The Live Oak High School marching band from Morgan Hill, California, under the direction of Mike Rubino, was the champion of the first Marching Bands of America National Championship in 1976. Now retired from Live Oak, Mr. Rubino is an adjudicator for Bands of America, as well as for Drum Corps International.
Mr. Jeff Harper is currently in his fifth year as Associate Director of Bands at Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA. Prior to his appointment at Lassiter, Mr. Harper served as the Director of Bands at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA. While at McEachern, the band program was selected as a feature group for the 2012 University of Georgia High School Music Festival and selected as a feature group at the 2013 Georgia Music Educator’s Association. Before his appointment at McEachern High School, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School from 2000 to 2009 and Director of Bands at the West Cobb School (1998-2000). While teaching at Kennesaw Mountain High School, the band program received acclaim through national and regional performances including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Bands of America, and Winterguard International. Mr. Harper received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois. While at UGA, Mr. Harper studied trumpet with Albert Ligotti, Moffit Williams, and Fred Mills. His conducting teachers include Dr. Dwight Satterwhite, Dr. John Culvahouse, and Mr. James Keene. Also, Mr. Harper was Drum Major of the University's Redcoat Marching Band. Mr. Harper was a member of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps from Bergenfield, New Jersey in 1996 and In 1998, was a staff member with the Cadets, who won the Drum Corps International World Championship. Mr. Harper serves as a guest clinician throughout the country for presenting sessions to marching bands, concert bands, and leadership seminars. In 2002, Mr. Harper began judging for both Drum Corps International and Bands of America and continues to judge throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Harper has recently served as an adjudicator/clinician for Drum Corps Japan (2009/2011) and the Japan Marching Band Association (2010). In 2012, Mr. Harper was inducted into Phi Beta Mu and became a four-time recipient of the Citation Excellence Award presented by the National Band Association in 2012, 2013, and 2018. In addition to judging, Mr. Harper has held annual leadership camps and clinics for students at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. Mr. currently resides with his husband and son in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Randy retired from teaching in January of 2017 from the Lawrence Township Schools, Indianapolis, Indiana. He served 24 years of a 32-year teaching career in Lawrence Township. While at Lawrence Central High School, Randy served as the Director of Bands and Department Chair for Performing Arts. In January of 2017, Randy accepted a position as the Educational Support Manager (Central Region), for Conn-Selmer Inc. He now travels the country, working with bands, music educators, and collegiate music majors, presenting clinics on a host of topics, and assisting schools with their music education initiatives. Randy actively judges for Bands of America, DCI, and WGI. Over his career at Lawrence Central High School, Randy built a nationally renowned program in marching band, concert band, and jazz ensemble. His marching bands were four-time Indiana Class A State Champions, and two-time Bands of America Grand National Champions. They performed in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on two occasions, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Fiesta Bowl Parade(winning the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship), the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. They were also the featured high school marching band for the Pre-Super Bowl Festivities in Indianapolis in 2012. Randy’s Wind Ensembles were named State Champion five times and performed at several IMEA Conventions, and two Bands of America National Concert Band Festivals. Randy’s Jazz Ensembles received numerous outstanding musician and solo awards as well as Honor Band recognition during his tenure.
Jay Webb has been the Director of Bands at Avon High School in Avon Indiana since 1993. In that time, the Avon Band has consistently been at the forefront of the scholastic pageantry activity. Their many successes include multiple state and national championships, including the Bands of America Grand National Championship in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The Avon Marching Black and Gold was also awarded the Sudler Shield in 2007. All aspects of the band program strive to achieve at the highest national levels with participation in Winterguard International, Bands of America, and Indiana State School Music Association events. Mr. Webb received his Bachelor of Music Education from Butler University in 1991. He has memberships that include Pi Kappa Lambda, Indiana Bandmasters Association, and the Indiana Music Educators Association and was the founding member of Indiana Percussion Association. He serves as an adjudicator for Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and Indoor Percussion.
Dr. Tim Ochran
He has been a Bands of America Judge since 1985 and has had the privilege to be part of over 100 Bands of America Regional Championships as well as over 20 Grand National Championship judging panels. He has served as the visual judge administrator for Drum Corps International and is currently a member of the DCI judge administration team. A member of over 15 DCI world championship judging panels. He has had the honor to serve as a member of the Music for ALL Board of Directors. He is the Senior Vice President of Innovation for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.
John Howell resides in North Huntingdon Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh. He is currently employed as a Business Education Teacher in the Hempfield Area School District where he serves as the Department Chairperson and teaches Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Web Page Design, Video Game Programming, and Personal Finance. John holds a Bachelor of Administration in Business Management and an Accounting minor from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a visual designer and has taught and written shows for various nationally acclaimed marching bands, drum and bugle corps, and indoor winter colorguards and continues to conduct clinics and consultations for bands, winter colorguards, and judging associations across the United States. He has been a visual adjudicator over 28 years and judges for BOA, DCI, WGI, and various other judging associations and has had the opportunity to judge internationally on numerous occasions. He also conducts both the Trinity Handbell and Hand Chime choirs at his church in which he has performed for over 38 years.
Currently teaching Language Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kyle Miller’s pageantry experience begins with high school marching band. While studying music at the University of Iowa, he began teaching and designing. This progressed into judging, consulting, and teaching nationwide. He continues to place a high value on his experience and opportunities to judge Bands of America / Music for All events. Also evaluating DCI and WGI programs, he works to develop a broad range of pageantry arts in addition to his everyday position as a classroom educator. He has served as Judge Liaison and Chief Judge in Illinois and Texas and is fortunate to have additional experience judging internationally, evaluating performances in Europe, Thailand, and Japan.
After retiring as a music teacher, band director, and department coordinator for the Methacton School District, Bret Mascaro became the Director of Education for Zeswitz Music in Reading, PA. During his 34-year career, Mr. Mascaro served as a Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District President and Festival Coordinator. In retirement, Mr. Mascaro is the head director for the American Music Abroad Silver Tour and an Assistant Conductor for the Montgomery County Concert Band. Mr. Mascaro has been a designer and instructor for the Crossmen, Troopers, and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and many high school bands from across the country. He has presented clinics for Drum Corps International as well as several regional competitive circuits. Mr. Mascaro has served as an adjudicator across the United States, Canada, and Japan for organizations such as Winter Guard International, Drum Corps International, Bands of America, and several state pageantry associations.