Modern Band Summit 2024

July 10-12, 2024

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

Join us for our three-day national teacher conference as we gather educators from across the nation for a transformative experience of workshops, artist talks, jam sessions, and more. Engage with experts and connect with peers who share your passion for using music to make a difference in children’s lives. Whether you’re a seasoned educator or just starting, you’ll leave with valuable hands-on experience, new tools, and innovative techniques to elevate your classroom and positively impact the lives of your students.

New This Year!

One low price for all attendees!

$199

  • Conference Registration
  • All community events
  • Pre-conference Modern Band 101 and 102
  • Room and Board purchased through CSU
Register Now

Questions? Email [email protected].

About the Annual Modern Band Summit

The Modern Band Summit is a professional development conference like no other! Music educators from all over the country come together to learn, teach, play music, and experience the modern band curriculum. This is the premiere gathering for those passionate about the rising tide of culturally-responsive music education. Modern Band Summit is the only conference you need to achieve your professional development goals, transform your classroom and impact even more students.

Why You Should Attend the Modern Band Summit

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Quality Training

You will meet real pros from across the global modern band education community who provide real, actionable insights and hands-on training that you will be able to apply in the classroom immediately.

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Professional Development

Attendees can receive a certificate for up to 15 hours of professional development. Please check with your district regarding its acceptance policy and certification protocol.

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Community

You will forge lifelong relationships with people who become like family — your go-to group of peers whom you can ask any question or lean on for support.

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Education Resources

By attending the Modern Band Summit, you become a part of the Music Will community. You will gain exclusive access to ongoing resources and support that will continue to guide you on your teaching journey.

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Inspiration

Modern band is so much more than curriculum – it’s a movement. You will leave excited about the upcoming school year, prepared with new ways to engage your students and get them excited to learn about music.

See What Our Community is Saying

Music Will is introducing Music as a Second Language Certification beginning this summer!

Join a cohort starting at Modern Band Summit and meeting monthly through November. You will create a portfolio that will be reviewed in-depth by staff and higher education partners, giving you feedback and coaching on taking your teaching to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the event?

Modern Band Summit 2024 will be held from July 10-12, 2024 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. There is a pre-conference day on July 9th with our Modern Band 101 Workshop for all new teachers and a Modern Band 102 for interested parties.

When will registration open?

Modern Band Summit registration opened March 2024. Register now!

How much does MBS 2024 cost?

New this year! One low rate of $199 for ALL attendees!

Do you offer scholarships?

We sometimes are able to offer limited scholarships in select markets thank to our generous donors and supporters. Apply here for a scholarship. Please do not register until you have heard if you have been approved.

Registering for Sessions

Sessions will be posted online in the Spring of 2024!

Registering for Sessions Online

  1. Login to Cvent online.
  2. On the website click “Schedule” from the top panel.
  3. Search by “All Sessions” or “Speakers”
  4. Use the filters to search for specific days, times, etc.
  5. Click “Add” to add sessions.

Registering for Sessions on the App

  1. Follow instructions on the homepage to download the Cvent app.
  2. In the app, Click “Schedule”
  3. Click “All Sessions”
  4. Click the plus sign to add or remove sessions.

Packing

Complimentary Items provided by CSU:

  • Bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillow, & pillow case). Bring your own if preferred!
  • Bath towels, soap, toilet paper
  • Dorms have A/C

NOT Provided by CSU:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair Dryer
  • Lotion

Recommended to Bring:

  • Sun protection (sunscreen, hat)
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Shower Shoes (ie. flip flops)
  • Any plug-in appliances including hair dryer, straightening irons, iron, steamer, etc.

Shuttle Services and Drop Off Information

To book an airport shuttle:

Groome is our preferred provider for those in need of shuttle service to Fort Collins from Denver International Airport. Special negotiated rates through Music Will are available.

Click here for special pricing & drop-off information.

Click here to book a Groome shuttle.

