Serviam Leadership

Texas SLA 2024: June 27th.
Michigan SLA 2024: July 10-13.
Registration is now open.

I Will Serve!

Serviam (pronounced serv-ee-ahm) is the Latin word for “I will serve.” The curriculum of Serviam Leadership Academy is rooted in servant-leadership principles that give students the tools to succeed as a leader and elicit the best from others. Our goal is to pour into each participant and provide them a unique opportunity to explore their values and beliefs as a leader while developing their leadership skills. In addition, a primary goal of SLA is working with student leaders to help them be a catalyst for building a strong, positive culture in their program.

Serviam Leadership Academy encourages students to think critically, ask questions, and take action. Through interactive activities, group discussions, and workshops, students will gain a deeper understanding of leadership and its importance in today’s society along with the tools to be an effective teacher and conductor. They will leave the academy with a renewed sense of confidence and the ability to successfully lead and teach their peers.

This experience made me believe again. Dr. Montgomery and the staff made me realize that leadership comes in many more facets than I previously realized. Those leadership strategies will return with me to my environment at home, and will help me be a better leader and person than I ever was before. ~Nick

A good leader is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~adapted from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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Leadership can be viewed as a calling to be a light unto others through servant-leadership. 

“I will serve.”


To offer leadership formation utilizing servant-leadership principles that help leaders achieve success, meaning, joy, and peace in their own lives and of those they serve and impact.


To provide information and experiences that form and prepare leaders for the realities of leading and serving others in band and beyond.


  1. People are more important than titles.
  2. A commitment to doing your best work on every task and interaction.
  3. Developing skills, habits, and thoughts in the pursuit of excellence that extend beyond our time together.

Serviam Leadership Academy Participants 2022