Meet the Judges

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.




Dr. John Bell – Music

Dr. John Bell is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he conducts the Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds, teaches conducting and music education courses, and coordinates recruiting and auditions for the Department of Music.  Additionally, he was appointed Music Director of the St. Louis Brass Band in 2002 and has held that position since. He earned Doctors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University where he served on the LSU “Golden Band from Tigerland” staff.  Prior to his present appointment, Dr. Bell was Associate Director of Bands at the University of Northern Colorado, where he founded and directed the university’s marching band, the Pride of the Rockies. While in Colorado, he was appointed the music director and conductor of the Rocky Mountain Brassworks in Denver. As Music Director of the St. Louis Brass Band he has guided their artistic endeavors to a 2nd place finish at the 2017 US Open Brass Band Championships as well as recognition of the band as being “One of St. Louis’ artistic treasures.” Dr. Bell was Brass Caption Head for The Cavaliers and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and is listed as a Master Judge on the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy register. He is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the American School Band Directors Association.  Additionally, he holds memberships in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.  Dr. Bell has received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and is a contributing author to the acclaimed series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.  He served as the director of the 250 member Illinois Ambassadors of Music Band and Chorus for their 16-day tour of Europe in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and will lead this tour again in the summer of 2018.  Dr. Bell has adjudicated symphonic and pageantry events throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Thailand for Drum Corps International, Bands of America, US Bands and the World Music Festival, and has conducted honors and all-state bands in Taiwan, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Colorado and Nebraska.


Dan Bryan – Percussion

Dan Bryan teaches music for the Stanislaus Union School District. Prior to this appointment, he held positions at Los Banos High School, Grace M. Davis High School, and Joseph A. Gregori High School, where he founded the music department in 2010. Additionally, he works with CSU Stanislaus as a student teacher supervisor in the Teacher Education Department. He acts as an adjudicator throughout the United States and Thailand, as well as Drum Corps International.


He is an eight time Winter Guard International World Championship Medal winner (and seven-time WGI Finalist) as an instructor/composer; additionally, he is published internationally through Key Poulan Music and GPG Publications. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and CSU Fresno, and holds his Master’s Degree in  Band Conducting from Sam Hoston State University. He has served on the boards of the California Band Directors Association, Stanislaus County Music Educators Association, and the Central Valley Guard and Percussion Circuit. He is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor throughout California, and has presented at the California All State Music Educators Conference, Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, and Cazadero Music Camp (Conductor).


Dan is co-owner (with his wife, Lindsay) of Pitopia  Percussion, is a teacher/endorser for Innovative Percussion, and is the proud father of his favorite little tornado, Kate.




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.


Dr. Tim Ochran – Visual

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.


The Senior Vice President & Chief Administrator Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.


George Oliviero – Visual



George Oliviero. Oliviero came through the ranks as a member of several corps, including his hometown group, The Statesmen (Everett, Mass.), The Cambridge (Mass.) Caballeros, and St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights (Dorchester, Mass.). He went on to instruct the Boston Crusaders, 27th Lancers and a host of bands and guards. He became a visual judge for DCI in 1974 and judged his first DCl World Championships in 1975.

He has worked within the judging community to develop the best training possible for the visual captions. Oliviero has gone beyond the call of duty in advancing judging techniques and training. He served as the DCI visual caption chairman for eight years and was a member of be DCl task forces on competition, education and judging.

Always interested in teaching others, he helped develop judging and teaching manuals and has been a leader in the design, experimentation and implementation of judging systems. Oliviero served as director of education for DCl. His duties included maintaining the manuals on visuals philosophy and helping train new judges.


Juno Orefice – Visual Field

Juno started in the activity as a marching band member of the Royal Eagles back in 1971. In 1974 he marched with the Seacaucus Meadowlarks who later merged with the Woodbridge Townsmen to become the Royal Brigade, a 1976 DCI Regional Finalist. Juno has worked in the pageantry arts for over 30 years as a visual Designer. He has judged for DCI since 2006, judging World Class Finals week for 8 of those years. He has been judging for BOA since 2015 and has also been judging the Winter guard season for over 20 years.

He helped develop the Michigan Color Guard Judging Association from the ground floor and fostered the growth of judges as well as circuit members. He’s been Judge Coordinator for the Michigan Color Guard Circuit since 2002 and was inducted into MCGC Hall of Fame in 2009. From 2010 to 2015 he was the Visual Caption Head for the Michigan Competing Band Association. In 2015 he became the Judge Coordinator for the Michigan Competing Band Association.

Juno continues to hold yearly clinics both locally and nationally for all Visual Captions. His attitude of “it’s about the kids” has been maintained and professed over his many years of service.


George Boulden – Music

George Boulden holds the rank of Associate Professor of Music and the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky, where he serves as the conductor of the Symphony Band. additionally he teaches conducting, music technology and supervises student teachers. Previously, he taught for 9 years n the public schools of South Carolina and Florida.  He was the recipient of the ASBDA-Stanbury Award as the outstanding young band director in FL and the Southeastern region. In 2011 George was selected as the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) College/University Teacher of the Year. He has also been awarded the Outstanding Bandmaster Award from Psi Chapter (Kentucky) and twice been recognized as A Teacher Who Made A Difference by the UK College of Education.

Active as an adjudicator for Music for All/Bands of America, DCI and Drum Corps Japan, he as also served as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. He has presented lectures and clinics at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, Music Educators National Conference National Convention, National Band Association National Conventions, College Band Directors National Association National Conventions, numerous MFA/BOA Summer Symposium, Drum Corps Japan and several NAfME State Music Ed. Assoc. Conferences. Currently, George serves as president-elect of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.