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Upbeat Leadership Academy


Drum Major & Leadership Academy - July 22 thru 24 at Okemos High School; Okemos, Michigan

Leadership Academy Okemos - July 24 at Okemos High School; Okemos, Michigan

Leadership Academy East - July 25 at  L'Anse Creuse High School; Harrison Township, Michigan

Leadership Academy West - July 26 at Lakeshore High School, Stevensville, Michigan

  • 2024 Drum Major & Leadership Academy
    2024 Drum Major & Leadership Academy
    Mon, Jul 22
    Jul 22, 2024, 8:30 AM – Jul 24, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Okemos High School, 2800 Jolly Rd, Okemos, MI 48864, USA
    For Drum Majors and Aspiring Drum Majors
  • 2024 Leadership Academy - Okemos
    2024 Leadership Academy - Okemos
    Wed, Jul 24
    Jul 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
    Okemos High School, 2800 Jolly Rd, Okemos, MI 48864, USA
    For drum majors, student leaders and aspiring student leaders.
  • 2024 Leadership Academy - EAST
    2024 Leadership Academy - EAST
    Thu, Jul 25
    Jul 25, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    L'Anse Creuse High School, 38495 Lanse Creuse St, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, USA
    For drum majors, student leaders, and aspiring student leaders.
  • 2024 Leadership Academy - WEST
    2024 Leadership Academy - WEST
    Fri, Jul 26
    Jul 26, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Lakeshore High School, 5771 Cleveland Ave, Stevensville, MI 49127, USA
    For drum majors, student leaders, and aspiring student leaders.
Drum Major Academy

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This is what students will learn

Drum Major Academy:

Students will learn conducting skills, marching skills, command calling, feedback techniques, leadership qualities and learn the role of a drum major. 

Leadership Academies:

Participants will learn leadership skills, reignite passion, and become empowered to lead cultural change within their program.  This training will benefit every student who attends, whether or not they have a title! 

Inside at ULA
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Testimonials from other Upbeat! Leadership Events:

The world is ready to embrace the good thoughts you bring to the forum. It will be a benefit to everyone to hear the good words you share.

- Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

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Matthew Arau unlocks the musical superpowers within everyone he meets. His infectious optimism and spirit of gratitude naturally shine through as he inspires students and teachers alike to pursue their passion for music

- Scott R. Sheehan, NAfME National President &

Director of Bands & Music Dept. Chair,

Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School

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What a gift you are, Matthew! We are so fortunate to have had you share such an impactful life/leadership perspective with us and our awesome students. I am looking forward to our next collaboration. We all need this training every-single-year!

- Tamara Williams, Choir Director

Traverse City Central High School, Michigan

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Sending my student leaders to The Upbeat Global Leadership Academy was an easy decision! The students came back inspired, motivated to serve their section/band in a more meaningful way.

- Allison Lacasse Band Director

Belmont High School, Massachusetts

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I just had my first meeting with the Leadership Council since we attended your online camp. I wish you could be a fly on the wall to hear how your positivity was just the inspiration they needed to help kick off this year feeling invigorated and fresh instead of defeated and sad…We are forging ahead to create music education 2.0! Thank you for having an impact on my students and my program through your work. It’s so obvious that you have found your soul‘s purpose.

Lesley Moffat, Band Director, Jackson High School, Mill Creek, Washington

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I wanted to send a quick note to let you know how the work you introduced yesterday is impacting my mindset already. 
I woke up this morning intending to think about something I am grateful for and to use my G.E.T.
TM statements to think about my upcoming day. These two simple practices are exactly what I was looking for to shape my thoughts as I start my day, and I can’t wait to realize the positive changes in my mindset over time from this shift. 
Thank you for providing us with a toolkit to improve both our leadership skills and our wellbeing!

Jessica Vaughn, Associate Band Director, Cherry Creek High School, Denver, Colorado.

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What Students are Saying

I just wanted to say that your teaching style is amazing, you keep people very focused and it is very engaging. Everything felt like it went by so fast because I was actually having fun when I was learning! Thank you so much for the amazing conducting sessions! - Sydney

I learned so many valuable things at this camp! 

- Patrick

Attending the Upbeat Global Leadership camp has helped me understand what a good student leader looks like and how everyone and anyone can be a leader of any capacity while working in a team setting. This camp will have a lasting effect on how I will move forward through a time of uncertainty, and how I will approach problems in the future as a student leader. - Sami

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