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

FIND A MENTOR

Use this site to find a mentor to answer questions or give advice. Mentors control the amount of interaction they can give and may end the mentoring relationship at any time. You must sign up to use this service and will make initial contact with the mentor through this site.

Find a Mentor

BE A MENTOR

Give back to our activity by making yourself available to give advice from your years of experience and expertise. You contact info is completely confidential and you will only be contacted initially through our site. Mentors control the amount and type of help they give and can end a mentoring relationship at any time.

SIGN UP TO BE A MENTOR


Jackie Krasuski
16

Founder and executive director of Spintronix Color Guard, Jackie has been a color guard performer since 2001 and has since broadened her resume to include design, instruction, and judging on a variety of levels. She has performed for and worked with groups from the junior high, high school, college, DCI, and WGI levels. She has had several successful projects including camps, an independent winterguard, and a color guard instruction video series on YouTube. In addition, she has studied and taught dance traditionally; ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. As other short-term projects, she works with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band each year, and was a performer in the 2016 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

65548
Any time

Bill Castillo
30

Design (20 years):
Percussion arranger/composer for various high schools across the country, including Texas, Illinois and New Jersey.
Visual Designer for various schools.
Music consultant for Reef Independent Indoor Percussion.

Teaching (30 years):
Currently – Percussion technician for Rockwood Summit High School Marching Band
Past – Belleville East High School, Belleville West High School, Truman State University band camp and other various schools around Missouri.

Judging (7 years):
Level One graduate of the Judge’s Academy
USBands judge
Judged Kansas Bandmasters State Championships and Kentucky Bandmasters Association quarterfinals in addition to judging nationally.

63026
Any time

C. Grant Maledy
11

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

65301
Occasional Contact

Brian Taylor
24

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.

30344
Any time

Rich Guillen
28

Richard F. Guillen, a native of Kearny, New Jersey, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Kean University of New Jersey his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. Since 1997, Mr. Guillen has been director of bands at Arlington High School, in the Arlington Central School District, located in Dutchess County, NY. He has previously served as director of bands at Central Regional High School in Bayville, NJ from 1989 to 1997. Mr. Guillen’s current responsibilities in the Arlington Central School District include serving as the district’s Music Coordinator as well as director of the Arlington High School Wind Ensemble, the most advanced of the school’s five concert bands. Mr. Guillen is also the director of Jazz programs at Arlington High School, serving as the director of the award winning Arlington Jazz Machine, the most advanced of the school’s three Jazz Ensembles, and assisting with the school’s two other jazz ensembles. Mr. Guillen’s marching, concert and jazz ensembles have consistently received many awards and accolades under his direction. His 9th Grade and Symphonic Bands have received several “Gold with Distinction” awards at NYSSMA state music festivals. The Arlington High School Wind Ensemble has performed at the NY State School Music Conference, several wind band festivals around the northeast, and made it’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2014. The Arlington High School Jazz Machine performs annually at local and regional festivals as well as hosting its popular Jazz Cabaret night. The Jazz Machine has attended the prestigious Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston 20 times. The Jazz Machine has won 1st place 4 times at the Berklee Festival and has placed in the top 3 every year in Large Ensemble Class 1 since 2007. The Jazz Machine also participates annually in the Essentially Ellington program. From 1997 – 2005, Mr. Guillen was the director of the Arlington Admiral Marching Band. During that time, the Admiral Band consistently ranked as one of the top 5 bands in New York State and in the Northeast. In 2004, the Admiral Marching Band won the NY State Field Band Conference National Class Championship. The Admirals also won the 2005 US Bands NY State Champions and the Musical Arts Conference Class 5 Championship and were named Grand Champions in both 2003 and 2004. The Admiral Marching Band has been a Bands of American Eastern Regional finalist every time they attended the event. In 2004, the Admirals attended the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Out of 100 bands in competition that year, the Admirals were named as a semi-finalist and placed among the top 25 bands in the nation.

Aside from his duties at Arlington High School, Mr. Guillen is also a very active freelance arranger, composer and program consultant for many competitive marching bands and drum corps. He has been invited to work with various musical organizations as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor around the country. His marching band and drum corps arrangements have been a part of many state and regional championship programs. As a brass performer, Mr. Guillen was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (formerly the Garfield Cadets) and the Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps. As a saxophone and jazz performer and director, Mr. Guillen has worked with Bob Mintzer, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Andy Fusco, and Bob Yurochko. Mr. Guillen is also active as an adjudicator for marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles, and drum corps throughout the U.S. After serving as a judge in Drum Corps Associates 8 years, he was appointed Brass Caption Judging Supervisor for DCA in 2009 and has held that position since then. Mr. Guillen is also an active freelance adjudicator with MAC, US Bands, ISSMA, KMEA and many independent programs. He currently resides in the town of LaGrange, NY with his wife and their four daughters and feels truly blessed.

12603
Any time

Phil Snyder
17

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.

55346
Occasional Contact

Ann Cavin
24

Ann has participated in the color guard arena for more than 20 years.

She began her marching career at North Side HS in Jackson, TN where she marched in the North Side HS Band and Winter Guard. From there she became a charter member of Madison Winter Guard, an independent unit out of Jackson, TN, and marched for two years.

Ann has been on visual staff with Northeast Middle School Band, Chester Co. HS Band, Lexington HS Band, Milan HS Band, Peabody HS Band, Henry Co. HS Band, South Side HS Band, Riverside HS Band, Ripley HS Band, Huntingdon HS Band, Dyersburg HS Band, Lewis County HS Band and Soddy Daisy HS Band in Chattanooga, TN.

She is a graduate of Lambuth University with a degree in Instrumental Music Education.

Ann has been the director of Project Imagination since its inception.

38366
Any time

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.

72110
Occasional Contact

Taylor Smith
12

Currently the Assistant Director at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Ca. Marched RCC Fall 3 years and was featured trombone soloist. Traveled to BOA twice with RCC and Rose Parade 4 times. Marched the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps for two years on Euphonium 2010 and 2011. Taught Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest D&B Corps, and The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps for two years. Earned Music Education Degree and Jazz Performance Degree from CSULB under Jeff Jarvis. Has been seen on several Television commercials, movies, and tv shows as a performer/background actor. I have written drill for indoor drumline, and marching band.

90803
Any time

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.

60115
Any time