Chief Judge

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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.

Joel Denton

Mr. Joel L. Denton has served as Director of Bands at Ooltewah High School for the past thirty-six years. Under his direction, the Ooltewah Band has achieved a national reputation for musical excellence. For his work at Ooltewah and his leadership for bands in Tennessee and across the nation, Mr. Denton received the Legion of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation at the 2015 Midwest Clinic. He has served as Chair of the Fine Arts at Ooltewah from 1982 to present. He has been selected five times as the Ooltewah Teacher of the Year. The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts has twice honored him for outstanding teaching. His professional affiliations include NAfME, TNMEA, ETSBOA, Phi Beta Mu, NBA, ASBDA and TNBA. Mr. Denton currently serves as the TN State Chair for the NBA, Past President of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association and is a Past-President of the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association. He has served as the State Legislative Delegate and Advocacy Chair for TNMEA and serves on the Tennessee State Department of Education’s Fine Arts Student Growth Committee. He is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and consultant for bands throughout the nation. He has affiliation with Music for All/Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and has presented at regional, state, and national conferences including NAfME, TNMEA, ETSBOA, and several universities. Mr. Denton also works with band prog rams and other organizations on developing leadership and teambuilding skills. To further impact music programs with this training, Music for All has invited Mr. Denton to coordinate and help create a Peer Teaching Division for the National Summer Symposium in the summer of 2017. Mr. Denton and Kerry, his wife of thirty-three years, have two children, Alex, who is the Assistant Director of at Cleveland High School, TN and Caroline, who is a Language Arts/Social Studies teacher in the Metro Nashville Schools.

Brad Green

Richard Kemp

Ted Mascari
Ted Mascari has been involved in all aspects of percussion since 1980 as a performer, educator and arranger and is considered one of the top marching percussion minds in Upstate New York.

He graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School in 1988. Ted holds an AAS from Onondaga Community College and a Bachelor of Science and Music from Syracuse University.  Over the past 25+ years, he has directed and arranged for several marching band and indoor percussion programs in NY, he served most recently as the Director and Music Designer for Victor High School Percussion, a NYSPC/WGI Scholastic A percussion ensemble finalist, from 2006-2014, winning 8 State Championships between indoor and marching band. He has and still is involved with quality programs like ESM, Jordan Elbridge, Oswego, Webster, Mohonasen and Central Square. He is very proud of the many students from these high schools who have gone on to march in top Drum Corps (DCI/DCA), WGI drum lines and go on to teach. He is often sought out for private instruction and consultation.

Ted's drum corps instructional career began in 1993 with the Syracuse Brigadiers, then Rochester Crusaders from 1994-1996. In addition, Ted has served as Percussion Coordinator, Percussion Arranger and Consultant for the Empire Statesmen All Age Drum and Bugle Corps from Rochester, NY, where he served from 1997-2012. He also works with the Kidsgrove Scouts since 2010, DC United Kingdom and 2015 DC Europe Champions as percussion advisor and currently holds the title of Percussion Arranger for the NY Skyliners since 2016. Ted has been strongly influenced through past experiences with Chris Calhoun, Chris Thompson, Joseph Guadagnino, Thom Hannum, and Colin McNutt. 
Ted has a newly appointed position serving as the Judging Coordinator and Education Director for the New York State Percussion Circuit. He is an adjudicator for marching band, indoor percussion and color guard in circuits throughout Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina Denver and NY. He is also an endorser for, and on the educational team of Innovative Percussion, Ludwig-Musser Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals. Ted Currently lives in Webster, NY with his wife Sara and their twin boys Christian and Mason.

Sue Nicholson
Sue Nicholson graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Mrs. Nicholson taught instrumental music for 13 years in Mississippi and 17 years in the Florida panhandle. While in Mississippi, Mrs. Nicholson helped lead the way for the Pearl High School Band to become nationally known at Bands of America competitions, where they consistently were finalists at regional competitions, including 2 time finalists at Grand Nationals. The Pearl Band is the first, and still one of only two Mississippi bands to be named Overall Grand Champions at a Bands of America Regional. Sue and David together received the Phi Beta Mu Most Outstanding Bandmasters award for Mississippi in 1983. Sue was twice on the staff of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band, including the band’s 1982 three-week tour of South Africa, where the Lions Band performed a field show eight straight evenings at the Durban Military Tattoo.

While in Florida, Sue taught band in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, first at Max Bruner Middle School, the feeder program for the nationally acclaimed Fort Walton Beach High School Band. She also started the instrumental music program at the Seaside Neighborhood School, Seaside, FL (one of Florida's first Charter Schools) and taught there 7 years. While at Seaside, Sue received the Enrollment Award at FMEA for having over 70% of the school's enrollment participating in band. The band consistently earned Superior ratings at district FBA music performance evaluations. Her Seaside Jazz Band accompanied contemporary jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, and Ellis Marsalis at the Seaside Jazz Festival.  

Sue has judged marching bands and winter guards throughout the United States for 31 years, including marching band state championship finals in 8 states. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Florida Bandmasters, MENC, Gulf Coast Judges Association, and was a WGI adjudicator in General Effect and Equipment for 28 years. This past Spring, Sue was inducted into the Gulf Coast Judges Association Hall of Fame. 

Sue moved back to Mississippi in February, 2014, where she now works as a representative for Fear Nothing Music Gear, consults and teaches locally with 2 High School Bands, while continuing to judge nationally.  Sue’s top priority is helping with her two grandsons, Daniel and Joseph Kieffer of Tupelo, MS.


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Color Guard

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Drum Major

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