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2018 WMF ADJUDICATORS

Performance will be adjudicated under a modified caption system of evaluation. Each judge will be responsible for a specific area of performance with regard to its contribution to the overall musical performance. This system of judging allows each judge to address a specific aspect of your band's total performance, make constructive comments and aid you in improvement. 

Music Execution 30

Marching Execution 25

Percussion 15

Auxiliary 15

General Effect/Design 15

Total 100

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Kristopher Quaale

Kristopher Quaale is a member of the sales and design team at Integrated Lifestyles, a Dallas-based custom audio/video integration company. Prior to working at Integrated Lifestyles, he spent 9 years as a band director at schools in the Leander, Plano, and Keller ISD’s. Mr. Quaale holds a Master of Music degree with a specialization in wind conducting from the University of North Texas, where he studied Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Nicholas Williams. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree in instrumental music from Texas Christian University. He was involved with Drum Corps International (DCI) for eleven years, where he was on the visual staff for the seven-time world champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Before teaching for The Cavaliers, he was a marching member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2003), and The Cavaliers (2004-2006). Mr. Quaale is also active as a drill writer, clinician and adjudicator in the United States and internationally.

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Randall Brownlee

Randall Brownlee attended Louisiana State University where he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees. During his time at LSU, Randall played trumpet in the marching band, pep band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble. In addition, he was a member of the rifle line and served as color guard choreographer. Following his move to Austin in 1992, Randall served as Assistant Band Director at Seguin High School through the spring of 1997. While at Seguin, he directed the Concert Band, assisted with marching band, and directed the color and winter guard program. Seguin Winter Guard was the Texas Color Guard Circuit Champion in 1995 and 1997. From the fall of 1997-2004, Randall was assistant band director at Westlake High School where he wrote the drill for the marching band, designed and directed the color guard and winter guard programs, directed the Concert Band, and taught beginner band classes at Hill Country Middle School. In 2009, Randall completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and currently works in the Interventional Radiology Department at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.
Randall’s history with color guard began as a performer in 1986 with the Winterguard International Independent Class A Champion, "Final Analysis" from Jackson, Mississippi. He spent the next 10 years on the staff of Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. During his tenure with Phantom Regiment, Randall served as color guard technician, color guard designer, color guard caption head, and visual coordinator. He has worked as a colorguard clinician/consultant/designer for color guards in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, he has worked as drill designer for numerous programs in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Currently, he serves as a winter guard judge in the Gulf Coast Color Guard Circuit, Southern Association for Performance Arts, Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, Mississippi Indoor Association, and Louisiana/Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit.

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Rick Rodriguez

Rick Rodriguez is from McAllen, TX and grew up in the Rio Grande Valley nine miles north of Mexico. At the age of six became interested in music and percussion when his father Henry Rodriguez brought home a trumpet and pair of drumsticks and practice pad. Many years later, Rick is in the Blue Devils snare line and eventually earns a degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas under Dr. Schietroma. He now has over 30 years of winds and percussion teaching experience in varieties of settings.
Mr. Rick Rodriguez is currently the percussion director and Associate band director at Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock TX. Rick has been the director of the Cedar Ridge Symphonic Band and is currently assisting all of the Cedar Ridge Concert Bands and the Cedar Ridge Wind Ensemble. He is also the primary director of the Cedar Ridge Jazz Ensemble and the Cedar Ridge percussion program. Mr Rodriguez and his ensembles have been fortunate to have several appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held annually in Chicago IL.
Mr Rod is also a busy and active percussion arranger and versatile clinician. In his younger days, Rick was the “center snare” of the infamous University of North TX PASIC Drum Line. Rick was also a snare drummer for the Concord Blue Devils. In his past Rick has been on the working staff of the Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights and is currently on percussion staff of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also been on the adjudicating staff of Drum Corps International (DCI), Bands of America (BOA) and is currently Wgi percussion judging panel still to date. Mr. Rodriguez is currently endorsed by the Zildjian Cym Co., Innovative Percussion, Evans Drum Heads and Marimba One.

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JD (John David) Janda

JD (John David) Janda is the Director of Fine Arts in Tomball ISD, a position he has held since July 2015. In Tomball, Janda supervises the dance, theater, visual arts and music departments of the fast growing district. Immediately prior to moving to Tomball, Janda served six years as the Director of Curriculum and Fine Arts in Georgetown ISD. While in Georgetown, he founded the Vivace Youth Orchestra and served as music director and conductor of VYO’s high school group. JD’s professional career has spanned 35 years - 22 of which were spent in Katy ISD at James E. Taylor High School as Director of Bands and Associate Orchestra Director.


