HISTORY OF DRUM MAJORETTES OF AMERICA:
Drum Majorettes of America is an organization that promotes the sport of baton twirling for individuals and uniformed groups. The organization sanctions baton contests, clinics, workshops, and related activities produced under its rules.
DMA is one of the largest and most active baton twirling organizations in existence. It was founded in 1947 by Victor Faber, who acted as Director through 1960. In 1960, David R. Faber was named the National Executive Director and acted in that capacity until his retirement in 1998. Doris Faber served as National Executive Director till her passing in 2014.
Originally named "Drum Majors and Majorettes of America," DMA. has always led the way in designing contest events. When DMA was established, there were more boys than girls participating in baton twirling. DMA was the first twirling organization to separate categories into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, later adding Special Beginner, Newcomer, and Elite levels. DMA Initiated the Best Appearing Event to help improve the overall appearance of the contestants. DMA was the first to have a National Contest where contestants traveled to one location and competed in person. The selection of "Majorette Queen of America" occurs each summer during DMA's National Competition. The selection of "America's Most Beautiful Majorette" occurs each winter during DMA's Mini-National Competition.
DMA also has one of the largest team competitions including twirling, dance twirl, strut, novelty, dance lines, and pom lines.
DMA leads the way in providing scholarship opportunities to competitors to assist in furthering their education. In addition to scholarship awards, DMA also assists in placing twirlers in colleges and universities who offer financial assistance.