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Ellis Benus
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I’m a web designer and developer located in Central Missouri.

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Brian Taylor
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BRIAN STEVON TAYLOR earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education cum laude from Jacksonville State University in 1991. Dr. Taylor received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Southern Mississippi. During his time at USM, Dr. Taylor was under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo. Dr. Taylor holds membership in NAfME, CBDNA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and College Music Society. He also marched in the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for Rockford, Illinois (1988, 1989).
Teaching Experience: Dr. Taylor began his teaching career in rural Alabama at Cold Springs School followed by teaching assignments in Cobb County, Georgia. In the Cobb County System, he taught on the middle and high school levels. After attending graduate school, Dr. Taylor was named Associate Director of Bands at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. There he was responsible for the 275 member “Pride of Acadiana” Marching Band, basketball bands, Symphonic and Concert Bands, and taught courses in conducting and music education. During his tenure, the Pride performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2005 and 2012), and completed performance tours of England, Scotland, and Spain. In addition to normal performances, the Pride participated in two football bowl games and several national basketball tournaments. Currently, Dr. Taylor operates BT Design Concepts. The company offers visual design for marching bands, winter guards, and indoor percussion. Also, camp staffing, adjudication services, and consultations are offered.
Judging Experience: Judging experience includes Drum Corps International, ISSMA, Southern Association of Performing Arts, Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, and Louisiana Color Guard and Percussion Circuit. In addition, Dr. Taylor has judged individual events, in concert and marching band, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. In addition to music captions for marching band, he has judged the following captions in Winter Guard, Indoor Percussion, and Winds events: color guard general effect, percussion visual performance, percussion visual general effect, and all winds captions.

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Shawn Halquist
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Shawn Halquist is native of northwestern PA and holds degrees in trumpet performance from Edinboro University and SUNY Binghamton, and a teaching certification from Edinboro. From 1985-1997 he taught in the Millcreek Townhship School district in Erie, PA and had the opportunity to teach at all levels. At McDowell HS, he was in charge of the instrumental music program. The McDowell Marching Band was a frequent competitor in BOA events and was a regional finalist several times. In 1997, Shawn became band director at Brockport NY HS. Bands from BHS have garnered accolades on the stage in both concert and jazz performances. In addition to the Band duties at BHS, he teaches music theory and is department chair.The Brockport Schools have been recognized as a NAMM best school district for music education in 2013 and 2015. Shawn was named the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Outstanding HS Band director for the 2015 school year.
Shawn has written arrangements for all types of ensembles across the country and has designed marching band shows since 1984. He has marched with several drum corps including the Johnsonburg PA Diplomats and Rochester Crusaders and was an original member of the Empire Statesmen in 1983 and was brass caption head in the early 2000’s. He has been judging marching bands, drum corps, and concert and jazz groups for the past 17 years and has served as guest conductor for jazz and concert groups in NY, PA and MD. Shawn currently performs with the Brockport Big Band and the Eastman Music School’s Educators Wind Ensemble.
Shawn and his wife Dee live in Brockport and are proud parents of twin sons Noah-a freelance clarinetist, pianist and composer; and Cody-currently studying french horn performance at Yale University.

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Blaine Bomar
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Blaine Bomar has served in every facet of the marching arts: performer, instructor, clinician, consultant, contest coordinator, and adjudicator. He serves as a Program Coordinator and Visual Design Consultant for marching bands and winter guards throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. Programs that he has consulted and worked with have performed in venues such as: Tennessee Division One & Two State Championship Finals, Middle Tennessee State University’s Contest of Champions, Kentucky Music Educators Association State Finals, Bands of America Grand National Championships, and many more. Blaine works during the summer months as a Clinic Staff Member for the Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics teaching Student Leaders and Drum Majors throughout the country.
Bomar is a proud member of the Central States Judges Association, the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy, and the Texas UIL Marching Band Association where he studied adjudication under Dr. Joe Allison, Tim Hinton, and several other master adjudicators. He has had the opportunity to judge in several states including: Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky. In addition to his visual judging, Bomar is a highly sought out drum major judge in the state of Tennessee. While training with the Marching Roundtable, he was featured as a guest speaker on the nationwide podcast discussing how to effectively judge a drum major(s) performance if you are ever to be put in that caption. As of 2016, he was enrolled in the Marching Roundtable as a Marching Mentor to help educate aspiring judges how to properly evaluate. Bomar is also a part of the adjudication staff of E-Adjudicate, an online program that allows directors and students in several different categories to get feedback from very knowledgeable individuals.
Presently, Blaine resides in Paris, Tennessee with his dog Rudy as the Program Designer / Consultant for Summit Designs and is on the Visual Team with the Union City High School Band in Union City, Tennessee.

