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FJM Summer Clinics Program

get your summer started

FJM Summer Clinics offer an all-inclusive curriculum for marching and performing units. You can send members of your band and auxiliary units to the same clinic, building pride and unity within your group. We offer differentiated instruction to develop strong fundamental skills in each curriculum we offer to students of all levels and backgrounds. Our curriculum is designed and developed by a team of active career educators, musicians, and performers to provide the most up-to-date, extensive, educationally sound, and engaging experience for drum majors, section and squad leaders, marching band musicians, color guard, dance team, majorettes, and baton twirling students. FJM offers a non-competitive atmosphere where we give students the opportunity to perform, grow, learn, experiment, and develop in a safe, nurturing environment. Our world class staff brings experience, skill, extensive pedagogy training, and professionalism to our program, allowing your students to interact and learn with quality role models in the pageantry arts. Through our high-energy, positive approach to instruction, your students will further their knowledge, develop their skills, and exude confidence in their abilities.

History of FJM Summer Clinics

How it all began

Fred J. Miller graduated from the University of Dayton in 1955 with a degree in Music Education. He was an educator in the Dayton school system for one year before he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. After two years of service, he was allowed to return to Ohio where, in 1957, he accepted a job with Fairborn City Schools. There, he served as a general music teacher at Five Points Elementary and assisted with the high school marching band. The next year, he took over as the high school band director and began teaching instrumental music at East Elementary. He continued in this position for the next four years and was eventually named Supervisor of Music for the Fairborn school system. He held this position until making the decision to leave in 1968.


In addition to developing his musical interest, Fred taught baton twirling throughout high school. In the summer of 1958, Fred met Marlene Sedgeley at a twirling camp in Indiana, where both were teaching. This small event led to their marriage in May of 1959, in Marlene’s hometown of Auburn, Maine. The clinic program we all know and love was started that very same year, when the newlyweds opened a twirling camp in Livermore Falls, Maine. Then, in 1960 their first child, Mary Lynn, was born. Three years later, their twin sons Mark and Mike followed.


Soon, the Millers had developed one of the largest twirling studios in the country. The two of them trained more proud champions than any other studio in the country. To this day, no studio has rendered the success their passion and dedication to their students brought them. In 1952, they took on yet another project by founding the Miller Blackhawks Drum and Bugle Corps. The Blackhawks made a name for themselves in 1958 by winning the first NBTA Championship for corps. They went on to compete in the championships at USTA where they held the title of National Champions for 19 out of the 21 years they competed. In the late 1960’s, the Millers began to get more involved in the world of color guard, taking an active role in Winter Guard International. During this time, they started making flags and costumes for both their own groups and those interested in purchasing them. This was the beginning of the supply and manufacturing business as we know it today. Sadly, in August of 2012, Fred Miller passed away. The employees and friends of FJM work daily to make him proud and honor the legacy Fred has built.

FJM Summer Clinics Philosophy

Mission: 

Our mission is to cultivate a positive environment that allows students to gain a wealth of knowledge and skills. We strive to inspire students to discover, develop and grow into their best self; fostering the belief that they are capable of greatness.

Our Creed:

We will develop innovative curriculum, high professional standards, and value-centered relationships with customers and employees, establishing FJM as the top instructional clinic for the marching and pageantry activities.

We will evolve and adapt to benefit all of our stakeholders in an ever-changing environment.

We will think creatively to push our own limits and continually raise expectations. We challenge those around us to do the same.

We will weigh every decision, large and small, and the impact it has on our desired outcome.

We will provide the best value for our customers by operating in a cost effective manner and ensuring that we capitalize on every moment.

We will offer world-class instruction that exceeds the highest expectations of our customers.

We will deliver an intense four days of instruction that transform participants’capabilities and potential.

We will reach students through unparalleled teaching techniques, materials, and performance practices.

We will instill a frame of mind that ignites an optimistic attitude; enabling participants to influence the world in a positive manner.

We will supply a set of tools that participants can utilize in any situation at any time.

We will forge a bond that is unmatched. It is with this support and love that we are able to change lives.

We will take pride in all of our successes and failures; knowing that even our failures will lead us toward greatness.

Our Basic Beliefs:

We are responsible to one another and everyone is unique and can make a difference.

Our responsibility will produce exceptional results.

We are also responsible to the community in which we reside and work.

We will unite to achieve a common goal, no matter the size, time or place.

