Judges for 2019 Drums Along the Blvd.
Melissa Zacharias teaches general music in High Point, NC. Prior to her transition to early music education, she taught middle and high school band, general music, and guitar. Melissa holds a bachelors and master’s degree in music education from Florida State University. While working on her master’s degree, she conducted the university symphonic, concert, marching and pep bands as well as teaching winds and percussion method classes. In North Carolina, she has spent eight years teaching at the elementary level. In addition to public school, Melissa owns and teaches for gate City Musikgarten, which offers music and movement classes for children up to 10 years old and their families. Melissa is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma. She lives with her husband and daughter Ramona in High Point.
Her passions include early childhood aural literacy, decreasing plastic consumption, and increasing voter turnout. Melissa was a member of the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), the Florida State University Marching Chiefs, and is a graduate of the Fabulous Marching Cavaliers of Princess Anne (class of 2002)
Dr. Andrea Brown
Dr. Andrea E. Brown was appointed the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Maryland in 2018. In this position she conducts the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble and serves as the Director of Athletic Bands in which she leads the “Mighty Sound of Maryland” and all aspects of the athletic band program. Brown is formerly a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Michigan where she served as the assistant director of bands. In this position, she was the conductor of the Campus Bands and director of the Campus Band Chamber Ensembles, associate director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, director of the Men's Basketball Band, guest conductor with the Symphony Band and Concert Band, taught conducting, and was a faculty sponsor of a College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Project team researching conducting pedagogy technology. Previously Brown was the director of orchestra and assistant director of bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta where she also led research in conducting pedagogy technology and was a member of the Oxford Program faculty. She is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the US, Europe, and Asia. Brown completed a DMA in instrumental conducting at UNC Greensboro where she was a student of John Locke and Kevin Geraldi. While at UNCG, she was named Outstanding Teaching Assistant and was both guest conductor and principal horn on UNCG Wind Ensemble's fireworks! and finish line! CDs released on the Equilibrium label. Brown has also had several rehearsal guides published in the popular GIA Publications series, "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" and has presented at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Music For All Summer Symposium, the Yamaha Bläserklasse in Schlitz, Germany, the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the College Music Society International Conference in Sydney, Australia, and multiple times at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference. A proponent of inclusion and equity issues in the music profession, Brown is a frequent guest speaker on these topics. She currently serves on the CBDNA Gender and Ethnic Minority Committee, and as a member of the recently formed Drum Corps International Women’s In Step Committee. Brown is also the founder of “Women Rising to the Podium” - an online group of 2300 members supporting and celebrating women band directors. She also serves the chair of the Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity Graduate Conducting Grant. Brown currently serves as a brass consultant for Phantom Regiment and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. She has been on the brass and conducting instructional staff of the DCI World Champion Phantom Regiment since 2004. Other marching organizations with which she has instructed are the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, Carolina Crown, Kennesaw Mountain High School (GA), Father Ryan High School (TN), and McGavock High School (TN). As a performer, Brown was a member of the AA Brass Quintet, which won the International Brass Quintet Competition hosted by Fred Mills at the University of Georgia. She performed with the horn sections of the Boston Brass All Stars Big Band, North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Brown has studied brass performance and pedagogy with Abigail Pack, Jack Masarie, Freddy Martin, J.D. Shaw, Dottie Bennett, Randy Kohlenberg, Richard Steffen, and Ed Bach. Originally from Milan, Tennessee, she is a graduate of Austin Peay State University where she was named "Outstanding Student in Music." Brown earned a master of music degree in horn performance and a master of music education degree with a cognate in instrumental conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to her position at Georgia Tech, Brown was the assistant director of bands at Austin Peay State University and taught public school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Dallas, Texas. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and CBDNA. She was awarded the Rose of Honor as a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Stephen Howard is a native of Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Howard holds degrees in Music Education (B.M. from Radford University, 2005) & Instrumental Conducting (M.M. from George Mason University, 2007).
