Judges

We have 75 judges available for Instrumental Music and directors.

Adam Killham

Omaha, NE
Adam Killham, originally from Lincoln, NE, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 with a Bachelors in Music Education and from the American Band College of Sam Houston State in 2015 with a Masters of Arts in Wind Band Conducting. While at the University he was active in many ensembles including symphonic band, jazz bands, saxophone choir and the Cornhusker Marching Band, where he served as drum major for 3 years. In 2003, Adam marched baritone for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. After college, Adam taught in Hastings, NE as the Interim Associate Director of Bands for Hastings Public Schools and then served as a music substitute for Lincoln Public Schools. Adam currently serves as the assistant band director at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School where he teaches 5th and 6th grade bands and 7th and 8th grade general music classes.
Adam currently serves as the judging coordinator for the Heartland Winter Arts Association in Nebraska and Iowa.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major

Albert Lilly

Martinsville, IN
Dr. Albert Lilly holds a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), a Master of Music degree from Jordan College/Conservatory of Music at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), and a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN). He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music at Marian University (Indianapolis, IN), where he teaches concert and marching band, trumpet and horn lessons, directs the brass choir, teaches the brass methods course as well as other courses in music education and arranging. He works with more than a dozen high school band programs throughout the country as arranger, consultant, or program coordinator. Bands he has directed or arranged for have won more than 18 state, circuit, or association titles, and literally hundreds of best music and best general effect awards. Dr. Lilly previously worked with programs including those at Monrovia High School (Monrovia, IN), Carmel High School (Carmel, IN) and Martinsville High School (Martinsville, IN).

Dr. Lilly has been a member of the Central States Judges Association since 1996 and served as Music Caption Head from 2002 to 2016. In 2014, He was named as a member of the Central States Judges Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Lilly has also served as the music caption consultant for the Florida Marching Band Tournament. Dr. Lilly has served as a member of the artist-faculty for the National Trumpet Competition and adjudicates state solo contest for ISSMA frequently, serving as a member of the brass revision committee. Al currently also adjudicates for Winter Guard International in the WGI Winds division, a winter indoor marching competition designed for full wind sections in the indoor performance arena. Dr. Lilly adjudicates concert festivals and competitions for the Indiana State School Music Association, the Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Mid-States Band Association.

Dr. Lilly is also a trumpet artist
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Anthony Bailey

Saugus, CA
Anthony Bailey is in his fourteenth year as Director of Bands at William S. Hart High School. His duties include: director of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Music Technology, Colorguard and winter Drum Line. He completed his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern Arizona University where he studied conducting with James Ripley, Richard McEnaney and Patricia Hoy. He also studied saxophone with Wildy Zumwalt. Under Mr. Bailey´┐Żs direction, the bands have acquired a fine reputation of musical excellence. The concert groups have received nothing less than superior ratings and have performed at some of the finest concert halls available in America. Past performances have included Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, Western Band Association Concert Band Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Washington D.C. International Music Festival and the Disney Honors Festival. The Hart Regiment has been named the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Marching Band Champion in their division for nine consecutive years from 2002-2010, and has competed at the finals level consistently at Bands of America Regional Championships since 2002. They are also the only ensemble to medal at every Marching Band Open Series Championships since the inception in 2008. Mr. Bailey has received two citations of excellence from the National Band Association and several recognitions from the County of Los Angeles, the city of Santa Clarita and William S. Union High School District school board. His professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, Jazz Education Network, Western Band Association, California Band Directors Association and Southern California School Band Orchestra Association. Mr. Bailey is an adjudicator and a clinician, as well as an advisor for the Marching Band Open Series.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Anthony Cruddas

Killeen, TX
Anthony Cruddas is a Texas-based Designer, Arranger, Instructor, Adjudicator & Clinician of high school, college and world class marching bands, drum corps and indoor percussion ensembles.

Most recently, Anthony held the position of Brass Caption Head for the 25-time DCI World Class Finalist Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas. While on the Crossmen faculty, the corps made two consecutive appearances in DCI Finals competition, earning an 11th place finish in brass performance in 2015 and the highest 12th place score in DCI history in 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Anthony served from 2011-2013 as Lead Technician and Low Brass Instructor on the Brass Staff of the 15-time DCI Finalist Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from Boston, Massachusetts. In 2013, the Boston Crusaders were selected to perform at both the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC and the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Anthony has also taught the brass section of the DCI Open Class Finalist Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas in 2010, and has been on the Instructional Staff of Imperial Percussion Theater, a WGI Independent World indoor percussion ensemble from Houston, Texas.

As an adjudicator, Anthony has served as an Ensemble and Individual music judge for marching bands in all classifications throughout the United States. In 2014, Anthony was named to the adjudication panel for the US Bands Open Class National Championship held at MetLife Stadium.

Anthony holds an Associate of Arts in Music degree from Blinn College, and has completed additional studies at Stephen F. Austin State University. At Blinn, he served as the Teaching Assistant for the Blinn Marching Band, Sound Engineer for the Symphonic + Jazz Bands, and was a member of several ensembles, including the the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.

Anthony resides in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area where he maintains an active desi
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo

Bill Boswell

Kalamazoo, MI
Bill is a judge for Scholastic Marching Bands in MI, as well as judging for the Michigan Color Guard Circuit, as a percussion judge.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Bill Hoehne

Long Beach, CA
BILL HOEHNE is the Director of Instrumental Music at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He assignment includes directing The Sierra Wind Symphony and instructing various courses including Studio Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Jazz Improvisation, and Music Theory. Mr. Hoehne is an accomplished musician with 34 years experience as a professional woodwinds performer and 30 years as a music educator at the secondary and college levels. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami at Coral Gables, and continued doctoral study at the University of Southern California. He has performed extensively as a saxophone and woodwind specialist in numerous recording studios in the Miami and Southern California areas, and is often a featured soloist. Mr. Hoehne is honored to be continuously called upon to work as an adjudicator, arranger/composer, guest conductor, soloist and clinician for distinguished school wind band and jazz programs, associations and honor groups in the Western United States. Mr. Hoehne was the Director of the Thousand Oaks High School Band from 1990 to 2000. He was certified as a Master Adjudicator for concert and solo/ensemble festivals, street, and field events of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, has served on SCSBOA field and street Head Judge committees, including a term as Vice-President of Field Adjudication, and was the conductor of the 1995 and 2003 SCSBOA All-Southern Middle School Honor Bands. In 2010 he was the recipient of the SCSBOA Gold Award of Recognition. With his Sea Chanteys for Symphonic Band Bill Hoehne was a finalist in the 2nd Frank Ticheli International Band Composition Contest (2009). Sea Chanteys was published by C. Alan Publications in 2011.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Bret Cappelluti

Madera, CA
Bret Cappelluti is currently the Director of Bands at Madera High School in Madera California. He holds a BA in Music Performance from San Jose State University as well as a Masters in Teaching from George Fox University. His performing background in music includes being a member of The Santa Clara Vanguard, The California Dons and the Valley Fever Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also served for many years as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Western Band Association, Northwest Association for Performing Arts and the Southern California Percussion Alliance. Bret currently resides in his hometown of Madera with his two children Isabella and Christopher.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Brian Belcher

Hendersonville, TN
Brian is a graduate of East Clinton High School in Lees Creek Ohio and graduated from Morehead State University in 1992. Brian marched in his high school marching band which received superior ratings and first marched, then taught the 300+ member marching band at Morehead State University. While in college he was the principal trumpet in the symphony band, featured soloist for the marching and jazz band while performing as the lead player in the schools fusion ensemble. Brian also was the solo piccolo trumpet player in the Morehead State University Trumpet Ensemble which performed as the featured ensemble at The International Trumpet Guild Conference at LSU. Brian also marched with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps as lead soprano and soloist. Brian has written and taught drill for the Morehead State Marching Band while writing numerous marching shows and teaching brass, visual and music at many competitive bands through the Midwest through the South. He has also served as an adjudicator and guest conductor for numerous solo and ensemble, symphonic and concert bands across the country. As a performer Brian has performed with The Temptations and Topps while also doing numerous free lance recordings and sessions. Brian also has served as a Production Manager and FOH Engineer in the current Country, Rock and Christian touring market for the past 20+ years, being Dove nominated and Emmy nominated as a Sound Engineer. Brian currently serves as the Executive Director of Music City Legend Drum and Bugle Corps (DCA All Age Drum Corps) and has recently joined the Board of Directors at Music City Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI Open Class Drum Corps) in anticipation of the 2014 season.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Brian Gallagher

Corona, CA
Brian Gallagher has been an active band director, drill designer, and adjudicator in the southern California area since 2000. He received his B.A. in Music Education and his single subject teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton in 2005. Currently Brian is completing his M.A. in Music Education through Kent State University and plans to graduate in December 2013.
As a director his groups have consistently been at the top of their class in marching and concert realms. His previous teaching positions includes Norco High School, Servite High School and 2012 WGI Scholastic World Percussion World Champions Chino Hills High School. His current position is at Cesar Chavez Middle School in San Bernardino, California where he teaches Band, Orchestra and Music Appreciation to over 300 students daily.
As a drill designer Brian has worked with several local high schools and drum and bugle corps including the 2006 DCI Division 3 World Champions Impulse.
Brian is also a Contest Director for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California and Marching Band Open Series and an active Adjudicator for the Southern California School Band Association and Southern California Judging Association.
Brian resides in Eastvale, CA with his wife of 10 years Rebecca and their 2 year old daughter Brianna.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Brian Nunez

Van nuys, CA
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major

Brian Peter

Westlake Village, CA
My diverse and high-level teaching background has given me an acute ear and eye for detail, design and execution towards most any evaluation system. My commentary will provide suggestions on how to adjust and fix what I hear and see. I will not simply, point out the obvious.