We shall keep an open mind and be focused on continually improving ourselves and the program.

 

The fulfillment of our beliefs establishes a culture that is truly extraordinary.

 

Programs

Color Guard Program

FJM Clinics provide the most current and up-to-date curriculum for flag and rifle students.  With daily classes in equipment and movement technique, we will help your students strengthen critical technical skills and cutting edge equipment work.  Students are guided through exercises to break down fundamental elements and increase technical skill and development. We offer different levels of technique classes to allow students of all experience levels and backgrounds to participate in a curriculum appropriate for their needs and to develop performance abilities in beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Our clinic instructors provide constructive feedback and positive reinforcement to all students, improving skill and confidence in each individual and team.  Students will also participate in our clinic routines, giving students the opportunity to apply their technical skills to the latest trends in choreography and combinations set to music.

Customized choreography is available for groups of 12 or more.  Groups can submit their show music to the office prior to the clinic and have an FJM instructor create work to the music.  The material will be taught during our instructional time at the clinic.  This is a great option for groups that wish to get a jump start on their performance season with their own performance material and for groups without a choreographer or guard director.  Customized choreography MUST be approved and arranged by the Clinic Coordinator.  Please contact our office for more details regarding this section prior to registering for a clinic.

 

  • daily equipment and body movement classes
  • different levels of technique and choreography classes
  • elective classes for tricks, leadership, motivation, and more
  • performances in a supportive, non-competitive environment
  • one-on-one help sessions with FJM instructors
  • daily team building and motivational sessions

 

 

Drum Major Program

Our drum major curriculum combines a variety of techniques with musical knowledge, understanding and interpretation to provide students with the most extensive conducting training available.  Students will be actively involved in making musical decisions to guide their conducting movements, training them to evoke optimal musical performance from the band.  We also offer students the opportunity to participate in additional classes for marching technique and performance, instructional and teaching techniques to run sectionals, and leadership and motivational classes to help inspire the entire performing group.  Nowhere else will students get the quality training offered at FJM.

 

  • daily conducting technique classes, incorporating a variety of styles
  • musical conducting application
  • elective classes for marching, teaching, leadership, motivation, and instrument performance
  • performances in a supportive, non-competitive environment
  • one-on-one help sessions with FJM instructors
  • daily team building and motivational sessions

 

Student Leadership and Musicianship Program

Our curriculum offers a wide range of classes and topics for students to personalize the experience for the demands of their own organization.  Students will select many classes in marching and playing performance techniques, musicianship (including warm up techniques, breathing, and ear training), score and drill chart reading, leadership techniques, team-building and motivational ideas, problem solving and mediation, as well as instructional and teaching techniques to run sectionals.  Leaders in the ensemble and students without a leadership position or title are encouraged to attend and improve the quality of contributions they will make to the performance ensemble.  Students participating in this section MUST bring their instrument, lyre, and flip folder.

 

  • variety of classes offered to personalize the curriculum to meet each student’s needs
  • leadership, motivation, team-building, marching, musicianship, and teaching techniques
  • elective classes for additional instruction in marching, teaching, leadership, motivation, and instrument performance
  • performances in a supportive, non-competitive environment
  • one-on-one help sessions with FJM instructors
  • daily team building and motivational sessions

 

Majorette and Twirler Program

Majorette and feature twirler students will participate in daily equipment and movement technique to strengthen their critical technical skills, twirling series, and tricks while experiencing creative, cutting edge choreography.  We offer curriculum with a variety of options for students to incorporate dance, movement, tricks, and tosses into their performance based on their experience and skill level.

 

Customized choreography is available for twirling groups of 10 or more.  Groups can submit their show music to the office prior to the clinic and have an FJM instructor create work to the music.  The material will be taught during our instructional time at the clinic.  This is a great option for groups that wish to get a jump start on their performance season with their own performance material and for groups without a choreographer or guard director.  Customized choreography MUST be approved and arranged by the Clinic Coordinator.  Please contact our office for more details regarding this section prior to registering for a clinic.

