Under the guidance of Winthrop University Emeritus Professor of Music/Director of Bands, Dr. William Malambri, nationally known adjudicators listen, evaluate and comment on your group's performance. Below you will find more information about our 2016 instrumental and choral adjudicators and their adjudication dates.
Bandmaster – Dr. William Malambri Dr. Malambri is a native of Fairmont, North Carolina. He earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.) and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.) where he was a student of Dr. William J. Moody. Additional conducting study was with Frederick Fennell. He is Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Winthrop University, the institution where he taught from 1978 through 2011. While at Winthrop, Dr. Malambri conducted the Wind Orchestra, taught applied conducting on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and administered the annual Invitational Band Clinic. Currently, he serves as the Principal Conductor of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra.
Conducting, clinician, adjudication, and consultation assignments have taken Dr. Malambri to 22 states, the District of Columbia, and the nations of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Republic of Korea, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and frequent trips to Norway since 1988. Included in these appearances are performances with the United States Army Band, the United States Army Field Band, the United States Air Force Band, the United States Navy Band, the United States Continental Army Band, service as the principal guest conductor for the International Music Camp in 1999, three concerts at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference by the Winthrop Symphonic Band and the Wind Orchestra, two concerts by the Winthrop/Carolinas Wind Orchestra at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference, four concerts during September, 1999 with the Bergen District (Norway) Army band, a concert with the Russian Admiralty Navy Band at the Shostakovich Great Hall (Saint Petersburg) in March, 2004, performances by the Wind Orchestra at the 2005 and 2010 annual conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, and at the 2007 Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference/South Carolina Music Educators Conference. Additional appearances include clinic/conducting sessions at the North Carolina All-State Band, the North Dakota All-State Band, the South Dakota All-State Band, the North Region (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) Honor Band, the Augustana College (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Armstrong-Atlantic University (Georgia) Honor Band, the University of Akron (Ohio) Honor Band, the Tennessee Technological University Honor Band, the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) International Music Camp, and region/district honor bands throughout the southern region of the United States. Dr. Malambri also served as the sole American judge for the Italian National Marching Show Band competition in Como, Italy during July, 2006, and for the same event in Busto Arsizio, Italy in 2007. He has regularly provided the same service to the Malgrat de Mar (Spain) International Music Festival since 2005. During June, 2007, he conducted concerts by municipal bands in Amares, Portugal, and Padova, Italy, conducted concerts by the Wind Orchestra in Malgrat de Mar and Narvacles, Spain during October, 2007, and served as a judge for the Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia World Marching Band Competition during December of that year. Dr. Malambri adjudicated the Singapore Music Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2009. During July, 2009, he served the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands as a judge of Fanfare and Concert Bands, and in July, 2012 was a judge for the Rastede, Germany Music Festival. During the next 12 months he is scheduled to judge in Florida and North Carolina.
Professional affiliations include membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. The National Band Association has twice awarded him their Citation of Excellence. Dr. Malambri is a rehearsal clinician for Conn-Selmer, Incorporated, and available for guest conducting/clinician appearances through grants from that company.
Allen E. Beck Commander, United States Navy Band (Retired) Commander Allen E. Beck was the seventh leader of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. A Defiance, Ohio native, he earned a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music where he performed under the batons of Dr. Frederick Fennell and Dr. Howard Hanson, and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He was a conducting student of Frederick Fennell, Robert Gerle, and Donald Thulean. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and continued graduate studies at Catholic University and the University of Maryland. Commander Beck began his naval career as a clarinetist with the U. S. Navy Band. He has served as woodwind instructor at the Navy School of Music, leader of the Pacific Fleet Naval Air Forces Band, and with the Music Branch of the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Following his appointment to Warrant Officer in 1966, Commander Beck directed the Navy band in Corpus Christi, Texas, and returned to the School of Music as Training Officer. After commissioning as Ensign, he served as the U. S. Navy Band’s Assistant Director and as branch manager of the Bureau of Naval Personnel’s Music Branch with responsibility for the entire Navy Music Program’s management. He became Leader of the Naval Academy Band in 1979, and in 1983 was the first Navy Bandmaster to earn promotion to the rank of Commander through the Navy’s selection board process. He was selected Leader of the U. S. Navy Band in 1984. He has marched in the Inaugural Parades of Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush, and performed for the Inaugural Balls of Presidents Reagan and Bush. He has performed for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and for the Heads of State of India, Israel, Pakistan, Japan, Turkey and the former Soviet Union. He brought music to 49 of the 50 states, in Canada, South America, the Philippine Islands, Guam, China and Italy, and at such sites as the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Maryland’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and at the Rose Bowl. He opened the National Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, and the opening ceremonies of the 1989 Inaugural festivities at the Lincoln Memorial, and has conducted for such celebrities as Shirley Jones, Wayne Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Bob Hope. Commander Beck is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity. Defiance College honored him with a Doctor of Music degree in 1988. Recent positions include Director of Bands at Defiance College, Associate Conductor/Music Director of the Lima, Ohio Symphony Orchestra and clarinet instructor at Ohio Northern University. He is Past President of the Association of Concert Bands, and recently the Executive Director of the Festivals at Sea Program for Straight A Tours and Travel. He resides in Melbourne, Florida with his wife Gail and continues to serve as adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States.
