These groups will be scheduled between 11:00 a.m. and 4;00 p.m. with awards around 4:30 p.m.
Designed for MSHSAA Class 5A/6A.
The winner of 5A and 6A will be invited to finals as well as the next top 9 scores of the Gold Division.
Classification awards will be presented
45th Annual Invitational Marching Band Festival
Saturday, September 30th, 2023
Peve Stadium, Blue Springs High School
Julie Davila is a renowned percussionist, performer, music educator and clinician specializing in concert and marching percussion. She was inducted in to the WGI Percussion Hall of Fame in 2014, in recognition of over 20 years contributing to the marching arts activity as a leader, teacher, designer and adjudicator.
Julie is a member of the chamber percussion ensemble the CAIXA TRIO, winner of a 2011 “Drummie” award by Drum Magazine. In addition to her membership in the CAIXA TRIO, she currently serves as President-Elect for the Percussive Arts Society. She is the arranger and instructor for the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue Drumline, and additionally an adjunct professor of percussion at MTSU.
Prior to her work at MTSU, she was the percussion specialist at several high schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of her groups have medaled in all divisions of the WGI activity and the John Overton High School Indoor drum line, under her direction won a National Championship.
Julie is a member of the WGI and DCI nationally recognized adjudication teams. As an active clinician specializing in contemporary and marching percussion, she has performed in Poland, China, Peru, Seoul, South Korea, Paris, France, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil and extensively throughout the United States. Julie is a proud alumni of the University of North Texas.
She is the author of the “Modern Multi-Tenor Techniques and Solos”, “Impressions on Wood” and “Inspirations 4 Mallets” and is a co-author of “Aptitude” an innovative solo snare book published by Row-Loff Productions, as well as founder of The Percussion Club, an online, interactive course for the beginning percussionist.
Julie is an endorser and clinician for the Pearl Corporation, Innovative Percussion, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Grover Pro Percussion and Evans Drum Heads.
Wayne Dillon holds a master’s degree in Jazz performance/pedagogy from The University of Miami (FL). He completed both his Honors Fine Arts and Education degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Wayne is currently the Director of Bands at the Frank J. Ciccarell Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey. His teaching responsibilities include Music Technology, along with Jazz, Symphonic, and Marching Bands.
The Elizabeth High School Symphonic and Jazz bands have consistently earned superior ratings during Wayne’s tenure. 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, Bands of America, and Winter Guard International.
He has judged the prestigious National championships for all three organizations over the past thirty years. He is currently a judge liaison for DCI, responsible for judge assignments and training and is also an educational clinician for the Conn-Selmer Music Corporation. Wayne has served as the brass caption head with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston, Massachusetts.
He has also worked on the music staff of the ten-time world champion Cadets of Bergen County, New Jersey, 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.
Beth A. Fabrizio recently retired after 36 years as a public school educator. She most recently taught in The Hilton Central School District in New York as a director of bands at Village Elementary School.
Fabrizio maintains a private clarinet studio with numerous students pursuing careers in music education, music business, therapy, recording, and performance. She performed as the principal clarinetist and personnel manager with The Greater Rochester Music Educators Wind Ensemble and former Eb clarinetist with The Perinton Concert Band.
Fabrizio is a freelance performer and an active artist/clinician. She also presents educational clinics and workshops through Fabrizio’s Musical Concepts. Fabrizio has conducted various honor bands and given master classes and clinics across the United States, Europe, Japan, and Malaysia. She has taught marching bands and drum and bugle corps for over 40 years.
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; and brass staff with the Boston Crusaders, The Glassmen, and Spirit of Atlanta. Fabrizio adjudicates for Bands of America, Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International, and numerous other state associations.
She is honored to be the founder and charter member of the newly formed Chi chapter of Phi Beta Mu and was inducted in May of 2022.
Fabrizio holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting, Education, and Performance from Ithaca College. Fabrizio has studied conducting with Rodney Winther and Dr. Donald Hunsberger and clarinet with Michael Webster, Richard Waller, Stanley Hasty, William Osseck, and Carmine Campione. She has also performed in master classes with Richard Stoltzman.
Jerell Horton has been the band director at Vestavia Hills since 2006. He is a graduate of Samford University.
Prior to his appointment at Vestavia Hills High School, he served as assistant director at Pizitz Middle School and Vestavia Hills High School. While at Vestavia Hills, the bands have consistently earned superior rating at District and state concert band festivals as well as the ABDA festival, the Vestavia Hills Wind Ensemble performed at the 2011 Alabama Music Educators Conference, and the Music For All National Concert Band Festival in 2013.
The Vestavia Hills High School Rebel Marching Band performed in the 2010 London New Year’s Day Parade in London, England and the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The Vestavia Hills High School band was awarded the National Program of Excellence Southern Division Blue Ribbon Award presented by the National Band Association.
Mr. Horton has served as an honor band clinician within the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. He is also on staff for the Auburn Summer Marching and Leadership camp and the Music For All Summer Symposium.
Mr. Horton a National Board Certified teacher and was named to SBO magazine’s 2014 list of 50 Directors Who Make a Difference. Mr. Horton was honored to serve on the teaching staff for the 2017 and 2022 Bands of America Honor Band in the 2022 Rose Parade®.