Janda was recognized for his outstanding contributions to students lives in 2001 when he was named recipient of the “Southwestern Bell - UIL Sponsor Excellence Award” for the State of Texas. His bands earned multiple performances at the UIL State Marching Band Contest, placed high in the TMEA Honor Band process; his bands and orchestras earned many consecutive years of UIL Sweepstakes Awards and won dozens of “Best in Class” Awards. Mr. Janda has worked in numerous state-wide leadership capacities.  He recently served on the select committee to rewrite the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Fine Arts. Janda has presented lectures and professional development sessions across Texas - at educator conferences, universities and school districts small and large. He is a Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association, past TMEA State Band Chair and has served three-year terms as a member of the UIL State Music Technical Advisory Committee.


JD’s wife of 29 years, Nancy Janda, teaches seventh grade math and eighth grade Algebra at Tomball Junior High. His daughter, Jane Janda Maloy teaches middle school band in Alvin ISD and Janda’s son Gordon is a music education major at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. JD has one awesome grandson, Elwood James Maloy born in May of 2016.

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Michael Higbe

For over 30 years, Michael Higbe has been involved in marching band as a performer, instructor, drill designer and judge. His credits include the halftime shows for the Gator, Champs, and Russell Athletic Bowls. He has judged marching band shows including the NWPA Oregon State Marching Band Championship and the SCBDA South Carolina 5 A State Championship. He worked for twenty-two years as the guard caption head at Orange Park High School WGI SA silver medalist and Open Class finalist. He also taught Fletcher HS WGI SA Gold Medalist, Ancient City Ensemble, and St. Augustine Coast One. Currently, Mr. Higbe is the North Florida Region Liaison for the Florida Marching Band Coalition. For many years, Mr. Higbe served the Florida Bandmaster Association as an adjudicator, a member of the Adjudication Committee and as Chairman of the Twirling and Auxiliary Committee. Mr. Higbe has been a WGI Judge for twelve years, an adjudicator for over twenty years in the FFCC, and served seven years as it’s Chief Judge. Michael Higbe has been on the board of the FFCC since 1989 and is currently President. He is also a member of the FFCC Hall of Fame.
Mr. Higbe is a ceramic artist in residence at Wild Ginger Studios and currently resides in Orange Park, Florida with his wife, Julia of 27 years.

From the stadium press box...

2018 WMF ADJUDICATORS

Performance will be adjudicated under a modified caption system of evaluation. Each judge will be responsible for a specific area of performance with regard to its contribution to the overall musical performance. This system of judging allows each judge to address a specific aspect of your band's total performance, make constructive comments and aid you in improvement. 

Music Execution 30

Marching Execution 25

Percussion 15

Auxiliary 15

General Effect/Design 15

Total 100

Quaale.jpg

Kristopher Quaale

Kristopher Quaale is a member of the sales and design team at Integrated Lifestyles, a Dallas-based custom audio/video integration company. Prior to working at Integrated Lifestyles, he spent 9 years as a band director at schools in the Leander, Plano, and Keller ISD’s. Mr. Quaale holds a Master of Music degree with a specialization in wind conducting from the University of North Texas, where he studied Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Nicholas Williams. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree in instrumental music from Texas Christian University. He was involved with Drum Corps International (DCI) for eleven years, where he was on the visual staff for the seven-time world champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Before teaching for The Cavaliers, he was a marching member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2003), and The Cavaliers (2004-2006). Mr. Quaale is also active as a drill writer, clinician and adjudicator in the United States and internationally.

Brownlee.jpg

Randall Brownlee

Randall Brownlee attended Louisiana State University where he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees. During his time at LSU, Randall played trumpet in the marching band, pep band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble. In addition, he was a member of the rifle line and served as color guard choreographer. Following his move to Austin in 1992, Randall served as Assistant Band Director at Seguin High School through the spring of 1997. While at Seguin, he directed the Concert Band, assisted with marching band, and directed the color and winter guard program. Seguin Winter Guard was the Texas Color Guard Circuit Champion in 1995 and 1997. From the fall of 1997-2004, Randall was assistant band director at Westlake High School where he wrote the drill for the marching band, designed and directed the color guard and winter guard programs, directed the Concert Band, and taught beginner band classes at Hill Country Middle School. In 2009, Randall completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and currently works in the Interventional Radiology Department at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.
Randall’s history with color guard began as a performer in 1986 with the Winterguard International Independent Class A Champion, "Final Analysis" from Jackson, Mississippi. He spent the next 10 years on the staff of Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. During his tenure with Phantom Regiment, Randall served as color guard technician, color guard designer, color guard caption head, and visual coordinator. He has worked as a colorguard clinician/consultant/designer for color guards in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, he has worked as drill designer for numerous programs in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Currently, he serves as a winter guard judge in the Gulf Coast Color Guard Circuit, Southern Association for Performance Arts, Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, Mississippi Indoor Association, and Louisiana/Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit.

