Joey Babay began marching in 6 th grade with the Erie Mavericks Drum & Bugle Corps. That later led to DCI activity in the ranks of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps; both in the percussion and guard captions. After college, where he earned a BFA in Musical Theater, he worked with many guard units in the Twin Cities as well as offering clinics in visual design and movement through the Midwest. Visual design work for Champlin Park, Richfield and Minnesota Brass. His area of expertise is in Program Concept and Design. He currently judges field, parade and indoor activities.
His home affiliations are with Northstar, MPA, Tri-State and DCA judges guilds in addition to national freelance work with MEPA, KIDA, MAIN, Heartland, Midwest and WGI & DCI mentoring.
Antoine has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 35 years. He has been involved in many genres of the activity, starting as a featured baton twirler in high school then moving into color guard in Sr. Drum Corps. Antoine has been a designer/instructor for many marching bands, baton/dance groups, winter guards and drum corps around the country. During that time Antoine also designed costumes, flags/accessories and props for many Jr. and Sr. drum corps, marching bands, winter guard, baton groups and baton soloists. Currently, Antoine adjudicates in the marching band, winter guard and drum corps activities throughout the country and has been judging in DCA for 18 years. He has worked with some of the pageantry’s premier designers in the country. He is currently employed as an administrator in higher education on the graduate level in the health professions industry.
Bryan has spent the last 16 years of his percussive career marching and teaching several successful Drum Corps, Marching Band and Winter Ensembles. Bryan was a member of the World Champion Hawthorne Caballeros in 2003 in the front ensemble and then marched Bass Drum from 2005-2007. He has also worked with a multitude of fall programs including Parsippany Hills from 2004-2008 winning Best Percussion in 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2008, West Essex from 2005-2007, Pequannock Township from 2007-2011 with Best Percussion in 2008 State Finals and Best Percussion for State and National Championships in 2011.
He got involved with Indoor Percussion in 2005 with Stamford HS in CT and then progressed to work with Westhill HS in 2006, 2009, 2010 and WGI Marching A Class Finalists in 2012. He also worked with Trumbull High School’s Indoor program from 2007-2009 with the accolades of WGI Open Class Finalist in 2007 and WGI Open Class Silver Medalists in 2008 & 2009. He took his knowledge of the strong Connecticut Indoor Ensembles and with the assistance of Band Director James Riley, began an Indoor Program with Pequannock Township in 2010 in the USBands circuit and then placed first in the Marching AA Class in 2012.
Bryan had gotten back into the drum corps scene as he worked as the Bass Drum Tech for Fusion Core for the summer of 2014 & 2015.
Bryan has recently focused on the adjudication aspect of the marching arts and judges percussion for the Musical Arts Conference in Connecticut, KIDA Indoor and USBands across the Northeast and aspires to become a WGI percussion adjudicator.
Don Deems has taught English at Norwood High School in Cincinnati since 1992. He holds a BA in Speech Communication from Miami University and an MEd in Secondary Education from Wright State University.
Performance experience includes the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and the Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard. Teaching experience includes the Bluecoats and numerous high school bands and guards throughout the region including Fairborn and Carroll High Schools in Ohio and the state champion Grant County band in Kentucky.
He has been a member of the Tri State Judges Association since 1990 serving as chief judge for the past ten years. He has judged state band championships in Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona, and Kentucky, has judged for WGI and DCA, and has been a judge for Drum Corps International since 2000.
Perfomance career started at age 12 playing timbale for the Milton Commancheros. Experienced flag, rifle and sabre with The Westshoremen-Bonnie Scots, Hanover Lancers, Madison Scouts and State Street Review. Color guard design and instruction includes five time KIDA champion Shikellamy Indoor Guard, South Florida Band Center, Performance Plus, Hanover Lancers and the 2009 KIDA Gold Champion Southwestern Indoor Guard.
DeWire has been the designer for 20 Cavalcade of Band and nine ToB Atlantic Coast Champions that include most notably, Shikellamy, Southwestern, and Spring-Ford High School Bands. Drum and bugle corps design, instruction, and consultation includes: Hanover Lancers, Crossmen, Reading Buccaneers, Kingston Ontario Grenadiers, Madison Scouts, Atlanta CV, Alliance of Atlanta, and Hawthorne Caballeros.
Duane is entering his 31st year as a KIDA judge. Other judging includes Tournament of Bands, Tournament Indoor, Cavalcade of Bands, and New York State Percussion Circuit.
