P. O. Box 410289
Charlotte, NC 28241
(704) 588-2600





Under the guidance of Winthrop University Director of Bands, William Malambri, nationally known adjudicators listen, evaluate and comment on your group's performance. Below you will find more information about our 2014 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.


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.


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.


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.


James Curnow- was born in Port Huron, Michigan and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky where he is president, composer, and educational consultant for Hal Leonard Publications/Curnow Music Press, Inc., publishers of significant music for concert band and brass band. He also serves as Composer-in-residence Emeritus on the faculty of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is editor of all music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta, Georgia. His formal training was received at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) and at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan), where he was a euphonium student of Leonard Falcone, and a conducting student of Dr. Harry Begian. His studies in composition and arranging were with F. Maxwell Wood, James Gibb, Jere Hutchinson and Irwin Fischer. James Curnow has taught in all areas of instrumental music, both in the public schools (five years), and on the college and university level (thirty years). He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). 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 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. Curnow was most recently honored with a listing in the Grove Dictionary of American Musicians.


David Shaffer- Mr. Shaffer has taught in the Hamilton, Ohio; Northridge, Ohio; and Wyoming, Ohio schools.  Mr. Shaffer has been associated with the Miami University Marching Band for 30 years as Graduate Assistant Director (1978-80), Assistant Director (1980-97) and has been the Director for the past 11 years. Under his direction, the Miami Band has performed twice at the University of Michigan, West Virginia University and the University of Cincinnati.  In 2000 and 2005, the Miami Band performed a combined half-time show with the Ohio State University Marching Band.  The Miami Band has performed for seven regional Bands of America Contests and is currently hosting one of these yearly events at Miami University.  In 2003 the Miami Band performed as the “Santa Band” in the 77th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In addition to his involvement with the Miami University Marching Band, Mr. Shaffer has over 250 compositions and arrangements in print. His compositions have been used at clinics and music festivals around the world and have been placed on contest required-performance lists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.  Mr. Shaffer has been the recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award in Music Composition for 18 years.  


Allen Beck- Cmdr. Allen E. Beck is the seventh leader of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. A Defiance, Ohio native, Cmdr. Beck earned a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester (N.Y.). While there he performed under the batons of Dr. Frederick Fennell and dr. Howard Hanson, and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He received his bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Cmdr. Beck began his naval career as a clarinetist with the United States Navy Band. As an enlisted man, he 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.


Dr. Lorrie Crochet- Dr. Crochet is currently director of bands and associate professor of music at Winthrop University. Dr. Crochet is the conductor of the Wind Symphony. Other responsibilities include chair of music education and instructor for instrumental music education courses. Dr. Crochet earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and her master’s degree in wind conducting and doctorate in music education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where she studied with Gary Green and Nicholas DeCarbo.  Bands under Dr. Crochet’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at concert and marching festivals and competitions throughout Florida, Kansas, and Missouri. Prior to moving to south Florida, she taught instrumental music in grades 4 through 12 in the Olathe School District in Olathe, Kansas. While attaining her master’s degree at the University of Miami, Dr. Crochet served as assistant conductor of the wind ensemble, symphonic winds, and chamber winds. From 1996 to 2000, she was the director of bands at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.


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.


Michael Golemo- is Professor and Chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands at Iowa State University. In addition to his administrative duties, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, the top concert band at Iowa State. A native of Chicago, he received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. He completed his doctorate in wind conducting at Michigan State University under Kenneth Bloomquist and John Whitwell. Dr. Golemo previously served as Assistant Director of Bands at The University of Akron (OH), and prior to that as Director of Bands at Albion College (MI).

 Dr. Golemo is an active guest conductor and adjudicator, the director of the Ames Municipal Band, and an annual guest conductor of the Mount Prospect (IL) Community Band. He holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honorary, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters, and is an honorary member of the Cardinal Key Honor Society and both Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. In 2007, Dr. Golemo was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.


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 Masters 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.