Stephen moved to Austin, Texas in 2007 to teach at James Bowie High School as an Assistant Band Director. At Bowie, Mr. Howard received Division I ratings at several UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contests with the many of the schools wind ensembles. The James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble also experienced success during his time, being named a UIL 5A State Finalist in 2008, 2010, & 2012, a Bands of America Grand National Finalist in 2009 & 2012, and was a consistent BOA Regional Class Champion & Super Regional Finalist.
As Director of Bowie’s Color Guard, the program grew considerably to include over 50 members and two levels of courses. Most notably, the Winter Guards competed at the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships where both the JV & Varsity teams were named class champions in 2014. The Varsity team went on to appear in the Scholastic Open Class Finals at the WGI World Championships that same year.
Currently, Stephen serves as Director of Bands at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, a magnet school for women grades 6-12 in the Austin Independent School District. Under his direction, the band program has tripled in size. The Marching Stars are the nation's only all-female competitive marching band and are a consistent Bands of America Regional Class Champion. They have recently been invited to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Mr. Howard is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, and is President of the Texas Color Guard Circuit.
Jack Cosgrove is from New Jersey and is the colorguard director for Brick Memorial HS. Brick Memorial has won numerous TOB region and state championships as well has a finalist at many BOA regional championship contests. Jack is currently in his 2nd year serving on the design team for Princess Anne HS from Virginia Beach, VA.
Bobby Jones is a highly sought-after visual designer and program consultant for many high school marching bands, winter guards, indoor percussion ensembles and drum and bugle corps throughout the United States.
He has previously served as the Visual Designer and Caption Head for the 2006 Crossmen and the 2007 Hawthorne Caballeros. He is also the Visual Designer for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps and has produced award-winning visual programs for the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He is the current drill designer for the The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
When Bobby is not designing or teaching, he works as a freelance adjudicator and adjudicates scholastic percussion programs for several indoor and outdoor circuits across the country. He lives in New York with his wife, Amy, and puppy, Myron.
Bruce Jones is currently living in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in education, he is married with 3 teenage children, and has been involved in the pageantry arts for 35 years. His experience includes being a performer, designer, instructor and consultant for many national programs in drum and bugle corps, marching bands and winter color guards, many of which have been finalists in Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, Bands of America, Winter Guard International as well as state champions and state finalists. He has also been involved as a clinician at many national marching band and color guard workshops throughout the United States. He has over 20 years adjudication experience with Drum Corps International, Marching Music for All, Drum Corps Japan and Drum Corps Europe. Has adjudicated DCI finals, semis-finals and quarter-finals over 15 times.
Matthew Phillips is a native of Chesapeake and is in his sixth year as a band director in the Hugo Owens Middle School program. His responsibilities include teaching the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands as well as leading the Hugo Owens Jazz Band. Before teaching at Hugo Owens Middle School, Mr. Phillips taught for three years at Hickory High School and two years at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, VA. Like many other local band directors Mr. Phillips received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University and earned his Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, studying with Jon Wacker, Scott Carter, Christopher Knighten, Dennis Zeisler, and Gregory Hurley. He has performed in the Virginia Wind Symphony for the past ten years, and also serves as a private percussion teacher. Mr. Phillips has served as a successful percussion instructor/clinician to many local schools, with multiple seasons of service at Great Bridge, Hickory, and now Grassfield High Schools. Earning the respect of his fellow Music Educators, Mr. Phillips has most recently been elected to serve as the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association District 4 Representative, serving and representing music educators from Portsmouth, Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, and Chesapeake. Mr. Phillips is currently a member of the Percussive Arts Society, MENC, and NEA.
Eric Robertshaw is a native of Pennsylvania, Eric currently resides in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he works as a hearing car practitioner for Beltone. Eric's background in the performing arts includes visual design, teaching, and judging for winter guards, marching bands, and drum corps since 1997. As a musician, Eric performs regularly with multiple orchestras throughout the New York Tri-State area. Some of the drum and bugle corps that Eric has taught and/or designed for include the Crossmen, the Cadets, the Reading Buccaneers, and most recently the Hawthorne Caballeros.