Hopkins offering workshops to students, directors, college bands

Various sessions in unique, one-day format now available


Hopkins on the road, offering workshops to music students, area directors and college bands 

This past week, George Hopkins, the CEO of Youth Education in the Arts, and the Director of the Cadets Drum Corps since 1983, has been offering assistance to college and high school programs in the state of Alabama.  First at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and then at the University of Alabama (main campus) , Hopkins spent time offering advice and guidance at the invitation of Dr. Sue Samuels and Dr. Ken Ozzello. 

Met with great success, the format is now being offered to other colleges who might be interested in an opinion from a veteran of the marching music world. 

Session 1 -  Two hours or so of leadership and teacher advice for school music majors and  other interested parties  

Session 2 – Two to three hours rehearsal with the band. Reinforce concepts, ensemble assistance, look for additional tweaks. 

Session 3 - Evening session of two hours for area high school band directors. How to improve your show quickly, what to look at I programming, and other items in a question and answer period. 

Of course, there can be adjustments and even additional sessions, but this one day format seemed to go very well. 

“George presented two fantastic clinics for the campus and the community here at UAB. His afternoon leadership session was a brilliant reminder to me and my students about why we do what we do and how to push ourselves, and therefore, others to the next level, said Dr. Sue Samuels. “The evening session for band directors was also full of great information - practical tips for rehearsing and performing marching music successfully. With his experience, insights, and dynamic presentation, George provides the right combination of information and inspiration!” 

Band directors interested in bringing Hopkins, the curator of the Cadets for three decades, to their school for these dynamic sessions should write to Melissa Barlow at melissa@yea.org and she will put your ideas in motion.


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