Judges

We have 25 judges available for Dance and directors.

Activate Arroyo

Los angeles, CA
Judge for the following circuits:
Miss Dance Drill Team USA Nationals & Pageant
California Assoc. Dance/Drill Team Directors
Showstopper

I am a former dancer/choreographer with experience as a judge for all age divisions in all genres of dance (BFA in dance and MFA in arts education). Very comfortable as an adjudicator for school teams, private dance studios, etc.
Dance: Solo: Individual
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Allison Havemann

Jackson, NJ
25 years color guard experience. Have taught award winning outdoor and indoor guards of all sizes across the east coast. Performance experience for 15 years within the WGI and DCI circuits. Certified equipment and auxiliary judge for TOB and TIA. B.A. And M.A. from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. Alumni of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
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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 Clayton

Portland, OR
Christine Clayton recently moved to Clearwater, FL after stints in Portland OR, Nashville TN, and Southern California. She spent her college years as a color guard performer with the University of Southern California and the Sacramento Freelancers Drum and Bugle Corps, then spent 15 years teaching high school and college color guard in the Los Angeles area including Granada Hills Charter High School and USC. After moving to Nashville in 2005 her primary pageantry focus moved to judging while still keeping her hand in instructing as a clinician and writer for groups in Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Oregon.

During the fall Christine is a Visual judge for marching band circuits across the country and in the winter adjudicates movement and visual for guard and percussion respectively. In the past Christine has served as the Director of Education for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California, the Judges Liaison for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit and the Movement Caption Manager for WGI. She currently holds the positions of Judges Liaison for the NWAPA, Judges Coordinator for CWEA and Judges Education Director for the Florida Federation of Judges Association.

Christine holds her B.S. in Business Management and her MBA in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix and in all her spare time is the Manager of Medicaid Credentialing Operations for Aetna Health Care.
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Courtney Allison

Rhome, TX
Courtney Allison (Mills) has been involved with the pageantry arts since 1992 as a performer (Seminole High School, The Company, and Carolina Crown), as an educator ( Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Richland High School, and L.D. Bell), and as an adjudicator (CWEA, AIA, TCGC). Courtney has a degree in Dance Performance from Texas Womans University and is beginning her MFA in Choreography and Pedagogy, August 2013 from TWU as well. While Mrs. Allison has remained stedfast to her pageantry roots, she is very much accustomed to the world of competitive dance and performing arts in general.
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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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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).
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Deena Fornelli

Lake Forest, CA
Professional adjudicator for 12 years specializing in most areas of dance: jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, hiphop, military, novelty, kick,etc - professional dancer trained under kerri la grand of inspirations performing arts center, and mark Haines of dance tremane-
Dance: Solo: Individual
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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.
Dance: Solo: Individual
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Hieu Nguyen

Brookline, MA

Hieu Nguyen is originally from Danbury, CT. He first became involved in the marching arts as a tenor saxophone player in his high school marching band. From there, he began in the colorguard activity by joining his high school winter guard and found a great love for the activity which continues till this day. Since then, Hieu has performed with many successful groups including: Alter Ego, St. Johns of Beverly, and St. Anns World Winterguards. He has also performed in DCI with the Cadets in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

Hieu began his extensive movement training at Boston University where he was a member of the dance theatre group. He focused his training in ballet, modern, and hip hop movement. During law school, he expanded his training to contemporary movement and earned a position in the Anna Myer contemporary dance company from Cambridge, MA where he performed professionally for several years.

Hieu has shared his passion in the activity by teaching and choreographing for several successful units. He has been on staff at Bethel High School for several years before taking on the role of Director and choreographer of the award winning and WGI finalist Bethel Independent Winterguard in 2008. Hieu was the choreographer and a show designer for the University of Delawares Winterguard program Delazure in 2009 and 2010. Currently, Hieu is on staff at Shenendehowa High School as a choreographer where he has been since 2009.

