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Jayhawk Marching Band Leadership Academy

For students entering grades 10 – 12

Jayhawk Marching Band Leadership Academy
June 15-16, 2018
For students entering grades 10-12

Welcome to our first Jayhawk Marching Band Leadership Academy!

This workshop is intended for drum majors, section leaders, and colorguard captains. We invite students from large and small programs alike!  Join us and return to your programs energized and ready to lead!

Sessions will be led by Dr. Matt Smith and Sharon Toulouse, directors of the KU Marching Jayhawks. We are thrilled to be joined by guest clinician, legendary Texas music educator Frank Troyka, with additional assistance by Marching Jayhawk staff members.

Potential topics include:

  • Leadership Development
  • How to Clean Fundamentals and Drill Formations
  • Drum Major score sessions
  • Fundamental Conducting
  • How to Run a Sectional or Colorguard Rehearsal
  • Mace Work

Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 15 in the new Burge Union on the KU campus (located by Allen Fieldhouse). More information will be provided to participants two weeks prior to the workshop.

Participants should wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.  While most sessions will be held inside, we will be outside at some point.

Cost is $115 and includes lunches and a T-shirt.  Please note that this is not an overnight camp and housing is not provided.  Registration deadline is Sunday, June 10.

High school band programs or booster organizations are encouraged to register groups.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Matt Smith, Director, KU Marching Jayhawks.




Frank Troyka, Clinician

Frank Troyka is the retired Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A teacher of 34 years, Frank came to Berkner in May of 2006 following seven years as Director of Bands at Cypress Falls High School in Houston. Ensembles under his director have been selected to perform at the Music For All National Festival; the Percussive Arts Society International Convention; and at the Midwest Clinic on two occasions with the Symphonic Band at Cypress Falls in 2004 and with the Berkner Symphonic Band in 2011. Frank is an active lecturer and clinician, presenting across Texas, throughout the United States, and at international destinations including Canada, The Philippines, Singapore, China, and South Africa. He is a frequent presenter at professional development workshops for public schools as well as a guest lecturer and “hands-on” instructor for both students and teachers. In 2016, Frank assumed the role as Collegiate Track Director at the annual Conn-Selmer Institute.

Frank is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity, and a member of the National Association for Music Education. He is an Educational Consultant with Conn-Selmer, Inc.; the Director of Education for System Blue, the educational arm of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California; and the coordinator of the Generation Next series of presentations for The Midwest Clinic. He was honored as the 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year at Cypress Falls High School and, while at Berkner High School, was one of fifteen recipients in the State of Texas of the 2010 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2014, Frank was honored by the Texas Bandmasters Association as a recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award. In 2015, Frank was named to the International Board of Experts for the World Music Contest of Kerkrade, The Netherlands and in March of 2016, Frank was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.

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