Judges for Southeastern Va Music Games

Rob Carroll

Rob Carroll served as Band Director at Great Bridge High School from 1988 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as Band Director at Stonewall Middle School in Prince William County from 1985 to 1988. Currently, he serves the Great Bridge Band Program as an instrumental music teacher at the middle school.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University and Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois.

He is a Past President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. In 2008, Rob was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Legion of Honor. He was honored with the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association in 2011.

 

​He maintains active memberships in MENC, VMEA, VBODA, the National Band Association, and the International Horn Society. Additionally, he is an active performer, private instructor and member of the Virginia Wind Symphony.

Dan Boothe

Daniel W. Boothe  is an internationally award-winning music professional currently serving as a music conductor and public affairs strategist for the U.S. Air Force Bands and as Music Director & Conductor of the Symphonicity Orchestra of Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a recording producer for numerous CD albums, and conductor or performer around the world, his live and recorded concert events for television, radio, and internet broadcasts have reached over 50 million people in 175 countries.

Prior to joining the Air Force, Mr. Boothe served as Percussion Director for the American Wind Symphony’s Winds on the Mon music scholars program, Associate Conductor of the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, and Director of Percussion at Radford University. He also served as a Visiting Artist for the University of Virginia's College at Wise where he taught and authored innovative curriculum in percussion, composition, and music history.

He is in high demand nationally as a music adjudicator having been recurrently invited to judge for the U.S. Bands, Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships, and various other contests across the country. Since 2004 he has been a Vic Firth Inc. Education Team member endorsed as a Marching & Scholastic Percussion Specialist, and has been a featured artist in multiple Percussive Arts Society "Day of Percussion" state events around the country.

Doug Casteen

Doug Casteen currently resides in Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate of North Carolina State University. He has been judging marching bands, drum corps and color guards for the last 25 years. He has been active as an adjudicator for many band associations across the US. He has recently judged state championships competitions for Oklahoma. Colorado, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. He is currently the Chief Judge for the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) where he inducted in the AIA Hall of Honor in 2006 for his contributions to the circuit. He is the current Chief Judge for the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative (VMBC). He has judged all visual captions for Drum Corps International (DCI) and currently judges for the Winds Division of Winter Guard International (WGI). He served as a General Effect Judge for Color Guard Division of WGI for 12 seasons where he judged over 40 Regional Championships and 6 World Championships. His performing experience includes marching in DCI with Avant Garde from Saratoga Springs, NY, the 27th Lancers from Revere, MA, and the Star of Indiana from Bloomington, IN. He performed the Star Alumni Drum Corps in 2004 and 2010. He has instructed various marching bands, winter guards, and drum corps throughout the Southeastern US.   

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges has over 30 years in design and judging for winter guards, marching band, and drum corps. Most of that time was spent in South Florida. Jeff has designed and worked with many WGI finalists and world champions in the A and Open class.

Jeff is an active judge still for SFWGA/FFCC including guard, percussion and winds. He is an Ensemble and General Effect specialist as well as providing overall consultations at many contests. He currently judges the visual caption for the WGI Winds Division. He was the former Director of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and was recently inducted into the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps for his contributions to the group over the years. He was a former marching member of the Crossmen as well.

Kelly Earp

Kelly Earp resides in Raleigh NC and is an Alumni of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. For nearly a decade he served on their visual staff after his membership in their brass section, winning three DCI Championships and four Visual Caption Championships. He also has been on visual staff for The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver CO and consulted with The Blue Stars from La Crosse WI. He is currently serving his fourteenth year as the Drill Designer and Visual Caption Head for The Cary High School Marching Band. Prior to his work at Cary High School and The Cadets he graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sound Engineering and Music Production. Kelly has been affiliated with several other high school bands, winter guards, and indoor percussion ensembles in North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and New Jersey serving as a consultant, clinician, and drill designer. He is also a Certified Design Analysis Judge for Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA). Kelly is an enthusiastic and creative individual who enjoys being a part of the pageantry arts in NC.

Reiko Casteen

Reiko Casteen is a native of East Tennessee. She graduated from Daniel Boone High School, East Tennessee State University, and Eastern Virginia Medical School.  She has taught several guards (fall and indoor) throughout her career. Her judging experience includes serving as a movement caption judge in the Atlantic Indoor Association since 2004 and has been judging marching band competitions across the Southeastern US for the past 15 years. Her winter guard performing experience includes Daniel Boone High School from 1992-1995, Nuendo Winter Guard from 1996- 2000 where they were the WGI Bronze Medalists in 1996, and Infiniti World Winter Guard in 2003. Reiko’s drum corps experience includes marching with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois from 1994 (3rd place), 1995 (5th place), and 1996 (DCI Gold Medalist). Reiko currently lives in Richmond, VA with husband and son.

Carolyn Drislane

Carolyn Drislane has been heavily involved in the marching arts since 2002 as a performer, choreographer and technician. She has been fortunate to work with numerous performance ensembles, with most recent ventures as a visual designer for George Mason Indoor Percussion and George Mason Open color guard. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She currently works as a sports physical therapist at the National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, DC and a research fellow at George Mason University. She is currently sharing her passion and knowledge of movement to Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2019 season! She is a former member of the Shenendehowa HS World Class winter guard and the Pride of Cincinnati winter guard. 

Matt Penland

Matt Penland is a percussion performer, educator, and arranger based out of Washington, D.C. where he is a percussionist in the U.S. Air Force Band. Matt is also on the instructional staff for The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and arranges music for several marching percussion groups across the country, including Music City Drum Corps and Guardians Drum Corps.

Displaying a comprehensive background in both classical and marching percussion, Matt's performance accolades include: 3rd Prizewinner of the 2014 TROMP International Percussion Competition, Top Prizewinner of the Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition, a Great Plains Marimba Competition Semifinalist and Southern California Marimba Competition Semifinalist. As a marching percussion soloist Matt was a DCI Individual and Ensemble Tenor Champion and PASIC Collegiate Tenor Solo Champion. He was also recently included alongside Jake Harpster on the album Nightflower, by Elliot Cole, released in 2019.

 

Matt has performed and given masterclasses at the North Carolina Percussion Symposium, Northwestern Percussion Symposium, Nebraska PAS Day of Percussion, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, International Percussion Festival Seoul in South Korea, and recently was a guest soloist with Sharyland Pioneer High School at PASIC 2018. He was a section percussionist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before joining the Air Force, and was also a Music Academy of the West percussion fellow. Matt has taught private lessons to students ranging from beginners to collegiate level and is currently an instructor at the George Mason University Indoor Drumline and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. As a rudimental percussionist he was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown, and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Matt earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of North Texas in 2012 and a Master of Music Performance degree from Northwestern University in 2015. His teachers included She-e Wu, Christopher Lamb, Vadim Karpinos, James Ross, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, and Mark Ford.

 

Matt proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Remo and Dynasty USA products.

Amanda Rossettini

Amanda Rossettini is originally from Newport News, VA where she was an award winning drum major.  She earned her degree in Music Education from East Carolina University and has been teaching middle school band at Jolliff Middle School in Chesapeake, VA since 2001.  Prior to opening Jolliff, Amanda taught at McKinley High School in Honolulu, HI and Reservoir Middle School in Newport News.  In addition to coaching and adjudicating drum majors in Virginia and North Carolina, Amanda is a flutist in the Virginia Wind Symphony.  Amanda and her husband, Tim, live in Chesapeake with their children Hannah and Davis.

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