George Boulden | David Veda | Jim Sturgeon | Greg Mills | Beth Fabrizio | Ken Giese | Dana Arnold | Jason Koontz


Judge: George Boulden

George Boulden

Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Role: Music

George R. Boulden holds the rank of Associate Professor of Music and is the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky, where he serves as the conductor of the Symphony Band. Additionally, he teaches conducting and music technology in the UK School of Music. Previously, he taught in the public schools of South Carolina and Florida, and was the recipient of the ASBDA?Stanbury Award as the outstanding young band director in Florida and the Southeastern region of the United States. In 2011 George was selected as the Kentucky Music Educators Association College/University Teacher of the Year.

The Symphony Band was a featured ensemble at the 2003 and 2008 Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference in Louisville. Additionally, the Symphony Band was invited to perform at the 2005 Florida Music Educators Association/MENC Southern Division Conference in Tampa, Florida. Under his direction from 1995-2008, the Wildcat Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band served as musical ambassadors for the University of Kentucky through performances at the Outback Bowl, three Music City Bowl games, a Bands of America Regional Championship, and three NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship games. George has served as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. He has presented lectures and clinics at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, Music Educators National Conference National Convention, National Band Association National Conventions, College Band Directors National Association National Conventions, numerous Music for All/Bands of America Summer Symposia, and several MENC State Association Conferences.

Mr. Boulden has been a contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series, Bluegrass Music News, Music Educators Journal, and Teaching Music, and is the recipient of several grants to study and enhance the teaching of conducting. George has appeared as a performer with The Lexington Brass Band and on their CD, Good Company, The Lexington Brass Band, LIVE 1992-1996. Under his direction, the UK Basketball Pep Band released a CD entitled The Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Experience, and a second recording, The Best of the UK Pep Band. In July of 2010 George was selected to serve as editor of the Bluegrass Music News, the official journal of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

His professional affiliations include the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and the College Band Directors National Association. In 2007 Mr. Boulden was granted honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma, the national band service sorority.

Mr. Boulden holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina. While on a sabbatical during 2005-06, George served as a doctoral teaching assistant with the University Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and completed coursework for the doctorate in music education (ABD).

George resides in Richmond with his wife, Shelly, and daughters, Jenna and Julianna. Their son, Bob, is a member of the United States Marine Corps.

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Judge: David Veda

David Veda

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Role: Visual

Mr. David Veda has over 25 years of pageantry arts experience to his credit. He has served as a designer and clinician for drum corps, winter guard and marching band throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe and Kuwait. He has spent 15 years with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, first as a performer, then as a designer. During this time, the corps won a Drum Corps International (DCI) Championship and a DCI Best Color Guard award, along with achieving DCI finalist status every year. Mr. Veda also spent one year as a designer and clinician for the Denver Blue Knights and the Santa Clara Vanguard, both of which were DCI finalists.

Other marching band design credits include Elizabethtown HS (the 1997 Bands of America, Class A Champion), Pomona HS winter guard (1994 Winter Guard International (WGI) Open Class Champions and 2005 WGI World Class Finalist), Green Valley HS, Lexington Lafayette HS, McGavock HS, and Father Ryan HS. Outside of the pageantry arts, Mr. Veda has worked as a floor manager for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. In two previous positions, Mr. Veda served as the Assistant Company Manager and Press Coordinator for the national tour of _Grease_ with Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka and also for _Storm_ an original theater production at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Most recently he has worked with Spamalot at Wynn Las Vegas, The Beauty of Magic with Hans Klok and Pamela Anderson at Planet Hollywood and Jersey Boys at the Palazzo Resort and Casino.

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Judge: Jim Sturgeon

Jim Sturgeon

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Role: Coming Soon

Jim Sturgeon has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 25 years. He serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, Colorado Bandmasters, Gulf Coast Judges Association, and various marching band and color guard circuits. Jim was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard. He has served as a designer/clinician for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps as well as for several high school band and color guard programs throughout the country.

Outside of the pageantry arts, Jim works in the field of human resources for Kindred Healthcare Inc. He possesses a BSBA and an MBA in business from the University of Louisville. Currently Jim serves as the Senior Director of Human Resources Operations for Kindred and lives in Louisville, KY.

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Judge: Greg Mills

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Role: Coming Soon

Mr. Mills is a native of Tennessee where he attended Bolivar Central High School and graduated Cumlaude from The University of Memphis in 1978. Mr. Mills currently resides with his wife Susie in Sharonville, Ohio. Susie is a retired Principal Scientist for the Procter & Gamble Company and a marketing research expert.

As a music educator, Mr. Mills has taught at Briarcrest High School in Memphis, Tennessee, Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and retired in June of 2012 after thirty years as Director of Instrumental Music at Kings High School. Concert and Marching Ensembles directed by Mr. Mills consistently garnered Superior Ratings and won many competitions during his thirty-five year career.

