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Upbeat Leadership Academy


Drum Major Academy - July 18 & July 19 at Okemos High School

Leadership Academy Okemos - July 20 at Okemos High School

Leadership Academy East - July 21 at Lake Shore High School

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Drum Major Academy

Registering more than 20 students?

For ULA and ULA East, for schools that register 20 or more students, the cost drops to $55/student.

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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:

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.  Having been immersed in Matthew's message of Upbeat Leadership and the power of positivity at CSI, as well as with the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles and with my own high school students in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, I can say without a doubt that he brings innovation, empathy, and energy to a whole new level.  My outlook on music education and enthusiasm for teaching has been forever changed because I crossed paths with Matthew.  I can't wait to see what's next as he encourages us all to go beyond our best!

— Scott R. Sheehan, NAfME National President (2020-2022) & Director of Bands & Music Dept. Chair, Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School

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

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, and even took the initiative to reach out to incoming band members before our band camp activities began! What I heard most often from them was that they enjoyed getting to meet students from all over the country and even across the world. For them, connecting with other student leaders was extremely impactful and something that they will take along with them for the rest of their lives! Thank you to the entire staff for providing them with the tools to be successful student leaders!

Allison Lacasse, Band Director, Belmont High School, Belmont, Massachusetts

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’ve learned a lot more than I thought I was going to at this camp. Even if it wasn’t in person, it has been very beneficial. - Jessica

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

I learned so many valuable things at this camp! - Patrick

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