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. 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.
The 2020 Keynote Speaker, FRAN KICK, will share sessions designed to motivate and inspire young musicians. Students attend breakout sessions with our breakout faculty 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.
Fran Kick is an author and certified speaking professional who has inspired audiences to kick it in and take the lead since 1986. Since taking an educational leave of absence from teaching at both the public school and college levels, Fran Kick has developed what began as a part-time speaking adventure into a full-time professional mission. Today, Fran presents over one hundred programs every year across the U.S. and Canada to thousands of college, high school, junior high, and middle school students, plus the many educational professionals who work with them. Let’s KICK IT IN with Mr. Fran Kick!
FRAN KICK is an author, educational consultant and professional speaker who knows What Makes Kids KICK! He is the creator and presenter of KICK IT IN® a series of self-motivational personal leadership presentations and materials. Since taking an educational leave of absence from teaching, he has developed his part-time speaking adventure into a full-time mission. Today, Fran presents over one hundred programs every year across the U.S. and Canada to thousands of college/university, high school, junior high/middle school students, plus the many people who work with them. In addition, he works with association, convention and corporate organizations who are actively engaged in teaching and reaching today’s kids. Fran speaks at many state, regional & national conferences about What Makes Kids KICK and how they can KICK IT IN & TAKE THE LEAD. He has his B.A. in Education and a M.A. in Educational Psychology. From fifth-grade students to Fortune 500 professionals Fran Kick always KICKs IT IN!
Keynote Sessions presented by Varsity Spirit.
Josh Byrd is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Byrd received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Georgia, respectively. Dr. Byrd studied saxophone with Kenneth Fischer while working on his bachelor’s degree and his conducting teachers include John Lynch, Tom Dvorak, Dwight Satterwhite and John Culvahouse. After graduating from UGA in 2000, Dr. Byrd taught for three years in the Atlanta area at Norcross High School and Lanier Middle School. Following his masters studies he served as the Director of Bands at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin from 2005-2008. Dr. Byrd remains active in the southeast as a clinician, adjudicator, and arranger. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi. In addition to band activities, Dr. Byrd teaches orchestration & arranging, technology & improvisation, percussion techniques, and instrumental music education courses.
Jeff Harper is the Associate Director of Bands at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. He has taught at numerous well-established band programs throughout Cobb County since 1998.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Harper judges for both Drum Corps International and Bands of America, and he continues to judge throughout the United States and abroad.
This will be Jeff Harper’s tenth year serving on faculty for the Summer Leadership Institute.
Matthew M. McCord is an accomplished attorney who has helped many clients in the Atlanta area with both criminal defense and personal injury cases. The Law Office of Matthew M. McCord, P.C. is based in McDonough, Georgia. McCord provides clients in Atlanta, Jonesboro, Fayetteville, and the surrounding cities and counties with aggressive, passionate, and informed representation. After receiving his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law, McCord worked as a prosecutor for the government as well as a defense attorney for insurance companies. He spent two years working for the Clayton County solicitor general and one year as an assistant district attorney for Newton County. These experiences gave him the well-rounded perspective he brings to his practice today. Matthew McCord also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
Dr. Tonya Mitchell is the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina. There, she assists with the Carolina Band, directs the women’s basketball band, and conducts the University Band. Dr. Mitchell also teaches courses in the music education department and oversees student teachers. Prior to her appointment at USC, Dr. Mitchell served as interim Director of Athletic Bands at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, and spent 4 years as band director at Chamblee Charter High School in Chamblee, GA.
Dr. Mitchell is a frequent adjudicator, clinician, and speaker. As a proponent of new music, she led the consortium and premiere of Aaron Perrine’s Beneath a Canvas of with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble to complete her doctoral studies. Her research on Joan Tower’s Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman is published in the Alta Musica journal; she also presented this research at the International Society for the Promotion of Wind Band in Oberwölz, Austria. Additionally, Dr. Mitchell serves as New Music Editor for the Women Band Director’s International Journal. As a champion for women in music, she was honored to speak in the 2018 Tau Beta Sigma Women in Music series.
