Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
I get a real KICK out of watching Fran in action. He's got the right stuff and delivers it in a powerfully positive presentation. After twenty years of sharing the stage with fantastic speakers who bring a substantive message to their audiences, I haven't experienced anyone who can communicate with such power and passion as Fran.
Attitude Concepts For Today, Inc.
Your keynote address not only inspired all of us to be better administrators/teachers, but it also challenged us to commence the journey of self-reflection and examine our own behaviors through a different set of lenses. The enthusiasm and insight you possess is truly a gift. I wish you all the best as you continue to 'Kick It In' and change the philosophy of education.
Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
Jennifer Rupp, Executive Director
I cannot express my gratitude enough for the value and excitement you brought to our youth brass band! I am so excited for next year and looking forward to a long partnership! Thank you! Thank you! Bravo!
Brass Band of Battle Creek
Henry Leck, Founder and Artistic Director
For three hours our singers were completely engaged. You showed through games, how effective a group can be when they work together. You demonstrated how important it is to observe group dynamics and to begin to understand when it is important to be a leader and when to allow others to take a lead role. More important than anything, you taught our kids to reach out, meet new people and grab a hold of life. I am very appreciative that you were able to be a part of this important retreat.
Indianapolis Children's Choir
Val Anderson, Director of Operations
It was a pleasure as always to work with such a professional as yourself. I learn so much each time I hear your presentations. I look forward to working with you more next year and in the years to come. You are an amazing person. I am blessed to have met you. Thanks for all you do for children and adults.
Florida Music Educators’ Association
J.R. Snow, Fine Arts Coordinator
The All-Virginia Band and Orchestra brings together the best and brightest players from throughout the commonwealth in one room. These are also our doctors, lawyers, biomedical researchers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and CEO's of tomorrow. Having someone to address their value as more than musicians was an essential part of creating a memorable and meaningful experience for our students. Fran Kick brings a high energy, purposeful session that helps students expand their minds and transforms a group of individuals into a cohesive group of learners in a short amount of time. I believe, with my whole heart, that at the end of their experience, these students walked away not only better musicians, but better people and will brighten our world as they carry with them the thoughts and ideas that Fran Kick shared with them.
Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Virginia
Patricia Croft, President
Thank you so much for the great keynote address you gave at the opening General Session of the 2002 SCMEA Conference! Everyone was excited and motivated by your insightful and highly energetic message.
South Carolina Music Educators Association
Eric Martin, President/CEO
The role you play in the planning and presentation of the Leadership Weekend is vital to its success. Moreover, the planning and execution of the extension of leadership programming and experiences to the full week camp were a complete success. Our record-breaking numbers (over 550 in leadership and almost 1,600 full week participants) also attests to the results of our pre-event planning and marketing efforts.
Music for All Summer Symposium
Your work with the Leadership Preview Weekend carried our student programming to new heights. As usual, your own teaching and motivational skills were major hits with participants. Your reviews from Camp (Leadership Preview Weekend) and the DCI Leadership seminars in Murfreesboro and Madison were all outstanding... among the highest received by any clinician at the Symposium!
Bands of America
David Glasgow, Executive Director
Thanks again for working with all of our section leaders during our pre-season student leadership meetings. After hearing your Marching Roundtable interview, and realizing we had such an outstanding resource so close to our camp location, I had to reach out and call. So glad I did! Your session was outstanding. Having you on-site, at camp, working with our student leaders right before we began our 2016 Spring Training was really great and I hope to work with you for years to come. Thanks for everything you do for DCI and the corps.
Susie Ferreira, Group Experience Specialist
It was great to see students so completely engaged during the session. Fran's expertise on leadership and personal responsibility and the way he incorporates those topics into interactive activities, creates an immediate response from all who are participating. For students, parents, and band directors alike, Fran’s energy and passion are contagious.
Drum Corps International
George Hopkins, CEO & Executive Director
The students were enthralled with your approach to their leadership sessions, and I have to say, I have rarely seen directors take such interest in the world of education and the related philosophy. You amaze me with your knowledge of the world and more importantly, your enthusiasm for what you do. You my friend, are a living example of the great things that follow when one takes on life with a smile and with passion.
