Judges

We have 27 judges available for Choir and directors.

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
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Brendan Jennings

North Hollywood, CA
Brendan Jennings is the Director of Vocal Music at John Burroughs High School. He heads a nationally acclaimed music program that features seven highly accomplished performing ensembles, a cutting edge technical theater program and nearly 300 students. Powerhouse, the elite level choir at Burroughs, has performed in every corner of the United States winning numerous local and national grand championships including the FAME Show Choir National Championships in 2009 and 2013. Sound Sensations, the advanced womens choir at Burroughs, has been named Grand Champions 17 times in the past four years, including the national championships in 2013.

Under the direction of Mr. Jennings, the Burroughs choirs have made many appearances on national television including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing with the Stars and a piece on the CBS Evening News. Powerhouse has also taken two international tours and performed opposite artists such as Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Harry Connick Jr., Adam Levine, Darren Criss and the cast of Glee.

Brendan is a sought after musical director, clinician and vocal teacher. He received two Bachelors degrees and a teaching credential from the University of Southern Californias Thornton School of Music and is currently studying with Don Brinegar in the MMCC program at CSU Los Angeles.
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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.
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Charles Brown

Austin, TX
A transplant to Austin, Texas, Charles Brown hails from the Southern California area. Starting out as a saxophone player in his high school marching band, he was cut the second week of band camp. His band director told him that he would never make it in the marching band world; that he should try the guard thing - a quote that he later regrets in saying.

A trained dancer, he was quickly spotted by the color guard instructor at his high school and earned a spot in the rifle line.

He went on to march with the 1988 DCI World Champions, the Madison Scouts. Having also performed with the L.A. Motion Winter Guard and the Kingsmen Winter Guard, he gained a strong appreciation for the pageantry arts.

No stranger to some of southern Californias finest music programs, Charles has taught at Etiwanda High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School, John W. North High School, Valley View High School and Palm Desert High School, just to name a few.

He serves as an adjudicator for Winter Guard International, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Winter Guard Association of Southern California and he serves as the Judges Administrator for the Texas Color Guard Circuit Judges Association and the North Texas Color Guard Association. He also is an invited guest to many other band and winter guard contests across the country.

Charles also has found his way into the regional theatre scene having served in the staring role as Smudge in the holiday classic, Plaid Tidings at the Zachary Scott Theatre in Austin, Texas and is currently working toward his SAG membership.Also to his stage credits was a one year run with the Comedy Troupe Esthers Follies, which earned him an IDA B. PAYNE AWARD for Best Male Comedy Performance. He has signed with Collier Talent Agency in Austin to further his career.

In 2002-2003, he was the Season 5 all time winner on Hollywood Squares and had a respectable showing in the Game Shows Tournament of Champions earning
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Christine DeMore

North Hollywood, CA
Christine DeMore is currently the Vocal Music Director at Jordan Middle School in Burbank where she has five award winning choirs and over 300 students in the program every year. She is an adjudicator for the Southern California Vocal Association and is a guest conductor and clinician for concert and show choirs throughout Southern California.

In the past she served on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA as vocal coach and music director in the theater school.

Christine currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Masters of Art in Teaching Program at the University of Southern California.

In 2008 she was awarded the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year Award.

She is this years recipient of the NAfME/MENC Outstanding Educator Award for the Southern Section of California.

She is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University.

Christine and her husband David, have two children and three grandchildren.
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Craig Engstrom

Fort Atkinson, WI
Vocal Music Education Grades 9-12; 1988-Present.

Vocal Music Education Grades 6-8; 1988-1990

Vocal Music Education Grades 1-5; 1991-1993

Vocal Music Education (Show Choir); 1988-present.

Competitive show choir from 1994-present.

I have experience in concert choir, solo/ensemble, and show choir adjudicating.

My experience includes:
-Show Choir Camp Director: Shell Lake Arts Center, Shell Lake, WI

-Show Choir Clinician at various schools throughout the Midwest.

-Solo/ensemble adjudicating for students in Wisconsin.

-Show Choir Judge for various show choir competitions in the Midwest.


