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Nashville, TN | www.kylejbaker.com
Captions: Music Effect, Music Ensemble, Visual Effect, Visual Ensemble
Kyle J. Baker is composer and arranger based in Nashville, TN, he's a band guy and a dad. He marched with Carolina Crown for three seasons, and taught Music City for three seasons. He holds a music ed. Degree from Louisville (where he student taught at North Hardin) and studied arranging with John LaBarbera. While completing his master's degree at Belmont, he served as band TA under Gary Schallert and Barry Kraus. Several of his arrangements and compositions are available from Brassworks4 and Lovebird Music.
Memphis, TN | email@example.com
Captions: Visual General Effect, Visual Performance Ensemble,
Visual Performance Individual, Color Guard, Drum Majors
Blaine Bomar has served in every facet of the marching arts: fan, performer, instructor, clinician, consultant, designer, contest manager, and judge. He currently serves as a Program Coordinator and Creative Director for marching bands, indoor percussion units, indoor winds, and winter guards throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, Wisconsin, and Texas. Programs that he has designed and worked for have performed in venues such as: Bands of America (BOA) Regionals, Super Regionals, and the BOA Grand National Championships, Winter Guard International Regional Finals and several other state finals across the Midwest and Southeast. Blaine’s designs have been on display and featured at both the Midwest Band & Orchestra Conference and the Texas Music Educators Association Conference.
Blaine is proud member of several judging guilds and associations such as: Gulf Coast Judges Association, East Tennessee Performing Arts Association, the Central States Judges Association, USBands, and more. He was also a Level One & Two graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy during its time. Blaine has had the privilege of serving on championship panels in several states including: Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Alabama, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri to name a few.
In addition to his designing & judging, Blaine is highly sought out student leader and drum major clinician in Tennessee and Western Kentucky. He worked as an instructor for the Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics teaching student leaders and drum majors throughout the country. He was also featured on the Marching Arts Education / Marching Roundtable’s podcast with Dr. Joe Allison and Tim Hinton on “Evaluating Drum Majors”.
Presently, Blaine resides in Memphis, Tennessee with his dog, Bentley Cooper.
Greenville, KY | firstname.lastname@example.org
Caption: Visual Ensemble, Visual Effect,Music Effect, Music Ensemble, Music Individual
Brent Burris currently serves as staff coordinator for the Castle High School band in Newburgh, IN (a 27-time ISSMA finalist), and as a consultant for numerous bands throughout the region. The Castle band has been named multiple BOA Grand National finalists, as well as the BOA Class AAA National Champion, Clarksville Regional champion, Indianapolis Super Regional class champion, and was recipient of the Sudler Shield in 2017. Bands under his direction have made multiple appearances at the Kentucky Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, performed at the Dixie Classic Grand National Adjudicators Festival, and have been named a Dixie Classic Festival Honor Band. High School and Middle School concert bands under his direction have been identified with KMEA's Exemplary Performance Status. Marching bands under his direction have been named Bands of America Grand National Semi-finalists, KMEA finalists, and have also earned numerous Distinguished and Grand Champion Awards. The 2007 Muhlenberg South Marching Suns were named the KMEA Class AA State Champion, and were the Class AA Runner-Up in 2008. Students under his direction have been named to the KMEA All-State Symphonic, Concert, and Jazz Bands, University of Kentucky Honors Wind Ensemble, Western Kentucky University Honors Band, Murray State University Quad State, and the Kentucky All-State Baptist Youth Orchestra. He has served as band director for Muhlenberg Co. HS, Muhlenberg South HS, Glasgow HS, and Cumberland Co. HS (KY), and also serves as a supervisor for the Muhlenberg school system. He has adjudicated in Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and Tennessee.
Nashville, TN | email@example.com
Caption: Music Ensemble, Music Individual, Music Effect
Dr. J. Corey Francis serves as an instructor in the Metro-Nashville Public School system and has been an adjudicator in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Georgia. Dr. Francis completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Thomas V. Fraschillo. Dr. Francis also holds a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University (KY). Other teachers and mentors include Dr. Robert Ambrose, Mr. Dennis Johnson, Mr. John Fannin, Mr. Scott Erickson, and Mr. Adam Pendleton. He is married to Christen and they have two daughters, Cortlyn and Catrina.
