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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.”
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 www.timhinton.com. 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 www.marchingroundtable.com. Tim is also the administrator for the Marching Roundtable Academy, Judges Academy, and Marching Mentor.com.
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.
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
Judged Kansas Bandmasters State Championships and Kentucky Bandmasters Association quarterfinals in addition to judging nationally.
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 Mora has been involved in the marching arts for 20+ years. During that time he has served the community in a multitude of roles including drill writer, instructor, consultant, and director. This afforded him the opportunity to work with several groups including Team Miami (A.K.A Braddock Independent), Crossmen, Mandarins, and YEA!. However, the position that he has felt the most called to is that of adjudicator. It is in this capacity that Brian feels he has the farthest reach and therefore, can be the most proactive in supporting groups to become successful in achieving their goals. The kid’s development and that of the field as a whole is at the center of all he does. As a result, Brian has worked with many associations such as WBA, NTCA, TCGA, CCGC, SJVCGA, PPACC, LVMA, NVIA, WCWA, ADLA, FMBC, MAIN, and NESBA.
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.