Jim Trant

James Trant

Raceland, Louisiana

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Jim Trant has been in music education for over thirty years.  His high school teaching experience has been at Central Lafourche and Hahnville High Schools, where his ensembles consistently received superior ratings in marching, concert and jazz. Currently, Jim is the Fine Arts Coordinator in Lafourche Parish.  In his position as Fine Arts Coordinator, he oversees all aspects of music education in the school district including instrumental, choral and general music programs. He has served as an adjudicator for the past fifteen years and has conducted several honor bands throughout Louisiana during that time.

Jim is also currently the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association District VII District Director, having served in that capacity for the last fourteen years.  As District Director, Jim serves on the Board of Directors of L.M.E.A. and manages the operation of the district.

During his teaching career Jim has served as President of the District VII Band Directors’ Association and was the Band Director of the Year in 1995. Jim was also the Director of the 1995 Louisiana Bandmasters’ Association All-Star Marching Band and served a term as Vice-President of the Louisiana Association of Jazz Educators.

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Kendall Carrier

Bradenton, FL 

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Kendall Carrier has been a music educator for over thirty years and has been actively involved with pageantry arts since 1991. His bands have won numerous grand championships and nine state championships. Mr. Carrier’s concert, jazz and marching groups consistently earn Superior ratings at District and State assessments. He has been an active adjudicator with Central States Judges Association since 1991.

Mr. Carrier received an invitation to the 1990 and 1991 Musicfest Jazz National Finals with his Farmington High School (Illinois) jazz band. While at Hersher High School (Illinois), his band was a five-time I.H.S.A. Class B Sweepstakes Champion. His marching band at Glen Este High School (Ohio) was the 2000 and 2001 Mid-State Class A Marching Band Champion. During his tenure at Braden River High School (Florida), his marching band was a seven-time state finalist and earned back-to-back State Championships in 2012 and 2013. He now resides in Parrish, Florida where he will be building the music program from the ground up at the new Parrish Community High School.

Kent Morrow

Dr. Kent Morrow

Locust Grove, Georgia

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Dr. Morrow has more than 30 years of teaching experience, having served as a band director, choral director, and percussion instructor and arranger. He is an adjudicator for Bands of America, Drum Corps Associates, and the Central States Judges Association, where he serves as Education Director, Percussion Caption Head, and as a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Morrow is active in the indoor genre judging for numerous regional circuits throughout the country. He attended the 2014 WGI Percussion Judges Academy and has completed Levels One and Two Certification for the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy. Dr. Morrow is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. Currently, Dr. Kent Morrow serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator for Henry County Schools in South-metro Atlanta. He holds an Ed.D. from the University of Phoenix and an M.M. in Music Education and a B.M.E. (Percussion) from Troy University.

James Jacobs

James Jacobs

Tampa, Florida

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Mr. Jacobs began his teaching career at St. Lucie West Centennial High School as the Visual Director/Design Consultant from 2006-2008. He proceeded to join the Martin County High School staff as Visual director/Design Consultant from 2008-2012. In the winter of 2012 Mr. Jacobs was offered the position as Visual Director at Jensen Beach High School and has been employed there since. As of 2014 Mr. Jacobs has taken on the additional responsibility as Visual Director for South Fork High School. Mr. Jacobs has been involved in marching arts, whether performer or instructor, for fifteen years and has performed with some of the most prestigious ensembles in the country.

Mr. Jacobs was a member of The Magic of Orlando drum and bugle corps in 2006. He then went on to spend two full off seasons as a member of The Boston Crusaders drum and bugle corps from 2007-2008. Mr. Jacobs finished his DCI career as a member of The Teal Sound drum and bugle corps in 2009. Also in 2009 Mr. Jacobs joined The Florida Brass drum and bugle corps and spent five years as a lead baritone with that organization. He has also had notable performances alongside the Phantom Regiment drum and bugle corps, the Cavaliers drum and bugle corps, the Cadets drum and bugle corps, and the Dallas Brass.

