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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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!
(Click the instructor's picture to meet them)
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 (8) and Dexter (5). 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.
Tori Angel – Clinic Administrator
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.
Holly Paxton – Clinic Administrator
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 performed with the Pride of Arizona, acting as captain for their color guard for three years. Holly has worked with Hamilton High School, Rincon/University High School, and is currently instructing at Mountain View High School in Tucson and with the Pride of Arizona Color Guard.
Jordan Pitner – Clinic Administrator
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.
Emily Bertolo – Color Guard
Emily is a graduate of Bellbrook High School in Dayton Ohio. At Bellbrook, Emily spun with the color guard and winter guard, and has spun with the Bluestars Drum and Bugle Corps. She currently attends Northern Kentucky University where she studies Biology. Emily teaches the color guard at Campbell County High School.
Nikki Bidwell - Dance
Nikki is from Dayton, Ohio, where she attended Archbishop Alter High School. She has performed with the Alter Lancerettes, as well as the Alter High School Cheer Team, and is currently majoring in fashion design at Stephens College. Nikki was also a cheerleading coach with CYA programs.
Blaine Bomar - Drum Major and Student Leadership
Blaine is a graduate of Henry County High School in Paris Tennessee where he was the drum major. He then graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Music and English Education. Blaine has taught many local high school marching bands, drum majors and winter guards near his area.
Rachel Bridgens – Color Guard
Rachel is from Dayton, Ohio where she attended Bellbrook High School. At Bellbrook, Rachel was a part of the marching band and winterguard and has taught winterguard for Bellbrook’s elementary school and middle school. She is now studying Biology and PreMed at the University of Cincinnati.
Arturo Castro – Color Guard
Arturo joins us from Chino, California where he attended Don Antonio Lugo High and now attends California Polytechnic State University at Pomona studying liberal studies and dance. Arturo has a great amount of performance experience with groups including Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, The Madison Scouts, Empire World guard, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Winterguard. He has also taught at Norte Vista High School and Temescal Canyon High School.
Maria DeSantiago – Color Guard
Maria is from West Chester, Ohio where she attended Lakota West High School, and was captain of the color guard. She currently attends Miami University, where she is majoring in Media and Culture, with a minor in dance. Maria has performed with the Allegoria Winterguard, and currently teaches the Hamilton High School and Lakota East High School Color Guards.
Sarah Egbert – Dance and Color Guard
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 majoring in Animal Sciences with a dance minor.
Tajari Goins - Drum Major and 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 and also marched with Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an educator with both the Gray’s Creek High School Marching Band and the Spirit of the Carolinas Marching Band at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
|Melanie Grilliot – Color Guard|
Melanie is from Centerville, Ohio where she attended Alter High School. Melanie has been a dancer for 14 years, and was a part of the Alter Marching Band for 5 years. She continued her dance and guard career at Purdue University where she performed with the Purdue Marching Band and Purdue University Winter Guard while studying Elementary Education. Melanie now attends Eastern Kentucky University and studies Deaf Education.
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.
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. Megan graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Megan has performed with the Spartan Marching Band, State of Art Winter Guard, and Juxtaposition winter guard, and Ovation Winter Guard.
|Wyatt Heinz – Drum Major and 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.
|Danielle Lutz – Color Guard|
Danielle is from Miamisburg, Ohio, where she attended Miamisburg High School. She performed with the many Miamisburg Colorguard ensembles, and was also a member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Danielle also teaches the Miamisburg Elementary Colorguard.
|Kamryn Lutz – Color Guard|
Kamryn joins us from Miamisburg, Ohio where she attended Miamisburg High School. She was a member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, and also has performed with the Miamisburg Colorguard programs. Kamryn has also works with the Miamisburg Elementary Colorguard.
|Sergio Marquez – Color Guard|
Sergio is originally from Bakersfield, California, but currently resides in Riverside, California. He graduated from Arvin High School, and California State University Bakersfield where he majored in Early Childhood Education. Sergio has performed with many ensembles including: West Coast Drum and Bugle Corps, Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Esperanza de Luz World, Corona Winter Guard, and Fantasia Winter Guard, where he served as captain. Sergio has also worked with a number of high schools and drum and bugle corps, including Ayala High School, Nogales High School, Chino High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School, Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and served as the Color Guard Caption Head at Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently the color guard director of Vista Murrieta High School.