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Damon Brown

Carmel, IN
Choreographer, show editor and songwriter since 1982. Over 250 Grand Champions and 350 Best Choreography awards. Frequent judge with FAME Events, co-founder of Paper Jukebox Publishing, and many original songs available at custom arrangements.net. God bless
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Daniel Bircher

Brenham, TX
Mr. Bircher holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Yale University and performs as a concert soloist, recording artist and in opera performances. He can also be seen stage directing operas and conducting choirs at the collegiate level. Previously, Mr. Bircher has adjudicated for TMEA and private events and has experience in standard choral repertoire, show choir, vocal jazz and madrigal ensembles.
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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
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David Legg

San Diego, CA
David Legg holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from Liberty University as well as a Masters of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from New York University. David taught in the public school system for eleven years where his choirs won numerous awards on both the state and national level. During his time as an educator Mr. Legg instructed at the secondary and collegiate levels, received several honors for excellence in teaching and was the chairman of the West Virginia Music Educators State Show Choir Festival. He currently works as a music director, composer, arranger, choreographer, show consultant and choral clinician.
While at New York University David worked with a variety of professionals from the Broadway community and had the unique opportunity to perform in events at Carnegie Hall and in a ceremony honoring Steven Spielberg and Robert DiNero. Some other performing credits include: My Fair Lady; Mame; Fiddler on the Roof; Starting Here,Starting Now; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; and a concert version
of South Pacific with Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Mr. Legg has acted as the music director for productions presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Liberty University, Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment, Alluvion Stage Company and Norwegian Cruise Lines, as well as, composing the music for three original musicals performed in university and professional theaters.
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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.
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Dennis Pitcock

Brownsville, TX
Dennis N. Pitcock, a native of Illinois, received a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also completed extensive coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Before moving to Texas, Mr. Pitcock was a member of the voice faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has held choir director positions in Edinburg, Mission, San Antonio and Brownsville, Texas. Locally, he was the head choir director at Hanna High School from 1995 to January 2007, when he was promoted to Supervisor of Choral Music for the Brownsville ISD. He is the founder and artistic director of Notevole Singers, a semi-professional choral ensemble comprised of local singers. Choirs under his direction have performed at the Texas Music Educators Association all-state convention, served as demonstration choirs for the world-renowned Kings Singers and for the national American Choral Directors Association conductors competition. Professional affiliations include TMEA, TMAA, ACDA, TCDA, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He has served as a clinician in Texas and the Midwest and continues to adjudicate choirs throughout the state for UIL.
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Ellen Skinner-Bowen

Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Retired after 40 years of teaching high school and Community College. Presently Executive Director of Metropolitan Academy of Performing Arts a non profit featuring Voice Lessons, Swing Dance, Full Musicals, Show and Classical Choirs. My groups performed with Detroit Symphony from 1994-present in their Pops Series. I directed 4 Showstopper National Championship Show choirs and hosted 6 Showstopper competitions. I am a adjudicator for Michigan School Vocal Association in classical music both large choir and small ensemble as well as solo and sight reading. I also judge for the Michigan Thespian Festival for Music Theatre Singers. My musicals were featured on Main Stage at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska. Classically my ensembles were State Finalists 15 different times and my soloist were in the top ten of the state of Michigan 20+ times. Presently I have a studio of 27 private voice students of whom 2 were finalists in the Music Theatre division at Boston in the Nationals Teachers of Singing festival this spring of 2013. My groups were featured at the ACDA conventions, MMEA Conventions, and MSVMA conventions. My philosophy has always been you can do it all with one choir, pop; classical; music theater; and vocal jazz. My degrees are BM Voice and Cello performance, MS Education, MM in Conducting, and special certificate in Music Technology from UMichigan. I also have judged ISMA show choir competitions in Indiana. I judged the State Championship in West Virginia, and have also judged showchoir in Ohio. I have directed College and Equity music theater productions, and conducted at Orchestra Hall the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
My alumni: Alex Koch Junior in Under the Dome: Celia Keenan-Bolger twice Tony nominated 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly); Andrew Keenan-Bolger Cruchie in Newies NYC; Matt Letcher TV and Movie Star; Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) General Hosp
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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.
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Glenn Pickett

