The Summer Leadership Institute fosters growth within the leadership of high school band 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 band.
In 2019, institute sessions included keynote speakers, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and Joel Denton, in sessions designed to motivate and inspire young musicians. Students attend breakout sessions which focus on communication, team building, problem-solving, public speaking, and more. Directors attending the Director Track actively discuss new teaching methods that concentrate on technology, show design, and visual technique.
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.
Tim Lautzenheiser began his teaching career at Northern Michigan University. He then moved to the University of Missouri, and from there to New Mexico State University. During that time, Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in both instrumental and vocal music.
Following his tenure in the college band directing world, he spent three years with McCormick’s Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America. In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization designed to manage the many requests for teacher inservice workshops, student leadership seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of effective leadership training. After thirty-plus years of clinic presentations, some three million students have experienced one of his popular sessions.
Tim presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is a nationally recognized voice touting the importance of arts education for every child.
His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational community. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, as well as the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is also the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants).
He holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama; in 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he is a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors. He is presently the Chair of the National Association for Music Education Music Honor Society (Tri-M).
Joel Denton has served as Director of Bands at Ooltewah High School for the past 35 years. Mr. Denton is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has completed graduate studies at the UT-Chattanooga. Under his direction, the Ooltewah Band has achieved a national reputation for musical excellence. Bands under his directions have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and 2007, as the only band in the 2011 Disney Christmas Parade on ABC, and performed at the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Ooltewah band has been a consistent finalist at Bands of America Regional Championships. The Ooltewah concert bands have most recently performed at the TMEA (TN) State Conference, the Smoky Mountain Music Festival, the Music for All Regional Concert Festival in 2016 and other state, regional, and national events through the years. His professional affiliations include NAfME, TMEA, ETSBOA, Phi Beta Mu, NBA, ASBDA and TBA (Tennessee). He is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and consultant working with Music for All/Bands of America, Drum Corps International, several universities and state organizations, as well as, many high school bands across the nation. Mr. Denton and Kerry, his wife of 32 years, have two adult children, Alex and Caroline.
- Rehearsal Skills
- Drum Major Skills
- Team Building
- Group Management Fundamentals
- Problem-Solving Skill Development
- Music Pedagogy
- Visual Technique
- Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
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
10-19 students: $100.00
20-29 students: $95.00
30+ students: $90.00
$50 per person
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.
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 chaperone present for the entire Institute.
$55 per night, 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 breakfast in a Georgia State University dining hall.