 

  • daily equipment and body movement classes
  • different levels of technique and choreography classes
  • elective classes for tricks, leadership, motivation, and more
  • performances in a supportive, non-competitive environment
  • one-on-one help sessions with FJM instructors
  • daily team building and motivational sessions

Dance Line and Drill Team Program  

(offered at select locations, contact our office for details)

We offer a variety of dance techniques and styles for students to strengthen their performance skills.  Our dance curriculum allows students of all experience and skill levels to learn and develop.  Students will experience warm up and stretching routines to incorporate into their regular rehearsals, increasing flexibility, endurance, and precision.  Our dance technique classes will be tailored to help your students refine skills and develop a variety of styles to fit your performance needs.   We offer creative, cutting edge choreography that can be used for both football and basketball programs.  Our dance curriculum is offered at select locations or by request for groups of 6 or more, and for private clinics hosted at your school.

 

Customized choreography is available for dance groups of 10 or more.  Groups can submit their show music to the office prior to the clinic and have an FJM instructor create work to the music.  The material will be taught during our instructional time at the clinic.  This is a great option for groups that wish to get a jump start on their performance season with their own performance material and for groups without a choreographer or guard director.  Customized choreography MUST be approved and arranged by the Clinic Coordinator.  Please contact our office for more details regarding this section prior to registering for a clinic.

 

  • daily warm up and technique classes
  • different levels of technique and choreography classes
  • variety of dance and music styles
  • elective classes for tricks, leadership, motivation, and more
  • performances in a supportive, non-competitive environment
  • one-on-one help sessions with FJM instructors
  • daily team building and motivational sessions

Directors and Advisors

Director and Advisor attendance is not required with students. We welcome all directors and advisors to join us for our clinic week and experience the same environment and atmosphere as their students. FJM does not offer a full curriculum for directors at our clinic sites. Classes, discussions, and meetings will be available for directors seeking additional information and skills pertaining to their responsibilities. We are prepared to offer discussions and activities in the areas of teaching and reinforcing technique, selecting and utilizing student leadership, organization, motivation, team building, and continuing to develop skills learned at FJM Clinics. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with other directors and advisors at the clinic to discuss concerns and struggles experienced in the instructional positions. If requested, our staff will work with directors and advisors on choreography ideas, instructional techniques, and skill development in a small group and one-on-one setting. We also believe it is important to participate with the students in several of their classes and activities to become familiar with their progress and development throughout the week, and to develop a plan of continuing the development from the FJM clinic week.

 

All directors and advisors participating at all of our sites will receive a certificate of participation. Please contact our office if you need specific paperwork verifying your attendance or to submit for professional development.

Choreography to your music

Choreography written to your music, taught at our camp

Customized choreography is available for groups of 12 or more.  Groups can submit their show music to the office prior to the clinic and have an FJM instructor create work to the music.  The material will be taught during our instructional time at the clinic.  This is a great option for groups that wish to get a jump start on their performance season with their own performance material and for groups without a choreographer or guard director.  Customized choreography MUST be approved and arranged by the Clinic Coordinator.  

CONTACT CLINIC COORDINATOR, LAUREN TUCKER



"Pushing Boundaries"

This summer, we will be PUSHING BOUNDARIES! The FJM Clinic Staff is excited to work with students on identifying our perceived limits, expectations of ourselves and others, who and what we choose to encounter, and how all of it affects our performance and execution. We can't wait for our students to experience this curriculum and begin to achieve beyond what they thought was possible!

Effective leadership is about pushing boundaries!

The good ones go way beyond influencing only those within their circle . . .

determined

The FJM Summer Clinic Staff

World Class Instruction at FJM Clinics

The FJM Clinic Staff brings instructional and performance experience from the nations top college and high school marching bands, drum corps, winter guards, dance teams, and twirling lines. We recruit and employ talented performers and instructors from organizations such as The Cavaliers, The Glassmen, Boston Crusaders, Madison Scouts, Crown Guard, Northeast Independent, Corona, Blessed Sacrament, Zydeco, Northern Lights, Pride of Cincinnati, Onyx, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University, the University of Nebraska, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Notre Dame, North Carolina State University, Bowling Green State University, and Miami University.

Each clinic is run by a clinic administrator with an extensive background in education, leadership, and pageantry instruction. With a combined 20 years of FJM clinic experience, our three administrators hold bachelors and masters degrees in education, music, and educational leadership. 

You simply will not find a more highly qualified and well trained instructional staff!

 

Interested in being on our staff?  Begin the process by completing our Application and Audition Requirements. 