My experience includes:
* 8yrs Band Director Westlake HS, Westlake Village, CA
* 14yrs - Visual instructor Blue Devils (2000 - present)
* 6 DCI World Championships and 7 DCI Visual titles
* The Instrumentalist December, 2012 Article preparing for the Midwest Clinic
* The Instrumentalist - March, 2013 4,000 word feature Of Sound and Style An Interview with Brian Peter
* WHS Jazz - 2012 Midwest Clinic / 2011 CBDA All-State Conference
* WHS Wind Ensemble - 2009 CBDA All-State Conference / 8yrs Unanimous Superior Ratings, including sight-reading, performing AA music at festival
* 3yrs Pit instructor Blue Devil B
* 1998 Blue Devils Snare / 1997 Blue Devil Top Bass
* 3yrs SCSBOA Adjudication in all music and visual captions
* 2013 American Band College (ABC) - Evaluator for 3rd year snare drum start up lessons
* 2012 SCSBOA Judge Training - Visual
* 2001 BM Music Ed University of Southern California
* 2009 MM Conducting Southern Oregon University The American Band College
* 2006 - present WHS Department Chair Performing Arts





Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Bruno Cilloniz

Whittier, CA
Bruno Cilloniz has been a performer, writer, and professor of music since 1995. His expertise in percussion and composition have earned him national and international acclaim in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South America, New York, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Ohio, and Chicago while in high demand with notable groups such as Musica Povera, The Lloyd Rodgers Group, Hour of Power Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Musical Theater West, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, 3D Theatricals, Debut Orchestra, Bel Canto Chorale, Vox Dance Company, St Joseph Ballet, and the Alpine Theater Project to name a few.

Mr. Cilloniz is currently the Director of Music at St Joseph Catholic School in Long Beach, Ca. where he teaches the 4th-8th grade Band Program, which consists of 150 student members. Mr. C, as his students refer to him, will be developing and exposing his gifted musical students with opportunities to perform at prestigious Jazz and Wind Ensemble festivals around the country.

Bruno also established from its inception one of the finest Catholic School music programs in the nation. Through his gifted knowledge of music, he founded, taught, and inspired his students at St. Genevieve ES from 2010-2015 to be a winning musical program. St Genevieve performed at the Reno Jazz Festival, San Francisco Wind Ensemble Festival, Las Vegas Jazz Invitational, Fullerton College Jazz Festival, SCPA Championships, and at the 2012 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. With his leadership, his groups have won medals and Championships for each of these events but most notable though, are his Jazz soloists who have collectively won scholarships to attend the Idyllwild Jazz Summer Camp while receiving top honors from the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Chris Doolittle

Encinitas, CA
Chris Doolittle is an in demand percussion judge in the southwest region, having judged for multiple band and winter percussion circuits including SCSBOA, SCJA, ADLA, and SJVCGPR since 2007.
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Clark Gardner

Richmond, TX
Clark Gardner studied percussion with J.C. Combs at Wichita State University and has an extensive drum corps background, marching numerous seasons in several corps, including the Sky Ryders and Star of Indiana, where he was the percussion section leader of the legendary 1993 percussion section capturing DCIs High Percussion award. Clark was also an original performer and later a staff member of Brass Theater, which would later become Blast. Clark recorded as a soloist with the Canadian Brass on their CD Brass on Broadway and has taught percussion at several premier programs in Texas including Klein High School in Houston.

Before returning to Texas, Clark played drumset in Los Angeles, where he shared the stage and/or recorded with the members of many popular bands, including Marilyn Manson, Chris Cornell, Linkin Park, Enrique Iglesias, Tonic, and The Fray. Clark also recorded with Grammy-winning producers who have produced NIN, Marilyn Manson, Guns and Roses, Our Lady Peace, Kelly Clarkson, Kings X and Michelle Branch. Most recently, Clark was a member of the band, Open Hand.

In 2012, Clark was Percussion Caption Head at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, a season which saw the corps placement jump from 17th place to 12th in one season, returning the Crossmen to DCI Finals for the first time since 2003. Clark consults and arranges for the UnikStar Percussion Ensemble (Lille, France ) and consults Kadoudal Drum and Bugle Corps (Quiberon, France). Clark currently teaches percussion at Stephen F Austin HS in Fort Bend ISD and is the Music Director of Imperial Percussion Theater (WGI Percussion Independent World Ensemble). He is an active clinician in the USA and Europe. Clark is endorsed by Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drums/Adams Percussion, Pro-Mark Sticks and Mallets as well as Evans Drumheads.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

DAN SMITH

Santa Clara, CA
Dan Smith - from Santa Clara, California

Dan Smith holds a BA Degree from San Jose State University an MA Degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

He is nationally known as an Arranger, Visual Designer, Clinician, Band Director & Adjudicator. His own Bands have performed in such nationally televised events as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl in Miami, and the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was during his tenure as Director of Bands that the Independence High School 76th Cavalry Band from San Jose, California won the 1981 Bands of America National Championship.

Dan has now been involved in Music & Pageantry for over 60 years and has over 50 years experience as an Adjudicator and Adjudication Administrator & Chief Judge in many areas of the Performing & Pageantry Arts (including judging the World Championships for both DCI & WGI). He is one of the five co-founders of the Western Band Association. And he is currently the Music Caption Chair for the California State Band Championships (CSBC).

He has been affiliated with the California Color Guard Circuit since 1967, where he has instructed several Circuit Champions; hosted Circuit Contests and Circuit & Regional Championships; served as a long-time Adjudicator, Director of Training and several times as Chief Judge; and since 1989 served as the only CCGC Percussion Coordinator (a position which also involved serving as WGI Contest Coordinator for the Central Valley & Bay Area Percussion Regionals).

Dan Smith is currently employed as the Music Department Coordinator at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He is still an active performer on French Horn & Tenor Horn in several major Bay Area musical ensembles. He is also a Charter Member and former Instructor of the Santa Clara Vanguard D&B Corps and Vanguard Cadets D&B Corps. Most recently he performed as a member of the 2017 SCVAC 50th Anniversary Corps. He was inducted into the SCV Hall of Fame in 2018.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Daniel Gervais

Mentone, CA
Daniel Gervais has been a percussion arranger and instructor in the Southern California area since 1998. He has worked with such programs as Claremont High School, El Roble Intermediate School, Alta Loma High School, Canyon Hills Jr. High School, Chavez Middle School and Cajon High School to name a few. He has studied percussion and composition at Mt. San Antonio College, California State University San Bernardino and California State University Long Beach.

After receiving his BA in Music Education he became the instrumental music director at Chavez Middle School in San Bernardino California. He then spent a year jump starting the instrumental music program at Cajon High School before returning to Chavez Middle School in 2013. His bands and orchestras have received many superior ratings at local festivals in the Southern California area. He has also lead the percussion ensemble at Chavez Middle School through a bronze medal season with SCPA in 2011 and back to back silver medal seasons with ADLA in 2012 and 2013.

Dan Gervais has dedicated himself to the field of education pursuing a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in addition to his masters in Educational Administration. He has found new and innovative ways to adapt the knowledge he gained in these programs and applied it to enhance the level of success of his music programs have been able to achieve.

His love for education has always inspired him to help other programs and instructors provide the best possible education for the students in their program. As a result he has become a well known clinician and percussion adjudicator across Southern California.

He is currently a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Southern California Judges Association and the American Drum Line Association and will be completing judging assignments with these associations throughout the 2013-2014 school year.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Dave Knowlton

Glen Carbon, IL
Dr. Dave S. Knowlton is a professor, author, music composer, and educator. Over the past thirty-two years, Dr. Knowlton has worked in eight different states as a music and visual designer, instructor, and clinician for middle schools, high schools, universities, dance companies, and drum and bugle corps.

In high school, he was a member of the Briarcrest Band (Memphis, TN). In college, he was a member of Memphis State Universitys Mighty Sound of the South marching band, the Bengal Lancers Winter Guard, and the universitys award-winning indoor drumline.

