Judges for 2022 Drums Along the Blvd.

Jack Cosgrove

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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 5th year serving on the design team for Princess Anne HS from Virginia Beach, VA.

Crystal Cox

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Crystal Cox is currently the Coordinator of Fine Arts & Physical Education for York County School Division as well as an Executive Baard Member of VMBC. Prior to working for York, she spent 20 years as the Band Director for Hickory, Western Branch, and Carroll High Schools. She received her BME at Eastern Kentucky University. She received her Masters Degrees from Miami University and Old Dominion University. She is a multiple recipient of the Virginia Blue Ribbon Award from VMEA and a Virginia Honor Band Director recognized by VBODA for multiple years. 

Bobby Jones

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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.

Matthew Phillips

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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.

Paula Hales

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Paula Hales currently lives in Clayton, NC where she serves as band director at Archer Lodge Middle School. She has performed in WGI with Northern Nash HS and in DCI with the Cadets 94-95. Mrs. Hales has been active in the Marching band community as both member, staff, and director since 1990. She has judged numerous marching band contests for NCBA.  She is currently trial judging for DCI.
 
Mrs. Hales received her Bachelor and Masters of Music Education degrees in 1997 and 2006 from East Carolina University. She achieved National Board Certification in Music education in 2007. She maintains professional affiliations with MENC and NCBA South Eastern District associations and has been named Teacher of the Year at her school for 2014. On a personal note, she is the proud mother of  four wonderful children, Alex, age 20, Matthew, age 18, Maddie, age 17, and Darryn, age 13. She would also like to thank her husband, Allen, and her father, Wayne, for their love and support.

Eric Robertshaw

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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.

Dakota Corbliss

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Dr. Dakota Corbliss currently serves as the Assistant Professor of French Horn at Appalachian State University. He has earned degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA), University of Miami (MM), and Virginia Tech (BA).

As an ensemble performer, Dr. Corbliss is the Third Horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra while playing frequently with many other regional orchestras including the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Virginia Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Long Bay Symphony. In the past, he has performed with the likes of New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, the United States Navy Band Southwest, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, South Florida Philharmonic, and many others.

An avid chamber musician, Dr. Corbliss helped found Vice City Brass, a collective of brass and electronic musicians aiming to bridge the generational gap between the past, present, and future. Corbliss has recently co-founded a new music group called PIVOT, a horn and saxophone duo dedicated to promoting perspective shifts among their audience.

In an administrative role, Dr. Corbliss is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the Brass Institutes of America, a series of brass chamber music festivals that take place across the country. He has also worked logistics on many projects including the Savvy Arts Venture Challenge and the College Music Society Summit.

Ricardo T. Brown

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Currently, Ricardo Brown serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Interim Wind Ensemble Director at the University of Connecticut. These responsibilities include show design and music ensemble direction for the “Pride of Connecticut Marching Band” as well as directing the UCONN Pep Band which supports our World Champion Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams. Mr. Brown also serves on the music faculty at the university teaching music education courses as well as serving on multiple committees and arranging for the university big band and all athletic ensembles. Together, the UCMB staff, Mr. Brown helped lead the UCMB to being a Sudler Trophy Finalist in 2018.

When not working with UCONN Bands, Mr. Brown is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer. This includes judging in the TOB, US Bands, Virginia Marching Band Cooperative, and Texas UIL Circuits respectively. As a clinician, Mr. Brown has been afforded the opportunity to travel the country working with multiple programs on developing quality musicianship and performance practices. It is truly a passion of Mr. Browns to impart his knowledge of band performance onto students while also instilling a love of music. Mr. Brown has also performed with numerous ensembles including the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony, Fancy Pants Productions, The Right on Band, numerous churches, NASCAR, Houston Symphony, Ballet Afrique Cotton Club, New London Big Band just to name a few. When not performing Mr. Brown enjoys a budding conducting career. This includes having work with multiple All-City and All-District Bands, college and high school ensembles, attending conducting clinics, and the highlight of his conducting career, conducting The Band of Her Majesties Royal Marines in 2007.

In the Marching Arts, Mr. Brown has enjoyed a truly amazing career. He started his marching experience in DCI with the Crossmen in 1999 as a lead soprano performer. He then moved on to The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001 enjoying 4 great years. Drum Corps fans may recognize him as being a member of the Malaguena trio in the Cadets 2003 show “Our Favorite Things”. After aging out in 2004, Mr. Brown was immediately hired by the Cadets and served as a trumpet instructor, administrative team member, as well as coordinator of the “Music is Cool” clinics working with thousands of students across the country. While with the Cadets, Mr. Brown captured his first DCI World Championship in 2005, while tying at the time the highest score ever as well as winning ever sub caption. After the 2006 season, Mr. Brown took a break from DCI to focus on becoming a better educator but was afforded the opportunity to return to the activity joining the amazing staff of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle in 2014 with the fan favorite show “TILT”. While with the Bluecoats Brass Team, Mr. Brown enjoyed many first with the corps including receiving the highest placements in the corps history with our 2nd place finish in 2014, winning our fist caption, all culminating in winning his second DCI World Championship in 2016. While assisting in growing the Bluecoats Brass program, Mr. Brown was promoted to lead trumpet tech and later assistant brass caption head in 2021. When not teaching junior corps, Mr. Brown also serves as Brass Consultant with the Caballeros Senior Corps from Hawthorne, NJ. Recently, the Cabelleros won the 2021 DCA World Championship. Currently, Mr. Brown serves as the Brass Caption head of the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps.

Rick received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Norfolk State University where he received a B.S. in Music Education and a Masters in Trumpet performance under the tutelage of Dr. Steven Carlson and Dr. Timmey Zachery. Currently, Mr. Brown is in the final stages of completing his Doctorate (DMA) degree in Conducting from the University of Connecticut with an anticipated completion date of May 2022. His primary conducting instructors were Dr. Vu Nguyen and Maestro Andre Raphel. Mr. Browns professional affiliations have included memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Texas Music Educators Association, Connecticut Music Educators Association, ITG (international Trumpet Guild) and the Texas Jazz Educators’ Association. Previously, Mr. Brown was also a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association.