Category: 4th Annual

A great big Thank You to our adjudication panel at the 4th Annual Power Band Classic Invitational. We appreciate their time, and their willingness to participate in the Classic. Their comments and scoring provide valuable information to all of our competing bands, allowing them to improve in areas where they are weak, and be proud of the positive information provided by the judges. We could not host such a educational event without their skills, and their participation.

Following is a list of each adjudicator, along with a short biography:

Adjudicating Individual Music - Mr. David Gorham

David Gorham has just retired as Director of Bands at Owasso High School where he held that position since 1989. Before going to Owasso, he taught five years in Van Buren, Arkansas. As Eighth Grade Band Director, Mr. Gorham's bands consistently received Superior ratings in concert and sight-reading. At Owasso High School, his duties not only included overseeing the entire band program, but also directing the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band II, and The Pride marching band all of which have earned Superior ratings at every event for the past 18 years. The Wind Ensemble has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and has been an Oklahoma Music Educators Association Honor Group six times. The band program has been awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor and Sudler Shield by the Sousa Foundation.

Mr. Gorham was born in Hope, Arkansas and graduated from Hope High School in 1978. In 1982, he received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arkansas. While at Arkansas, he received the Henry G. and Stella Hotz Award for outstanding sophomore in the College of Education, and was a Presser Scholar. He received his Master of Music Education from the University of Arkansas in 1993. Mr. Gorham was selected as the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Director of the Year in 1997. In addition, he was the 1988 ASBDA-Stanbury Award winner for Arkansas and the 1992 ASBDA-Stanbury Award winner for the South Central Region. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu and the American Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Gorham has almost 60 published works for concert band. These works have been included on contest lists throughout the United States, Australia, and Japan. He has composed a number of commissioned works for groups throughout the country, including the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble, Arkansas All-State Band, the North Hills Symphony Band (Pittsburg, PA), and the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.

Adjudicating Music Ensemble - Mr. Robert Hesse

Robert Hesse currently is a freelance drill designer in demand throughout the United States. He also serves as Visual Coordinator for many of his clients. During his thirty-five years of teaching, he taught in the public schools in Hope, Springdale, Marion and Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He recently retired from Ouachita Baptist University where he served as the Director of Athletic Bands for eleven years. During his tenure at Hope High School, his bands became nationally recognized for their excellence. Under Mr. Hesse's direction the Hope High School Band performed at the Independence Bowl, Sugar Bowl and the Inauguration parade in Washington, D.C. for President Bill Clinton. His marching bands received first division rating in all contests entered. They performed in the Parade of Champions in the Cotton Bowl, Vanderbilt Invitational, Louisiana Tech Invitational, Delta State Marching Festival, Northwest Louisiana Marching Championships, Texas High School Invitational, MBA Grand National Championships and won the coveted Governor's Cup trophy for first place in the Central Arkansas Marching Championships nine times in eleven years. His Arkadelphia Bands were finalist in the Play It Again Arkansas Invitational Marching Festival and the Arkansas Open Invitational Championships. The AHS Band was awarded Grand Champion of the Siloam Springs Invitational Marching Championships and their marching season was concluded with the Grand Champion Award at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas in December of 2001.

Mr. Hesse's bands at Ouachita Baptist University continued the strong tradition that Ouachita's music department had always maintained. His enthusiasm and musical excitement that he brought to the OBU program made his ensembles refreshing to see and hear. Mr. Hesse is in great demand as an adjudicator, clinician and drill designer. He has been on the staff with Bowl Games of America for the past 27 years and was part of the instructional staff for National Championship Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl pre-game and half time festivities. Mr. Hesse has also served throughout the United States and Canada as an adjudicator and clinician for Heritage Festivals of Salt Lake City, Utah.Mr. Hesse was honored as "One of the Top 50 Band Director's in America Who Make A Difference" by School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

Mr. Hesse has been a member of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association where he served as Vice-President, Arkansas Bandmasters Association where he serves as a past president, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, American School Band Director Association where he served as President of the Arkansas Chapter, Arkansas Music Educators Association and the Four States' Bandmasters Association where he is a three time past president. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. Both of these are service organizations. Most recently, Mr. Hesse has been elected as a member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lamda. Mr. Hesse lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and has two sons, Joshua and Jonathan Robert.

