Judges

We have 3 judges available for USBands and directors.

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
USBands: Band: Ensemble Music Brass
USBands: Band: Marching Mixed Ensemble Music
USBands: Band: Standstill Winds Music

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
USBands: Band: Creative Class Effect

Marc Sylvester

Brooklyn, NY
Pageantry Faounder
USBands: Band: D4 MB Visual
USBands: Band: Ensemble Visual WW
USBands: Band: Ensemble Visual Brass
USBands: Band: Ensemble Visual Perc
USBands: Band: Marching Mixed Ensemble Visual




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