2017 CJ Recaps
2017 CJ Adjudicators
Bryan Braue is the Assistant Director of Bands and Admissions Director for the School of Music at the University of South Florida. A native of Vero Beach, Florida, Mr. Braue earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Stetson University while studying under Dr. Bobby Adams, Mr. Anthony Hose, and Dr. David Coash. In 2006, Mr. Braue became the Director of Bands at Clearwater High School where his teaching responsibilities included the Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Music Theory and Music History. In addition to his Clearwater High School responsibilities, Mr. Braue also served as the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Clearwater Christian College, was the District Chairman for the Florida Bandmasters Association District IX, and was Chairman for the Pinellas All-County Secondary Bands.
From 2011-2013, Mr. Braue attended the University of South Florida, earning a Masters in Instrumental Conducting while studying under Dr. John Carmichael, Dr. Matthew McCutchen, and Dr. William Wiedrich. While pursuing his degree at USF, he served as Graduate Assistant for the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, conducted the “Rumble” Pep Band, served as a guest conductor for the University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, and also assisted with teaching Music Education courses to undergraduate students. Mr. Braue was appointed to his current position at USF in the summer of 2013. In addition to working with the University’s “HOT” Marching Band, he coordinates all aspects of the “Rumble” Pep Band and universities “Horns Up Show Band”, teaches courses in Music Education, and serves as the Executive Director for the School of Music Summer Music Camps, Festival of Winds, and Symphonic Celebration. Outside his responsibilities at USF, Mr. Braue is an active clinician, guest conductor, freelance percussionist, and adjudicator throughout the state of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association, The Florida Bandmasters Association, The National Band Directors Association, The College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Dan 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 clinics and Honor Bands all over the State of Florida. His wife Melanie, a graduate of Vero Beach HS, gave birth to a baby girl on September 9, 2016
Mrs. Melanie DuBay is the Director of Bands at Alonso High School in Tampa, FL. She received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Florida. Mrs. DuBay began teaching high school band in 2008. She was a drum major at Vero Beach High School and the University of Florida.
Melanie (Driscoll) DuBay
Director of Bands
Alonso High School
Jen Karp grew up in Merritt Island, FL and now resides in Orlando, FL with her 11-year old son. For the past 16 years she has been a classroom teacher, having taught at the elementary and high school level. She attended college at the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education K-12. Her 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 from 1999-2014 ranging from Class B to the Independent Open level. Jen judges in circuits such as the FFCC, FFJA, CSJA, AIA, NTCA, WGASC and the MCCGA. Jen was proud to be a part of Spirits 40th Anniversary in 2015 serving on the colorguard staff and just ended the 2017 season as the Colorguard Caption Head.
Tremon Kizer is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Florida, where he oversees all aspects of the athletic band program, including the direction of the 330-member UCF Marching Knights. He also conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and conducting. Furthermore, he is the principal conductor of the Youth Band of Orlando, sponsored by American Youth Ensembles and Conn-Selmer.
Tremon Kizer is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and leadership consultant throughout the United States. As a guest conductor, he has conducted numerous district and regional honor bands. As a champion for improving leadership skills for high school and college students, he teaches his model for how to maintain a year-around leadership program through leadership seminars for high school band programs. He has been on staff for numerous music camps, drum major clinics, and collegiate and high school concert and marching band camps.
Dennis Laorenza is currently a music consultant and clinician rehearsing both concert and marching bands throughout the United States. Dennis actively judges music throughout the southeast during the marching band season. Dennis also maintains an active private trumpet studio and conducts multiple trumpet ensembles. His trumpet ensembles have received superior ratings at both the district and state levels. Recently, his H.B Plant trumpet ensemble auditioned for and was selected to play at the Music for All National Chamber Festival held in Indianapolis, Indiana and will also be performing at the 2018 FMEA Music Convention. Before becoming a clinician, he was a high school band director for 10 years. His marching, concert and jazz ensembles were consistently among the best in the state of Florida. Dennis has worked with numerous Drum & Bugle Corps and has over 30 years of experience teaching drum corps brass. Dennis has a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he was an active performer with the wind ensemble and jazz ensemble as well as performing with the Ashville Symphony Orchestra. He resides in Lithia, Florida.
