2024 CBDNA/NAoAB Symposium

May 29-June 1, 2024

Hosted by the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana
John Combs, UM Alumni Band, serves as the NAoAB liaison for the symposium. Contact NAoAB with registration questions.

We are holding our fifth annual Alumni Band Symposium in conjunction with the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national athletic band directors conference, hosted by the University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band in Missoula, MT.

Schedule of Events (Mountain Time)

Wednesday, May 29

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Optional Golf Tournament (for an additional fee)
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Optional Disc Golf Tournament (for an additional fee)

Thursday, May 30

8:00 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 a.m.Opening Session
11:00 a.m.Business Meeting* –for NAoAB with an election of upcoming board members
12:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.Big Dipper Ice Cream Truck & UM Jazz Combo
1:30 p.m.Alumni Pep Bands* —How to start, expand, and utilize the Alumni Pep Band at your university
2:30 p.m.Working with your Development Officer Panel Discussion* —Collegiate Development Officers as panelists discussing best practices with scholarships and fundraising for bands
4:00 p.m.Buses depart to travel through Mission Valley to Polson
5:30 p.m.Dinner, Social, and Presentation at Kwataqnuk Resort on the shore of Flathead Lake
* Virtual Symposium Event

Friday, May 31

8:00 a.m.Breakfast
10:00 a.m.Preserving your Band’s History* —Archives, Video, Photos, Memorabilia
11:00 a.m.Movies, Videos, and More* —How to market the alumni band using social media
12:00 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m.Communicating with your Band Director Panel Discussion* —Three collegiate band directors in an open Q&A session
2:30 p.m.Marketing Platforms* —How to use off-the-shelf marketing platform to create graphics, emails, communications to alumni
3:30 p.m.Alumni Auxiliary* —How to Increase membership and attendance from your non-instrumental alumni members
5:30 p.m.Social Hour
6:30 p.m.Banquet Dinner, Keynote Speaker
*Virtual Symposium Event

Saturday, June 1

8:00 a.m.Breakfast
9:00 a.m.Optional discussion to brainstorm future topics

“Thanks to the last year’s symposium, we had the most successful Homecoming event in our very young history. We used many of the ideas that you all brought to the symposium and came away with a balance that I then believed we could turn around this year and use to support our student band, the #1 reason for the existence of our band alumni organizations!”

Sarah Eishen, San Diego State University