FIND A MENTOR / BE A MENTOR!
Welcome! We offer this site to connect those needing advice and help with those willing to share their expertise and time. Connections can be made in all categories: Directors, Designers, Instructors, Adjudicators, Parents, Boosters, and Marchers
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Originally from Harrison, NY, Michele recently relocated to the Bay Area from Boston, MA where she spent the past 4 years working professionally as a Stage and Production Manager for Theatre, Opera and Dance. During her time in Boston, she also worked for Blue Man Group as a Deck 3 Sub at the Charles Playhouse, Broadway in Boston as a Group Sales Assistant at the Boston Opera House and as an AEA Stage Manager.
Michele marched in the Color Guard with the Boston Crusaders (2009-2011) and the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps (2007-2008). After aging out, she spent the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons working with the Crusaders in development, event and tour management before joining the SCV A Corps as a Tour Admin in 2015. Michele is excited to join Santa Clara as their new Tour Manager for the 2016 season!
Michele holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Stage and Production Management from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Hi, I am a licensed music educator that has run about anything you can think of. I’ve done beginning band, elementary general music, high school band, and even choral!
My specialty is with military drill designing (hence the email!), but can work with about anyone. I am more than happy to help design a drill or produce a full drill for you.
Please see me also at http://tinyurl.com/GSBaileyDesigns
I look forward to helping you.
I marched 8 years as a young man in the 70’s and 80’s and am a rabid fan of the marching arts. I have had 2 of my sons march 5 years of marching band and my youngest is currently in contract with a DCI open class corps. Having been both a student and a parent of DCI and marching bands I can certainly help answer alot of concerns and questions on everything from equipment, gear, to staying connected to your student. Connections are hard to come by as touring corps have unbelievable schedules, so getting your loved one on a video chat at 2 in the morning when they roll into a school somewhere is not unheard of. I work in IT and my marching son is an avid techno geek we have overcome the silence that touring can bring to parents.
Chris Church is a 35-year Veteran Band Director. He served as the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chairman in Willard, Missouri for 32 years and is currently in Springdale, Arkansas teaching at Har-Ber High School, Southwest Junior High, and Helen Tyson Middle School. His marching bands and jazz bands have consistently placed at or near the top in all festivals attended and he has also worked as a drill designer for numerous bands throughout the Midwest. His Wind Symphony earned State Level Honor I Ratings for 32 consecutive years.
Chris spent 13 seasons with the World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois where he served on the Marching/Visual Staff. He has provided marching clinics and adjudicated marching bands throughout the United States while also judging concert and jazz ensembles. Chris is currently serving as a Visual Judge for Drum Corps International (DCI) and as a Winter Guard Judge for the Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) and the Winter Guard and Percussion of Oklahoma (WGPO). He is a graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges academy and also adjudicates concert bands, solo & ensemble, and jazz festivals.
Michael Nash has a long history in the marching arts, starting back in 1973 as a member of the Chevaliers of Waterloo, Iowa which later became the Royal Chevaliers in 1975. In 1976, Michael moved on to march with the Osage Precisionaires of Osage, Iowa. Michael moved to the west coast and found a home with the South San Francisco Conquistadors, marching with them in the 1979 and 1980 seasons.
After a long hiatus from the activity, he resumed his marching career with the San Francisco Renegades Senior Corps in 1998 and performed for three years with them. In 2002, he was part of the management team that started the all age SoCal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael served in many roles for several years for this successful organization, including President of the Board, Corps Director, Visual Tech, Tour Manager, and a member of the hornline.
Michael has taught all levels of drum corps and high schools. He served as a visual tech for the St. Paul Scouts (1979), Logan High School (1984-85), Impulse (2000-2001), SoCal Dream (2005-2006), Renegades (1998) Gabrielino High School (2006-2007), Norco High School (2010-2011), and Los Amigos High School (2014). He currently serves as the Visual Caption Head for the highly successful Dynasty Marching Band of Ramona High School in Riverside, CA.
Phil currently serves as a band director for the Waconia School district in Waconia, Minnesota. His duties include conducting 8th- and 9th-grade bands, team teaching high school Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Jazz band.
Phil is currently on the instructional staff for the Colts drum and Bugle Corps where he has taught for 8 of the past 11 years. He has also served on the brass staff for Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle corps from 2009 through 2015. During his time with Minnesota Brass, the corps enjoyed two DCA brass titles as well as a DCA World Championship title in 2011.
In the marching band realm, Phil has become an accomplished drill designer and instructor writing 8-10 competitive and non-competitive field shows each year throughout the country. Bands that have used Phil’s designs have been responsible for eleven state championships.
Phil is an outspoken advocate for music education at all levels and enjoys a busy schedule as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and freelance trumpet player. He studied trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and music education at the University of Minnesota.
Outside of the music world Phil enjoys distance running, Nordic skiing and spending time with friends in the greater twin cities area.
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.
I began marching in high school as a flute player, but before my senior year of high school, I joined the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps on trumpet. That summer, I learned trumpet at the same time I was learning our show. After graduating high school, I went on to study music education at Stephen F. Austin State University on my primary instrument of flute. I received a contract with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps for the summer of 2015 on mellophone and aged out from the corps in 2016.
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.