KHS America Academic Alliance

Membership
Criteria

Membership Criteria

Scholastic Membership in the KHS America Academic Alliance can be as simple as participating in an instrument trial program and providing feedback. Membership levels include Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Qualification Criteria for Membership

View detailed membership qualification criteria below.

Silver Level Membership Criteria

Silver Level Membership Criteria

Instrument Trial Participation

Acceptance into the Silver Level of the KHS America Academic Alliance is easy! We just need to verify that you are familiar with our instruments. This can be accomplished most easily through participation in one of our Instrument Trials.

In order to ensure familiarity with the variety of instruments that we offer, we ask that Gold Members participate in a second Instrument Trial.

Qualifying Instrument Trials include:

  • School Bid Wind Instruments
  • Standard Student Wind Instruments
  • Concert Percussion Instruments
  • Orff Instruments
  • Mariachi Instruments

Upon completion of this instrument trial, we again ask that you give us feedback on the instruments you tested on the form provided, or to be found by clicking here.

If you have already participated in an Instrument Trial and previously provided feedback, or have recently started purchasing Jupiter, Mapex or Majestic instruments for your band program, click below to apply for Silver Level membership in the KHS America Academic Alliance.

*In some instances, it may be possible to confirm your familiarity with our instrument offerings in order to forgo this requirement. Confirmation from a representative from an Authorized Academic Alliance Dealer can be utilized as validation, when appropriate, and determination of qualification will be at the discretion of KHS America.

Gold Level Membership Criteria

Gold Level Membership Criteria

Instrument Trial Participation

In order to ensure familiarity with the variety of instruments that we offer, we ask that Gold Members participate in a second Instrument Trial. Qualifying Instrument Trials include:

  • School Bid Wind Instruments
  • Standard Student Wind Instruments
  • Concert Percussion Instruments
  • Orff Instruments
  • Mariachi Instruments

Upon completion of this instrument trial, we again ask that you give us feedback on the instruments you tested on the form provided, or to be found by clicking here.

*In some instances, it may be possible to confirm your familiarity with our instrument offerings in order to forgo this requirement. Confirmation from a representative from an Authorized Academic Alliance Dealer can be utilized as validation, when appropriate, and determination of qualification will be at the discretion of KHS America.

 

Written Testimonial

In order for us to better share your enthusiasm for our instruments, we ask that you provide a short statement in your own words telling us why you prefer our instruments or enjoy working with our company. This can be specific to a particular instrument model, cover an entire brand, or speak to the broader range of products that we offer.

This statement should be submitted as a part your application for Gold Level Membership in the KHS America Academic Alliance.

Click here for the application form.

 

Band Program to Display Brand Logo(s)

While we understand that this isn’t always allowed, and may sometimes not be appropriate, we do ask that you tastefully display our brand logos to demonstrate your affiliation with the KHS America Academic Alliance.

Examples of where logos might be displayed include:

  • Band Trailers/Vehicles
  • Concert Programs
  • Band T-Shirts
  • Other Event Materials

 

KHS Brand Representation within Your Band Program

Since Gold Level Members of the KHS America Academic Alliance are to have some substantial previous purchase history of our instruments, we would like verification of the Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic, XO, and Azumi instruments that you already own. We have provided an easy form for you to document this.

Click here to access the Academic Alliance Instrument Value Form.

For Gold Level Qualification, we would like for your existing instrument to carry a value in excess of $50,000.00, as calculated by the form. The assigned values are generous, so don’t be intimidated by this figure.

 

Future Purchase Commitment

For Gold Level Academic Alliance members, we ask that our instruments be included on any formal bid lists that are established at your school or within your district (if applicable), and that you strive to purchase at least 50% Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic, XO, or Azumi instruments moving forward. Purchases for an instrument that we don’t currently offer are excluded from this requirement.

Platinum Level Membership Criteria

Platinum Level Membership Criteria

Instrument Trial Participation

While we recognize that schools qualified to be Platinum Level Members of the Academic Alliance are likely to be familiar with most aspects of our instrument offerings, we invite you to continue to utilize Instrument Trials for any categories with which you may not be familiar. The Instrument Trial categories include:

  • School Bid Wind Instruments
  • Standard Student Wind Instruments
  • Concert Percussion Instruments
  • Orff Instruments
  • Mariachi Instruments

If you are familiar and comfortable with all of these categories, we ask that you participate specifically in an additional Instrument Trial, offered exclusively to Platinum Level members, the Pro & Performance Level Wind Instrument Trial. This Trial will allow you to share the quality of Jupiter 1100 Series and XO Professional instruments with your students who may be in the market for an instrument upgrade. As always, upon completion of an instrument trial, we ask that you provide feedback on the instruments tested.

 

KHS Brand Representation within Your Band Program

Since Platinum Level Members of the KHS America Academic Alliance are to already own a considerable amount of our instruments, we would like verification of the Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic, XO, and Azumi instruments that you already own. We have provided an easy form for you to document this.

Click here to access the Academic Alliance Instrument Value Form.

For Platinum Level Qualification, we would like for your existing instrument to carry a value in excess of $100,000.00, as calculated by the form. The assigned values are generous, so don’t be intimidated by this figure.

We also ask that the Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic, XO, and/or Azumi instruments that you own represent at least 50% of your existing instrument inventory. This can be verified in person by a representative from KHS America or an authorized Academic Alliance Dealer.

 

Future Purchase Commitment

For Platinum Level Academic Alliance members, we ask that our instruments be included on any formal bid lists that are established at your school or within your district (if applicable), and that you strive to purchase at least 80% Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic, XO, or Azumi instruments moving forward. Purchases for an instrument that we don’t currently offer are excluded from this requirement.

 

Instrument Exposure

As important advocates for our brands, we expect Platinum Level Academic Alliance members to provide opportunities for allowing other band programs, educators and students opportunities to try our instruments, or see them used in high-profile performance settings. The frequency of this need not be regularly occurring, and a variety of activities would qualify. Such activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Event/Ensemble Hosting
  • All-Region or Similar
  • Contests/Festivals
  • Community Band
  • High-Visibility Performance
  • State Convention
  • National Convention
  • State Marching Band Contest
  • BOA Regionals/Grand Nationals

 

Photography and Logos Provided to KHS America

For us to be able to give you the recognition that you deserve, you will need to provide us with files of any logos associated with your school or your band for our usage, and ensure that we have proper permission to use these logos. Additionally, some photography of your band will be required for us to promote the great work that you do, the Academic Alliance itself, and our brands. We will also utilize this in our continuing efforts to advocate for music education. Since photos of your band will often depict minors, we may require your assistance in obtaining permission to utilize the images freely.

 

Participation in KHS Brand Social Media Channels/Web Platforms

As an extension of your advocacy of our brands, we ask that you (the music educator) participate in our social media channels (on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and the Get Banded Website. We ask that you stay connected with the activity on these channels, occasionally contribute content, and participate in conversations where your experience offers insight on our instruments. We also encourage you to invite your students to participate as well.

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