Voting deadline is October 16, 2020!

High School Stage

The High School judge will adjudicate only high school ensembles for the entire weekend.

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Chris Lindley

Albertsville HS, AL

Chris Lindley has been a band director for the past 15 years. He holds the Bachelors of Music Education from Jacksonville State University (1996) and the Masters of Educational Leadership in Administration from The University of Alabama (2004). He has previously taught at Carbon Hill High School and Saks High School, and is currently in his 2nd year as Director of bands at Albertville High School.

Mr. Lindley came to Albertville in 2001 as the Assistant band director and worked for seven years with then director Curtis Burttram. During that time, the Albertville Band performed in the 2003 Hollywood Christmas Parade, in Nassau, Bahamas in 2005, and in the 2007 Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since taking over in 2009, the Aggie Band has performed in Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, and has been selected to march in the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Mr. Lindley is an active judge and clinician across Alabama and Georgia. He also keeps a busy schedule as Principal Horn of the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra. Chris has performed with the Georgia Philharmonic, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Lagrange Symphony Orchestra, and has been an adjunct horn instructor at Jacksonville State University. Chris and his wife Missy have eight year old twin girls, Haley and Katelyn.

Ryan Fitchpatrick

Hoover HS, AL

Ryan Fitchpatrick is currently the director of bands at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama. He attended Jacksonville State University where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He then served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alabama where he earned a Master of Music Education.

Mr. Fitchpatrick is in his twelfth year of teaching. Prior to serving at Hoover, he was the director of bands at Oak Grove High School in Oak Grove, Alabama. While at Oak Grove he helped lead the program to such accomplishments as Band’s of America Super Regional Class Champion, performing at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference, and consistent superior ratings at the district and state level. While at Hoover High School, the band program has received superior ratings at every opportunity. He has led the Hoover “Symphonic Winds” to premier performances such as The University of Alabama Honor Band.

Currently Mr. Fitchpatrick serves on the Alabama Bandmasters Association Executive Board as District IV Chairman. His professional affiliations include the Music Educators National Conference, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Delta Pi. He has been the recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. Additionally, Mr. Fitchpatrick is a regular performer with the Birmingham based, Super Jazz Orchestra. He serves as a clinician and drill writer for numerous band programs across Georgia and Alabama.

David Starnes

Western Carolina University

Mr. David Starnes joined the School of Music at Western Carolina University in the spring of 2011, when he was named Assistant Professor in The School of Music and appointed the Director of Athletic Bands. Prior to this appointment he served as the Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia for eleven years. As the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School (2000), the band program grew from its initial 85 students to over 250 members. Under his direction, Kennesaw Mountain High School has been recognized in all areas of performance for their achievements at local, state and national levels including concert band, jazz band, marching band, winter guard and winter percussion. They are a six-time national finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, being named the 2004 Bands of America AAA National Champion and a four-time Regional Champion in Bands of America events. In December of 2003, the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented the Kennesaw Mountain High School Band the prestigious Sudler Shield of Excellence for outstanding achievement in marching band. In 2005, the band appeared in the 79th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Kennesaw Mountain High School Wind Symphony performed at the 60th Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago, Illinois in December of 2006.

Mr. Starnes is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national, and international organizations including Bands of America, where he is a member of the Advisory Board, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International, where he served as an adjudicator and Percussion Caption Head from 1998-2002. He was the Program Coordinator for Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003-2007 during which time they were named a world-class finalist four times. Mr. Starnes is a member of the Yamaha Educational Artist program as well as an educational artist for Innovative Percussion and Evans Drumheads. In addition to his position at Western Carolina University, he serves as an Education Consultant at Music For All in Indianapolis, Indiana. While serving this role, he was appointed the program director for The Honor Band of America, who appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California (2005 and 2009).

As a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mr. Starnes graduated magna cum laude from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1988 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He is married to Rhea Jeanne Starnes, an architect, and has a Eighteen year-old daughter, Hannah. In his spare time, he enjoys Indianapolis Colts football and playing with his two dogs, Oliver and Peyton.

Damon Talley

Shenandoah Conservatory (Soon to be LSU Director of Bands)

