32nd Annual Beechwood Festival of Bands Contest Adjudicators

September 10, 2022

Tom Case | Music

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Tom Case recently retired from Adair County High School in Columbia, Kentucky where he served as band director from 2009 to 2021. All of Mr. Case’s concert and symphonic bands received distinguished ratings at the KMEA District and or State Level Performance Assessment Event. His symphonic bands were selected twice to perform at the KMEA In-Service Conference. His symphonic bands have also been selected to perform at the University of South Carolina’s Band Clinic as well as the University of Kentucky’s Concert Band Invitational. Mr. Case has also conducted various All-Region, All-District, and Honor Bands across the state and regional area.


Mr. Case’s marching bands have claimed five Bands Of America Grand National Championships, ten BOA Regional class championships, and several BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist and Regional Finalist awards. Mr. Case’s bands have also won eight KMEA State Championships and have been a KMEA State finalist nineteen times. Mr. Case has also judged various state-level championships in Arizona, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Mr. Case has held several professional offices within KMEA that include the Marching Band Board of Control, various Ad- Hoc Committees, District President, and District Band Chair. In addition, Mr. Case served as the statewide KMEA Band Chair-Elect and State Band Chair from 2008-2012.

Biography and photo courtesy of adaircountyband.com

Brian Brown | Music


Brian began his teaching career in 1986 at Beechwood Independent Schools in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky where he served as Assistant Director and then Band Director for grades five through twelve. He went on to teach high school band in Kentucky and Ohio for 26 years. He has served as a consultant, adjudicator, and visual designer for hundreds of high school band programs, including several Kentucky and Indiana State Finalists and Champions, as well as Bands Of America Semi-finalists including the 2006 and 2011 Music For All Grand National Class A Champion Beechwood Marching Tigers. He recently finished 6 years as program consultant for the Drum Corp International Finalist Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas. Brian served as the Director of Bands as Thomas More University from 2018-2022. Brian is an active adjudicator for the indoor percussion and winter guard activity as a member of the Tri-State Judges Association and is a Winter Guard International Winds adjudicator. A native of Northern Kentucky, Brian currently resides in Bellevue, Kentucky.

Bob Elliott | Music


Bob began his teaching career at Ft. Thomas Highlands as assistant band director in 1985. Beginning in 1991 as band director at Grant County High School Mr. Elliott developed an award-winning marching band program that included 3 appearances in the KMEA State Championship Finals, highlighted by a KMEA Class A State Championship in 1995. Mr. Elliott then moved to Lexington, Kentucky to assume the Director of Bands position at Tates Creek High School. During this time the Tates Creek Marching Band was a KMEA State Marching Band Finalist in 2000, 2001 and 2002. The marching band was also named a Bands of America Regional Finalist at Louisville in 2000 and 2002 and at St. Louis in 2001. 

Mr. Elliott was named Director of Bands at Larry A Ryle High School in 2012. During his tenure the Ryle Marching Band was named a KMEA Class 5A Semifinalist from 2012 – 2016, highlighted by a 5th place finish in 2015. The marching band was named as a Bands of America Dayton Regional finalist in 2013 and 2014. The Ryle Marching Band was also a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist at the 40th Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2015. 


Bob is also a member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and has been awarded the KMEA District 6 Teacher of the Year Award. Bob is currently the Band and Orchestra Consultant for Fayette County Schools in Lexington Kentucky.

Biography and photo courtesy of musicforall.org

Jim Strugeon | Visual


Jim Sturgeon has enjoyed over 25 years in the pageantry arts. He serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, Gulf Coast Judges Association, Florida Federation of Color Guard, and various marching band and color guard circuits. Jim was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard. He has served as a designer/clinician for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps as well as for several high school band and color guard programs. Outside of the pageantry arts, Jim has spent his professional career in the field of human resources.