Ed Doscher has many years of experience in the pageantry activities. He has been teaching winter guard, marching band and drum corps since 1980. Ed is currently the education director for the NJNJ judging association. He has been judging for 20 years and currently judges 3 seasons of the year. Ed specialty is judging the visual captions. He currently judges for MAIN, KIDA, US Bands, DCA, MAC and this year will judge for the MMBA. Ed has judged many national and state championships as well local circuit championships.
Ed has many teaching experiences as part of his credentials. He was color guard and visual director for Immaculata HS for 28 years. Other groups he has taught are Elizabeth HS, Hillsborough HS, Pegasus and Stardust Winer Guards, Sunrisers and Hurricanes.
His marching credentials include Sunrisers, New York Royal Guardsmen and Jonatan Dayton High school all in the color guard.
Originally from Pennsylvania, now residing in Seattle, WA, has been involved in the Pageantry Arts in one form or another for the last 30+ years. John has performed with several drum and bugle corps including the 27th Lancers, the Madison Scouts, Harrisburg Westshoremen and Reading Buccaneers. He was on staff, in 1990 with the Troopers Drum Corp based out of Casper, Wyoming. John also has instructed and designed for many high school units throughout the US.
John currently is an equipment judge for WGI and a visual judge for Music for All (BOA). He also adjudicates for the Northwest Pageantry Association (NWPA), Northwest Association for the Performing Arts (NWAPA) and many other judging circuits throughout the United States.
John performed with Shikellamy HS, one of the charter members of Harrisburg Indoor Drill Association (HIDA) which later became Keystone Drill Association (KIDA). He is a longtime friend to KIDA.
Professionally, John is an Accountant.
Bobby Glass currently resides in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and has enjoyed many years in the pageantry arts as a performer, instructor, and adjudicator. His marching career started in high school and continued afterwards with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008-2012, Cadets2 2012, and then one winter each with Field of View (2009) and Black Watch (2011). Recently, Bobby served as one of the designers and head instructors for the Red Land/West Shore School District color guard programs for the last 10 years. He has also been involved with various other marching band and indoor color guard programs in the Pennsylvania and Maryland areas such as Norwin High School, AMP, and Spirit of Atlanta. He has been an adjudicator since 2015 and works with various circuits in the Northeast. Professionally Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Penn College and is currently a Project Manager and Designer for Field and Floor FX.
Martin Griffin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from William Paterson University where he performed with the NJ Percussion Ensemble and he also has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Kean University. He has been a Band Director in NJ for 30 years and he is currently the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Monroe Township High School. His responsibilities include directing the Marching Band (17 years), Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble as well as teaching AP Music Theory. The MTHS Marching Band was crowned NJ State and National Champions in 2013 and they were selected to represent New Jersey at the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 2016. In addition, the MTHS Wind Ensemble has received multiple Gold and Superior ratings and they have performed at NJPAC and Carnegie Hall. The MTHS Percussion Ensemble has received numerous superior ratings and they twice represented Middlesex County at the NJ Teen Arts Festival. Marty performed for five seasons with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps and he has been a percussion arranger for high school bands throughout NJ since 1987, currently the arranger for JP Stevens High School, a two-time BOA regional finalist. Marty currently judges for numerous organizations including Winter Guard International, Bands of America and Drum Corps International. Marty has judged the Drum Corps Japan Championships held in Yokohama, Japan and he is currently the Percussion Caption Head for Drum Corps Associates as well as judging coordinator for The Mid Atlantic Percussion Society. Currently. Marty is a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board, and he is on the faculty of the Music For All Honors Band performing in the 2021 Rose Bowl Parade.
A current resident of Collingswood, NewJersey, Brian has been involved in the marching arts for the past 20 years. Brian’s performance portfolio include teams such as Sayreville High School, Hawthorne Caballeros, Reading Buccaneers, Pegasus Winterguard, Innuendo Winterguard, Alter Ego Winterguard, and the Black Watch Winterguard. Brian’s range of teaching experiences are as vast as his performance history. Brian has worked with scholastic programs from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania along with independent groups such as Alter Ego, Black Watch and the Reading Buccaneers. Brian has been involved in the judging community for over 10 years all around the United States. During his judging tenure he has served in leadership roles including the Tournament of Band’s General Effect and Colorguard Facilitator and the Tournament Indoor Association’s Individual Analysis Facilitator. Brian holds a Bachelor’s of Science is Arts Administration and Education from Wagner College and a Masters of Education in Organizational Management and Adult Learning from Montclair State University. He currently serves as the Director of the Welcome Center and Enrollment Events for Rutgers University- Camden.