Damon S. Talley serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory, where he guides all aspects of the wind band program, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches conducting. Prior to his appointment at Shenandoah, Talley served on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted the Symphony Band, taught undergraduate conducting, graduate and undergraduate courses in wind literature, served as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Marching Band as well as overseeing all athletic pep bands. He also served on the faculty at the University of Michigan as Assistant Director of Bands and was involved in all aspects of the university band program. In addition to his duties at the University of Michigan, Talley served as Music Director and Conductor of the Dodworth Brass Band, a professional brass ensemble based in Ann Arbor, MI. Their recording, released on Best Classical Records, received favorable reviews from publications including Gramophone magazine and the American Record Guide. He has also served as producer or associate producer on several commercial recordings by the Naxos, Klavier, Equilibrium, and Longhorn record labels, and is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, distributed by GIA Publications. As an avid supporter of new music for the wind medium, Talley has conducted numerous world premier performances and commissioned composers to write for the wind band. While at The University of Texas, he served as Principal Guest Conductor of the New Music Ensemble, and collaborated with many living composers. He has won praise for his work by composers such as William Bolcom, Donald Grantham, John Mackey, Dan Welcher, and David Ludwig. At Shenandoah Conservatory he hosts a visiting composer series that brings composers of national and international status to campus. In addition, he is a strong advocate for young composers and regularly premiers works by student composers. Prior to teaching at the university level, Talley taught in the public schools in Texas at both the middle school and high school levels. He earned the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas. His principal conducting teachers are Jerry Junkin, Michael Haithcock, and H. Robert Reynolds. He is a strong supporter and advocate of music in the public schools, and has served as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band festivals in numerous states. Talley is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma and holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Virginia Music Educators Association.

Ken Bodiford

Jacksonville State University

Mr. Kenneth G. Bodiford, Assistant Professor, is the Director of Bands at Jacksonville State University. He earned his BS in Music Education at Jacksonville State University, and his MM in Music Education and Wind Ensemble Conducting at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

Upon completion of his MM degree, Mr. Bodiford served as the Director of Bands at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, VA. Under his leadership, the KHS band program grew from 75 to approximately 250 members. After his second year as the director, the KHS Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band were declared as a Virginia Honor Band by the governor of the state. The Wind Ensemble consistently received superior ratings at all district festivals under his leadership. The marching band without fail also received superior awards culminating in a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to represent the state of Virginia in the 1994 USF&G Sugar Bowl.

In 1994, Mr. Bodiford assumed the position at Jacksonville State University as Director of Bands. Since that time, the band program has consistently grown in numbers and quality. Since 1994, the Marching Southerners have swelled from 144 members to 300+. As the Southerners revitalized, so did the entire instrumental program. Each year the band program draws more very talented students. As would be expected, the Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, and the Symphonic Band perform at extremely high levels. The Wind Ensemble was asked to perform at the Bands of America Southeastern Regional in Atlanta, GA.

Throughout his career, Mr. Bodiford has studied with some of the nation’s finest teachers. As an undergraduate student, his mentor and band director was Dr. David L. Walters, Director Emeritus, Jacksonville State University. He has also studied with conductors such as Dr. William W. Wiedrich, University of South Florida; Dr. Robert Ponto, Oberlin Conservatory, and Dr. Frank Battisti, New England Conservatory.

During Mr. Bodiford’s tenure at Jacksonville State University, he has initiated many new events and programs such as the “Drums Across America” Drum Corps competition, a summer camp program that brings approximately 10,000 high school students onto the campus each summer; the annual Wind Ensemble Concerto competition, and has vastly expanded the Southerners Honor Band program.

Most recently, Mr. Bodiford has assumed the position as Executive Director of the JSU SPIRIT Drum and Bugle Corps. This group tours the nation during the summer and competes in Drum Corps International contests.

Joe Allison

Eastern Kentucky University

Joseph H. Allison is currently a Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (French Horn) from East Tennessee State University, a Master’s Degree (Percussion) and the Doctorate in Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Allison is the former Director of Bands at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Associate Director of Bands at East Tennessee State University, and Director of Bands at Sumter (SC) High School, Greenwood (SC) High School and Richmond County (NC) Senior High School. He serves as an adjudicator, clinician and consultant for concert, marching and jazz events throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.

Dr. Allison has held professional affiliations with the Kentucky Music Educators Association (Board of Control), East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association (Board of Directors), American School Band Directors Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, Percussive Arts Society (Advisory Board), The Conductor’s Guild, Drum Corps International Judges Guild (Executive Board), Bands of America (Advisory Board), Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu Honor Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

During his 19 years of public school teaching, ensembles under Dr. Allison’s direction received consistent superior ratings in adjudicated events and performed regularly at significant regional and national events. During his tenure as Director, the Sumter Bands became the first internationally to be honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as laureates of both the Sudler Flag of Honor for concert excellence and the Sudler Shield for marching achievement. The Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles and Chamber Orchestra were all regularly featured in major regional and national settings.

As an adjudicator, in addition to extensive concert band and jazz ensemble activity, Allison has judged the major competitions of the marching world: the Drum Corps International World Championships, and the Bands of America Grand National Championships, Winter Guard International, Drum Corps Japan, and the World Music Contests in Holland. He is the Founding Director and curriculum designer of the Kentucky Marching Band Adjudicators Association.