Currently, Dr. Knowlton is Program Director for Briarcrests (now, Eads, TN) Outdoor Performance Ensemble. Dr. Knowlton has judged over one-hundred contests in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas. In terms of marching band, he has judged for USBands (Allentown, Pennsylvania), multiple university sponsored shows, and dozens of high school invitationals. In terms of indoor pageantry arts, he has judged for the Indiana Percussion Association (Indianapolis, Indiana), Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit (Pensacola, Florida), the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (Kansas City, Missouri), Heartland Winter Arts (Omaha, Nebraska), Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (Bowling Green, Kentucky), and Connecting Individuals through the Performing Arts (serving East Tennessee and surrounding states).

In his full-time role as a professor of education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Knowlton researches and teaches in areas related to Educational Psychology, Design Thinking, Creativity Theory, and assessment/evaluation of education and learning. Dr. Knowlton is a member of the Board of Directors for the Jacoby Arts Center (Alton, Illinois), and he co-hosts The Learning Vibes Podcast. (www.learningvibespodcast.weebly.com).
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Dave Pickett

Ray Township, MI
Dave Pickett holds two undergraduate degrees from Western Michigan University with majors in Business Administration and Music Education. His Masters degree is from Michigan State University in Percussion Pedagogy.
Marched with and taught DCI finalist drum and bugle corps
Timpanist for the Kalamazoo Symphony.
Former Timpanist with the Flint Symphony.
Percussionist with Macomb Symphony.
Dave has been an active member of The Percussive Arts Society since 1981.
Recognized internationally as a clinician, adjudicator and performer of all percussion musical styles
Former Assistant Director of Bands at Sterling Heights, MI; Stevenson High School
Currently assists as the Percussion Specialist for the Romeo School District, Romeo, MI and the St. Clair Schools in St. Clair, MI, Armada School District, Armada, MI
Dave has written and instructed the music book, the percussion book and / or designed the drill program for over 160 different high school bands across the US since 1985
In 1991 he created his own business, DP Music-Total Percussion; where he teaches, writes music and presents educational and motivational clinics for students and educators of all levels across the US from coast to coast. Check: www.DPMusic.info
Dave is active as a motivational facilitator of Drum Circles for corporate clients as well as school and senior citizen groups
In 2008 Dave was inducted into the highly selective organization, The Guild of Professional Drum Teachers
Has been on the education team with Vic Firth for 14 years.
Has performed concerts, clinics and adjudicated music ensembles in over 30 different states in the US.
Started teaching marching techniques and designing marching drills during his first year in college.
Has judged visual and music programs for DCA, DCI, BOA, WGI, USSBA, MAPS, SCPA, RMPA, IPA, TMEA & IHSMA since 1984.
Has judged and been a clinician for the Michigan Competing Band Association and the Michigan Color Guard
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

David Betancourt

Norco, CA
David Betancourt is in his 15th year as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. He is the conductor for the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Community Band, Orchestra, Community Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. He also directs the Pep Band and Pop/Rock Ensemble. Dr. Betancourt was chair of the music department from 2008-2011. He facilitated the collaboration with the youth organization Impulse, which led to the addition of numerous courses as well as the development of a national reputation for Cerritos College in the Drum and Bugle Corps international circuit. He is also the chair for the CC Academic Affairs Committee and is the newly appointed coordinator for the CC Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition, Dr. Betancourt is a supervisor for the Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Southern California. He was the director of the California State University Wind Ensemble from 2008-2011 and initiated and directed the Studio Arts Ensemble at Norco College in 2012. Previous to his appointments in Southern California, Dr. Betancourt was Assistant Director of Bands at Northern Arizona University. He began his music education career as the Director of Instrumental Music of Hopedale Junior/Senior High School in Hopedale, Massachusetts. Dr. Betancourt holds a DMA in music education from the University of Southern California, an MM in instrumental conducting from Northern Arizona University, and a BM in music education and performance from Berklee College of Music. He is an avid music educator and is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of concert, jazz, and marching bands. He also has arranging and composing credits in the wind band, jazz ensemble, latin, and pop genres. He has performed with such notables as Roy Hargrove, Tony Hart, Geoff Keezer, and Ingrid Jensen. Dr. Betancourt is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, MENC, CBDNA, CMEA, ITG, CMS, SCSBOA,
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

David Prince

Victorville, CA
As a high school music educator whose bands and choirs have competed at the local, state, and national levels for twenty-six years, I have a great deal of experience and knowledge of Jr. High and High School Bands and Choirs, and feel confident that I can help you take your group to the next level.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Don Click

Katy, TX
Don Click is co-founder of Independent World Class percussion group Music City Mystique and served as the Executive Director until 2006. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors and is the Director of Creativity on the Design Team.

Don currently teaches, programs and is responsible for the visual design for groups in all classes of WGI percussion competition. He has, and continues to design, consult and program for many groups across all classes of the WGI percussion division and has had many finalists and medal recipients in his 22 year WGI career. He is a sought after judge both for fall marching band competitions as well as winter percussion shows.

How can Don bring value to your production?

His ability to see the big picture and make suggestions that will give you the details that contribute to the success of the whole.

By using words and descriptors that are tailored to the teaching/design level of the staff. His comments have the ability to be understood by all involved, including teaching staff and students.

Don takes into consideration the ability of the members themselves ensuring achievable recommendations.

While coordination of the audio and visual design aspects are so important, his comments about each element of the production will enhance other elements within the program. He realizes the importance of how the audio and visual components act in harmony for maximum effect.

Within Winter Guard International, Don has held the responsibilities of being a member of the Percussion Advisory Board, Percussion Steering Committee, and member of the Board of Directors. He was inducted into the Winter Guard International Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Hall of Fame in 2013. Don currently serves on the WGI Executive Committee as Treasurer. He also served as President of the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit where he was formerly the Percussion Coordinator.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Ed Grissom

Texarkana, AR
I am currently the Director of Bands for Pleasant Grove I.S.D. in Texarkana, Texas. I have 32 years experience as a Texas band director and have judged many marching and concert contests. My bands consistently receive top ratings in the Texas UIL contests.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Endrell Dawson

Frisco, TX
I am a Classically Trained Violinist ad performed with Symphonies, competed in solo and ensemble competitions. I was a cheerleader growing up and took dance for 10 years. I am Music Educator in Texas. I have judged Dance, Music and Debate Tournaments in the Dallas area. I serve on the Board of Directors at a Charter School in upstate New York.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Jackie Gilley

Midwest City, OK
Jackie Gilley is a native of Stratford, Texas, and taught band at Monroney Middle School for 30 years before retiring to care for her parents. Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts degree (ceramics) and Masters of Music Education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She also received her Secondary Education Administration certification from University of Central Oklahoma. Jackie earned her National Board Certified Teacher credentials in 2002 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2012. Ms. Gilley has been Teacher of the Year in Mid-Del Schools twice during her career. She was named Exemplary Teacher by Oklahoma Music Educators Association in 2013. She is well-known for her grant-writing skills and has won over 25 grants for her band program. She also had 4 band pieces commissioned for the Monroney Bands. Jackie has been an adjudicator for DCI, WGI, BOA/MFA, OSSAA, and the Texas Color Guard Judges Association. She has judged marching band and winter guard competitions throughout the United States and Canada. She is a member of MENC, OMEA, OBA, WBDI, and past president of the Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Jackie is also on the executive board of the Stratford Education Foundation in her hometown.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

James Christian

Reno, TX
James Christian has been a percussionist for over 20 years. He has performed with many types of groups, including drum corps, orchestras, jazz combos, military bands, percussion ensembles, and church praise bands. He has marched with two senior drum corps--Bayou City Blues and Gulf Coast Sound--both from Houston, Texas; and he spent four years as a percussionist in the 2nd Marine Division Band at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

James was valedictorian of his class at the Armed Forces School of Music, and he was the 2nd Marine Division Band Musician of the Year in 2002. He holds a bachelors degree in counseling, and he has taken continuing education courses at the University of North Texas with an emphasis in music education. James has won 16 local, state, and national percussion competitions. He was the 1998 Texas Percussive Arts Society (PAS) multi-tenor drum champion, and he is the seven-time winner of the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) multi-tenor drum competition. He is the current record holder for the most first place finishes among American-based national rudimental competitions.

Over the years, he has taught several groups and given private lessons. Students have been successful at local, state, and national levels. He was recently the percussion director for the Burleson Centennial High School cluster in Burleson, Texas, where he started the groups indoor drum line program. He is currently the director for the award-winning percussion program in Paris, Texas. He is in the process of completing a comprehensive method book on the art of multi-tenor drumming.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

James Miller

Stratford, CT
Mr. G. James Miller holds a Master of Science Degree from Full Sail University (2011), a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Columbia University Teachers College (1985), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from William Paterson College (1983). Mr. Miller has served in many of the tri-state NY Metropolitan area schools as an Educator, Writer, and Clinician for over thirty five years.