Frank began judging for KIDA during the 2018 season. He has also judged for Cavalcade of Bands, YEA/US Bands, and NESBA. On the instructional side, Frank has been a staff member for the Reading Buccaneers, since 2011, and previously, the Jersey Surf (2006-2009). Frank has also been an instructor for several marching bands and indoor percussion units, most notably: Spring-Ford HS, Aftermath Percussion, and the Penn State Indoor Drumline.
Over the past 25 years, Warren Miller has served as instructor, designer and consultant for marching bands and color guards in Pennsylvania and Maryland. His judging affiliations include the Keystone Indoor Drill Association, Cavalcade of Bands and the newly formed Maryland Marching Band Association. He was pleased to serve as an adjudicator for the 2020 String Bands in the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Warren lives outside of Hershey, PA with his wife, Christine and sons Brandon and Ryan. Warren is in his 24th year as an elementary school teacher in the Palmyra Area School District.
Born and raised in Newark, Delaware, Travis began his performing career with the All-State Junior and Senior Bands. Quickly finding a passion for the marching arts, he went on to perform with the Reading Buccaneers, United Percussion, the Blue Stars, and Rhythm X.
He began his drum corps teaching career with the Cadets2 as the snare technician and battery choreographer, remaining with the corps for three years. Travis previously held the position of the director, program coordinator, and battery arranger for Cadets Winter Percussion during it’s three year tenure. He served as the battery arranger and director of percussion for the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2016 through the 2019 season. Currently, Travis is the percussion caption supervisor and battery co-arranger at Carolina Crown and the program director of the George Mason University Indoor Drumline, where he is also a battery and visual designer. Travis joined the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2019 summer, serving as the battery designer and consultant. He is an accomplished adjudicator with circuits such as SCPA, KIDA, and AIA.
Travis is honored to have studied under educators such as Thom Hannum, Tom Aungst, Tim Jackson, Jim Ancona, Joel Hilbert, Tim Fairbanks, Darick Kelly, Rich Hammond, and Chris Feist. He is a proud member of the Vic Firth, Pearl/Adams, and Remo education teams. Outside of the percussion world, Travis holds an A.A. in Criminal Justice from Delaware Tech, a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University, and a M.Ed. in School Counseling (also from WilmU).
Mr. Relyea received his Associate in Science, Performing Arts, Music from Schenectady County Community College, his Bachelor of Science Music Ed from the College of Saint Rose, and did his Graduate Studies, Master of Arts, Music Ed. at Shenandoah University. His teaching experience includes, Music Coordinator for the Gloversville High School Marching band, Gloversville, NY; Band Director at Amsterdam High School, Amsterdam, NY, and Band Director at Northampton Area High School, Northampton, PA.
Mr. Relyea’s forty-six year career in the Marching Arts activity includes, Brass Instructor-Avant Garde Drum and Bugle Corps, Saratoga Springs, NY; Brass Instructor and Touring Caption Head- Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, West Chester, PA; Brass Instructor- Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps, Reading, PA; Brass Instructor, Staff and Program Coordinator- Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps, Orangeburg, NY; Brass Caption head- Bridgemen Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, Bayonne, NJ; Currently a performer and Director of the Tri Valley Brass Ensemble, Coplay, PA; and 2018 inductee to the Buglers Hall of Fame
His adjudication career began in 1996 with twenty years in the National Judges Association judging Individual Music, Ensemble Music, General Effect Music, General Effect Visual, Percussion, and Color Guard. Mr Relyea’s current judging associations include; Drum Corps Associates (Brass, Ensemble Music, General Effect Music); Keystone Indoor Drill Association (Color guard General Effect and Visual Effect Percussion); New York State Field Band Conference (Field Music, Ensemble Music, and General Effect Music); Cavalcade of Bands (Field Music, Ensemble Music, and General Effect Music); and Maryland Marching Band Association (Field Music, Ensemble Music, and General Effect Music
John started in the marching arts in 1978. Marching in The PAL Cadets and Black Watch Drum and Bugle Corps was a good experience that prepared him for his Crossmen Drum Corps years.
He aged out and went on the percussion staff of both the Crossmen and the Westshoremen Drum Corps. The chances to judge in numerous circuits came soon afterwards. John currently teaches the Reilly Raiders Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps. He is proud to be a member of the KIDA Percussion roster for the coming season.
