System Blue Educational Event featuring the Blue Devils (Leadership)

  • Educational Events
  • Leadership

, :: June 22, 2018

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

Student Clinic: $80

Price includes:

  • Instruction and materials
  • 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

Location TBA

HOUSING: This is a commuter camp. There are many good hotel options near the event site should you need overnight accommodations.

Friday, June 22
9:00 am
Registration Opens
10:00 am
Session Starts
2:00 pm
Camp Ends
7:00 pm
MidCal Champions Showcase Begins
10:00 pm
Show Ends

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

Maps and full event details: Download the full event packet

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.

Instructional Staff

Frank Troyka

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, Europe, 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, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity. 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. Most recently, Frank was named 2019 Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association.