Meet the Judges

Mike Rubino-Music

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-Music     

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.

Gregory Lee Carlson-Visual

Lee Carlson is an adjudicator for Bands of America, Drum Corps International, and winter guard circuits throughout the United States. He was Visual Caption Head for DCI for three years and served an additional two years as one of the Visual Judge Liaisons. Currently, Carlson is serving as the Judge Recruiting and Training coordinator for DCI. He has been on panels for the British Marching Band Championship, Drum Corps Japan, Marching Band Japan, and both winter guard and marching band shows in the Netherlands. He has been drill designer for the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band for the last 31 years.  In 2018 he became the Drum Corps International Artistic Director.

Jay Kennedy-Music/Percussion

Jay Kennedy is vice president for academic affairs/vice provost. He joined Berklee in 1994 as chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department.

Kennedy has composed and produced music for hundreds of television commercials (Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Pontiac, Levi’s, Nike, etc.). His music has been heard in feature films (Wayne’s WorldLethal Weapon 2), television series (One Tree HillFelicity), and he was a 2002 Grammy Award finalist for arrangements on Virtuosi by Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone. He continues to be active as a composer and arranger with commissions and published compositions for concert band, percussion ensemble, and marching band.

Kennedy has composed and produced music for hundreds of television commercials (Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Pontiac, Levi’s, Nike, etc.). His music has been heard in feature films (Wayne’s WorldLethal Weapon 2), television series (One Tree HillFelicity), and he was a 2002 Grammy Award finalist for arrangements on Virtuosi by Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone. He continues to be active as a composer and arranger with commissions and published compositions for concert band, percussion ensemble, and marching band.

He has been a frequent adjudicator for marching band, drum corps, and indoor percussion competitions for many years. He composed the theme for the Drum Corps International (DCI) broadcasts and was elected to the DCI Hall of Fame in 2007 for longtime contributions as an adjudicator, educator, judge administrator, and arranger.

Kennedy received the doctor of philosophy degree from Boston College and master of music and bachelor of music education degrees from Northwestern University.

John Howell- Visual

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 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.

Jay Webb-Music/Percussion

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 of 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.

Michael Stone-Visual

Michael Stone has been involved with music and the pageantry arts since 1984. At San Diego State University, Michael was a music education major. 2018 will be his 21st year as a pageantry adjudicator. Michael is proud to be affiliated with WGI, DCI BOA, WGASC, MBOS and and many other pageantry organizations across the country. Michael is also credited with the development of the Marching Band Open Series (MBOS) contests held in California and Nevada. Michael is the Director of Personnel for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California where he also serves as the Judge Coordinator. Recently Michael has been added to the Visual Judge Liaison team for Drum Corps International.