About Us

About Our Vision and Values

Our goal is to enrich the lives of our students by training them to have exceptional musical ability with which they can have successful auditions. We use music as a vehicle for student graduation, not necessarily for careers in music. 

Holistically, we do not want to see students live the life of the “starving artist,” instead, we want students to move into corporate careers and entrepreneurship as our long-term approach. 

The Brooklyn Music & Leadership Institute is a band company.  Operating like that of a Philharmonic Orchestra, it is our idea to give back to the black and minority communities in the form of competitive,  structured ensembles. 

Our ensembles feature a corporate structure with which students are able to engage in. Students hold positions such as Drum Major, Department Manager, and Drill Sergeant while the band staff holds the esteemed title of the Dream Team.

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We believe that the Institute can be the first black philharmonic youth program, featuring a marching band.  We can accomplish this goal by creating and maintaining a high quality, corporate immersion model for which students and their families can experiment with while attending cultural celebrations and performances on behalf of the marching bands, dance lines, and concert bands that we teach.

 

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"A student is a canvas. I believe in masterpieces and as each year passes the artwork only gets better. It takes time for things to set in when you work with youth. I want to create more doctors, engineers, computer scientists, business owners and dreamers. Plant the seed and watch it grow; enhance that seed with the high stepping marching band and watch it grow taller and stronger than everything else." Jonas Brown, Founder  

Value Statement 

Enhance student achievement, leadership, and the talents of students through music.

The Brooklyn Music & Leadership Institute (JSMLI INC) is a non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY. Our music programs have sent students to university/college with music scholarships, through improved academic achievement, increased school attendance, and decreases in violence.

WE pride ourselves on providing a safe environment for students to learn a musical instrument, corporate values, and leadership in Brooklyn, NY.

Vision Statement 

The Brooklyn Music & Leadership Institute stands as a pillar of support for the community in the form of a music and leadership program, to increase the longevity of marching bands, concert bands, and other music ensembles.

Our organization is focused in providing excellence.  Through the support of marching band activities, special events, concerts, fundraisers, healthy living initiatives, talks, and young leaders of tomorrow, it is our vision to be a bridge for minorities to use to crossover through the weeds of their world into college, a professional career, entrepreneurship and healthy life choices.

Corporate Immersion - Corporate Culture for Scholars 

We believe that Ideas will be implemented so long as they are aligned with our vision. With transparency at the helm of our lectures, lessons, and rehearsals, we will communicate a safe, healthy environment where students will thrive, while becoming well rounded citizens of the community. 

We promote an image which builds the identity of our students, while  building up our community and positive contributions. 

We build successful, confident, distinguished young people and provide the necessary environment to build our youth, create equality, and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the world of the future.  

We stand by the goal of introducing students to diverse careers and emphasize the idea of entrepreneurship and financial literacy as the essential pieces to supporting and building our community.

We will communicate a safe, healthy environment where students will thrive.  

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Brooklyn's #1 Marching Band

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Public Charity

Get your 501(c)3 tax-deductible receipt today, and support a palpable public charity located in the heart of Crown Heights - Brooklyn, NY. 

Donations are safe and secure through the use of our foundation portal at Fractured Atlas. Contributions for the charitable purposes of the Brooklyn Music & Leadershp Insitute - JSMLI (foundation) are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Est. 2004

The Brooklyn Music & Leadership Institute aims to prevent the educational, social, and emotional decline of minority youth.

We intend to successfully combat the adverse circumstances associated with impoverished neighborhoods in which many of our students reside.

Historically Minority

Our organization is uniquely focused in providing excellence. Through the support of marching band activities, special events, concerts, fundraisers, healthy living initiatives, talks, and young leaders of tomorrow.

It is our goal to be a bridge for minorities to use to crossover through the weeds of their world into college, a professional career, entrepreneurship and healthy life choices.