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Elevate Your Band Program. Join Our NEW Mastermind.

Hosted by Gary Rupert and Paul Richardson of LCL

Gear up for the next fall band season by joining our exclusive Mastermind program designed to help you elevate every aspect of your band program. Learn from industry experts and collaborate with your peers to enhance your:

Band Program Culture

Rehearsal Efficiency

Student Motivation

Staff Performance

Program Recruitment


Dates: Coming Soon
Format: Interactive Zoom session
Price: $197
Limited Seats: Act fast - Limited seats available! (Minimum 10 participants, Max 20)


Gary Rupert

Lead LCL Mentor

Gary L. Rupert was a music educator for 40 years and was most recently the Band Director at Smithsburg High School in Smithsburg, Maryland where his bands consistently achieved Superior ratings at local, state and national levels. He is a sought-after conductor and adjudicator in the areas of symphonic bands and jazz ensembles. An avid blogger whose daily entries are followed by people in over 57 countries, Mr. Rupert is the author of a daily inspirational book for students and teachers, "Today, No Every Day." He is also a sought after speaker on leadership, motivation and creating a positive learning environment.

Mr. Rupert has been named an Outstanding Maryland Music Educator, a Teacher of Excellence in both the Frederick and Washington County public schools, and has been twice nominated as a Disney Teacher of Excellence.

Paul Richardson

LCL Mentor

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Program finances / strategic planning / effective rehearsal and communication systems / building a highly effective band staff (including volunteers).

Paul has a strong leadership background in both the marching and business worlds. For 15 years, he held a corporate level director position for one of the nation's fast growing and most successful audio-visual companies while founding and running a world class WGI percussion ensemble, Gateway Percussion.

This unique pedigree has allowed Paul to take lessons from top business leadership concepts and apply them to the marching world. Whether it's budgeting, planning a marching season, or developing systems for a flawlessly run rehearsal with your band staff, Paul brings positive energy and experience to find actionable steps to move your program forward. Paul has developed a DCI endorsed program to help DCI / WGI marchers plan for financial success paying for dues in those activities which you can find here: He has performed with the Blue Stars (1999, 2000), Blue Knights (2001), and taught Magic of Orlando (2004). Paul is a proud Innovative Percussion educator.

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