James Phillips – Chief Judge
James Phillips is the current Director of Bands at Hendersonville High School. He is currently in his 21st year of teaching. He has judged concert and marching bands all over North Carolina and has served on District and State Committees. Mr. Phillips is an alumnus of Appalachian State University and University of Phoenix. He is a member of the WNCBA, NCMEA, NAfME, and the ASBDA. He currently lives in Henderson County with his wife, daughter and Jindo dog.
Vincent Clayton – Music Ensemble
Vincent Clayton is retired after 34 years of teaching, the last 21 years at Ridge View High School in Columbia, South Carolina. He received both the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Under his direction, the Ridge View band program received numerous Superior Ratings and awards in marching and concert events. The Blazer Marching Band was a consistent finalist at the South Carolina State Championships and at several Bands of America Regional competitions. The Ridge View Symphonic Band received numerous Superior Ratings at state and national events. They performed at the Bands of America National Concert Festival, four times at the South Carolina Music Educators State Convention, twice at the University of South Carolina Band Clinic, the University of Southern Mississippi Band Clinic, and the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational.
His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education; the National Band Association; the South Carolina Band Directors Association; Phi Beta Mu; Pi Kappa Lambda; and he is a Past Chapter President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a charter member and Past President of the Palmetto Concert Band. Mr. Clayton received the National Band Association’s “Citation of Excellence” on five different occasions, the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s “Legion of Honor”, Phi Beta Mu’s “Outstanding Bandmaster Award”, and in 2016, Mr. Clayton was inducted in both the South Carolina Band Directors Association’s and the Phi Beta Mu’s “Hall of Fame”.
Mr. Clayton and his wife Leslie have two children, Grant and Kelsey, and two granddaughters, Taylor and Madison.
Matthew Mallery – Music Individual Performance
Mr. Matthew Mallery is in his 6th year of teaching at Marvin Ridge Middle School where he co-directs the 6th, 7th & 8th grade bands, and Pep Band.
Immediately following his graduation from Myers Park High School, Matt began instructing percussion ensembles in the Charlotte area in the summer of 2005 at David W. Butler High School, where he served as the Director of Percussion, arranger, and instructor for over 7 years. Expanding his teachings, Matt has also worked with many other high school percussion sections both as an arranger and consultant including: Myers Park, Butler, Providence, Independence, Northwest Cabarrus, Parkwood, Piedmont, Weddington, and more recently Marvin Ridge. His percussion ensembles have received numerous high percussion awards at area contests.
Matt’s professional affiliations include the North Carolina Music Educators Association, both the Vic Firth and Remo Education teams, and NAfME (National Association for Music Education, recently MENC). He is also a former member of the Carolina Panther’s Official Drumline “PurrCussion” that performs at every Panther’s home game.
Matt holds both a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters of the Arts in Teaching degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. While attending Winthrop University Matt performed with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and the West African Drum Ensemble.
Currently, while teaching at Marvin Ridge Middle School, Matt has served as an adjudicator for marching band festivals and has experience as a clinician for Remo, Vic Firth, and Mapex Drums.
Ken Rudd – Music Effect
Ken Rudd, Mt. Holly, NC is retired after over 40 years teaching in NC, SC, and VA…His bands have consistently won many honors throughout the South. He has judged in NC, VA, SC, Ga., and Florida. In Virginia he served on VBODA on board of directors as marching band chairman.
Andrew Blair – Music Effect
Andrew Blair is one of the Band Directors at Harris Road Middle School in Concord, NC, where he and his wife Molly run a program of around 400 Band students in Grades 6-8. Mr. Blair is also a percussion section coach for the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensembles, and is the marching percussion coordinator and arranger for the Lenoir-Rhyne University “Spirit of LR” Marching Band.
Andrew began his teaching career at Maiden High School from 2010-2012 where the students earned Superior ratings in Concert, Marching, and Solo & Ensemble. Andrew then taught at Hickory Ridge Middle and High Schools from 2012-2016 where every Concert Band, Marching Band, and Percussion Ensemble under his direction or assistance earned Superior ratings each year during his tenure. As an educator and clinician, Andrew has worked with many top-tier groups across the country such as Kennesaw Mountain High School, Lassiter High School, the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, Music for All Summer Symposium, and the Western Carolina University Summer Symposium.
Andrew graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, Cum Laude, as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow from Western Carolina University in 2010, completing his student teaching at Kennesaw Mountain High School with David Starnes, Michael Huebner, and Max Mullinix. While at Western, he performed with the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Artist-In-Residency Orchestra, as well as giving multiple solo and collaborative recitals. Andrew had many of his most formative experiences as a member of the WCU “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band, where he played snare drum from 2006-2009, acting as Snare Section leader and Drumline Captain during the 2009 Sudler Trophy winning season. Andrew’s principal teachers at WCU were Mario Gaetano (orchestral percussion), Matt Henley (marching percussion), and Byron Hedgepeth (drumset/world percussion). Andrew has also supplemented his studies with Everett Beale, Michael Burritt, and Leigh Howard Stevens amongst many others. Performance and presentation credits include the NCMEA Professional Development Conference as a presenter and performer, NC Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion as both a soloist and ensemble player, as well as the Stevens Marimba Seminar Highlight Concert.