Jaime Holly is a full time drill designer and visual instructor living in Long Beach, CA with his wife Rebekah and daughter Parker. He began his marching career in the soprano line of the Concord Blue Devil B Corps in 1989, moving to the World Champion A Corps in 1991 through 1993. He returned to the Blue Team in 1997 where he is currently a visual instructor and drill writer.
His affinity for mathematical problems can be traced through his BS from Fresno State in Math. Jaime earned a teaching credential from Cal State Hayward and was a math teacher at James Logan High School before he decided to give it up for the fame and fortune of drill writing.
Jaime is the visual caption head and designer for several award winning high schools in BOA and WBA, as well as independent non-profit organizations in DCI and WGI. He has also served on the DCI Task Force. Currently, he has the pleasure of working with the Soka Renaissance Vanguard from Tokyo, Japan.
Some of the groups he has had the opportunity to work with are: Blue Coats Drum and Bugle Corps, Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Upland High School, Fountain Valley High School, Legacy High School, Haltom High School, Colleyville Heritage High School, Desert Vista High School, Winston Churchill High School, Clovis West High School, James Logan High School, Freelancers Indoor Drumline, Black Knights Indoor Drumline, and the El Diamonte Indoor Colorguard.
Denise Hudson serves as a faculty associate on the guard staff at Arizona State University. In addition to her work with the Sun Devil Marching Band, she is on staff with FeniX Independent, FeniX Independent Open Winterguards.
Denise serves as circuit administrator for WGAZ. She is a proud member of the WGAZ Hall of Fame. Additionally, she served four years as WGAZ Judge’s Coordinator and equipment judge. Denise has attended several WGI symposiums on behalf of WGAZ where she continues to grow as an administrator.
Prior to her appointment at Arizona State, she served on the band faculty at the University of Kansas. Her duties included coordination of the Colorguard Program for the Marching Jayhawks and Administrative Assistant for the Midwestern Summer Music Camp Series.
She also was a staff member for the Sky Ryders Winterguard, Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment, Lawrence High School, and served as an adjudicator for JAMA and the Mid-Continent Colorguard Circuit receiving training under Shirley Dorrite, Beverly Brahan, George Olivero and Sal Adamo.
Denise has served on the production staff for the Liberty Bowl and Alamo Bowl and has had students perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLIX. She has served as choreographer and consultant to the Clondokin Youth Band in Dublin, Ireland.
Previous to her work at KU, Mrs. Hudson served for 11 years on the band staff at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University-San Marcos) where she coordinated the colorguard program and served as administrative assistant to the SWT Band Camps.
She was also co-founder of the Millennia Winterguard and was very active as an officer in the Texas Colorguard Circuit. She also worked or consulted on numerous central Texas Band Staffs as well as the University of Nebraska and the 6 time Class A Bands of America Champion Oskaloosa High School. Denise is a graduate of William Penn University with a BSE in Secondary Education.
James G. Hudson serves as Director of Athletic Bands and is in his 15th year at Arizona State University. His duties include coordination and direction of the Sun Devil Marching Band, and Athletic Bands. During his tenure with the SDMB, they have consistently been selected by the College Band Directors National Association as an exemplary collegiate program. They have performed with Tower of Power, Little Richard, OAR, and the Boston Brass and are one of two bands in the Pac 12 to have been awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy.
Prior to his appointment at the ASU, he served for three years as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kansas and for eleven years as Director of Bands at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). While at the University of Kansas, he directed the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks, the Volleyball and Basketball Bands, KU Jazz Ensemble II and the University Band.
He also serves as coordinator of the Midwest Music Camps. While at Southwest Texas, the Pride of the Hillcountry Marching Band performed internationally in Switzerland, Italy, France, and Ireland and nationally at the 1999 Bands of America Grand National Championships. The band also performed extensively in Texas for the University Interscholastic League and Bands of America. In 1995, the “Pride” was selected to appear on the Video Express production “Best of the College Bands”.
His public school teaching experience includes one year at Harmony Community Schools in Farmington, IA and nine years at Oskaloosa Community Schools in Oskaloosa, IA. While at Oskaloosa his band received many honors and distinctions including 4 Bands of America Summer National Class A Championships, performances at the Fiesta Bowl National Pageant of Bands and Parade, 1990 State 3-A Jazz Champions, and 1990 Iowa Bandmasters Honor Jazz Band.
Mr. Hudson received a Bachelors of Music Education Degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and a Masters of Music in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. His professional affiliations include CBDNA, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu, MENC, Texas Music Educators, Texas Bandmasters, Kansas Music Educators, Kansas Bandmasters, Missouri Music Educators, Missouri Bandmasters, and Iowa Bandmasters.
He is a very active adjudicator, drill designer and clinician, and has adjudicated for Bands of America, Western Band Association, University Interscholastic League (Texas), Kentucky Music Educators Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Iowa High School Music Association, and the Iowa Jazz Championships, Inc. as well as many University Sponsored Festivals and Contests.
He is also currently on the instructional staff for Bowl Games of America, and has assisted in the production of halftime shows for the Liberty Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and the BCS National Championship Game.