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7 Steps to a Better Band




Registration Deadline:  Event cancelled for 2016
Registration:  Check back soon for 2017 dates

Participants: High school marching band students, directors, and parent organization members

Objective: 7 Steps is a leadership workshop where directors and students collectively set goals and prepare for the school year. Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser headlines this event.

This event is tailored towards high school marching band programs. 7 Steps is a sure way to get your students fired up for the fall marching season. Student activities will focus on helping them develop their leadership and communication skills as well as running a sectional. Special sessions are also provided for drum majors, drum line, and color guard. One highlight of the event is the goal setting session where students and directors team up to plan for the upcoming year.

The cost for the workshop is $30.00 per student.  One director/staff admission is complimentary for every five students registered.  The cost for additional director/staff is $30.00 per participant.  A director or adult must accompany students. This fee includes lunch during the event.  The registration fee is non refundable. However, substitutions can be made with prior notice.

To register, fill out and return the registration form with payment by Friday, July 10, 2015. Please pay for all students on one school-printed check or purchase order. Checks are payable to VanderCook College of Music. Credit cards can also be accepted. Please note: we may not be able to accept you if your registration is received after the deadline, so please submit all materials in a timely manner!

If you do not hear from us within 7 days of sending your application, please contact us to make sure it has been received and your spot is confirmed.

Please send all materials to:

VanderCook College of Music
Attn: Justin Kvedaras - 7 Steps
3140 South Federal St.
Chicago, IL 60616-3731

If you wish to fax your submission, the number is (312) 225-5211.

For questions, please contact Justin Kvedaras at (312) 788-1141 or


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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