By Gina Talcott, ΒΨ
This year’s Day of Music and Leadership, virtual once again, gave our Brothers the opportunity to connect with high school students from all over California. The virtual venue allowed us to invite students that would normally be too far away to attend! We held the event on May 15 of this year, and featured clinics for each instrument as well as leadership clinics and workshops on conducting and improvisation.
The small group of attendees this year allowed Brothers to interact with the students on a much more personal level and address their individual questions, concerns and curiosities. The day began at 11AM with fun icebreaker activities led by Sheryl Ocampo that helped lighten the mood among the students. Then, they moved on to the musicianship clinics, where they were able to choose between clinics for flute, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba, guard, drumline, and mallet percussion! Upon returning to the main room, the students were excited to share the new musical knowledge they had learned from their incredible clinicians.
Following musicianship, we all enjoyed a lunch break before leadership clinics. This year we held two blocks of leadership clinics that allowed the students to attend two clinics and pursue their diverse interests, interacting with even more Brothers! In addition to our normal leadership clinics, some students were able to learn about social consciousness in music with Deborah Gallego or practice the basics of musical improvisation with Colin McClure! The excitement about the diversity of clinics was shared by clinicians and students alike. Finally, we ended the day with a Q&A panel of our Brothers that featured a special appearance from the one, the only, Dr. Travis Cross! It was a wonderful way to end the day, finishing with a final, lighthearted question about music from Star Wars.
I think we were able to improve the days of more than a few students and I cannot wait for the return of an in-person DoMaL to realize the potential of the event once again!