|Kristine Carlton currently lives in Seattle but is originally from California where she marched with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and Winter Guard as well as the San Jose Raiders Winter Guard. She holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and works with Full Circle Winter Guard in Seattle.|
|Drum Major||Melody Fisher|
|Melody Fisher served as a Drum Major for A.C. Davis High School for three years. She also attended the nationally recognized Smith-Walbridge Drum Major clinic in Illinois where she earned her First Class in the Corps style. Additionally she was principal clarinet or principal bassoon in the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra for four years, participated in All-State and WIBC Honor Bands and State Solo Contest. She is currently an Instrumental Music Education major at Whitworth College.|
|Music Effect||Jeff Ray|
|Jeff Ray is in his 18th year of public education, and is currently the director of the 350 member Olympic View Middle School Band from Mukilteo, WA. This group was won events all over the Pacific Northwest and California. They were also the first middle school in the United States to perform at a division one NCAA Bowl game, performing with Destiny's Child.
Prior to entering education Mr. Ray spent 25 years in drum and bugle corps as a member, instructor, and as a director. Mr. Ray has been affiliated with include the Percussionaut Patriots, Renaissance, Freelancers, Imperials, Marauders, Argonauts, Spartans, and Cascades Corps.
Mr. Ray also keeps a very busy performance schedule as a lead trumpet player. He has backed artists from the Brecker Brothers to George Burns, played for cruise lines, and currently plays for various Latin and Rock groups in the Seattle area.
|Music Effect Individual||David Turnbull|
|Dr. David Turnbull is an Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music and Theatre Arts at Washington State University. He is the Principal Trumpet of the Washington Idaho Symphony and plays trumpet with the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet, Cameradschaft, En Chamade and Jazz Northwest. He is currently writing an interdisciplinary textbook and an integrated method book for studio trumpet. He has composed and arranged dozens of works for trumpet ensemble and is active as an adjudicator and clinician.|
|Music Performance Ensemble||John Owen|
|John P. Owen was born in Yakima, Washington, and was raised in Naches, Washington. He was a member of the United States Army Band and stationed in the United States and Europe from 1964 to 1968. Mr. Owen is currently an active performer and teacher. He conducts the Columbia Basin College Symphony Orchestra, Harmonie Columbia, a wind chamber ensemble, and is active as a chamber musician playing horn with the Columbia Brass Quintet, and the Mid-Columbia Symphony Orchestra.
He is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oregon specializing in conducting and music education. His 30-year teaching experience includes K-6 general music, 6-12 band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, marching band, and music theory. In addition, Mr. Owen has four years of college teaching experience, and is very active in research.
|Nathan has been active in the world of percussion for over 20 years playing in many genres including jazz, major symphonic works, rock and worship covers, and marching percussion. Nathan appears on a number of CDs and has accompanied jazz greats like Bob Mintzer, Benny Green, Nicholas Peyton and Carroll Dashiell. In high school Nathan was the Principal Percussionist for the Charlotte Youth Symphony and winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. As a member of the East Carolina University Marching Pirates Drumline Nathan performed for tens-of-thousands of fans weekly, plus numerous appearances for Sunday and Monday night NFL halftimes.
Nathan has instructed high school marching bands in North Carolina and Washington State within the percussion and marching captions. A highlight was guiding East Lincoln High School (NC) to the 2000 Fiesta Bowl National Marching Band Championships. The band placed 4th overall out of 32 bands and earned the Audience Choice Award, while being the smallest ensemble in competition.
A native of the East Coast, Nathan currently resides in Snoqualmie, WA with his wife Alicea and 18 month old daughter Kaitlyn. When not changing diapers or fixing computer networks, you can find Nathan playing drums for the modern worship band at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue.
|Visual Effect||Rick Bassham|
|Rick Bassham attended the University of Washington. Over the past twenty years, he has been a marching instructor for several marching bands, drum corps and color guards in Washington State as well as groups in British Columbia and Hawaii. Mr. Bassham has judged throughout the Northwest as a member of the Northwest Pageantry Judges Association. He has also been a clinician and judge for the Oregon Dance and Drill Association and for Winter Guard International. Mr. Bassham currently resides in Sumner, Washington where he operates a small business.|
|Visual Performance Ensemble||Eric Smedsrud|
|Eric Smedsrud is in his seventh year teaching high school band and in his second year at Mountain View High School in Vancouver WA. Prior to his employment in the Evergreen School District, Mr. Smedsrud taught five years in the Richland School District at Hanford High School. Mr. Smedsrud received his undergraduate degree in 1998 from the University of Idaho, and his Masters degree in trumpet performance from Washington State University in 2000.
In addition to his work in the public schools, Mr. Smedsrud is an active musician, private instructor, clinician and adjudicator. Mr. Smedsrud has performed with many ensembles including, the Spokane Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Walla-Walla Symphony, Clarion Brass Ensemble, Southwest Washington Wind Symphony, Lionel Hampton Jazz Orchestra, Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra and many others.
|Visual Performance Individual||Jimmy Fursman|
|Jimmy has been performing, teaching, designing and judging for marching bands, color guards and drum corps for over 16 years. He has participated with numerous groups including the Madison Scouts, Seattle Cascades, Every-Body Winterguard and Innovation Performance Ensemble of Fukuoka Japan. After years of designing and teaching at schools throughout the Pacific Northwest he is focusing on working as an adjudicator and the continued development Rhapsody Winterguard. Currently Jimmy is the proud Director of Rhapsody, based in his hometown of Seattle.|
|Saturday, October 21, 2006|