He possesses a BSBA and an MBA in business from the University of Louisville. Currently, Jim is the Vice President of People Services for HealthCare Partners of Nevada, a DaVita Medical Group company. Jim resides in Henderson, NV.  

Biography and photo courtesy of musicforall.org

David Veda | Visual


Mr. David Veda has over 25 years of pageantry arts experience to his credit. He has served as a designer and clinician for drum corps, winter guard and marching band throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe and Kuwait. He has spent 15 years with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, first as a performer, then as a designer. During this time, the corps won a Drum Corps International (DCI) Championship and a DCI Best Color Guard award, along with achieving DCI finalist status every year. Mr. Veda also spent one year as a designer and clinician for the Denver Blue Knights and the Santa Clara Vanguard, both of which were DCI finalists.

Other marching band design credits include Elizabethtown HS (the 1997 Bands of America, Class A Champion), Pomona HS winter guard (1994 Winter Guard International (WGI) Open Class Champions and 2005 WGI World Class Finalist), Green Valley HS, Lexington Lafayette HS, McGavock HS, and Father Ryan HS.

Outside of the pageantry arts, Mr. Veda has worked as a floor manager for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. In two previous positions, Mr. Veda served as the Assistant Company Manager and Press Coordinator for the national tour of Grease with Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka and also for Storm an original theater production at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Most recently he has worked with Spamalot at Wynn Las Vegas, The Beauty of Magic with Hans Klok and Pamela Anderson at Planet Hollywood and Jersey Boys at the Palazzo Resort and Casino.

Biography and photo courtesy of spartanallianceband.com

Byron Valentine | Visual


Byron Valentine resides in Dayton, Ohio, where he is employed as a house designer for national band and colorguard supplier, FJM Inc.

Byron has worked on the design and choreography teams for programs throughout Ohio and the Midwest including Centerville HS, Bellbrook HS, Miamisburg HS, Kettering Fairmont HS, Norwin HS, LaSalle HS, Kings HS, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown, Juxtaposition Winterguard, Lexis Winter Guard, Étude Winterguard, and many other groups both locally and nationally. Additionally, Byron has served as a guest clinician and performance coach for the United States Twirling Association, where he mentored the US National Team as they headed into their Olympic performance in Paris, France.

Byron brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as the former Executive Director and Artistic Director of Zydeco Colorguard, a perennial WGI World Championships finalist; two-time medalist, and World Class “Fans Favorite” recipient. In addition to design and choreography, Byron is an accomplished equipment, movement, and general effect judge for colorguard circuits in Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Ohio. 

Dana Arnold | Visual


Dana Arnold is presently the Director of Community Engagement for the Fayette County Bar Association where she oversees the Lawyer Referral Service, Pro Bono Program and Bar Foundation. She has been a color guard instructor since 1995 in the Central Kentucky area managing both fall and winter programs.  Dana has been a guard instructor at Lafayette High School in Lexington since 2005 and is also an Assistant Director of the Lexis Winter Guard since its inception in 2011.  She has been a guest technician at notable programs around the state.


Dana has been a member of the TriState Circuit Judges Association since 2010 and judges in the areas of Individual Analysis Movement and Equipment.  She also adjudicates in the region in the areas of color guard and visual performance. Dana is married to Rob Arnold, who also instructs/designs/judges for bands and guards in Kentucky in addition to being on staff at Lafayette.  They have two children, Hayden and Hudson.

Biography and photo courtesy of lafayetteband.org

Anthony Gilleland | Perc.


Anthony Gilleland is an instructor, performer, arranger, and adjudicator from Southern California working for groups including Chino Hills HS, Woodbridge HS, Pulse Percussion. He currently teaches at world class ensembles Carolina Crown and George Mason University as a front ensemble tech and is the director of percussion studies at Beechwood Independent Schools in Fort Mitchell, KY. Anthony currently holds a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from Cal State University, Fullerton and is a Vic Firth and Zildjian Educational Artist.