Band Visual Judge
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Blaine Bomar has served in every facet of the marching arts: performer, instructor, clinician, consultant, contest coordinator, and adjudicator. He serves as a Program Coordinator and Visual Design Consultant for marching bands and winter guards throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. Programs that he has consulted and worked with have performed in venues such as: Tennessee Division One & Two State Championship Finals, Middle Tennessee State University’s Contest of Champions, Kentucky Music Educators Association State Finals, Bands of America Grand National Championships, and many more. Blaine works during the summer months as a Clinic Staff Member for the Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics teaching Student Leaders and Drum Majors throughout the country.
Bomar is a proud member of the Central States Judges Association, the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy, and the Texas UIL Marching Band Association where he studied adjudication under Dr. Joe Allison, Tim Hinton, and several other master adjudicators. He has had the opportunity to judge in several states including: Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky. In addition to his visual judging, Bomar is a highly sought out drum major judge in the state of Tennessee. While training with the Marching Roundtable, he was featured as a guest speaker on the nationwide podcast discussing how to effectively judge a drum major(s) performance if you are ever to be put in that caption. As of 2016, he was enrolled in the Marching Roundtable as a Marching Mentor to help educate aspiring judges how to properly evaluate. Bomar is also a part of the adjudication staff of E-Adjudicate, an online program that allows directors and students in several different categories to get feedback from very knowledgeable individuals.
Presently, Blaine resides in Paris, Tennessee with his dog Rudy as the Program Designer / Consultant for Summit Designs and is on the Visual Team with the Union City High School Band in Union City, Tennessee.
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.
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.