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   Judges/Categories, Finalist Policy and Scoring Sheet for the 2009 Harvest Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2009
Zaepfel Stadium are:


Ron Maier

Picture of Ron Maier Ron Maier has been involved in Marching Band, Drum and Bugle Corps, and Winter Guard since 1974. A native of Bremerton, Washington he was a member of the Titans Drum and Bugle Corps, the Seattle Imperials, the Madison Scouts, and the State Street Review. He has designed for and taught many groups across the United States and Canada, including the Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Illinois; the Marauders of Longview, Washington; Les Eclipses of Montreal, Quebec; and numerous high school bands and winter guards.

Currently, Mr. Maier is Director of Bands at Finn Hill Junior High School in Kirkland, Washington and serves as Judges Coordinator for the Northwest Pageantry Association.

Drum Major

Melody Fisher

Picture of Melody Fisher Melody Fisher is currently a music educator in the Cheney School District. She recently received her Bachelor's in Music from Whitworth University, where she served for three years as principal bassoon of the Wind Symphony and Orchestra. Melody holds a First Class certificate in the Corps style from the Smith-Wallbridge Drum Major Clinics. One of Yakima's own, she served as a Drum Major for A.C. Davis High School for three years.

Music Effect

Jeff Ray

Picture of Jeff Ray Jeff Ray is in his 21st year of public education, and is currently the director of the 350 member Olympic View Middle School Band from Mukilteo, WA. This group was won events all over the Pacific Northwest and California. They were also the first middle school in the United States to perform at a division one NCAA Bowl game, performing with Destiny's Child.

Prior to entering education Mr. Ray spent 25 years in drum and bugle corps as a member, instructor, and as a director. Groups Mr. Ray has been affiliated with include the Percussionaut Patriots, Renaissance, Freelancers, Imperials, Marauders, Argonauts, Spartans, and Cascades Corps.

Mr. Ray also keeps a very busy performance schedule as a lead trumpet player. He has backed artists from the Brecker Brothers to George Burns, played for cruise lines, and currently plays for various Latin and Rock groups in the Seattle area.

Music Performance Ensemble

Jim Johnson

Picture of Jim Johnson Jim Johnson is the former director of the Cascade High School Bands, in Everett, WA, and has been teaching band in the public schools for the past 42 years in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Australia. His concert, jazz and marching bands at Cascade traveled extensively throughout the U.S and toured Australia, England, Mexico, and Russia. The concert bands consistently earned Superior ratings in festivals and contests. The marching bands at Cascade, competing in the Open Category, have won every marching band contest, in which they have competed, in the Pacific Northwest at least once and earned dozens of caption awards.

Mr. Johnson was the director for the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps for several years, taught jazz band at Treasure Valley Community College, performed with the Columbia Basin Community Band, performed with the Tri-Cities Symphony, performed in numerous brass ensembles, and has directed several community musicals. He has adjudicated in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado in both marching band and concert band contests and festivals. Mr. Johnson currently teaches concert band at 2 middle schools and Jazz Band at Jackson High School in the Everett School District.

Music Performance Individual

David Turnbull

Picture of David Turnbull Dr. David Turnbull is an Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music at Washington State University. He plays Principal Trumpet for the Washington Idaho Symphony and performs regularly with the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet, Cameradschaft (WSU Trumpet and Percussion Duo), En Chamade (WSU Trumpet and Organ Duo) and Jazz Northwest (WSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble). He is currently designing and building a Trumpet Performance website that will feature his research, scholarship and creative activity. Turnbull not only adjudicates marching festivals, he also works large group festivals, solo and ensemble festivals and jazz festivals as well.


Ron Crenshaw

Picture of Ron Crenshaw Ron Crenshaw is currently the Instrumental Director at Rogers High School and the Director of the Rogers High School Steel Drum Ensemble in Spokane, Washington. Mr. Crenshaw has received his Bachelors in Music Education from Eastern Washington University and his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

In addition, he was the Percussion Instructor for the Eastern Washington University Marching Band and the caption head for the Northwest Champion Ferris High School Drumline in Spokane, Washington from 1987 to 1998. In 1998 this ensemble was selected to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on New Years day. Mr. Crenshaw has performed with Windham Hill Recording artist Scott Cossu and Jazz artists, Michael Brecker, and Larry Coryell. He has 15 years of Drum Corps experience, both as a performer and Instructor and formerly the Percussion Caption Head and Corps Director for the newly formed Spokane Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the founder of the Inland Northwest Marching Percussion Camps and is a Percussion adjudicator in the Northwest and Canada.

