown

Andrea Brown headshotDr. Brown was appointed the associate director of bands at the University of Maryland in 2018. In this position she conducts the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble and serves as the director of athletic bands in which she leads the “Mighty Sound of Maryland” and all aspects of the athletic band program. Brown is formerly a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Michigan where she served as the assistant director of bands. In this position, she was the conductor of the Campus Bands and director of the Campus Band Chamber Ensembles, associate director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, director of the Men's Basketball Band, guest conductor with the Symphony Band and Concert Band, taught conducting, and was a faculty sponsor of a College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Project team researching conducting pedagogy technology.

Previously Brown was the director of orchestra and assistant director of bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta where she also led research in conducting pedagogy technology and was a member of the Oxford Program faculty. She is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the US, Europe, and Asia.  Brown completed a DMA in instrumental conducting at UNC Greensboro where she was a student of John Locke and Kevin Geraldi. While at UNCG, she was named Outstanding Teaching Assistant and was both guest conductor and principal horn on UNCG Wind Ensemble's fireworks! and finish line! CDs released on the Equilibrium label. Brown has also had several rehearsal guides published in the popular GIA Publications series, "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" and has presented at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Music For All Summer Symposium, the Yamaha Bläserklasse in Schlitz, Germany, the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the College Music Society International Conference in Sydney, Australia, and multiple times at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference. 

A proponent of inclusion and equity issues in the music profession, Brown is a frequent guest speaker on these topics. She currently serves on the CBDNA Gender and Ethnic Minority Committee, and as a member of the recently formed Drum Corps International Women’s In Step Committee. Brown is also the founder of “Women Rising to the Podium” - an online group of 2300 members supporting and celebrating women band directors. She also serves the chair of the Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity Graduate Conducting Grant. Brown currently serves as a brass consultant for Phantom Regiment and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. She has been on the brass and conducting instructional staff of the DCI World Champion Phantom Regiment since 2004. Other marching organizations with which she has instructed include the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, Carolina Crown, Kennesaw Mountain High School (Georgia), Father Ryan High School (Tennessee), and McGavock High School (Tennessee). 

As a performer, Brown was a member of the AA Brass Quintet, which won the International Brass Quintet Competition hosted by Fred Mills at the University of Georgia. She performed with the horn sections of the Boston Brass All Stars Big Band, North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Brown has studied brass performance and pedagogy with Abigail Pack, Jack Masarie, Freddy Martin, J.D. Shaw, Dottie Bennett, Randy Kohlenberg, Richard Steffen, and Ed Bach. Originally from Milan, Tennessee, she is a graduate of Austin Peay State University where she was named "Outstanding Student in Music." Brown earned a master of music degree in horn performance and a master of music education degree with a cognate in instrumental conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to her position at Georgia Tech, Brown was the assistant director of bands at Austin Peay State University and taught public school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Dallas, Texas. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and CBDNA. She was awarded the Rose of Honor as a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. 

Drew Solomonson

Andrew Solomonson headshotMr. Solomonson is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Arts Administration. He currently lives in Canton, Georgia with his wife Sara, daughter Ellen, and son Maxwell. He works full time as the Manager of the Broyles Arts Center at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. In his current role, Drew oversees logistics and production coordination for over 40 performances each year, as well as represents the organization as a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

Drew’s background within the arts spans over a decade, with roles including the Facility Operations Manager for the Bailey Performance Center on the campus of Kennesaw State University, as well as a Program Coordinator for Art Access at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. While at the museum, his program managed the financial and logistical arrangements for visits to the museum for over 100,000 K-12 students within the state of Georgia.

During his time in the marching arts, Drew was a member of the Phantom Regiment visual staff from 2006-2014 and 2016. He held the position of visual caption head in 2017 and 2018. Prior to teaching with the drum corps, Drew was a member of the brass section for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2001-2005. Drew has also served as visual designer for Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps as well as Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.

Coupled with his teaching and designing for drum corps, Drew has worked with several BOA regional finalist high school ensembles including Hillgrove HS, Lassiter HS, Sparkman HS, and Collins Hill HS. As a designer, Drew has created productions for high schools in 17 states, and has also included several university level groups, including University of Michigan, University of Maryland, and Iowa State University.

Drum Majors

Learn how to successfully lead your band, conduct clearly and effectively from the ladder, and teach your peers.

Description

Join us for an exciting 3-day camp featuring nationally recognized clinicians. In the Drum Major camp, we work with you to develop your full potential as a student leader in your band program. We develop your skills as a leader, a peer teacher, and as the conductor on the field. At the end of camp, you will walk away as a confident field conductor with a full bag of tricks to make your band even better!

Details

A notebook with camp materials will be provided. You need to dress comfortably for the camp in which you are participating. Good shoes and comfortable clothing for marching/movement are essential! Additional suggested items to bring, if you are staying on campus, include a fan, alarm clock, extra towel, swimsuit, and a water bottle; sheets and linens are provided as part of your housing.

Section Leaders

Learn how to effectively run sectionals, understand how to fix problems on the marching field, and learn to work with other section leaders to build an incredible leadership structure at your school.

Description

Join us for an exciting 3-day camp featuring nationally recognized clinicians. In the Section Leader camp, we work with you to develop your full potential as a student leader in your band program. Through an integrated curriculum, you will develop your own marching skills, learn how to teach your peers, and explore what it means to be a student leader. At the end of camp, you will walk away with tools to make your section and your band even better!

Note to High School Directors: To take the fullest advantage of the camp, consider sending your “student leadership team.” When everyone’s on the same page from the beginning, great things happen!

Details

Section Leaders, if you are a brass or woodwind player, please bring your marching instrument. If you are a percussionist, we will provide instruments to work with. Please bring your own pair of sticks.

A notebook with camp materials will be provided. You need to dress comfortably for the camp in which you are participating. Good shoes and comfortable clothing for marching/movement are essential! Additional suggested items to bring, if you are staying on campus, include a fan, alarm clock, extra towel, swimsuit, and a water bottle; sheets and linens are provided as part of your housing.

Cost and Registration

Additional Inclusions
  • Instruction from a nationally recognized staff who are focused on helping you achieve your fullest potential.
  • Your camp notebook and all other teaching materials.
  • Camp T-shirt
Important Dates
Cancellation with refund (minus processing fee) – June 1
Late registration begins (additional $25 charge) – June 1
Online registration closes – June 11
Registration

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Camp Information and FAQ

General Information Letter

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Meal Information

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Contact

T. André Feagin

Assistant Professor of Music; Assistant Director of Bands

T.Feagin@colostate.edu

(970) 491-5973