A laureate of Teacher of the Year at Sumter High School, Dr. Allison’s personal honors include the National Band Association’s “Citation of Excellence” and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s “Sudler Order of Merit,” as well as achievement awards from both the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Percussive Arts Society. He has been listed in Who’s Who of American Educators, Outstanding Young Men of America, and was honored in multiple resolutions of the South Carolina State Legislature. Allison has received letters of commendation from Presidents Bush and Clinton and is a laureate of both the Order of the Palmetto from the state of South Carolina, and Kentucky Colonel from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Terry Austin

Virginia Commonwealth University

Terry Austin is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University where he oversees all aspects of the band program and teaches courses in conducting, and music education. Under his leadership, the Virginia Commonwealth University Symphonic Wind Ensemble has earned a reputation for musical excellence and has been invited to perform at numerous professional conferences including the American Bandmasters Association, MENC, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Virginia Music Educators Association.

He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and is published in several journals, including the CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) Journal, BD Guide, Young BD Guide, Instrumentalist, Dialogue in Instrumental Music Education, The National Band Association Journal, The Indiana Musicator, the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, and VMEA(Virginia Music Educators Association) Notes. He has authored chapters in two books and is the general editor of The Journal of Band Research, A Repertoire Anthology (1964-1989).

Austin is Vice-President of the American Bandmasters Association, chairman of the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest, a member of the Board of Directors of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and a past board member of the National Band Association, and the Southern Division of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He isa past-president of the Virginia Music Educators Association.

Dr. Austin is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and is included in Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Dr. Austin is a multiple recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. In 2005 he received the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Distinguished Achievement Award of Excellence.

He founded and conducts the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble, an ensemble of the finest high school musicians in the Richmond metropolitan area, and the Commonwealth Winds, an ensemble comprised of Richmond area teachers and professional performers.

Austin earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Tracia and twin sons Joshua and Seth.


Swing Judge

The swing judge will adjudicate both Middle and High School bands for the entire weekend.

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Steve Turner

Virginia Commonwealth University

Mr. Turner graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University in 1988 and received his Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. Beginning in 1989, he taught instrumental music at Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield Country for six years before relocating to Williamsburg. He spent two years directing high school musicians at Lafayette High School, and transferred to Jamestown High School upon its opening in 1997. He initiated the band program at Jamestown, and has guided his bands through a process of growth throughout the years of the school’s existence. He now directs the marching, symphonic, jazz, percussion groups at the high school, In addition to serving as head of the Jamestown Fine Arts Department, Mr. Turner participates in number of out of school concert and musical activities. He is an adjunct instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a trombonist performing at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, has served as a Festival judge, and is a member of both MENC and VBODA.

Kelly Dee

Supervisor of Hampton City Public Schools

Mr. Kelly George Dee is currently the Hampton City Schools Teacher Specialist for Music Education in Hampton, Virginia. He is a creative problem solver and results oriented professional with twenty years of experience as an educator, administrator, and music education advocate. Mr. Dee has performed in ensembles at: PASIC, WGI, DCI. He has recorded as a percussionist, and performed at The Mid West Clinic, with the Virginia Wind Symphony. Mr. Dee is the former Director of Bands for Kecoughtan High School. During this time his high school bands were consecutive year Virginia Honor Bands, he was a College Board AP Music Theory certified instructor, and he was named Kecoughtan High School Teacher of the Year. He has traveled throughout the country and internationally with his music ensembles. Mr. Dee was the first EAYA Music-National Board Certified Teacher in Virginia. For ten years he worked for Educational Testing Services and Pearson as a scorer and trainer for The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He has also presented to the NAfME leadership on the value of National Board Certification for music educators. Mr. Dee is the Regional Coordinator for Festivals of Music in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Under his administrative leadership, Hampton City Schools was named a National NAMM Best Community for Music Education in: 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Mr. Dee was recently named a 2015 Yale Distinguished Music Educator.

Brian Drake

Westminster HS, MD

Brian Drake, a Maryland native, is currently a secondary instrumental music teacher for Carroll County (MD) Public Schools [2001-present]. Mr. Drake also held the band director position at Johns Hopkins University [2001-2008]. He serves as a guest conductor, clinician, festival judge, award-winning arranger, and commissioned composer for several organizations across the nation. His works have been performed by the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Peabody Conservatory Chamber Winds, the Towson University Concert Band, and the McDaniel College Concert Band. As an educator, Mr. Drake has been nominated several times as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Carroll County Public Schools (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015) and was a top eight finalist for the honor in 2011. He was the inaugural recipient of the Music Advocates of Carroll County Music Educator of the Year Award in 2012. He was also nominated for the MENC/MMEA Outstanding Music Educator Award (2003). A graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Drake received both a Performers Certificate for trumpet and a Bachelors Degree in music education in the spring of 1998. Most recently, he received his Masters Degree in Music Education from Peabody in 2009. Mr. Drake is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), American Composers Forum (ACF), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Maryland Band Directors Association (MBDA). Keep an eye out for his music to be released by Grand Mesa Music Publishers in summer/fall of 2105!

