Marching Music Series Judge Panel: Salt Lake City

Check out bios for the high-profile judge panel on Oct. 4


Salt Lake City, Utah

Saturday, October 4 

Cadetslogo_notext.pngGino Cipriani

Music Performance

Gino Cipriani is the Brass Caption Supervisor for the 10-time World Champion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2000 and 2005, The Cadets Hornline received the Jim Ott Award for Best Brass Performance under Cipriani's leadership, and he played a significant role in the corps' 2000, 2005 and 2011 DCI World Championship titles as well. 2014 will be his twelfth year as head of The Cadets' bass program.

gino3crop.pngCipriani received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Education from the University of Mississippi where he studied trumpet performance under the guidance of Dr. Charles Gates. He also had the great pleasure of studying trumpet under Roy Poper when he attended California State University at North Ridge.

Cipriani has served as a consultant to marching bands, jazz bands, concert bands and drum corps across the United States, Canada and Korea. In Korea, he had the pleasure of working with the Korean Armed Forces Bands in preparation of the World Cup Ceremonies in 2002. In addition, he serves as a USBands adjudicator at marching band competitions nationwide.

Cipriani previously spent 10 years, 1990 through 1999, as a brass instructor for the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. He then had the honor of helping to bring Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps back to the field as a finalist after two years of inactivity. He served as Magic of Orlando's brass caption head for two years (2002-2003) before becoming the brass caption head for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2004 season. From 2001 to 2004, Cipriani also headed and consulted the brass program of the five-time DCA Champion Syracuse Brigadiers. In 2007, he took the position of brass caption head of the five-time DCA Champion Reading Buccaneers.


BlueDevils.pngScott Johnson
Ensemble Music Performance, Percussion

Scott Johnson is the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps as well as an American percussionist and music educator.

He began his marching career with a group known as the Red Knights Drum & Bell Corps, and then later moved on to the Royal Airs Drum & Bugle Corps, where he stayed for 13 years until he joined the Blue Devils at the age of 18 in 1976.He served on the Blue Devils' instructional staff from 1978 until 1989, until he left to instruct the Santa Clara Vanguard from 1991 to 1993. Johnson then returned to the Blue Devils in 1994 as the head percussion arranger and instructor, where he remains today.scottjohnson.jpg

Johnson’s personal awards include 13 DCI World Championships, 12 DCI High Percussion titles, two WGI World Championships, three DCA Championships, two DCA High Percussion titles, 10 DCE Championships, nine DCE High Percussion titles, seven High Percussion titles in Japan, and the 1977 DCI & Percussive Arts SocietyIndividual Snare Championship.

Although his teaching career has been primarily in drum corps, he has taught many students privately as well, and has arranged music for many different levels such as elementary, junior, high school and collegiate. In this profession, Johnson has also had the opportunity to travel the world as a clinician and judge to places like Japan, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, Australia, South Korea and Indonesia.


crown_logo_vector.pngDavid Starnes
Percussion, General Effect

David-Starnes_470.jpgDavid Starnes joined the design team for Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps as a consultant for their 2013 championship season. He is also the Assistant Professor/Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University's School of Music, where he directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and the Symphonic Band.

A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Starnes graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1988, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Prior to coming to Western Carolina in 2011, he was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Ga., where he served for 11 years.

Starnes is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national and international organizations including Bands of America (where he is a member of the Advisory Board), Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International. He also served as the Program Coordinator for Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps from 2003 to 2007.

Starnes is a member of the Yamaha Educational Artist program and an educational artist for Innovative Percussion and Evans Drumheads. He also serves as an Education Consultant at Music For All in Indianapolis and was appointed the program director for the Honor Band of America which appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. in 2005 and 2009.

Under Starnes’s leadership, the Kennesaw Mountain High School band program grew from 85 students to over 250 members and has been recognized at local, state and national levels for achievements in concert band, jazz band, marching band, winter guard and winter percussion. They are four-time Regional Champions in Bands of America events, a six-time national finalists at the Grand National Championships, and were named the 2004 Bands of America AAA National Champions. In December of 2003, the John Philip Sousa Foundation presented the Kennesaw Mountain Band the Sudler Shield of Excellence for outstanding achievement in marching band. The Kennesaw Mountain Wind Symphony also performed at the 60th Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago in December of 2006 under Starnes' direction.


Bluecoats_new.jpgDoug Thrower
General Effect, Music Performance

Douglas Thrower is the Brass Arranger and Composer for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and a free-lance composer/arranger/trumpeter from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

dougthrower.jpegThrower has been a brass instructor for the Bluecoats since 1992 and has arranged for the corps since 1997. He has instructed and arranged for many bands and drum corps including Troopers, Dutch Boy, the Kiwanis Kavaliers and the Canadian Knights (1986 Class A World Champions). He currently composes and arranges for numerous high schools and universities. In addition to marching music, he arranges for various jazz and symphonic ensembles as well as theater groups.

Thrower studied with Don Johnson at Humber College in Toronto and studied jazz performance at McGill University in Montreal. He has recorded performances for the C.B.C. and can be heard on four recordings with the McGill Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Gordon Foote.


phantom_regiment_600x500-600x250.jpgRob Billings
Color Guard, Visual Performance

Rob Billings is the Color Guard Designer and Choreographer for Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He is also the Artistic Director of the Oracle Performance Ensemble and the Director, Designer and Choreographer of the Opus X Winter Guard.

Prior to his work with Phantom Regiment, Billings served as the choreographer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps; the Artistic Director, Drill Writer and Color Guard Caption Head for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps; and Color Guard Caption Head and Drill Writer for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.


vanguardshield.jpgChris Alexander
Visual Performance, General Effect




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