Murfreesboro, TN |firstname.lastname@example.org
Caption: Percussion, Music Ensemble
Edward Freytag holds a B.S. in Music ED from the University of TN Chattanooga and a M.M. in Jazz Percussion Performance from the Univiversity of TN Knoxville where he studied with Jerry Coker and Keith Brown. He has been Director of Bands at Cleveland HS and LaVergne HS in TN and is now Assoc. Director at Eagleville HS and Whitworth MS. He has taught at Lee University, Cumberland University, and University of TN Chattanooga. He has many former students that are now professional musicians and/or professional music educators. He has performed with the Chattanooga and Knoxville Symphonies and served as percussion caption head for DCA Corps, Music City Legend. He is an in-demand adjudicator and clinician in both the jazz and percussion areas both nationally and internationally. He has presented clinics/masterclasses at the Kansas PAS Day of Percussion, the Montana AA Percussion Festival, the Rutherford County Percussion Festival, the North Alabama Percussion Festival, the North Georgia Percussion Festival, the Lee University Jazz Camp, the University of TN Knoxville, Austin Peay State University, the Sumner County Day of Drumset & Percussion, the MTSBOA (Middle TN School Band & Orchestra Association) Jazz Clinic, the West Kentucky Percussion Festival, the Oklahoma Band Directors Association Conference, and the State Music Educators Conferences for Maryland (MMEA), Texas (TxMEA), and Tennessee (TnMEA) to mention a few. Mr. Freytag has performed with notable artists such as Liberace, Aretha Franklin, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Bill Watrous, Dr. Hook, Steve Allen, Terry Gibbs, and many others. He is a staff writer for RowLoff Productions Publications and has written such iconic texts as "The Rudimental Cookbook", "Just Desserts", "Multiplicity", “First Solos & Duets”, and "The Orchemental Snare Collection" along with many ensembles and solos. He also has published materials with Maxwell Tree Music and Innovative Percussion Publishing. He is currently an endorser for RowLoff Productions, KHS America, Mapex Drums, Majestic Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, D’Addario, Evans Drum Heads, Humes & Berg Cases and Bags, and Monkdrums. Mr. Freytag is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Tennessee Music Educators Association (TMEA), Middle Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association (MTSBOA), Tennessee Bandmasters Association (TBA), and Professional Educators of Tennessee (PET).
Caption: Visual Effect, Visual Ensemble, Visual Individual, Colorguard
Knoxville, TN | email@example.com
Tim Hudnall is a graduate of Western Kentucky University were he received a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry and a M.S.degree in Public Health. He was a member of the “Big Red Marching Band” as a trumpet and color guard performer and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
Mr.Hudnall has 38+ years experience in design and instruction in marching band/ winterguard programming. Tim’s marching band adjudication includes several circuits across the country and he is a current member of the Tri-State Winterguard Judging Association as well as a current adjudicator for WGI, DCI, and BOA.
With a varied teaching past, Tim has been the director, program coordinator, and/ or consultant for several programs in Kentucky, Florida, and Tennessee. His groups have been finalist at WGI regionals, semi-finalist at WGI World Championships, and medalists in multiple winterguard circuits in the Southeast. His marching bands clients have been involved in various local, state, and national competitions and regular participants in the BOA arena.
Currently, Tim resides in Knoxville, Tennessee where he works as a Physician Assistant at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Caption: Music Effect, Music Ensemble, Music Individual, Visual Effect, Visual Ensemble, Visual Individual, Percussion
Glen Carbon, Il | www.siue.edu/~dknowlt.
