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 Jeff Harper in sessions designed to motivate and inspire young musicians. Students attend breakout sessions with 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
Mr. Jeff Harper is the Associate Band Director at Lassiter High School and currently serving in his 24th year as a high school music educator in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Harper earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia, a Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois and Specialist in Education from Berry College. Mr. Harper studied conducting with Dr. Dwight Satterwhite, Dr. John Culvahouse, and Mr. James Keene. Mr. Harper serves as a clinician and adjudicator for concert bands and marching bands throughout the United States and abroad through Drum Corps International, Winterguard International, Bands of America, the Japan Marching Band Association, Drum Corps Japan and the Malaysia Marching Band Association. Mr. Harper has guest conducted the Georgia Brass Band, regional honor bands and university high school music workshops. He has developed curriculum and taught leadership clinics at the University of Georgia Summer Leadership Camp and the Georgia State Student Leadership Institute. Mr. Harper’s ensembles have performed at the National Concert Band Festival, The Georgia Music Educators Conference and the University of Georgia High School Music Workshop. Mr. Harper is a four-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. As an assistant director with Kennesaw Mountain and Lassiter High Schools, the bands have performed at The Midwest Clinic, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tournament of Roses Parade and the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Parade. Mr. Harper Resides in Kennesaw with his Husband, David Roth and his son Jacob.
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.
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