Judges for Tidewater Regional 2021

Victor Banfield

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Victor Banfield is from Greenville, NC, and is currently in his 19th year of employment with Pitt County Government in North Carolina.  Mr. Banfield is a graduate of East Carolina University, where he served three years as Drum Major of the East Carolina University Marching Pirates (1994-96), Head Drum Major (1995-96). Victor was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (1995-96). In 1996, Victor was chosen as the Bluecoats Drum Major.  As he completed his college education, Mr. Banfield worked for the Tarheel Sun Drum and Bugle Corps as Visual Staff (1997-98) and Assistant Director (1998-99).  Victor has consistently worked as a visual performance adjudicator and a drum major adjudicator throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia since 1995.

Chris Foster

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Chris Foster is the current Director of Bands at Cary High School in Cary, North Carolina. He is the director of the marching band, 3 concert bands, jazz ensemble, indoor percussion ensemble, indoor marching winds ensemble, and indoor color guard.  Mr. Foster’s ensembles have received numerous awards and honors regionally, nationally, and internationally. Notable achievements include Bands of America Regional Finals and Class Championships, MSBA Class Championships, OMEA State Finals Superior Ratings, and in 2013, a Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship with Bellbrook HS. 

Mr. Foster received his undergraduate in 1998 at Youngstown State University Dana School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Education and a major in Trumpet.  In 2012, he received his Masters in Music Education from Kent State University. Mr. Foster has held positions at Bellbrook High School (2008-2019), Warren Local High School (2002-2008), Crestview High School (1998-2002) and a community youth band in Youngstown, Ohio called the Warren Junior Military Band. He was a guest conductor of the 2000 Columbiana All-Star Band, YSU Concert Band, River City Brass Ensemble, and the Lancomb County, PA Honors Band. Mr. Foster was also a member of the Smoot House Jazz Band from Parkersburg, WV. He has performed with world famous artists such as Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, Chuck Mangione, and the Air Force Band of Flight.  On May 10, 2000, he received the honorary flag of the United States flown over the United States Capitol Building in his honor for “Inspiring Excellence in the Performing Arts”. Mr. Foster is a member of the North Carolina Band Master’s Association.

He is married to Amy and they have a son, Ryan. He also has 3 dogs, Bella/Sadie/Tucker, who like to destroy his house when the family is with the band family at rehearsals or competitions.

Reiko Casteen

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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 20 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.

Matt 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 Drum and Bugle Corps in 1994-1995. 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 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.

Dan Boothe

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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.

Mark Beamish

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Mark Beamish is the former Director of Bands and Fine Arts Team Leader at Green Hope High School in Morrisville, NC. A native of Rochester, NY, Mr. Beamish spent his youth participating in a variety of musically related activities including private and ensemble study at Rochester's Hochstein and Eastman Schools. Mr. Beamish attended the University of Kentucky and was a student of Vincent DiMartino. Beamish earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in 1986 and in 1987 earned his Master's Degree at Eastern Illinois University where he served as the graduate assistant of bands. Before relocation to North Carolina, Mr. Beamish taught all levels of music instruction at two different school systems on Long Island, NY. In 1992, Beamish accepted the position as High School Band Director at Sanderson High School. During Beamish's tenure at Sanderson High School, all ensembles under his tutelage received only superior ratings at music festivals at competitions from 1992-1999. In 1997, the Sanderson Wind Ensemble was the featured performing ensemble at the North Carolina Music Educators' Conference in Winston- Salem, NC. He currently serves as an Adjudicator and Chief Judge for the North Carolina Bandmasters Association.

Tony Robinson

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Tony Robinson is a 1982 graduate of Western Carolina University. Mr. Robinson his teaching career as assistant band director at Enka High School and in 1984, he became the Band Director at Pisgah High School, in Canton, N.C.

Mr. Robinson was the Band Director at Cary HS from 1987-2000. During his 13- year tenure, the Cary Band continued its strong tradition of excellence by winning numerous Grand Championships at many regional competitions. Also, the Cary Bands performed in the 1998 New Year’s Day Parade, in London, England, as well as giving a concert performance in Wembley Hall. In April 2000, the Cary Bands were invited to return to Europe, performing a 10-day tour of concerts in Bruges, Belgium, Le Touquet and Paris, France.

In 2000, Mr. Robinson started the band program at the newly built Wakefield Middle School in Raleigh, N.C. From it first year enrollment of 80 students, the band grew to over 225 members earning Superior and Excellent ratings at State Concert Band Festivals during his 10-year tenure. Mr. Robinson is currently the Instrumental Director at The Franklin Academy Charter High School in Wake Forest, NC where he conducts the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and piano class. The band started with 27 and has presently 90 members and the 2016 Music in the Parks Concert Band and Jazz Band Grand Champion scoring the highest of all 6 weekends.