Marching and Rudimental Committee Panel
Jeff Ausdemore serves as President and Co-Founder of Stryvemind.com, a revolutionary online music education platform that impacts students and educators around the world. This venture serves student musicians, music educators and administrators in many capacities, including a world class private lesson faculty, educational consulting, as well as the Stryve Academy. Prior, Mr. Ausdemore was the Director of Music at Grapevine-Colleyville’s iUniversity Prep. In this expanded role, Mr. Ausdemore oversaw all music curricula, including music theory, music history, music composition/arranging, as well as applied music for all primary and secondary level students. In addition, Mr. Ausdemore created the iMusic Club, a club dedicated to enriching the lives of all students enrolled at iUniversity Prep.
Prior to this post, Mr. Ausdemore served eleven years as the Director of Percussion Studies at Colleyville Heritage High School. In this role, Mr. Ausdemore served as the percussion coordinator, head of jazz studies, and co-director/composer/arranger of the Colleyville Heritage marching band.
Under Ausdemore’s direction, the Colleyville Heritage High School percussion program flourished, gaining national notoriety through chamber music, guest artist concerts of all genres, recitals, and ensemble competitions. The percussion program has enjoyed competitive success at many levels, including the 2013 and 2014 gold medal for the North Texas Color Guard Association, as well as capturing the 2008 Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion title. Other accolades include the Percussive Arts Society’s “Call for Tapes” winners, the Percussive Arts Society’s Small Ensemble Champions, the Plano Drum Line Competition marching percussion champions, as well as the Lone Star Drum Line Competition champions.
In Mr. Ausdemore’s first year at CHHS, he launched the GCISD Percussion Club, expanding the students’ musical education and enriching the lives of GCISD middle and high school percussion students throughout the district. The GCISD Percussion Club presented master classes, clinics, solo and ensemble performances by local and regional professionals throughout the north Texas area. The GCISD Percussion Club has produced a record amount of students selected for the GCISD “Select Band”, the Region 24 “All-region Band”, the Region 24 “All Region Jazz Band”, and the Texas “All-State Band”. CHHS is proud to have produced several percussion students who have earned the national title for the Percussive Arts Society’s solo champion on several different percussion instruments as well.
Mr. Ausdemore has featured this unique pedagogical model at many state music conventions throughout the United States, including the 2009 and 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Conventions.
In addition to his teaching duties at Colleyville Heritage High School, Mr. Ausdemore served as the percussion arranger and caption head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 through 2010. During Ausdemore’s tenure at the Blue Knights, the percussion program produced several individual solo championships, ensemble championships, and a strong reputation for excellence, placing in the elite “top 12” in the Drum Corps International Championships consistently.
Prior to his appointment to CHHS, Mr. Ausdemore taught at the University of Texas Arlington, as adjunct professor of percussion. In this role, Ausdemore served as the percussion arranger/assistant director of the UTA Marching Band, taught percussion pedagogy/techniques classes, assisted the UTA percussion ensemble, and maintained a full private studio as well.
Mr. Ausdemore’s performance background includes section and solo performances with several orchestras, wind ensembles, and percussion ensembles throughout the midwest and southwest United States, including the principal percussionist with the Texas Wind Symphony, and principal percussionist/assistant principal timpanist with the Las Cruces Symphony.
In 1995, Ausdemore recorded/toured with Benson Records recording artists Nouveaux, compiling three #1 singles on the CCM music charts between 1995 and 1999. While living in Nashville, Ausdemore participated in many recording sessions, both commercial and proprietary albums.
As a clinician, Mr. Ausdemore has given performances, clinics and workshops throughout the U.S. at several Percussive Arts Society’s “Days of Percussion”, including Arizona, Tennessee, New Mexico, California, Arkansas, Utah, Colorado, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Columbus, Ohio 2002, Indianapolis Indiana 2009, 2011) and the International Horn Society Convention (Beijing, China 2000). Ausdemore has served as a featured clinician at the 2009 and 2011 Texas Music Educator’s Association Conference as well.
In addition to teaching/performing, Mr. Ausdemore has composed/arranged, instructed and consulted with numerous Drum Corps International drum and bugle corps, college marching bands, and high school marching bands throughout the United States, including the Blue Knights, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Limited Edition, Northern Aurora, and Southwind.
Ausdemore has served as music director/composer for the Insignia Independent Percussion Ensemble. The Insignia Independent Percussion Ensemble participated in the Winter Guard International circuit locally and regionally, winning the 2004 NTCA gold medal in their inaugural season.
Jeff Ausdemore is proud to endorse and serve as a clinician for Dynasty/Bergerault Musical Instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Pro Mark sticks and mallets. The D’Addario/Pro Mark corporation released the Jeff Ausdemore “signature series” snare drum sticks in early fall of 2009.
