Judges for 2022 Woodgrove Classic
Kent Baker (ASCAP) recently retired from The United States Air Force Band, DC where he was a hornist, arranger, and composer for 23 years. Kent's works have been featured on NBC's The Today Show 15 times, Fox & Friends, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Presidential Inaugurals, Twilight Tattoos, Flash Mobs, The USAF Band 75th Anniversary Concert, Kennedy Center Honors, and recently performed by the Dallas Winds, George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, George Mason University Wind Symphony, The Beltway Brass, Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic, Quintessential Brass Repertoire, The St. Louis Brass Band, and Barclay Brass.
He is a graduate of George Mason University where he majored in Music Composition and minored in History and is pursuing his Masters in Music Education at Liberty University.
Kent has also performed as a hornist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Carbondale Civic Orchestra, Fairfax Wind Symphony, Prince George's Symphony Orchestra, The Arlington Players, Brass Quintet, and the Beltway Brass Quintet. He is also the Atlantic Indoor Association’s Percussion, Winds, and Color Guard judge. Kent was on the brass staff of The Cavaliers when they won their first DCI Championship in 1992, and on the visual staff of The Cadets in the mid-2010s. He was also the Executive Director of Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashville, TN, in their inaugural year in DCI’s World Class Competition. Kent is in his 19th year as the Program Coordinator, Arranger, Drill Writer, and Music Caption Head for the James Madison High School Marching Ensemble, a 24-time BOA Regional and Super Regional Finalist and 6-time BOA Regional Class Champion. They are the VMBC 2018-2021 State Champions, 2019 BOA Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion, and a 2019 BOA Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist and National Class AAA Silver Medalist.
Kent's concert works have won numerous awards, including recent winners Scenes from an American Childhood, winner of the District New Music Composition Competition (2020), The Eternity Gate, The Tannhauser Gate, and Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, winners of the 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020 Dallas Winds Fanfare Competition, The Common Good, winner of the 2017 Bay Colony Brass’ Composition Competition, The Bearer of Evil Tidings for Solo Horn, winner in 2017’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame Contest and the reNEW Music Micro-Commission (2020), 75.29.30, a winner in the 2016 United States Air Force Media Contest, and Wichita Falls, After the Rain for Orchestra, winner in the 2015 Musica Merida Composition Competition. His works have been included on USAF Band CDs Home of the Brave and Breaking Barriers. Kent is a 2020 Composer-in-Residence with the Westben Composer/Performer Residency in Campbellford, Ontario, Canada, as well as a finalist in the 2020 North State Orchestra Composition Competition with his work, Archetypes. Recent consortiums include the Carolina Chamber Consortium and the Fairfax County Digital Consortium.
Jim Brooks obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from Wright State University in1980, and was the assistant band director Kokomo HS, Kokomo Indiana, from 1981-1982, and was the assistant director at Centerville, (OH) High School, from 1983-1988. At both Kokomo and Centerville, he designed and instructed the winter guard, directed the percussion ensemble, and was visual designer for the marching band. Jim did graduate work at the University of Dayton in Educational Leadership, and also at Wright State University in music education. He was a band director and music educator in Dayton Public schools from 1992-2002.
Jim was an extra percussionist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed professionally with such artist as, Moody Blues, Doc Severinsen, Shirley Jones, Clarke Terry, Lionel Hampton, Art Garfunkle, Roger Williams, and Sarah Vaughn. He played drums and percussion for dozens of musical theater productions in the greater Dayton/Cincinnati area, including: Sweeney Todd, Evita, Brigadoon, Children Of Eden, Cats, Gypsy, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Applause, Anything Goes, Will Rogers Follies, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Falsettoland, and many others.
Jim is the color guard judges coordinator for the Mideast Judges Association, and judges for numerous other circuits across the country. He has judged for WGI, DCI, and DCA. He currently resides in Centerville, Ohio.
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 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) and for Music for All (Bands of America). 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. He was the Chief Judge for the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) for 17 years where he inducted in the AIA Hall of Honor in 2006 for his contributions to the circuit. 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.
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.
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.
Samuel Ambrose turns back-row tuba playing into frontline artistry, bringing high-caliber style to performances, outreach, and educational experiences. His sound supports a variety of ensembles, most recently with the Peabody orchestras and wind ensembles, as well as the Eastern Edge Brass Quintet of Baltimore, MD. Ambrose has also performed for the Sunrise Pops Orchestra in Sunrise, FL, as well as freelancing in the area. When he is not performing in the concert hall, Sam takes his talents to senior communities and homeless shelters, providing free educational recital programs.
As an educator, Mr. Ambrose’s teaching ranges from private instruction to master classes, clinics, and ensemble instruction. He currently teaches Instrumental Music at University Park and Hyattsville Elementary Schools, and is also tuba faculty at the Fredericksburg Brass Institute, and on staff with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a visual technician. His previous appointments include visual instruction with the Boston Crusaders, the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and many high school and WGI groups in Florida, Maryland, and Illinois.
Sam currently lives just outside of Washington D.C., where he has recently received a Master’s degree in Tuba Performance from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Sam also holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Florida State University. His teachers include David Fedderly and Paul Ebbers.
David Enloe is recently retired in Virginia having served 20 years at Hickory HS and 6 years as Warhill HS. Mr. Enloe is a highly regarded arranger, clinician, and adjudicator. He has been involved with many well-respected programs on the secondary and collegiate levels. Mr. Enloe attended Jacksonville State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at Jacksonville State, Mr. Enloe studied French Horn and Conducting with Bayne Dobbins. He has also received his Master’s Degree in Conducting with Professor Anthony Maiello at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
David, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, marched with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps from 1978-1981, mostly known as the Jim Ott years. He aged out with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 1982. David continued his drum corps experience as the brass caption head for the Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps from 1991-1993, capturing the Division II championship twice in three years. He was also on staff with the Spirit of Atlanta in 1995, helping the corps back on the field after an inactive season. His last drum corps experience was as the brass caption head at Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2004 and 2005. There, he helped that organization break into DCA Finals for the very first time.
Along with being an educator, Mr. Enloe stays an active performing musician as a performer in the Virginia Wind Symphony on French Horn. Mr. Enloe’s affiliations include MENC, VMEA, and the National Band Association.
Jeff Brooks lives in Washington DC plays for heads of state as member of United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Jeff began playing the drums when he was 6 or 7. He took lessons from Ray Weiner at Hauer Music and Jane Varella, longtime percussionist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. In High School, Jeff became a member of the award-winning Centerville marching band and indoor drumline. Of major influence were Wayne Markworth, band director, and Tim Fairbanks, drumline instructor. Of the seven drummers who made the snare line in 2000, Brooks and three others currently work professionally in the music industry. After attending Sinclair Community College and Eastern Michigan University, Brooks enrolled at Wright State in 2011 as music education major. He studied under acclaimed percussion professor Gerald Noble. Brooks joined the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in 2013. The Corps is one of four “Special Bands” in the Army. It is a permanent duty assignment, and members can spend their entire military careers with that unit. As part of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment and stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia, the Corps is the official ceremonial unit and escort of the president.