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


John LaMacchia
22

Ohio State University, Bachelors/Masters, Grades 5-12, taught in PA, MD, NC, and TN. East Coast Champions, Liberty HS, MD. USBands Music Individual and Music Ensemble judge.

37917
Any time

Shawn Halquist
32

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.

14420
Any time

Matthew Schott
23

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.

43235
Any time

Ryan H. Turner
38

Ryan H. Turner brings a rich history in the marching and pageantry arts activity that covers over 35 years of experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator.

Ryan graduated from Pasadena High School in 1984 after a successful high school music career, performing on trombone, euphonium, and tuba, and serving as drum major and marching instructor for the marching band. He moved on to Pasadena City College, where he served two years as the drum major for the PCC Lancer Marching Band as well as the world-renowned Official Tournament of Roses Honor Band. During those same years, Ryan began his three-year stint with the very popular Drum Corps International World Class Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Anaheim, California, serving one year as a lead baritone in 1985, and then the next two years as drum major. He was also a member of the highly regarded California State University at Long Beach “Big Brown Music Machine” Marching Band for two years. In his performing career, Ryan has performed in multiple idioms of music with over sixty performance ensembles as a specialist in low brass with some of the top names in southern California music education and entertainment.

Ryan’s love of drill design is evidenced in the over 225 shows he has designed since 1984 for high school and collegiate marching bands, drum and bugle corps, winter guards, and indoor drum lines across the country, garnering awards and praise in multiple judging circuits. He has instructed and designed as well for both DCI and DCA corps, including the Velvet Knights, Anaheim Kingsmen, Pacific Crest, Impulse, Capital Sound, City Sound and So Cal Dream All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps.

Administratively, Ryan served as Vice President of Contests for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) from 1990-1994, and was part of the Executive Management team that propelled the WGASC to its current status as the top “local” winter guard circuit in the world. After two years on the Board of Directors with the Pacific Crest and So Cal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps’, he served on the Board of Directors for the Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in a public relations role as well as on the Executive Steering Committee for So Cal Dream. He has worked both with the WGASC as a Contest Director, and the Marching Band Open Series (MBOS), a division of the WGASC, assisting the organization with management, strategic planning, and promotions.

Ryan’s adjudication skills have taken him nationwide, and he is currently certified as a visual performance and effect judge for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the Southern California Judging Association (SCJA), the American Drumline Association (ADLA) and US Bands (formerly the United States Scholastic Band Association–USSBA). He is a sought-after leadership consultant for drum majors and student leaders in the southern California region, and has taught at the acclaimed California Leadership Academy with nationally-renowned leadership expert Dave Kuhns. As well, he has offers his own “Dynamics of Leadership” workshops to great reviews, working with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and several marching band programs across the country.

Often referred to as the “Voice of Southern California”, he has served as announcer and Master of Ceremonies for a multitude of drum corps, marching band and winter guard shows across the southwest region over the past 30 years. He has announced for DCI, WGI, SCSBOA, and WGASC, as well as having the honor of announcing for the 2007 DCI Division II/III World Championships in Pasadena, California and for the Anaheim Kingsmen Alumni Corps’ semi-finals performance at the 2007 DCI World Championships in the Rose Bowl.

While Ryan’s love is in the marching and pageantry arts, he also serves in a very rewarding career in public safety and has been recognized for contributions in the public safety emergency communications and management industry during his 25+ year career. He is currently the Senior Fire Communications Supervisor of Education and Training for the fourth largest fire department in California, the Orange County Fire Authority, in Irvine, California. He assists in managing a workforce of 26 full-time 911 dispatchers and supervisors in a state-of-the-art Emergency Command Center. He resides in Brea, California, with his wife and three children.

He brings to the Mentor Program what you need most–friendly, humorous, and honest opinions and advice for the LOVE OF THE MARCHING ARTS.

92823
Any time

Todd Tucker
17

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.

45429
One Time Consultation with Option of Future Discussions

BillRatcliff
33

Bill Ratcliff holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Arkansas. Mr. Ratcliff is a frequent guest clinician and adjudicator in Arkansas and surrounding states. Recently retired, Mr. Ratcliff served as the Director of Bands at Alma HS in Alma Arkansas. Previously he taught at Northside HS in Fort Smith AR , Kimmons Junior High School in Fort Smith AR and at Jonesboro HS in Arkansas. As a professional musician he has performed with the North Arkansas Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, Ozark Mountain British Brass Band, and The Marshals of Swing Big Band. Mr. Ratcliff’s professional affiliations include the Arkansas Bandmaster’s Association, Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, National Band Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster’s Fraternity, American School Band Director’s Association, and was included in the 2002, 2004, and 2006 editions of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.”

72956
Any time

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.

21046
Occasional Contact

Jeremy Goldberg
20

I have been teaching marching band and drum corps (primarily visual) for 14 years and have been assisting with program coordination and drill writing for the past 5 years.

32708
Any time

William Speakman
35

Retired Director of Development, Penn State. Former General Manager, Penn State Public Broadcasting (NPR/PBS). Retired Chief Operating Officer, Youth Education in the Arts (Cadets and Cadets2, US Bands). NonProfit Specialist- SCORE. Consultant in Nonprofit Governance and Development, NFP Solutions. Member, PA Drum Corps Hall of Fame, Cadets Hall of Fame.

16827
One Time Consultation with Option of Future Discussions

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