drum-major-on-podiumSince 1989, the California Leadership Academy has become the pacesetter for training student leaders of the most successful bands in Southern California.

CALIFORNIA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2020 is going virtual!

Same great content, same amazing teaching staff, offered in a remote format.

This summer, the California Leadership Academy will celebrate 32 years of providing band students a quality leadership experience. While we’re disappointed that we are not able to meet in person, we’re excited to offer a complete leadership experience for your students remotely.

The California Leadership Academy is designed to enhance the students’ ability to succeed as a leader and be an asset to you and your music program. Conference curriculum is reinforced through group discussion, master classes, and special breakout sessions that will help your students reach their full potential. All students can benefit from attending and will get a head start in understanding the importance of their role in your program.

Key areas of focus:
• personal development
• leadership skills
• conducting skills
• rehearsal techniques
• group dynamics
• communication techniques

Who should attend?
• Drum Majors
• Student Leaders
• Color Guard Members
• Percussionists
• Band Officers
• Other students you think may benefit from this experience

What is the Cost?
The cost for attending this unique remote opportunity is only $59 per student.

What are the Dates?
The conference will be offered on two different dates so you can choose the one that best fits the needs of your summer schedule.
• July 9 & 10
• July 16 & 17

What is the Schedule?
The summer experience is a day and a half. Students will participate in 12 hours of camp time.
Day 1: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Day 2: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

How do we register?
Get more information here or register here. This year, students can once again register and pay online. We will be using the ZOOM platform to deliver camp content. Watch your email for log in information prior to the workshop.


What directors tell us:

“The kids help spread such a postive attitude through the band…”

“Woo hoo! I sent my kids last week. They came back changed people. Thanks guys!”
Mark de la Vega – Band Director, Pete Night HS

“Thanks again for providing this opportunity for our students. The Tesoro program has certainly benefitted from this experience.”
Andrew Magana, Tesoro Music Director

What the kids tell us:

“This has been one of the most influential few days of my life. I feel as though I can come out of here and be a better leader and better person.”

“I attended CLA 3 times, and I became a much better leader 3 times… this camp unlocked my potential in ways I could never even stick the key in. Thank you all so much. Your impact is infinite.”
LS, Costa Mesa HS

“I’m so excited and inspired and motivated for my next season. It is crazy what changes can happen in 3 days, and I thank everyone for that.”
BV, San Clemente HS

Leadership and Growth in Music