2019 SOUTHERN INVITATIONAL JUDGES
2018 JUDGE BIOGRAPHIES
Freddy Martin was born and educated through high school in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Martin attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Mr. Martin has done post-graduate work at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Martin is celebrating his 46th year in education. He has taught at South Cobb High School in Cobb County Georgia, with the Famed Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps, for the Buford City Schools in Atlanta. He was the Brass Coordinator for the DCI Champion Phantom Regiment Drum Corps from Rockford Illinois. Since 2014 Mr. Martin has been Co-Brass Fundamentals Coordinator for the Cavaliers Drum Corps. Mr. Martin is the founding director of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and continues to serve the Corps today as director emeritus. Mr. Martin’s son Chris is Principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His son Michael is fourth trumpet in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Martin is a member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame and Phi Beta Mu. He is in his sixteenth year as band director and brass specialist at The Westminster Schools. Mr. Martin has been an adjudicator and clinician for more than forty years and has adjudicated in thirty- five states and in England. Mr. Martin holds and honorary Doctorate in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.
Dave McCarthy is a native of Revere, Massachusetts, and began his marching career with the 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1981. From 1988 to 1991 he was a member of The Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps. As a member of the 1990 Cadets, he was part of both the DCI World Championship and High Percussion Award.
Following his marching career with The Cadets, Dave taught the Boston Crusaders and The Marauders Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years he has taught and consulted for high school marching band programs in Massachusetts, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and most recently Texas. Additionally, Dave is also a freelance visual designer, and has written for several marching bands programs. From 1995 to 2001 Dave was part of the design team for King Philip Regional High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble. King Philip was a finalist in the WGI Scholastic World Class each year including the 2000 WGI PSW Gold medalist.
Dave was the Marching Caption Head for the Lassiter High School Marching Band. He began working with the Lassiter band program as a marching tech in 1997. From 1998 to 2006, he served as the Marching Caption Head for the two-time BOA Grand National Champion (1998 and 2002). Dave continued to maintain a limited role with Lassiter from 2006 to 2010, and rejoined the band staff in 2011 though the fall of 2013 as the Marching Caption Head.
Dave is also a visual judge for Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion Division. In addition to his adjudication role with WGI, Dave has judged nationally for many regional circuits including, SCPA, MAPS, SCGC, SAPA, IPA, FFCC, MCCGA and SFWGA. During the fall marching band season, Dave also judges nationally for various marching competitions across the Southeast and Midwest United States.
Dave currently lives in Marietta, Georgia, where he resides with his wife Shoie and his two beautiful daughters Ava and Quinn. Dave earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
Barry Morgan is currently serving his sixth term as Solicitor General of the State Court of Cobb County. Governor Zell Miller appointed Morgan Solicitor General in March of 1998. Before becoming a prosecutor, Morgan served twelve years as a high school, middle school, and elementary school band director with the Cobb County Georgia School District. Barry holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Summa Cum Laude from the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. A founding staff member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, Morgan has remained active in the Drum Corps community as an instructor and fan and served on the Board of Directors of the World Champion Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Morgan continues to serve the music community as a lecturer on Legal Responsibilities of Music Teachers for Music for All Summer Symposium, many state music conventions, and the 59th and 63rd Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
David W. Vandewalker is the Coordinator of Music and Performing Arts for the Fulton County Schools supporting the music education and music therapy faculty in 57 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, and 17 high schools who serve nearly 100,000 students in the Atlanta metropolitan district. Additionally, he is the founding artistic director and conductor of the professional ensemble, Cobb Chamber Winds, and the administrator, artistic director, and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble. Dr. Vandewalker earned degrees at Baylor University, Central Michigan University, and Boston University where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education.
As a performer, Dr. Vandewalker enjoys artistic development as a vocalist, cellist, and clarinetist with twenty-seven years of teaching experiences spanning elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education. Most recently, David served as the associate director of athletic bands/ assistant director of bands at Georgia State University (2012-2016) and Director of Bands at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia (2000-2012). A Conn-Selmer Artist/Educator, he has led concerts before esteemed audiences such as the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, Music for All National Concert Festival, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Marching Bands under his direction received honors including participation in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, 2009 & 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ranked top-ten nationally by the 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and Bands of America Grand National Finalist (Top 12).
Dr. Vandewalker is a recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor, nine-NBA Citation of Excellence Awards, three National Wind Band Honors Awards, is recognized in multiple editions of Who's Who Among American Teachers, and is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association. He has published numerous articles in professional journals, chapters in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series (GIA) and Rehearsing the High School Band (Hal Leonard), books including Boosters to the Rescue, and Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club (GIA), and Foundations for Wind Band Clarity- Arrangements for Concert Band, Foundations for Wind Band Clarity- Instructional DVD, and Everyday Stuff Every Director Needs to Know (Vision Publications). Additionally, Vandewalker is a nationally-renown staff development presenter with multiple clinician appearances for GMEA, Music for All Summer Symposium, Smith Walbridge Directors Institute, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Midwest Clinic.
