Voting deadline is October 16, 2020!

Swing Judge

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

Mark your top 3 selections for Swing Judge. Click to expand each person’s bio.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.