Mr. Mills is also the Assistant Director of the Central State Judges Association, President and co-founder of the Mid-States Band Association, past President of District 13-Ohio Music Educator?s Association, and a member of Phi Beta Mu. In addition, Mr. Mills is the Assistant Director of the Central States Judging Association Hall of Fame.

As a professional trumpeter, Mr. Mills has played with entertainers such as Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Vicki Carr, Dianne Carroll, Roy Clark, John Davidson, Phyllis Diller, Barbara Eden, Peter Nero, Rich Little, Bob Newhart, Wayne Newton, Danny Thomas, Lou Rawls, Barry Manilow, and Sonny & Cher. In addition, Mr. Mills has performed with the Memphis Symphony, Memphis Opera Productions, Holiday on Ice, Disney on Parade, and numerous musicals. He has played in the solo cornet section with The Ohio Valley British Brass Band for the past twenty-two years. In addition, Mr. Mills currently serves on the brass staff of the William Mason Marching Band and consults with the Sycamore HS Marching Band.

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Judge: Beth Fabrizio

Location: Fairport, New York
Role: Music

Beth A. Fabrizio holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Clarinet Performance and a Masters of Music in Conducting, Education and Performance from Ithaca College. She has studied conducting with Rodney Winther and Dr. Donald Hunsberger and Clarinet with Michael Webster, Richard Waller, Stanley Hasty, William Osseck, Carmine Campione and performed in master classes with Richard Stoltzman.

Ms. Fabrizio maintains a private clarinet studio with numerous students pursuing careers in music education, therapy, recording and performance. She herself performed as the principal clarinetist and personnel manager with The Greater Rochester Music Educators Wind Ensemble, and former Eb clarinet with The Perinton Concert Band. Beth is a freelance performer and is an active artist/ clinician for The D?adarrio Corporation.

Ms. Fabrizio has conducted various honor bands and given master classes and clinics across the United States, Europe and Japan. She has consulted marching bands in New York, Indiana, Virginia and Texas. Ms. Fabrizio has been the brass caption head with The Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, brass coordinator with The Pride of Soka from Tokyo, Japan, brass staff with the Boston Crusaders, brass faculty member with The Glassmen and the Spirit of Atlanta. Beth adjudicates for DCI, WGI and numerous other state associations.

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Judge: Ken Giese

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Role: Visual

Ken Giese is a nationally recognized visual caption designer and adjudicator. He is an active visual caption judge for Music For All/Bands of America, Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International (Percussion Division), the Winter Guard Association of Southern
California, and many other local circuits and organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

He has served as a visual designer and instructor for numerous high school bands, winter guards, drum and bugle corps, and marching percussion units.

Mr. Giese currently resides in Henderson, Nevada, where he teaches math and band at Foothill High School.

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Judge: Dana Arnold

Dana Arnold

Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Role: Guard

Dana Arnold is presently the Assistant Executive Director of the Fayette County Bar Association in Lexington Kentucky.

Her color guard experience includes over 21 years of teaching in the Central Kentucky area both fall and winter programs. Currently, she is an Assistant Director of the three time WGI Bronze medalist Lexis Winter Guard.

Dana has been a member of the TriState Judges Association since 2010 and adjudicates in the areas of Individual Analysis Movement, Equipment and General Effect.

Dana is married to Rob Arnold, a teacher in the Clark County School System and he also instructs/designs/judges for bands and guards in Kentucky. They have two sons and reside in Winchester Kentucky.

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Judge: Jason Koontz

Location: Coming Soon
Role: Percussion

Dr. Jason Koontz has served as director of percussion studies at Eastern Kentucky University since 2000. He currently teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, percussion methods, music appreciation, world music, and directs both the EKU Percussion Ensemble and the EKU Steel Band.

He has traveled to perform and study world music/percussion in Europe (England, Holland, and Switzerland), Japan, Taiwan, Trinidad, Africa, India, Indonesia, and Brazil. Koontz has also performed with groups such as Global Rhythms, Blast, Birdsong Steel Orchestra, Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops and Ballet Orchestras, Lexington Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Lexington Theater, the Art of Rice Traveling Theater (Indonesia), Tonus Percussion Trio, Resonance Percussion Sextet, Star of Indiana drum and bugle corps, Brass Theater, and the Southwind drum and bugle corps.

He is currently the Co-Director of the Birdsong Steel Orchestra’s “Panorama Educational Program” (Trinidad), Treasurer for the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, a member of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention world music planning committee, a member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., Pearl, Ludwig/Musser, and Coyle Steel Drums. His compositions and arrangements for steel band and percussion ensemble are published by Drop 6 Media and Coyle Steel Drums, and Pan Ramajay Productions.

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