Anthony Parisi has spent most of the last 20 plus years deeply involved in many aspects of the marching activity. In high school and college, he marched both brass and percussion. Anthony moved on and participated in junior corps for partial seasons with both the Bluecoats and Boston Crusaders. He began his DCA career with a year in the Sunrisers and then marched for the next 8 years with the World Champion Hawthorne Caballeros playing both baritone and euphonium.
Anthony has been involved with the Tampa Bay Thunder and Sun Devils drum and Bugle Corps as both a visual and brass tech. He was also involved for several years with the WGI World Finalist Emanon Winter Guard as a visual tech/consultant. Anthony has been the Assistant Director/Drill Designer/Show Coordinator for several bands in the NY/NJ/PA area, including 4-time winner of the Yamaha Cup and Northern States/NJ Champions, Pequannock Township High School as well as the up and coming Nutley High School. Anthony has also worked with Riptide Indoor Percussion (RPT). Most recently in Florida he has Designed for the St. Augustine, Oakleaf, Middleburg, Wekiva, and Duncan Fletcher High Schools. Anthony is also currently a Board Member and Corps Director for Solaris Performing Arts
Outside the marching arena Anthony resides in Orlando with his Wife Erin and 2 dogs (Penny and Delilah) Anthony is the Sales Manager for Group Travel Network, A student travel Tour Operator specializing in Band, Chorus and Orchestra trips all over the world. At GTN he helps students make "Memories Worth Repeating".
Dr. Rebecca Phillips
Dr. Rebecca Phillips is the Director of Bands at Colorado State University where she conducts the CSU Wind Symphony and guides all aspects of the band and graduate wind conducting program. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina where she was responsible for directing the Symphonic Winds Concert Band, “The Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Carolina Marching Band, “Concocktion” Pep Bands, teaching undergraduate instrumental conducting, and directing the Carolina Summer Drum Major Clinic.
Dr. Phillips has served as a guest-conductor, clinician, and performer throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, she conducted chamber wind performances with members of the Prague National Symphony in the inaugural "2017 American Spring Festival" in Prague, The Czech Republic. In May 2018, she will conduct members of the Des Moines Symphony in a chamber winds concert at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Annual Conference. Dr. Phillips regularly conducts collegiate honor bands and all-state bands across the United States and she has been a rehearsal clinician at the Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. Ensembles under her direction have been featured at the 2012 College Band Director’s National Association Southern Division Conference (CBDNA), the 2010 Society of Composers International Conference, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention. In 2019, the Colorado State University Wind Symphony will be featured at the American Bandmasters Association National Convention.
Dr. Phillips believes in treasuring the traditional wind music of the past as well as promoting cutting edge works of today’s finest composers. She has conducted numerous world premieres and her conducting performances of David del Tredici’s In Wartime and John Mackey’s Redline Tango are both featured on the nationally distributed Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble compact disc project. The world premiere of John Fitz Rogers’ Narragansett was released on the Compact Disc And I Await, in 2013 featuring Dr. Phillips as guest conductor of the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble.
As a trombonist, Dr. Phillips’ performances can be found on several internationally distributed recordings. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Tampa Bay Opera Orchestra. She has also performed internationally in England, Mexico, the Caribbean, Russia, and Sweden, and has toured as a trombonist with Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow.
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Dr. Phillips earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The Florida State University, Master of Music degrees in conducting and trombone performance from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Louisiana State University. She served as a secondary school band director for seven years in Florida, including Director of Bands at Howard W. Blake Performing Arts High School in Tampa, Florida where she developed an award-winning concert band program.
Justin Samuels currently lives in Delray Beach Florida. He was a performing member in 2004 with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps. He then joined the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps as a performer through 2010.
Justin has worked as a member of the Visual Team for WGI's PIW fan favorite Stryke Percussion in the 2014,2015 seasons. In 2016 he became visual coordinator for WGI's PIA Gold medalist Stryke Percussion 2. He has also worked with WGI's WIW Silver Medalist STRYKE Wynds during the 2015,2016,2017 seasons. In 2017 he worked as a member of WGI's PIW Infinity visual team. Also as a Designer/Drill Writer for WGI's WSO silver medalist Flanagan Winds during 2016,2017.
