CBDNA Athletic Bands Symposium

NAoAB: The Indispensible Advocate and Resource for Alumni Bands

The National Association of Alumni Bands (NAoAB) will be hosting its fourth Alumni Band Symposium June 1–4 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). The first Alumni Band Symposium, hosted by the University of Washington Husky Marching Band took place in 2015 and NAoAB was officially recognized in 2020.

Topics for the 2022 Symposium sessions will include:

  • Membership, Recruitment, and Retention
  • Reunions
  • Fundraising and Scholarships
  • Instruments, Apparel, and Archives
  • Relationships Between Univ. Band, Alumni Band, Athletic Dept.
  • Communications, Marketing, and Social Media
  • Alumni Band Uniforms, Music Selection, Distribution and Access
  • Organizational Leadership Pipeline
  • Roundtable discussions with band directors, development officers, and other alumni band association members
  • Band Director’s Perspective


Wednesday, June 1

  • Golf Tournament (Twin Rivers Golf Course)

    Bus departs from Celeste Hotel to Twin Rivers. Tee times begin at 8:30 AM. An extra fee is collected for this event during symposium registration. A limited amount of clubs are available for rent.

  • Mini Golf Tournament (Congo River Golf)

    An extra fee is collected for this event during symposium registration

  • Symposium Reception (Hotel Courtyard, Sponsored by DSI and Smith Walbridge Clinics & Band Products)

Thursday, June 2

  • Breakfast (Hotel Salon C)

  • Breakfast ends

  • Alumni Band Travel and Preparing for Big Events by Eddie Lopez, president of Perform America and Past-President of Longhorn Alumni Band; and Bill Phillips, Longhorn Alumni Band (Gemini Room)

  • Break (Sponsored by Pearl/Adams)

  • Social Media and Your University Giving Day by Debbie Kaplan, President of Gator Band Alumni Association; Daniel Wendt, President of LSU Four Notes Alumni Band; Ranelle Maltas, University of Nebraska Band Alumni Association (Gemini Room)

  • Lunch (Hotel Salon C)

  • And the Band Plays On… The Value of your Alumni Band by Robin Oegerle, Treasurer of NAoAB and Past-President of Gator Band Alumni Association; Kimberly Baumgartner, Sr. Assoc. Director University of Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands; Linda Butts, Past-President/Registered Agent Redcoat Band Alumni Association; and Lee Butts, Past-President/Ways & Means Chair Redcoat Band Alumni Association (Ballroom 2)

  • Break

  • Open Discussion with Geof Sloan, President of NAoAB (Gemini Room)

  • Open Discussion ends

  • Travel to evening event (Celeste Hotel lobby)

  • Evening event at the Pirate Dinner Theatre Adventure on International Drive (included with symposium registration)

  • Collegiate Halftime Session (Ballroom 1)

Friday, June 3

  • Breakfast (Hotel Ballroom C)

  • Breakfast ends

  • Roadmap to Alumni Bands by Amber Ryan, President of Ole Miss Alumni Band; Brad McDavid, Director of Bands University of Washington; Geof Sloan, President of NAoAB (Gemini Room)

  • Break (Sponsored by Ultimate Drill Book)

  • Breakout Sessions: A. Communication when you have your own database. B. Communication when you work through your university

  • Questions & Discussion

  • Lunch (Ballroom C)

  • Best Practice for Alumni Reunions Q&A with Band Directors by Jay Watkins, Director of Gator Bands at University of Florida; Jay Jacobs, Director of the Carolina Band of University of South Carolina; Tremon Kizer, Director of Athletic Bands of University of Central Florida

  • Break

  • NAoAB Business Meeting with Geof Sloan, President of NAoAB. Tell us about your Alumni Band.

  • NAoAB Business Meeting ends

  • Banquet with CBDNA/NAoAB (Hotel Ballroom). Included with symposium registration.

  • Shuttles to Disney Springs

  • Shuttles to Disney Springs end

Saturday, June 4

  • Symposium Key Takeaways & Planning the Future

  • Wrap up (Ballroom 1)

  • Symposium ends (lunch on your own)

2022 NAoAB Symposium Logo

NAoAB Logo

About the NAoAB

The NAoAB officially organized in 2020 with the objective to guide and assist its members in the development and betterment of their organization, and to serve as the leader and indispensable advocate and resource for alumni bands.

  • Enrich the experience of collegiate and volunteer alumni bands
  • Be a conduit for education and learning about alumni bands
  • Develop relationships with alma mater and alumni members
  • Foster and preserve the traditions of the alma mater and alumni band programs
  • Communicate and promote the value of alumni bands and volunteer bands

Member benefits include alumni band mentorship, virtual webinars, biennial symposiums, member access library, alumni band leadership list, peer connections, alumni band leadership training.

Become a contributing member and share your best practices and learn from other alumni band leaders.