Welcome to the Harvest Marching Band Festival!

Welcome to the
Harvest Marching Band Festival

   Judges/Categories, Finalist Policy and Scoring Sheet for the 2018 Harvest Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018
Zaepfel Stadium are:

Color Guard

Jonathan Brown

Picture of Jonathan Brown Jonathon Brown has worked with and designed for many NW programs and others around the country. He was the Director of Guards at Kamiak High School (Mukilteo, WA) for 12 years and grew the program into a premier scholastic guard in the NW. In 2005 he helped found the nationally renowned Rhapsody Performing Arts Winter Guards out of Seattle, WA where he continued to teach and design for 7 years. As an adjudicator he’s worked with the NWPA, NWAPA, UCGC, MCCGA, and various fall marching band competitions around the NW. As a performer he was a member of the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps (Seattle, WA), Northern Lights Winterguard (Portland, OR), and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (Concord, CA.)  Jonathon also served as the President of the Northwest Pageantry Association winter guard circuit from Seattle, WA for 6 years (‘08-‘14) and still diligently works to increase, improve, and support the colorguard activity all over the NW.

Jonathon lives and works in Seattle, WA at Amazon, Inc. as an Instructional Designer.

Drum Major

Anna Quenemoen

Picture of Anna Quenemoen Anna Quenemoen is a graduate student and special educator in Seattle. Over the summer, she was on the administrative and leadership education teams at the Seattle Cascades.

She has seven seasons of drum major experience and five seasons as a drum major educator. An alum of Sunset High School and University of Portland, Anna has lived and worked in Portland before recently moving north.

General Effect Music

Steve Robertson

Picture of Steve Robertson Mr. Steven Robertson retired from 44 years of teaching this past spring.  In that time he worked with the following successful high school band programs; Grants Pass, Aloha, Sunset, Clayton Valley (Concord, CA.), Columbia River and Skyview.   He also was the director of the Concord Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps.   Mr. Robertson also worked as the band director at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR.

Steve is an active music arranger and has written works for marching bands, drum corps, jazz bands and middle school band music.  He currently plays trumpet in two local Portland jazz bands as well as a full symphonic orchestra.  He is also a member of the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony.   He has been studying trumpet seriously for the last several years under Dr. Gerald Webster’s guidance.  He is currently working as a school rep for the Music World Stores in Vancouver and Battleground, a company that carries all of the top manufacturer’s music instruments.

Mr. Robertson would like to thank the band parents for all of their help in supporting music education.  Music helps to make all of us more compassionate and well rounded citizens.  I would like to wish each competing band today the best performance possible and hope that my comments will be helpful to your group.

General Effect Visual

Tommy Williams

Picture of Tommy Williams Tommy Williams is the new Education Director for Seattle Cascades. He has been involved in the marching arts for three decades. He has worked with such groups as Spirit of Atlanta, Nite Express, Magic of Orlando, Capital Regiment, Teal Sound, Phantom Regiment, Crossmen, Boston Crusaders, and most recently, the Blue Stars.

Mr. Williams was on the design team for Music City Mystique from their inaugural 1995 season until 2002. He also was involved with WGI high school percussion groups in Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Florida.
While living in Texas, Tommy was on the Visual Team for BOA programs including Cedar Park High School, Cedar Ridge High School, Winston Churchill High School, and Claudia Taylor Johnson High School.

Tommy is excited to work with the Cascades as the Education Director, a visual consultant, and a mentor for this up and coming staff. He now resides in Wenatchee, WA in semi retirement bliss and loves being a new northwest resident.

Music Ensemble

Sam Ormson

Picture of Sam Ormson Sam Ormson is currently in his 16th year of teaching his twelfth year at Mountain View HS.

His groups have performed at the Midwest Clinic, the National Concert Band Festival, the Western International Band Clinic, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Washington Music Educators Conference, and the NAfME All-Northwest Division Conference. His groups have performed and collaborated with many artists including; the Count Basie Orchestra, Wayne Bergeron, Jeff Coffin, Bob Reynolds, Peter Boonshaft, Patrick Sheridan, Gary Green, Carlos Kalmar, Tim Lautzenheiser and others.

A two-time Grammy Signature school award winner and the 2015 OnPoint Community Credit Union teacher of the year, Sam maintains an active schedule as educator, conductor, and clinician.

Sam received his Bachelor degree from Central Washington University in 2000, his Masters in Conducting from the American Band College in 2005, his National Board Certification in Music in 2007 and his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Music Education at Boston University in 2015.

Music Individual

Jeff Ray

Picture of Jeff Ray Jeff Ray is in his 31st 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. Groups 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, as well as lead trumpet for several big bands in the Seattle area.