Dr. Dave S. Knowlton has his roots in Tennessee marching band and color guard. In high school, he was a member of the Briarcrest Band (Memphis, TN). In college, he was a member of Memphis State University's "Mighty Sound of the South," the University’s PASIC drumline, and the Bengal Lancers Winter Guard. Over the past thirty-five years, Dr. Knowlton has worked in eight states as a percussion instructor, marching band show designer, choreographer, creative director, and clinician for middle schools, high schools, universities, dance companies, and drum and bugle corps. Since 2016, he has served as Program Director for the Briarcrest High School Outdoor Performance Ensemble (Eads, TN). Dr. Knowlton has judged over one-hundred pageantry arts contests in thirteen different states. In terms of marching band, he has judged for USBands (Allentown, Pennsylvania) and more than five dozen other shows sponsored by universities, municipalities, and schools. He has judged every caption except for drum majors. In terms of indoor pageantry arts, he has judged for Connecting Individuals through the Performing Arts (Johnson City, Tennessee), the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit (Pensacola, Florida), Indiana Percussion Association (Indianapolis, Indiana), Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (Kansas City, Missouri), Heartland Winter Arts (Omaha, Nebraska), and the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (Bowling Green, Kentucky). He has judged winds, percussion, and color guard. Currently, Dr. Knowlton is actively working on the “Circuit Practicum, Mentor Evaluation, and Certification” level of WGICertify. The focus of his certification work is general effect for color guard. In his full-time role as a professor of education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Knowlton researches and teaches in areas related to Educational Psychology, Design Thinking, Creativity Theory, and assessment/evaluation of education and learning. Dr. Knowlton is a member of the Board of Directors for the Jacoby Arts Center (Alton, Illinois); and he co-hosts the Learning Vibes Podcast (www.learningvibespodcast.weebly.com), a podcast that explores the arts and learning as drivers of the human experience. You can learn more about him at www.siue.edu/~dknowlt.
Caption: Visual Effect, Visual Ensemble, Visual Individual, Colorguard
Union City, TN | firstname.lastname@example.org
An active designer and adjudicator, J.R. Seals considers himself first and foremost a fan of the marching arts activity. His concepts have entertained, provoked, and inspired generations of students, directors, instructors, and fans. He studied with the Marching Roundtable's master judge Dr. Joe Allison. J.R.'s engagement is rooted in a selfless desire to maximize each and every performance.
Through his involvement, clients have achieved numerous successes including State Marching Champions and Contest of Champions Finalists . From 2001-2018 he led the creative development of Union City High School in Union City, Tennessee. During his tenure the program earned Ten Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Class Championships. In 2016 and 2017 the band was nominated for the Sudler Shield Small Schools Award presented by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation.
He owns JRSeals Concepts and is the founder editor of TennesseeMarching.com. J.R. studied Business and Organizational Management at Bethel University and resides in Union City, Tennessee where he is the Clothing Buyer for 5 Seasons Mens Shops Inc.
Murfreesboro, TN | Email: email@example.com
Caption: Music Effect Music Individual, Music Ensemble, Visual Individual
Alex Sears is the Director of Bands at the newly reestablished Rockvale High School in Rockvale, TN. Prior to his appointment at Rockvale, Mr Sears taught for 10 years at both the middle and high school levels within the Rutherford County and Marshall County school districts. During his time as a director, his bands have received consistent superior ratings in both marching and concert performances. Marching bands under his direction have been named finalists at Band os America regional competitions, champions at US Bands regional competitions, and Reserve Grand Champion at the Contest of Champions at MTSU. He received his undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, in December of 2009. During his time at TTU, Alex was an active performer with the Symphony Band, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Troubadours Jazz Ensemble, the Trombones at Tech Trombone Choir, and the world renowned Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. Alex was a member of the Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps from San Diego, CA, where he won the 2006 DCI Individual & Ensemble gold medal for trombone. He is a member of MTSBOA, the Tennessee Music Education Association, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Russell Wharton is a percussion educator, composer, and performer living in the Nashville, TN area. He is currently a member of the percussion faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, and is co-battery coordinator for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, where he was a member from 2008-2012. He has extensive experience as an arranger for the marching arts, and arranges for numerous high school marching bands (mostly in Texas). Russell hold music degrees from Indiana University and Texas Christian University, and his compositions are published by Tapspace Publications.
Murfreesboro, TN |
Music Effect, Music Ensemble, Music Individual, Visual Effect, Visual Ensemble, Visual Individual