Mr. Ausdemore’s professional affiliations include adjudication roles for Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International, Bands of America, a percussion committee member for the Percussive Arts Society, the Texas Music Educator’s Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and currently serves as the current Vice President of Percussion and Winds on the executive board of the North Texas Color Guard Association.
Mr. Ausdemore holds a Master of Music degree with distinction from New Mexico State University (2002), as well as Bachelor of Music degree with high honors from Belmont University (1999).
Jeff was recently inducted into the North Texas Colorguard Association’s Hall of Fame in 2016 for his role as VP of Percussion and Winds, and his work and contributions to the circuit at large.
Jeff Ausdemore lives in Bedford, TX with his wife, Pam Davis Ausdemore. In addition to Pam’s pageantry background with the Bluecoats, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights, Glassmen, and Southwind drum and bugle corps, she has also performed with the Pride of Cincinnati and instructed many performing groups, including Cypress Independent winterguard, Beechwood, Dixie Heights, Seguin, Colleyville Heritage, Keller, William Mason and Prosper High School. Pam is a gifted artist and teacher at Sendera Ranch Elementary School in Northwest ISD. They have been happily married since May of 2012.
Julie Davila is renowned percussionist, performer, music educator and clinician specializing in concert and marching percussion. She was inducted in to the WGI Percussion Hall of Fame in 2014, in recognition of over 20 years contributing to the marching arts activity as a leader, teacher, designer and adjudicator. Julie is a member of the chamber percussion ensemble the CAIXA TRIO, winner of a 2011 “Drummie” award by Drum Magazine. In addition to her membership in the CAIXA TRIO, she currently serves as the 2nd Vice President on the Executive Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. She is the arranger and instructor for the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue Drumline, and additionally an adjunct professor of percussion at MTSU. Prior to her work at MTSU, she was the percussion specialist at several high schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of her groups have medaled in all divisions of the WGI activity and the John Overton High School Indoor drum line, under her direction won a National Championship. Julie is a member of the WGI and DCI nationally recognized adjudication teams. As an active clinician specializing in contemporary and marching percussion, she has performed in Poland, China, Peru, Seoul, South Korea, Paris, France, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil and extensively throughout the United States. Julie is a proud alumni of the University of North Texas. She has published numerous marching and concert percussion ensembles and solos and is the author of the “Modern Multi-Tenor Techniques and Solos”, “Impressions on Wood” and “Inspirations 4 Mallets” and is a co-author of “Aptitude” an innovative solo snare book. Julie is an endorser and clinician for the Pearl Corporation, Innovative Percussion, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Grover Pro Percussion and Evans Drum Heads.
Dennis was the first percussionist inducted into the DCI [Drum Corps International] Hall of Fame (1991) along with the late Fred Sanford.
He was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in 2006 and the PAS (Percussive Arts Society) Hall of Fame in 2015, making him the first person to have ever been inducted into all three of the major “percussion/marching arts” Halls.
He has also been honored by his hometown of Bergenfield, NJ, the Sabian Cymbal Company, the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame and by two of his corps: the Bridgemen from Bayonne, NJ and the Long Island Sunrisers.
Growing up in Bergenfield, Dennis was mentored by the late Dr. Bernard Baggs, Mr. Donald Angelica and Mr. Bobby Thompson.
Upon graduating from Upsala College, he played in the West Point Band’s prestigious “Helicats” for his three-year Army service (1966-1969).
He is best known for his work as designer, arranger and instructor for major drum corps such as the Muchachos, Bridgemen, Star of Indiana, Crossmen, Sunrisers and Caballeros, the Rutgers University Band and many high school bands, including Piscataway HS (NJ) and Bunnell HS (CT.).
In 1981, his drumlines won the Percussion Title in all three classes of drum corps: the Bridgemen (DCI), The Sunrisers (DCA) and Fantasia III (DCI Class A), marking the only “Triple Crown” in in drum corps history.
Dennis has appeared as a commentator/analyst on every DCI broadcast since 1994 on PBS, ESPN, and in movie theaters for Fathom Events.
He was an Associate Professor of Percussion at Rutgers University from 1996-2003.
He has written/contributed to five books and many magazine articles on the art of drumming and/or the state of marching percussion, including Dr. Michael Udow’s “Percussion Pedagogy” for Oxford University Press, 2019.
He has judged band competitions since 1985 and “Indoor” Drumline events every year since 1995, including twenty-one consecutive years judging WGI World Championships.
He has conducted clinics/seminars in 43 states and five foreign countries, has been interviewed by Dom Famularo for TheSessions.org, has emceed videos for PAS, Hudson Music and Drum Guru, and owns/operates DeLucia’s Marching Emporium, Inc. and Drum-Masters.com.
