Chief Judge

Richard Holmes
Richard Holmes received his Bachelor of Music Education from Winthrop University in 1989 and his Master of Music Education from Appalachian State University in 2000. He is currently in his his twenty-seventh year of teaching. Mr. Holmes is currently the Director of Bands at Southwest Middle School in Charlotte, NC. Some of Mr. Holmes' professional affiliations include, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, American School Band Directors Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, South Central District Bandmasters Association. Mr. Holmes is currently serving as Treasurer and Webmaster for the South Central District and as the Immediate Past President for the North Carolina Music Educators Association and is a Past President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. Some Mr. Holmes’ personal honors include receiving the 2004 Award of Excellence from the South Central District, being recognized by Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 from nominations of former students. Mr. Holmes has also served as a clinician for several All-County Honor Bands in North Carolina. He has also served as a judge for marching band contests and concert band festivals in North Carolina and Virginia.


Music Performance - Ensemble

Fred Ford

Fred has been involved in the marching arts for over 40 years as a performing member, instructor, director and adjudicator. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Jersey Surf World Class Drum Corps from Camden County, NJ.

From 1994-2006, Fred was the assistant director and staff/program coordinator at the East Coast Jazz of Malden, MA, helping to lead the corps to their 6 medalist spots and two World Championship titles in Division II (1998 & 2005). He also held the position of program coordinator for the Citations Drum & Bugle Corps of Burlington, MA in 2008-2009 and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Crusaders of Boston, MA from 2008-2013.

Fred has taught numerous high school bands in Massachusetts, has served as the chairman of the DCI Atlantic Division Advisory Committee, is an active adjudicator throughout the US and is the percussion caption chair for the Mass Judges Association. 

As a performer he has played in a wide variety of ensembles ranging from rock to jazz to soul/ rhythm &blues and has been the drummer for The Soul Revival Orchestra since 2008.Fred received his formal training from noted rudimental percussionist Jim Buckley of Boston and has being teaching private students for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Suffolk University and Masters Degree from Lesley College.

Fred resides in Wakefield, MA with his wife Cheryl and 2 children, Sarah and Andrew. During the day Fred works for OUTFRONT Media as the National Sales Manager in Boston.

Music Performance - Individual

Steve Calhoun
Steve Calhoun has been a music educator, clinician, consultant and adjudicator for over 30 years.  He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, the University of West Georgia and Lincoln Memorial University. His bands have won numerous awards locally, nationally and internationally, and have performed in Ireland, Australia, and twice for President Ronald Regan.  He has judged the finals for DCI, DCA, WGI, BOA, Drum Corps Japan, ISSMA, USSBA, MCBA, KMEA as well as many other local and regional shows.  He has served as judge administrator for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, Drum Corps South, and is currently the percussion judge administrator for SAPA, Brass consultant for Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps and Visual designer for Reinhardt College Screaming Eagle Marching Band.

Visual Performance - Ensemble

Anne R. Reese
Anne Reese has been a music educator in North and South Carolina for the past 35 years. Recently retired from the Charlotte Mecklenburg schools, Mrs. Reese has taught instrumental, choral, elementary and middle school general music as well as Advanced Placement Music Theory. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Education from Mars Hill College and a Master of Arts degree in Middle School Education from Belmont Abbey College. Mrs. Reese also holds National Board Certification in Music, early adolescent to young adult. A member of several professional organizations, including the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, Mrs. Reese has served as president of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association and the South Central Bandmasters Association. She currently serves as the Executive Administrator for the North Carolina Bandmasters Marching Band Committee. Anne remains active as a clinician and adjudicator for concert and marching band events in the southeast and as a musician, performing with local community and church ensembles. 


Music Effect

Todd A. Fox
Mr. Fox has been a music educator for over thirty years and was named 2013 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) “Citation of Excellence” award winner.  He has held many roles in music education and the pageantry arts.  Mr. Fox began as the band director at Brooke High School (WV) for five years, Quaker Valley High School (PA) for fourteen years, marching band director at Gateway High School (PA) for two years and currently the Band Director at Quaker Valley Middle School.  His Concert bands, Marching Bands, Jazz Bands, Winter guards, and Drum line(s) have received countless superior ratings in local, state, regional and national contests, named BOA Regional Finalists, and have been awarded numerous class and grand champion awards throughout the country.  
Mr. Fox has been a music adjudicator since 1990 and has been the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges (PFCJ) for ten of those years.  He currently judges winter guard, indoor percussion, indoor Winds and marching bands throughout the U.S. and Canada and is a judge for Bands of America/Music For All & Winter Guard International (WGI).  Additionally, he is a judge for Drum Corps International in the Music captions for over twenty years including numerous regional and national championship contests.  
Mr. Fox completed his undergraduate work at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and his graduate work has been done at Duquesne University & West Virginia University.  
Mr. Fox began marching in drum corps in 1976 with the Thunderbirds Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps from Erie, Pa. where he was a member of the percussion section for seven years.  Since that time he’s held the role of instructor, designer, composer, & consultant, for many other drum corps, marching bands, winter guards, and indoor drum lines.
Mr. Fox resides in the Pittsburgh, PA area with his beautiful wife, Mariann and his two young children, Mia and Ryan.



Scott Koter

Scott Koter is currently Assistant Superintendent in the Kiski Area School District in Vandergrift, Pa. and previously served as Director of Secondary Education, Principal, Supervisor of Music and Director of Bands in the same district beginning in 1983. As a band director, his ensembles received numerous awards and honors including appearances at the Midwest Band & Orchestra, MENC, IAJE and PMEA conventions. His marching bands accumulated numerous state and regional titles while winning the Bands of America Grand National class AA title in 1991 and 1994.