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Jackie Gilley
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Jackie Gilley is a retired middle school band director who serves as a consultant, clinician, and judge for many different band & pageantry activities. She is also a mentor for Judges Academy and president of the Stratford Texas Education Foundation. She has judged for DCI, WGI, and BOA as well as several concert band organizations. Jackie is a member of Phi Beta Mu bandmasters fraternity and both the OBA & OKMEA Hall of Fame.

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Travis Coakley
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Mr. Coakley has been the Director of Bands for the Biloxi Public School District and Department Chair for the Performing Arts at Biloxi High School since 2011. Beginning in 2015 he will serve the Biloxi Public School District as the Fine & Performing Arts Director. In that time, the Biloxi Band has consistently received the highest ratings for marching band and concert band performances. Biloxi High School was awarded the Sweepstakes Award for the first time in school history in 2012-2013. Biloxi High School was recently named a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years and the Biloxi Public School District was named by the NAMM Foundation as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2014. In 2015 Biloxi High School was named by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education as its “School of Excellence” for making arts an essential part of education and received the SupportMusic Merit Award by the NAMM Foundation.

Mr. Coakley directs the 200-member Biloxi High School Marching Band and the Biloxi Wind Ensemble. He is currently serving as the National Treasurer for the American School Band Director’s Association, the Awards Chairman for the National Band Association, and as President of the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association.

Mr. Coakley was recently named the “Thad Cochran Distinguised Arts Educator for Music” in the state of Mississippi (2013), the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce Secondary Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), Biloxi Public School District Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), Biloxi High School Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association High School Band Director of the Year (2013-2014), and one of SBO’s 50 “Director’s Who Make a Difference” in 2014.

Mr. Coakley is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (Bachelor of Music Education, 1999, Master of Music Education, 2002). He has memberships that include Phi Beta Mu (PBM), the American School Band Director’s Association (ASBDA), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association (MBA), Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association (GCBDA) and the International Trombone Association (ITA).

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C. Grant Maledy
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Band Director at Smith-Cotton High in Sedalia, MO, Missouri State Alumni, Madison Scouts Alumni

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John K. Marshall
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I’ll complete this shortly.

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Mary Ann Sickon
35 years

High School band director in Florida for 35 years. I have a competitive marching band in the State. We have won 5 State Championships in Class 3A. I judge for Central States Judging Association in the music caption.

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Casey Goodwin
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Casey Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer and currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of conducting and music education and is responsible for directing the Wildcat Marching Band, UNH Concert Band, and Beast of the East Pep Band. Additionally, she is a faculty member and assistant coordinator of the University of New Hampshire Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) and a former conductor of the New Hampshire Youth Band. She is also the director of the Drum Major Track at the Summer Youth Music School.

Goodwin earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and her Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in music education and wind conducting from the University of New Hampshire in 2001 and 2006, respectively. While enrolled in graduate school, Goodwin was a graduate assistant with the University of New Hampshire Bands and Department of Music.

Goodwin is a member of the College Band Directors’ National Association, National Association for Music Education, New Hampshire Band Directors Association, and serves as a Director on the Executive Board of and former Collegiate Coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association (NHMEA) and former Northeast District Governor of Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary fraternity for college band members. She previously served on the NHMEA Association Review/Restructuring committee as well as the national nominations and curriculum committees for Kappa Kappa Psi. Goodwin also advises the UNH chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and serves on the Department of Music Recruiting, Retention, and Scholarship Committee.

Prior to her appointment at UNH, Goodwin was the Director of Instrumental Music at Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Maine, where she directed the MHS Concert Band, Marshwood Marching Hawks, Jazz Band, and pit orchestras for the district and high school musicals; started a string ensemble; and taught general music courses. The Marshwood Marching Hawks competed in the Maine Band Directors’ Association circuit, and Goodwin served as the webmaster for that organization.

In 2010, Goodwin had the opportunity to perform on marching baritone with the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps alumni in exhibition at the Drum Corps International semifinals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition to her work at UNH, she is also an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the northeast United States and has written drill and arranged music for several New England marching bands.

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