The Summer Leadership Institute fosters growth within the leadership of high school music programs. During this two-day event, 400 students from around the Southeast come together to learn effective leadership strategies and skills that will better equip them for leading themselves, their sections, and their ensemble.
Institute sessions include keynote speaker Frank Troyka in sessions designed to motivate and inspire young musicians. Students attend breakout sessions with leaders such as Joel Denton, Jerell Horton, Matt McCord, David Roth, Jennifer Sengin, and Bridget Wildes which focus on communication, team building, problem solving, public speaking and more. Directors attending the Director Track actively discuss new teaching methods focusing on highly effective and practical teaching techniques.
The Summer Leadership Institute is the place to get a head start on next year’s thinking today, make connections, get new ideas and learn new strategies from experienced educators and clinicians in the field.
COMPREHENSIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Learn the skills you need to lead!
Section Leader Skills
Group Management Fundamentals
Problem-Solving Skill Development
Frank Troyka is the retired Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A teacher of 34 years, Frank came to Berkner in May of 2006 following seven years as Director of Bands at Cypress Falls High School in Houston. Ensembles under his director have been selected to perform at the Music For All National Festival; the Percussive Arts Society International Convention; and at the Midwest Clinic on two occasions with the Symphonic Band at Cypress Falls in 2004 and with the Berkner Symphonic Band in 2011. Frank is an active lecturer and clinician, presenting across Texas, throughout the United States, and at international destinations including Canada, The Philippines, Singapore, China, Europe, and South Africa. He is a frequent presenter at professional development workshops for public schools as well as a guest lecturer and “hands-on” instructor for both students and teachers. In 2016, Frank assumed the role as Collegiate Track Director at the annual Conn-Selmer Institute.
Frank is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity. He is an Educational Consultant with Conn-Selmer, Inc.; the Director of Education for System Blue, the educational arm of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California; and the coordinator of the Generation Next series of presentations for The Midwest Clinic. He was honored as the 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year at Cypress Falls High School and, while at Berkner High School, was one of fifteen recipients in the State of Texas of the 2010 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2014, Frank was honored by the Texas Bandmasters Association as a recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award. In 2015, Frank was named to the International Board of Experts for the World Music Contest of Kerkrade, The Netherlands and in March of 2016, Frank was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame. Most recently, Frank was named 2019 Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Dr. Chester Phillips
Georgia State University
Dr. Adam Dalton was the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Marshall University. He oversaw all aspects of a comprehensive band program, including concert bands, the Marching Thunder, and basketball pep bands. He also conducted the Marshall Wind Symphony, taught courses in music education and conducting, and served as the recruitment director for the music department. Before this position, Dr. Dalton served as Director of Athletic Bands at Marshall for five years.
Dr. Dalton is a native of Virginia, where he attended James Madison University and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta, GA, where he taught high school at Milton High School, an extensive 5A program in Georgia. He then accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at The University of Alabama, where he received his Master of Arts in Music Education and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting. Dr. Dalton performed with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years earning two world championships and a gold medal in individual and ensemble. He also marched in various independent winter guards in the southeast, consistently making finals at Winter Guard International. His designing and teaching experience includes the 2008 World Champion Phantom Regiment, The Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets, Troopers, and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is featured on the WGI video, Toss, and served as a clinician and performer for the first everSpinfest Clinic, an annual educational event sponsored by WGI. Dr. Dalton maintains a busy schedule as a designer, consultant, and adjudicator for marching bands and indoor groups nationally and internationally.
Dr. Dalton worked with every ensemble at The University of Alabama and was a featured conductor for the 2013 All-State Festival performance with The Alabama Wind Ensemble. His high school band received superior ratings at the Large Group Performance Association. As a percussionist, Dr. Dalton performed with the Alabama Wind Ensemble for four years, including their ten-day tour of Italy in 2012. He is a founding member of the Alabama Winds, a community band based in Birmingham, AL. He has also participated in the Alabama Wind Ensemble recording project, The Glass Bead, available on Albany Records.
T. Devin Reid
Georgia State University
T. Devin Reid is currently an active musician and educator throughout the southeast. A native of Fayetteville, NC, Mr. Reid is a 2005 recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship. He holds a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
In 2018 Mr. Reid accepted the position as Assistant Director of Bands at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Prior to this, Mr. Reid served as the interim assistant director of bands for two years. In this capacity he co-teaches the Panther Marching Band, conducts the Basketball Band, conducts the University Concert Band, teaches undergraduate and graduate level conducting courses, and supervises student teachers in the field. Since his arrival, the GSU Concert Band has grown to become the largest instrumental concert ensemble at the university. With Mr. Reid’s direction, the GSU Panther Band performed in 2019 as part of the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, been accepted as a CBDNA Southern Region top marching band in 2020, and been accepted to perform in the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Mr. Reid has presented clinics and workshops at numerous state music conventions. He is a recurrent guest conductor at the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. He is also an active concert band and marching band clinician and adjudicator throughout Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, American String Teacher’s Association and is an endorser for Sabian Cymbals.
Student registration fees are based upon the group size. Registration includes access to all Student Track sessions, all materials for the Institute, Institute T-Shirt, lunch and dinner on Monday, and lunch on Tuesday.
Student Group Size:
1-9 students: $105.00 per student
10-19 students: $100.00 per student
20-29 students: $95.00 per student
30+ students: $90.00 per student
In compliance with the University System of Georgia’s Minors on Campus Policy, the Summer Leadership Institute requires all participants who will be under age 18 at the time of the program to have an adult director or adult chaperone present for the entire Institute.
Adult registration fees are per person and include access to all Keynote Sessions, lunch and dinner on Monday, and lunch on Tuesday. Directors are also provided access to all Director Track sessions and materials for the institute in addition to the Keynote Sessions and indicated meals.
Adult Registration Cost:
$55 per person
Groups opting to stay on campus during the Institute will be assigned to a room in a Georgia State University dorm. On-campus housing may be selected for Sunday night, Monday night, or both. Included in your on-campus stay is all linens (sheets, towels, pillows, etc.) and all-you-can-eat breakfast in a Georgia State University dining hall.
On-Campus Housing Cost: $50 per person per night