Band Visual Instructor
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.
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.
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.”
I have been a visual instructor with the Jersey Surf, and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as high schools throughout the states of Florida and New York. Additionally, I have been a Fall (outdoor) and Winter (indoor) visual judge for 2 years with USBands. Let me know what I can help with!