An active performer, Andrew is a section percussionist with both the Union Symphony Orchestra and Carolinas Wind Orchestra, and can be heard performing Jazz, Classical, Chamber, and Church music in the greater Charlotte area. Andrew seriously enjoys his work for bands across the nation as an educational consultant and clinician. Andrew is in high demand as an adjudicator, sound designer, arranger, and composer for concert and marching ensembles across the United States.
Andrew is a member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Percussive Arts Society. Andrew is also a proud Educational Artist and Clinician for Innovative Percussion.
Tammy Reyes – Visual Effect
Tammy Reyes is a band director in Hickory, NC. She has spent the last 10 years directing bands at Hickory High School and Grandview Middle School, where her bands consistently earned high ratings. She has also taught bands in Rowan County and Greene County. She has been an active member of the South Central Band District, and is now a member of the Northwest Band District. Ms. Reyes has been a marching band adjudicator since 1997 in NC, SC, and VA. She currently resides in Hickory, NC.
Molly Blair – Visual Performance
Mrs. Molly Blair is one of two Band Directors at Harris Road Middle School in Concord, North Carolina. Since graduating from Western Carolina University in 2012, Molly has had a successful teaching career at Southwest Middle School in Gastonia, NC, and at Hickory Ridge Middle and High Schools in Harrisburg, NC. Molly has been a visual instructor for high school marching band programs in the greater-Charlotte area, and has joined the inaugural staff for the Lenoir-Rhyne University “Spirit of LR” this year. In the last 5 years, Molly has been an active visual adjudicator in the state of North Carolina. She is also a private flute instructor for grades six through twelve, and continues to maintain a busy performing schedule. Molly is a member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Association of Educators, the National Flute Association, and is a member of the South Central District Bandmasters Association.
Christyl Barber – Percussion
Christyl Barber holds a degree in music education from Appalachian State University where she attended from 2003-2007. Ms. Barber works as the head percussion instructor for the North Lincoln “Band of Knights” where she has been working on staff as instructor for marching, concert and Indoor percussion for the past 9 years. Over the years
Christyl has helped to establish the award winning North Lincoln Percussion ensemble program at North Lincoln High School. North Lincoln Percussion has received many superior ratings under her direction and instruction including: being named the 2014 CIPA Indoor Circuit, PSA class Champions, 2015 CIPA PSA Bronze medalists and most recently the CWEA Circuit PSA 2016 Silver Medalists.
Over the past 7 years Ms. Barber has made a name for herself by writing and arranging percussion books for both the outdoor and indoor arena for a number of schools which include: North Lincoln High School, Chase High School, St. Stephens High School, East Burke High School and Gaffney High School. Over the past 3 years, Ms. Barber has been working as percussion specialist in the schools teaching beginning to advanced percussion to North Lincoln High School, North Lincoln Middle and East Lincoln Middle School students. Ms. Barber has been working as a private percussion teacher giving lessons to students year round in the Lincoln County area since 2008. Many of her students have auditioned and been accepted into honors bands, universities and other higher level performing ensembles.
Eriq Wade – Colorguard
Eriq Wade is the colorguard director for the North Lincoln “Band Of Knights” and NL Blue Winterguard. In addition to his duties at North Lincoln, Eriq is also the colorguard director at Porter Ridge High School located in Indian Trail, North Carolina. In his time there the program has won numerous awards and has grown tremendously in the year that he’s been there.
As a Director/instructor, Eriq has taught with many of programs in the Charlotte area. When starting his teaching career, he was located at Weddington High School for two years. Other teaching stints include Forestview High School (color and winterguard), Ardrey Kell High School (Colorguard 2014), Forest Hills High School (Colorguard 2015) and Cuthbertson High School (Winterguard 2017).
Eriq has been a performer with some well known programs around consisting of Gentoo Independent Winterguard in 2014 and the Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015. He will continue to grow as performer as he plans to march in the upcoming years.
Kameron Radford – Drum Majors
Mr. Kameron Radford has been a band director in North Carolina for the past 9 years. He currently serves as the band director at Stuart W. Cramer High School in Cramerton, NC. While an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University, Mr. Radford served as the Drum Major of the Marching Mountaineers “North Carolina’s Band of Distinction” for the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons. Mr. Radford has been a staff member for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, the nation’s foremost authority on the art of drum majoring, for the past 11 years. He has 13 years of experience teaching drum majors at the high school level and has been involved with the marching band activity for a total of 17 years. Mr. Radford is also an active clinician and adjudicator for several programs and competitions throughout the state of North Carolina.