Larry Clark is Vice President for Carl Fischer Music in New York. At Carl Fischer he serves as Editor-in-Chief and coordinates all of Carl Fischer’s publishing in all genres of music. However, his main focus is on selecting, editing and producing concert band and string orchestra music for the company. He travels the world representing Carl Fischer Music doing clinic/workshops and guest conducting appearances. Prior to this appointment he served as an Instrumental Music Editor for Warner Bros. Publications in Miami. His diverse background as a former middle school and university band director at Syracuse University combined with his composing and editing, have placed Larry at the forefront of music for school ensembles. His music is some of the most popular and most performed by concert bands and string orchestras of all ability levels. Larry is equally adept at writing music for beginners as he is for high school and college ensembles. His music is characterized by rhythmic verve, tuneful melodies, contains a fresh harmonic perspective, is well scored and stretches the musicianship of the performers. He prides himself on producing music that is not only intriguing to performers and audiences alike but that contains a playability that comes from a keen understanding of the technical difficulties inherent in all instruments. His pieces have been performed internationally and appear on numerous contest/festival performance required music lists. He is an ASCAP award-winning composer, has over 300 publications in print and is in demand to write commissions for bands and orchestras across the country.
Christopher H. Cole is the grandson of the late D.C. Cole, a bandmaster and musical pioneer from Rutherford County, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He attended Western Carolina University, earning a B.S. Degree in Music Education and an M.M.E. Degree. He began his teaching career in Kings Mountain, NC in 1976, completing a distinguished career and retiring in 2005. Mr. Cole has served as the Vice Chairman of the South Central District Bandmasters Association and recieved their "Award of Excellence" in 1992. He was the 2005 North Carolina recipient of the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence." Mr. Cole was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame in November 2011. His professional affiliations include membership in the NCMEA, MENC, ASBDA, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and the International Trumpet Guild. He plays trumpet in the Carolinas Wind Orchestra and performs with Continental Divide, a Charlotte based rhythm and blues band. He has served as conductor/guest clinician for numerous All County and All District bands and has served as adjudicator in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Arizona. He is active as a guest adjudicator at Carowinds Festival of Music. He presently teaches at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia, NC. Over the years, Mr. Cole's personal musical performances have taken him to France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Belgium, Austria, Holland, Australia, Ireland and Spain.
James Curnow American composer James Curnow received a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University, recently honored with the School of Music Arts Achievement Award and a Master of Music from Michigan State University. He has taught all areas and levels of instrumental music and has received numerous awards for teaching and composition: the Outstanding Educator of America, the Citation of Excellence from the National Bandmasters Association, the North American Brass Band Presidents Award, the Volkwein Composition Award (two times), the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award (two times), the International Competition for Original Compositions for Band and the Coup de Vents Composition Competition of Le Havre, France. He was named Composer of the Year by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association. He has received annual ASCAP standard awards since 1979. Curnow has been commissioned to write over four hundred works for concert band, brass band, orchestra, choir and various vocal and instrumental ensembles. His published works now number well over eight hundred. As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim. Curnow currently resides in Lexington, North Carolina with his wife Margaret and is a full time composer of commissions world-wide and publishes with Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation/Curnow Music Press, Inc. He also serves as Composer-in-Residence Emeritus for Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky and is editor of all music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta, Georgia. Curnow was most recently honored with a listing in the Grove Dictionary of American Musicians (Online).
