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The 2017 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$120 Early Bird Director Rate
Through Sept. 22nd
$150 Pre-conference Director Rate
Through Dec.15th
$85 First Time Attendee Rate
Through Dec. 15th 
$50

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Through Dec. 15th

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Marching Band Show Production - How to Make The Dots Come Alive - Successful Pre-Production Concepts

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  • Marching Band Show Production. How to make the dots on the paper come alive – Successful pre-production ideas and concepts. Tools to help you develop ideas and be certain the pacing of your show will be an effective way to reach the audience through appeal and entertainment values. Tools to help you select the best show for your band. Methods that involve the students, providing beneficial classroom experience and strong commitment to the program.
  • Gary Czapinski (chopshof@aol.com)
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  • Gary has taught master classes as visiting faculty teaching the performance of outdoor pageantry production to educators across the US, Canada, Japan and Europe. He has been a designer and coordinator for marching bands for 30 years and is famous for innovation in staging of winds and creative use of outdoor stage sets. He was an original member of the Board of Directors of Marching Bands of America. He taught undergraduate classes at DePaul University and Vandercook College. He has hundreds of graduates of his Private Design Workshops and Spacial Awareness Contemporary Basics Classes. He wrote 25 DCI Finalist shows in 15 years and is a member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame. He is a designer of championship winter guards and an international adjudicator. He is Education Director of the Midwest Color Guard Circuit and President of Visual Musical Designs, Chicago, IL.
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