Judges

We have 9 judges available for ABODA and directors.

Aaron Noe

Hillsborough, NC
Conductor & Educator

Aaron Noe is the conductor and Artistic Director of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony (MAWS), an invitational wind orchestra comprised of professional musicians from the mid-Atlantic region volunteering their time to promote wind band literature.

Aaron Noe has performed through out the Mid-Atlantic Region in some of the top venues and festivals. He has appeared leading his own group the Aaron Noe Jazz Orchestra as well as performing with such artists and groups as James Moody, Eric Marienthal, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and The Okayssions.

Aaron Noe also serves as Director of Bands at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC.
ABODA: Band: 0408 Jazz Ensemble 1 judge
ABODA: Band: 0408 Jazz Ensemble 3 judges

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.
ABODA: Band: 0408 Jazz Ensemble 3 judges

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,
ABODA: Band: 0408 Concert Band 1 judge
ABODA: Band: 0408 Concert Band 3 judges
ABODA: Band: 0408 Orch or Guitar 3 judges

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
ABODA: Band: 0408 Concert Solo duet
ABODA: Band: 0408 Concert Band 3 judges

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.
ABODA: Band: 0408 Orch or Guitar 1 judge
ABODA: Band: 0408 Orch or Guitar 3 judges

Mark McGahey

Keller, TX
Mark McGahey has been a successful band director for 33 years. Mark is very qualified as a concert band judge/clinician, marching band and drum corps adjudicator. Affiliations include Texas Music Adjudicators Association Past President, UIL, Bands of America, Drum Corps International.

Marks ensembles have been named a Sudler Shield of Excellence recipient, 2015 BOA Grand National Championship Finalist, and featured group at the 2018 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2021, Mark will conduct the Keller HS Wind Ensemble at the 75th Anniversary of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
ABODA: Band: 0408 Concert Band 3 judges

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.
ABODA: Band: 0408 Jazz Solo Duet
ABODA: Band: 0408 Jazz Ensemble 3 judges

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!
ABODA: Band: 0408 Orch or Guitar SoloDuet
ABODA: Band: 0408 Orch or Guitar 3 judges

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.
ABODA: Band: 0408 Jazz Ensemble 3 judges




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