Guest Conductor Experiences

Register now for 2018-2019 Guest Conductor Experiences!

For the fourth consecutive year, Duke men’s basketball fans have an incredible opportunity to be in the center of the action in Cameron Indoor Stadium while bringing along friends and family for a once in a lifetime experience. 

“This was one of the most fun things I have ever done!”, said Dawn Futrell - Duke Band Guest Conductor.

“It was better than Disney World! The Guest Conductor Experience allows you to get closer than I ever thought possible. If you love Duke basketball, this experience will be something you talk about for years. Perfect for a family of four!” said Justin Mathews - Duke Band Guest Conductor.

“Being a guest conductor was a great experience and a blast to have fun with the band. I highly recommend it – memories of a lifetime,” said Dan Hirschfeld - Duke Band Guest Conductor.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience for my husband and a great Christmas present from me to him,” said Swan Davis.

“I love getting to know the guest conductors, and I love to watch them interact with our band members during such a fun and unique experience” said Jeff Au, Duke’s Athletic Bands director.

“Guest conductors and their guests simply love these incredible experiences in Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium!” said Nick Superina and Mike Rosen, co-founders of the Duke Band Alumni Association.

This unique program is open to all fans and no prior conducting experience is necessary to participate. By joining the Duke Band in Cameron Indoor Stadium as a guest conductor, each game day experience includes three seats for the conductor’s guests (two guest seats together near the court in the bleachers of Section 19 and one standing-room-only guest seat in the band section), a special courtside presentation, conductor coaching, a personalized conductor baton, band rugbies (uniforms) for the guest conductor and guests, four or more opportunities to conduct the band throughout the game, a personalized, framed photograph to commemorate the occasion, and a special place in history on the DBAA’s website.

All Game Day Experiences have a specific donation/pledge requirement and are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. The proceeds from the Duke Band Guest Conductor Game Day Experiences will go to the Duke University Marching Band to help strengthen the marching band program for Duke undergraduates and to enhance the band’s impact on the game day experience for fans at all Duke Athletics events.

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Duke Band Guest Conductors!

  • Damien Bezek
  • Ward Carver
  • Scott Davis
  • Joe Didario & Mike Rosen
  • Jeff Ebeling
  • Dawn Futrell
  • Kimberly Hendrix
  • Laurel Johnston
  • Oliver & Melissa Loree
  • Justin Mathews
  • Barb & Paul Savereide
  • Robin Stinson
  • Katharyn White

Thank you to our 2016-2017 Duke Band Guest Conductors!

  • Paul Balas
  • Barbara Davis
  • Barb Savereide

Thank you to our 2015-2016 Duke Band Guest Conductors!

  • Jennifer Calvert
  • Susan Chasnov
  • Dan Hirschfeld
  • Charles Lin

Thank you to our 2014-2015 Duke Band Guest Conductors!

  • Jay Bilas