Meet the Judges

Paul Hinman – Music

Mr. Paul R. Hinman has served as a music educator and administrator for over 35 years. He is currently serving as the Head of Schools and High School Principal at Valle Catholic School in Ste. Genevieve, MO. Mr. Hinman has previously served as a Principal in the Diocese of Jefferson City Catholic Schools, as the Director of Bands at East Tennessee State University, as the Director of Bands in Jefferson City Public schools, also several high schools in Indiana and Texas.   Mr. Hinman is internationally recognized as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator for concert bands, orchestras, marching bands, and jazz ensembles. Mr. Hinman is also an active conductor and performer amongst community bands in Jefferson City. Mr. Hinman is a member of numerous
professional organizations and has held offices in several including the Tennessee State Chairman to the College
band Directors National Assoc., Board of Directors for the Tennessee Music Educators Assoc., and College
Representative to the East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association. Additionally, Mr. Hinman is actively
involved as a member of the Drum Corps International Judges Guild, and has been invited to judge at the DCI World
Championships numerous times over the past 20 years. He also serves as a judge for Drum Corps Associates, Drum
Corps Japan, Bands of America and for numerous state, regional and national associations and events.

Christine Dillon – Visual/Color Guard

Mrs. Dillon holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a MA in Cross Cultural Studies & Education.

She has been involved in the Marching Arts activity since 1981 as a performer, instructor, designer and adjudicator.

Currently, Mrs. Dillon is an Adjudicator for DCI (Drum Corps International), WGI (Winter Guard International), SCSBOA (Southern California Band and Orchestra Association), WGASC (Winter Guard Association of Southern California), FFCC (Florida Federation of Color Guards), IHSCGA (Indiana High School Color Guard Association)TCGA (Texas Color Guard Association) and several other competitive circuits throughout the United States.

As an administrator, she held the position of Education Director for the WGASC for the past 8 years and was responsible for color guard classification, as well as instructor certification and education for over 350 color guards in Southern California. She also serves on the advisory board for, and has written numerous instructional articles for the website.

Finally, you can read Mrs. Dillon’s performer-education articles in every publication of Halftime Magazine where she has authored the “Guard” byline for the past 5 years.

 Jeff Huffman – Percussion

Jeff Huffman’s experience in percussion education spans over twenty five years. Most recently, he has been the Percussion Director for Avon High School, a consistent top-5 WGI World Championship finalist and top-3 BOA Grand National finalist. Previously he held the position of Director of Percussion for Center Grove High School, earning two consecutive WGI Scholastic World Class gold medals. Jeff’s work with the Avon, Center Grove and Franklin Central indoor percussion ensembles has resulted in thirteen IPA State Championship titles and four WGI World Championship titles.

Jeff graduated from Indiana State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. He marched with the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and was a percussion staff member of the Santa Clara Vanguard. Jeff currently is the manager for Chops Percussion, one of the nation’s leading educational percussion resources and suppliers. Jeff is a member of the Tri-States Judges Association, the IPA Advisory Board, the WGI Percussion Advisory Board, and an artist and clinician for Pearl Drums and Sabian Cymbals. Jeff resides in Greenwood, Indiana with his wife Sarah and daughter Avery.

Albert Lo – Music

Albert Lo is currently the Director of Bands at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville campus and the resident Conductor/Artistic Director for the Brownsville Wind Symphony. Mr. Lo is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University and his Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University. Mr. Lo served as the Director of Bands at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, TX from 2001- 2008. Under Mr. Lo’s direction, Winston Churchill High School’s marching band, concert band and wind symphony, jazz band, winter guard, and winter percussion saw much success. In addition to his career as a music educator in the public schools, Mr. Lo was a brass instructor and Caption Head for the nationally renowned Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently an adjudicator for Drum Corps International (DCI), Bands of America (BOA), Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL), as well as other Judges’ Associations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Lo is an active clinician and guest conductor who has taught, conducted and performed concert and jazz ensembles throughout Europe and Asia. Mr., Lo is a two-time Teacher of the Year recipient and was awarded Certificate of Recognition by the Texas Academy of Math and Sciences at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He is a member of College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, Texas Music Educator Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association.

Kyle Miller – Color Guard/Visual

Like many, his experience begins with high school performing arts, Then studying music performance at University of Iowa. Currently he consults, designs and clinics with schools nationwide. He greatly values the experience and opportunities to judge for Winter Guard International the last 14 years. This year, he is serving as Judge Liaison for Midwest Color Guard Circuit as well as Chief Judge for Texas Color Guard Circuit.  Also spending time judging for BOA/Music for All, and Drum Corps International. He is fortunate to have additional experience judging internationally, evaluating performances from Drum Corps Europe, Drum Corps Japan, and Drum Corps, Winter Guard of Thailand.  Currently based in Las Vegas Nevada, he teaches Language Arts, and Creative Writing. He has served on an Education Cadre with UNLV, and coordinated projects with the Community Partnership program. He has earned a writing fellowship with the National Writing Project and participated in Southern Nevada’s Writing Project. Moreover, he excitedly contributes to education programs promoting student involvement in the arts. One, called Rookie Rugby, partnered with international Olympic rugby teams and another involving Nevada Ballet performers working with elementary students.

Mike Rubino – Music

 mike rubinoThe 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.




Mike Stone

Mike Stone resides in Los Angeles, CA and has been adjudicating various pageantry competitions since 1997. He attributes his interest in pageantry to his high school music and marching band program. Mr. Stone has studied, performed and taught in several music programs in California. He is also recognized at the highest level of adjudicators for Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International and Bands of America.





As a nationally recognized adjudicator, Mr. Stone is proud to be affiliated with the following programs:

  • Drum Corps International (DCI)
  • Winter Guard International (WGI)
  • Music for All/Bands of America (BOA)
  • Winter Guard Associations 0f Southern California (WGASC/MBOS)
  • Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit (FFCC)





Jim Sturgeon – Visual Field

Jim Sturgeon has over 25 years experience in the pageantry arts. He serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, Gulf Coast Judges Association, and various marching band and color guard circuits. Jim was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard. He has served as a designer/clinician for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps as well as for several high school band and color guard programs throughout the country. Outside of the pageantry arts, Jim possesses a BSBA and an MBA in business from the University of Louisville. He has spent over 20 years in the human resources field. For the last 7 years, Jim has worked for Kindred Healthcare, Inc., currently serving as a Senior Director of Human Resources. Jim lives in Louisville KY.