KHS America Academic Alliance

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Programs

Membership Programs

Scholastic Members of the KHS America Academic Alliance receive access to benefits intended to enhance the student experience, promote program growth, and bring attention to the great work of music educators.

Membership levels include Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Silver Level Membership

Silver Level Membership

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 Trial Programs.

If you have already purchased Jupiter, Mapex or Majestic instruments for your band program, apply for Silver Level membership in the KHS America Academic Alliance.

Once accepted as a Silver Level Academic Alliance Member, you will have ongoing access to the following benefits:

Access to Instrument Trial Programs

We are very excited about the quality of the Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic and XO instruments that we offer today, and we want to give you the chance to experience this quality, first hand. We are also interested in hearing your opinions and suggestions.

In order to create such opportunities, we partner with our dealers to offer instrument packages for short-term, no obligation trail at your school. For band programs, these packages include:

  • Standard Student Wind Instruments
  • School Bid Wind Instruments
  • Concert Percussion Instruments
  • Pro & Performance Level Wind Instruments

We also have trial programs available for Sonor Orff Instrument and H Jimenez Mariachi Instruments!

Contact you preferred KHS America Academic Alliance Dealer to request participation in an instrument trial program.

Click here to locate a Retail Partner near you.

Access to Instrument Experts for Professional Development Days

In order to assist you in making more informed purchase decisions for your band programs, we are happy to provide an expert on our instruments to appear as a guest presenter at your Professional Development Day, or similar event. We will assist in making the arrangements, and will cover all associated costs.

Click here to submit a request for a Presentation for Educators at Professional Development Day.

Appreciation Award Items

Upon completion of a Trial Program, we will present your program with a small token of our appreciation for you taking the time to evaluate our instruments and provide feedback.

Upon acceptance as a Silver Level Member of the KHS America Academic Alliance, you will also receive a display item recognizing the accomplishment of your program and letting others know that you have joined the Alliance. Similarly, as you progress to the Gold and Platinum Levels, display items will be provided in recognition of the status of your program, and functional gifts that may be useful to your band program will also be included as recognition of the accomplishment.

In addition, when you are accepted as a Silver Level Member we want your participation to be visible to others online. This provides exposure for your program, while allowing us to let other music educators know that you have tried our instruments. To recognize your school you’ll be included on the Academic Alliance Member Schools List

Click here to view our current Member School List.

View 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

Gold Level Membership

Gold Level Membership in the KHS America Academic Alliance is reserved for band programs with a history of Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic and XO instrument purchases. The benefits provided are in recognition of the favor that your program has already shown for our brands.

Once accepted as a Gold Level KHS America Academic Alliance Member, you will have ongoing access to ALL SILVER LEVEL BENEFITS, plus the following ADDITIONAL benefits:

Invitation of Educator(s) into B.A.N.D. Artist Program

Our Brand Advocate Network Development, or “B.A.N.D.” Artist Program, recognizes and offers personal benefit to influential performing artists and music educators across the country. There are already over 300 participants in this program, and we want you to be a part of it too! Upon acceptance of your band program as a KHS America Academic Alliance Gold Level Member, all music educators associated with your band program will be automatically welcomed into our B.A.N.D. program, if you choose to participate.

Click here for more information on the B.A.N.D. program and to apply to be a B.A.N.D. Artist.

Inclusion in KHS America Advisory Group

We are very interested in continuing close communication with music educators. To help facilitate this, we are establishing a closed social media group that can be accessed only by our artists, members of our team, and music educators from Gold and Platinum Level Academic Alliance programs. Upon acceptance of your program as a KHS America Academic Alliance Gold Level Member, you will receive an invitation to join this community. Discussion may include, but need not be limited to:

  • Educational Topics/Curriculum
  • Current Instrument Feedback
  • Future Instrument Design Discussion
  • Discussion of and Feedback on Educational Outreach and Marketing Programs

Product experts, top level performing artists, and renowned educational artists will all participate in the discussion on this platform, giving you exclusive access to advice, and participation in our projects.

Bonus Items as Reward for Purchase of Specific Instruments

In recognition of your efforts in music education, Gold and Platinum Academic Alliance members will be eligible for bonus reward items on certain purchases. After the instrument purchase is made, you can submit a redemption form here on this website to receive your bonus item directly from us.

The list of available bonus items will be updated annually to coincide with the school calendar. Bid process must be initiated (or order placed) within the year that the bonus item is shown on the active list in order to qualify. No retroactive redemptions from previous school year purchases will be allowed.

