The 2014 Cavalier Classic and Southeastern Virginia Regional!
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Judges' Bios:

  • KJ Stafford  (General Effect Music)

K.J. Stafford  is the band director at Hickory Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia.  His responsibilities include directing the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands, jazz band, woodwind choir and percussion ensembles. In 2009, the Hickory Middle School eighth grade band performed at the Virginia Music Educators State Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia. K.J. is also responsible for arranging and instructing the Hickory High School drumline, and was the director for the WGI Champion Hickory Concert Ensemble.

K.J. received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. While at North Texas, Mr. Stafford studied under Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford and Dr. Robert Schietroma.  Mr. Stafford was a member of the 2002 PASIC Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drumline.  He has also received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  

Mr. Stafford is in demand as an arranger, adjudicator, clinician and instructor with groups throughout the United States.  He has previously served on the staff of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.  He is currently on the percussion staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard, from Santa Clara, California.  Mr. Stafford’s professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, MENC and VMEA. K.J. endorses Innovative Percussion, Remo Drumheads, as well as Pearl Drum and Adams Percussion.


  • Taylor Criswell  (Ensemble Music)

Second Lieutenant Taylor Criswell currently serves as the Executive Officer with the US Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He previously served as a noncommissioned officer and euphonium player with the Army Materiel Command Band in Huntsville, Alabama, where he toured to Kuwait and UAE, and the Training and Doctrine Command Band in Newport News, Virginia.  2LT Criswell has received acclaim locally for his designs for the Training and Doctrine Command Band’s performances at the Virginia International Tattoo.  His design for the 2014 show was described by COL Thomas Palmatier, Leader and Commander of The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, as the best tattoo design he’d ever seen by a military band.  In 2013. He served as Junior Assistant Director for the Virginia International Tattoo.  Criswell also sings baritone with the Virginia Symphony Chorus.

Prior to his military service, Taylor was a high school band and orchestra director in Indiana.  Through the years Criswell has been a guest clinician and staff member for numerous high school bands and drum corps throughout the country. He served on the brass staff for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for 6 years, medaling 3 times including becoming the 2008 DCI World Champions.  He was also privileged to work with the Jackson Academy Marching Band leading up to their 2004 Bands of America Class A title at Grand Nationals.

In his short time with the Army Band he has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, and was selected as the Honor Graduate and Distinguished Leadership Awardee at the Warrior Leaders Course at Fort Benning, GA.

Criswell now lives in Virginia Beach with his lovely wife, two daughters, and 2 crazy dogs.


  • Bobby Jones  (General Effect Visual)

Bobby Jones is a highly sought-after visual designer and program consultant for many high school marching bands, winterguards, indoor percussion ensembles and drum and bugle corps throughout the United States.

He has previously served as the Visual Designer and Caption Head for the 2006 Crossmen and the 2007 Hawthorne Caballeros. He is also the Visual Designer for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps and has produced award-winning visual programs for the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

When Bobby is not designing or teaching, he works as a freelance adjudicator and adjudicates scholastic percussion programs for several indoor and outdoor circuits across the country. He lives in New York with his wife, Amy, and puppy, Myron.


  • Eric Robertshaw  (Ensemble Visual)

  • Meghan McCourt  (Color Guard)

Meghan R. McCourt has been a dancer since a very young age and began color guard as a freshman in high school. Since that first summer of marching band camp Meghan’s love for the pageantry arts has continued to grow. Meghan pursued undergraduate studies in Dance Education at George Mason University. Meghan is an alumnus of the Dominion Winter Guard and the Carolina Crown Drum Corps.

She has experience as a designer and director for various marching band and winter guard programs across the east coast. Most recently Meghan worked with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Marching Mocs, James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia and consults with other programs in Virginia regularly. She stays actively involved in dance as an adult performer with Joy of Motion Dance Studio in Washington, DC.  Meghan is currently a general effect adjudicator with Winter Guard International and many associated circuit partners throughout the US.  Meghan lives in the Washington, DC area and works as a Human Resources Director for a local company.

  • Michael Kirby  (Percussion)

Michael Kirby grew up playing snare drum and drum set, playing for both the Crossmen and Blue Knights before graduating high school. He later performed with 2002 DCA Champion Syracuse Brigadiers, winning High Percussion. A 2000 DCI snare soloist, he has instructed and arranged for independent, college and high school drumlines in the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. A member of the Percussive Arts Society and of the Vic Firth Education Team (MPS/SEP) since 2003, he has adjudicated effect and percussion for USBands, CIPA, AIA, KIDA, TECA and other fine indoor and outdoor circuits since 2008.

Mr. Kirby is a graduate cum laude of the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in Philosophy and a history minor, privileged to have delivered the commencement address for his class. He currently resides in Washington, DC where he is the Managing Editor with a multimedia news organization covering Congress.

DLB NOVA - The Making of a Weekend

DLB-NOVA goes behind the scenes to give you the views of participants and the work they put in over just two days to produce a video submission.

Grid U Spotlight: Back in the Day with Mike Kirby

An interview conducted with Grid University in 2011, ten minutes long, featuring discussions on preparation, doing a DCI solo, judging and the impact of the internet on rudimental drumming. 


  • Amanda Marquart  (Drum Majors)

Bands in Classes and Performance Order* 
(as of August 29):

Group 1

  • Green Run 
  • Bayside 
  • Tabb 
  • Salem 
  • Landstown 
  • James Monroe



Group 2

  • Bethel 
  • Ocean Lakes 
  • Frank W. Cox 
  • Pasquotank 



Group 3

  • Grassfield 
  • Oscar Smith
  • Tallwood 




  • Princess Anne      

*Performance Order based on timestamp of application, as noted on Google Docs


Official Event Discussion

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