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Drum Major Academy featured on NPR’s “Only A Game”

Only A Game WBUR NPR

For 30 years, Minuteman Marching Band director George N. Parks has spent his summers teaching high school musicians the leaderships skills essential to being a drum major.

Former UMass drum majors and DMA staff members Heidi Sarver ’86, ’88G and Kate Bertelli ’09 are also interviewed.

Drum Major Academy, or DMA, is now held at many locations around the country. But the one held each year on Parks’ home turf in Amherst, Massachusetts is considered drum major Mecca.

Amy Mayer visited the UMass ‘Super DMA’ this summer, and she has this report.