Youth Education in the Arts
I have known Fran Kick since 1992 as a clinician with my school district, high school band, and the Murray State University Marching Festival. It has truly been inspirational and informational for my colleagues and students. Fran shares insight and direction for maximizing students efforts in all endeavors. His KICK IT IN message is well received and is very concrete. Students come away from sessions with great strategies for changing behaviors into positive action. Fran works well with teachers, student leaders, and entire bands. Groups 5 or 5,000 and people ages 990 will benefit from Fran's sessions. I highly recommend Fran for your future sessions.
Murray State University, Kentucky
Nancy Ditmer, Music Department Chair
Thanks for the terrific work you did with our students. We can already see the results and they absolutely loved having you here (as did all of us on the staff).
The College of Wooster, Ohio
Scott Rikkers, Assistant Director of Bands
Thank you again for joining us at JMU to help kick off (pun intended) our leadership team weekend. Your presentation, as expected, was spot-on... entertaining, informative, inspiring, and engaging. I cannot express how grateful I am for the focus you placed on communication in teaching. It was a perfect way to begin the season, and certainly allowed us an excellent base on which to build throughout the weekend. Thank you for contributing to our process, and we look forward to having you back to JMU in the near future.
James Madison University, Virginia
I want to tell you how much we appreciate you being a part of our band orientation program for this new school year, and how pleased we were with your presentations. We are off to a great start! Everyone here feels that this is one of the best bands in the history of the University, and we sincerely believe that we have done a better job of preparing our students for this new year than we have done in the past, and your presentation was certainly one of the positive parts of that program.
University of Kansas
Ben Holste, Conference Program Chair
Fran, your session with the All-State kids on Friday night as well as the session you held for our general membership Saturday morning were enthusiastically received by all in attendance. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Your words, ideas and challenges to students and adults alike were right on target. I have heard nothing but positive comments by those who attended your sessions at this year's In-service Conference.
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Through the course of life we are blessed to meet people that impact us in unforgettable ways. You have been one of those people for me. I was so proud to have you on my campus today because I believe in your message and what you are doing. Thank you for being a part of our journey.
Vestavia Hills High School, Alabama
Larry Rathbun, Past President
Your sessions not only provided information on helping our students 'take the lead,' but also provided an understanding of how we (as directors) can model that energy and excitement that we want to see in our students.
Nebraska State Bandmasters Association
Extremely organized, energetic, humorous, and most importantly, he met the needs of our program. The same day of the seminar, we had a three hour rehearsal and I can honestly say it was one of the best summer practices ever! Fran Kick is not just a lecturer/clinician; but a music educator. He has been in our shoes and has produced some fine bands of his own.
Kiski Area School District, Pennsylvania
You are the definition of DYNAMIC! It was really fun to watch you in action. Thanks for everything you do for band kids everywhere.
Centerville High School, Ohio
Ron Simmons, Executive Director
Thank you for doing such a nice job with the students. They were engaged and the game with the cards really hit home for all of them. I bet it made some of the adults that were in the room think as well. What a neat way to drive that point home.
Macy's Great American Marching Band
Brent Turner, Executive Director
Fran Kick has the ability to reach a wide demographic with his message, as I experienced at DCI's INpact Band this past summer. The room was full of families with students from middle school through parents and grandparents! It was amazing as he transformed his message into the moment for these families at the end of a long day and sustained their interest to deliver his message. His energy knows no bounds!
Youth In Music
Fred & Maureen Morrison, Exec. Dir. & Dir. of Operations
Thank you again for coming to San Antonio to present to our membership, leadership and staff. Your information was insightful, valuable and we are sure will penetrate the collective consciousness of the 2016 Crossmen, not only in the drum corps life, but also in our daily lives. Fran you have motivated Crossmen not only to be ‘all in’ but to kick it up another notch this season and beyond. Thanks again for a great weekend!
Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps
Kelly Bryan, Manager, Educational Outreach
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see you in action at the Indiana Music Education Association Collegiate event. It is very apparent that you are passionate about your message and you share it in such a profound and resonate way! Your motivational and inspirational contributions are an important part of the fabric of music education!