His writing credits include percussion ensemble works performed by university percussion ensembles such as East Carolina State University, Jersey City State college, Morehead State University (KY) and Jacksonville State in Alabama. Mr. Millers exercises and ensemble works have been published and distributed world wide by Premier Percussion, as well as authoring two books on percussion technique and several articles published in trade magazines.

Mr. Miller has composed for and taught many Drum and Bugle Corps such as the Skyliners (NY), Hurricanes (CT), Westshoremen (PA), Chieftains (PA), Bridgemen (NJ), the Star of Indiana (IN), and most notably the Bushwackers (NJ) - who were awarded the Best Percussion award at the world championships for five consecutive years.

G. James Miller has been a finalist for the Teacher of the Year award in Stratford CT, where he is currently employed (since 1986) as the Director of Music at Frank Scott Bunnell High School. At Bunnell he directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Indoor Drumline, and the fourteen time Connecticut State Champion Marching Band. He is also currently on the staff of the Bridgemen Alumni Drum and Bugle corps.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

James Quirion

Fullerton, CA
James Quirion (pronounced keer-e-on) has been a professional adjudicator since 1999, working independently and for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). He has judged Field Tournaments, Parades, Band and Orchestra Festivals, and Solo and Ensemble Festivals. His concert and marching ensembles have been recognized for their excellence, including numerous Unanimous Superior ratings and an appearance in the 2015 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

Education
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY (AMERICAN BAND COLLEGE)
Masters of Music in Conducting, 2007

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON
Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate, May 1999

Ryan Single Subject Credential Music, June 1997

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Education Concentration, May 1996


Professional Experience
Band Director, Mountain View High School 1997-1999 (El Monte, California)

Band Director, Cypress High School 1999 - current (Cypress, California)

Adjudicator, SCSBOA

Trumpet Player, 39 years

Honors and Awards
2015 Outstanding Educator- Secondary Instrumental Music Award | Orange County Music and Arts Administrators

2015 Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award | City of Cypress Recreation and Community Services Commission

2011 Teacher of the Year | Cypress High School

2007 Teacher of the Year | Cypress High School PTSA
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

James Rocillo

eastvale, CA
Over the course of two decades, James Rocillo has cultivated a diverse curriculum vitae in music as a performer, educator, and competition adjudicator. His formal music education spans the campuses of Long Beach City College, Citrus College, and California State University, Northridge & Los Angeles . Throughout the years, he has had the great privilege of receiving instruction from renowned trumpet artists Bobby Shew, Tony Lujan, Ron Stout, Sal Cracchiolo, Rob Roy McGregor, Bob Slack, Clay Jenkins, Charlie Davis, and Wayne Bergeron. Consequently, James himself has become an internationally accomplished musician and can easily shift between the genres of classical and jazz. He has been featured in Del-Fi Records Brown Bag and the Blue Note Swing Orchestra in addition to have led his very own James Rocillo Jazz Quartet. His performances have taken him around the Pacific and back again, traveling through California, Hawaii, Canada, and Japan.

James experience as an educator is threefold, instructing at the high school, college, and drum corps capacities. From 2000-2010, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at the BOA Grand National Finalist Ayala High School in Chino Hills, CA. Concurrently, he began his tenure at Nogales High School in La Puente, CA where he worked with the marching band, concert band, and jazz ensemble. In 2007, James joined the staff at Riverside Community College to lead the wind program for the world famous Marching Tigers. In addition James now serves as director of The Lab Jazz Ensemble and concert Band programs. In 2010 James became the Director of Bands at Colony High School in Ontario, California. Here James directs the Titan Regiment Marching band, wind symphony and jazz ensembles. Moreover, the sum of such a career has lent itself well to the role of adjudicator and clinician, which he has also fulfilled during several marching band competitions and jazz festivals in California, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Seattle, Malaysia and Gu
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

JB Perry

Springtown, TX
Present position is Director of Fine Arts, Springtown ISD, Springtown, Texas. I am a member of the Texas Music Adjudicator Association on both the UIL Marching and Concert judging lists for band. I have much experience judging marching and concert bands at the regional and Area levels, as well as UIL solos and ensembles. I also judge bands, choirs, and orchestras for various music festivals.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Jeff Weir

Hurlock, MD
Jeff Weir is currently the director of the U.S. Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, a position he has held since 1995. He has judged visual performance and visual effect for the USSBA (now USBands) circuit and the VBODA. He has over 25 years of experience in judging, drill design, and marching technique instruction for bands of all sizes and competitive levels. Mr. Weir has been on the design or instructional staffs in all facets of the marching arts, including DCI and DCA, and also high school and college bands. Jeff has also instructed dozens of high school, college, and drum corps drum majors. He is also the chief marching and parade adjudicator for the Annapolis Music Festival, which features parade bands, indoor guards, and indoor drumlines.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major

Jeffrey Waggoner

Clarendon Hills, IL
Jeff Waggoner retired in June of 2011 after 34 years of public school music teaching in Ohio and Illinois. For 26 years he taught at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois, where he served as over the years as Director of Bands, Music Department Chairman, and Director of Jazz Studies. He also served as Coordinator of Faculty Technology Instruction at the school. He holds degrees from the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, with additional work at DePaul University, Vandercook College of Music, Illinois State University, and the Keller School of Management.

While at Hinsdale Central Mr. Waggoner initiated a commission project that resulted in fifteen published works for jazz ensemble and three works for concert band. He also served as Illinois Unit President and Director of Special Publications for the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Mr. Waggoner has been an adjudicator in the marching activity for sixteen years, judging for the Central States Judges Association, Drum Corps Midwest and Drum Corps International in over a dozen states and Canada. He owns a small internet-based music publishing company, and he arranges and consults for several area marching bands. He also serves as a clinician with area concert bands and jazz ensembles. Mr. Waggoner resides in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Jesse Rogers

La Mesa, CA
I have had 11 years of experience in the marching world and have both participated and taught in high caliber arenas. I judge in the San Diego area and enjoy the opportunity to critique performances in the hopes that my critiques would help to motivate, encourage, and develop young musicians and band directors.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Jessica Swanson

San Bernardino, CA
Band director with 13 years of competitive experience.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Joe Akers

Saint Louis, MO
I have a BS degree for Elon University and a MME degree in conducting from Appalachian State University. My teaching experience includes marching band, concert band, and jazz bands in the public schools of North Carolina and Missouri. Groups under my direction consistently score superior and excellent ratings. In addition to teaching, I also maintain a private trumpet studio and perform throughout the St. Louis area.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Joe Cavallaro

Altamonte Springs, FL
Name: Joe Cavallaro
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Residence: Orlando, Florida

With 30 years of participation as a marching member, arranger, performing professional and instructor, Joe brings a variety of perspectives and experience to marching arts adjudication. From his start with the Patriots drum corps in 1983, Joe also performed with the Crusaders, the Coast Guard Academy Windjammers, in various acts at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios, and with the World Champion Empire Statesmen. He has instructed both visual and percussion for high school bands and drum corps and is a current staff member with the Florida Federation of Color Guard Circuit. Joe has been a member of the Central States Judging Association visual team since 2009, judging field, ensemble, general effect and coordination and wholeheartedly endorses a build them up with enthusiasm judging style. Helping pageantry units meet their goals with meaningful commentary and evaluation has been a hallmark of his success.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Joe Fant

Fairhope, AL
Studied percussion at the University of Alabama and Jacksonville State University as well as Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University. Percussion arranger of the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners and PASIC drumline 97-99. Marching member of the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps 89-92, winning 2 DCI Div 2 championships and High Percussion awards. Member of the Cavaliers from 93-96 winning the 95 DCI Championship and High Percussion Award. Staff member for the Carolina Crown 97-98, Blue Knights 99-01, Cavaliers 2002 undefeated season, Santa Clara Vanguard 2005 and Blue Knights 2012 to present. WGI experience includes arranger/designer/caption head for PSA Finalist Newnan HS in 2002, staff member for Music City Mystique in 2002-2003 and 2009-2011 including the 2011 PIW Gold Medal, arranger/designer/caption head for the Blue Knights Indoor Percussion Ensemble 2006-2008 including winning the 2007 Bronze Medal in the PIW class. Staff member for PSO finalist Harpeth HS in 2009 and 2010. Currently a fall band/percussion judge throughout the Southeast, Colorado, Utah and Oregon. Winter percussion judge in LCGPC, GCGC, SCGC, CIPA, Minnesota Percussion Association, NWAPA and Texas Color Guard Circuit. Past percussion arranger/staff member for Douglas County HS in Castle Rock, CO, Rampart HS in Colorado Springs, CO, Fairview HS in Boulder, CO and Pomona HS in Arvada, CO. Percussion supervisor/arranger for McGavock HS of Nashville, TN from 2008-2011 and currently the Director of Percussion for Fairhope HS in Fairhope, AL. I am the former Marketing and Product Manager of Marching Percussion for Pearl Drums and currently work for Make Music Inc, specializing in K-12 Smart Music and Finale implementation.
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Joel Vincent

Winchester, KY
Joel Vincent is the former Executive Director of the Spirit of Atlanta drum and bugle corps and is a former Band Director at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, KY serving from 1982-2002. During his tenure at Spirit of Atlanta the corps was a DCI World Class Finalist on six occasions between 2002 and 2011. While at George Rogers Clark high school the marching band appeared in numerous Bands of America Grand National Championship finals and was named BOA Regional Champion on three occasions. The band was also named Kentucky State Champion twice and performed in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mr. Vincents concert bands received consistent Distinguished ratings at state, regional and national competitions. He maintains an active judging schedule throughout the Midwest, Eastern, and Southeastern United States during the fall winter months.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

John Howell

North Huntingdon, PA
I currently reside in North Huntingdon Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh. I am currently employed as a Business Education Teacher in the Hempfield Area School District where I teach Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Web Page Design and Video Game Programming. I hold degree in Bachelor of Administration in Business Management and an Accounting minor from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

I am a visual designer and have taught and written shows for various nationally acclaimed marching bands, drum and bugle corps and indoor winter colorguards and I continue to conduct clinics and consultations for bands, winter colorguards, and judging associations across the United States and Internationally.