Mr. Jacobs has spent the last five years as a member of the Central States Judges Association in the visual caption. He is also a design consultant for DiMolto Fuoco Inc. which is a company that provides high quality marching band shows/concepts for high school groups all over the country.

Lance Lovejoy

Lance Lovejoy

Pompano Beach, Florida

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Lance Lovejoy has been a member of the visual caption of the Central States Judges Association since 1975.  He has served as the co-caption head of the visual caption in charge of training prospective new judges.  In addition, he has presented sessions at clinics and seminars.  He formerly adjudicated for Drum Corps International and Bands of America.  Lance is also a visual designer who has written programs for several state championship marching bands.  Currently he works for the Broward County School Board in Ft Lauderdale, Florida as an online teacher.

Aaron Stone

Aaron Stone

Apollo Beach, Florida

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After 10 years of being a high school and middle school band director, Aaron is currently a Managing Partner for OrlandoFest where he runs music events for students to get an educational experience while in Orlando, Florida.  Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Aaron has been involved in the marching activity for over 20 years, including six years of marching with the Magic of Orlando and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. After aging out of drum corps, Aaron has taught some of the top 12 corps in DCI as well as being the Visual Caption Head for the Magic Drum and Bugle Corps and the Staff Coordinator and Corps Director for the Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, Aaron writes drill for numerous bands around the country and is the Visual Caption Head for the Timber Creek High School Marching Regiment in Orlando, Florida.

P. Gansemer

Paul M. Gansemer

Tampa, Florida

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Paul M. Gansemer has been in education for 26 years in the State of Florida. Paul has been a freelance percussionist in the Tampa Bay area playing with The Florida Orchestra, West Coast Symphony (Sarasota Symphony), and has performed with traveling groups that have come through town such as the Joffrey Ballet and with Luciano Pavarotti. Paul marched with the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from 1983-1984 and then with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from 1985-1987. He won individuals on keyboards in 1987, as well as the DCI World Championships with the Blue Devils in 1986. After aging out, he was an instructor with the Suncoast Sound from 1987-1989 and 1994. He also instructed with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 1991. Paul was a member of the Sunshine Brass Band for eight years in which he was conductor for three of those years. In his tenure in Hillsborough County, Paul has been a music specialist in elementary education, a middle school band director, a high school band and orchestra director where recently he was the band director at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, FL. He then became an Assistant Principal at Chamberlain, was the Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Bowers/Whitley Career Center, was the Assistant Director for Career and Technical Education, was the Principal for Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Tampa, FL., and is presently the Principal at Brewster Technical College in Tampa, FL. He has been actively judging in Florida since 1983, is a National Board Certified Teacher, and working on his Doctorate in Education at Nova Southeastern University.

Christopher DeBoard

Christopher E. DeBoard

Tampa, Florida

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Christopher DeBoard has been involved in the pageantry arts as a performer, instructor, adjudicator, and fan since his introduction in 1982.  Born in Dayton, OH, Chris was exposed to some of the nation’s finest performance ensembles at an early age.  Mr. DeBoard marched in the summer of 1984 in the Pride of Cincinnati Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the color guard.  At the All-Age level, Chris marched in the Heat Wave of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps performing on flag, rifle, and sabre and earned the Rookie of the Year award.  He has served as a staff member and consultant for several programs in Florida. This is Chris’ 5th year an adjudicator for the Central States Judges Association in the color guard and visual captions and a member of the Florida Federation of Judges Association as an adjudicator in the Individual Analysis Equipment caption in the Winterguard arena. Christopher states “I believe the life lessons learned in the marching arts are invaluable and foster amazing growth as individuals. Marching arts alumni are better performers in life and it is a privilege to serve the students and staffs in their endeavors.”

Mr. DeBoard attended St. Petersburg College where he earned his degree in Nursing, graduating with High Honors.  He currently resides in Tampa, FL and is pursuing his Masters of Science in Nursing Education.