Mike Sloan is recognized as one of the top visual designers/instructors in the marching activity. He is currently in his 1st year as the Drill Designer/ Guard Designer for Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. Mike was the Visual Coordinator for Winston Churchill High School for the past 11 years where he was the drill designer and choreographer for the marching band, winter guard and winter drum line. While at Winston Churchill High School, Mike won over 13 WGI Regionals in both Scholastic Open & World Class. In 2001, Winston Churchill was the Bronze medalist in Scholastic Open Class at the WGI World Championships. Under his Direction, Churchill has been a perennial finalist in Scholastic World Class Finals at WGI World Championships. In 2003, Churchill combined the World Class Color Guard with the World Class Drumline and became the WGI World Champion in Percussion World Class. Mike’s bands have won numerous BOA Regionals and have placed in the top 3 in both the visual and General Effect captions over 15 times over the past 10 years. Winston Churchill has qualified for the Texas UIL State Marching Contest all the years Mike has been involved with the program and have always advanced to Finals. In 2001 and 2006, Winston Churchill was awarded the Bronze Medal at the UIL State Marching Contest.
Mike started his marching career in 1981 with the Phantom Regiment Cadets at the age of 9. As a member of the Cadet Corps, Mike performed as a lead baritone player and won the 1985 CCI Individual competition on Baritone. The Phantom Regiment Cadets won 5 CCI Championships during his time with the corps. He moved up to Regiment in 1986 when he was just 13 years old and played Baritone. In 1987 and 1988, Mike served as the Asst. Drum Major and Co-Drum Major respectively. Mike ventured out and marched with the Sky Ryders as a lead baritone player in 1989 and returned to Regiment in 1990. In 1992, Mike aged out with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. As a member of the Blue Devils Color Guard, Mike earned Performer of the Year and Rookie of the Year .
In 1989, Mike became a member of the Independent Open Class Silver Medalist Sundowners Winter guard. He then marched 6582 Winter guard in 1990 and the Guardsmen Winter guard in 1991. When Sal Salas brought back State Street Review in 1992 and 1993, Mike completed his last two years with the hall of fame designer. State Street Review was the 1992 and 1993 Independent World Class Bronze Medalist. At State Street Review, Mike was under the tutelage of Scott Chandler, Tam Easterwood, Luann Salas, Jim Moore, Carol Abohatab and Tim Glen. After aging out of State Sreet, Mike became a designer and rifle specialist for the 1993 Independent Open Class Silver Medalist Sundowners Winter Guard. He served as a program consultant/clinician in 1994 and 1995 for the guard.
Mike has designed for the Phantom Regiment, Crossmen, Blue Stars, Velvet Knights, Blue Knights, and the Yokohama Scouts from Yokohama, Japan. As a writer/designer and consultant through the years. In 2007 & 2008, he was a visual designer and the Color Guard Caption Head for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps before resigning after the 2008 season.
Mike Sloan is the owner of Sloan & Associates, a marching band, winter guard, winter drumline consulting company that he established in 2003. Each year, Mike writes drill for numerous top band programs in Texas and across the country. He has designed and consulted for many of the top marching bands as well as winter guards including, Richland High School, Winston Churchill High School, The Hebron and Ronald Reagan High School. Sloan & Associatesservices range from Program Consultation, Programming, Drill Design, Staging, Uniform design (band, guard, drumline) flag designs, choreography, adjudication, and clinics.
Mike has been married to his wife Venessa Sloan for 18 years and has two boys, Jordan Christopher Sloan (13) and Cameron Jacob Sloan (11).
Today Justin currently works as a Choreographer for the Park Vista High School Marching Band. He is also the Visual Caption Head/Designer for the Stoneman Douglas High School Marching Band. As well as the Visual Caption Head for the Flanagan High School Marching Band. While working as a judge for the FMBC circuit.
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, 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 audit management and is a catechist at his local church.