Judges Bios – 2018

Stephanie Renell Boisjolie

Stephanie has been involved in the marching arts activity for over 25 years.  She has instructed at drum corps such as Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts and most recently at Carolina Crown.  She has directed several winter colorguards and marching band colorguards including Kennesaw Mountain High School, Seminole High School and Cypress Creek High School.  Stephanie is currently a third grade teacher in Forsyth County Georgia and will continue to judge with the Gulf Coast Association of Judges.

John Easley

John current serves as Amro Music’s Middle Tennessee Educational Representative and works hard to provide unparalleled service to school programs in Middle Tennessee.

Prior to joining Amro, John was a music educator for 32 years, most recently at Union City High School. John’s bands were seven-time finalists at the prestigious Contest of Champions at MTSU, five-time Tennessee Class AA State Champions, and Bands of America Class A Champions and Finalists in Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Murfreesboro. John’s bands have represented the state of Tennessee at the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl Parades and have performed concerts at the Battleship USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

David England

David England has been the percussion arranger and an instructor at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN since 1993. Since then, Father Ryan has won three WGI World Championships and has been perennial WGI Finalist. Father Ryan is also a three time winner of the PASIC indoor marching percussion standstill competition and numerous local and state competions.

David is an active percussion clinician and adjudicator with WGI and has written music for several different percussion groups around the country. As a band director, David currently teaches at Blackman Middle School in Murfreesboro, TN where he was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2008. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied with Lalo Davila. He marched with the Cadets of Bergen County, was on staff for the Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps, and is currently the percussion supervisor and arranger for the Music City Drum Corps.

Shane Gwaltney

A champion Battery Arranger, Visual Designer, and Program Coordinator. Shane has arranged and worked with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Music City Mystique, Bangkok Society Drumline, Tyler Junior College, Choctawhatchee HS, along with several High School and Independent programs across the country. He is also a proud artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Evans Drum Heads\Planet Waves, and Zildjian Cymbals.

Eric Harris

Eric L. Harris is Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech University where he is director of The Golden Eagle Marching Band, conducts the university Concert Band, and teaches classes in instrumental music education and music appreciation. Prior to his appointment at TTU, he taught for twelve years in the public schools of Charlotte, North Carolina. During this time, his middle and high school bands earned numerous superior ratings in concert and marching events across the state. In 1997, Dr. Harris was honored as one of twelve Time-Warner Star Teachers selected from over 6,000 instructional staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Dr. Harris is a member of the American School Band Director’s Association and has enjoyed teaching, conducting, and judging invitations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Mississippi. Other professional affiliations include NAfME, CBDNA, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi. He is the author of Fundamentals of Music Theory for the Wind Band Student – a three-volume music theory workbook series published by NorthLand Music Publishers. Most recently he served as a contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band, Volume Two and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. In December of 2011, Dr. Harris presented a session at the 65th Annual Midwest Clinic entitled, “The Whole Enchilada: A New Curriculum Model for Twenty-First Century Bands.”

Josh Swain

Mr. Josh Swain is a fine arts educator, choreographer, adjudicator and clinician across the country. Josh’s introduction to the musical and pageantry arts started in high school band and color program and grew from there. Originally from North Florida, he is an alumni of the University of Florida and the UF Fightin’ Gator Marching Band’s Florida Visual Ensemble plus other small collegiate based modern dance companies and ensemble in the Gainesville area.

Professionally, Swain has worked with renowned programs in the drum corps activity such as the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Genesis, Music City, The Cavaliers, and most recently, Spirit of Atlanta.  Also, his instructional and design credits extend to WGI Finalist programs including the Pride of The Netherlands A & Open Winter Guards, The Edge Independent Winter Guard, East Coweta High School, Jupiter High School, Sebastian River High School, and Kennesaw Mountain High School amongst other regionally successful scholastic programs in the Southeast; specifically Georgia and Florida.

Josh currently is the director of the Cherokee High School Guard and Dance Programs and leads both the design and instructional staff teams for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Yellow Jacket Marching Band’s Color Guard and nationally competitive winter guard. Additionally, he is an active adjudicator for marching band and winter guard competitions operating in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and California.