Rodriguez.jpg

Rick Rodriguez

Rick Rodriguez is from McAllen, TX and grew up in the Rio Grande Valley nine miles north of Mexico. At the age of six became interested in music and percussion when his father Henry Rodriguez brought home a trumpet and pair of drumsticks and practice pad. Many years later, Rick is in the Blue Devils snare line and eventually earns a degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas under Dr. Schietroma. He now has over 30 years of winds and percussion teaching experience in varieties of settings.
Mr. Rick Rodriguez is currently the percussion director and Associate band director at Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock TX. Rick has been the director of the Cedar Ridge Symphonic Band and is currently assisting all of the Cedar Ridge Concert Bands and the Cedar Ridge Wind Ensemble. He is also the primary director of the Cedar Ridge Jazz Ensemble and the Cedar Ridge percussion program. Mr Rodriguez and his ensembles have been fortunate to have several appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held annually in Chicago IL.
Mr Rod is also a busy and active percussion arranger and versatile clinician. In his younger days, Rick was the “center snare” of the infamous University of North TX PASIC Drum Line. Rick was also a snare drummer for the Concord Blue Devils. In his past Rick has been on the working staff of the Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights and is currently on percussion staff of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also been on the adjudicating staff of Drum Corps International (DCI), Bands of America (BOA) and is currently Wgi percussion judging panel still to date. Mr. Rodriguez is currently endorsed by the Zildjian Cym Co., Innovative Percussion, Evans Drum Heads and Marimba One.

Janda.jpg

JD (John David) Janda

JD (John David) Janda is the Director of Fine Arts in Tomball ISD, a position he has held since July 2015. In Tomball, Janda supervises the dance, theater, visual arts and music departments of the fast growing district. Immediately prior to moving to Tomball, Janda served six years as the Director of Curriculum and Fine Arts in Georgetown ISD. While in Georgetown, he founded the Vivace Youth Orchestra and served as music director and conductor of VYO’s high school group. JD’s professional career has spanned 35 years - 22 of which were spent in Katy ISD at James E. Taylor High School as Director of Bands and Associate Orchestra Director.


Janda was recognized for his outstanding contributions to students lives in 2001 when he was named recipient of the “Southwestern Bell - UIL Sponsor Excellence Award” for the State of Texas. His bands earned multiple performances at the UIL State Marching Band Contest, placed high in the TMEA Honor Band process; his bands and orchestras earned many consecutive years of UIL Sweepstakes Awards and won dozens of “Best in Class” Awards. Mr. Janda has worked in numerous state-wide leadership capacities.  He recently served on the select committee to rewrite the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Fine Arts. Janda has presented lectures and professional development sessions across Texas - at educator conferences, universities and school districts small and large. He is a Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association, past TMEA State Band Chair and has served three-year terms as a member of the UIL State Music Technical Advisory Committee.


JD’s wife of 29 years, Nancy Janda, teaches seventh grade math and eighth grade Algebra at Tomball Junior High. His daughter, Jane Janda Maloy teaches middle school band in Alvin ISD and Janda’s son Gordon is a music education major at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. JD has one awesome grandson, Elwood James Maloy born in May of 2016.

Higbe.jpg

Michael Higbe

For over 30 years, Michael Higbe has been involved in marching band as a performer, instructor, drill designer and judge. His credits include the halftime shows for the Gator, Champs, and Russell Athletic Bowls. He has judged marching band shows including the NWPA Oregon State Marching Band Championship and the SCBDA South Carolina 5 A State Championship. He worked for twenty-two years as the guard caption head at Orange Park High School WGI SA silver medalist and Open Class finalist. He also taught Fletcher HS WGI SA Gold Medalist, Ancient City Ensemble, and St. Augustine Coast One. Currently, Mr. Higbe is the North Florida Region Liaison for the Florida Marching Band Coalition. For many years, Mr. Higbe served the Florida Bandmaster Association as an adjudicator, a member of the Adjudication Committee and as Chairman of the Twirling and Auxiliary Committee. Mr. Higbe has been a WGI Judge for twelve years, an adjudicator for over twenty years in the FFCC, and served seven years as it’s Chief Judge. Michael Higbe has been on the board of the FFCC since 1989 and is currently President. He is also a member of the FFCC Hall of Fame.
Mr. Higbe is a ceramic artist in residence at Wild Ginger Studios and currently resides in Orange Park, Florida with his wife, Julia of 27 years.