 

Meet the Instructors

Lauren Lauren Tucker – Summer Clinic Coordinator
I’ve been working for FJM Summer Clinics for nearly 20 years, and have seen a tremendous amount of growth and curriculum development in that time.  Many aspects of our philosophy and core beliefs have remained constant, but the progression of instruction, staff training, and pageantry has been remarkable!  I was teaching drum majors and administrating camps during the summers of my college years.  I earned my music education degree from the University of Kentucky.  The first 10 years of my career were spent teaching instrumental, vocal, and general music at the middle and high school levels in a few different states. In 2007, I left full-time teaching to coordinate the FJM Summer Clinic program year-round, and transferred my teaching licensure to the state of Ohio.  I still get into the classroom a couple of times a week during the school year to teach beginning and middle school band.  I also thoroughly enjoy my continued involvement with the Alter High School band program.  They certainly keep me busy in the fall and I love every minute of musical, visual, and performance instruction!  My extensive experience with FJM Clinics has made an incredible impact on my instrumental music teaching, and my experience as a band director has equally impacted my role as the Summer Clinic Coordinator for FJM.   I am so thrilled with the opportunity I have every day to develop curriculum and reach out to band students, programs, and directors across the country!  We have a powerful program that allows students to discover and reach their full potential while engaging in the pageantry activity they enjoy.

 

I am thrilled to share the passion of music education with my husband, Todd, the Director of Bands at Alter High School.  Our work as an instructional and professional team goes back to 2006 when we were both teaching in the music department of Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa, FL.  We’ve been a personal team since marrying in 1999.  We love the daily opportunities to instill the love of music in our two sons, Oliver (6) and Dexter (3).   Oli thinks he will play the trumpet in Daddy’s band and Dexter already exhibits percussionist qualities!

 

Having children of my own when I was already a decade into a teaching career provided such an eye-opening perspective to both educating and parenting.  I am truly grateful that parents and band directors choose our summer clinic program to educate their children and trust us with their musical, performance, and personal growth.  I cherish that opportunity and take very seriously the responsibility to help our FJM students discover their strengths and develop their skills to cultivate their own success.

 

 

Byron Valentine – Color Guard Program Coordinator

Originally from South Carolina, Byron Valentine now resides in Centerville, OH.  He is an acclaimed costume designer for FJM, Inc. and has been employed with the company for twelve years.  Byron began his tenure with FJM working as a summer clinic staff member for two summers.  He previously held the position of colorguard coordinator before moving into a full-time office role.  He has been a member of the Centerville HS band and colorguard staff since 2000 where he has served in many capacities as designer, choreographer, technician and most recently: colorguard caption head.  Byron has also worked on the design and choreography teams for Bellbrook HS, Miamisburg HS, Norwin HS, Greenfield Central HS, LaSalle HS, Kings HS, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Lexis Winterguard, and multiple other groups both locally and nationally.

 

Byron was recently brought in as a performance coach for the United States Twirling Association where he mentored the US National Team before they head to their Olympic performance in Paris, France this summer.  Byron’s performing experience began in school where he was actively involved in theater, scholastic percussion and independent colorguard programs.  He competed with the Infinti Winterguard (SC) and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps before moving to Dayton, Ohio to perform with the inaugural edition of Crown Guard. He was also a member of the 2001 WGI World Champions, Pride of Cincinnati. Byron continues to study movement, art and design locally – when not working and teaching!

 

He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as the Executive Director of Zydeco Colorguard, a perennial World Championships finalist; two-time medalist, and the 2011 World Class “Fans Favorite” recipient. In addition to design and choreography, Byron is also an accomplished equipment and movement judge for several colorguard and marching band circuits in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

 

We’re thrilled to have Byron coordinating the FJM Clinic colorguard program!  His experience, unique vision and contemporary style will certainly enhance the program, staff and students, alike!

 

DSC_0108  Robert Barrett – Drum Major/Student Leadership Program Coordinator

Originally from Toronto, Ontario Canada, Robert now lives in Phoenix Arizona with his bride-to-be.  Robert graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Music Education and a Minor in Sociology.  While at the University, Robert became Section Leader and Drum Major for the Pride of Arizona and was later invited back as an Undergraduate Assistant for all athletic bands. Robert also participated in various ensembles and quartets in the school of music.
Robert was part of a select undergraduate group to study concert conducting with Professor Greg Hanson in addition to the countless exhausting hours under the direction and mentorship of Professor Jay C Rees.  It was under his direction that Robert developed a love and passion for instruction and creativity.
After graduation form the University of Arizona, Robert was an Arts Integration Specialist for the Opening Minds though the Arts project in Tucson.  Robert became the elementary band and music director and assistant director of the neighboring High School program.  After leaving public school education, Robert became the Director of Program Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona.  Robert has recently started his own business in Tempe, Arizona and is currently self-employed.
This will be Robert’s eleventh year working with Fred J. Miller clinics.  He has overseen and developed the Drum Major and Student Leader Programs for the past ten years.  He credits the collaboration with other staff members and the guidance of Lauren Tucker for the program success.

