Visual Design Retreat

Reserve your spot now for the 9th Annual Visual Design Retreat!

Spirit of America Band is taking 16 participants for the retreat.

Led by Craig Harms and Brantley Douglas of Pygraphics and Creative Consultation Service, the Visual Design Retreat will offer you a wealth of information on Pyware 3D Drill Design, along with the opportunity for refreshment in Orleans, Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Cod and overlooking Cape Cod Bay. You will come away energized and equipped to provide cutting-edge drill instruction for your marching band, drum corps, winter guard, or indoor drumline. 
Register for the 2019 Retreat!

Your retreat experience will include:

  • Comprehensive training on creating, evaluating, and presenting drill using Pyware
  • Opportunities for independent work on original drill with personalized instruction and collaboration
  • Five days, six nights of accomodations overlooking Cape Cod Bay
  • Gourmet meals, including a traditional Cape Cod clambake
  • Free timed-version of the latest Pyware software
  • Free one-year subscription to Craig Harms’s e-learning tutorials

Cost: $1500, including all seminars, meals, and accommodations


Craig Harms
Drill Writer
Owner at Creative Consultation Service &
Studied Instrumental Music Education at Wichita State University, Wichita Kansas, USA

Almost from the beginning, Craig has been the principal consultant for product education for Pygraphics, developer of Pyware Charting Aid and 3D Drill Design Software.  He developed successful band programs during his 25 years of teaching which culminated in his teaching in London, England, as a Fulbright Teacher. In 1986, he left public school teaching to develop full time to his own Visual Design and Pyware Consulting Company, Creative Consultation Service and continued association with Pygraphics. In addition to developing featuring Pyware 3D Webinars, Craig has been called as principal presenter of Pyware 3D Software and Drill Design.  He has for the past 6 years taught the Vandercook College Pyware Online Couse and for the past 8 years developed and presented the curriculum for the highly acclaimed Spirit of America Pyware Drill Design Retreat in Orleans, MA

Brantley T. Douglas III
Associate Director of Bands
Director of Athletic Bands
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas

Brantley T. Douglas III is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. His responsibilities include directing the UCA Bear Marching Band, the Symphonic Band, and the Purple Rage Pep Band. He also teaches courses in music education and technology. He is active as an adjudicator, clinician and designer for marching units and concert ensembles throughout the United States and has served as the Marching Band Coordinator and Chief Judge for America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Douglas is also a clinician for Pygraphics of Grapevine, Texas where he serves as a technology consultant.


Spirit of America Band is dedicated to the pursuit of the ideals upon which our country was founded. Through the medium of music and marching, Spirit of America upholds the values of teamwork, patriotism, and excellence to inspire the youth of America and audiences of all ages throughout the world.