Mike Oare

Great Bridge MS, VA

Michael Oare (b. 1960) earned undergraduate degrees in Music Composition and Music Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. A veteran music educator, Mr. Oare remains active as a composer, arranger, performer, conductor and adjudicator. As a published composer, he has written numerous arrangements and compositions, with a special interest in music for the young band. One of his works, To Dream in Brushstrokes, is included in the acclaimed Teaching Music Through Performance series by GIA publications. His compositions are included in the catalogues of several major publishing companies, with all his most recent works being published by Hal Leonard.

Since 1991, he has been the Director of Bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. His Great Bridge Middle School Bands have consistently received superior ratings at annual Virginia Concert Band Performance Assessment and have performed for the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference on three occasions. He maintains State and National professional memberships, is a member of ASCAP and the international bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu. He is a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and is a multiple year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Oare plays clarinet with The Virginia Wind Symphony, and remains active serving as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band clinics, festivals and contests. Mr. Oare resides in Chesapeake with his wife Chris and daughter Devin.

Trey Harris

Basset HS

Trey Harris, a native of Florida, was raised in Elizabethton, Tennessee, where he attended Elizabethton High School. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a BA in Music Education. While at ETSU, he was a member of the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Trumpet Ensemble, Faculty Brass Quintet, Men’s Choir, Mixed Chorale, and the 7 Bucs Worth Men’s Ensemble. He studied trumpet with Dr. James O’Donnell.

Mr. Harris started his career as the Assistant Director at Pulaski County High School in 1995. There he was the director of the Concert Band, Marching Band, and Winter Guard. In 1996 he began his tenure with the Bassett band program. During this time, the Bassett bands have grown from 75 students to over 160. They have consistently received superior ratings with all ensembles at the VBODA Concert and Marching Assessments, as well as numerous local, regional, state, and national awards. The BHS Marching Band has been named the USBands Group 5 Open State Champions for the last seven years. During this time, they have also finished in the top five in the nation in Group 5 Open at the USBands National Championships finishing second three separate times. In 2012 the Symphonic Band was honored to play at the Virginia Music Educators State Convention held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Mr. Harris has served as a clinician, judge, conductor, and designer across the country, involved with groups from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Kentucky. Additionally, he served as a staff member with the 2009 and 2010 All-American Marching Band as well as the Wind Track director for the Western Carolina University Summer Symposium. He has also been a part of many podcast recordings on The Marching Roundtable.

Mr. Harris resides in Bassett, Virginia with his wife, Sheri, and their two daughters Anne Catherine and Addison.

John Sarvay

Hermitage HS, VA

John Sarvay is the Director of Bands at Hermitage High School in Henrico County, Virginia. He is in his seventeenth year of teaching, his fourteenth at Hermitage High School. He is a graduate of Hermitage High School, having been a student of former director of bands Mr. Clyde L. Hughes Jr. Prior to his appointment at Hermitage, Mr. Sarvay taught at Dinwiddie High School, Dinwiddie County, Virginia, and Fairfield Middle School in Henrico County, Virginia.

At Hermitage, Mr. Sarvay oversees all aspects of the band program which includes the “Marching Panthers”, the Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Orchestra, as well as the music theory program at Hermitage High School. Mr. Sarvay is also the chief administrator of The Hermitage Classic, one of the largest and most respected marching contests in the state.

Mr. Sarvay has carried on the documented history of excellence at Hermitage by achieving the designation of Virginia Honor Band, for the twenty fifth year, giving Hermitage the third highest ranking in the state and placing Hermitage in the VBODA Honor Band Hall of Fame. In his career, Mr. Sarvay has consistently received superior ratings with his performance groups.

Mr. Sarvay is an active adjudicator in both marching and concert festivals, to include the VBODA State Marching Assessment. He has also served two terms as the VBODA District 1 Instrumental Representative. As a saxophonist, he has performed with the Potbelly Saxophone Quartet, Richmond Symphonic Winds, and The Commonwealth Winds. Mr. Sarvay received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied with Dr. Terry Austin. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Phi Beta Mu Alpha Chi Chapter Honors Fraternity, Virginia Music Educators Association, and Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association.

Mr. Sarvay resides in Henrico County with his wife Crystal and has three children, Jessica, David and Jordan. Jessica is also a band director. Mr. Sarvay enjoys camping and fishing in his free time.

Charlie Burts

Lanier MS, VA

Mr. Charlie Burts is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is in his twenty-first year of teaching. He is currently enjoying his thirteenth year in the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Mr. Burts is now in his third year at Sidney Lanier MS, and previously taught for ten years at Carl Sandburg MS. At both schools, Mr. Burts has taught band programs ranging from 250 to 400 students and served as Chair of the Music Department. Mr. Burts currently resides in Springfield, VA with his wife Mindy and their two sons, Simon and Alex.

