It is our honor and privilege to welcome the 2024 Eagle’s Nest Invitational Adjudicator Panel:

 

Scott Beck
Color Guard

Scott Beck has been involved with the color guard activity for over 30 years. He has marched with the Miller’s Blackhawk Winter Guard, Suncoast Sound, and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Scott began his teaching career with the Fred J. Miller Clinics where he taught for 10 summers and worked as a camp administrator his last two years. During this time, he instructed several high school and independent winter guards. Some of these groups include John Overton H.S. (which was the first high school color guard to win back to back world champions in Scholastic A and Scholastic Open Class), Dimension Winter Guard, and South Oldham H.S. In the summer of 2000, Scott completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he taught first grade. He continued to teach color guard and was on staff with Pope and Lassiter H.S.S. While with Pope H.S., they earned the Scholastic World Bronze Medalist with WGI in 2003. From 2010-2013, he served as co-caption head and caption head for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and Western Carolina Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Scott completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University in 2006 and is currently an Early Intervention Program (EIP) Teacher in the Cobb County School District at Still Elementary School. This is also his 6th year to serve as an equipment adjudicator for various winter guard circuits around the country and Winter Guard International (WGI). In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time with his dog, Remington, and riding his Harley.

Dr. Adam Dalton
Visual Effect

Dr. Adam Dalton was the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Marshall University. He oversaw all aspects of a comprehensive band program, including concert bands, the Marching Thunder, and basketball pep bands. He also conducted the Marshall Wind Symphony, taught courses in music education and conducting, and served as the recruitment director for the music department. Before this position, Dr. Dalton served as Director of Athletic Bands at Marshall for five years.

Dr. Dalton is a native of Virginia, where he attended James Madison University and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta, GA, where he taught high school at Milton High School, an extensive 5A program in Georgia. He then accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at The University of Alabama, where he received his Master of Arts in Music Education and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting. Dr. Dalton performed with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years earning two world championships and a gold medal in individual and ensemble. He also marched in various independent winter guards in the southeast, consistently making finals at Winter Guard International. His designing and teaching experience includes the 2008 World Champion Phantom Regiment, The Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets, Troopers, and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is featured on the WGI video, Toss, and served as a clinician and performer for the first everSpinfest Clinic, an annual educational event sponsored by WGI. Dr. Dalton maintains a busy schedule as a designer, consultant, and adjudicator for marching bands and indoor groups nationally and internationally.

Dr. Dalton worked with every ensemble at The University of Alabama and was a featured conductor for the 2013 All-State Festival performance with The Alabama Wind Ensemble. His high school band received superior ratings at the Large Group Performance Association. As a percussionist, Dr. Dalton performed with the Alabama Wind Ensemble for four years, including their ten-day tour of Italy in 2012. He is a founding member of the Alabama Winds, a community band based in Birmingham, AL. He has also participated in the Alabama Wind Ensemble recording project, The Glass Bead, available on Albany Records.

Eric Brown
Percussion Judge

Eric Brown is currently the Director of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands at South Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA. Prior to his time at South Forsyth, Mr. Brown served as the Director of Percussion Studies at Lambert High School in Suwanee, GA. In his time at Lambert, the drumline was the WGI Percussion World Championships Scholastic A Class Bronze Medalist, three-time GIPA Percussion Scholastic World Class Gold Medalists, was a WGI World Championships Percussion Scholastic World Class Finalist.

Mr. Brown received his undergraduate and masters degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri-Columbia, respectively. As a student, he studied under Bill Bachman, John David, Tim Howard, Dr. Tony McCutchen, Dr. Arvin Scott, and Dr. Julia Gaines. Mr. Brown was a marching member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps as well as WGI World Class Finalist ensembles Pariah Indoor and Odyssey Percussion Theatre.

Eric’s past teaching credits include Forsyth Central High School, Young Harris College, the University of North Georgia, the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Gateway Indoor, Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performer, Eric was a cast member in the XXXIV Superbowl Halftime show alongside Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, and Phil Collins. Eric has also performed internationally in China and Italy.

Eric is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and proudly endorses Pearl/Adams Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Remo drumheads. He currently lives in Suwanee, Georgia with his beautiful and creative wife, Tonya Mashburn and their dogs Wolfie and Noodle.

Jasmine Avecilla
Drum Major Judge

Jasmine Avecilla is a graduate from Kennesaw State University and studied Music Education with a focus in Instrumental Education. She is primarily a clarinet player and seconds on trumpet. Through many years of band in high school, college, and drum corps, she has a strong background in the marching arts.

Ms. Avecilla marched with Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019 as a drum major and with Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps in the 2020-2021 seasons as the head drum major. In her time at Kennesaw State she was a member of the “Marching Owls” on clarinet and trumpet, as well as a member of the basketball band “The Hoo!” for two seasons on trumpet. Ms. Avecilla has also hosted various drum major camps and worked with the drum major students at Creekview High School. For the 2022 season she also had the opportunity to go back to Guardians DBC and serve on the admin team for their summer tour. Most recently, Ms. Avecilla taught as the Visual Caption Head at Duluth High School for their 2023 season.