Ed Jones- is retired from teaching public school bands having done so for thirty four years. The first five years were in N.C. and the remainder in Virginia. Mr. Jones has adjudicated all along the east coast to include Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland , and the District of Columbia He has also conducted clinics in all those states except for West Virginia. Mr. Jones served as Supervisor of Music in Prince William County Virginia for a period of six years where he coordinated the music programs for eight high schools, thirteen middle schools and 36 elementary schools. This assignment included elementary music as well as band, choral, and orchestra organizations. He is the founding director of the Prince William Community Band which has existed since 1996. This group is well respected in the northern Virginia area and around the state of Virginia. This band is composed of several retired members of the USArmy,USNavy,USMarine Corps, and USAir Force bands, as well as members of the community who remain interested in performing band music. Mr. Jones also remains as primary teacher for the Woodbridge Home School Band. He is a member of NAfME, VBODA, VEA, and Phi Mu Alpha. He was awarded distinguished music alumni at East Carolina University for the year 1993. Mr. Jones has served as adjudicator at Carowinds for twenty some years including one of the first band adjudications in the 1970's


2014 Festival of Music Instrumental Adjudicators


April 4 and 5:                   Bill Malambri            David Shaffer           Stan Michalski

April 11 and 12:               Bill Malambri            Allen Beck                Stan Michalski

April 18 and 19:               Bill Malambri            Jim Curnow              Lorrie Crochet

April 25 and 26:               Bill Malambri            Jim Curnow              Ed Jones

May 2 and 3:                    Bill Malambri            Larry Clark               Chris Cole

May 9 and 10:                  Bill Malambri            Gary Lamb               Stan Michalski

May 16 and 17:                Bill Malambri            Gary Lamb               Stan Michalski

May 23 and 24:                Bill Malambri            Jim Swearingen       Mike Golemo

May 30 and 31:                Bill Malambri            Gary Sousa              Stan Michalski




Choirmaster - Sheila Fetner- a graduate of East Carolina University, Ms. Fetner holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance with teaching certification and a Master's of Music in vocal performance. Ms. Fetner studied voice with Gladys White and Choral conducing with Brett Watson and Norman Luboff. A lecturer at UNC-Wilmington, she taught voice and conducted the UNC-W Concert Choir. After moving to Charlotte, Ms. Fetner taught choral music in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system at Smith Middle and Olympic High School where she formed the first Show Choir in the system. Active as a church musician throughout her career, Shelia is currently the Director of Music Ministries at Central Steel Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.


 William P. Carroll served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for 29 years—as Director of Choral Activities, Chair of the Vocal Studies Division, and as Associate Dean. Dr. Carroll holds a degree in piano performance from Millsaps College and graduate degrees in choral conducting and sacred music from Southern Methodist University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, he has presented for local, regional, and national gatherings for the American Choral Director’s Association, the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses Association, numerous faith-based groups including the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the National Association for Music Education, and a number of music publishers including Hinshaw Music. He served a fifteen-year tenure as conductor of the Choral Society of Greensboro during which time the ensemble took five international tours. Active as a church musician, Dr. Carroll currently serves as Choirmaster/Organist for Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Greensboro. In 2001 Dr. Carroll received the Lara Hoggard Award for distinguished service to the choral art in the state of North Carolina.


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 will director the high school choir at the Lutheridge Music Week in Arden, NC.


2014 Festival of Music Choral Adjudicators


April 4:            Linda Franzese       Terri Setzer              Julia Lathan

April 5:            Sheila Fetner           Julia Lathan              Phil Suggs

April 11:          Marc Setzer             Linda Franzese        Duane Best

April 12:          Sheila Fetner           Marc Setzer              Duane Best

April 18:          Bob Holquist           Terri Setzer               Julia Lathan

April 19:          Sheila Fetner          Bob Holquist            Terri Setzer

April 25:          Sheila Fetner          Bill Carroll                Terri Setzer

Show Choir    Linda Franzese       Duane Best              David Greenlee

April 26:          Bob Holquist          Bill Carroll                Phil Suggs

Show Choir    Linda Franzese       Duane Best              David Greenlee

May 2:             Marc Setzer             Duane Best             Linda Franzese

May 3:             Bob Holquist            Duane Best             Phil Suggs

May 9:             Tom Shelton            Bill Carroll                Don Rogers

May 10:           Sheila Fetner           Tom Shelton            Bill Carroll

May 16:           Bob Holquist            Marc Setzer             Kathy Kinsey

May 17:           Sheila Fetner           Bob Holquist            Phil Suggs

May 23:           Tom Shelton            Bill Carroll                Don Rogers

May 24:           Tom Shelton            Bill Carroll                Kathy Kinsey

May 30:           Kathy Kinsey           Linda Franzese        Julia Lathan

May 31:           Linda Franzese        Duane Best             Julia Lathan