Rob Carroll

Former VBODA President

Rob Carroll received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University and Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. While at the University of Illinois, he studied instrumental conducting with James Keene and technology for music education with Sam Reese.

He is a Past President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. In 2008, Rob was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Legion of Honor. He was honored with the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association in 2011.

Currently he serves on the VBODA Marching Assessment Committee and on the National Band Association’s William D. Revelli Composition Contest Committee. He maintains active memberships in MENC, VMEA, VBODA, the National Band Association, and the International Horn Society. Additionally, he is an active performer and member of the Virginia Wind Symphony.

Gene Inglis

Saks HS, AL (Formerly of Rome HS, GA)

Gene Inglis, a graduate from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, has completed his 40th year teaching and his 10th year as Director of Bands at Saks High School in Anniston, Alabama. He retired as Director of Bands for Rome City Schools June 30, 2003, completing his 11th year at Rome High School, which was created in 1992. Prior to that, he was director for 12 years at West Rome High School and 6 years at West Rome Junior High School. His first position was at Scottsboro Junior High School in Scottsboro, Alabama. He served on the adjunct faculty of Berry College as the percussion instructor from 1980-2003.

Gene is an active member of Music Educators National Conference; Alabama Music Educators Association; National Band Association; Phi Beta Mu Honorary Professional Music Fraternity; and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity. He has served in various leadership positions in these organizations over the past 39 years including the State Band Chair for Georgia Music Educators Association 2001-2003.

In the areas of marching, concert, and jazz performance, Mr. Inglis has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician throughout the southeast. Under his leadership, the marching, concert, and jazz bands in Rome City Schools have received superior ratings at GMEA festivals and approved events, as well as, performances at GMEA, AMEA, and IAJE Conferences. At Saks, the concert band received superior ratings at District and State Concert Band Competition 2004 through 2011; while the marching band has received superior ratings at marching band contest in Georgia and Alabama, including Best In Class and First Place in Division One in the Covered Bridge Marching Festival in 2004 & 2010, The Mud Creek Marching Festival in Hanceville, AL in 2005, The 2006 Southern Classic Marching Contest at Jacksonville State University, The Concourse of Champions at Oxford H.S. in 2007, and The Dixie Jubilee Jam Marching Contest at Weaver H.S. in 2008, 2009, & 2010.

In January 2007 and 2012, the Saks Concert Band had the distinct honor to perform as part of the AMEA In-Service Conference. Among his honors is the Outstanding Band Director Award for the state of Georgia in 1983 presented by the American School Band Director Association, Teacher of the Year at West Rome Junior High in 1976 and again at West Rome High School in 1990. In his first and seventh year at Saks High School, Gene was the schools nominee to the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame system competition. He received the national award; the “Legion of Honor” presented by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and the National Band Association, and was recognized at the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, IL, December 2002. Inglis received the “Citation of Excellence” presented by the National Band Association in 2007 and was listed as the Alabama recipient for the “50 Directors Making a Difference” in the December issue of Band and Orchestra Magazine.

Recently, the Alabama Music Educators Association has selected Mr. Inglis as the 2012-2013 AMEA Outstanding Music Educator Award. The award will be presented in the AMEA In-Service Conference January 11, 2013 at Montgomery Performing Arts Center. He is the past President of the Calhoun County Band Directors Association and current President of the Gray Echelon, JSU’s Marching Southerners Alumni Association. Gene is married to the former Shenley Back of Gadsden, Alabama. They have three children, Tony Gena Nix, & Allison Brown; and four grandchildren, Taylor and Emma Nix, T.J. Brown, and Claire Inglis.

Doug Spruill

Poquoson HS, VA

Doug Spruill has been the director of bands at Poquoson High School in southeast Virginia for 25 years. Mr. Spruill received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Virginia Tech., where he studied trombone performance with Dr. James Sochinsky. Under Mr. Spruill’s direction, the Poquoson High School marching and concert bands have consistently received superior ratings and have been awarded the Virginia Honor Band Award six times. Mr. Spruill is the past chair of District 8 of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association and a member of NAFME, VMEA and VBODA. Mr. Spruill is an active adjudicator and clinician in Virginia and North Carolina.

Doug Armstrong

Mountain View HS, VA

Douglas Armstrong currently serves as the band director at Mountain View High school in Stafford, VA. He spent the first 20 years in middle and high schools throughout Virginia. He holds music degrees from Radford and Virginia Tech. In 2003 he was named Teacher of the Year for the commonwealth of Virginia. In the same year he was given the “Agnes Meier Outstanding Teacher Award” by the Washington Post.