Dr. Mitchell received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in wind conducting from Indiana University where she was also drum major of the Marching Hundred. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Mitchell is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma.
David Roth joined the faculty at Kell High School as the Assistant Director of Bands in 2008 and was named as Director of Bands in 2011. As Assistant Director of Bands at Kell, he had the honor of conducting the Kell Wind Symphony during their performance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and assisted with the marching band program as they won two back-to-back BOA Regional Championships in 2010. Prior to joining the Kell program, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School, where he was the primary conductor of the Concert I and Concert II Bands and assisted with the Marching Band, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. In December 2006, he had the honor of conducting the Kennesaw Mountain Wind Symphony during their performance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
A native of Marietta, Georgia, Mr. Roth graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in December 2003 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Music Composition and received his Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois in August 2007. While at UGA, Mr. Roth studied conducting with Dr. John Culvahouse, clarinet under Drs. Dannene Drummond, D. Ray McClellan, and Theodore Jahn, and studied composition with Dr. Leonard V. Ball, Jr. In addition, he has studied at the University of North Texas with Dr. Cindy McTee (composition) and under Professor James Keene while at the University of Illinois.
Mr. Roth was a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2000-2003, serving as the corps’ drum major from 2001-2003. While a member of Carolina Crown, he helped found the Carolina Crown Student Leadership Task Force, an initiative aimed at enhancing the level of student leadership within the corps and still in effect today. Since “aging out” of drum corps, Mr. Roth has continued to support Carolina Crown by helping teach their annual student leadership camps and Drum Major Symposium, and by serving as Vice President of their newly formed Alumni Association.
He is currently active as an adjudicator, clinician, and music arranger, and teaches private lessons for students interested in either clarinet or conducting. His professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Georgia Music Educator’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Bridget Wildes is currently in her sixth year as the Assistant Director of Bands at Mill Creek High School. Her ensembles have been invited to perform at the Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational, the Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival at Georgia State University, the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, the University of Georgia January Music Festival, the University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic and the 2019 Music for All National Concert Band Festival as a featured ensemble.
The Pride of Mill Creek Marching Band has been a Bands of America Regional and Super Regional finalist, as well as Class AAAA Champion. The marching band has also performed in the 2014 and 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade. The Mill Creek Winds were named the Winter Guard International, Winds Scholastic A World Championship Silver Medalists in 2016 and Scholastic Open Silver Medalists in 2018.
Bridget Wildes is an active clinician, adjudicator and freelance musician, as well as a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the National Band Association. She is the current District 13 Band Chair, and plays an active role in the organization of District 13 events. She recently co-presented her first session on developing and maintaining student leadership at the 2019 GMEA In-Service Conference and will be completing her Masters of Music Education at Kent State University in July. Bridget and her husband Jacob, a band director as well, reside in Suwanee with their two year old son, Caleb.
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A native of Newnan, GA, Chester B. Phillips is in his eleventh year as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Georgia State University. His
primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Orchestra, establishing and directing the marching band, teaching conducting and overseeing all facets of the athletic bands. Under his leadership, the Georgia State Panther Band has received several honors and accolades including participation in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, performing in the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime show (2019), marching in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, a national top-ten honor by the 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), a top-five honor by the 2012, 2016, and 2020 Southern Division of CBDNA, and an invitation to participate in the 2021 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Prior to his appointment at Georgia State, Dr. Phillips taught for seven years as the Associate Director of Bands at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia and for two years in the Gwinnett County public schools at the middle and high school level.
Chester Phillips received the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Georgia, the Master of Music degree in music education from the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the University of Georgia. His principal conducting teachers have been John P. Lynch and James Keene. He is affiliated with professional organizations that include the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, Drum Corps International, Music for All and Conn-Selmer.
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 2021 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:
$50 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:
$55.00 per person, per night