Presently, Mr. Crenshaw is a featured clinician for Yamaha Sound of Summer Percussion Camp, published Marching Percussion Arranger for Matrix Publishing, Educator endorsee for Pro-Mark and Remo as well as a Marching Percussion Clinician for the Yamaha Corp. of America.

Visual Effect

Ken Sakoda

Picture of Ken Sakoda Kenneth Sakoda has been a marching adjudicator since 1983. He has experience in many types of events, from marching band and drum and bugle corps, to drill teams and color guard. As a program designer and instructor, Mr. Sakoda has numerous titles to he credit. Among these are first place rankings in the Washington State High School Marching Band contest and the Northwest Pageantry Association Grand Championships. His own experience as a performer on the field began in 1960 and continued for ten years.

Visual Performance Ensemble

Jimmy Fursman

Picture of Jimmy Fursman Jimmy has been performing, teaching, designing and judging for marching bands, color guards and drum corps for over 16 years. He has participated with numerous groups including the Madison Scouts, Seattle Cascades, Every-Body Winterguard and Innovation Performance Ensemble of Fukuoka Japan. After years of designing and teaching at schools throughout the Pacific Northwest he is focusing on working as an adjudicator and the continued development Rhapsody Winterguard. Currently Jimmy is the proud Director of Rhapsody, based in his hometown of Seattle.

Visual Performance Individual

Jarid Norman

Picture of Jarid Norman Like most music students, Jarid got started in the marching band scene in high school. From there, he extended his marching experience by participating in Drum Corps International, having marched with some of the top drum and bugle corps in the world, including the Madison Scouts from Madison, Wisconsin.

After aging out of drum corps, Jarid served as interim visual caption head with the Troopers Drum and Bugle corps from Casper, Wyoming. While attending Western Washington University, Jarid was honing his teaching skills helping local high school marching bands, Kamiak High School and Newport High School, with their visual program.

After receiving his degree in Music Education, Jarid taught High School Band at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, CO and 6-12 music at the American Community School of Athens, Athens Greece. In 2006, Jarid took a year hiatus to pursue a Masters in Music.   Currently, Jarid teaches middle school band in the Bellingham School District and is the visual program coordinator for Bellingham High School.

The Harvest Marching Band Festival is organized primarily under the rules of the Western Band Association.

Finalist Policy

Twelve bands from Preliminary Competition will be selected to participate in Finals Competition in the following manner:
  1. The top two bands from each division (A, AA, AAA-S and AAA-L) with more than three bands will be selected. If a division has one, two or three bands then the division winner in Preliminary Competition will perform in finals. Bands performing in the Novice division are not eligible for Finals.
  2. The remaining positions are filled by bands from any division in Preliminary Score order.
  3. Bands perform in Preliminary Score order
  4. Caption Awards (Best Marching, Auxiliary, etc.) are awarded to the highest scoring band in Preliminary Competition

Welcome to the Harvest Marching Band Festival Saturday, October 17, 2009
Zaepfel Stadium

Preliminary/Finals Competition
Sample Score Sheet

Sample High School - 12:00 PM Exhibition  
Music Performance - Ensemble 300 Possible Points 0
Music Performance - Individual 300 Possible Points 0
Music Performance - Average: 300 Possible Points 0.0
Visual Performance - Ensemble 200 Possible Points 0
Visual Performance - Individual 200 Possible Points 0
Visual Performance - Average: 200 Possible Points 0.0
Musical Effect 300 Possible Points 0
Visual Effect 300 Possible Points 0
Effect Average: 300 Possible Points 0.0
Percussion: 100 Possible Points 0.0
Auxiliary: 100 Possible Points 0.0

Independent Category
Drum Major 100 Possible Points 0.0

Final Score:
(Total x 0.1)
100 Possible Points