Koter earned his undergraduate degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and graduate degrees from Duquesne University and administrative credentials from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of many professional organizations including NASSP, ASCD, MENC, PAS, Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Beta Mu. His publishing credits include articles in PMEA Notes,Today's Music Educator and Percussive Notes. He also received citations for teaching excellence from IAJE, NBA, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Duquesne University, St. Vincent College, Penn State Univeristy and has been selected to Who's Who Among American Teachers numerous times.   While music supervisor for Kiski Area SD, the high school was named as a Grammy Signature School in 1998.

Koter has served as program coordinator for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps of Rosemont, IL since 1999.  He also has severed as design consultant to the Bluecoats, Glassmen, Magic of Orlando, Spirit of Atlanta, Troopers and Ventures as well as numerous award winning high school band programs throughout the country. He has served as Music Education Director for the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, Percussion Caption Chairman for Drum Corps International and on the Bands of America contest advisory board. He continues to guest conduct, adjudicate contests and perform clinics throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan.

Visual Effect

Don Deems

Don Deems has taught English at Norwood High School in Cincinnati since 1992. He holds a BA in Speech Communication from Miami University and an MEd in Secondary Education from Wright State University.

Performance experience includes the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and the Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard. Teaching experience includes the Bluecoats and numerous high school bands and guards throughout the region including Fairborn and Carroll High Schools in Ohio and the state champion Grant County band in Kentucky. He has been a member of the Tri State Judges Association since 1990 serving as chief judge for the past ten years.

He has judged state band championships in Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona, and Kentucky, has judged for WGI and DCA, and has been a judge for Drum Corps International since 2000.


Steve Petrucci
Stephen M. Petrucci most recently served as Director of Bands at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, North Carolina. During his time at Central, Stephen increased the band enrollment from 40 students in 2009, to over 160 in 2015. In addition to quantity, Mr. Petrucci increased the quality of the entire band program. Performing ensembles received multiple grand champion and first place awards, MPA superior ratings, and winter guard medals. While at Central, Stephen oversaw the direction of the Marching Vikings, two concert bands, two winter guards, jazz band, and percussion ensemble.
Stephen’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Marshall University in 2002 and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University in 2008. While at Marshall, Stephen was voted the MU Percussive Arts Society Chapter President and co-creator of the MU “Day of Percussion.” During his time at East Carolina he taught percussion methods courses, the Marching Pirates Drum Line, and conducted the ECU Steel Band. 

Prior to his time at Central Cabarrus, Stephen was the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, NC and Director of Bands at Red Springs High School in Red Springs, NC. While at Wakefield (2008-2009), Stephen co-directed the marching band, conducted the freshman concert band, Silver Jazz Band, and lead the Wakefield Indoor Concert Percussion Ensemble to an AIA Open Class Gold Medal. While at Red Springs (2003-2006), Mr. Petrucci directed the Marching Devils, concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and the Caribbean Connection Steel Band. Along with his teaching responsibilities, he was appointed the chairperson for the Public Schools of Robeson County Bandmasters Association (2005-06). 

Stephen has been an active percussion teacher in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina where he has built percussion programs into highly competitive and performing ensembles. Along with teaching, he has judged both marching and concert percussion contests. Stephen is an active artist/endorser for Innovative Percussion.

Stephen currently resides as a stay-at-home dad in Mint Hill, NC with his beautiful wife Sarah and daughters Grace and Katherine.

Color Guard

Shannon Proctor-Nystrom

Ms. Shannon Proctor-Nystrom is a graduate of NCSU with a BS in Business Management and a graduate from Meredith College with a teaching license in Dance K-12.  She has been teaching dance and guard for over twenty years with various schools such as Wakefield HS, Cape Fear HS, Corinth Holders HS, South Granville HS, and Scotland HS.  She was a guard performer for many years with groups such as Blessed Sacrament Winter Guard, The Study Winter Guard, Carolina Visual Productions Winter Guard, and Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.   

Shannon Proctor-Nystrom is in her 14th year working for Wakefield HS in both Dance and Color Guard.  She is the current Caption Head of the Wakefield Color Guard and Winter Guard programs. Throughout her teaching and design, the winter guards have grown to a national level achieving WGI World Championship Finalist positions four times, semi-finalist positions seven times, and being the first Wake County guard to be promoted into Open Class.  Her biggest achievement is showing her love of the activity to  her students who have continued with their guard careers in groups such as Pride of Cincinnati, Blessed Sacrament, First Flight, Amachi, Legacy, Carolina Visual Productions, Carolina Crown, and Carolina Gold.

Drum Major

Jonathan Chesson
Jonathan Chesson is currently the Director of Bands for Person County Schools and is in his 8th year of teaching.  Mr. Chesson has been active as a clinician for local bands and honor ensembles in the state.  Mr. Chesson was the first conductor for The Yadkin Valley Community Band in Northwest North Carolina. He has been published with TI:ME-The Technology Institute for Music Education, and currently serves as the District 9 Immediate Past-President for the North Carolina Music Educators Association.  He is a 2008 Honors Teaching Graduate from Appalachian State University and is a member of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Central District Band Directors Association (CDBDA), and is a North Carolina Teaching Fellows.  Under his direction, the Person High School Wind Ensemble has earned four consecutive superior ratings at the NC Music Performance Adjudication.  These are the school's first superior ratings at MPA.  Jonathan is an active member of Person Masonic Lodge #113 and lives in Roxboro with his loving and supportive wife, Michelle and their beautiful daughters, Katelyn and Camryn.