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The 2022 Marching Arts Leadership Academy
with Bobby Lambert presented by VanderCook College of Music at Lincoln-Way
The 2022 marching season has begun! Please join us for “The Marching Arts Academy”, a unique set of leadership programs available to both music students and band directors in the greater Chicagoland area. Taught by one of the best leaders in music education, Mr. Bobby Lambert, the Drum Major and Leadership Academies are specifically designed to immerse music students in comprehensive and interactive leadership training that will not only benefit your student leaders but all of your band students.
In addition to in-depth conducting training for Drum Majors, each engaging session will focus on “people”, “process”, and “product”, creating relationships, systems, and group unity. Both veteran and new student leaders will discover new skills and perspectives as they develop their musical abilities and personal character strengths.
In addition to the Drum Major Academy and Leadership Academy, we have added a Color Guard and Marching Percussion Camp. The Marching Percussion Camp is led by the Director of Percussion at VanderCook College of Music, Dr. Jim Yakas. The Marching Percussion Camp is a great opportunity to get your percussionist's chops back for the season. Front Ensemble (Keyboard Percussion Only) & Drumline (Snare Drum, Tenor & Bass Drum Only) members are welcome to participate in this two-day intensive camp.
$150 – Drum Major Academy
$100 – Marching Percussion Camp
$100 – Color Guard Camp
$100 – Leadership Academy
$250 – Drum Major & Leadership Academy
$200 – Marching Percussion Camp & Leadership Academy
$200 – Color Guard Camp & Leadership Academy
Your entry fee in the sessions includes course materials, a box lunch each day, a commemorative t-shirt, and more!
Bobby Lambert is Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Previously, Mr. Lambert was the assistant band director at Marian Catholic where he instructed the marching and concert bands and served as lead teacher and designer for the school-wide leadership program. He has led student leadership clinics around the country to various programs and camps. He earned a B.S. in Music Education from Western Carolina University and an M.M. in Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts. read more
Dr. Yakas is an endorser of Yamaha Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads and World Percussion Instruments and Sabian Cymbals.
James Yakas is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of North Texas, a M.M. in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University as well as a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance degree from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Yakas’ diversity in percussion education and performance has led him to many unique opportunities. He spent a total of twelve summers in the drum corps activity spanning from performing as a snare drummer with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps to eventually becoming their Percussion Coordinator and Arranger in 2003. Dr. Yakas has also studied and performed the music of many world cultures including performances with Northern Illinois University’s Steel Band at the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad/Tobago and the Seoul Drum Festival in Seoul, South Korea; Studying Afro-Cuban Drumming with Orlando Cotto and Studying abroad in Ghana with Ethnomusicologist Dr. Steven Friedson, specifically the Ewe Culture of the Volta region.
I am tremendously excited to be living my dream having the opportunity to share my passion for, experiences in, and insight on character development, conflict resolution, and leadership with students all across the country through Taylor Watts Leadership.
By day, I serve as the Associate Director of Bands at Kell High School after having graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. As a leadership specialist, I have already been blessed to work with many outstanding music programs and districts including Harrison HS, Lassiter HS, Lincoln Way HS, and the Olathe School District as well as alongside the staff of the Music For All Summer Symposium Drum Major Institute, George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, UGA Summer Marching Drum Major Camp, Georgia State University Student Leadership Institute, Texas A&M-Commerce Drum Major Camp, and Western Carolina University Summer Symposium – focusing on widening students’ situational perspective while helping them develop communication and interpretation skills to positively inspire change in others.
In my down time, I enjoy rock climbing, gaming, and spending time with my loving wife, Caitlin, and our adorable troupe of animal companions.
Schedule (Coming Soon)