Adjudicators


Chief Judge
Michael Boo
Michael Boo is a former band director, a professional creative writer and the Staff Writer for Drum Corps International. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University with a major in music composition and theory. He is also a church handbell choir director and an assistant director of a community band in northwest Indiana.

Music GE
Dave Coheley
Dave has served as a judge for WGI and DCA. He is also the percussion arranger for many local high schools as well as Second Bridge Indoor percussion. In 2011, Dave was inducted into the SCGC Hall of Fame for his years of service as percussion coordinator. During his tenure in WGI the number of competitive groups tripled and judges’ training was expanded. Mr. Coheley is percussion arranger and caption head for four bands in metropolitan Atlanta, and also is on the staff of the Atlanta Falcons Drum Line.

Music Ensemble
Sue Samuels
Dr. Samuels is the Director of Visual and Performing Arts at the Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama. She was previously Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), from 2002 until 2016. In addition to her role as an educator and administrator, Sue serves the larger music community by adjudicating at local, regional, and national events and serving frequently as a guest conductor.

Visual GE
Nate Morris
Chief Warrant Officer Morris is Assistant Director and Operations Officer of The Commandant's Own, the United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps in Washington DC. He was a member of Lassiter High School Band when they won the 1998 BOA National Championship. He then attended MTSU, where he studied under Lalo DaVila and was a member of the "Band of Blue." Nate played snare drum with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, and was later on staff there. He has been with The Commandant's Own since 2007.

Visual Ensemble
Ryan Marsh
Ryan Marsh is an educator, performer and designer from Tampa Florida. Under his direction, the Newsome High School percussion section won 2 FFCC State Championships, 1 FMBC 4A High Percussion Trophy and 3 WGI regional championships. Since 2008 Ryan has worked with numerous high school marching bands, concert ensembles and independent indoor ensembles throughout the state of Florida and the southeast United States. As a musician Ryan keeps a steady performance schedule with various jazz groups from central Florida. Ryan is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, TI:ME and an educational artist for Innovative Percussion.

Percussion
Mike Lynch

Michael Lynch holds the position of Assistant Director of Bands at Simpson Middle School and Director of Percussion Studies at Lassiter High School, both Cobb County schools located in Marietta, Georgia. Mr. Lynch’s high school drumlines and percussion ensembles have performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference on six different occasions in 1992, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2009. Under his leadership, the Lassiter High School Percussion Ensemble has performed at the Bands of America National Percussion Ensemble Festival in 2000 and 2002, the Midwest Clinic in 2005 and 2011 and won the Percussive Arts Society “Call for Tapes” in 2007.

During Mr. Lynch’s tenure as percussion instructor, the Lassiter “Trojan” Marching Band won the 1998 and 2002 Bands of America Grand National Championships, and seven Bands of America Regional Championships. The band also participated in the 1999, 2004, and 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the 2001 and 2005 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Mr. Lynch is on the staff for the NFL Atlanta Falcons Drumline, which performs at home games and other public functions.


Color Guard
Michael O'Neil
Michael is the Color Guard Director at Station Camp High School, and on the instruction staff of The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. He has performed with The Academy Winter guard, Ubiquity Winter guard, Eklipse Winter guard, Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Mark of NSA, and has worked with multiple high schools and drum corps.

Drum Major
Haley Burks
Haley was a member of Memphis Sound from 2005-2007, and the Bluecoats from 2010-2012. She was a drum major in 2012. Haley has been a judge at the high school level for 4 years. She is very humbled and proud to be included with such a distinguished panel.