Leadership Weekend: June 25-27, 2022


You will interact with student leaders from across the country during a one-of-a-kind leadership weekend program created specifically for marching bands. Immerse yourself in a non-stop, interactive, leadership learning lab you will not find anywhere else. All students experience interactive leadership learning all weekend long with rotating large-group, small-group, and experientially engaging sessions. Discover why we develop more student leaders in the music education world who truly make things happen and take the lead.


Do you want more of your marching band students to participate positively in your program? Can you imagine what would happen if all your student leaders constructively brought to life the leadership lessons you talk about? At Music for All’s Summer Symposium we turn talk into action, involving your students in many unforgettable, hands-on activities for team building, problem solving, and leadership learning. Developing socially responsible leadership—where students lead by example, believe in serving others more than just themselves, and work for the greater good vs. what makes them look good!


Did you know research shows that pre-college leadership experiences predict most of the variance in college leadership outcomes? That means when students learn to lead in high school, their success in college leadership opportunities increases significantly. Give your student the positively life-changing experience of developing more of their future long-term leadership potential at the Leadership Weekend Experience.

No one needs a title to lead! And no one needs a title or a designated leadership position, to attend this program either! ANY student who wants to make a difference in their band, school, or community can join us June 25-27, 2022!

Fran Kick and a fantastic faculty of student leadership educators will inspire students to Kick It In® and Take the Lead. Having worked with Fran for over three decades, Music for All shares in his passion and mission to develop student leadership in ALL students, rather than just let it happen with a selected few.

Read more about our beliefs on developing student leadership

Leadership Weekend Experience Faculty

Maurice Burgess headshot

Cecilia Clark

Director of Bands, Allatoona H.S. (GA)

Frank Crockett

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Family Pastor, SouthBrook Christian Church (OH)

Julie Duty Headshot

Julie Duty

Founder and Executive Director of United Sound
Gilbert (AZ)

Fran Kick Headshot

John Gallagher

Director of Music & Fine Arts, Longwood Central School District, Long Island (NY)

Tim Lautzenheiser headshot

Jerell Horton

Director of Bands, Vestavia Hills H.S. (AL)

Christian Howes

Private Percussion Instructor, Software Developer, Music for All Event Staff Member

Julie Duty Headshot

Eric Jimenez

Assistant Director of Bands at Prairie View A&M University

Julie Duty Headshot

Fran Kick

Division Head
Leadership Division Head, Music for All Educational Consultant, Speaker, and Author of Kick It In & Take the Lead

Justin McLean

Percussion Director/Assistant Director of Bands, Hightower H.S. and Lake Olympia H.S., Fort Bend ISD (TX)

Ricardo Robinson-Shinall

Color Guard Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Braden River High School (FL), Designer for Medellin Gran Banda (Colombia)

J.R. Snow

K-12 Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts and Director of Harrisonburg High School Fine Arts Academy for Harrisonburg City Public Schools (VA)

Jamie Weaver

Team SWAG Director
Director of Bands, Liberty H.S. (TX)

Bongo Boy Music School

Ed Gaus

Research Note

McREL International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private, nonpartisan education research organization, was contracted by Music for All in June 2018 to serve as a third-party developer of the Summer Symposium Survey. The purpose of the survey was to capture participant reaction, level of satisfaction, and knowledge gained from their experience at the Symposium. The results from among the 1,499 students and 335 directors/educators who attended Symposium included: A Student Leadership Competency Assessment that found students self-reported “significant growth in their leadership competencies and knowledge gained” from before to after participating in the Summer Symposium. Specifically in each of the seven competencies:

• Motivation and Attitude
• Communication
• Collaboration
• Relationships and Responsibility
• Confidence

Survey data was collected by McREL June 30 – July 9, 2018. A response rate of approximately 21.2% of students and 35.2% of directors completed the survey, both of which were deemed sufficient, given the total sample size, for an external survey, and appropriate to support meaningful interpretation of results according to Shelby Danks, Ph.D. Managing Researcher and Principal Investigator, McREL International.

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