Judges for Warhill Classic

Steve Calhoun


Steve Calhoun has been a music educator, clinician, consultant and adjudicator for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, the University of West Georgia and Lincoln Memorial University. His bands have won numerous awards locally, nationally and internationally, and have performed in Ireland, Australia, and twice for President Ronald Regan. He has judged the finals for DCI, DCA, WGI, BOA, Drum Corps Japan, ISSMA, USSBA, MCBA, KMEA as well as many other local and regional shows. He has served as judge administrator for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, Drum Corps South, and is currently the percussion judge administrator for SAPA.

Matthew Phillips


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.

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.

Tim Rossettini


Tim Rossettini is a native of Glen Rock, NJ an is currently the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, VA. Mr. Rossettini received his high school education from Ridgewood High School, in Ridgewood, NJ. He received his Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Education and Applied Percussion from James Madison University in 2003, graduating Cum Laude.

His percussion teachers include Gary Fink, Dr. Michael Overman, Rick Deloney, and the former head of JMU’s percussion department, Mr. C. William Rice. While attending James Madison, he was the principal percussionist of the Concert and Symphonic Band and was an active member in the university’s Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater Orchestra, and Pep Band. Mr. Rossettini was also actively involved with the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes, and performed with the band in Athens, Greece, as well as the 75th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the inauguration parades for Virginia Governor Mark Warner and President George W. Bush.

Mr. Rossettini has been a member of the Virginia Wind Symphony for 13 years and has been under the conducting batons of Mr. Dennis Zeisler, Dr. Harry Begian, Col. Arnold Gabriel, James Sochinski, Michael Hackbarth, James Curnow, Edward Lisk, Johan de Miej and various others. Most recently, he performed with the Virginia Wind Symphony at the American Bandmasters Association National Conference in Norfolk and The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Rossettini has also had the privilege of conducting the Royal Netherlands Navy Band, His Majesty The King’s Guard from Norway, the Netherlands Army Band, the German Mountain Army Band, the Royal Band of the Belgian Navy, the Band of the Mounted Arms from the Netherlands, and The Guardsmen from Finland.

Mr. Rossettini is an active clinician, soloist, and composer, as well as an accomplished freelance and studio percussionist in the Tidewater area. He spent 2004-2007 as Director of Bands at Denbigh High School in Newport News, VA. Under his direction the band earned multiple awards including Superior ratings at State Band Festival and State Jazz Festival. In 2010, 2011 and 2015, Tallwood High School’s music department earned the distinction of becoming a Blue Ribbon School. Tallwood’s band program regularly contributes members to Senior Regional Orchestra, All-District Band and All-State Band. The ensembles at Tallwood have consistently earned Superior Ratings since his arrival in 2007 and is a 10 time Virginia Honor Band.

Mr. Rossettini is an honorary member of Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity. He is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Educators Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Universities, and Who’s Who Among American Teachers. He is also a member of the Virginia State Marching Assessment Committee, as well as the chair of the All-Virginia Percussion Audition Committee through the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association as well as the Instrumental District Represented for the Virginia Music Educators Association (District II). In 2011, Mr. Rossettini was named Tallwood High School’s Teacher of the Year. He has been teaching privately for the last 20 years and is in pursuit of a master’s degree. He resides in Chesapeake with his wife, Amanda, and their two beloved children, Hannah and Davis.

Mike Aycock


Mike Aycock has been active as a national marching band adjudicator, instructor, clinician and administrator for over 30 years. He has judged on the local level at high schools across the nation, the regional level with WGI as a percussion visual analysis adjudicator and on the national level with USBands including being on the panels of multiple State Championships. He is a certified Chief Judge with the North Carolina Bandmasters Association (NCBA).

Mr. Aycock has served as a marching and visual instructor for numerous marching programs at the high school, college, WGI and DCI level. Mr. Aycock was a visual instructor with the East Carolina University Marching Pirates. He also served as a visual instructor during Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corp’s first season, later to be elected to its Board of Directors and served as the Assistant Corps Director, during which time Carolina Crown won the Division II (now Open Class) Championship in 1993 and broke into DCI Finals for the very first time in 1995. In 2014 Mr. Aycock was a visual consultant for the Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps. He is currently an active member of the Carolina Crown Advisory Board.

