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Phil Barnes
Since 1991

Phil Barnes has been the Instrumental Music Director at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, MD since 2003. In that time, he has developed the Marching Band program from one that stood still on the field into one that competes annually in the USBands Group I/IIA circuit. In addition to his duties at RHS, he also currently writes drill for non-competitive high school marching bands in the area, and he arranges shows and stand tunes for several bands, including Baltimore’s Marching Ravens. His major areas of expertise in the marching arts are saxophone, mellophone and drum major. Previous experience includes mellophone, drum major and instructional staff for Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, mellophone and drum major for the University of Maryland Marching Band, instructional staff for several competitive high school programs throughout Maryland, and saxophone and mellophone in his middle and high school marching bands.

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Michael Th. Embrey
45 years

Former University Marching Band Director (NIU) having created the first Drum Corps style college Band. Music arranger and show designers for universities and High Schools. Drum & Bugle Corps experience including Music arranging for Cavaliers and other corps. Former musician/music arranger USAF Drum & Bugle Corps. Music Judge for various groups, past & present: CSJA, DCI, and independent organizations. Currently hosting several National Music Festivals and Executive Director for the ALL-Illinois Marching Band.

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Tim Hinton

Tim Hinton is a composer and arranger, writing for concert and marching bands. He serves as a consultant for all aspects of marching shows, from show concepts to drill and color guard. Information about his music compositions, blog, and book can be found at He received his degrees in Music Education from the University of Tennessee and Georgia State University, and he was a marching member and instructor for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. Tim taught in the public schools for 10 years and developed a highly successful program at Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Georgia.

Tim is one of the hosts of the Marching Roundtable podcast, a resource for everyone involved in the marching arts. You can hear interviews with experts from the world of drum corps, marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion at the podcast website at Tim is also the administrator for the Marching Roundtable Academy, Judges Academy, and Marching

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Todd Tucker

Todd Tucker is the Director of Bands at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, OH. At Alter, he directs all aspects of the music department and band programs and is the Fine Arts Department Chair. Mr. Tucker has taught in Arizona, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. As the director at a small private high school, Mr. Tucker has built the program to succeed and the program prides itself on it’s uniqueness and ability to thrive in the marching arts as a small program. With less than 50 people in their wind, percussion and color guard, the Alter marching band and color guard have learned how to maximize everything they have to create unique, high quality, entertaining award winning shows each year. The focus is always quality over quantity and staying true to the program identity. The Alter HS marching band is the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Mid States Band Association Class Champion and Bands of America 2013 and 2014 Grand National Semi-Finalists.

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Mary White

Involved in colorguard, band, drum corps as member and instructor. For full bio, visit the

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Tim Hudnall

Tim Hudnall is a graduate of Western Kentucky University were he received a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry , a in Public Health. He was a member of the “Big Red Marching Band” as a trumpet and color guard performer, “Savior-Faire” Winterguard, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity. Mr. Hudnall has 34+ years experience in visual design, colorguard instruction/design and adjudication.
Tim’s marching band adjudication includes contest in the North and Southeast areas of the country and is active in the KMEA adjudication process. His winter guard adjudication is primarily with the CIPA circuit but he has been a guest judge for the SCGC, IHSCGA, and Tri-state Judging associations. He is a graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy Level One and Two, WGI Judges Academy. Tim is a current member of the CIPA Judges Association and WGI.
With a varied teaching past, Tim has been the director or consultant for many programs in Kentucky, Florida, and Tennessee. His indoor groups have been finalist at WGI regionals, Semi-finalist at WGI World Championships, and medalists in the FFCG, SCGC and CIPA circuits.
Tim served as the WGI Scholastic A class rep for the 2012 and 2013 seasons and is a current board member for the Connecting Individuals thru the Performing Arts ( CIPA ) which he has served for the last 8 years. He has been a circuit member for the past 12 years.
Currently Tim is the Visual Program Coordinator for the Hardin Valley Academy Winterguard program as well as Hardin Valley Academy’s “Spirit of the Valley” marching band which has been a BOA regional finalist, MTSU’s Contest of Champions finalist, and WCU Tournament of Bands Finalist.
He is married with two children (and a band parent) and resides in Knoxville, Tennessee where he works as a Physician Assistant.