Elena Sekerchak, of Pittsburgh, PA received her dance training from Abby Lee Miller of the TV show, Dance Moms along with her mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller. She then attended Point Park University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Elena has danced in many musical performances as an ensemble member, dance captain and lead; she was a featured dancer in the movie Bob Roberts, starring Tim Robbins. She was a company member and soloist in the modern dance company, McKeown Interarts. Elena has also, choreographed for local theaters and high schools.
As the owner and director of The Elite School of Dance by Elena for sixteen years, she was always proud of her students’ and studio’s reputation as “A Class Act.” The high standards and classic training promoted by Elena brought recognition and fulfillment to her students as overall competition winners, both regionally and nationwide. Through her studio and dance company, Elena’s Dancers Elite, she continually showcased her creative choreography receiving the highest honors as the 2013 Dancers, Inc. Junior National Grand Champions and 2017 Dancers, Inc. Overall Outstanding Choreography.
Elena began her career in pageantry arts with the Top Hats Performance Ensemble of New Kensington, PA where she performed for two years and then became their lead Movement instructor. She also, worked with North Allegheny High School and the renowned Golden Triangles Performance Ensemble. She became an adjudicator in 2008 and was accepted in the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges where she has judged the Movement caption for Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association and the Field Visual caption for Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association and Lakeshore Marching Band Association. She is an original member of the New Jersey Network of Judges and her most recent endeavors brought her to the Keystone Indoor Drill Association.
Robert Sherretz lives in Mechanicsburg, PA and has been involved in the marching arts for over 20 years. After high school, he continued his career with the 2003 & 2004 IUP Marching Band (Mellophone) and with the 2002 Magic or Orlando and 2005 & 2006 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (color guard). He also had opportunities to work with the 2007 Colts (technician), 2011 Caballeros (technician and part-time choreographer) and the 2012 Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps (Caption Head and Designer). Recently, he has been the Co-Director and Designer of the Red Land High School/West Shore School District color guard programs from 2008-2019. Lastly, he has been an adjudicator since 2015, working with the KIDA, TRWEA, MAIN, USBands, MMBA, and NYSFBC circuits.
Professionally, Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Instructional Technology, and a Master of Science in Classroom Technology. He has been in the educational and training development fields for over 11 years and is currently employed with Deloitte Consulting LLP.
Paul Smith is a graduate of North Penn High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania holding a BFA degree in percussion. His percussion teachers include Wayne Barry, Henry Robinson, Kate Sheaffer, Dr. Gary Olmstead, Eric Landis, Bill Kauffman, Chris Thompson and Thom Hannum. Throughout high school and college, he performed in concert band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, pit ensemble and marching band.
Much of his life since high school has been involved with the marching pageantry arts. In addition to marching with both the North Penn and IUP marching bands, he also marched with the Bux-Mont Raiders and Crossmen junior drum and bugle corps. He has over 30 years of arranging and teaching experience for a variety of marching and concert percussion ensembles along with several drum and bugle corps.
Judging pageantry arts began in 1983 and continues through today. Current affiliations include Cavalcade of Bands, Keystone Indoor Drill Association, Indiana Percussion Association, Mid Atlantic Percussion Society, Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association and Drum Corps Associates. Administratively he was the Judging Coordinator for Cavalcade of Bands from January of 2010 through December of 2015. In January of 2016, he became the Executive Director of Cavalcade of Bands, and currently holds this position. Paul also had the honor of being the assistant band director and front ensemble arranger/instructor for the Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band which marched in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, CA on January 1, 2015. He was also the Co-Director for the 2019 Tournament of Roses parade with the Cavalcade Honor Band.
He is a member of the Montgomery County Concert Band, Montgomery County Jazz Ensemble, performs in various pit orchestras as well as other ensembles in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In November 2015, he performed in the “Celebrate Marimba” concert, at Kutztown University, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Clair Omar Musser’s International Marimba Symphony with a 130 member marimba orchestra.
Paul works for the J.W. Pepper & Son Inc. sheet music company in Exton, PA as Vice President of Customer Contact Center and Corporate Facilities. He has several compositions published with both Alfred Publishing and Honeyrock Publishing and has two adult children, who are both musically active and lives in Pottstown, Pennsylvania with his wife Sue, of 36 years.
