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.

This summer, the California Leadership Academy will celebrate 36 years of providing band students a quality leadership experience. We’re excited that we are able to meet in person once again, and we’ve worked to refresh a complete leadership experience for your students.

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

UPDATED Dates for 2024:
Camp 1: June 28-30, Vanguard University (Resident and Commuter Options)
Camp 2: July 12-14 Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Commuter Camp)

How do we register?
Get more information here. This year, students can once again register online.

What directors tell us:

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

“Woo hoo! I sent my kids last week. They came back changed people. Thanks guys!”

“Thanks again for providing this opportunity for our students. The Tesoro program has certainly benefitted from this experience.”

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.”

“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.”