Band directors, Students, Musicians, Artists,
Allow me to be the first to invite you to attend the “inaugural” Bands of America Drum Major Institute at the Summer Symposium. While you might be surprised to read “inaugural,” based of Bands of America’s 35+ years of offering drum major and other student leadership programming, 2013 will be Bands of America’s first drum major specific programming offered under its brand and with its faculty, curriculum, and core values.
Please allow this modest letter to serve as an introduction and invitation. My name is Bobby Lambert and I am honored to serve as the first division chair of the Bands of America Drum Major Institute. I am thrilled to represent an all-star staff and work with some of the best people in the country on topics I treasure—the art of conducting and student leadership. The opportunity to lead this effort and give back to Bands of America and Music for All, a program and organization that has meant so much to me in my teaching and professional development, is one I embrace.
In 1996, while still a drum major at Western Carolina University, I began leading drum major camps in the southeast. For the past sixteen years, I have been fortunate to continue my work with drum majors as I pursued a career in teaching at Marian Catholic and a consultant to many other programs. Through the years, I have developed a principled approach to student leadership and drum major responsibility that has been a model and basis of support for thousands of student leaders and drum majors. The opportunity to combine these concepts with Bands of America’s traditions and recognized leadership commitment is a wonderful opportunity.
In addition to my music education duties at Marian, I’m also privileged to have designed and serve as Director of the Leadership Program at Marian Catholic, a school wide program that involves every student and 60 faculty. All programs face some of the same scenarios—regardless of circumstances. What makes our approach unique (and will make your experience unique) is our promise to teach and inspire a sense of empowerment that allows students to find their strengths, identify problems, develop solutions, adapt to change, and evaluate the outcome. We want student leaders to return with ideas that perpetuate cooperation, respect, excellence, and growth. We call our program, “Leadership at its Core”
I hope you will join us this summer, send your student leaders, and bring your friends as we explore leadership and drum majoring from a perspective of working first FOR others, then WITH them. Certainly, participants will come home with the skills of conducting, marching fundamentals, rehearsal techniques and the attitude and awareness necessary for successful student leadership. More importantly, they will leave Ball State more confident and better prepared to perform their duties, bring value to their program, school and community and to lead!
Please join us this summer for the inaugural year of the Bands of America Drum Major Institute and discover “Leadership at its Core.” I promise it will be a choice you will not regret. It will most assuredly be positively life-changing!