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Dominick Ferrara
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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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Matthew Schott
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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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Jackie Gilley
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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.

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Tim Hinton
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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.

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Travis Coakley
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Mr. Coakley has been the Director of Bands for the Biloxi Public School District and Department Chair for the Performing Arts at Biloxi High School since 2011. Beginning in 2015 he will serve the Biloxi Public School District as the Fine & Performing Arts Director. In that time, the Biloxi Band has consistently received the highest ratings for marching band and concert band performances. Biloxi High School was awarded the Sweepstakes Award for the first time in school history in 2012-2013. Biloxi High School was recently named a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years and the Biloxi Public School District was named by the NAMM Foundation as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2014. In 2015 Biloxi High School was named by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education as its “School of Excellence” for making arts an essential part of education and received the SupportMusic Merit Award by the NAMM Foundation.

Mr. Coakley directs the 200-member Biloxi High School Marching Band and the Biloxi Wind Ensemble. He is currently serving as the National Treasurer for the American School Band Director’s Association, the Awards Chairman for the National Band Association, and as President of the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association.

Mr. Coakley was recently named the “Thad Cochran Distinguised Arts Educator for Music” in the state of Mississippi (2013), the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce Secondary Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), Biloxi Public School District Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), Biloxi High School Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association High School Band Director of the Year (2013-2014), and one of SBO’s 50 “Director’s Who Make a Difference” in 2014.

Mr. Coakley is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (Bachelor of Music Education, 1999, Master of Music Education, 2002). He has memberships that include Phi Beta Mu (PBM), the American School Band Director’s Association (ASBDA), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association (MBA), Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association (GCBDA) and the International Trombone Association (ITA).

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Ethan Hussong
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I m arched high school marching band from 1998-2002 (2x state champions). I played soprano and marched with Phantom Regiment in 2002. I taught high school marching band in 2003 and 2004 (2x state champions).

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Shelba Waldron
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Twenty five plus years as a performer, instructor, and judge. Marched with Star of Indiana and Pride of Cincinnati…back in the day. Have taught numerous world class, high school, and independent guards throughout the nation. Judge nationally. I am interested in mentoring young women to be leaders in the activity in not just color guard, but leadership as well.

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Ann Cavin
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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.

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Matthew Shrewsbury
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I have been a wind and percussion technician for 13 years. I’ve been a band director for 8 years (from 6-12 and university levels). I have been an adjudicator for concert, jazz, and marching for 9 years. I have a drill and visual designer for 12 years.

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Ashley
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21, still marching
Raiders 12-13
Cadets CBCCG 14-15
FOV 15
Stonewall 16
Teaching 4 years @ several programs
🙂 I am married to a husband who also does color guard and go to college full time, teach, and March.

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