Phil Madden resides in Portland, Oregon and is a design architect specializing in aviation, military, and educational design. Phil has been an instructor and an adjudicator for pageantry events for over forty years. In the past he has served as the Chief Judge, World Class Administrator, General Effect and Ensemble Coordinator for WGI. He was the adjunct Chief Judge with Bands of America and also served for five years as the Visual Judging Coordinator for Drum Corps International. He is involved in teaching, planning and writing programs for college and high school marching bands, drum and bugle corps and winter guards.
Phil’s pageantry resume includes initiating the winter guard program for James Logan High School as well as many winter programs that include the Seattle Cascades, Seattle Buddhist Scouts and the East Allegheny Visual Ensemble. He has also served as the Visual Coordinator for the Capital Regiment, San Jose Raiders, Valley Fever and Seattle Cascades drum corps.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Architecture with a minor in Studio Arts and History from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
Jason Harvey is currently the Director of Bands for Pasadena Memorial High School in Pasadena, TX. Jason’s responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony, assisting with the other wind bands, and coordinating and administering the curriculum for the marching and concert band programs. Jason is a visual judge for Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion Division. In addition to his adjudication role with WGI, Jason has judged nationally for many regional circuits including, MAPS, SCGC, SAPA, GCGPC, CWEA, IPA, MIA, FFCC, TCGC, NTCA, MEPA, OPIA, SCPA, NCPA, and RMPA. Jason is the percussion judge administrator for the Texas Colorguard Circuit (TCGC) as well as the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) a role he has held for the past nine ten years. Jason’s involvement in the marching activity spans more than 20 years. Jason performed with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (1990-1992), and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (1993-1996) where he was a member of the 1995 DCI World Championship corps. Upon aging out of the Cavaliers, Jason taught on the visual staff of the Cavaliers. Jason’s education includes completing a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and post graduate work at the University of South Carolina as a graduate assistant. He holds memberships with the Texas Bandmasters Association and Texas Music Educators Association.
Bryan Crisp is Principal Trumpet with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony & Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra as well as with New York touring Broadway Across America Series’.
Mr. Crisp is Founder and Artistic Director of Tri-State Ensembles and is an active adjudicator for marching and concert band competitions throughout the country. In addition to Bands of America, Bryan is an active adjudicator with Drum Corp International (DCI), the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild competitions. Bryan works regularly with award winning band programs across the country as a Music Consultant, Music Editor and Brass Instructor/Clinician.
Bryan holds two undergraduate degrees from Tennessee Technological University in Music Education and Music Performance and a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Music Performance. Bryan currently lives in Independence, Ky with his wife Sarah and daughters Sadie & Georgia.
Mr. Crisp is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician.
William Pitts (b. 1986) is a composer, conductor, and arranger from Atlanta. Growing up in Carrollton, Georgia, Pitts graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where he studied saxophone, conducting, and composition. He has completed graduate study in Music at North Georgia University and the University of Michigan.
Pitts most recently served as the Brass Arranger for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois. As a member of the corps, Pitts served as a Conductor for three years (2005, 2007-2008). He was a finalist for DCI’s Jim Jones Leadership Award all three years. In 2008, the Regiment took first place honors as World Champions at the Drum Corps International Finals. Will was also honored as Regiment’s 2008 Mark Glasscoe Member of the Year. In addition to his role as arranger, he has also served on Regiment’s management staff, and as the Brass Arranger and Composer for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Pitts is active as a music designer, adjudicator, and instructor for high school band programs throughout the country. He has also served as a production consultant and talent for Tom Blair, Inc., Drum Corps International, and MTV. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony Foundation.
As a music educator, Pitts has served on the faculties of Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, and Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently serves on the faculty of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, specializing in instrumental music, conducting, and music theory.
Clif Walker is an arranger, clinician and composer with original works performed at PASIC, TMEA and The Midwest Band Orchestra Clinic, He is the front ensemble arranger with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL, and adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri where he teaches in the percussion studio and is the director of the Marching Mizzou Drumline.
Clif is a faculty member for the Music For All Summer Symposium and is a member of the BOA and WGI Adjudication Roster. He served as the director of percussion, design team member and arranger for BOA Grand National Finalist Blue Springs High School (2011-2015), and director of percussion at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida (2001-2008), who performed at the Percussive Arts Society International as the high school International Percussion Ensemble Competition winners in 2005. He’s in his fourth year as Program Coordinator of BOA Grand National Finalist Fishers High School.
Clif holds an MME from the University of Central Florida and is published with Musicon Publications, Tapspace and is proud to endorse Yamaha Musical Instruments, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets.
William “Billy” Saccomanno
Billy Saccomanno has been a marching band and winter guard adjudicator for over 25 years, and resides in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He served as the Chief Judge for the Mid Continent Color Guard Association from 2011-2022 and as a Movement Adjudicator for Winter Guard International. Additionally, he has been serving as a guest judge for local marching band and winter guard circuits in 32 different states across the United States.
Billy’s passion for the marching arts has been evidenced by 25 years of teaching marching band and winter guard including Black Watch, Apex and Bpex, Innuendo, CoMotion and Extraordinaire Winter Guards as well as several high schools in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Kansas and Missouri areas. His drum corps teaching resume includes the Phantom Regiment, Crossmen, Jersey Surf, Teal Sound, Reading Buccaneers, and Hawthorne Caballeros. Billy’s profound love for animals, and in particular Pit Bull dogs, has led him to become a long term volunteer in the dog rescue world. Serving as an Animal Rescue Volunteer for The Humane Society of the United States, Billy has participated in several deployments including 2 years assisting with the 2nd largest dog fighting bust in United States history. This particular case allowed for the seizure and rescue of 367 dogs from a multi-state dog fighting ring in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.