Corona, CA
Dr. Glenn A. Pickett believes that music is communication and he thoroughly enjoys helping all kinds of musical organizations improve their ability to communicate with their audiences. He holds the DMA degree from the Claremont Graduate University in Composition, MM from Azusa Pacific University in Conducting and a BA in Piano from the California State University at Northridge. Having completed 25 years of service to the church in 2008, he is now teaching Music Cmposition and History at California Baptist University in Riverside. Dr. Pickett is a published composer with the Alfred, Fred Bock. Hal Leonard Music and Lorenz Companies. He married Julie Urbanovich in 1986, they have three grown children. Visit his website at www.GlennPickett.com
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J Kevin Butler

Columbus, IN
J. Kevin Butler, a graduate of Indiana University, is a highly respected clinician, adjudicator and choral director from the state of Indiana. He has served as Associate Director of the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers, Musical Director for the Chicago Childrens Choir, Artistic Director for the Indianapolis Mens Chorus and choral director at numerous high schools in Indiana. Mr. Butler has served on the staffs of many summer music camps including the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic, Indiana State University Show Choir Workshop, Macomb Show Choir Workshop, Brightleaf Music Workshop and the internationally known, Show Choir Camps of America. Mr. Butler is an active soloist and musical theatre performer including roles in musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Annie and 1776. He is the author of a manuscript on the history of the American Musical Theatre and a show choir production manual. He currently performs, writes and directs for Golden Ticket Productions and is the musical director of the Chancel Ringers of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, IN.
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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.
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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.
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Kye Brackett

Las Vegas, NV
KYE BRACKETT is currently a featured vocalist and staging director for Barry Manilow and has been touring nationally and internationally with him as well as doing a 7-year residency at both The Hilton and Paris hotels in Las Vegas. Kye is a multi-faceted artist, known for his roles in Broadway and L.A. productions of RENT, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (for which he garnered an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor), DREAMGIRLS and Duke Ellingtons SOPHISTICATED LADIES.

He is also an inspiring teacher and clinician for various national vocal and dance camps and competitions such as Show Choir Camps of America and Dance Excellence of Los Angeles.
He also starred in and choreographed the world premiere musical, COULD IT BE MAGIC, for which he received a Jeff Award nomination for Best Choreography and has written and produced an urban opera, called THE FAMILY, which is in repertoire for The Silence Is Broken Concert Series (www.thesilenceisbroken.com)


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Lois Landrum

Plano, TX
Lois Landrum received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Baylor University, where she studied with Carolyn Backus. She also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing a Master of Music Degree and studied with Jack Coldiron. She has performed in many venues, including musical theatre, oratorio, cantatas and solo recitals. She has held various positions in churches throughout Texas. Lois is married and has 5 grown children. She has been teaching for more than 30 years and has many former students who have gone on to major colleges and universities to major in music. Most have received scholarships. She has former students, who are currently singing professionally all over the country and indeed, the world. Her students consistently receive the highest ratings at competitions, festivals and All-State Choir. She has had many high school students through the years, who have been selected to the OAKE National Choir. She is a frequent adjudicator. Lois is a member of several professional organizations, including Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Dallas Music Teachers Association and Texas Music Teachers Association, where she served as the State Vocal Chair from 2007-2011. She has served on the NATS Texoma Region Board of Control, as the Independent Teacher Liaison.
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Mike Weaver

Chicago, IL
Mike Weaver is an author and award-winning director/choreographer based in Chicago.

He works widely in both conceptual and technical development with a variety of projects ranging from concerts and special events to theatrical and themed productions. Credits include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Marine World Africa USA, Warner Bros and Hal Leonard Publishing, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. As a clinician, Mike has served as adjunct faculty with several American universities and taught at numerous performing arts camps, including Show Choir Camps of America.

With his company MWDesign, Mike regularly collaborates with some of the countrys most noted high school music departments, staging
concerts and theatrical projects. His work has garnered awards for best directing, choreography, lighting, set, and show design. Mikes 2007 directing of Guys and Dolls was selected by USA Today and USA Weekend Magazine as one of the countrys top high school musical productions.

Mike continues to receive accolades for his ongoing innovations in the field of show choir. As an adjudicator, he has served as a judged and/or clinician for numerous regional and national venues including the Fame Show Choir National Championship Series in New York, Chicago Branson and Orlando, and Show Choir Canada in Toronto. He is co-author of the definitive and internationally acclaimed book -- Sweat, Tears and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee.