 

Tori     Tori Angel . . . Clinic Administrator, Color Guard

Tori is from Greenfield, Indiana where she attended Greenfield-Central High School, acted as Drum Major for two years, and participated in the winter guard. Currently, she is attending Miami University and is majoring in elementary education. Tori is a veteran of Juxtaposition Winter Guard, where she acted as captain. She has worked with the color guards of Lakota West, Little Elm, and Miamisburg High school, and is the current color guard director at Hamilton High School.

 

Natalie   Natalie Bolek . . . Dance

Natalie is from Centerville, Ohio, where she graduated from Archbishop Alter High School. In school, she was an active participant with the Alter Lancerettes Dance Team. Now, she is attending the University of Dayton and majoring in Marketing.

 

Sarah  Sarah Egbert . . . Color Guard & Dance

Sarah is from Dayton, Ohio where she attended Archbishop Alter High School. There, she was a member of the Alter Marching Knights and acted as high woodwind section leader while performing with the color guard. She also participated with the Alter Winter Guard and the Alter Lancerettes. Sarah now attends The Ohio State University where she is studying Animal Sciences and dance.

 

Alex F     Alex Farris . . . Color Guard

Alex joins us from Bellbrook, Ohio where she attended Bellbrook High School. She was a member of the Bellbrook High School marching band color guard and the BHS winter guard, serving on the leadership team for both. She also taught the Bellbrook Little Bells Jr. color guard. Alex currently attends Bowling Green State University and is majoring in photographic journalism while fulfilling the requirements of her enlistment in the United States Army.

 

Alex G     Alex Gerbic . . . Drum Major/Student Leadership

Hailing from Bellbrook Ohio, Alex is a graduate of Bellbrook High School. He has performance experience with the Alter Marching Knights, Bellbrook Marching Eagles, and the Bellbrook Indoor Percussion Ensemble, where he served on the leadership team. Alex now attends Bowling Green University where he is studying business management and marketing.

 

Tajari  Tajari Goins . . . Drum Major/Student Leadership

Tajari is from Aberdeen, North Carolina where he attended Pinecrest High School. There, he was the captain of their marching percussion section of the marching band. He went on to study music education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he became an active member of the Spirit of the Carolinas Marching Band, acting as the percussion section leader and as the drum major. Tajari also participated in the Carolina Panthers “Puuuurrrcussion” Drumline for two years. He is an educator with both the Gray’s Creek High School Marching Band and the Scottland High school Marching Band.

 

Cathleen Cathleen Gleason . . . Majorette/Twirling

Cathleen is from Columbus, Ohio where she graduated from Grandview Heights High School and was their feature twirler for 4 years. She now attends the University of Kentucky where she majors in Environmental Science. She has been a team leader with the Trivillage Mentor League and an instructor with the Grandview Heights Parks and Rec. Bobette Twirling association. In addition to that, Cathleen has been an individual twirling instructor for 4 years.

 

David David Guerra . . . Color Guard

David is from Little River, Texas, and is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He has performed with the Blue Knights and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Now, David teaches color guard at Trivy, Troy, Georgetown, and Clear Lake High Schools.

 

 

Richard  Richard Hansen . . . Color Guard

Richard is from Terre Haute, Indiana, where he graduated from Terre Haute South Vigo High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in language studies with a focus in German, and minors in both business administration and dance from Indiana State University. Richard was a proud member Madison Scouts Color guard in 2012 and 2013, and of O2 winter guard in 2015. Richard has been teaching at Terre Haute South Virgo High School since 2011 and previously worked as the director of Owen Valley High School color guard.

 

Megan Harmon . . . Majorette/Twirling

Megan is from Hamilton, Ohio and currently attends Miami University where she is majoring in accounting and business management and twirling for the Miami University Marching Band.  Megan was a member of the Miami University Marching Bands performance for the 2013 Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama. Megan has been twirling for 13 years as part of the Positive Outlook Twirling Teams and has danced for 10 years with the Star Performance Centre Dance Team; she has been a coach and assistant with both groups.

