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United Sound is an organization whose mission is to provide musical performance experiences for students with special needs through peer mentorship.

Partners Page DCI & Crown


Strategic Partners

Our largest programming partner, United Sound students are featured annually at Bands of America Marching Band Championships, Music for All National Festival, Music for All Summer Symposium, and as members of the Bands of America Honor Band in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Annual performances at the premiere instrumental music education conference in the world provides opportunities to show teachers, administrators, and parents through collaborative programming with world-class performing ensembles, that life-changing music-making experiences can be achieved.

The D’Addario Foundation believes in the power of music to unlock creativity, boost self-confidence, and enhance academics. Through our partnership, we are working together to make music accessible to students with special needs at 50 schools in Illinois - impacting over 4,000 students!

The most decorated corps in the history of DCI, the Blue Devils have finished in the top five for over 40 years and have won the DCI World Championship title more than any other performing group. Our students have the opportunity to perform in exhibition with them each summer for thousands of spectators around the country.

Our partnership with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs creates performances and professional development opportunities at the annual ABLE Assembly Conference (Arts Better the Lives of Everyone). Collaborative professional development presentations, workshops, and resources through the ABLE Music Resource Center make it possible for us to support educators across the country as they strive to include students with disabilities in music classrooms and ensembles. 

For nearly 50 years, Drum Corps International has been the leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers. United Sound musicians from Indiana schools are included in the INPact Band and perform at DCI Championships annually.

The Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps is one of the top World Class drum corps in the nation. United Sound members have the opportunity to join them each summer to learn and perform a part of Crown’s show, play games, and share a meal together.