I have been a visual adjudicator over 28 years and judge for BOA, DCI, DCA, and various other judging associations and have had the opportunity to judge internationally on numerous occasions. I was a member of the MENC Blue Ribbon Committee writing marching band curriculum standards. I also conduct both the Trinity Handbell and Hand Chime choirs at my church in which I have been a member of for over 35 years.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major

John Phillips

Cape Coral, FL
John Phillips is in demand as adjudicator across North America and around the world. He is Artistic Coordinator for the Southwest Florida Symphony.
He was conductor of the Symphonic Band at the University of Western Ontario as well as teaching conducting and music education classes.
John has expertise in marching music and serves as the Judge Administrator for Drum Corps International.
He is also a featured clinician and adjudicator for Music For All in the concert band forum - National Concert Festival - and marching band - Bands of America Grand Nationals and MFA Summer Symposium.
John has also adjudicated the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) World Championships and the All-Japan Marching Band Championships numerous times.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Keith Baker

Staunton, IL
DCI and MiD-West Color Guard Circuit Judge-
Judging winter guard since 1991 with TIDA, KIDA, UWGA, NJA, and MCCGA. Currently judging for Mid-West Color Guard Circuit on GE and Ens.

DCI visual judge since 2003. 6 time championships adjudicator with experience on all visual captions, most recently at the 2013 Open Class prelims on Visual Proficiency.

Drill writer for bands and indoor drumlines across the Midwest and East coast helping numerous units earn finalist placements at BOA and WGI regionals.

WGI Judge and Color guard instructor with marching bands and winter guards for 15 years throughout Illinois and Virginia.

Certified Cheer adjudicator in Illinois through IHSA. Former dance adjudicator with IDTA.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Kenneth Herron

Palm Bay, FL
Judged FBA (Florida Bandmasters Asso) Solo and Ensemble
CSJA judge 2005 to now
Bachelor of Music Ed University of Florida - 1975
Trombone Major
Studied under Richard Bowles, Harry Grant, Frank Wickes and Gary Langford.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Kent Morrow

Locust Grove, GA
Dr. Morrow has over 20 years of teaching experience having served as a band director, choral director, and percussion instructor. He is an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Drum Corps Associates, Central States Judges Association, and numerous marching contests throughout the United States. In addition, Dr. Morrow is active in the indoor genre judging for numerous regional circuits throughout the country.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Kevin Mayse

Corona, CA
Kevin Mayse is currently the Wind Ensemble Conductor and Symphony Orchestra Conductor at Riverside City College in Riverside California. He is also the Conductor/Artistic Director of the West Coast Pops Orchestra and conducts the Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra. He has conducted ensembles and performed clinics for ensembles all over the United States and Japan for over 15 years. In addition to conducting, he directs and plays lead trumpet in his own Big Band. He has performed with artists such as Gary Foster, Bill Reichenbach, Marvin Stamm, Allen Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino, Bob Florence, Bod James and Natalie Cole.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Lance Delgado

Van Nuys CA, CA
Lance Delgado received his Bachelors Degree in Music, specializing in Percussion from California State University at Northridge. He studied with Joel Leach, Karen Erving, and John Magnussen He also did extensive study in African drumming, Brazillian drumming, steel drumming and jazz vibraphone.

Lance served as Percussion Caption Head for the Cal State Northridge Matador Band from 1990-1998 where the winter drumline won 8 Southern California indoor & outdoor championships. After marching for 5 years with the Sacramento Freelancers Drum & Bugle Corps, Lance returned in 1994 as the instructor of the front ensemble, working with Ralph Hardimon. The following year, Lance was promoted to Percussion Caption Head.

Lance served as Percussion Director at Thousand Oaks HS and John Burroughs HS from 1994-2008 where the two schools won a combined 10 Southern California indoor, outdoor and concert championships. Thousand Oaks HS also traveled to Indianapolis twice and advanced to the semifinals at BOA Grand Nationals both times.

In 2003 and 2004 the Thousand Oaks HS Drumline traveled to Dayton, Ohio where they advanced to the finals in the Scholastic World Division.

Lance has years of judging experience in many nationally recognized circuits, such as USSBA, SCSBOA, ADLA, and NWAPA.
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Lance Finley

Richmond, TX
Mr. Lance J. Finley is a native of Richmond, Texas. He is a class of 2000 graduate from B.F. Terry HS in Rosenberg, TX. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2005 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. While working on his Bachelor Degree, Mr. Finley was a member of the SFA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Swingin Axes and Aces Jazz Ensembles, SFA Percussion Ensemble, Steel Drum Band and the Roarin Buzzsaws Pep Band.

Lance Finley is currently Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Instructor at the Needville Independent School District in Needville, Texas. He joined the Needville Band Staff in 2006 and serves as the primary director of the HS and JH Symphonic Bands. These ensembles have earned numerous Sweepstakes Honors and Superior ratings at Texas UIL and festival events.

Before coming to Needville, Mr. Finley was assistant band director and percussion coordinator for La Marque ISD in La Marque, Texas where he was in charge of all aspects of percussion from 6th through 12th grades.
Mr. Finley continues to be an active clinician and consultant for area schools.

Mr. Finley is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association (Active Concert/Provisional Marching), Percussive Arts Society, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association and the Vic Firth Education Team.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Lauren Denney Wright

Rome, GA
Dr. Lauren Denney Wright is the current Director of Wind Ensemble activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Berry College where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches clarinet. Prior to her arrival at Berry College, Dr. Denney Wright was the Director of Bands, clarinet instructor, and taught Instrumental Music Education courses at Oklahoma Baptist University.

A native of Marietta, Ga., Dr. Denney Wright earned her bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance from Vanderbilt University, the master of music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the bachelor of music degree in music education from Kennesaw State University. Dr. Denney Wright completed her doctoral studies in instrumental conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music under the mentorship of Gary Green, where she conducted the Frost Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Chamber Winds and Concert Band. In addition, she taught conducting courses, worked with the Band of the Hour marching band and ran the men and womens basketball pep bands. Dr. Denney Wright has worked with such composers as John Corigliano, David Maslanka, Michael Daugherty, John Mackey and Steven Bryant. Dr. Denney Wright made her international debut conducting chamber music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Dr. Denney Wright holds professional memberships with College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association. In addition she is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Tau Beta Sigma, a founding member of Sigma Alpha Iota at Vanderbilt University, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Educational Background:
B.M., Vanderbilt University - Clarinet Performance
M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Clarinet Performance
B.M., Kennesaw State University - Music Education
D.M.A., University of Miami Frost School of Music - Conducting
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Lawrence Johnson

Vista, CA
I have been teaching Marching and Visual since 2005 as a tech or as caption. As well, I have been teaching Field Conducting Drum Majors, and also work as a judge for World Drum Major Association. The schools I have worked with in marching or drum majoring include:

Velvet Knights
El Camino HS
Vista Murietta HS
Rancho Buena Vista HS
Escondido HS
Orange Glen HS
Hidden Valley MS
San Pasqual HS
Kennedy HS
Bellflower HS
Steele Canyon HS
Copper Canyon HS (AZ)

Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major

Lewis Norfleet

Bellevue, WA
Lewis Norfleet serves as Director of Bands at Central Washington University where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate and undergraduate instrumental conducting. He also oversees the CWU Band Program that includes 3 music-major concert bands, the 230-member CWU Marching Band and athletic bands.

Norfleet has conducted performances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, National Association for Music Education state and regional conferences, as well as numerous honor bands around the country. Most recently, the CWU Wind Ensemble performed at the 2016 Washington Music Educators Conference, the 2017 NAfME Northwest Division Conference and will be performing at the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference in Sonoma, California in March 2018.

