Conn-Selmer Marching Band Workshop

  Day One

1:30-2:15 pm “Just One Thing”

Meet the panelists and hear one key takeaway they would deem critical for workshop participants.

2:30-3:15 pm “Music Design”

Presenters: Richard Saucedo and Tony Lymon
Richard Saucedo and Tony Lymon share thoughts on music design. Over the years they have written for world champion drum and bugle corps, national champion bands, state champion bands, indoor percussion and many other marching ensembles. This session will provide attendees with specific information about orchestration, pacing, music effect, percussion and planning.

3:30-4:15 pm “The Fundamentals Plan: Keeping in Mind that We May be Doing Band Camp from Home”

Presenter: Jeff Young
Jeff Young is one of the foremost authorities in developing and teaching basic movement skills while keeping student safe from injury. He’s taught movement at every level, from national champion drum and bugle corps to small rural school settings. He’ll share insider tips and tricks to make the process effective and engaging.

4:30-5:15 pm “The Production Document: The Swiss Army Knife of Design”

Presenters: Lindsey Vento, Randy Greenwell and Jeff Young
Storyboarding a program from start to finish is critical to the planning process. Participants will gain understanding on how a production document facilitates communication and success. Participants will review examples of production documents and will walk through how to use one in a lab setting.

5:30-6:15 pm “Clarity: How to Plan for It, How to Write for It, How to Teach It”

Presenters: Richard Saucedo, Randy Greenwell, Tony Lymon, Nola Jones
Does the musical ensemble resonate and have pristine clarity? Does the audience understand the design intent? If not, what are the root causes? In this session, presenters will discuss how to plan, write and teach for clarity of musical and conceptual intent.

6:30-7:15 pm “Design on a Budget: Yes, It CAN Be Done!”

Presenters: Lindsey Vento and Tony Lymon
Most band programs do not have unlimited budgets. In light of the economic climate, financially responsible budgeting is more important than ever. How can you produce an outstanding product for your students and optimize funding resources?

  Day Two

9:00-9:45 am “It’s Not a Scene, It’s an Arms Race: Effective Use of Multimedia in the Marching Arts”

Presenter: Tony Lymon
In a perpetually evolving environment of marching band production, design can be a daunting task for directors trying to keep pace with current trends. Ultimately, directors must decide what is right for their programs. This clinic will cover multimedia options (including sound design/reinforcement, props, digital printing/costuming, video, lighting, etc.) used in today's marching arts and how they work. Whether you are a show designer for your program or work with hired designers, this clinic seeks to move you closer to beneficial information and help you make informed decisions.

10:00-11:15 am “Advanced Movement and Choreography”

Presenters: Jeff Young and Lindsey Vento
In this session, Jeff and Lindsey will continue to share knowledge of how to teach and clean more advanced marching, movement and choreography. They’ll share how they use student leaders to help promote ownership with tips on how to elevate choreography quickly and effectively.

11:30 am-12:00 pm Break

12:00-12:45 pm “Managing Staff and Schedules”

Presenters: Randy Greenwell and Rosie Queen
Managing staff and schedules is essential to creating a culture of excellence in the band program. In 2020 it will be even more critical, due to the compressed timeline.

1:00-1:45 pm “Developing Servant Leadership”

Presenter: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
When we think of the term “leadership,” we often think in terms of titles, authority status, section leader positions and group control. We generally see leadership as defining a position of control: being in charge of others.  Suppose we reframed the accepted interpretation to a different perspective; one that focuses on every individual as a leader-of-self.  The reality is true leadership begins with self-reflection; ultimately, it begins with each and every student.

2:00-2:45 pm “General Effect: What Is It and How Do I Get It?”

Presenters: Nola Jones, Richard Saucedo and Randy Greenwell
How many times have you wondered about the Effect caption and what’s actually being evaluated? How do you create an effective program and facilitate performers’ ability to elevate the program? Draw from the vast experience of these expert judges to gain practical information about types of effect, concept, engagement, pacing, performer communication and creativity.

3:00-3:45 pm “Staging All the Things”

Presenters: Lindsey Vento, Randy Greenwell, Richard Saucedo, Rosie Queen, Tony Lymon and Nola Jones
Lindsey will moderate the session with other panelists. Topics will include staging of winds, guard, percussion and props. This session will be interactive with staging sketching and discussion. Bring your questions!

4:00-4:45 pm “Band Director Guide to Color Guard: What Matters?”

Presenters: Rosie Queen and Lindsey Vento
Rosie has built award winning color guard programs in every pageantry arena including marching band, drum corps and indoor color guard. In this session she’ll share philosophy and relevant information about how to grow and sustain a successful color guard as part of a comprehensive band program. Lindsey has designed for many outstanding high school bands, indoor color guards and drum corps. These two women bring unique perspectives and diversity of thought to the session. Some of the topics will include: What is the guard’s identity in the show, in the band and in the school? How do I handle color guard budgeting, scheduling and staffing? How do I facilitate my color guard’s success and learn to “speak” color guard?

5:00-6:00 pm “Let’s Talk”

Presenters: Nola Jones, Richard Saucedo, Randy Greenwell, Lindsey Vento, Tony Lymon, Jeff Young and Rosie Queen
Participants are encouraged to dialog with presenters. What do you want to know more about? What questions do you have about what you’ve heard during the workshop? This is your time to personalize the workshop to be sure you get the information you need. According to data from last year, “Let’s Talk” was one of attendees’ favorite sessions.