System Blue Educational Event (Leadership)

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Fresno, CA :: June 23, 2017

System Blue Educational Events provide an opportunity for students, educators, and fans alike to hone their performance, leadership, and teaching skills under the instruction of the finest educators in the marching arts.

Student Clinic: $59
Educator Workshop: FREE

Price includes:

  • Instruction and materials
  • Meals (lunch and dinner breaks listed on schedule)
  • T-shirt
  • Admission to MidCal Champions Showcase
  • Access to discounted friends/family MidCal Champions Showcase tickets

Group rates: 5% discount for 5-9 people; 10% discount for 10-14 people. Groups of 15+ contact

Clovis North High School map
2770 E International Ave
Fresno, CA 93730

Friday, June 23
9:00 am
Registration Opens
10:00 am
Session Begins
1:00 pm
Session Ends
6:30 pm
MidCal Champions Showcase Begins

Please bring a completed medical form with you to the event. You will not be able to participate in the event with out a medical form. If under 18, the form must be signed by your parent or guardian. Download the form

Leadership Clinic

System Blue Leadership Clinics are for students, ages 14 and up, in all sections of the marching band, including woodwind, brass, color guard, percussion, and drum majors. Each System Blue Leadership Clinic is designed to be highly experiential, and to give students tools and concrete strategies to help make an immediate difference when they return to their own bands. Specific content includes:

  • Procedures and strategies for effective peer teaching
  • How effective leaders communicate
  • The three components of leadership effectiveness
  • Seven levels of learning and awareness
  • Characteristics of high-quality leaders
  • Conducting skills (for drum majors). Note that System Blue Leadership Clinics do not address mace or military-style baton skills.

This year’s experience features an incredible opportunity to participate in Leadership sessions hosted by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, one of the most respected and sought after clinicians in music education.

Instructional Staff

"Dr. Tim" Lautzenheiser is the leading expert in student leadership and music education advocacy. Known world-wide for his truly inspirational presentations, Dr. Tim has positively affected and influenced generations of musicians and music teachers - and has probably been a major influence on your band director too! Check out to learn much more about Dr. Tim.

Frank Troyka is the retired Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. A teacher of over 30 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, South Africa, and Dubai. He is a frequent presenter at faculty development workshops for public school music teachers as well as a guest lecturer and “hands-on” instructor for both students and teachers.

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.

Additional staff TBA.

Educator Workshop

System Blue events for educators are relevant, content-rich sessions intended to be of immediate use to educators and their students. They are also designed to integrate seamlessly with System Blue student events so that educators and students are prepared to work more closely immediately at the conclusion of the event.

Each year, a slate of presentation is created based, in part, upon directors’ suggestion from previous years. However, directors are highly encouraged to contact Frank Troyka, System Blue Director of Education, with any specific requests for session topics. He will work to create an opportunity to address your specific needs.

Educator session topics vary by event and include:

  • Understanding staging and timing
  • Contemporary trends in marching technique
  • Show design for bands of all sizes and levels of experience
  • Effective training and use of student leaders in rehearsal
  • Strategies and exercises to strengthen the percussion section
  • Adapting the Blue Devils marching technique for the high school band
  • Effective rehearsal technique and pacing
  • The Blue Devils approach to intonation in the outdoor environment

Instructional Staff