Respected by his peers, he is a Past President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He states his philosophy like this,”Teaching music and being a band director are about offering students a great opportunity to find success through music. To me, it is not about ratings or awards. It is what we do each day that leads us to success. If we all (director and students) give our best work at every rehearsal, then we should never worry about the outcome.”

Craig Everett

West Carteret High School, NC

Craig Everett has been Director of Bands at West Carteret High School since January, 1995. He is currently in his twenty-sixth year of teaching. He is a past president of the Eastern District Bandmasters Association and also serves as the North Carolina All-State Honors Band Chairman. In 1997, Mr. Everett was awarded the Award of Excellence by the North Carolina State Bandmaster’s Association, and in 1999 he was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association. He also received the Edith Stahl Kraft Outstanding Teacher Award for Carteret County Schools in 1999. In December 2000, Mr. Everett adjudicated the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championships in Tempe, Arizona and also continues to judge extensively in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in both concert band festivals and marching band competitions. He is a two-time Time Warner Star Teacher winner in 2003 and 2005.

Linda Gammon

(formerly) Rachel Carson MS

Linda J. Gammon was formerly the director of middle school bands at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County, VA. She is a native of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and received her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in conducting from George Mason University.

Under Ms. Gammon’s direction, her middle school bands have earned consistent superior ratings, awards, and enjoy state, regional and national recognition including three appearances at the 1992, 1993, 2000 Virginia Music Educators State Conferences and the 1993, 2000 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 1997 Ms. Gammon and the Robinson Middle School Symphonic Band were awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, the highest honor bestowed on a middle school band program.

Ms. Gammon currently serves as the VMEA Conference Coordinator and is a Past President of VMEA, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the Fairfax County Band Directors Association. She is a member of MENC, VMEA, Phi Beta Mu, the American School Band Directors Association, the National Band Association, and the Women Band Directors International Association.

Ms. Gammon is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician. She is a contributing author to the music curriculum “Band Expressions” published by Alfred and “Teaching Music through Performance in Band” published by GIA. She has been recognized by the School Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of the “Fifty Directors Who Make A Difference”, awarded numerous National Band Association “Citations of Excellence” and recognized by the Women Band Directors International as 2003 Scroll of Excellence recipient. In 2007 Ms. Gammon was awarded the Virginia Outstanding Music Educator of the Year Award.


Sight Reading

The sight reading judge will adjudicate both Middle and High School bands for sight reading for the entire weekend.

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Amanda Rossettini

Jolliff MS, VA

Amanda W. Rossettini, originally from Newport News, is a 1995 graduate of the A.J. Fletcher School of Music at East Carolina University. Prior to her appointment at Jolliff Middle School (2001) in Chesapeake, VA, she taught middle school band at Reservoir Middle School in Newport News, VA and high school band and orchestra at McKinley High School in Honolulu, HI. Her bands have consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings at Concert Band Performance Assessment, as well as top ratings in Musicale competitions. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Virginia Music Educators Association, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association and Virginia Wind Symphony.

Linda Gammon

(formerly) Rachel Carson MS

Linda J. Gammon was formerly the director of middle school bands at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County, VA. She is a native of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and received her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in conducting from George Mason University.

Under Ms. Gammon’s direction, her middle school bands have earned consistent superior ratings, awards, and enjoy state, regional and national recognition including three appearances at the 1992, 1993, 2000 Virginia Music Educators State Conferences and the 1993, 2000 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 1997 Ms. Gammon and the Robinson Middle School Symphonic Band were awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup Award, the highest honor bestowed on a middle school band program.

Ms. Gammon currently serves as the VMEA Conference Coordinator and is a Past President of VMEA, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the Fairfax County Band Directors Association. She is a member of MENC, VMEA, Phi Beta Mu, the American School Band Directors Association, the National Band Association, and the Women Band Directors International Association.

Ms. Gammon is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician. She is a contributing author to the music curriculum “Band Expressions” published by Alfred and “Teaching Music through Performance in Band” published by GIA. She has been recognized by the School Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of the “Fifty Directors Who Make A Difference”, awarded numerous National Band Association “Citations of Excellence” and recognized by the Women Band Directors International as 2003 Scroll of Excellence recipient. In 2007 Ms. Gammon was awarded the Virginia Outstanding Music Educator of the Year Award.

Brian Drake

Westminster HS, MD

Brian Drake, a Maryland native, is currently a secondary instrumental music teacher for Carroll County (MD) Public Schools [2001-present]. Mr. Drake also held the band director position at Johns Hopkins University [2001-2008]. He serves as a guest conductor, clinician, festival judge, award-winning arranger, and commissioned composer for several organizations across the nation. His works have been performed by the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Peabody Conservatory Chamber Winds, the Towson University Concert Band, and the McDaniel College Concert Band. As an educator, Mr. Drake has been nominated several times as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Carroll County Public Schools (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015) and was a top eight finalist for the honor in 2011. He was the inaugural recipient of the Music Advocates of Carroll County Music Educator of the Year Award in 2012. He was also nominated for the MENC/MMEA Outstanding Music Educator Award (2003). A graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Drake received both a Performers Certificate for trumpet and a Bachelors Degree in music education in the spring of 1998. Most recently, he received his Masters Degree in Music Education from Peabody in 2009. Mr. Drake is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), American Composers Forum (ACF), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Maryland Band Directors Association (MBDA). Keep an eye out for his music to be released by Grand Mesa Music Publishers in summer/fall of 2105!

