- KJ Stafford (General Effect Music)
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.
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.
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
- 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)
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.
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
- 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
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
DrumlineBattle.com 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
- Amanda Marquart (Drum Majors)
Bands in Classes and Performance Order*
(as of August 29):
*Performance Order based on timestamp of application, as noted on Google Docs