 

Rachel H     Rachel Harney . . . Clinic Administrator, Drum Major/Student Leadership

Rachel joins us from Middletown, Ohio having graduated from Miami University with a dual degree in Music Education and Flute Performance and a minor in Arts Management. She was drum major for MU’s marching band for two years and a student conductor for the MU Wind Ensemble. She has interned with the Cleveland Orchestra in their Education and Community Programs Department and has had extensive performing experience with chamber ensembles and large musical groups. Rachel is currently teaching band in Hamilton City Schools.

 

Megan     Megan Hedgecock . . . Color Guard

Megan joins us from Jenison, Michigan where she attended Jenison High School. There, she was a member of both the Color Guard and the Varsity Winter Guard and served as their team leader for two years. She is now attending Michigan State University where she studies Elementary Education. Megan has performed with the Spartan Marching Band, State of Art Winter Guard, and Juxtaposition winter guard. She has assisted with the Jenison High School Junior Varsity Winter Guard and is the head instructor and choreographer with the Chesaning Marching Indians color guard.

 

Wyatt     Wyatt Heinz . . . Drum Major/Student Leadership

Wyatt is a graduate of Bellbrook High School where he was a member of the Bellbrook Marching Eagles and acted as drum major for three years. He was also involved with their Indoor Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band. Wyatt now attends Wright State University and is majoring in Music Education, and is teaching with the Bellbrook Marching Eagles. In addition to that, he is also an avid tennis player and instructor.

 

 

Kelsey     Kelsey Klawonn . . . Color Guard

Kelsey is from Kettering, Ohio, and attended Kettering Fairmont High School where she was an active participant in the marching band, wind ensemble, and winter guard. She served as Captain of the color guard her senior year and she is now assistant teaching for KFHS Marching Firebirds color guard. She performed with Terre’s Dance Workshop for 12 years, the Miami Valley Dance Company for 6 years, and spent the last winter performing with the Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard. Additionally, Kelsey is attending the University of Dayton where she is majoring in pre-medicine.

 

Brittany  Brittany McArthur . . . Majorette/Twirling

Brittany is from Louisville, Ohio, and has been twirling competitively for 19 years. She attended Louisville High School where she served as their feature twirler for 4 years. Now, Brittany attends The Ohio State University where she is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Sociology. She is a founding member of the Buckeye Twirl Sports Club and serves as the club president, the team leader for both the club and competition team, and the team coach. Additionally, she is a NBTA Team USA World Team Member, and received a silver medal in both solo and team competition in Amsterdam and Holland. Brittany was also a U.S. Ambassador to Peru creates and performed routines throughout Peru, raising money for local organizations in need. This summer, she is preparing to take the Ohio State University Baton Twirlers to nationals for the first time in school history.

 

Chris     Chris Nelson . . . Drum Major/Student Leadership

Chris is joining us from Clinton, North Carolina where he attended Clinton High School. Now, he attends the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he is majoring in music education and jazz and instrumental studies. He has performed with the Spirit of the Carolinas Marching band where he was the woodwind captain, drum major, and a member of the student leadership coordination team. Chris was also the director of the eta beta-Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Men’s Choir and the founder of the Phi Mu Alpha New Orleans Brass band. He has been an instructor at both Scotland High School and at Sampson Middle School, where he teaches woodwind master classes.

 

Rachel O  Rachel O’Brien . . . Dance

Rachel is from Centerville, Ohio and attended Archbishop Alter High School where she was a member of the Alter Lancerette Dance Team for 4 years. She also performed with the South Dayton School of Dance for 11 years. Rachel now attends the University of Dayton and is majoring in Business Finance.

 

Kira     Kira Osowski . . . Dance

Kira is joining us from Bellbrook, Ohio, where she graduated from Archbishop Alter High School after performing with the Lancerette Dance Team for 4 years. Kira has competed and performed with a number of dance organizations for the past 17 years. Currently, she attends Miami University where she is majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience and is a member of the nationally ranked Miami University Dance Team.

 

Holly     Holly Paxton . . . Color Guard

Holly hails from Tucson, Arizona, where she attended Rincon University High School and acted as captain of their color guard for two years. Now, she is a Music Education Major at the University of Arizona where she proudly performs with the Pride of Arizona Marching band and has served as captain for the “Pride of Arizona” Color Guard for three years. Holly has also been and instructor at Rincon University High School.