Prior to his appointment at CWU, Norfleet taught at the secondary and collegiate levels for 19 years. His high school programs in Oregon and Washington performed at several regional and national conferences, were recognized as Oregon State Concert Band Champions, were three-time Northwest Marching Band Champions, and were twice named a Grammy Foundation Signature School. Before teaching in the public schools, Norfleet was the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at Oregon State University.

Norfleet is active as a composer and arranger having produced over 300 works for concert band, marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble and various chamber ensembles. While most of his works have been privately commissioned, some have been published by Tapspace Publications, Matrix Publishing, Jalen Publishing, Marching Monk, Center X Productions, and Marching Show Concepts. He currently serves as a composer and/or arranger for ensembles across the United States and is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching festivals throughout the country.

Norfleet did his doctoral studies in ins
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Lorne Reid

Las Vegas, NV
Lorne Reid is currently in his 20th year as a band director in Las Vegas, NV. After receiving his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his Masters Degree in Music Education from Southern Oregon University, Mr. Reid began his career teaching at Las Vegas High School, and then Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas. While at those schools, his bands won state marching band championships, performed in several states across the United States and in several European countries. His band at Palo Verde High School was invited to participate in the London New Years Day Parade as well as the Edinburgh Easter Festival in Scotland.
Mr. Reid is currently in his 10th year as the Director of Bands at Fertitta Middle School. His band program consists of 340 students involved in beginning band, intermediate band, advanced band, and jazz band. In 2009 the Fertitta Middle School Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the Nevada Music Educators All-State Convention. Mr. Reids bands have received consistent Superior ratings throughout his career.
Mr. Reid has over 15 years experience adjudicating marching bands, concert bands, and percussion ensembles throughout the United States. In 2011 he was invited to guest conduct the UAB Middle School Honor Band in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Reid has served as the Vice President of the Nevada Percussive Arts Society, President of the Clark County Band Directors Association, Chairperson for the Clark County School District High School Honor Band, and is currently in his 5th year as the Chairperson for the Clark County School District Middle School Honor Band.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Lynda Eubanks

Tomball, TX
LYNDA EUBANKS just completed her 25th year as a band director, her 7th as Associate Director of Bands at Klein Forest High School. Prior to this appointment, Lynda had been the Director of Bands at Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights, Ohio since 1995.and as Director of Bands at Hillside Middle School in Seven Hills, Ohio. Upon arriving at Valley Forge High School, Lynda helped revive the Concert, Marching and Jazz programs to a new level of success. By building a quality staff and placing student success as THE priority, the program continued to grow and prosper.

Lynda is an active music adjudicator for Drum Corps International, judging DCI World Class Events since 2000, and DCI Open Class Finals 3 years in a row. She also judges numerous high school marching band circuits across the country including numerous State Marching Band Finals events.

She is active as an arranger, clinician and program consultant. Collaborating with Percussion Director Eric Ridenour, this is the fourth year that she has written/arranged the KF Marching Band show music, earning nothing less than Division 1s.

Lynda was awarded the distinction of Jennings Scholar in 1997 by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Outstanding Educator in 2005 from the Nobel Foundation, and Whos Who Amongst American Teachers in 1998 and 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. She is the Founder/Director of the BRAVO! Summer Youth Band Program, the Valley Forge New Music CommissionProgram, and the Parma Area All-City Concert and Jazz Festivals.

Lynda received her Bachelors of Music Education from The Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music where she studied with Deidre McGuire, William Hebert and Dwight Oltman. She received her Master of Music from Kent State University studying conducting with Dr. Wayne Gorder, She is half way to completing her Doctoral studies, a goal she plans to finish once life slows down!
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Marc Whitlock

Livonia, MI
Brass- Mr. Marc Whitlock serves as Chief Judge for WGI Winds, and adjudicates for marching bands, drum corps, percussion ensembles, winter drumlines, and for concert bands and orchestras. His affiliations include NAfME, BOA, DCI, WGI, ISSMA, MCGC, CMCBA, MSBOA, and CWEA. Besides adjudicating for invitational contests across the country, he has also served as an adjudicator for state championships in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, and South Carolina, and has also adjudicated for the BOA Grand National Championships and the WGI World Championships.


Mr. Whitlock currently serves as the band director for Discovery Middle School in Canton, Michigan. The Discovery Band is also active in commissioning new music for band. The band has also been honored by The Foundation of Music Education through its national wind honors project, The Mark of Excellence.

Mr. Whitlock has also been a band director at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park in Michigan, Hebron High School in Texas, and Marian Catholic High School in Illinois. During his time as a high school band director, his bands earned consistent superior ratings at band festivals and chamber festivals, the UIL Sweepstakes Award, fourteen state marching band championships, eight Bands of America national class championships, and three times was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion. His bands were also selected for the Music For All National Concert Band Festival and the Presidential Inauguration.

Mr. Whitlock was formerly the music manager/supervisor for the Broadway production of Blast!, which won a Tony award and an Emmy award. Mr. Whitlock has been actively involved in the drum corps activity since 1980 and has been in demand as a clinician/program consultant/designer for many corps, including the Blue Stars, Cadets, Carolina Crown, Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Star of Indiana, and the Troopers.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Mark Stone

Hayden, ID

Mark Stone was the director of bands at Ayala High School in Chino Hills, CA for 28 years and has retired from education after 36 years. Mr. Stone received many awards and accolades during his tenure including CVUSD Instrumental Music Mentor Teacher,
Ayala High School 1999 Teacher of the Year and the 2006 Fidelity Investments Inspire The Future Award. He is presently an adjudicator for Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), Bands of America (BOA), Winter
Guard International (WGI) and has judged in Utah, California, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Georgia and Missouri. He has also served on the Executive Board for Western Band
Association (WBA) and San Bernardino County Music Educators Association (SBCMEA) and is a founding member of Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA). Mr. Stone was also an associate director for the BOA Honor Band for the 2017 Rose Parade.

While at Ayala the program enjoyed many successes including; eight-time SCPA World Class Gold Medalists, eleven-time WGI World Class Gold Medalists (concert and marching), nine-time Bands Of America Regional Champion, 2004 & 2013 BOA Grand
National Championship Finalists and three-time WBA Grand Champion.
Mr. Stone lives in Hayden Lake, Idaho with his wife Sheli.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Michael Hensley

Evanston, IL
Performance experience: USC Trojan Marching Band, Riverside Community College Marching Band (as both a musician and colorguard performer), and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.

Teaching and Design experience: Marching Band and Winter Guard Drill. Visual Instructor for several field competition finalists. Choreographer and show design for scholastic groups at various skill levels.

Judging experience includes: SCSBOA, SCJA, WGASC, UWGA, WGAZ, and Solo Drum Major competition.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major

Michael Henson

Mesquite, TX
Michael Henson is a judge, designer, and choreographer currently residing in North Texas. He has designed for, and instructed, marching bands, colorguards, winterguards, and indoor drum lines in Arkansas, Indiana, and North and East Texas. He has also been a recurring judge for the Quad State Marching Festival in Vermillion, South Dakota.

In addition to the marching and pageantry activities, Michael is an active clarinetist and composer. He has been invited as a guest performer, composer, and conductor to the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and has received commissions from the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Butler Symphony Orchestra. He holds a MM in Composition from Butler University and a BM in Composition from Henderson State University.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Michael Leitzke

Brentwood, TN
Mike Leitzke began his percussion career at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and went on to become a member of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps and Rhythm X Indoor percussion ensemble. During his tenure at Rhythm X the group earned their first WGI World Class Championship.

Mike has taught, arranged, and consulted for many high schools and indoor programs across the United States- including several BOA and WGI National finalists. Additionally, Mike served as the front ensemble caption head/arranger for Palmetto Percussion from 2009-2011. During that time the ensemble won the 2010 WGI Open Class World Championship, and made PIW Finals for the first time. Mike also served as a clinician at the GearWORKS series of educational events put on by The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2009 to 2014. Mike was on the percussion faculty of the Colts Drum & Bugle corps for the 2010 season, and was the front ensemble coordinator for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011.

Presently, Mike is an active adjudicator for Drum Corps International and is extremely fortunate to judge across the country in a variety of different circuits during the indoor percussion season. Mike is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc.

Mike earned a degree in GIS/Atmospheric Science from the University of South Carolina and works for the State of Tennessee.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Nate Savalza

New York, NY
A California native, Nate Savalza now calls New York City his home. He is employed in the Hospitality Management field, is an active marching band designer, consultant and works as a show coordinator and adjudicator with USBands.

His performance experience includes both choral and instrumental ensembles. Nate was a member of the 2000 DCI Division II (Open Class) Champions, Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets as well as the 2003 & 2004 DCI Division I (World Class) Seattle Cascades.

Nate has had the privilege of teaching several highly regarded marching arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and was the Visual Caption Head for the 2013 DCA Finalist Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Nate is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a performing member of the Hells Kitchen Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Voices of Gotham and is in the process of becoming a Certified Presentation Judge with the BHS. In his free time he enjoys reading, attending arts events in New York City and is an avid runner and photographer.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major

Nikolas Woods

Norwalk, CA
Nikolas Woods has been a percussionist for over 8 years. Beginning his music career on Piano and Flute at a young age and took on a life of Percussion once he entered high school. Since then he has been studying music composition as well as designing shows and drill for various high schools.