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Matthew Schott

I am is the Director of Bands at Wilson Middle School in Newark and have been a band director since 1998. I earned my Bachelor of Music Education Degree from The Ohio State University and my Masters Degree of Music Education Degree from Capital University. I have been the Visual Caption Head for several marching bands and indoor groups in Ohio. I have extensive experience designing for and teaching high school marching band, color guard and indoor percussion, including WGI IPA World Champions and IPO Finalists, Elements Percussion. I have been a marching band adjudicator for 9 years and have served on the Ohio Music Education Association Marching Band State Judging Panel for 4 years. I have served as the Visual Caption Head for OMEA Marching Band Events.

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Shilo Stroman

Shilo Stroman is a musical chameleon determined to fit into any musical situation supported by his wide range of musical talent, a laid back attitude and a desire to push himself artistically. His thirst for performing began at the age of 5 when his parents purchased a toy Drumset. Armed with his dad;s record collection, an empty basement and chopsticks as drumsticks, the journey began. He continues on this path with a diverse schedule of performing, composing and teaching.
A versatile performer, Mr. Stroman’s credits range from playing triangle in symphony orchestras, electric bass in salsa bands, drums in funk bands and flower pots in chamber groups. Performing Stroman originals, Red Hot Chili Pepper covers and the occasional country tune, Shilo’s contemporary jazz quartet, Square Peg, released their first recording, “Searching” in 2013. In 2006, he commissioned and performed the world premiere of “Sticks and Stones” variations for drumset and wind ensemble by Jim Bonney. Shilo can also be heard on various Jazz and singer/songwriter recordings.
As an educator, Shilo is adjunct instructor of Percussion and Jazz at Colorado State University where he teaches lessons, freshman percussion ensemble, drumline, Jazz Pedagogy and is charge of the Jazz combo program. Mr. Stroman is also very active in the marching arts and has worked with the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble, Longmont High School and currently with Fossil Ridge High School, Loveland High School, Dakota Ridge High School and The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corp.
Shilo’s love of travel and sharing his passion for music education has led him to presenting clinics, adjudicating festivals and judging competitions. He has presented clinics at several Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion, State Music education conferences, middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Texas. In November 2014, he will present at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indiana. He has adjudicated at the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, The Kinser Jazz Festival as well as many smaller Jazz festivals. He also regularly judges for the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association and recently the Intermountain Percussion Association.
Furthering music education and giving back is an important part of what Shilo does. He is active in the Percussive Arts Society and served as Colorado Chapter President for 10 years. He is also serving his second term on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association.
Shilo is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a proud endorser of Promark, Evans, and Sabian products.

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Dominick Ferrara

Dr. Dominick Ferrara currently serves as Associate Professor of Music Education, Director of the Day Sessions Young Performers Summer Program, and Conductor of the Symphonic Winds at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he teaches courses in instrumental music education and conducting. For his work at Berklee, Dr. Ferrara was awarded the Professional Education Division’s Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008.
Formerly, Dr. Ferrara served as the Founding Director (2003-2006) of the Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ) Pep Band, the Founding Director (1997-2009) of the Wind Ensemble at Montclair State (NJ) University’s Stokes Forest Music Camp, and Director of Bands (1996-2006) at Lenape Valley Regional High School (Stanhope, NJ). While at Lenape Valley Regional High School, Dr. Ferrara’s bands won 2 USSBA (now USBands) Group I-A All-States Marching Band Championships and received numerous Superior ratings at concert festivals throughout the United States. For his public school teaching, Dr. Ferrara was awarded a Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award by the State of New Jersey Department of Education in 2000 and was named as a 2005 Finalist for the Princeton University Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching.
He holds a BA in Music Education, Summa Cum Laude, from Montclair State University and both an MAT in Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Rutgers University, where his specializations were Educational Administration/Supervision and Wind Conducting. He is an active adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, educational consultant, and free-lance performer. Among his many performance credits are concert appearances with The Temptations; Broadway star, Bernadette Peters; the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra; and the United States Coast Guard Band and Chamber Players. He is a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

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Abbie ford
4 full years

I am I guard enthusiast . I have been very obsessed with guard my entire life and started about 10 on my own and then got into high school guard.

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