Kelly Dee

Supervisor of Hampton City Public Schools

Mr. Kelly George Dee is currently the Hampton City Schools Teacher Specialist for Music Education in Hampton, Virginia. He is a creative problem solver and results oriented professional with twenty years of experience as an educator, administrator, and music education advocate. Mr. Dee has performed in ensembles at: PASIC, WGI, DCI. He has recorded as a percussionist, and performed at The Mid West Clinic, with the Virginia Wind Symphony. Mr. Dee is the former Director of Bands for Kecoughtan High School. During this time his high school bands were consecutive year Virginia Honor Bands, he was a College Board AP Music Theory certified instructor, and he was named Kecoughtan High School Teacher of the Year. He has traveled throughout the country and internationally with his music ensembles. Mr. Dee was the first EAYA Music-National Board Certified Teacher in Virginia. For ten years he worked for Educational Testing Services and Pearson as a scorer and trainer for The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He has also presented to the NAfME leadership on the value of National Board Certification for music educators. Mr. Dee is the Regional Coordinator for Festivals of Music in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Under his administrative leadership, Hampton City Schools was named a National NAMM Best Community for Music Education in: 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Mr. Dee was recently named a 2015 Yale Distinguished Music Educator.

Charlie Burts

Lanier MS, VA

Mr. Charlie Burts is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is in his twenty-first year of teaching. He is currently enjoying his thirteenth year in the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Mr. Burts is now in his third year at Sidney Lanier MS, and previously taught for ten years at Carl Sandburg MS. At both schools, Mr. Burts has taught band programs ranging from 250 to 400 students and served as Chair of the Music Department. Mr. Burts currently resides in Springfield, VA with his wife Mindy and their two sons, Simon and Alex.

Trey Harris

Basset HS

Trey Harris, a native of Florida, was raised in Elizabethton, Tennessee, where he attended Elizabethton High School. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a BA in Music Education. While at ETSU, he was a member of the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Trumpet Ensemble, Faculty Brass Quintet, Men’s Choir, Mixed Chorale, and the 7 Bucs Worth Men’s Ensemble. He studied trumpet with Dr. James O’Donnell.

Mr. Harris started his career as the Assistant Director at Pulaski County High School in 1995. There he was the director of the Concert Band, Marching Band, and Winter Guard. In 1996 he began his tenure with the Bassett band program. During this time, the Bassett bands have grown from 75 students to over 160. They have consistently received superior ratings with all ensembles at the VBODA Concert and Marching Assessments, as well as numerous local, regional, state, and national awards. The BHS Marching Band has been named the USBands Group 5 Open State Champions for the last seven years. During this time, they have also finished in the top five in the nation in Group 5 Open at the USBands National Championships finishing second three separate times. In 2012 the Symphonic Band was honored to play at the Virginia Music Educators State Convention held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Mr. Harris has served as a clinician, judge, conductor, and designer across the country, involved with groups from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Kentucky. Additionally, he served as a staff member with the 2009 and 2010 All-American Marching Band as well as the Wind Track director for the Western Carolina University Summer Symposium. He has also been a part of many podcast recordings on The Marching Roundtable.

Mr. Harris resides in Bassett, Virginia with his wife, Sheri, and their two daughters Anne Catherine and Addison.

Zachary Rooksby

Hickory MS, VA

Zachary Rooksby is in his thirteenth year as a band director in Chesapeake, VA. In 2007, he opened and established the band program at Grassfield High School. Under his direction the Grassfield High School band quickly became known throughout the community and state for its excellence in concert and marching band. He now serves as band director at Hickory Middle School. His responsibilities include directing the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands, jazz band, woodwind choir and percussion ensembles.

Mr. Rooksby received his Bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. There he studied under Bill Rice, Pat Rooney, and Robert McCashin. Mr. Rooksby has served as counselor and instructor at the Bands of America Summer Symposium and the James Madison University Summer Band Camp and has also served as the VBODA Instrumental Representative and VMEA Chair for District IV. He was a member of the 2000 DCI world champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and currently performs as a percussionist with the Virginia Wind Symphony in Norfolk.

Mr. Rooksby’s affiliations include MENC, VMEA, VBODA, Percussive Art’s Society, and the SmartMusic Advocate Program. He currently resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife Tara and daughter Julia.