His marching career consists of many indoor drumlines such as Full Force Percussion, Orange County Independent, Dark Sky Percussion as well as marching in Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He directs the percussion ensembles at Santa Fe High School, Willard Intermediate, assists at Santa Ana High School and has worked with the Battery at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Paul Barber

Buena Park, CA
Paul has played the trumpet for over twenty years and in that time has seen his musical talents take him across the United States and even overseas into Hong Kong and China. As an educator he has given masterclasses, taught privately, worked as a section coach, brass caption and music ensemble caption head, visual instructor for individuals and as a caption head, and been a full-time band director for over 6 years. He has had the privilege of conducting elementary, middle and high school Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Indoor Percussion (marching and non-marching). He has also had the opportunity of working with small/chamber string ensembles as well as full symphony orchestras. Mostly recently he added Music Director and Pit Conductor to his resume, working on the musicals Bye, Bye, Birdie and Little Women. He received a BA Music degree from Biola University (07) and a California State teaching credential from California State University Dominguez Hills (11).

As a performer Paul has performed as a member of many small ensembles ranging from solo work to brass quintet to small mixed wind ensembles up to a brass ensemble of 16 members. He has also performed with many large ensembles including jazz bands, concert bands, wind ensembles, symphony orchestras, marching band, and even several concert choirs and small ensemble mens groups. Paul has studied with many fine trumpet teachers over the years, most recently Robert Feller and David Washburn.

Over the last ten years as an adjudicator, Paul has given clinics to individuals, groups of all sizes and instrumentation in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Canada and China. He has provided regular adjudication for the last four years through the Southern California Judging Association circuit in the fall for marching bands and the spring for jazz bands.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Paul McGarr

Brantford, OR
Paul McGarr is currently teaching in Toronto at the prestigious Upper Canada College where he has been the Director of Bands at the Preparatory School since 2007. He is also the Artistic Director for the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band. He has over 20 years of teaching experience throughout southern Ontario from the Director of Jazz Studies and Concert Bands at Torontos Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, Director of the Jazz Program at Westdale Secondary School, and Five years with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, to 15 years as musical director, composer, arranger and consultant to many prominent Drum Corps throughout Ontario.

His Bands have received many accolades and awards at Regional, National, International and World Championship Festivals all over North America, most recently having his Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band receive a Gold medal of distinction on the Musicfest Canada (National Festival) stage in 2008, 2009 and 2011, 2012 and 2013 receiving a Gold medal of distinction with the internationally renowned Heritage Music Festival in 2010, 2011, 2012 with his Concert and Jazz Bands.

His Education consists of Majoring in Jazz Performance studies (trumpet) with a minor in composition at the University of Toronto and an Honours Degree from Mohawk Colleges Applied Music program, including the Gold Medal Award (Mohawk Colleges highest Accolade) and the Dr. Mitminger Award for combining Athletics and Academic Excellence.

Paul is also in high demand as an adjudicator and clinician working all over North America for such sanctions as Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Drum Corps Associates, Fiesta-val and Heritage music Festivals having the pleasure of adjudicating the Drum Corps World Championships and the United States National Championships 14 times in recent years. He is also the former Judge Administrator for the Ontario Drum Corps Association.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Paul Smith

Pottstown, PA
Paul is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he holds a BFA degree in percussion. His marching experience includes high school and college marching bands along with the Bux-Mont Raiders and Crossmen junior drum and bugle corps. He began teaching marching percussion in 1977 and has over 25 years of arranging and teaching a variety of marching and concert percussion ensembles along with several drum and bugle corps. He is a member of the Montgomery County Concert Band and also performs regularly with other ensembles. He began judging in 1983 and continues through today. His judging affiliations include the Cavalcade of Bands, Cavalcade Indoor Drill Association, Mid Atlantic Percussion Society, Indiana Percussion Association, Southern California Percussion Alliance and Drum Corps Associates. Paul works for the JW Pepper Sheet Music Company in Paoli, PA as Vice President of Communications. He is published through both Alfred Publishing and Honeyrock Publishing and resides in Pottstown, Pa. Paul has been the Cavalcade of Bands Judging Coordinator since January of 2010.
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Phil Mortensen

Chino Hills, CA
Phil Mortensen currently serves as the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District in southern California and is the Director of Orchestras at Yorba Linda HS. Previously he was the Director of Instrumental Music at Valencia High School in Placentia where he directed the award winning Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Ensembles.

Mr. Mortensen earned his A.A. degree from El Camino College, a Bachelor of Music degree from Long Beach State, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Cal State Fullerton. Mr. Mortensen is a Past President of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), serves on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization, and is a head judge serving the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association. Mr. Mortensen has judged throughout California, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington State, and in Paris, France.

Mr. Mortensen is an active judge, clinician, & conference presenter and is enjoying his 30th year in Music Education!
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Phillip Haines

Henderson, NV
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Randy Blackburn

Lexington, SC
Randy W. Blackburn - After receiving his degree in Music Education from Memphis State University he went on to become the visual designer and assistant to the band director at Largo High School in Largo, FL from 1983 - 1987. Mr. Blackburn was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 - 82 and after aging out, he took a position on the visual staff with the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 1983 and 1984 and served as its director in 1994. Mr. Blackburn has served as a visual designer and clinician/consultant for many high school bands in the southeastern U.S. Mr. Blackburn has been a visual and musical adjudicator for over 30 years and has judged for Drum Corps South, the Southern States Judges Association, Gulf Coast Color Guard Circuit, the Central States Judges Association, the USBands and the FMBC. Mr. Blackburn is an active color guard judge for the Florida Federation of Judges Association and the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association as well as having served as the North Florida Contest Coordinator for the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit. Mr. Blackburn was most recently the Executive Director for the DCI World Class Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007 - 2011. In 2006 he served as the Visual Caption Head and Designer for Teal.

Randy currently resides in Lexington, SC and is the Night Plant Supervisor at RR Donnelley and Sons.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major

Robert Sullens

Eagle, ID
Percussion-Rob Sullens currently resides in the Houston area and holds the position of Assistant Band Director of Tomball High School in Tomball, Texas acting as the Director of Percussion. Tomball High School is the 2017 WGI Scholastic Concert Open Champions and the 2018 TCGC Scholastic Concert World State Champion. Rob is also a founding member of Monarch Independent percussion ensemble and was the Ensemble Director for the first two years for the group.

Some of Robs past experiences include holding the chair of President for the Northwest Association for Performing Arts (NWAPA) in Beaverton, Oregon. He was the Assistant Band Director at Sprague High School, 5th Grade Beginning Band educator and the General Music Director at Salem Heights Elementary School and was the Director of Percussion for the Sunset High School Band program from 2005 - 2008.

He has had the privilege to work along side a number iconic percussion figures in the WGI, DCI, and BOA activities. Some of these people include, Thom Hannum, Mike Stevens, Murray Gusseck, Jeff Queen, and Ray Ulibarri. He also assisted Bill Register with Fort Mill High School percussion program from 2005 - 2007. The Fort Mill Percussion Ensemble was the 2005 Winter Guard International Percussion Scholastic Concert World Class Gold Medalist and a 2006 WGI Scholastic A Class Finalist.

Earlier in his career Mr. Sullens was the Director of Percussion for the Tarpon Springs High School Band program from 1995 - 2000. Tarpon Springs has been a consistent Bands of America Grand National Finalist and the AA class champion for the past 14 years. Other experiences include marching with the Spirit of Atlanta and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.

Currently he holds a Music Education degree from University of South Carolina from Columbia, South Carolina. While attending the university he was the Percussion Coordinator for the USC Marching Band and the Percussion Caption Head for Lexington High School Bands,
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Ron Ryles

Cumming, GA
Mr. Ron Ryles, a highly sought after drill designer, clinician and adjudicator, has worked
with several performing ensembles throughout the United States over the past 25 years. His adjudication memberships include Drum Corps International, the North Carolina Bandmasters, the United States Scholastic Band Association (PA), the Carolina Indoor Judging Association (SC), the Atlantic Indoor Association (NC), the Gulf Coast Judging Association (FL), and the Winter Guard Arizona Judging Association.

Under Mr. Ryles assistance, many groups have gone on to generate history within their respected organization. The list of programs include Wake Forest University, Western Carolina University, University of Memphis, Middle Georgia College, the Blue Stars (WI), the Colts (IA), the Americanos (WI), Memphis Sound (TN) and several high schools throughout the country. Additionally, Mr. Ryles has served as a member of the administration team of the 10 time DCI World Champions, the Cadets. He is a former member of the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was part of the 1992 DCI Division II World Champions, before becoming drum major in 1994.