Hieu began adjudicating in 2006. He is thrilled to be adjudicating for WGI and hopes to be a part of the activity for many years to come. Outside of the activity, Hieu is an Attorney running his own law practice in Boston, MA specializing in family law and domestic violence prevention. Hieu is also an avid runner and is a proud finisher of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Boston Marathons for team Boston Arts Academy raising over $14,000 for Arts based education. In 2013, Hieu completed the NYC Marathon raising over $2,000 for the WGI Scholarship fund.
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Jennifer Hinshaw

Danville, IN
A native of Virginia, Jennifer House Hinshaw has been immersed in dance since the age of four. Childhood ballet, jazz, tap, and baton classes cultivated a love for dance that became Jennifers life work. In May of 2003, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, she had the privilege of studying under amazing choreographers and educators such as B.J. Sullivan, Sue Stinson, Jan Van Dyke, Gerri Houlighan, and Jill Green.

A native of Virginia, Jennifer House Hinshaw has been immersed in dance since the age of four. Childhood ballet, jazz, tap, and baton classes cultivated a love for dance that became Jennifers life work. In May of 2003, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, she had the privilege of studying under amazing choreographers and educators such as B.J. Sullivan, Sue Stinson, Jan Van Dyke, Gerri Houlighan, and Jill Green.

Since attaining her Dance Education degree, Jennifer has worked diligently to pass on her passion for dancing. From 2003 to 2006, Jennifer was the Founder and Director of the Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Dance Department in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Currently, Jennifer is the Founder and Director of the Avon High School Dance Department in Avon, Indiana and the director of the Avon Gold Dance Teams. In 2008, she became the first ever state-certified Dance Educator in Indiana. Many of Jennifers students have taken their desire to dance beyond high school, where they have studied around the country. Also, some of Jennifers students have been performers for Cirque de Soleil, Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, Bring It On the Musical, Motown the Musical and a variety of Disney productions.

Jennifer has been involved in the color guard activity since 1995. Her first opportunities to perform were with the Fieldale-Collinsville Color Guard under the direc
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KIMANI WILLIAMS

WEST COVINA, CA
OUTSIDE THE BOX

KIMANI began his career attending the University of California-Berkeley majoring in Mass communications and dance. At the same time he was a marching colorguard member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps both winter and summer guards from the years of 1997-2000. In his younger years he accomplishments encompass being a California State Gymnast and All-American track n field star. KIMANI also attended Mt. San Antonio College and the University of Phoenix majoring in Business Management with an emphasis in Real Estate. KIMANIs personal credits as a professional performer includes DISNEY, MTV, WAYNE FOSTER ENTERTAINMENT, THE KEY CLUB HOLLYWOOD, DANCE SYMPOSIUM HOLLYWOOD, CORPSIMPACT, BD ENTERTAINMENT and many others. KIMANI has performances also includes numbers such as, ALL THAT JAZZ, Chicago, THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE by Prince at the Dance Symposium, WILLY WONKAS IMAGINATION-Key Club and countless others.

KIMANI has worked and trained with such great designers and choreographers such as Travis Payne, Darrien Henning, Eric Ellis, Rebecca Newport, Malaya, N and T, Jason Wright,Dave Scott, Stanely Knaub,Thom Vindiola, Allen Dekko, Scott Chandler, Jay Murphy, TJ Doucette, Lee Martino, Kari Jensen, Michael Rosales, Vonda Fischer and many others.

KIMANI has designed and choreographed shows for many high schools within the Los Angeles area as well as outside the California border.
Dance: Solo: Individual
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Kristen Tett

Yorba Linda, CA
Kristen Tett was a studio student and competitor for over 15 years. Her primary judging experience lies in the CADTD circuit where she has been judging for 6 years. She has also judged for Miss Dance/Drill Team California and serves as a CADTD Officer
Dance: Solo: Individual
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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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Lorraine Kohagen

Santa Clarita, CA
Lorraine Kohagen has been an Adjudicator for over 15 years, and is currently judging for SCSBOA, UMEA, WGASC, and UWGA. She also travels to Oregon, Missouri, Nevada, and Texas to judge marching band and winter guard contests. Lorraine lives in Santa Clarita, California with her husband Kevin, who plays tuba, and son Dylan, who plays mellophone and French horn.

Lorraine has been instructing the color guard at Valencia High School since 2008. Since Lorraine began at Valencia, the program has been quite successful, winning several sweepstakes and first place trophies, in addition to four consecutive medals at SCSBOA Championships and the Gold Medal at the 2016 WGASC Championships.