Col. (ret) Gary F. Lamb is a native of Hardin, Montana, Colonel Lamb is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1971 and a Master of Music degree in performance in 1976. In 1991, Colonel Lamb earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. During his military career, he had many assignments culminating in April, 2000 when he became the seventh commander of the Army's premier musical organization, The United States Army band (PERSHING's OWN). In that capacity, Colonel Lamb performed at numerous international, national and state events including the Brisbane (Australia) International Festival and Tattoo; deployed troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan; the American Bandmasters Association convention; and has conducted the Queensland Pops Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Colonel Lamb has led "Pershing's Own" for both inaugural parades of President George W. Bush and for the State Funeral of President Reagan. In March 2001, Colonel Lamb was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 2005, he received awards from the Music Educators Association, New York City, for The Army Band's New York City Schools Young Artist Series, the Lowell Mason Fellow award from the National MENC, and the Alumni Achievement Award in Music from the University of Nebraska. Colonel Lamb retired as Conductor Emeritus of The U.S. Army Band on September 1, 2005 with over 30 years of military service to our nation.
Stanley F. Michalski, Jr. Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, forged a distinguished career spanning fifty-five years as a conductor, educator, performer and clinician-adjudicator and active member of national and international music associations. Currently, Dr. Michalski is serving as Coordinator of Instrumental music for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Music at Winthrop University where he serves as Associate Conductor of the Carolina Wind Orchestra. Michalski received his B.S. Degree, cum laude, in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1956. In 1958, he was awarded a Master of Education Degree and in 1966 earned the Doctor of Education Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He was selected as the first candidate for the Band Conductor Assistantship Program under the mentorship of Dr. James W. Dunlop. Prior to his professorship at Clarion University, Dr. Michalski served as Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Harrisburg, PA from 1956 to 1958, and from 1959 to 1961, held a similar position in Mifflintown, PA. He is the author of numerous published articles on music education, bands, and low brass and was the founder and conductor of the Clarion University Summer Band and Jazz Workshops and Band Front Clinics. He was the first recipient of the Clarion University Student-Alumni Golden Eagle Award for his contributions in furthering the reputation and best image of Clarion University.
Gary Sousa Dr. Gary Sousa is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As Director of Bands, Professor Sousa conducts the University of Tennessee Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate courses in conducting and repertoire, directs the Master’s program in Wind Conducting, and oversees the entire band program, consisting of concert bands, athletic bands, and The Pride of the Southland marching Band. Prior to accepting this appointment, Dr. Sousa was Director of Bands at Sam Houston State University from 1988 until 1997, and Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University from 1982 until 1986. Under Sousa's leadership, ensembles have received critical acclaim from both composers and conductors alike. His bands' performances at the 1991 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the 1994 College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Conference, the 1995 College Band Directors National Association 28th National conference, and the 2000 College Band Directors National Association Southern Conference, as well as four compact disc recordings on the Mark and Vestige labels, have drawn praise for excellence in performance, interpretation, and creative programming. In particular, his work has been heralded by Pulitzer Prize composers Karel Husa and Michael Colgrass, and renowned composers Donald Grantham, Dana Wilson, Dan Welcher, Ron Nelson, and Cindy McTee for outstanding preparation, performance, and interpretation of their music. Dr. Sousa maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Canada. He is listed in multiple editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and holds memberships in many organizations including The American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Jim Swearingen James Swearingen's talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Swearingen is currently Professor of Music, Department Chair of Music Education and one of several resident composers at Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as a staff arranger for the famed Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio. His first teaching assignment took him to the community of Sunbury, Ohio. He then spent fourteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at Grove City High School where his marching, concert and jazz bands all received acclaim for their high standards of performing excellence. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Swearingen manages to be very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China.
