SDBA Summer Symposium

The South Dakota Bandmaster’s will be holding their 7th Summer Symposium on July 21st, 2018 at Chamberlain High School. This is a marvelous opportunity to interact with outstanding, active professionals. Participants are asked to bring scores from a few pieces of literature that have proven to be ‘winners’ in their programs. If you wish to bring more, great. If you are new and have no experience that is also fine. Please mark the scores with a sticky note or card with your name. A table will be setup for the scores so your fellow participants can peruse. Anything goes for literature; concert, jazz, pep, young bands,contest ensembles,solos,etc. We are always looking for good literature

Graduate credit for the Summer Symposium is also available through NSU upon registration and completion of a project. For more information on receiving graduate credit, please contact Dr. Wendy VanGent at

There is no charge for the event and lunch will be provided. All we ask is that you register using the form below so that we can plan accordingly for the number of attendees!


all times are approximate

10:00 – Greetings, Introduction and NSU
10:15 – Spin Class-Color Guard Basics and Beyond – Kylie Coyne
11:15 – Beginning Bands – Getting a quality instrument into your beginner’s hands – Mary Cogswell and Jared Opp
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Peruse Literature/More Spinning with Kylie
2:00 – Taking Your Band on the Road-Travel – Darrell Omanson from Omanson Tour and Travel Inc.
3:00 – Music Tech Today- Substance Over Fluff – Ali Hoffman (Ali was the recipient of the SDBA scholarship to attend Midwest in Chicago and will give a short report on her trip.)
4:00 – Wrap up

SDBA Summer Symposium Registration


Available for credit through Northern State University

1 Credit – $40

Assignments and Evaluation
Grading will be determined by attendance at each session on July 21, and comprehensiveness of the reflection paper and completion of the project. Grades will be awarded as a pass or fail mark.

Attendance – 60%
Reflection Paper 15%
Project – 25%


Submit assignments via email to:
Dr. Wendy van Gent, Associate Professor of Music Education

Tentative Course Schedule
The tentative schedule for this course is outlined below. Please note the instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule at any time.

DATE TOPIC Assignment
July 21

8 hours

Presentation topics Notes submitted from clinician presentations
July 22 – Aug. 15

7 hours

Meeting with mentor and project development Mentor supervised Project submitted

Credit Registration Link