Judges for 2019 Battle on the Blue Ridge
Kent Baker received his education at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where he studied Music Education with Dr. Stephen K. Steele, and Horn with Dr. Joseph Niesler. He was the Director of Bands at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, IL, directing Concert Band and Concert Choir. Mr. Baker was a member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. William Wilson. He has also performed with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, MD, and the Fairfax Wind Symphony, VA. He regularly performs with the Quintessential Brass Quintet playing the French horn and arranges music for them. Their CDs and charts can be found at . He is recently retired from the The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC, as a Master Sergeant with the Ceremonial Brass, the marching component of the band. He was the staff arranger/composer, an assistant Drum Major, and composed music performed on USAF Band CDs, and live on The Today Show, and Fox & Friends. He is currently the Executive Director of Music City Drum & Bugle Corps from Nashville, TN.
A native of Illinois, Mr. Baker has marched with and instructed such legendary Drum and Bugle Corps as the Belleville Black Knights, the Geneseo Knights, and The Cavaliers, where as a member of the brass staff, the corps won its first DCI Championship in 1992. He was a designer and instructor for Images Winter Guard from Normal Community High School, IL, from 1986-1996. They were a finalist at Winter Guard International (WGI) regional competition 15 times across all Scholastic classes during his time there. Mr. Baker has judged for Drum Corps Midwest, WGI and Atlantic Indoor Association. Mr. Baker is active as an arranger and drill writer for many successful high school marching bands. These bands have won numerous awards such as BOA Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist, BOA Regional Class Champion, BOA Regional Finalist, USSBA State Champion, Greater St. Louis Champion, Illinois State Class Champion, and VBODA Honor Band.
Michael Kirby currently lives in Washington DC. He is a former snare line member of the Crossmen, Blue Knights and Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a former instructor of the Univ. at Buffalo and Thomas Jefferson HSST. He is long-time percussion judge for the Atlantic Indoor Association.
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).
Rich Zamperini received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Science degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His marching experience includes stints with the General Butler Vagabonds of Butler, Pennsylvania, the Bridgmen of Bayonne, New Jersey, and the 27th Lancers of Revere, Massachusetts where he was respectively instructed by Drum Corps International Hall of Fame members Bruno Zuccala, Scott Koter, Dennis DeLucia, and Charley Poole. He has performed in concert bands directed by Frederick Fennell, William Revelli, Eugene Corporan, H. Robert Reynolds, and Jack Stamp. Lastly, his jazz teachers include Dom Famularo, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, David Garibaldi, and Jimmy Cobb.
Rich's over 30 year career in marching music includes experience as an instructor, conductor, director, composer, arranger, performer, clinician, adjudicator, and administrator. His marching ensembles consistently performed at superior levels. Their accolades include two Bands of America regional championships and one Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association crown. He has served as a marching band judge in 31 different states and Canada, including 24 championship competitions. He also judges for DCA, WGI, and served on six DCI championship week panels. Past administrative positions include two time director of the General Butler Vagabonds drum and bugle corps, music caption coordinator of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, and assistant director of the Steel City Ambassadors drum and bugle corps of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His students have ranged in age from 4 to 92. Currently, Rich serves as proprietor of the Facebook business page, "Good to Great, Great to Champion", an independent music education contracting business specializing in marching music ensembles.
Carl Bly taught for 30 years at Centreville High School and Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County, VA, and was Concert Band and Orchestra Director at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Currently Mr. Bly is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Mr. Bly’s concert and marching bands have enjoyed international reputations. In addition to the many awards received by his marching bands, Mr. Bly’s bands have been a finalist at the Bands of America’s Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN. His Concert Bands have performed at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and Bands of America’s National Concert Band Festival, and in the concert halls of the Kennedy Center, DAR Constitution Hall, at Wolf Trap, and the Legrande Theatre in Quebec, Canada. Mr. Bly conducts numerous clinics yearly with both concert and marching bands and conducts regularly All-District and All-State Events. He has held numerous state and national positions in professional organizations. Carl is a long time judge with Drum Corps International and Bands of America.
Bret Mascaro lives in Collegeville, PA. He retired after a nearly 35 year career in music education, most recently as a high school band director for the Methacton School District in Pennsylvania. Bret has served as a PA Music Educators Association District President and Festival Coordinator, and has twice been a clinician at the PMEA Annual In-service Conference. Bret is currently the Director of Education for Zeswitz Music in Reading PA. Bret has been a designer or instructor for the Crossmen, Troopers, and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Bret has been a clinic presenter for DCI and several local and regional competitive circuits. He has also served as an adjudicator across the United States, Canada, and Japan for several organizations such as Winter Guard International, Drum Corps International , Bands of America, and several state pageantry associations.
Scott Litzenburg resides in Kennett Square, PA. He received his Bachelor of Science, Music Education from West Chester University in 1984. Scott is currently the Director of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
Scott recently retired in 2018 after 34 years of teaching HS band in Pennsylvania.He conducted the UHS Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band & Musical pit orchestra. His bands have been selected as a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York City, Won the overall band award at the Kentucky Derby Festival and the twice have been named as the grand Champion at the Gator Bowl Festival in Jacksonville FL. The bands have received numerous superior ratings at concert, jazz and marching festivals in his 34 years of teaching. Was the Musical Director at Unionville and directed the last four productions of West Side Story, Shrek, Mary Poppins and the King and I.
Scott was the past Cavalcade of Band President, DCI Event Manager/head tabulator, and a WGI Contest Administrator. He was the Co-Founder of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band and took them to the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.
Scott works part-time as an Event Manager at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA and works with the visiting artists as they perform at the gardens. He is also the past Principal Timpanist with the Chester County Pops Orchestra and a charter member of that ensemble.
Scott is a former member of the Garfield Cadets, past director of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps and is a past member of the Drum Corps International Board of Directors.Scott is a member of Phi Beta Mu and is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternities.
Kevin Bell has been involved in pageantry for most of his life. Coming from parents who were both actively involved in the marching activity, Kevin has followed in their footsteps. Kevin’s involvement in the marching activity has taken on the role of performer, designer and adjudicator over the past 28 years. Currently Kevin lives in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and is recognized primarily as a visual designer, clinician and adjudicator for some of the most esteemed Winter Guard and Percussion circuits around the country, as well as many State Marching Band Championships. Kevin is also a former WGI Color Guard judge, DCI Visual judge and DCA Visual judge.