​​​Address for Dorm & Ride-Share Drop-Off:

Laurel Village Pavillion, 920 W Plum St, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Event Shuttles:

There will be complimentary shuttle services available for transportation for the following times:

To and From CSU and Washington’s (7pm-10pm) on July 10

To and from CSU and The Lyric (8pm-11pm) on July 11

Accessibility

Music Will staff will run golf carts to help transport people between the dorms and the Lory Student Center where Summit sessions are held.

Additionally, all buildings have ramp access and elevators.

If you have any specific concerns, please contact us at [email protected].

Conference Check-In

Times and Locations:

  • July 8th: 4pm – 10pm (MB101/MB102 Attendees/Presenters) at the Pavilion
  • July 9th: 4 pm -10 pm at Lory Student Center
  • July 10th: 4 pm -10 pm at Lory Student Center
  • July 11th: 8 am – 5 pm at Lory Student Center

On-Campus Lodging Check-In

Address:

Laurel Village Pavillion, 920 W Plum St, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Times:

Check-in for on-campus housing occurs from 4-10 pm on July 10th, 11th and 12th!

Late check-ins will call a Colorado State student staff member at 970-567-6323.

Additional Info:

Upon check-in, you will receive a lanyard with a meal card and room key.

Costs are incurred for any lost keys; please keep them secure and with you at all times.

Additional linens and towels are available for pickup at the front desk in the Pavilion.

Off-Campus Housing

The on-campus lodging deadline is June 28th. For anyone who misses the deadline or prefers to stay off-campus, Fort Collins has several lodging options near Colorado State University:

Parking

If you are driving onto campus with a pre-purchased Premier Parking pass, make sure to park in parking lot 115 or 145 in zones A or Z to avoid tickets.

If you are staying on campus and have a vehicle, you can register your car at lodging check-in and park in lots 115 or 195.

If you did not pre-pay for a Premier Parking pass, you can pay to park in lot 130, near Lory Student Center where sessions take place.

License plates and state of vehicle are required for all vehicles registered to park on campus.

Campus Maps

Zoomed in map of where we will be on campus (Laurel Village Dorms, parking lots, and Lory Student Center).

Meal Information

Dining Hall Meal Times:

Breakfast: 7 am – 9 am
Dinner: 5 pm – 7 pm*
*Friday dinner will be served at the cookout, not the dining hall!

Conference meals:

The meals below are included with conference registration. Breakfasts and most dinners take place in the Durrell Center Dining hall, lunches take place at Lory Student Center. Dinner on Friday evening will be served at our cookout!

Your CSU lodging registration covers Breakfast and Dinner each day, and Music Will provides Lunch and the cookout dinner.

Tuesday – Dinner (Breakfast and lunch are provided to those attending the pre-conference day on 7/9)
Wednesday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Thursday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Friday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (cookout)
Saturday – Breakfast
Saturday – Breakfast

More to Know:

  • Full Lunch service is provided in the Lory Student Center on July 10, 11 and 12. For those attending the pre-conference MB101 and MB102 sessions (pre-registration required), Lunch is also provided on July 9.
  • Allergy & dietary restriction options available (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.)
  • Optional snacks/drinks for purchase at the on-site campus store and cafe
  • Complimentary coffee & water stations will be in the Lory Student Center at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm every day
  • Desserts & snacks will be provided at Washington’s reception on Wednesday, July 12th
  • Please note, if you did not purchase a meal card in advance, you may still purchase meals with your credit/debit card (no cash payments)

Miscellaneous

  • RSVP to the Facebook Event
  • View TSA Guidelines for Flying here.
  • Note: Acoustic guitars are available on-site for ALL attendees!
  • Friendly reminder that CSU is a smoke-free campus.
  • There are currently no COVID protocols in place for the Summit as Music Will complies with recommendations from the state of Colorado. Attendees are, however, welcome to take any necessary precautions as they see fit.

Important Phone Numbers

Teacher Services Line: 973-746-7078

Housing:

Daytime phone (7 AM-10 PM): 970-491-5807
After Hours phone (10 PM-7 AM): 970-567-6323