Mike Krueger – Drum Major and Student Leadership
Mike comes from Saint Peters, Missouri where he has been a student at Fort Zumwalt South High, South Illinois University Edwardsville, and Butler University, studying Music Composition. Mike has been the brass director for Fort Zumwalt South High School, a graduate assistant for the Butler University Bands, music director and founder of the North Mettein Brass Choir, and a low brass teacher for O’fallon Township High. Mike is currently on the music faculty at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio.
|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 19 years. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in psychology and minor in neuroscience. She was a two-time captain of the nationally ranked Miami University Dance Team.
Dale Ramirez – Drum Major and Student Leadership
Dale comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Ironwood High School, where he served as drum major for two years. He currently attends Arizona State University, and is pursuing a degree in Music Education. He has performed with the Sun Devil Marching Band, serving as Alto Saxophone Rank Leader before serving as Drum Major. He also performs in the ASU Wind Ensemble, ASU Jazz Repertory Band, and 2 ASU Saxophone Quartets. He has been the Intern Band Director at Desert Vista High School, a Drum Major Consultant for Gilbert and Ironwood High Schools, Saxophone Instructor for Corona del Sol, Ironwood, Williamsfield, Gilbert, and Dobson High Schools, and the Music Instructor for the ASU Chapter of United Sound. He also is a private Saxophone Teacher in the Phoenix area.
Gabe Rangel – Color Guard
Gabe comes to us from Merced, California where he graduated from Merced High School and now attends Merced College and is pursuing general studies. He has performed with Imbue Winterguard and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Gabriel also has taught at Merced High School, Golden Valley High School, and Paradigm Independent Winterguard.
|James Roddy - Drum Major and Student Leadership|
James comes to us from Easley, South Carolina, where he attended Easley High School. He was a member of the mellophone section and also served as their Drum Major for two years. Currently, James is studying music education at Western Carolina University.
|Meranda Romero - Drum Major and Student Leadership|
Meranda joins us from Tuscon, Arizona, where she attended Tuscon High Magnet School, where she served as drum major for two years. She has also attended Pima College and currently attends the University of Arizona, where she is studying botany and biology. Meranda also performs with the Pride of Arizona.
|Stephen Rupp – Color Guard|
Stephen is from Sabina, Ohio, where he graduated from East Clinton High School. He is currently pursuing an English major and dance minor at Hillsdale College. Stephen has performed with many ensembles, among them East Clinton Fall and Winter Color Guards, Onyx A, and Onyx World. He has shared his knowledge with East Clinton High School, Clinton Massie High School, and Lakeview High School.
|Alex Szabo - Drum Major and Student Leadership|
Alex is from Cedar Park, Texas where he attended Cedar Park High School. He currently attends Texas State University where he is majoring in Trumpet Performance. Alex has performed with Texas State University Bobcat Marching Band, where he served as the Trumpet Section Leader. He has also performed with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, serving on their leadership team for 3 years. Alex has worked with James Bowie High School Outdoor Performance Ensemble and Violet Crown Independent.
Matthew Wagner - Drum Major and Student Leadership
Matt is from Maineville Ohio where he attended King’s High School. He currently attends Miami university where he studies Music Education. At Miami, Matt is in his second year as drum major for the Miami University Marching Band and was the music chairman of the Epsilon Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. He taught with the Middletown High School Band and currently teaches with the Celina High School Marching Band.
|Ryan Wood - Drum Major and 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 Decatur, Illinois as a music education major with an instrumental emphasis. Ryan teaches private lessons and has taught general music and band at Lutheran School Association, Johns Hill Maganet School, Dennis Lab School, and Saint Teresa High School.
|Rebecca Woods – Color Guard|
Rebecca joins us from Richardson, Texas, where she attended JJ Pearce High School. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University, with an undergraduate degree in math. She is currently working on her Masters degree in Math at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has performed with the color guard at JJ Pearce High School, Forte Drum and Bugle Corps, and the SFA Color Guard. Rebecca has taught at Palestine High School, and currently teaches the SFA Color Guard
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.