Spring 2013 will mark Mikes third appearance as a presenter for the American Choral Directors National Conference. In 2014, he will serve as a presenter and concert coordinator for the Southeastern ACDA Regional Convention featuring The New York Voices.

Mike is a graduate of Millikin Universitys School of Music (BM Jazz Piano and Commercial Music) and Columbia College Chicagos School of Film and Media Arts (MFA Film Directing).
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Patricia Johnson

Richardson, TX
Masters in music Ed
Masters in vocal performance
30 + yrs. experience as a school music director
Teaching experience in all grades,
Elem, middle school, and high school.
Experienced pianist and accompanist.
Lives in Dallas, TX
Married with 3 grown children
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Phil Wolcott

Dallas, TX
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Mr. Wolcott received a Bachelors of Music degree in Voice and Music Theater from the University of Texas at Arlington where he appeared in several productions such has Puccinis Gianni Schiccchi (Gianni Schicchi); Rodgers and Hammersteins Oklahoma (Judd Fry) and South Pacific (Emile de Beque) and as Tevey in Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

Professional credits include the Fort Worth Opera; Cincinnati Opera and Shreveport Opera Companys and many local area concerts.

Through the years Mr. Wolcott has studied with Carlo Miestrini, Artistic Director, La Scala Opera, Milan, Italy. Mr. Reid Bunger, Principal Bass Baritone, Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria and Ms. Jing Ling-Tam, Professor of Music, UT Arlington and world renown clinician.

Mr. Wolcott was part of the Arlington Music Educators Program for the Arlington ISD where he taught private voice at James Bowie High School. He has worked closely with the Music Faculty at Grapevine High School and in support of their program has written curriculum for the Music History program. Beginning with the 2010 school year, Mr. Wolcott as been involved with the Plano ISD as a contract voice instructor working closely with Choral Directors and students to achieve their goals.
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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.
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Storm Ziegler

Cedar Rapids, IA
Storm Ziegler is the Director of Choral Activities and Chairman of the Performing Arts Department at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he has been on the music faculty since 1996. He serves as the director of Happiness, Inc. Show Ensemble, Kennedys premiere show choir, the Kennedy Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, in addition to teaching other choruses and music theory students. During his tenure at Kennedy, the music department was awarded the Grammy Signature School Award for being one of the top 50 high school music programs in America. Kennedys show choirs are perennial finalists at competitions throughout the country and have won several Grand Champion, Best Choreography and Best Vocals honors during his tenure. Under his direction, Happiness was voted by readers of PARADE Magazine as Americas Favorite Show Choir and also won the prestigious Grand Champion honors at Show Choir Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee. The Kennedy Select Womens Choir has been selected to appear at the 2014 NCACDA Divisional Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mr. Ziegler received degrees in Vocal Performance and Secondary Choral Music Education from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. He has served as the Director of the Cornell College Chamber Singers and performed with them during their spring tour of Italy. He was the co-founder of the Cornell College Womens Choir, has served on the board and as assistant director of Chorale Midwest in Cedar Rapids, and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country. Mr. Ziegler has also served as an adjunct faculty member of Coe College in the Music Education Department. He also holds a Masters degree in Accounting and Financial Management and gives presentations to future music teachers on the financial aspects of school music programs and has served as treasurer of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. His wife Kathleen and 7 year-old son Aidan are the joys of his
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Valerie Mack

El Dorado, KS
Valerie Lippoldt Mack, music chair and dance instructor at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, has gained experience and recognition as a music educator and professional choreographer throughout the United States. Her choreography has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Disney World, national ACDA and MENC conventions, the Miss America stage and various show choir competitions. Valerie has four top-selling books with Shawnee Press and Hal Leonard: Putting the SHOW in CHOIR!, IceBreakers I and II, and Olympic Games for the Music Classroom. Valerie teaches at the Kansas Dance Academy and directs the Risen Savior Lutheran Church Choir. Since 1993, Valerie and her husband have run the Butler Showchoir Showcase. At Butler Valerie co-directs the 120-voice Concert Choir, the Butler Headliners and the Smorgaschords barbershop quartet. The Headliners were one of four finalists for the TODAYS Show Show Choir Showdown and performed for more than 8.5 million viewers. She and Tom are proud parents to Stevie and Zane and enjoy various family activities.
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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.
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