Judges for Lynchburg Classic
Dr. Chris Sharp
Chris Sharp, Ph.D. is a professional composer, arranger and orchestrator currently living in Lynchburg, VA. Educated at the University of Florida and the University of Miami, he has served the music field in a wide range of capacities. As a trombonist, Dr. Sharp worked as a full-time performing musician and bandleader at Walt Disney World for eleven years. In addition, he has served as an arranger/orchestrator for the Disney parks worldwide since 1984, providing music for atmosphere groups, live shows, recording sessions and national television broadcasts. He also has written for numerous freelance clients including Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Boston Pops, the Dallas Brass and several service bands including the famed USAF Airmen of Note.
Mr. Sharp is currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Lynchburg College where he conducts the instrumental ensembles and teaches music theory and humanities courses. Dr. Sharp has served as a clinician and guest conductor on numerous occasions, and has extensive experience as an adjudicator judging for several organizations including Bands of America and Drum Corps International. His compositions and arrangements for concert and jazz band have enjoyed widespread performances, including annual appearances at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. He has received the ASCAPlus award multiple times.
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.
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 18, Matthew, age 16, Maddie, age 15, and Darryn, age 11. She would also like to thank her husband, Allen, and her father, Wayne, for their love and support.
Patrick Mitchell currently lives in Hillsborough, NC and is the Music Teacher or Orange Co. schools. He has held this position since 2001. Previously, he was the Middle School Band Director for Alamance Co. Schools and the Hamilton School District in Canada. He completed his Masters of Music at UNCG with a woodwinds concentration and he completed his undergraduate work at Western University and Wilfrid Laurier University with Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
Patrick judges extensively around the US for color guard, percussion and marching band. He has judged the finals in the Oklahoma State Championships. He judged Equipment for the Color Guard Division of Winter Guard International for 4 years. He has judged for the Atlantic Indoor Association for 13 years as a Winter Guard and Percussion Judge.
David Snead currently lives in Virginia Beach VA where he is the Band Director at Bayside Middle School. He has taught for 29 years in Virginia. He has his Masters in Music Education from JMU and his Bachelors in Music Education from VCU. David has judged marching band and indoor drum line contests for numerous years for AIA, CIPA, and CWEA. He is a former snare line member of the Blue Stars in 1978-1979 and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 1980. David is an accomplished drill designer and music arranger for various schools. He currently is the Director of the newly formed Virginia Odyssey Drum and Bugle Corps.
Reggie Purvis recently retired as the Band Director for George Washington HS in Danville, VA. As a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, he received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University. As Director of Bands at George Washington high school he has provided programs of study for beginning band students at the elementary schools and opportunities for students to participate in Marching Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Band at the high school level.
The marching band has also participated in the Bands of America championships, the United States Scholastic Band Association championships, and has participated in the Marshall Fields Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, the Citrus Bowl Parade, and the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Orlando, Florida. The Marching Eagles were the 2016 Grand Champions of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the 2017-18 school year the band under his direction was the USBANDS Virginia State Champions, went undefeated in the regular season, was a participant in the USBANDS National Championships in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and was the representative for Southside Virginia in the 2018 Governor’s Inaugural Parade.
He was selected to receive the Most Outstanding Teacher Award at Langston Junior High School in 1988, the Outstanding Young Educator Award sponsored by the Danville Jaycees in 1990, the Director’s Award of Distinction from the Fiesta Val National Band Festivals in 1996 and 1999, and received outstanding recognition from Mayor Ruby Archie for his outstanding accomplishments with the George Washington High School Band program, of which he received his own day in the city of Danville, June tenth, 2000. He was also selected at the Outstanding Educator of the Year for the Danville City schools in 2017. Mr. Purvis is also a member the Danville Education Association, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, The Virginia Music Educators Association, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the National Band Association.
Tim Bray taught percussion at Tunstall High School for over 25 years and was also the founding director of the Virginia Helmsmen. The Virginia Helmsmen and the Tunstall Concert Ensemble are perennial finalists and medalists at WGI. Tim has also served on the WGI advisory board for many years shaping the percussion activity nationally. He has consulted with many national high school groups and represents VA on the national level. He and his wife Debra have raised two children who are both highly active in the winter percussion activity.
Katie Greene is originally from Salem, VA and currently is a school counselor for Rockingham County Public Schools in Virginia. She performed with James Madison University's color guard in 2010 and was captain in 2011. She was also a member of JMU Nuance Winter Guard in 2010 and 2011. Most recently, she was a member in First Flight World for the 2016-2018 seasons. She has been teaching high school and collegiate color guard and winter guard throughout the Shenandoah Valley since 2012 and is excited to continue with her fourth year of judging with VMBC. She is currently a movement judge with the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA).
Joshua K Potter is currently the Director of Bands at Providence Senior High School. Previously, Mr. Potter was the Director of Bands at Raleigh Wakefield High School for eleven years – beginning with its opening in 2000. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from UNC - Chapel Hill and completed a Masters in Wind Band Conducting at ECU. Mr. Potter also served as the Director of Bands at West Rowan HS and Charlotte Catholic HS.
During his time at Wakefield, the program developed into a comprehensive music education program that featured three concert ensembles, two jazz bands, a percussion ensemble studio and a winter percussion ensemble, four winter guards, a chamber music program, and a music theory and AP Music Theory program. The marching band was a Bands of America Regional Championship Finalist on multiple occasions. The Winter Guard was a four-time Winter Guard International World Championships finalist. The Wakefield band program was featured twice at the NC Music Educator’s Conference.
At Providence, the Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble at the 2013 NC Music Educator’s Conference. In addition, the Pride of Providence Marching Band was a finalist at the 2013 Bands of America Winston-Salem Super Regional, the first band from Charlotte to earn this honor.