He and his wife Sharon Ryles are the co-founders of Beyond the Downbeat, a company dedicated to providing services to all programs in pageantry arts education, for more information please visit, www.BeyondTheDownbeat.com. Mr. Ryles is a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in 19 states. He is currently an MLO for Homestar Financial Corporation, Atlanta, Ga.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major

Sean Gordon

Chino Hills, CA
Sean Gordon has been teaching and designing percussion programs in Southern California for 8 years, working with such programs as Ayala High School, and Cypress High School. He has had the opportunity to adjudicate performances at the LAUSD Beyond the Bell Championships for two years, as well as various PAS percussion festivals.
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Stephen Alia

Davenport, FL
Stephen Alia is proud to serve as an adjudicator for E-Adjudicate and offer his expertise to this exciting new endeavor.

Stephen is a professional visual designer for the marching arts. As the owner of Stephen Alia Visual Design, LLC, his active visual design clientele includes college and high school bands from Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. In addition, he is a member of the design and instructional staff for the Medellin Gran Banda from Medellin, Columbia.

Stephen Alia is the Program Coordinator and Visual Designer for the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Under his artistic direction, Legends has been named a Drum Corps International Open Class Finalist each year and the 2012 DCI Open Class Most Improved corps.

Stephen was a public school band director in central Florida for the seventeen years. Most recently, he served as the Director of Bands at Jere L. Stambaugh, Sr. Middle School in Auburndale, Florida, directing the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Beginning Bands, and the three-time State Champion Stambaugh Color Guard. In addition, Stephen is a member of the music education faculty of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.

Stephen was the Frostproof Middle-Senior High School Teacher of the Year in 2005 and has been listed in Whos Who of American Teachers twice.

Stephen earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida, where he studied trumpet with Lyman Brodie and John Almeida. He performed as a member of the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps.

Stephen judges marching band as a member of the Central States Judges Association and indoor guard and percussion with the Florida Federation Judges Association. His professional affiliations include MENC, FMEA, FBA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He enjoys his busy life with his beautiful wife Aleah.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major

Stephen Cross

Plymouth, MI
Stephen Cross began his love of music through many of his teachers at the School for Visual and Performing Arts at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland where he grew up.
After high school, he was honored to be a member of the 1993 Drum Corps International World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Cross received his degrees from Ball State University (Bachelor of Science - Music Education), Central Michigan University (Master of Music in Performance - Conducting), and Eastern Michigan University (Master of Arts in School Administration). During his career, Mr. Cross has had the opportunity to teach music at schools in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri, as well as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Northern Aurora Drum and Bugle Corps, and Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. His ensembles have received high acclaim from adjudicators all over Michigan as well as performances in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. Mr. Cross has had a distinguished career with such awards as a NARAS/Grammy Award Signature School Nomination, four State-level runner-up marching band finishes, five State Champion Winter Percussion titles, several WGI World finalist placements in Winter Percussion and Color Guard, as well as Reserve Champion in AA for the Bands of America Grand National Marching Band Championships. Mr. Cross is an active clinician and adjudicator in the areas of marching band, concert band, and solo and ensemble festivals, and is a member of the Central States Judges Association, as well as Michigan Competing Bands Association and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. Mr. Cross currently resides in Plymouth, Michigan with his wife Jennifer, daughter Keira, son Aaric, and their cat Maestro.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Stuart Pompel

Placentia, CA
Stuart has 25 years of experience as an educator, arranger, judge and clinician. He directed the percussion program at Diamond Bar High School from 1987 to 2003, and was percussion caption head at Pacific Crest from 1993 through 1999. He continued to arrange and teach the corps front ensemble through 2008.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, he helped lead and manage the field percussion adjudication training for SCSBOA.

Stuart is the Executive Director at Pacific Crest.


Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Tim Niebergall

Vienna, VA
Mr. Niebergall attended Tennessee Technological University (TN) where he was awarded a scholarship to study Music Composition with the award-winning composer, Robert Jager. He then transferred to James Madison University (VA) where he earned a Cum Laude Bachelors Degree in Music Performance (Theory & Composition). Mr. Niebergall obtained his Music Education certification from George Mason University (VA).

Mr. Niebergall taught for twenty years for the Arlington County (Virginia) Public Schools. As Director of Bands his ensembles consistently earned excellent and superior ratings at competitions and festivals. His ensembles have performed in Europe, Canada, as well as in eleven states and the District of Columbia. His students regularly place within all-district, all-state and other honor bands as well numerous participants in solo and ensemble festivals. A number of his students have gone on to professional careers in music. In 2004 he accepted the Director of Bands position at Potomac Falls High School, in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Mr. Niebergall is a member of NEA, VEA, LEA, MENC, NBA, VMEA, and VBODA. In 2018 he was nominated to Phi Beta Mu Honor Society for Band Directors. In 2019 his band was invited to perform at the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.

Mr. Niebergall retired from teaching in 2020 after 36 years of teaching. Currently he maintains active as a clinician, adjudicator, music theory tutor, composer, and arranger.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble

Tim Pierce

Memphis, TN
Tim Pierce has a broad range of experience in design for the visual and performing arts. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Mississippi College. He is a former marching member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional career began as a band and choir director in Mississippi and has continued as teacher, consultant and/or adjudicator in twenty-two states. He has judged for Bands of America, The Gulf Coast Judges Association, The New York Federation of Judges and worked thirteen years for Winter Guard International. He has adjudicated show choir, church choir, cheer and dance at the state and regional level since 1979.
Mr. Pierce is the owner of Signature Designs, Inc. He has designed for programs in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Kentucky. During this time his groups have accumulated twelve state titles, finals placement in BOA regional championships, twelve state indoor color guard titles as well as finals placement in WGI regional and World Championships. Mr. Pierce was program co- ordinator for The Mississippi Lions All-State Marching Band in 2001 and 2002 as well as The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band in 2010 and 2011. He has designed for bands appearing in both The Macys Parade and The Rose Parade. Mr. Pierce has served as Program Consultant for Music City Drum Corps, Visual Co-ordinator for The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and Program Co-ordinator for WGI Independent World Class finalist Cypress Independent Color Guard.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major

Troy Bennefield

Pullman, WA
Hold DMA in Conducting and MM in Percussion from U. of Oklahoma and BSE in Music Education from U. of Alabama.

Judged numerous concert band, marching band, indoor drumline, and solo & ensemble contests in the southeast, southwest, northwest, as well as nationally through USBands. Certified to judge concert bands through 6A in Oregon. Presented or conducted clinics, honor bands, and masterclasses in band and percussion in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and in Vietnam.

Currently Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Washington State University. I was previously the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the U. of Houston for 2 years directing the 290-member marching band and, coordinating all basketball and volleyball band activities, conducting with all four concert bands, teaching instrument methods and conducting courses, and observing student teachers.

Prior to this appointment, served as a Doctoral Conducting Associate at Oklahoma conducting with all three large ensembles, the chamber winds, assisting with all athletic bands, and arranged music and designed drill for the marching band.

From 2004 to 2009, served as Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Coordinator at Alpharetta High School in suburban Atlanta and was honored as the 2007 Alpharetta High School Teacher of the Year. During this time, taught 6th place WGI world-class independent percussion group and DCI front ensemble for 2 years.

During MM study, served as a percussion graduate assistant teaching percussion methods courses, applied lessons, and the undergraduate percussion ensemble and taught and arranged percussion for the marching band.

Performed in DCI and professionally as timpanist and percussionist.

Member of WMEA, OBDA, CBDNA, , PASIC, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary), Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), and the Percussive Arts Society.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

Tyler Dingus

Canton, OH
I am the head director of the Pioneer Regiment based in Canton, Ohio.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major

Vanessa Spykerman

Las Vegas, NV
I have both a bachelors and masters degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I have been an elementary general music teacher for 5 years and a woodwind tech on and off for high schools in the Clark County School District since 2005. I have experience as a marching band and concert band participant in junior high and high school myself and continued participating as a musician and section leader through college from 1995-2008. I have quite a bit of judging experience in elementary and have experienced many opportunities listening and observing marching band judges in my career. I am very capable of giving excellent feedback and have both a well developed relative pitch and a trained eye regarding technique and formation. I also have a great deal of practice and experience in dance, choir and show choir as I performed in show choir myself along with conducting my own extra curricular choir through the Clark County School District.
In addition I am currently a private lesson instructor on most wind instruments and have students audition for honor band, solo and ensemble, and all-state. Lastly, I performed in the Rose Parade with the Pasadena City College Honor Band three consecutive years.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Solo
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble
Instrumental Music: Winter Percussion: Soloist

wayne dillon

Roselle, NJ
Wayne Dillon holds a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami. He is currently the Director of Bands at Elizabeth HS in NJ. Wayne is a current adjudicator for BOA, DCI and WGI (winds). He has judged the championships for all three organizations, and is currently a music judge liason for DCI.
Instrumental Music: Marching Band: Conducting Drum Major
Instrumental Music: Parade: Drum major
Instrumental Music: Concert: Small Ensemble




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