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  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   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.


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 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.


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.

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