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Col. Jason K. Fettig, Director, United States Marine Band

River City Brass, Dr. James Gourlay, Conductor

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University is pleased to present the inaugural Summer Band Symposium for Western Pennsylvania Music Educators on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Designed for elementary, middle, and high school band directors, this one-day event provides a forum for professional development, an opportunity to engage band colleagues within and across school districts, and dedicated time to review the latest band repertoire from Grades .5 to 5.

Col. Jason K. Fettig headshot in front of US flagOur featured clinician for the 2022 Symposium is Colonel Jason K. Fettig, the 28th Director of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. Col. Fettig provides a morning keynote address and leads both afternoon Reading Bands. (Learn more about Col. Fettig and his role with the Marine Band.) To open the Symposium, we welcome the River City Brass and Maestro James Gourlay. An internationally acclaimed ensemble, the RCB will be sure to start the Symposium on an energetic note!

All Symposium events will be held on the campus of Duquesne University, using the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom in the Power Center as a central location and the nearby School of Music for additional sessions. Participants may select from among conference tables surrounding the Ballroom's performing area as a home base for the day's events and to enjoy the afternoon's buffet lunch.

Event Schedule

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.; Symposium downbeat is 9:00 a.m. Morning sessions include the River City Brass performance, Col. Jason K. Fettig's keynote address, and an introduction of afternoon Collaborative Sessions. Following a buffet lunch in the Power Center Ballroom, Symposium participants will join the Collaborative Session of their choice for the first part of the afternoon; move to mid-afternoon Reading Bands (one band for Grade .5/2+ music, the other band for Grade 3/5 music); and finish the day in the Ballroom with closing comments, PMEA district band updates, and an introduction of the 2023 Summer Band Symposium date and featured clinician. Learn more about this summer's Symposium schedule.

Lunch and Food Service

Buffett lunch is included in the registration fee. Please enjoy the hour to engage your band colleagues from the convenience of your Ballroom table. Morning service (bagels, juice, and coffee) and afternoon service (granola, assorted soda, and water) are complimentary. In addition, a full-service Starbucks is located on campus just a short walk from the Power Center.

Campus Parking

The Forbes Avenue Garage—located adjacent to the Power Center Ballroom-is available for Symposium participants. See registration options.

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Planning Committee

2022 members include Chad Himmler (Hampton High School), Len Lavelle (North Hills High School), Tim Sheridan (Greater Latrobe Senior High School), and Chad Thompson (Bethel Park High School). Many thanks for their time, insight, and guidance throughout the planning and organization of this first Summer Band Symposium!

Session Sponsors

The United States Marine Band and government support for Col. Fettig's appearance; Mary Pappert School of Music, Hollis & Germann Music, and Dr. James Gourlay for the River City Brass performance; Volkwein's Music for the afternoon Reading Band; and Duquesne University for facilities and staff support.

Symposium Registration

(Buffet Lunch Included)

  • Band Director / Other Professional with Parking - $50.00
  • Band Director / Other Professional (No Parking) - $40.00
  • University Student with Parking - $30.00
  • University Student (No Parking) - $20.00

Registration deadline:
Wednesday, June 15
(Act 48 credit will be available.)

Register Now!

For More Information

Contact Dr. Paul Doerksen, Symposium Chair, at the Mary Pappert School of Music: 412.396.1888, doerksenp@duq.edu.

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