Alan Keown

Picture of Alan Keown Alan Keown is a noted percussionist and teacher in the Pacific Northwest. As a performer he has worked with the Smothers Brothers, Suzanne Sommers, Sharri Lewis, the Britt Festival orchestra and numerous symphony orchestras including the renowned Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. As a drum set artist he has performed in concerts and nightclubs throughout the Northwest, as well as recording studio dates for albums, jingles, and video projects.
He is a frequent consultant to high school and college band programs, and has been involved with Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games as well as the competitive tour sponsored by Drum Corps International.
Alan is a clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian, Malletech drumsticks, and Remo as well as the marching percussion specialist for various Oregon High Schools. He is also the founder of the Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camp, currently held in Oregon. Mr. Keown publishes marching band music with Matrix Publishing Company and concert percussion literature with Alfred Publishing. Alan is also a publisher of concert percussion music with Tapspace Publications and indoor drumline shows with Marching Show Concepts.

Visual Performance Ensemble

Mitch DeGrace

Picture of Mitch DeGrace Mr. DeGrace has taught and performed in the marching arts since 1985. He performed four years as a brass player with the marching band at Tahoma Senior High School from Maple Valley, one year with the Imperials Youth Band, from Renton, and four years with the Marauders Drum and Bugle Corps from Longview.

After aging out of drum corps in the summer of 1992, Mitch joined the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps as a visual instructor where he was on staff until 1998. His final year with the Cascades he held the position of Tour Director where he was responsible for planning and executing all aspects of a full drum corps tour.

Mitch has been working with the Cascade High School Band since the fall of 1993. In this time, he has been a visual instructor, visual designer, music arranger, program coordinator and assistant director. He has also written drill and consulted for Eisenhower and AC Davis High Schools from Yakima, Washington, Shelton High School and Tahoma High School. In addition, he has also worked as an adaptation specialist for Marching Show Concepts of Sarasota, Florida.

Mr. DeGrace is the director of choir and band at Meridian High School just north of Bellingham where his program has grown a great deal in the last 5 years and his music department currently serves 30% of the high school population.

Mr. DeGrace is very pleased to rejoin the judges community at the 2015 Harvest Band Festival!

Visual Performance Individual

Michael Tran

Picture of Michael Tran Michael Tran is currently the music teacher at Inglewood Middle School in Sammamish, Washington. He is also the Director or Seattle Cascades Drum Corps.

Michael has spent the last several years instructing and coordinating numerous high school marching ensembles within the state including, Mercer Island, Kamiak, Newport, Cedarcrest, Chiawana, West Valley (Yakima), Sultan, Naches Valley, and Eisenhower. Additionally, he spent three years writing and teaching for the Central Washington University "Wildcat" Marching Band in Ellensburg, WA.

His marching experience began back in sixth grade in parade band. After four years at Sultan High School, Michael participated in the drum corps activity as a lead trumpet player at Seattle Cascades Drum Corps and The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. He served his final year as the Drum Major for the Seattle Cascades.

Michael graduated from Central Washington University with his degree in music education and psychology. During his enrollment, he performed and participated in a varying array of ensembles. He was extremely involved in the music program serving as the NAfME Collegiate Senator, a position he held for three years. He now lives in Redmond where he teaches the best students in the world!

Finalist Policy

Twelve bands from Preliminary Competition will be selected to participate in Finals Competition in the following manner:
  1. The 12 bands with the highest scores regardless of division will be selected to be in finals. Bands performing in the Novice and Exhibition divisions are not eligible for Finals.
  2. Bands perform in Preliminary Score order
  3. Caption Awards (Best Marching, Auxiliary, etc.) are awarded to the highest scoring band in Preliminary Competition
  4. An addiitonal set of caption awards for finals and finals trophies (12th through 1st will be awarded.

Welcome to the Harvest Marching Band Festival Saturday, October 20, 2018
Zaepfel Stadium

Preliminary/Finals Competition
Sample Score Sheet

Sample High School - 12:00 PM AAAAA Divsion
Visual Effect: 200 Possible Points and .075 Factor 140 pts.
Music Effect: 200 Possible Points and .075 Factor 150 pts.
Visual Performance - Individual: 200 Possible Points and .05 Factor 120 pts.
Visual Performance - Ensemble: 200 Possible Points and .05 Factor 140 pts.
Music - Individual: 200 Possible Points and .075 Factor 160 pts.
Music Ensemble: 200 Possible Points and .075 Factor 152 pts.
ColorGuard: 200 Possible Points and .05 Factor 120 pts.
Percusssion: 200 Possible Points and .05 Factor 130 pts.

Independent Category
Drum Major 100 Possible Points 75.5

Final Score: 70.65