New England Band Directors Institute

NEBDI 2023

Welcome to the New England Band Directors Institute at Keene State College

Since 1992, NEBDI has become one of the leading clinics for bands and band directors. NEBDI is a 3-day conference dedicated to music education at all levels. After a hiatus of four years, NEBDI makes its return thanks to our new hosts, Keene State College and Dr. John Hart, NEBDI Coordinator.

This three-day Institute is dedicated to music education at all levels and welcomes band directors and composers from around the country. Highlights include sessions on all aspects of music education, a rehearsal lab, score reading and rehearsal sessions, reading sessions for new band and jazz ensemble music, and a composer-led session on the composer’s own music.

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NEBDI Banquet
On-Campus Housing
Optional Graduate Credit

Why attend NEBDI?

The clinicians. NEBDI features clinicians who are outstanding music educators and who have a clear understanding of what makes bands work and what helps students learn. This Institute is an opportunity to develop your ideas and teaching methodologies in a relaxed atmosphere as you listen to others and join in the discussions. We try to address topics that will help us to grow, not only as teachers, but as musicians. At a glance:

  • Michael Markowski, featured composer
  • Glen Adsit, The Hartt School
  • Edward Cumming, The Hartt School
  • Alyssa Comeau, Turners Falls School District
  • Amy Bovin, University of South Florida
  • Heidi Welch, Castleton University
  • Steve Cady, James Walker, Keene State College faculty
  • and more!


Graduate credit. Looking to move closer to that pay-bump, or simply want recognition for your professional development? As fellow educators, we understand, which is why we’re able to offer graduate credit. Those who wish to receive 1 graduate credit for their participation in NEBDI will write a brief follow-up paper based on one or more of the topics covered during the Institute. The paper is designed to be of direct benefit for your teaching next fall!

Hands-on sessions & playing. It’s highly recommended that you bring your instrument to play with the Directors’ Band for the reading sessions. This year we have four reading sessions you won’t want to miss.

On-campus housing. We’ve got a room for you! Our air-conditioned rooms come with linens, towels, pillows, and are less expensive than the area hotels… just bring your own shampoo!

Off-campus accommodations. Don’t want to stay on-campus? We get that, too. If you’d prefer a hotel room, there are several great options in and around Keene. You’re advised to make your reservations as soon as possible, though! If you’re a KSC alumnus, you might be eligible for a discount at several Keene hotels. Click here for a list of hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds in Keene.

Great food. Not only will we provide coffee and tea during the day’s energy lulls, but food options on- and off-campus are excellent. Check out Monadnock NH’s list of top restaurants in and around Keene, or Yelp’s current list of top restaurants near Downtown Keene.

The recognition. Who doesn’t like a little recognition for their hard work? During the NEBDI Banquet, NHBDA will pay tribute to the 2023 recipients of the “Outstanding Band Director” and the “Outstanding Young Band Director” awards. We want this to be an important event of our Institute and a fitting tribute to these music educators.

The location. Keene State College is very easy to locate, off I-91 (Exit 3), and is easily reached from all points east. All of our sessions will take place in the spacious Young Student Center, a gorgeous building with a towering Atrium, and glass walls facing the very green campus. Plus, nearby hiking trails offer stunning views of Mount Monadnock. Here are some maps to help you get here and to get around KSC, and an online tourist’s guide to the Monadnock Region.


The Gary Corcoran Memorial 4-Person Scramble Golf Tournament!  In honor of former NEBDI Coordinator Gary Corcoran, consider joining us on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 10:30am at the Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, NH (reception to follow). Greens Fee: approx. $28 (paid on the day of the tournament). The deadline to register is July 1st. If you would like to play in the Gary Corcoran Memorial Golf Tournament please email your name and average score for 9 holes to Kenda Corcoran at Everyone is invited and welcome to join for a reception following the tournament at 1pm.

Registration Link: Click Here For…

NEBDI Banquet
On-Campus Housing
Optional Graduate Credit


*Subject to Change*

Thursday, July 13    

8:00–8:50AtriumRegistration / Get Acquainted / Continental Breakfast /
Visit Exhibits & Vendors
8:50–10:00MBRPlenary Session – A Conversation with Michael Markowski
10:15–11:45Session 1
MTVRecruitment & Retention Roundtable
Alyssa Comeau, Heidi Welch, Christian Terry, Elisa Saunders
NOCTeaching Emerging Music Literacy through Composition
(and other strategies for successful beginnings)
Bunny Saranita
LANStarting a Student on Bassoon: Overcoming Obstacles (I)
Janet Polk
KeeneLunch in Keene (or Lloyd’s Marketplace, in the Student Center)
ZDCNHBDA Executive Board Business Meeting & Luncheon
AtriumVisit Music Exhibits & Vendors
1:15–2:45Session 2
MTVThe Experiences of Female High School Band Directors
Amy Bovin
NOCHow to Create and Cultivate a Robust Horn Section (I)
Julia Cavagnaro
LANStarting a Student on Bassoon: Overcoming Obstacles (II)
Janet Polk
2:45–3:15AtriumCoffee & Tea Break / Visit Exhibits & Vendors
3:15–4:45Session 3
MTVThe Lives of Female Band Directors:
Stories Straight from the Source
Amy Bovin
NOCHow to Create and Cultivate a Robust Horn Section (II)
Julia Cavagnaro
LANDeveloping the Jazz Rhythm Section
Steve Cady
5:00–6:15KeeneDinner in Keene
Reading Session
6:30–8:00MBRGrade 1–2 Reading Session
Alyssa Comeau

Friday, July 14

8:00–8:45AtriumContinental Breakfast / Visit Music Exhibits & Vendors
Reading Session
8:45–10:45MBRGrade 3–5 Reading Session: Selecting Quality Repertoire
Glen Adsit
11:00–12:00Session 1
MTVWhy Do I Teach Music?
J. Thomas Seddon
MBRPercussion Ensembles: Promoting Musicianship
James Walker
LANInstrument Repairs Refresher
Domenic Vecchi, Music & Arts
KeeneLunch in Keene (or Lloyd’s Marketplace, in the Student Center)
AtriumVisit Music Exhibits & Vendors
Reading Session
1:00–2:30MBRRising Composers Reading Session
J. Thomas Seddon & Michael Markowski
2:30–3:00AtriumTea Time / Visit Music Exhibits & Vendors
Featured Composer Reading Session
3:00–5:00MRBThe Music of Michael Markowski
Michael Markowski & J. Thomas Seddon
ZDCNEBDI Banquet & Awards Ceremony
KeeneOR dinner on own in Keene
7:00–8:45Directors’ Forums: Rebuilding & Recruiting (Post)-Covid &
Jazz Band Reading Session
MTVElementary/Middle School Directors’ Forum
Alyssa Comeau, facilitator
LANHigh School Directors’ Forum
Bunny Saranita, facilitator
MBRJazz Band Reading Session
Kenneth Clark
9:15–?Directors’ Get-Together
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
77 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

Saturday, July 15

8:30–9:00AtriumContinental Breakfast & Socialize
9:00–10:30MBRConducting Lab
Glen Adsit & Edward Cumming
10:45–12:00MBRRehearsal Lab
Glen Adsit & Edward Cumming

Registration Link: Click Here For…

NEBDI Banquet
On-Campus Housing
Optional Graduate Credit

We look forward to seeing you at Keene State College on July 13–15 for three days of learning, playing, and networking!

NEBDI is sponsored by the Keene State College Music Department and the New Hampshire Band Directors Association.

For all questions related to NEBDI 2023, please email Dr. John Hart at

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