Adjudicating Individual Visual - Mr. Michael Tarr

Originally from Wyandotte, Mich., Michael Brady Tarr began performing with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (1988-1994) as a member of the horn line. Michael has enjoyed a successful career in pageantry and performing arts since his time in drum corps that spans well over two decades.

Teaching & consulting with many drum corps and high school programs throughout the world, Michael enjoys an extensive and successful career which has included working with The Cavaliers (1994-1998), The Glassmen (2000), The Bluecoats (2001-2004) and The Santa Clara Vanguard (2007-2009). Michael also served on the staff of the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band (Canton, MI) from 1993-2002. During this time, the program was the MCBA Flight I Champion nine times and consistent Bands of America Grand National Championships finalist. The program was the Bands of America Grand National Champion (1999) and was twice awarded the Steve Brubaker Outstanding Visual Performance Award (1998 and 2001). In addition, Michael has also worked at Carlton J. Kell High School (Marietta, Ga.), Milford High School (Milford, Mich.), DeKaney High School (Spring, Texas), The Aimachi Band and Color Guard (Nagoya, Japan), Horwang High School (Bangkok, Thailand), and St. Joseph School (Bangkok, Thailand), and many other national caliber programs.

As an adjudicator, Michael is in high demand judging throughout the country. Michael is an active adjudicator for Bands of America - Music for All, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, the Indiana State School Music Association, and the Michigan Competing Band Association. Michael also had the honor to adjudicate the All Thailand Marching Championship and the All Japan Marching Championships.

Learning from many great teachers and educators, Michael credits Mitch Rogers, Patrick Ruddy, David McGrath, Don Booher, Scott Seal, Gregg Rinehart, Sylvester Sybilski, Chad Jacobs, and Tim Barr as influences and mentors on his career where he has been fortunate enough to work with so many talented, artistic, and dedicated individuals.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interpersonal Communication (1997) and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Arts (1999) from Eastern Michigan University. During his undergraduate studies, Michael's work on a presentation for the Undergraduate Research Symposium was later expanded and developed into a research article focusing on Adolescent Children and Deception, which was presented at the National Communication Association Convention (1997).

In addition, Michael served on the adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University and The University of Michigan-Dearborn and most recently served as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for the Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah, Georgia Campus.

Adjudicating Visual Ensemble - Mr. Kyle Miller

Working at Paradise Professional Development School, Las Vegas, Nevada, Kyle Miller teaches general education in a 5th grade classroom. He serves as a member of the UNLV Education Cadre and Community Partnership programs which aim to coordinate programs with Nevada Ballet and the Olympic Rugby committee. Recently he earned a fellowship with the National Writing Project during Southern Nevada's Writing Project's 2012 Summer Institute.

His performing arts experience begins with Marching Band. As a member of his father's high school band, he competed in multiple MBA/BOA events. Later he studied music at University of Iowa and performed with the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. Continuing to expand his pageantry arts involvement he now consults, designs, and clinics with schools nationwide. He greatly values his opportunity to judge for WGI. He proudly works with the Midwest Judges Guild, and has enjoyed judging for BOA-Music For All, and Drum Corps International for over 10 years. Additionally, he judges internationally for Drum Corps Europe, Drum Corps Japan, and Thailand's Drum Corps, Marching Band, Drum – Fighter Festivals.

Adjudicating Visual General Effect - Mr. Alan Mueggenborg

Alan Mueggenborg is a native of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, and currently resides in Tulsa, OK. He was a performer with the Sky Ryders Drum & Bugle Corps from Hutchinson, Kansas, where he played lead baritone for 2 years was as a member of the color guard for two years, serving as rifle captain his age-out year.

Since participating in his HS band and drum corps activities, Alan has worked with top nationally competitive band programs, including Union HS (OK), Owasso HS (OK), and The Woodlands HS (TX). Under his guidance, leadership and design, the marching band, guard and percussion programs with these schools have won numerous state, regional and national championship titles.

