Meet the Judges


Mike Rubino






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.




    John Phillips       






Starting his career as a Drum Corps International judge in the 1970s, John Phillips has devoted more years to the art of adjudication in the drum corps activity than perhaps anyone in the history of the organization. Starting his musical career as a 10-year-old in the Scarborough Firefighters Trumpet Band in Canada, Phillips progressed from a corps member to instructor with groups like the Northstars (Kitchener, Ontario) and Defenders (Rockland, Massachusetts). Phillips quickly moved up within the DCI judging ranks, from brass judge to brass caption head to judging task force member. Now for some 15 years he has served as judge administrator of Drum Corps International’s team of adjudicators—the longest anyone has ever held the position which is installed by a vote of DCI’s member corps.As judge administrator, Phillips has long served as a leader and conduit between the competing drum corps and the judging community. Outside of his drum corps affiliations, Phillips has served as a high-profile music educator in Canada for more than 30 years. On the collegiate level he’s taught at the University of Toronto, York University and University of Western Ontario. He’s also had the honor of serving as Director of Curriculum for the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Education.



                     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.