Rob Carroll

Former VBODA President

Rob Carroll received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University and Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. While at the University of Illinois, he studied instrumental conducting with James Keene and technology for music education with Sam Reese.

He is a Past President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. In 2008, Rob was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Legion of Honor. He was honored with the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association in 2011.

Currently he serves on the VBODA Marching Assessment Committee and on the National Band Association’s William D. Revelli Composition Contest Committee. He maintains active memberships in MENC, VMEA, VBODA, the National Band Association, and the International Horn Society. Additionally, he is an active performer and member of the Virginia Wind Symphony.

Doug Spruill

Poquoson HS, VA

Doug Spruill has been the director of bands at Poquoson High School in southeast Virginia for 25 years. Mr. Spruill received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Virginia Tech., where he studied trombone performance with Dr. James Sochinsky. Under Mr. Spruill’s direction, the Poquoson High School marching and concert bands have consistently received superior ratings and have been awarded the Virginia Honor Band Award six times. Mr. Spruill is the past chair of District 8 of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association and a member of NAFME, VMEA and VBODA. Mr. Spruill is an active adjudicator and clinician in Virginia and North Carolina.

Steve Turner

Virginia Commonwealth University

Mr. Turner graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University in 1988 and received his Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. Beginning in 1989, he taught instrumental music at Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield Country for six years before relocating to Williamsburg. He spent two years directing high school musicians at Lafayette High School, and transferred to Jamestown High School upon its opening in 1997. He initiated the band program at Jamestown, and has guided his bands through a process of growth throughout the years of the school’s existence. He now directs the marching, symphonic, jazz, percussion groups at the high school, In addition to serving as head of the Jamestown Fine Arts Department, Mr. Turner participates in number of out of school concert and musical activities. He is an adjunct instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a trombonist performing at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, has served as a Festival judge, and is a member of both MENC and VBODA.

Doug Armstrong

Mountain View HS, VA

Douglas Armstrong currently serves as the band director at Mountain View High school in Stafford, VA. He spent the first 20 years in middle and high schools throughout Virginia. He holds music degrees from Radford and Virginia Tech. In 2003 he was named Teacher of the Year for the commonwealth of Virginia. In the same year he was given the “Agnes Meier Outstanding Teacher Award” by the Washington Post.

Respected by his peers, he is a Past President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He states his philosophy like this,”Teaching music and being a band director are about offering students a great opportunity to find success through music. To me, it is not about ratings or awards. It is what we do each day that leads us to success. If we all (director and students) give our best work at every rehearsal, then we should never worry about the outcome.”

Mike Oare

Great Bridge MS, VA

Michael Oare (b. 1960) earned undergraduate degrees in Music Composition and Music Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. A veteran music educator, Mr. Oare remains active as a composer, arranger, performer, conductor and adjudicator. As a published composer, he has written numerous arrangements and compositions, with a special interest in music for the young band. One of his works, To Dream in Brushstrokes, is included in the acclaimed Teaching Music Through Performance series by GIA publications. His compositions are included in the catalogues of several major publishing companies, with all his most recent works being published by Hal Leonard.

Since 1991, he has been the Director of Bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. His Great Bridge Middle School Bands have consistently received superior ratings at annual Virginia Concert Band Performance Assessment and have performed for the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference on three occasions. He maintains State and National professional memberships, is a member of ASCAP and the international bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu. He is a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and is a multiple year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Oare plays clarinet with The Virginia Wind Symphony, and remains active serving as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band clinics, festivals and contests. Mr. Oare resides in Chesapeake with his wife Chris and daughter Devin.

Kyle Flohre

Colonial Heights HS, VA

Mr. Flohre is currently the Director of Bands at Colonial Heights High School. He received his Bachelor of Music from James Madison University and is currently pursuing his Master of Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Under the direction of Mr. Flohre, the ensembles at Colonial Heights High School have consistently received superior ratings at Marching and Concert Assessments. Colonial Heights High School is a fifteen time “Virginia Honor Band,” with eleven of those coming under Mr. Flohre’s tenure. The Colonial Heights Band Program consists of the following ensembles: The Marching Colonials, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble. The program also supports a very successful winter guard. The Concept Winter Guard has received numerous awards, in various classifications, while participating in the AIA circuit. In 2008, Mr. Flohre was recognized by his peers and received the Colonial Heights High School “Teacher of the Year” award.

Mr. Flohre’s professional affiliations include: NAfME, VMEA, VBODA, and Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster’s Fraternity. He served as the District III VBODA representative and has served as a judge at various marching band and VBODA Concert Assessments. He is an instructor at JMU Summer Band Camps, and schedule permitting plays clarinet in the Commonwealth Winds. Mr. Flohre and his wife Jennifer recently expanded their family with the birth of their first child – Emma.