Ryan has been involved with the marching arts as a performer, instructor, arranger, and consultant for almost 30 years. He has performed with the Penn State University Marching Blue Band, The Penn State Indoor Drumline, The Reading Buccaneers, The Empire Statesmen, and The Hawthorne Caballeros. He has also been an instruction/arranger/consultant for Lower Dauphin High School, Red Land High School, Cedar Cliff High School, Susquehanna Township High School, and Cumberland Valley High School.
Joe has been involved with the marching arts for 40 years. During this time, he has spent many years working with both DCA & DCI programs. Joe was a staff member and Visual Caption Head during championship seasons with The Syracuse Brigadiers and Empire Statesmen, also working with Spirit of Atlanta & Fusion Core.
He has had the opportunity to work with some great Designers and instructors including: Jim Steele, Rick Morey, Jamie Thompson, Rich Templin, Ted Mascari, Mark Rider and Chris Calhoun.
Joe has been Visual Designer, Program Coordinator for many marching bands and Winter Percussion programs. Earning multiple Championships, including the PSA 2017 Bronze Medal at WGI Finals for his Winter Percussion program VIPE.
Joe currently is earning his Certify WGI certification and is a graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He resides there with his wife Josette and daughter Juliana. He is employed by Concentrix Corporation as North America Manager of Training & Quality.
JUDY (TOMKO) ULCHINSKY
Judy (Tomko) Ulchinsky is an accomplished professional in both the educational and musical arts arena.
Ms. Ulchinsky earned a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and holds certification in school Administration (Principal/Supervisor) , Learning Disability Teacher/Consultant, and Health and Physical Education/Recreation working for many years in school administration. Ms. UIlchinsky owns Educational Consultants and continues to work in schools as an education supervisor.
Ms. Ulchinsky began her musical arts performance background joining drum corps at age 6 and continuing on to become the first female guard captain of The Garfield Cadets. She taught the two-time National Championship color guard, Scarlet Cadets; and went on to teach, and continues to consult, many bands and color guards. Her adjudication career began in DCI and went on to include WGI, BOA, DCA and many band and guard circuits. Ms. Ulchinsky has achieved WGI Circuit Judged accreditation. She currently adjudicates in four guard circuits on an annual basis, band shows throughout the country, and drum corps in the summer. Ms. Ulchinsky is a member of the New Jersey Network of Judges.
Deb Washburn is a longtime resident of Mechanicsburg, PA and currently resides in Georgetown, Delaware.
Deb brings with her close to 40 years of involvement in the performing and marching arts. Having majored in Physical Education and Dance Studies, Deb went on to receive Certification to Teach all genres of Dance through Dance Educators of America and the University of Kentucky.
“Miss” Deb has recently retired from DeJul School of Dance located in the Harrisburg, Pa Region, where she was Co-Owner and Artistic Director for 30 yrs. Her performance history includes various Majorette, Dance Team and Color Guard membership from High School through Drum and Bugle Corp participation. Deb has served as an Instructor, Visual Designer, Technician and consultant to various High School Color guards and Marching Band programs though out Central Pennsylvania, Maryland and Southeastern PA.
In addition, Deb is a veteran judge of 24 yrs. plus, in all visual captions in the Keystone Indoor Drill Association,; former Board member and the National Judges Association, Tournament of Bands, Tournament Indoor Association; where she has served as the Dance Caption Head and Auxiliary Facilitator.
Deb has been honored with the Life Time Dedication to the Advancement of the Dance Arts and Education Award through Dance Educators of America. She is a member of the National Judges Association and the Keystones Indoor Association’s Hall of Fame.
M. JORDAN WILLIAMS
Mr. Williams currently serves as the assistant principal at Marion County Knight Academy in Lebanon, Kentucky and was previously the Director of Bands at Casey County High School for the last 5 years. Ensembles under his direction have regularly received distinguished ratings and have competed in the Kentucky Music Educators Association state marching band finals. Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education while studying under James Campbell, Andy Bliss, Brian Nozny, Brad Meyer and Kyle Forsthoff. While at the University of Kentucky, Mr. Williams performed at PASIC with the award winning University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble and toured with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. Mr. Williams currently composes and arranges for many bands and percussion ensembles across the country, has published works through Row-loff Productions and C. Alan Publications. Mr. Williams is also an active judge and clinician and is a proud endorser of Beetle Percussion. Mr. Williams currently resides in Campbellsville, Kentucky with his wife, Sarai, and their Golden Doodle, Memphis.