Over twenty years ago, the Sycamore Drum Major Clinic was founded with one idea in mind: prepare students to be leaders in real-life settings. Since 1990, our curriculum has been continually refined to offer students the optimal balance between technical instruction and practice in situations that drum majors will actually experience on the field with their high school bands. Our staff works hard to ensure that every student receives extensive individual and small-group instruction that simply cannot be matched by any other drum major camp in the country. Students leave the Sycamore Drum Major Clinic with a set of skills they can immediately use to lead their bands when they get home.
The Sycamore Drum Major Clinic is staffed by dozens of exceptionally qualified music educators and former drum majors. Each of these individuals uses their unique blend of skills and strengths to help develop students’ abilities to lead their fellow band members both musically and logistically. Meet some of our wonderful staff below.
Dr. Doug Keiser, Founder and Camp Director
Doug Keiser has been on the faculty at Indiana State University since the 1990-91 school year, when he founded the Sycamore Drum Major and Leadership Clinic. Dr. Keiser currently teaches Instrumental Conducting, Instrumental Methods, the Instrumental Techniques Lab, advises music education students, and places and observes student teachers in the School of Music. He was the director of the Symphonic Band, the Marching Sycamores, and the Sycamore Basketball Bands for over twenty years, and frequently guest conducts and gives clinics for school groups. He is a former Drum Major at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, has a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in Instrumental Conducting from Michigan State University. Dr. Keiser and his wife Brenda have three children–Andrew, the band director at Angola High School, Evan, a biochemistry major at Indiana University, and Allison, who will be a senior at Terre Haute South High School. In 2017, the National Band Fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi awarded Dr. Keiser the prestigious A. Frank Martin award in recognition of “important contributions in the fields of band and music education.”
Our other staff members include: