Six judges will select the winners in the Washington Marching Band Festival this Saturday.
The annual event features both parade and field competitions.
Profiles on the judges are as follows:
Dr. Michael Vaughn — Dr. Vaughn has been a member of the higher education community in the Chicago area for over 20 years.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at Birmingham-Southern College, where he studied piano and organ, and holds a master’s and Ph.D. in music history and literature from Northwestern University.
He is well known as a lecturer, speaking regularly for scholarly, community and civic organizations across the country and is a member of numerous professional societies.
Dr. Vaughn has served on the faculties of Trinity College, National-Louis University, and is currently a professor of music at Northwestern University.
In addition, Dr. Vaughn has involved in the activities of marching band and color guard as a performer, teacher and adjudicator. He is currently the director of the guard program at Niles-West High School in suburban Chicago, where his guards have consistently earned finalist rankings in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit.
Since 2009 he has been a staff member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Kevin Kastens — Kastens is associate director of bands and director of the Hawkeye Marching Band.
As a professor in the School of Music, he teaches marching band techniques, band arranging and conducts the concert band.
Prior to his appointment at Iowa in July 1998, Kastens served for five years as the associate director of bands at the University of Missouri-Columbia and for six years as assistant director of bands at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
A native of Illinois, he received his bachelor’s in Music Education and Master of Science in Music Education degrees at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Before his appointment at Indiana, Kastens was director of bands at Wheeling High School from 1980-1987 in northwest suburban Chicago. His concert, marching and jazz bands at Wheeling received numerous honors and awards, including performances at the Mid-East Instrumental Music clinic in Pittsburgh, Pa.; the Music Educators National Conference in Anaheim, Calif.; and in Dublin, Limerick and Galway, Ireland.
In 1996, the members of the Missouri Marching Band elected him to the Marching Mizzou Hall of Fame — the first director to be so honored. The Missouri student organization Mizzou Spirit elected Kastens “Faculty Member of the Year” in 1998.
Kastens’ professional affiliations include the Iowa Bandmasters Association, CBDNA, MENC, NBA, Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is active as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada.
Kastens has had numerous articles published on various topics of instrumental music education. He has served as a conductor/clinician for the Bands of America Summer National Workshops, the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major clinics, and is a leader in the field of computer-assisted marching band drill design.
Richard Mark Heidel — Heidel is director of bands in the School of Music at The University of Iowa where he conducts the Symphony Band, teaches graduate courses in conducting and band literature, guides the graduate band conducting program, and oversees all aspects of the University of Iowa band program.
Ensembles under Dr. Heidel’s direction have performed at national, regional and state conferences including those of the College Band Directors National Association, Music
Educators National Conference, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, and National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter.
He also has led concert tours to Ireland and England as well as throughout the Midwest.
Dr. Heidel maintains a busy schedule as guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the National Band Association.
He has served as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.
In 2003, Dr. Heidel served as an adjudicator for the Limerick International Marching Band Competition and the 100th St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
His list of publications includes numerous articles in the National Band Association Journal, Teaching Music.
Dr. Heidel holds memberships in the National Band Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Big Ten Band Directors Association, and College Band Directors National Association.
Jay Nugent — Nugent retired as director of bands at Saydel High School in Des Moines in 2004 with 30 years’ experience as a music educator. The following year he joined the faculty at Simpson College as interim director of bands, a position he held for three years.
He continues to serve as an adjunct instructor, teaching music education classes and supervising student teachers.
He was an early advocate of the “corps-style” marching movement in Iowa that placed equal emphasis on musical and visual performance. His marching bands performed in parades and festivals across the nation, winning numerous awards and honors to include an invitation to perform for the National Band Association Convention. His concert and jazz bands also were active, successfully participating in district and statewide festivals.
Nugent has been honored to have both a jazz band and also a concert band perform at the Iowa Bandmasters Conference. He has served as an adjudicator throughout the Midwest and has written drill for a number of bands in Iowa.
Nugent is a past-president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and has served as Iowa Bandmasters publicity chair, and Marching Band Affairs chair. He also served on the advisory board for the Iowa High School Music Association and is currently State IBARD (Iowa Bandmasters Association Retired Directors) co-chair.
He is a graduate of Simpson College and holds advanced degrees in music education and school administration from Drake University.
Don Hopkins — Hopkins is director of the Southern Methodist University Mustang Band — the athletic band at SMU, performing at football, basketball and some volleyball games. In addition, Hopkins conducts the SMU Symphony Band in the Meadows School of Fine Arts.
Prior to coming to SMU, Hopkins served as a middle school and high school band director throughout the state of Texas. His professional affiliations include the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Texas Music Educator’s Association and the Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association.
Andrew Veit — Veit is a graduate teaching assistant with the Hawkeye Marching Band, instructing and arranging for the Hawkeye Drum Line. He will pursue his studies toward a doctorate in Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy studying under Dr. Dan Moore.
Veit received his master’s in music degree for Texas A&M University-Commerce under Dr. Brian Zator. During this time, his responsibilities included teaching and arranging for the Pride Marching Band drum line and front ensemble.
He also received his bachelor’s in music education for the University of Delaware where he marched and instructed the Fighting Blue Hen percussion section under James Ancona. His drum corps experience includes two years in DCI with the Cavaliers from Rosemont, Ill., and one season in WGI with Rhythm X from Columbus, Ohio.
He is an adamant supporter and member of the Percussive Arts Society.