Choirmaster-Dr. Robert Holquist Dr. Robert Holquist grew up in Rhinelander, WI, and was active as a trombonist in the high school band, jazz band, and orchestra. His interest in choral singing developed while he sang in his church choir during high school. When he entered Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point, he decided to pursue vocal music education. Following graduation, Holquist served as choral director at Merrill (WI) Senior High School for three years, where enrollment in choral music grew from 99 singers to 225. Following the completion of a Master of Science in Teaching Music degree in 1971, (UW-Madison, and UW-Eau Claire), he was appointed Assistant Professor of Choral and Vocal Music at Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD). During his tenure there, Holquist attended summer sessions (and a full academic year) at the University of Iowa, in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting degree. After the doctorate was earned in December, 1978, he was hired at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where he served as Director of Choral Activities from August, 1979 until his retirement in May, 2011. Holquist also was the chair of the voice division from 1980 until 2007, when he entered a four-year period of “phased retirement."
R. Duane Best Duane Best served as the choral director at J.E. Holmes Middle School and J.M. Morehead High School in Eden, NC for 38 years. From 1963-67, Best was the North Carolina All-State Chorus chairman, and chaired the choral division of the North Carolina Music Educators Association for two years. As a co-chair with Dr. Clinton Parker, Best developed and founded the NC High School Honors Chorus in 1977 and was the ensemble’s first coordinator. He has adjudicated in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and has also conducted the Rockingham Community College vocal ensemble. Best was named the 1970 North Carolina Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator in Eden, NC. The John Motley Morehead High School auditorium was designated the R. Duane Best Auditorium in 1994 and the R. Duane Best scholarship was established. The Eden City Council declared November 19, 2011 “The R. Duane Best Auditorium Day!”, and the Eden Chamber of Commerce selected Duane and Gloria Best as the 2011 Citizens of the Year. In 2014, Best received the prestigious award of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North Carolina. He was also inducted into the High School Choral Section Hall of Fame by the NCMEA the same year.
Terri L. Setzer Terri Setzer is currently in her 19th year as the choral director at Providence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the director of five choral ensembles, comprised of more than 350 students. In addition, Terri teaches beginning piano, and has served as the vocal director for the spring musicals at Providence High School for 16 years. She is a member of the NCMEA Choral Board, the current Chairman of the North Carolina Music Selection committee, and is the site chairperson for the Western North Carolina High School Choral Festival. Under her direction, Mrs. Setzer’s ensembles have received consistent ratings of Superior on both the state and national levels for the past 18 years. The ensembles have participated in sixteen National Competitions and have been the recipients of several first place and Grand Champion awards each year. Mrs. Setzer is an active adjudicator for middle and high school choral festivals on the state, regional, and national levels. She has also directed several All-County clinics throughout North and South Carolina. Terri is married to Marc Setzer and has two sons, Justin and Brendon.
Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music and music education. In addition, he is conductor of the Princeton Girlchoir’s Cantores (High School) ensemble and the Director of Music for Children and Youth at Princeton United Methodist Church. Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award. Before joining the faculty of Westminster Choir College, Mr. Shelton served as Associate Director of Music for Children and Youth at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., and as conductor of the Chorale for the Greensboro Youth Chorus. Mr. Shelton is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, currently serving as the National President-Elect Delegate. Past ACDA leadership positions have included Southern Division President (2011-2012), National R&S Chair for Middle School/Junior High Choirs (2007-2009) and North Carolina President (2005-2007). Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs for elementary, middle school and high school students in 17 states and abroad, including the ACDA Central Division Junior High Honor Choir as well as All State Choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina. His compositions have been published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, GIA Publications, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music. He serves as the editor of the “Music for Young Voices" Choral Series with GIA Publications.
Phil Suggs is in his 30th year of teaching and 20th at York Comprehensive High School in York, SC. He has taught middle school chorus in York as well as elementary, middle, and high school music/chorus in Williamsburg County, SC. York singers are selected each year for SCACDA Honor Choirs and SC All-State Chorus. The Concert Choir has earned 1st place in the Lander University Choral Festival (Greenwood, SC) for three consecutive years. York choirs have earned “Superior” rating at many events including the SC state choral festival in which the choirs earned 2nd and 3rd place in sight reading in 2013. Phil is Chancel Choir director at First Presbyterian Church in York, mentors Winthrop University interns annually, and teaches in the ST-ARTS summer program at Winthrop, In October 2013, he conducted the Lancaster All-County Chorus. In July 2014, he directed the high school choir at the Lutheridge Music Week in Arden, NC.