Band Music Judge

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

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

Jackie Gilley
37

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.

73110
Any time

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

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

Jon Mattheis
17

Judging Experience: Jon has been judging marching bands for the past seven years with the Tri-State Judges Association out of Decorah, IA. He has also judged many solo & ensemble, jazz and concert band festivals in the upper midwest.
Teaching Experience: Jon has taught for 17 years and is currently the director of music at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
Bio: Jon is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Music ensembles under Jon’s direction have consistently been awarded superior ratings at contests. Two concert bands under his direction, have performed at state music educator conventions. Jon lives in Sioux Falls, SD with his wife Devyn and their son.

57106
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

Dickie Whiteside
25

Designer, Creator, Educator and Adjudicator

33813
Occasional Contact

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

Chris Church
35

Chris Church is a 35-year Veteran Band Director. He served as the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chairman in Willard, Missouri for 32 years and is currently in Springdale, Arkansas teaching at Har-Ber High School, Southwest Junior High, and Helen Tyson Middle School. His marching bands and jazz bands have consistently placed at or near the top in all festivals attended and he has also worked as a drill designer for numerous bands throughout the Midwest. His Wind Symphony earned State Level Honor I Ratings for 32 consecutive years.

Chris spent 13 seasons with the World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois where he served on the Marching/Visual Staff. He has provided marching clinics and adjudicated marching bands throughout the United States while also judging concert and jazz ensembles. Chris is currently serving as a Visual Judge for Drum Corps International (DCI) and as a Winter Guard Judge for the Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) and the Winter Guard and Percussion of Oklahoma (WGPO). He is a graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges academy and also adjudicates concert bands, solo & ensemble, and jazz festivals.

65781
Any time

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