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2023 Adjudicators

To Be Announced

2022 Adjudicators

Joel Denton

Music General Effect

Mr. Joel L. Denton served as Director of Bands at Ooltewah high School for thirty-seven years. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has completed graduate studies at UT-Chattanooga. Mr. Denton currently serves as an adjunct instructor of Instrumental Music Education at Lee University.

In 2018, he was recognized as a CMA Music Teacher of Excellence and awarded the John Phillip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor. Mr. Denton is an elected member of the East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Bandmasters Hall of Fame. His professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Education Association, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, American School Band Director Association, and Tennessee Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Denton currently serves as President-Elect of TMEA (TN) and is the Tennessee State Chair for the National Band Association. He is very active as an adjudicator, clinician, and consultant.

Mr. Denton and Kerry, his wife of 38 years, reside in Chattanooga and have two adult children who are both teachers.

James Hannah

Music Performance Ensemble

James Hannah received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and graduate degree from Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Hannah was the Director of ands at Plano West Senior High School from 1999 until his retirement in 2017. During his tenure, the band program grew from 48 students to 230 members. The program included four concert bands, to jazz bands, an after school marching band, and a select full symphony orchestra.

The “Mighty Wolf” Band program consistently received Texas University Interscholastic League first division ratings and Sweepstakes awards. The West Wind Ensemble has garnered numerous awards including being named a top 4 finalist for the 2016 Texas State Honor Band and was recognized by The Foundation for Music Education as a 6A National Wind Band Award Winner. The Plano West Music department also received a Grammy Gold Award in 2011 for Excellence in Music Education.

Mr. Hannah Co-conducted the award winning Plano West Symphony Orchestra. The West Orchestra was selected to perform at the 2002 Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic. In 2017 the ensemble was selected as the Texas State Honor Orchestra.

Christopher Hoch

Visual General Effect

Dr. Christopher Hoch, director of The Ohio State University Marching Band and Athletic Bands, served as interim director from May 2015-2016. Preciously, he served two years as associate director and one year as assistant director of the marching and athletic bands at Ohio State, seven years as the director of bands at Rutherford B. Hayes high School in Delaware, OH, and three years as a director of The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni.

Dr. Hoch’s work with The Ohio State University Marching Band has received national recognition for innovation and creativity in the show design process. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hoch serves as the musical director of the Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company, and he is active around the state of Ohio as a clinician, guest conductor, musical arranger, and guest speaker.

Dr. Hoch’s Ohio State education includes bachelor’s degrees in music education and mathematics, master’s degrees in instrumental conducting and music education and a PhD in music education.

George Hattendorf

Visual Performance Ensemble

George Hattendorf currently teaches at Glendale Community College and Ottawa University. In addition to public school positions in Illinois and Georgia, Mr. Hattendorf was the Associate Director of Bands at New Mexico state University and Associate Professor of Music at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

Bands under his direction have achieved numerous honors including: Indiana State Marching Band Championships, Bands of America Regional finalists, Outback Bowl Parade, field & Concert Champions, Inaugural Parade participants for Presidents Reagan and Obama, an Arizona Representative for the 70th and 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a participant at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and an NFL commissioned program to perform at the Pro-Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX.

Mr. Hattendorf has also been actively involved in state and national level music associations as well as an adjudicator for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association, the Central States Judges Association (CSJA), and Bands of America.

Alan Keown


Alan Keown has been a percussion teacher and arranger in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. He spent many of those years as a drumset and orchestral performer as well as marching percussion specialist at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and various high school programs.

He has been involved with Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games Ceremonies as well as the competitive tour sponsored by Drum Corps International and has been very active in the winter drumline activity.

Alan is a clinician for Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth sticks & mallets, Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Offworld practice pads, and is the founder of the Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camp, held in Eugene, Oregon since 1989.

Mr. Keown publishes marching band music with Matrix Publishing Company, concert percussion literature with Alfred Publishing and Tapspace Publications, and indoor drumline shows with Marching Show Concepts.

Kyle Miller

Color Guard

Kyle Miller has been active in the marching arts for over 25 years as a marching member, instructor, designer, caption head, circuit board member, and judge. He began his career in norther Ohio as part of his high school marching band and the hornline of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Kyle transitioned into the winter guard activity while at Arizona State University and performed with multiple independent guards including Mirage, Exaltation, and Corona World.

Kyle has directed and taught groups across the country including Icon Winder Guard, Gold Drum & Bugle Corps, and multiple high schools. He has also designed, staged , and consulted with numerous high schools including El Segundo, Crescenta Valley, Basha, Gov. Thomas Johnson, and Linganore. Kyle is an active judge and has served as an adjudicator in CSBC, AZMBA, WGAZ, WTCA, TOB, and TIA. He has also served as the communications director and webmaster for the Keystone Indoor Drill Association.

Kyle currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and works as the VP of Engineering for a Social E-Commerce platform.

2021 Adjudicators

Barry Houser

Music General Effect

Ward Durrett

Music Performance Ensemble

Doug Goodwin

Visual General Effect

Gary Smith

Visual Performance Ensemble

Roberto Paz


Shirl Chumley

Color Guard

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