Alan was Corps Director for Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps based in Tulsa from 1987-1992. This new corps quickly climbed the DCI ranks, winning the Bronze Medal, High Visual and best Color Guard awards at the 1988 DCI Class A Championships. The corps made the elite top 25 in 1990, '91, and '92, when they achieved DCI Member status. Due to financial restraints, the corps ceased participation in the DCI activity in 1994.

Over the past 35 years, Alan has served in all capacities of the activity including performer, instructor, designer, adjudicator, manager and director. He has served on both the Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International board of directors, as well as has held the office of President for the Texas Color Guard Circuit and Winter Guard & Percussion of Oklahoma.

Recently, Alan resigned from full time teaching and started a new business that provides state-of-the-art custom digital printed vinyl products to the marching band, winter guard/percussion activity, and to the general public. For a gallery of products, visit: www.FLASHVisualMedia.com.

Adjudicating Music General Effect - Mr. Kenneth Snoeck

Kenneth Snoeck has retired from a thirty-five year teaching career, the last twenty-three of which were at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. While at Lake Park, Mr. Snoeck's concert bands toured to Moscow, Russia in 1997, performing concerts with the band of the Russian Defense Ministry. In 2000, the concert bands toured France, performing a joint concert with the French Navy Band in Toulon. The Lake Park Wind Ensemble was also an Illinois Superstate concert band contest participant on multiple occasions.

Mr. Snoeck received Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music degrees from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In 1973, Mr. Snoeck was awarded the College Band Director's National Association "Best Original Manuscript for the Biennium 1971-1973 composition prize for "Scaramouch", Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion. He was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded an honorary doctorate from VanderCook College of Music in 2008.

Mr. Snoeck's marching bands were BOA national finalists twenty-one times, national class AAA Champion two times and Grand National Champion in 1996.

Since retiring from full time teaching in 2004, Mr. Snoeck has devoted his time to music composition, arranging and adjudication, traveling to Canada and across the United States as a judge for band events. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Pamela.

Adjudicating Music General Effect - Mr. Brian Britt

Brian Britt is the Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson ISD in Richardson, Texas. Mr. Britt is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the total fine arts instructional program that includes K-6 elementary music and the band, choir, orchestra, and theatre programs in the junior and senior high schools.

Mr. Britt was the Director of "The Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band from 2001-2012. While at OU, he conducted the marching band, the Symphony Band, and taught classes in the music education curriculum. He also appeared as a guest conductor with the OU Wind Symphony at many state, regional, and national conferences. Under his leadership, The "Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band appeared in the 2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2003 Tournament of Roses Parade. The band also appeared at twelve consecutive bowl games: Cotton Bowl (2), Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl (2) Fiesta Bowl (3), Sugar Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Sun Bowl, and Insight Bowl, with three of these appearances occurring in conjunction with BCS National Championship games.

Mr. Britt's previous teaching and administrative experiences include positions at Round Rock ISD, Stephen F. Austin State University, Garland ISD, Texas Christian University, Chickasha (OK) Public Schools, and Norman (OK) Public Schools.

Brian Britt is the Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson ISD in Richardson, Texas. Mr. Britt is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the total fine arts instructional program that includes K-6 elementary music and the band, choir, orchestra, and theatre programs in the junior and senior high schools. Mr. Britt was the Director of "The Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band from 2001-2012. While at OU, he conducted the marching band, the Symphony Band, and taught classes in the music education curriculum. He also appeared as a guest conductor with the OU Wind Symphony at many state, regional, and national conferences. Under his leadership, The "Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band appeared in the 2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2003 Tournament of Roses Parade. The band also appeared at twelve consecutive bowl games: Cotton Bowl (2), Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl (2) Fiesta Bowl (3), Sugar Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Sun Bowl, and Insight Bowl, with three of these appearances occurring in conjunction with BCS National Championship games.

Mr. Britt's previous teaching and administrative experiences include positions at Round Rock ISD, Stephen F. Austin State University, Garland ISD, Texas Christian University, Chickasha (OK) Public Schools, and Norman (OK) Public Schools.