Dr. Debra Traficante
Music Performance Judge

Dr. Debra Traficante is a distinguished educator and conductor with a rich history of leadership in music education and performance. Serving as the founding Director of Athletic Bands and Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Traficante played a pivotal role in shaping the musical landscape of the institution. Under her guidance, the KSU Marching Band, fondly known as “The Marching Owls,” debuted in Fall 2015 to great acclaim. She also spearheaded the direction of the KSU Basketball Pep Band, bringing spirit and energy to the university’s athletic events.

Beyond her work with athletic bands, Dr. Traficante founded and conducted the KSU Wind Symphony, and also taught courses in wind band literature, arranging, and pedagogy to students, while also teaching education courses for the College of Education. She mentored aspiring music educators and led the chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, fostering a culture of excellence and camaraderie within the music community.

Prior to her tenure at Kennesaw State, Dr. Traficante served as Assistant Professor of Music/Assistant Director of University Bands at the University of Oklahoma. There, she conducted the Symphony Band, co-directed the “Pride of Oklahoma” Marching Band, and played a pivotal role in the education and mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students through a myriad of music, education, and leadership courses.

Dr. Traficante’s educational journey is marked by academic excellence and dedication. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude, and a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Florida. Additionally, she earned a Fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Oklahoma.

As an esteemed conductor and educator, Dr. Traficante’s influence extends far beyond the classroom. She spent several years serving on the brass and conducting staff with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. She frequently judges, guest conducts, and leads clinics across the United States, and has conducted at prestigious international conferences and venues. Dr. Traficante is recognized as an Educational Artist with Yamaha and has taught at Yamaha Bläsorchester Conferences in Europe since 2014. She is also sponsored by Remo, Vic Firth, and Sabian, attesting to her expertise and acclaim in the field.

In addition to her professional achievements, Dr. Traficante has been deeply involved in the music community, demonstrated by holding leadership positions in national music organizations and receiving numerous awards and honors for her contributions. Her dedication to music education and her commitment to excellence make her a respected figure in the world of music.

Rudy Gilbert
Music Effect Judge

Mr. Rudy Gilbert is currently in his 29th year of teaching as a music teacher at The Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bands under his direction have earned numerous awards at the national and regional levels. They have performed at the GMEA Annual In-Service Conference in 2007 and the University of Georgia January High School Music Festival in 2005, 2010, and 2012, and the Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival at Georgia State University in March of 2018. First place honors were awarded to bands under his direction at national festivals held in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando, and Atlanta.

Mr. Gilbert held a position on the staff of the Georgia Ambassadors of Music having completed nine highly successful European tours.  Prior to his appointment at Paideia, Mr. Gilbert was the Director of Bands at North Gwinnett High School (2011-2021), at Norcross High School (2001-2011) and at South Effingham High School in Guyton, Georgia (1996-2001). He began his teaching career at Effingham County High School and Middle School in 1994.

Mr. Gilbert is honored to have been named the 2008-2009 Norcross High School Teacher of the Year.  He was presented the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in January 2005, 2007 and 2010 and was inducted into the Georgia Chapter of Phi Beta Mu in March 2006.  He remains an active clinician of honor bands and adjudicator of performances across the Southeastern United States. Mr. Gilbert has served GMEA in District I as the Band Division Chair, Honor Band Organizing Chair, First Round Audition Chair, and in District 13 as the Band Division Chair, First Round Audition Chair and Honor Band Organizing Chair. He served as the GMEA Band Division Chair in 2019-2020.

Mr. Gilbert is a native of Mandeville, Louisiana.  He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University in 1991 and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994.  He has studied conducting with Professor Thomas L. Dvorak at UWM and Professor Frank B. Wickes at LSU and studied  percussion with Dr. John Raush at LSU.  Mr. Gilbert remains sincerely appreciative of his first band directors, Mr. John Gilmer at Collierville Middle School in Collierville, Tennessee and Mr. Doug Bergeron at Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana.

He and his wife Amanda, an Assistant Principal at Collins Hill High School, reside in Snellville, Georgia with their dog Charlie and cat Jasper.

Scott McCloy
Visual Performance Judge

Scott McCloy is currently an Assistant Principal at South Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA.  Prior to that appointment, he served as the Director of Bands, Orchestra, and Fine Arts Department Chair at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia, where he served for twelve years beginning with the school’s founding in 2009.  Under his direction, the ensembles received numerous accolades including the Exemplary Performance Award by the Georgia Music Educators Association, being a four-time regional class 4A champion at Bands of America competitions, consistent Superior ratings at large group performance evaluations by all ensembles, and by-invitation performances in Washington DC, New York, the Bahamas, London, England, and Rome, Italy.  A veteran of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Band, Mr. McCloy earned his Undergraduate degree in Music Education from Western Carolina University and his Master’s degree from Lesley University.  Aside from school, Mr. McCloy has worked for Chase Broadcasting, Turner Broadcasting, and is the announcer for the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association.