We’re bringing The Summer Leadership Institute to you! Join us in our 2021 Virtual Summer Leadership Institute as we host keynote speaker Fran Kick with breakout leaders Bridget Wildes, David Roth, Jeff Harper, Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, and Matt McCord. Gather at your school as we provide director-facilitated, in-house leadership training for your ensemble. This one-day virtual event is a place where students from around the United States come together to learn effective leadership strategies and skills that will equip them for leading themselves, their sections, and their ensemble.
The 2021 Keynote Speaker, FRAN KICK, will share sessions designed to motivate and inspire young musicians. As a group, you will attend interactive keynote sessions and discussions with our breakout faculty which focus on communication, team building, problem-solving, public speaking, and more. 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 practical strategies from experienced educators and clinicians in the field.
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!
COMPREHENSIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Learn the skills you need to lead!
Section Leader Skills
Group Management Fundamentals
Problem-Solving Skill Development
Dr. Chester Phillips
Georgia State University
A native of Newnan, GA, Chester B. Phillips is in his twelfth 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 2022 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
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.
School groups should plan to meet at their school with their director. Our faculty will lead sessions facilitated by the director, with opportunities for group discussion and activities. Each registration cost is per school, regardless of the number of students in attendance or classrooms in use. If ensembles are unable to meet at their school as a group, an Individual Registration will be required for each student.
Group Registration Cost:
$250 per school
For the best experience, we encourage school groups to meet together in their classrooms, however, for individuals whose schools are not participating in the Summer Leadership Institute, an Individual Registration is available. Individual Registrations include access to the full day’s schedule of sessions.
Individual Registration Cost:
$50 per person