Sunday, June 10, 2018 (Band Booster/Parent Support Group Institute)
Monday, June 11 – Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (Student and Director Institute)

Designed for high school students, band directors and Band Booster/Parent Support Groups, the Crimson Leadership Institute is an excellent way to prepare for the upcoming fall season. The student track is for all who have earned a leadership role within their own band program, or those students who have a desire to gain a leadership role. This institute will focus on the traits necessary for student leaders to be an effective leader within their section as well as the entire band program. The director track will focus on fall preparations and creative aspects of planning your marching show, sharing effective rehearsal strategies and building student ownership in the band program. The Band Booster/Parent Support Group track advocates for modeling and empowering parent/booster program success. During this one-day parent/booster training, we will equip the director and parents with the tools to develop and operate a comprehensive, strategic and practical plan for success.

The 2nd Annual Crimson Leadership Institute (CLI) will feature two outstanding music educators and scholars in the field; MARIE GRANA CZAPINSKI  is an expert in the field of color guard and overall show production concepts. She has been a participant, an instructor, a designer, an adjudicator and her list of accomplishments in working with the nation’s finest marching bands and drum corps is incomparable. Marie has had a long and successful career teaching students and band directors both in hands-on workshops and clinic settings as well as training judges in the United States, Japan, Canada, England and the Netherlands. On one end of the spectrum, she has taught championship drum corps, winter guards and marching bands winning top honors. On the other end, she has worked with ensembles whose goals may have been to perform for the home town crowd or place at a Festival. She coordinated halftime performances for the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl and was the first clinician to introduce color guard to 2,000 teachers at Texas Bandmasters Convention at a time drill teams were the only form of pageantry in Texas. She has achieved great success in all areas of education. Well known for her outstanding clinic presentations, integrity and creativity, Marie never allows her former successes to overshadow her desire to bring exciting innovations to the magical world of pageantry. It is this creative freshness that has become her undisputed trademark. Whether adjudicating, teaching or giving a lecture, she delivers a clear, understandable, heartfelt and knowledgeable message to the recipients.

DAVID W. VANDEWALKER is the Coordinator of Performing Arts for Fulton County Schools (Atlanta, GA) supporting the music education and music therapy faculty in 57 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, and 17 high schools who serve nearly 100,000 students. He earned degrees at Baylor University, Central Michigan University, and Boston University where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education. Additionally, David studied with Jos Wuytack, student and friend of Carl Orff, for his Orff-Schulwerk Level 2 certification and served as a lead curriculum writer for both Cobb County School District and the Georgia Department of Education. He is the founding artistic director and conductor of the professional ensemble, Cobb Chamber Winds, and the administrator, artistic director, and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble. Most recently, Dr. Vandewalker served as the associate director of athletic bands/ assistant director of bands at Georgia State University (2012-2016) and Director of Bands at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia (2000-2012). A Conn-Selmer Artist/Educator, he has led concerts before esteemed audiences such as the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, Music for All National Concert Festival, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Marching Bands under his direction received honors including participation in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, 2009 & 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ranked top-ten nationally by the 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and Bands of America Grand National Finalist (Top 12). 

Other instructional staff will include current and former Leadership Team Members as well as Directors from the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band. Additional camp staff will include incredible music educators who are active in their own band programs all across the United States. Students who have just completed grades 9, 10, 11 and/or 12 as of June 2018 are eligible to attend. Current band directors and staff are eligible to attend. Band parent booster members are eligible.

2018 Crimson Leadership Institute Clinicians
Pat Stegall, Music Educator at the University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama
Mark Sosnowchik, Assistant Director of Bands, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Adam Dalton, Director of Athletic Bands, Marshall University, Huntingdon, West Virginia
Ashley Jarrell, Director of Instrumental Studies, University of North Georgia, Gainesville, Georgia
Susan Smith, Lecturer of Music Education, Troy University, Troy, Alabama

Crimson Leadership Institute Costs
Individual Rates
$100.00 per student (lunch and dinner included)

*Resident Campers add $50 per person (1 night on-campus lodging, lunch and dinner included) – STUDENTS ONLY
$50.00 per director – HOUSING ON YOUR OWN


Group Rates (per student)
Up to 9 participants – $95.00

10-19 participants – $90.00
20-29 participants – $85.00
30-39 participants – $80.00
40-49 participants – $75.00
50+ participants – $70.00
*Resident Attendee – STUDENTS ONLY
Add $50 per person (on campus lodging, lunch and dinner included)


Booster Rates
Workbook – $10.00

Individual Registration – $95.00
Small Group Registration – $195.00 (Registration for up to FIVE attendees)
Workbooks for each registrant must be purchased separately

Large Group Registration – $245.00 (Registration for SIX OR MORE attendees)
Workbooks for each registrant must be purchased separately




RESIDENT CAMPER fees include all instruction, group activities, housing in University dormitories and select meals each day in the University Dining Halls.

COMMUTER CAMPER fees include all instruction and group activities along with select meals each day. A COMMUTER CAMPER should be housed in the Tuscaloosa area with a relative 21 years old or older.