Prior to her position at VHS, Lorraine was the Instructor/Designer at Littlerock High School from 1995 to 2008. LHS was a semi-finalist at WGI World Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the WGI Fresno Regional Scholastic A Champion in 2005, in addition to receiving over 100 first place and sweepstakes trophies while Lorraine taught there. Over the past 18 years, Lorraine has also worked with the color guards at Saugus HS, Whitney HS, West Torrance HS, Highland HS, Quartz Hill HS, Schurr HS, La Canada HS, Antelope Valley HS, Cypress HS, Notre Dame HS, Rosamond HS, Palmdale HS & Don Bosco Tech HS. Lorraine also designs and consults for other guards in California & Georgia.
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Meghan McCourt

New York, NY
Meghan McCourt first began dancing as a child and then participated in cheerleading and color guard as a performer prior to returning to dance. She pursued undergraduate studies in Dance Education at George Mason University. Meghan is an alumnus of the Dominion Winter Guard and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.

She has experience as a choreographer and instructor for various marching band, winter guard, cheerleading and show choir programs. Meghan is currently an adjudicator with Winter Guard International, Bands Of America, Drum Corps International and many associated circuit partners.
Dance: Solo: Individual
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Michael Turner

San Franciscp, CA
Michael Turner has been involved in all levels of the pageantry activity for over 30 years. He currently judges for DCI, WGI, WGASC, and many organizations all over the world.
Dance: Solo: Individual
Dance: Duets and Trios: Small Ensemble

Michael Yoho

Washington, PA
Michael Yoho comes to e-Adjudicate from Pittsburgh, Pa. where he is a well versed student, adjudicator, clinician, and instructor. Michael holds Music and Information Technology Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. He is currently a Senior Analyst of Infrastructure and Remote Services for Consol Energy. Michael is also an alumnus of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps where he marched under the tutelage of Michael Shapiro and Adam Sage.

Michael proudly served on the staff of the Six-time DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard from 2001 until 2005. He has worked with many Bands of America and WGI National Finalists including: McEachern HS, Gateway HS, Wheeling Park HS, Beaver Area HS, Greater Johnstown HS, Northgate HS, and the Top Hats Winterguard.

Continuing to contribute to the activity, Michael served on the Board of the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association (Pittsburgh, Pa) where he held the title of Educational Director for 10 years. Michael got his judging start as a visual judge for the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges. He has judge for the USSBA, Southeast Colorguard Circuit, Judges Association of Mid-America, Midwest Judges Guild, Michigan Colorguard Circuit, and proudly makes his judging home with the Florida Federation (FFCC). Michael continues to judge nationally as a recognized judge with WGI and DCI.
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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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Peggy Bilbruck

Fountain Valley, CA
Peggy has been a performer, instructor and teacher in pageantry related activities for over 35 years. She began marching at the age of 7 with the Anaheim Kingsmen Drum and Bugle Corps and had the honor to end her performing career with the 1986 World Champion Blue Devils. From there Peggy went on to teach at all levels of the drum corps, marching band and winter guard activities. Her teams have been WGI finalists and medalists, local champions, and received top honors where ever she has taught.
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Sue Gehringer

Los Alamitos, CA
Susan Gehringer - Los Alamitos

Sue has been involved in the dance/drill team world for over 35 years. She has directed, choreographed, judged and coached teams all over the United States. She is a former board member of CADTD where she served two terms as president. She is currently the judges - liason where she trains and assists with judges servicing the CADTD circuit. She is also a judge for SCSBOA adjudicating both for field and parade competitions. She was past director for Esperanza High School Dance Team for ten years when they won numerous National Titles. Her current freelance choreography for Southland teams continues to garner wins for these groups. Her choreography continues to win at the National level and can claim consistent wins annually since 1979 to the present.

Her professional choreography can be seen on television, musical stages and industrials. Her way past performance credits take her all over the United States and Japan. Sue was named Dance Educator of the Year by the Orange County Performing Arts Center in both 2002 and 2005. Currently she is Director of Dance of the Esperanza High School Dance Magnet where she has been a teacher for over 25 years. She is an adjunct professor in the education department at the University of Redlands.

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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.
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Traci Greninger

Huntington Beach, CA
Traci Greninger is a classically trained dancer in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, dance drill and a wide range of other dance styles. She has over 20 years performance experience and has been an active adjudicator for the California Association of Dance/Drill Team Directors since 2006. Traci describes her judging style as modern, yet conservative, and always detail-oriented.
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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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