2018 CJ Adjudicators' Bios


Dan DuBay

Mr. DuBay is a graduate of Cooper City HS in Ft. Lauderdale and the University of South Florida under the baton of Dr. Mallory Thompson. Mr. DuBay was the Director of Bands at Durant HS in Plant City from 1996-2010. He is currently the Director of Bands at Blake High School of The Arts in Tampa, Florida.  Mr. DuBay has made consistent superiors at all FBA and FOA in the areas of Jazz, Concert Band, Marching Band, and Orchestra at the District and State Levels. The Durant Band and Blake Band Department were awarded the Otto Kraushaar award many times, for earning straight superior ratings at the district and State level.  Mr. DuBay has been voted Teacher Of The Year twice by his peers. Mr. DuBay is currently a certified adjudicator for the FBA in the areas of marching, concert, jazz, and solo/ensemble. He has conducted many clinics and Honor Bands all over the State of Florida.


Melanie Driscoll DuBay

Melanie Driscoll DuBay is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Florida (Class of 2006 & 2008), where she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music. During her time at the University of Florida, Mrs. DuBay had the opportunity to perform with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Flute Ensemble, Steel Drum Ensemble, and the Gator Marching Band. Mrs. DuBay served as a drum major for the Gator Marching Band in 2014. Mrs. DuBay began her teaching career in 2008 as the Director of Bands at Brandon High School. She joined the Alonso High School faculty as the Director of Bands in 2014. She graduated from Vero Beach High School in 2002. Mrs. DuBay has a fellow band director husband and a beautiful 2 year old daughter named Emily.


Tim Hinton

Tim Hinton is a composer and arranger whose mission is to share educational resources to help everyone have more success and enjoyment in the marching arts.  He serves as a consultant for all aspects of marching shows, from show concepts to drill and color guard. Information about his music compositions, services, educational resources, and book can be found at www.timhinton.com.  He received his degrees in Music Education from the University of Tennessee and Georgia State University, and he was a marching member and instructor for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. Tim taught in the public schools for 10 years and developed a highly successful program at Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Georgia.  

Tim is the host of the Marching Roundtable podcast, a resource for everyone involved in the marching arts.  You can hear interviews with experts from the world of drum corps, marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion at the podcast website at www.marchingroundtable.com.   Tim is also one of the creators of Marching Arts Education, presenting live webinars, videos, and coursework to help directors and their staff members learn from the top professionals in our activity.


Tom Jenner

Mr. Tom Jenner retired as a North Carolina School Band Director in the Spring of 2018.  Most of his career was spent as Director of Bands at Enloe and Millbrook High Schools in Wake County, North Carolina.   Mr. Jenner began teaching in 1986 and is a National Board Certified Teacher with extensive experience working with middle and high school bands as well as serving as Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony.

Throughout his career, Mr. Jenner’s bands have received consistent superior ratings at district and national festivals.   Mr. Jenner’s bands have served as the clinic band for the Carolina Conductor Conference, performed at the first “Ensembles of Excellence” series at Appalachian State University, and have been twice selected to perform for the NCMEA Convention.  Mr. Jenner is in constant demand as a honor band conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Georgia.  He was awarded the Central District Bandmasters “Award of Excellence” in the spring of 2012, and has also been named “Band Director of the Year” by that organization.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Central District Bandmasters Association, and has twice served as Staff Development Coordinator for Wake County Band Directors.  He is also a founding member and has served on the board of the North Carolina Wind Orchestra.  He is a member of the American School Band Directors Association, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors Association, the UNCG Summer Music Camp “Hall of Fame,” and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Jenner holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from The Florida State University where he studied with James Croft.  He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied with John Locke.


Jen Karp

Originally from Merritt Island, FL she now resides in Orlando with her 12-year old son. She has been a teacher in Orange County for the past 17 years. 

Jen attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, K-12. While at UCF she was a part of many performing ensembles, such as the UCF Orchestra, Concert Band, Jammin’ Knights and was an inaugural member of the Steel Drum Band.  

Past marching experiences include the University of Central Florida Marching Knights, Suncoast Sound, Spirit of Atlanta, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.

Jen has taught various Colorguard and Winterguard programs in Florida ranging from Class B to the Independent Open level. Her last few years teaching were spent at University High School in Orlando where they went from B class to Open class status, having been a WGI Scholatic A Finalists in 2008. Jen also taught at Pegasus Winterguard from their inception year in 2012 thru 2014 where they were the 2013 WGI Open Class Fan Favorite and the 2014 WGI Open Class Gold Medalist.

In 2016, Jen joined the colorguard staff for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps and took over as Colorguard Guard Caption Head for the 2017 season.

Currently, Jen is currently serves on the Board of Directors for the FFCC, Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit. She is also an adjudicator for the fall and winter seasons in many competitive circuits across the country, as well as a timing and penalty judge for Winter Guard International.


Adam McIntyre

Adam McIntyre is currently the band director at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida and in his 19th year of teaching overall.  Prior to Matanzas he taught at DeLand High School, Edgewater High School and Winter Springs High School.  Bands under Mr. McIntyre’s direction consistently earn superior ratings and he is a highly sought after adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association.  He earned music education degrees from Stetson University and Florida State University. In addition to teaching, he is also a devoted husband and father to his wife Monique and three children John Henry, Eli, and Tripp.


Dr. James Smisek

Originally from Bayshore, New York, Dr. James J. Smisek is Director of Bands at Seminole State College. He graduated with a D.M.A. degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Dr. John R. Locke.  While at UNCG he served as the conductor of the UNCG Symphonic Band 2004-05 and previously conducted the University Band 2003-04.

Dr. Smisek was Director of Bands at Samford University in Alabama from August 2006 through May 2014. He taught high school band and orchestra for thirteen years in the Central Florida area and also taught at Seminole Community College as the Director of Jazz Studies from 2000-01. He continues to work as an adjudicator and clinician throughout Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi.  

In 2000, he completed the Master of Music degree in Music Education with honors at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida.  He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville and the Associate of Arts degree from Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida.  Dr. Smisek was also a musician in the United States Army Band program as a trumpet player from 1989 - 91 and continues to perform as a freelance musician.

He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  Dr. Smisek is married to Lynette and they have two children, Chelsea and Carson.


Jeramy Vest

Jeremy Vest has been involved in the marching percussion activity since 1993 and has worked with some of the best groups in the activity, including Unity Percussion (WGI Percussion Independent A Class Bronze Medalists), Bay Area Percussion Ensemble (WGI Percussion Independent A Class finalists), University of Central Florida Marching Knights, Timber Creek Independent (WGI Percussion Independent World Class finalists). Jeremy has worked with many high school ensembles, including Durant HS, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Newsome HS, Chamberlain HS, Gaither HS, Plant HS, and many others all over Florida. Jeremy is an active adjudicator throughout the United States, including the Florida Federation of Judges Association, Indiana Percussion Association, FMBC, Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit, Gulf Coast Guard and Percussion Circuit, South Florida Winter Guard Association, USBands (formerly USSBA), Atlantic Indoor Association, and Florida Bandmasters Association. Jeremy is a member of the Vic Firth Percussion Education Team & Percussive Arts Society and studied at the University of South Florida. He resides in Palm Coast, Florida, where he works in circulation & data management and is youth minister at his local church.