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.
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.
Michael Nash has a long history in the marching arts, starting back in 1973 as a member of the Chevaliers of Waterloo, Iowa which later became the Royal Chevaliers in 1975. In 1976, Michael moved on to march with the Osage Precisionaires of Osage, Iowa. Michael moved to the west coast and found a home with the South San Francisco Conquistadors, marching with them in the 1979 and 1980 seasons.
After a long hiatus from the activity, he resumed his marching career with the San Francisco Renegades Senior Corps in 1998 and performed for three years with them. In 2002, he was part of the management team that started the all age SoCal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael served in many roles for several years for this successful organization, including President of the Board, Corps Director, Visual Tech, Tour Manager, and a member of the hornline.
Michael has taught all levels of drum corps and high schools. He served as a visual tech for the St. Paul Scouts (1979), Logan High School (1984-85), Impulse (2000-2001), SoCal Dream (2005-2006), Renegades (1998) Gabrielino High School (2006-2007), Norco High School (2010-2011), and Los Amigos High School (2014). He currently serves as the Visual Caption Head for the highly successful Dynasty Marching Band of Ramona High School in Riverside, CA.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.