New England Band Directors Institute

NEBDI 2024
July 8, 9, & 10
Featuring – Randall Standridge

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. NEBDI continues to grow thanks to our new hosts, Keene State College and Dr. John Hart, NEBDI Coordinator.

This three-day Institute is dedicated to band and 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.

Registration Link: Click Here For…

NEBDI Banquet on July 9th
Optional On-Campus Housing
Optional Graduate Credit

  • Collegiate Rate: $45.00
  • Regular Rate: $150.00
  • Discount of $25 for NHBDA members (check your recent NHBDA membership email for discount code!)
  • Housing, banquet, and graduate credit available as add-ons at additional cost
    • Deadline for housing request is June 28th

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:

  • Randall Standridge, featured composer & clinician
  • Meghan MacFadden, Smith College
  • Adam Mejaour, David French Music
  • Seelan Manickam, Keene State College & St. John’s Prep
  • Elisa Saunders, Pelham Memorial School
  • Ken Clark, Timberlane Regional Schools
  • John T. Hart Jr., Keene State College
  • and more!

MEET THE CLINICIANS – read their bios here!

The Vendors & Exhibitors. New England Band Directors Institute couldn’t happen without the support of the many vendors & exhibitors who support the Institute. With a long and growing list of vendors and exhibitors, you can expect to connect with industry leaders in instruments sales/rentals, repairs, music publishers, college & university admissions, and military bands. There’s something for everyone, so please support the people who support us!

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! Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for 18.5 hours of professional development are also issued for all participants.

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. Downtown Keene, in particular, offers some great dining options.

The Recognition. Who doesn’t like a little recognition for their hard work? During the NEBDI Banquet, NHBDA will pay tribute to the 2024 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.

Registration Link: Click Here For…

NEBDI Banquet on July 9th
Optional On-Campus Housing
Optional Graduate Credit


(Trouble viewing the schedule on
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Monday, July 8

Time Location Event Description Presenter
8:00 8:45 Atrium Continental Breakfast /
Visit Exhibitors & Vendors
8:45 9:00 MBR Welcome & Opening Remarks John Hart &
Jim Robins
9:00 10:15 Session 1
MTV Strategies for Improving Brass Articulation Seelan Manickam
LTR Starting and Supporting Young Euphonium & Tuba Players Legato Pesante Tuba Quartet
NOC Modern Band 101 Ken Martin &
Joe Mundy
10:15 10:30 Atrium Visit Vendors / Exhibitors
10:30 11:45 Session 2
MBR Reading Session: Grades 1–2 Elisa Saunders
11:45 12:00 Atrium Visit Vendors / Exhibitors
12:00 1:30 In town Lunch in Keene (or on-campus)

NHBDA Luncheon / Business Meeting

Visit Vendors / Exhibitors

1:30 2:45 Session 3
LTR Chamber Ensembles in Middle School and High School Seelan Manickam
NOC Composition in Band Rehearsals Elisa Saunders
MTV Marching Band 101 & How to Use Your Band to Build Community Joe Mundy
2:45 3:15 Atrium Coffee & Tea Break

Visit Vendors / Exhibitors

3:15 4:45 Session 4 – Plenary Session w/ Randall Standridge
MBR Title TBD Randall Standridge
4:45 5:00 Atrium Visit Vendors / Exhibitors
5:00 6:30 In town Dinner in Keene
6:30 8:00 Session 5
MBR Reading Session:
The Music of Randall Standridge
Randall Standridge

Tuesday, July 9

8:00 9:00 Atrium Continental Breakfast /
Visit Exhibitors & Vendors
9:00 10:15 Session 1
MBR Randall Standridge Session #2 Title TBD Randall Standridge
10:15 10:30 Atrium Visit Vendors / Exhibitors
10:30 11:45 Session 2
LTR Instrument Repair Clinic Adam Mejaour,
David French Music
NOC All Things Beginning Band Bunny Saranita
MTV Supporting Lifelong & Community Music Making George Robinson, John Hart, & Donna Morse
11:45 12:00 Atrium Visit Vendors / Exhibitors
12:00 1:30 In town Lunch in Keene (or on-campus)

Visit Vendors / Exhibitors

1:30 2:45 Session 3
MBR Hands on Percussion Kenneth Clark
NOC Flute 101 Meghan MacFadden
MTV Planning A Music Festival Roundtable Discussion: Thoughts from a Festival Coordinator Ken Martin
2:45 3:15 Atrium Coffee & Tea Break

Visit Vendors / Exhibitors

3:15 5:00 Session 4
MBR Reading Session: Grades 3–5 Meghan MacFadden
5:00 5:15 Atrium Visit Vendors / Exhibitors
5:15 6:45 ZDC NEBDI Banquet & Awards Ceremony
In town OR dinner in Keene
7:00 8:30 Session 5
MBR Jazz Band Reading Session Kenneth Clark
MTV Directors Forum: Elementary / Middle School Band
Bunny Saranita, facilitator
LTR Directors Forum: High School Band

Facilitator TBD

Wednesday, July 10

8:30 9:00 Atrium Continental Breakfast, Coffee, & Socialize
9:00 10:30 Session 1
MRB Anatomy of a Rehearsal Cycle Meghan MacFadden
10:40 12:00 Session 2
MBR Event-Based Conducting: Choreography ≠ Cheating! John Hart
12:00 Travel Home

Thank you and see you next year!

12:00 2:00 NHBDA board & volunteers move equipment back to
Redfern Arts Center

Registration Link: Click Here For…

NEBDI Banquet on July 9th
Optional On-Campus Housing
Optional Graduate Credit

We look forward to seeing you at Keene State College on July 8–10 for three days of learning, playing, and networking!

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

For all questions related to NEBDI 2024, please email Dr. John Hart at

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