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Complete Band Director Workshop
  • The Complete Band Director Workshop: June 10-13, 2014

    A comprehensive workshop for junior high, middle school and high school instrumental teachers.

    • Practical solutions for your everyday problems
    • An opportunity to earn two graduate credits in only three and a half days
    • Workshop credit may be applied to our summers-only master's degree programs in music education with instrumental emphasis
    • Composer James Swearingen, workshop director/clinician
    • Special guest appearances by noted author/conductor Peter Boonshaft and
      popular composer Larry Neeck. 
    • Application Deadline for 2014: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    Enrollment is limited to 60 participants. Click here for online registration. Then Click here for secure online payment. You must complete both steps to be registered.
    The online registration link is to register for the workshop only. To receive undergraduate or graduate credits, there are additional fees, separate payments, forms and/or enrollment procedures required.

    For more information, contact James Swearingen at 614-236-6261 or 614-236-6411.

    To meet the challenge of establishing a well-balanced instrumental music program, we need to expose our students to a variety of instructional and performance opportunities. For the first-year teacher to the seasoned pro, this workshop has been designed to enhance the positive experiences of dealing with the concert band, marching band and jazz band.


    Complete Band Director Workshop Schedule





    8:30 - 9:30 am   Jon Waters
    OSU Marching Band
    Incorporating iPads 
     Larry Neeck
    C.L. Barnhouse Company
     Peter Boonshaft
    Alfred Publishing
     Ben Huntoon
    Jazz Band Reading Session 
    9:40 - 10:40 am  Tim Gorgas
    Pickerington Central
    Percussion - Achieving First Year Success 
     Ed Arnold
    Grove City College, PA (retired)
    The Making of a Teacher/Conductor  

    Christopher Weait
    Capital University
    Bassoon 101  

     Jim Swearingen
    Winds and Percussion Camp Performance 
    10:50 - 11:50 am  George Edge
    OMEA Educator of the Year
    Q & A 
    Larry Neeck
    C.L. Barnhouse Company
    Peter Boonshaft
    Alfred Publishing

    Noon - 1 pm 

    Lunch   Lunch Banquet  

    1 - 2 pm

    Kent White
    Workshop Band 
     Larry Neeck
    Workshop Band 
    Peter Boonshaft
    Workshop Band 

    2:10 - 3:10 pm 

    Karen Groff
    OTES, SLOs and Music

    Joseph Pisano
    Grove City College, PA
    Useful Technology 


    3:20 pm - 4 pm

    Open Forum Open Forum Open Forum
    Evening Sessions  7:30 - 9:30 pm
    Brass Band of Columbus 
    7 - 9 pm
    5 - 7 pm
    Workshop Band
    Music That Works 


    • Workshop fee: $230 and must be paid online by June 3, 2014. After June 3, 2014 you will have to contact Jim Swearingen at 614-236-6261 to make other arrangements.
    • Meals: Available at our Campus Center in the student dining room on a per-meal cost
    • Lodging: $69 (double occupancy, three nights, includes AC)
    • Optional Monday night room available: $23
    • 2 semester hours of Undergraduate level credit: $100 transcripting fee
    • 2 semester hours of Graduate level credit: $300 transcripting fee
    • You may also take this workshop to earn credit toward Capital's Master of Music Degree in Music Education with Instrumental Emphasis for a fee of $860. (Note: The $230 workshop fee will be waived.) PLEASE NOTE: For Graduate credit, you must present a check the morning of the workshop during checkin.


    Comments From Former Participants

    "Jim Swearingen's "The Complete Band Director Workshop" is a "must attend" for any band director committed to improving the quality of their band program. Not only does this workshop provide a great number of ideas and helpful tips, but the passion and enthusiasm of the outstanding clinicians will inspire you to become a better educator." -- Joe Burke, Hilliard Heritage Middle School, Hilliard, Ohio

    "The Complete Band Director Workshop continues to be the finest, most relevant gathering of its kind. In this new era of licensure, continuing education credits and IPDPs, this workshop offers the perfect opportunity to remain current and effective, both in the classroom and in performance." -- Jim Dowdy, Capital University Junior Winds, Columbus, Ohio

    "In 12 years of teaching, I never have attended a conference with the mixture of education, good fellowship and just plain fun than The Complete Band Director Workshop! Being from out of state, I have gained new insight into many facets of the 'music education experience.' If you miss this, you really have missed a great experience! Sometimes band directors feel like they're alone in the world. This workshop makes you feel like a member of the family." -- Lee Ann Lykens, Liberty (Raleigh) High School, Glen Daniel, W. Va.

    "The complete workshop!! Tremendous clinicians, great handouts and all areas covered. This workshop renewed my beliefs in striving for a balanced program and for putting our students, and the experiences we can present, at the focal point of our teaching." -- Elmer Broecker, West Jefferson High School, West Jefferson, Ohio.

    Sponsored by Capital University's Conservatory of Music and Stanton's Sheet Music.