Dennis is an artist/clinician/consultant for Yamaha Drums, Remo Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Malletech e Motion sticks and Row-Loff Publications.
He lives in New Jersey with his wife Rene, Daughter Chelsea and dog Ernie.
Allan E. Kristensen
Allan E. Kristensen is a retired music educator and arts supervisor, currently working part time as an arts consultant with the Fresno County Office of Education.
During his 34 years in the educational system, Mr. Kristensen was a Band and Orchestra Director in the state of Oregon as well as both Clovis and Clovis West High Schools in Central California. His marching and concert ensembles have won many national, state and local championships and superior ratings, and his indoor percussion ensembles at Clovis and Clovis West were both multiple year San Joaquin Valley Champions during his tenure at those schools. Mr. Kristensen also served all arts disciplines as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator in both Madera and Fresno Unified School Districts.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Jose State University where he studied percussion with Anthony J. Cirone. He also credits Fred Sanford, Ralph Hardimon, Robert Kalkofen, and Rick Dobbs for his percussion development. He has performed with various orchestras and artists, as well as having marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 1974, 1975, 1976, and taught there in 1986 and 1987.
Mr. Kristensen is a highly recognized music adjudicator and clinician world-wide, having judged both the Bands of America Grand Nationals and the DCI World Championships several times each. In August of 2018, Mr. Kristensen judged his 11th DCI World Championship Finals, including his 10th as the field percussion judge.
Mr. Kristensen is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, serving as a member of the Marching Percussion Committee as well as adjudicator for the California Chapter’s annual solo/ensemble festival.
He is also a current member of the California Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and the California Band Directors Association, and has served as President of the Western Band Association, President of the Fresno-Madera County Music Educators Association, and in 2015, he was recognized by the California Music Educators Association as California’s Outstanding Administrator.
He is married to Kim, and they have a daughter named Ryann.
Charles A. Poole, Jr.
Charles A. Poole, Jr. began his musical career in 1957 in Connecticut as a percussion student of former world champion individual snare drummer, Robert Redican. During the course of his performing years Mr. Poole was awarded the Connecticut and Northeastern States Individual Snare Drum Championship on four occasions as well as a three-time winner of the National Individual Championship. Additionally, he performed with the award-winning championship percussion section of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.
Mr. Poole received his BA in Political Science from Boston College in 1973, Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law in 1977, and Masters of Music Education from Boston University in 2008.
Mr. Poole has taught, arranged for and adjudicated marching bands, drum corps, and percussion ensembles throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. He has served as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, Winter Guard International, New England Scholastic Band Association, Indiana State School Music Association, Maine Band Directors Association, US Bands, and Bands of America.
He has arranged for and instructed numerous drum corps and marching bands throughout the United States including the 27th Lancers, Bluecoats, Star of Indiana, East Coast Jazz, Connecticut Yanks Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, Dartmouth (MA) High School, Nazareth (PA) High School, and Malden (MA) High School.
Mr. Poole recently concluded his education career as a member of the music faculty of the Everett (MA) Public Schools where he served as an instrumental/band teacher, as well as holding the positions of Marching Band Director and Percussion Ensemble Director. Under his tutelage, the Everett Crimson Tide Percussion Ensemble won numerous awards, including multiple-time New England Scholastic Band Association and Winter Guard International Regional Championships.
Mr. Poole is a member of the Drum Corps International, World Drum Corps and Massachusetts Drum Corps Halls of Fame. Additionally, he is the recipient of the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a clinician and signature artist with the Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Evans Drum Head, Zildjian Cymbal, and Pearl Drum companies. He has presented clinics at PASIC, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and Ohio Music Educators Annual Conferences and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, National Association for Music Educators, Massachusetts Music Educators Association, and the National Association of Rudimental Drummers.
About the Session
Marching Adjudicators Panel Discussion
This session will be of interest to all marching percussion members, instructors, adjudicators, and fans. Topics, such as the approach to judging drum corps, indoor percussion, performance venues, positioning, electronics, and critique, will educate and provide a unique perspective to attendees on the details of marching percussion adjudication. The panel will discuss critical factors involved within the decision making process that will shed light on how adjudicators use a given system to rate and rank ensembles.
PASIC 2020 Adjudicator Panel Discussion, hosted by PAS Hall of Fame member Dennis DeLucia, will feature Allan Kristensen, Jeff Ausdemore, Julie Davila, Charley Poole, and Jeff Prosperie as panelists. The panelists will lead a discussion guided by pre-submitted questions, as well as questions from the floor, to explain and evaluate the systems used to adjudicate marching percussion sections.