Conn-Selmer Division of Education, Indiana
Group Size: As few as 40 to audiences as large as 10,800+ Fran Kick interactively inspires people to be self-motivated and develop the personal leadership they need to succeed.
Program Length: Available for 30-, 40-, 45-, 60-, or 90-minute presentations for any event as well as 3-hour (half-day) and 6-hour (full-day) for workshops.
Room Setup Options
Fran’s goal at every event is to be the easiest speaker you’ve ever dealt with. His setup needs are few and because every program is different, every location is different, every audience is different, we’ll always confirm exact setup and AV requests prior to the program. There are however a few items that are typically suggested:
Auditorium/Theater: Perfect with open empty stage, well lit and house lights up—no spot lights.
Convention/Multi-Purpose Meeting Rooms: Set with chairs (ideally no tables) in a curved-row theater-style arrangement. This Audience-Centered Seating™ approach creates the most comfortable, viewable, and focused presentation possible. If the audience size will be over 400 and the room has a flat floor, a few 12–24 inch high platform risers would be suggested.
Gymnasium: Only if none of the above rooms are available, please sit students on one side, with any additional students sitting on the floor (2nd choice) or in chairs (1st choice) in front of the gymnasium bleachers.
Microphone: Wireless hand-held (1st choice) or wired with
plenty lots of cord (2nd choice).
A/V: Large flip pad of paper on an easel with markers. NO PowerPoint® will be used!
Added A/V requests for workshops:
TV monitor or video projector with a DVD player (not a laptop)
Enough room for activities (on stage or by moving chairs)
Again, all these items are listed here simply for pre-planning purposes. Any and all AV requests will be finalized prior to the program. For an easy-to-share, PDF version of this setup information, please download and print out the following file:
Fran Kick’s room setup information page with diagram and details to download and share
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Area II Summer Regional Conference 1995
Bands of America 1990-2016
Central States Judges Association Summer Clinic 2001
Connecticut Music Educators Association Conference 2011
Drum Corps International Summer Clinics 1999, 2013-2016
Educational Programs Band Leadership Training 1990-1993
Festivals of Music 1991-1993
Florida Music Education Association Clinic-Conference 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics 1991-1999
Indiana Bandmasters Association All-State Band, Bloomington, Indiana 2005
Indiana Music Educators Association 2010-2012
Indianapolis Children’s Choir Retreat 2012
Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association Conference 2004
Kentucky State Marching Band Championships 1996
Lakeshore Marching Band Association 1997
Macy’s Great American Marching Band 2009, 2011, 2012
Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic 1994
Music for All Chapters Summit 2005, 2006
NAfME Eastern Division Biennial In-service Conference 2015
NAfME National In-service Conference 2013
National Association of School Music Dealers Convention 2011
National Band Association Annual Convention 1994
Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Convention 2009
New Jersey Collegiate MENC Convention 2009
Ohio College Music Education Leadership Conference 1993
Ohio Music Educators Association All-State 2010, 2011
Ohio Music Educators Association Conference 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999
Ohio Music Education Association Music Support Group Mini-Conference 2006
Ohio Music Educators Association Summer Judges Clinics 1998
Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Convention 2002, 2013
Ontario Drum Corps Association Annual Symposium 1992, 1994
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Summer Leadership 2000
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference 2001
Retail Print Music Dealers Association Convention 2002
Showchoir Camps of America 1995
South Carolina Bandmasters Association Convention 2002
South Carolina Music Educators Association Convention 2002
Southeast Texas League of Middle Schools 5th Annual Teachers Conference 1994
Texas Bandmasters Association Convention 1993, 2012-2016
Texas Music Education Association Conference 1996
University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
University of Kansas Midwestern Music Camp 1998-2001
University of Kentucky Band Camp 1997-2005, 2007
Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association All-State 2008, 2013
Westman Band Directors Association, Manitoba, Canada 2006
Winter Guard International Convention 1991
Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) 2014, 2015, 2016
Youth Education in the Arts 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009