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


Dan Bryan – Percussion




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


George Oliviero – Visual


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.