Current list is as follows:

  • Every purchase of a Mapex Quantum Snare Drum will qualify to receive a free single marching stick bag, one free stick bag reward per each new snare drum purchased.
  • Every purchase of a set of Mapex Quantum Multi-Tenors will qualify to receive a free double marching stick bag, one free stick bag reward per each new set of tenors purchased.
  • Every purchase of a Mapex Quantum Bass Drum will qualify to receive a free marching bass drum mallet bag, one free mallet bag reward per each new bass drum purchased.
  • Every purchase of any Jupiter or XO Concert Tuba will qualify to receive a free Hercules DS553B Tuba Performer Stand, one free stand reward per each new concert tuba purchased.
  • Every purchase of any Jupiter Baritone Saxophone will qualify to receive a free Hercules DS535B Baritone Saxophone Stand, one free stand reward per each new baritone saxophone purchased.
  • Every purchase of any Jupiter Sousaphone will qualify to receive a free JCM-SPK sousaphone pad set, one free stand reward per each new sousaphone purchased.
  • Every purchase of any Majestic Concert Rosewood Bar Marimba will qualify to receive a free Majestic MJPMB02 Pro Mallet Bag, one free mallet bag reward per each new rosewood marimba purchased.
  • Every purchase of any Majestic Concert Synthetic Bar Marimba will qualify to receive a free Majestic MJPMB01 Mallet Bag, one free mallet bag reward per each new synthetic marimba purchased.
  • Every purchase of any Majestic Quantum Field Frame mallet instrument (marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone) will qualify to receive a MicNet microphone suspension mounting system, one free MicNet per each new field frame mallet instrument purchased.

Appreciation Award Items

Upon acceptance as a Gold Level Member of the KHS America Academic Alliance, you will receive a display item recognizing the accomplishment of your program and letting others know that you have joined the Alliance.

Additionally, you will receive 100 FREE Academic Alliance band folders for use with your bands.

View 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

Platinum Level Membership

Platinum Level Membership in the KHS America Academic Alliance is reserved for band programs with an extensive history of Jupiter, Mapex, Majestic and XO instrument purchases, and those who display preference for and loyalty to our brands. These exclusive benefits are in recognition of your work as an advocate for our brands.

Once accepted as a Platinum Level KHS America Academic Alliance Member, you will have ongoing access to ALL SILVER and GOLD LEVEL BENEFITS, plus the following ADDITIONAL benefits:

Exclusive Periodic Promotions

Occasionally we will extend exclusive limited time specials to Platinum Level Academic Alliance members in recognition of your status. These may be presented in direct e-mail, via the KHS America Academic Alliance Advisory Group, or through KHS America Academic Alliance Dealers.

Complimentary Artist Appearance

Upon request, we will facilitate the appearance of one of our artists at your school. This is a one time, no cost opportunity. Our Artist and Educator Relations Manager will communicate directly with you to determine the artist to be utilized based on your desired area of focus for your event, your schedule, and artist availability. This appearance can be utilized for a student and/or educator masterclass, clinic, guest performance, or professional development day.

Press Release

Upon the acceptance of your school into the Platinum Level of the KHS America Academic Alliance, we will draft a Press Release recognizing your achievement to be distributed through all available KHS America channels and shared with all appropriate press outlets.

National Exposure

Inclusion on Brand Websites as an Academic Alliance Partner Ensemble
In addition to the recognition provided by being on our Academic Alliance Member Schools list on this website, Platinum Level Members will be represented in the Artist Listing on the appropriate brand website(s) as a Partner Ensemble.

Recognition and Exposure on KHS America Brand Sponsored Webcasts
Platinum Level Members will also gain recognition and exposure on KHS America brand sponsored webcasts. Currently, Jupiter, Mapex and Majestic sponsor the banddirector.com Viewer’s Choice series of webcasts. These live webcasts broadcast performances from marching and concert festivals across the country. If your band performs at one of the featured events, the commentator will recognize your program as a KHS America Academic Alliance Platinum Level Ensemble during the broadcast. Additionally, we would like to feature educators from our Platinum Level programs as interview subjects during intermissions of these events. This can take place in person if you attend, or remotely, so that everyone can participate.

Features on Brand Websites, in Catalogs, or Advertising
We regularly utilize imagery and testimonials from performing ensembles on our brand websites, in our catalogs and brochures, and in both print and digital advertising. On such occasions as school band representation is required, we will focus on featuring our Platinum Level Academic Alliance members. Such features will recognize your status, and help bring prominence to your school, as they are often seen by thousands of people. Such features are occasional, and will be at the discretion of KHS America.

Appreciation Award Items

Upon acceptance as a Platinum Level Member of the KHS America Academic Alliance, you will receive a display item recognizing the accomplishment of your program and letting others know that you have joined the Alliance.

Additionally, you will receive a FREE Rack of Hercules Music Stands – Ten BS200B Hercules music stands and a BSC800 Hercules Music Stand Cart will be awarded at no charge.

View 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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