George Boulden | David Veda | Jim Sturgeon | Dana Arnold | Jason Koontz | Wayne Dillon | Dave Kaiser | Katie Buelow | Brian Mason


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: 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 22 years of teaching in the Central Kentucky area both fall and winter programs.  She has been an Assistant Director of the Lexis Winter Guard since its inception in 2010.

Dana has been a member of the TriState Marching Arts Judges Association since 2010 and judges in the areas of Individual Analysis Movement, Equipment and General Effect.  She has completed level 300 of WGI Certify.

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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Judge: Wayne Dillon

Location: Elizabeth, N.J.
Role: Music

Wayne Dillon holds a Masters degree in Jazz performance from The University of Miami (Fl.). Wayne completed both his Honors Fine Arts and Education degrees from York University in Toronto Canada. Wayne is currently the Director of Bands at the Upper Academy High School in Elizabeth N.J. His teaching responsibilities include Music Technology, along with Jazz, Symphonic and Marching Band. The Elizabeth HS Symphonic and Jazz bands have consistently earned superior ratings during Wayne’s tenure, and the Marching Band was awarded three consecutive State Championships from 2005-2007. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 the marching band was named USSBA State and National Champions in group VA.

Wayne is an active adjudicator for Drum Corps International and Bands of America. He has judged the prestigious National championships for both organizations over the past twenty years. He is currently a judge liaison for DCI, responsible for judge assignments. Wayne has served as the brass caption head with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston Mass. He has also worked on the music staff of the ten- time world champion Cadets of Bergen County NJ, serving as the music supervisor in 2002. In 2010-2011, Wayne served as a staff member for the US Army All American Marching Band.

As a performer, Wayne has played with The Studio Jazz band and the Art Blakey jazz ensemble from the University of Miami. Outside of school, Wayne has performed and recorded with; Jeff Healey, Albert Collins, KC and the Sunshine Band, Al Chez (from the Dave Letterman band), Steve Brosky, The Meteors, Jay and the Technics, Don Mayer and The Hamilton Philharmonic. He currently plays with Tower Suite. In 2008, Wayne was awarded the State of New Jersey Governor’s teacher recognition award for his work with the music program at Elizabeth High School.

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Judge: Dave Kaiser

Location: Coming Soon
Role: Coming Soon

Bio Coming Soon

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Judge: Katie Buelow

Katie Buelow
Location: Spring Hill, FL
Role: Visual

Mrs. Buelow is currently the Educational and Caption Facilitator of the Visual Caption of Central States Judges Association (CSJA) and was inducted into the Judges Hall of Fame in 2008, an honor reserved for the select few of CSJA who have given the most to the organization, to adjudication, and to the marching activity. Mrs. Buelow is also an active member of the Central States Judges Association, Michigan Color Guard Circuit (MCGC), Florida Marching Band Coalition, WGI Wind Division and a WGI E-Adjudicator and most recently registered with the Judges Academy.

Her role as Educational and Caption Facilitator includes creation of the educational training program, quality control, and training of current members and prospective judges to the organization.

Past adjudication affiliations included:   Twenty-five year member of Winter Guard International (WGI) and held a five year Adjudicator Advisory Member for WGI; Drum Corps Midwest, Drum Corp Associates, North Star Judges Guild, Bands of America (BOA), and Florida Federation of Judges.

Mrs. Buelow is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Business and has been sales manager for fortune 500 companies and has more than thirty (30) years; experience in teaching and instructional background in the marching activity including marching band, drum corps, color guard, drill teams and dance line.  She is also the co-owner of Visual Performance Concepts, a drill writing and instructional services company.

Mrs. Buelow has been a member of Central States Judges Association since 1976 and has served as Caption Facilitator twice – most currently since 2002.  She has adjudicated local, state and final competitions throughout the United States and Internationally.

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Judge: Brian Mason

Location: Morehead, KY
Role: Percussion

Dr. Brian S. Mason, Professor of Percussion, coordinates the percussion studies program at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. He directs the percussion ensembles, MSU Steel, and the award-winning marching percussion ensemble, featured on VicFirth.com’s web-based instructional video series Marching Percussion 101. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Board of Advisors, President of the KY Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, Associate Principal Percussion with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Percussion for the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, and appears as a guest artist with high school and university percussion ensembles across the US.

A highly respected innovator of the contemporary marching percussion ensemble, Brian’s career in the Drum Corps International activity spanned more than two decades, claiming two World Championships and three High Percussion titles, along with many other awards and honors during his tenure with the Cavaliers (1987-1996), Yamato (1997-1999), Phantom Regiment (1998-2002), and the Santa Clara Vanguard (2006-2010). He also serves as a member of the Winter Guard International Percussion Judge team, one of the most respected and highly regarded rosters of adjudicators in the marching arts. In high demand as a clinician, performer, arranger, composer, and adjudicator, Brian has appeared throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, and his compositions have been performed around the world.

Brian received his DMA and BM as a student of James B. Campbell at the University of Kentucky and his M.M. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a student of Dr. Dean Gronemeier. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Committee and the PAS Health and Wellness Committee. Brian has published articles in Percussive Notes, has been interviewed in Modern Drummer and Band and Orchestra Magazine, and co-authored the 2000 Modern Drummer Readers Poll’s “No. 1 Drum Set Method Book,” The Commandments of R&B Drumming (Warner Brothers). Brian is a performing artist for Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads, Black Swamp Percussion, and Etymotic Hearing Protection, and his original works are published through Row-Loff Productions, Bachovich Music Publications, and Tap Space Publications.