David and his wife, Pamela, reside in Marietta where she is Minister of Creativity and Worship Programming at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church with over 900 children actively involved in music making each week.
Alfred Watkins, Educator, conductor, clinician, and lecturer Alfred L. Watkins, retired Director of Bands of Lassiter High School, in Marietta, Georgia, enjoyed a storied 37-year career, that surpasses even his “wildest dreams.” He was Director of Bands at Lassiter HS for 31 years. Hailing from the small town of Jackson, Georgia and an alumnus of Florida A & M University (FAMU), Watkins built an outstanding and multi-faceted high school band program of international stature. The program was anchored by outstanding concert bands, which provided strong backgrounds for all other ensembles a helped to create a lifetime of excellence and artistic appreciation to his over 10,000 former students. The program was guided by the quote by Aristotle, “we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Ensembles under his baton are recognized for their sonorous sound, excellent intonation, impeccable precision and meaningful musical interpretations. His bands have performed multiple times at the Midwest Clinic, National Band Association Convention, National Concert Band Festival and GMEA. The Marching Trojan Band has performed numerous times in the Tournament of Roses and Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parades and has been viewed on television by over 1.5 billion people. The band was named Sweepstakes Winners in 103 of 110 competitions entered included being named the Bands of America Grand National Champions in 1998 and 2002.
Watkins is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the Florida A&M University Gallery of Distinguished Alumni, the Bands of America Hall of Fame and the Phi Beta Mu Georgia Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He has received 16 Certificates of Excellence from the National Band Association and is the recipient of the Edwin Franko Goldman Award, Sudler Order of Merit, Legion of Honor Award, and the Turnett Leadership Character Award. He holds the unique distinction of having led bands that received the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor, Sudler Shield, and Sudler Silver Scroll Awards.
Watkins is Co-founder and conductor of the Cobb Wind Symphony (1999), an all-adult community band based in Marietta and is innovated the concept of the Symphonic Band Camp. He is currently Co-founder and Board Chair of the Minority Band Directors National Association. The $1.5 million dollar Alfred L. Watkins Band Building at Lassiter bears his name. He and his wife Rita have two adult sons, Christopher and Jonathan.
Greg Williams grew up in Marietta, Georgia. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Jacksonville State University. He taught high school band for 30 years in the Cobb County, Ga. School District. He retired in the Spring of 2016. His last 20 years were spent as Director of Bands at North Cobb H.S. in Kennesaw, GA. He received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence three times and was named Teacher of the Year twice during his tenure. He has been an active judge for Drum Corps International and Music for All since 2002. He was selected to judge the MFA Grand National Championships in 2014. Mr. Williams was named the Acworth Citizen of the Year in 2016. Spending time with his family, playing golf, fishing, and judging high school bands are his favorite activities. He lives in Acworth, GA. with his wife of 32 years, Dr. Lisa Williams.
David Coheley is a resident of Powder Springs, Ga. and is the current Assistant Director forSpirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also the music director at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Atlanta. Mr. Coheley has also served as Music and General Effect judge for Winter Guard International, Drum Corps Associates, and multiple marching band shows and indoor percussion competitions around the United States. Mr. Coheley served as the Percussion Coordinator for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit with his duties including Judge training as well as being chief percussion judge for the circuit.
Mr. Coheley is currently the arranger and instructor for Marist School. He has also been the arranger for other local percussion programs such as Hiram High School, South Paulding High School, North Paulding, Paulding County and Cartersville High School bands. He has also served as arranger and caption head for the Sprayberry High School Band in Marietta, Ga., and Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
Mr. Coheley was a marching member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from 1981-1984 and served on staff in 1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, and 2005. Professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Percussive Arts Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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Kat Johnson has had 30 years in public education with 14 years as Director of Bands at Garrett Middle School in the Cobb County (GA) School District. Her experience includes concert and jazz band, marching band, drum corps, colorguard, and winterguard as performer, instructor, director, and adjudicator. Ms. Johnson has also directed high school and middle school programs in Louisiana and Alabama as well as other schools in the greater Atlanta area. After graduating from South Natchez-Adams High School in Natchez, Mississippi, she received her Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Ms. Johnson holds professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Gulf Coast Judges Association.
Jesse Madden is a resident of Valley, AL where he was born and raised. Jesse went to high school at Valley High School and then went on to college at The University of Alabama; in Tuscaloosa, AL. While at the University of Alabama, Jesse studied Music Education and was one of the “Million Dollar Band” drum majors while there. After finishing at the University, he went on to teach at Alabama Christian Academy in Montgomery, AL; then to Beulah High School as Director of Bands, and Huntingdon College as Assistant Marching Band Director. Jesse is now currently working towards his master's degree from Liberty University and plans to finish next fall. Currently, while completing themaster's degree, he is full time Music Director at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Opelika, AL and currently working with ADT Home Security. Jesse is also one of the Drum Major Coordinators for “Spirit Camp” where he has taught for 10 years. Jesse also adjudicates throughout the South yearly, judging drum majors, percussion, and band throughout the year.