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My annual trek to Bands of America was a fun one this year. I had 6 of my groups attend: Bellbrook HS (OH) Carmel HS (IN) Cedar Ridge HS (TX) Franklin HS (TN) Father Ryan HS (TN) Northmont HS (OH) Each one was a special experience for me. Bellbrook capped off their season with their […]
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It was such a great experience to return as an adjudicator to Marching in Okayama 2013. Especially significant was the fact that it was their 25th anniversary. Congratulations to all involved! Not only was I there to judge the marching band show, but I also represented WGI in signing a Friendship Agreement with the City […]
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Had a wonderful time at WGI (both guard and percussion) World Championships! It is always a great opportunity to catch up with friends, although sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming with all of the mini reunions that can happen at any second. My groups performed their hearts out, and did well competitively too. Bellbrook […]
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On October 24th, I left the United States for The Netherlands where I had been kindly invited to do a combination Pyware and show design clinic. I had connected my friend Paul Doop with the great people at Pyware in order to help him and others make a decision about drill design software. He is […]
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I just returned home from a wonderful visit to Japan. This was the second year that my good friend Sadao Yokota had invited me to be a guest judge at the Marching in Okayama competition in Okayama, Japan. I am very grateful for the opportunity, as it has been a wonderful experience both times I […]
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I had been involved with Drum Corps International for over 25 years, as a performer, an instructor, and a designer. As a result, I had always gone to the DCI World Championships every August. This never allowed me to attend another championship that I had always been curious about: The World Baton Twirling Championships. I […]
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I was so excited to get the invitation to be a guest adjudicator and clinician at the 2012 Hong Kong Youth Marching Band Competition. This event was sanctioned by WAMSBE, World Association I had never been to HK before, and was excited to see what the marching arts activities were like in that area of […]