Talented Adjudicators Headline Eastern Concert Band Festival

Bands encouraged to register as final spaces remain


On Friday, May 30, 2014, 18 bands will take the stage at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, to perform in a groundbreaking, all-day festival and clinic hosted by USBands.

As with its fall and winter events, USBands will offer the very best in performance adjudication in the concert-band setting. Bands will perform a 20- to 30-minute selection on stage at Verizon Hall in front of friends, parents, and a panel of four world-class music educators specializing in wind ensemble.

After each performance, the band will adjourn to a private room off-stage and spend an additional 20 to 30 minutes with a guest clinician who will offer some advice based on their performance and guide them through some of the music.

These highly acclaimed adjudicators will provide positive, constructive digital commentary geared towards both students and directors.

Team USBands is thrilled to have some of the finest music educators in the nation onboard for this event. You can get to know each of them below!

Space is extremely limited, and performance slots are filling up. If you would like to register your band for this event, please do so here.

Jay Bocook

jaybocook_picJay Bocook is a native of Clearwater, Florida; a Furman University graduate; and an internationally recognized composer, arranger, conductor and educator. Bocook's work has been heard during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. In the summer of 2003, the U.S. Marine Band premiered his music transcriptions of film composer John Williams in a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. John Williams conducted this performance, as well as an encore performed by the “President’s Own” in the summer of 2008. In addition, Mr. Bocook was a contributing arranger to a new musical CyberJam that opened in the fall of 2003 at the Queens Theater in London, to rave reviews. His arrangements were also featured in “Mix,” which opened in the fall of 2008 in Japan.

In 1982, Bocook was appointed Director of Bands at Furman University where remained until 1989. He rejoined the Furman faculty in 2000 as Director of Athletic Bands. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and remains a principal composer and arranger for Hal Leonard Corporation, where he has published over 600 compositions and arrangements. He is the music arranger for the 10-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2009, Bocook was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the American Bandmasters Association and a 2010 inductee to the South Carolina Band Directors Hall of Fame.

Jeff Grogan


Jeffrey Grogan currently serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Greater Newark Youth Orchestras and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York. He is also Artistic Director of two El-Sistema-inspired music programs in Paterson and Newark, N.J. He has served as adjudicator, conductor and clinician for festivals including the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center, the Honors Performance Series National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Festival Disney in Orlando, and he led teacher-training workshops for the New York City Board of Education and the Tony Bennett Foundation “Exploring the Arts.” Grogan has appeared as a guest conductor at the University of Georgia, Indiana University, the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes School of Music Pre-College Division. Grogan has conducted all-state orchestras including Ark., Ariz., Calif., Ga., Ind., Mass., N.J., Ore., S.C. and Texas. He conducts regional orchestras in cities throughout the United States and was recently chosen to participate in the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview sponsored by the League of American Orchestras.

As Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2006, Grogan leads the NJSO in a variety of concerts each season. He has also conducted performances with the Little Orchestra Society of New York, the Reno Philharmonic, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. Prior to moving to the New York area, Grogan was on faculty at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College and Baylor University. He taught public school in the Desoto [Texas] Independent School District. Grogan graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Music Education and holds a Master of Music in Conducting and Horn Performance from the University of Michigan. In 2004, he was named Outstanding Music Alumnus for Stephen F. Austin State University.

Dr. Thomas McCauley

ThomasMcCauleyThomas McCauley is the Director of Bands at Montclair State University where he conducts the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He previously held the position of Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at the University of Indianapolis where he conducted the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra in addition to teaching courses in conducting, instrumental arranging and music education. Dr. McCauley has also held similar positions at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio and Northeastern Illinois University. He founded and was Music Director of the University of Indianapolis Orchestra Festival and the Festival of Winds which attracted high-school instrumentalists from throughout Indiana and surrounding states to the university campus.

From 1986 to 1995, Dr. McCauley directed several successful secondary music programs in the Clark County School District in Nevada. He earned a Doctor of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, and he holds a Master and Bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. McCauley has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician or adjudicator in Ind., Ill., Iowa, Ohio, W.Va., Wis., Pa., N.J., Mo., Ariz., Ky., Ga., Calif. and Nev. In 1998, he appeared as guest conductor with the renowned Northshore Concert Band on their summer concert series.

Groups under Dr. McCauley's direction have appeared at national and regional conventions and conferences. He is active as a professional trumpet player and was Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Brass Choir. He appeared with that ensemble at the 15th International Congress of the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Band Music in Lana, Italy in the summer of 2002. In May of 2005, Dr. McCauley led the University of Indianapolis Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra on a tour of Austria that included concerts in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck. From August 2002 to December 2003, Dr. McCauley was also the creator and host of Music Education Matters, a 30-minute radio talk show heard weekly on WICR in Indianapolis. In 1995, the Nevada Music Educator's Association named Dr. McCauley Music Educator of the Year and in 2006, the Indiana Music Educators Association honored Dr. McCauley with an Outstanding University Music Educator Award.

Bob Szabo

BobSzabo_bw.jpegChief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Szabo is a native of Wellsburg WV. In 1983, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV, after which he continued his studies for one year at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Szabo completed his formal conducting studies with Charles Boggess and Alfred deJaager of WLU and Walter Hendl, Orchestral Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. From 1984 to 1988, Szabo served as a high school band director in Ohio. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before his appointment to Warrant Officer in February of 2000. As a Chief Warrant Officer 4, he is currently the director and officer-in-charge of the Quantico Marine Corps Band in Quantico, VA.

Additionally, Szabo is the Principle Director of Music for the annual Greater Cleveland Ohio Police Memorial Tattoo and the annual Virginia International Tattoo, comprised of 220 instrumentalists from our nation's Armed Forces Bands and military bands abroad, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Children’s Chorus, The Norfolk and Virginia Beech Public Schools Chorus, and 125 bag pipers from the US and other countries. He was the guest clinician and conductor for the Wisconsin State Honors Band as well as many junior and senior high school and honor bands. Szabo is also privileged to be the director of the “Band of Pride Tribute” massed bands and will direct the 300 high school members on Veteran’s Day 2014 in Times Square, NYC.

Space is limited, so click here to register your band today!

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