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What’s the Future Music Educators’ Experience? Well, I’m glad you asked! Music for All has partnered with DCI, Fran Kick, NAfME, NAMM, and WGI to bring a one-of-a-kind opportunity to undergraduate and graduate music education students. 

The Future Music Educators’ Experience includes a complimentary ticket to see Bands of America Grand National Championships Semifinals, an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with highly regarded band directors and industry leaders from the scholastic music community.

So why should you go?

1. It’s FREE!

That’s right college students, FREE!!! Your ticket to the Bands of America Grand National Championships Semifinals performances and the workshops are complimentary.

2. You get to learn from the best in their field! You’ll have the opportunity to meet with and talk to nearly 30 industry leaders and learn how to be a successful music educator.

Presenters will include . . .

  • Richard Saucedo, Nationally Recognized Arranger and Retired Band Director, Carmel H.S. (IN)
  • Wayne Markworth, Retired Band Director, Centerville H.S. (OH)
  • Eric Martin, President/CEO, Music for All
  • James Stephens, Director of Advocacy & Educational Resources, Music for All
  • John Wittman, Artist Relations & Education Manager, Yamaha
  • Dan Acheson, Executive Director/CEO, Drum Corps International
  • Bart Woodley, Director of Operations & Sponsor Relations, Winter Guard International
  • Michael Butera, Executive Director/CEO, National Association for Music Education
  • Eric Ebel, Senior Project Manager, National Association of Music Merchants
  • Michael Cesario, Educational and Artistic Director, Drum Corps International; Uniform Artist, FJM Inc.

These guest presenters, as well as many other successful band directors from across the nation, will all be focusing on what you need to know as a beginning music educator. In addition, you’ll also gain helpful tips and tricks from industry leaders on resources available to you and how to utilize them. When else are you going to have so many influential people in one place dedicated to your career achievement?

3. If you think you’re motivated now, just wait until you hear from Fran Kick!

Are you feeling like the semester will never end? Wishing you could just watch Netflix and
hibernate until winter break? Well you won’t feel that way after you hear Fran Kick KICK IT IN!

When asked about the role and benefits of the Future Music Educator’s Experience, Fran said, “Our goal is to really reach future music educators with a message and a method that inspires them to professionally pay attention to what’s possible in today’s marching music genre . . . If we want music education to improve, music educators need to improve, and one of the places where many music educators learn the most about how to be a better music educator is during college . . . This experience offers students currently majoring in music education a behind-the-scenes, insiders-look into what marching music ultimately can be.”

4. You get to meet and hang out with music education majors from across the nation!

What’s more fun than making friends and seeing a great show? Hundreds of students and faculty agree that the Future Music Educators’ Experience is a can’t-miss opportunity to expand your knowledge and connections in the marching community.

“The Grand Nationals Future Music Educator’s Experience was probably the most exciting and educational day 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, Music Education Major

5. If you want to bring a band someday, then you need to come to the Future Music Educators’ Experience.

The bands performing at the Bands of America Grand National Championships represent some of the finest music education programs in the country, and you have a chance to hear from the band directors themselves about what got them to this stage. Fran Kick is right, “You can’t learn everything you need to know from one semester of a marching band methods class.” So if you want to learn from the best . . . if you want to make an impact right away . . . if you want to be the best music educator you can be… come to the Future Music Educators’ Experience.

Visit to register online. Space is limited so don’t wait to reserve your spot for the Future Music Educators’ Experience on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN!