This weekend, Iota Pi had the pleasure to host our annual Band Leadership Conference, also known as BLC. Beginning in 2013, this event is put on by our own brothers, who plan, coordinate, and conduct leadership and musicianship workshops at Cal Poly. This year, workshops include topics on constructive criticism and feedback, leading a sectional, time management and goal setting, and marching tips. Workshops are then followed by a reading band, where brothers can play alongside conference attendees. BLC is geared towards high school students in San Luis Obispo County who are musicians aspiring to be leaders. Sarah Wattenberg, this year’s conference chair, stated that this festival’s importance and goal is, “to make music have a positive influence on high schools kids in hopes that they want to continue after high school.” We hope that this conference has been successful in continuing music following their secondary education, and cannot wait to host next year’s conference.
Band Leadership Conference 2016, featuring brothers Alec Marnoch (left) and Noah Scanlan (right).