Matt Savage


Matt Savage has been playing percussion for more than 30 years. He is the former Director of Marching Percussion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam and his Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from USC. He has taught at every level of public education, from elementary to the college level. Additionally, he has played snare drum with the legendary Bayonne Bridgemen and served as percussion director and arranger for drum and bugle corps such as The Anaheim Velvet Knights, The Dutchboy of Kitchener, Ontario and The Canton Bluecoats.
Matt is heavily involved with the WGI indoor percussion activity as an adjudicator and has served on the WGI Percussion Steering Committee. Matt has delved into the art of drumstick and mallet design for the Pro-Mark drumstick company creating a signature line of sticks. His most recent publication is "Savage Rudimental Workshop", a state of the art rudiment development book with 2 CD accompaniment published by Alfred Music.
He is the founder and director of the Matt Savage Marching Percussion Camp taking place every summer in the Carolinas (www.drumcamp.net) Along with being a marching percussion specialist, Matt is a Remo hand drum artist and drum circle facilitator leading drum circles for a variety of both local and national events.

Tim Gauldin


Tim Gauldin is in his seventh year as Director of Bands at Kempsville Middle School.  Mr. Gauldin was the Director of Bands at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach Virginia from 2009-2012.  Under his direction, the Bands of Kempsville have continued their winning traditions, being named a 2010-2011 VIRGINIA HONOR BAND and the 2010 United States Scholastic Band Association Virginia State Marching Band Champions.  

            Prior to teaching at Kempsville High School, he was a freelance designer.  Since starting his own business in 2001, he taught high school marching bands and winter guards in Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Oklahoma and California.  He was the visual caption head and color guard instructor at Western Branch High School, from Chesapeake, VA, was twice a medalist at the Atlantic Indoor Association Championships.  In addition, the Bassett HS Marching Band, a three-time Bands of America Semi-finalist.  Mr. Gauldin instructed the Lincoln HS Marching Band, Sioux Falls, SD, from 2006-2010.  The Lincoln HS Marching Band participated in the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Also, Mr. Gauldin was a co-founder of The Study, a three-time Winter Guard International Finalist. 

            Mr. Gauldin was the former Director of Bands at Herndon Middle School in Herndon, VA and LeRoy Martin Middle School, a Gifted and Talented Magnet School, in Raleigh, NC.  While at LeRoy Martin Middle School he built the band program to over 270 students.  Additionally, the LeRoy Martin Middle School had 40 students selected for the Wake County All-County Band, 24 students selected for the North Carolina Bandmasters Association All-District Band, and six students selected for the North Carolina Bandmasters Association All-State Band.

            Prior to teaching at the middle school level, he was the Director of Bands at Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, VA from 1994-1998.  Under his direction, the Frank W. Cox High School Band was a Virginia Honor Band from 1996-1998 and won numerous awards and superior ratings. In 1995, his Symphonic Wind Ensemble gave a command performance for Queen Sonya of Norway.  Additionally, he was Director of Bands at Nelson County High School from 1988-1992.  In 1990, his “Marching Governors” were selected to march in the inaugural parade for Governor L. Douglas Wilder.

            He attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a trumpet scholarship and received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1988.  In 1992, he was awarded a teaching assistantship at VCU, where his teaching responsibilities included being the Director of the University Band and the RamBand, assistant conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and teaching Marching Band Techniques.  He received his Master of Music Education with an emphasis in wind band conducting in 1994 from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

            He was the Visual Consultant/Program Designer for Mystical Drum and Bugle Corps from Newbury Park, CA.  Additionally, he has taught the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps and the Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.  He was a member of the 1987 Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL.

            As an adjudicator, he judges for the Atlantic Indoor Association, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, the Carolina Indoor Performance Association and the United States Scholastic Band Association.  Professionally, he is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Virginia Music Educators Association and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association.