KIDA Percussion Design Conference 2017

In an effort to have the greatest impact on our membership, our community, and our craft as a whole, the KIDA Board of Directors set out to enact a new strategic plan and mission starting with the 2017 Season. Part of this effort was to improve the education process within the association. The KIDA Percussion Design Conference is the first step as a part of our educational strategic plan.

The KIDA Percussion Design Conference 2017 is designed to help connect our membership with the leaders of the marching arts activity in a day of open dialog, idea sharing, and facilitated activities. Our goal throughout the day’s sessions is to provide you with knowledge that will immediately impact your programs in future season.

The KIDA Percussion Design Conference is proud to announce that Scott Koter (Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cavaliers, Kiski HS) will be the facilitator for the 2017 Conference. You can read Scott’s entire bio below.


  • All of the Day’s Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshment and Light Snacks

COST: This great day is provided for FREE!

WHY REGISTER: Because this is a true opportunity to learn not only from the greatest minds in our activity, but also from your peers. Additionally, KIDA provides educational opportunities like these at NO COST to you as a part of our overall mission. But we need your support, enthusiasm, and attendance to continue to offer opportunities such as this.

SO DON’T WAIT! REGISTER TODAY! (form is to the right)

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About Scott Koter

scottScott Koter recently retired as Assistant Superintendent for the Kiski Area School District in Vandergrift, Pa. and previously served as Director of Secondary Education, Principal, Music Department Chairman and Director of Bands in the same district beginning in 1982. As band director, his ensembles received numerous honors including appearances at the Midwest Clinic, MENC, IAJE and PMEA conventions as well as numerous state and regional marching band titles while being named Bands of America Grand National Class Champions two times. Scott received citations for teaching excellence from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, National Band Association, International Association of Jazz Educators as well as Duquesne University, St. Vincent College and California University of PA. Under his leadership, Kiski High School was named a Grammy Signature School and the district was named a Best Community in Music by the NAMM Foundation.

Scott served as program coordinator for The Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL from 1999-2015 winning five world titles, three silver and four bronze medals. He presently serves in that same capacity for the Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, CA. He has served as design consultant for numerous drum corps including the Bluecoats, Troopers, Spirit of Atlanta, Pacific Crest and 7th Regiment and has guided dozens of band programs including Carmel, Centergrove, Plymouth-Canton, Winston Churchill, Plano East, McKinney and Floyd Central high schools. Scott has performed clinics and adjudicated contests worldwide having judged multiple DCI, BOA and WGI championship events, most recently, 2017 WGI Independent World finals. Additionally, he served as Percussion Caption Chairman for Drum Corps International, a member of the DCI Task Force and the Bands of America Advisory Board. Scott serves as a designer for Fannin Musical Productions, as an educational artist for Innovative Percussion Inc. and was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2015.