Thanks to these leaders for inviting me to educate, motivate, cultivate, and celebrate with their people!!
Aamano Music Online Band Director Summit
Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Texas
Bridgewater College Education Department, Virginia
Chantilly High School, Virginia
Clovis Unified Schools, California
Colgan High School, Virginia
Fluvanna High School, Virginia
Frederick County Fine Arts Department, Virginia
George Mason High School, Virginia
Grafton High School, Virginia
Hanover High School, Virginia
Hanover County Public Schools Performing Arts Department, Virginia
Henderson Middle School, Virginia
Herndon High School, Virginia
James Madison University Alumni Association, Virginia
JMU Student Athlete Leadership Development Program
JMU Office of Annual Giving, Virginia
JMU Summer Band Camp
Kastner Intermediate School, California
The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
Langley High School, Virginia
John Champe High School. Virginia
Music for All Summer Symposium, Indiana
South County High School, Virginia
Tabb High School, Virginia
Thomas Dale High School, Virginia
Tuscarora High School, Virginia
Virginia's Community Colleges Professional Development
Virginia Community College Association Conference
Westfield High School, Virginia
"Having J.R. come and speak to my kids helped to not only get them excited about the season and their roles in the band, but he provided them with tools to become great leaders. His personality and his clear passion for the subject was evident to both myself and the students."
I loved the way JR varied the content of his presentation on leadership, listening, and awareness. Relating to student interests like previous favorite teachers, STAR WARS, and The Big Bang Theory widens the reach and accessibility of his presentation. For each of my three classes, he read their needs (both knowledge-wise and behaviorally) to adjust his presentation for increased effectiveness. Each of the three classes heard exactly what they needed to hear." - Jonathan Mills, Henderson Middle School
"JR is a world class educator and inspiring motivator. I can't say enough about the work he did with my students. They feel equipped with empowering tools and ideas to be effective leaders in their school and community. His seminar was the perfect way to kick off a new school year. Thank you!"
"Very knowledgable, energetic, and engaging."
"J.R. is passionate, articulate and engaging. He did great work with my students. His ability to motivate and inspire positive change is exactly what we needed. I’ll definitely be bringing him back again."
"J.R. kick started my marching season with an inspirational workshop for the band leadership. After only three hours with him, the students developed a specific vision and sense of purpose for the season. This has carried through in the weeks following. The students are intrinsically motivated and get 'the big picture'. All I have to do is help fill in the details."
"J.R. led a 2 hour session and in that time captivated and engaged 45 performing arts teacher. He had 100% of the participants hanging on every word and his thought provoking ideas led to continued conversations well after his departure. His ideas on leadership and fostering creativity were a perfect way to welcome our teachers back and kick off another school year in a very positive and uplifting way." Barry Flowe, Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, Hanover County Public Schools