 

 Grantis Grantis Peranda . . . Color Guard

Grantis attended Providence College where he received a bachelor’s degree in health policy and management major with a dance minor. He performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010 to 2013, with Blessed Sacrament Winter Guard in 2011, and with Onyx Winter Guard in 2015. Grantis has previously taught color guard at Bay High School in Florida and at Lake Orion High School in Michigan.

 

Gustavo     Gustavo Perea . . . Color Guard

All the way from Austin, Texas, Gustavo attended Jack C. Hays High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a member the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for three years and was the director of the SFA Marching band color guard. Gustavo is currently works with Allen High School in Allen, Texas.

 

Jordan     Jordan Pitner . . . Drum Major/Student Leadership

Residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jordan is a student at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a Music Education degree. He is currently teaching at Signal Mountain High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he serves as the drill designer and visual head. Also, Jordan teaches the Open Class Finalist, Chattanooga Independent Indoor Drumline. His performance career includes a two year stint at Memphis Sound, the UTC Marching Mocs, and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Carson  Carson Quick . . . Color Guard

Carson joins us from Charlotte, North Carolina where he attended Lee County High School. He went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is majoring in communication and theatre performance. Carson has performed in various ensembles including the Carolina Visual Productions, the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and First Flight World winter guard. Now, Carson lends his creative expertise to the Frist Flight A winter guard and the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Eliza   Eliza Shepherd . . . Drum Major/Student Leadership

Eliza is from Reidsville, North Carolina, where she attended Rockingham County High School and led the marching band as drum major. She continues to participate in the marching arts by performing and acting as the personal manager for the Spirit of the Carolinas Marching Band. Eliza attends the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education. Currently, she instructs both the Rockingham County High School band and the Morehead High School Band.

 

Matt  Matthew Smith . . . Clinic Administrator, Drum Major/Student Leadership

 

Cassidy  Cassidy Tarrh . . . Drum Major/Student Leadership

Cassidy is a native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and attended River View High School, acting as both the flute section leader and the drum major for the marching band. She has continued to further her musical career at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she majors in music education and performs with the MVNU Flute Choir and the MVNU Chamber and Symphonic Winds. Additionally, Cassidy has done educational field work with East Knox Local Schools.

 

Ryan  Ryan Wood . . . Drum Major/Student Leadership

Ryan joins us from Lisle, Illinois where he attended Lisle Senior High School and was a member of the Marching Band for four years, acting as drum major for two years. He currently attends Millikin University in Decantur, Illinois as a music education major with and instrumental emphasis.

 

Kristen     Kristen Zotti . . . Color Guard

Kristen is from Cheshire, Connecticut, but it currently living in Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of Cheshire High School, where she was a member of the color guard. She has been a member of the Connecticut Hurricanes DCA corps and Blue Stars DCI corps. Kristen has also performed with Alter Ego Winter guard and Zydeco World Guard. She has been an educator with the color guards of Lakota West and Cheshire, and is the current color guard director at Little Elm High School.

Host a Private Clinic at your school

Our staff can bring our program to you!

If our scheduled clinic dates don’t fit into your group’s summer schedule, or our locations are not near you, we would LOVE for you to host a clinic at YOUR SCHOOL!  We can customize our schedule and curriculum to address your specific needs, or we can run our designed curriculum on your school campus.

FJM instructors will design routines and choreography to your show music.  We tailor our choreography and instruction to the talent level and skill requirements of your group, as well as the design needs of your show.  The Clinic Coordinator will work with you to customize a curriculum that is geared specifically to your organization, featuring our team building, motivational, leadership, and technical programs.

We also encourage schools in the same school district or region to work together to host a clinic.  Our staff will run a slightly abridged version of our regular clinic curriculum to accommodate the schedule and include students from different schools.  We include technique classes, choreography or conducting to our musical selections, team building, motivational sessions, leadership classes, performances, and much more.

  • Host a 4-day clinic at your school
  • Routines and choreography created to your show music
  • Invite other schools in your area and learn our clinic routines
  • Average cost for 4 days is $2000 for one instructor and up to 25 students
  • 2, 3, and 5 day clinics also available; contact our office for pricing
  • All sections available:  flag, rifle, sabre, dance, twirling, drum major, student leader, percussion, and general band instruction
  • Additional services available upon request, contact our office for pricing
  • (Costs for housing, travel, and food are not included and must be covered by the host school(s))

 

CONTACT CLINIC COORDINATOR, LAUREN TUCKER

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