2017 Judges

We have some incredible judges for this year’s competition.

The judges for the 25th Capital City Marching Festival are:

  • Ferd Vollmar – Visual Judge
  • Manny Maldonado – Percussion
  • Hieu Nguyen – Color Guard Movement
  • Van Henry – Music Judge


Ferd Vollmar

Ferd Vollmar, began his teaching career at Briesemeister Middle School in Seguin, Texas in 1975. During the last 42 years Mr. Vollmar has enjoyed a successful teaching career working with students from elementary through the university level.

In the spring of 2015, Mr. Vollmar retired from the of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where his responsibilities included instrumental methods, music education courses, and supervising student teachers. Prior to his appointment at UT, Mr. Vollmar was the Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at the University of the Incarnate Word from 2009 to 2013. His responsibilities included directing and coordinating all aspects of the UIW Cardinal Marching Band and conducting the Wind Ensemble. Professor Vollmar also served the School of Music as Director of Instrumental Studies. Before his position at Incarnate Word, he was the Director of Music Education for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas from 2001 to 2009. At NEISD, Mr. Vollmar’s duties included supervising band, choir, and orchestra programs at seven high schools, thirteen middle schools, forty-four elementary schools, and the district’s Fine Arts Magnet School. In addition to his supervisory duties at NEISD, Mr. Vollmar was also the Director of Bands at Winston Churchill High School Band from 1987-2001, and the Santa Fe High School Band from 1977-1987. Under Mr. Vollmar’s direction, the Churchill and Santa Fe Bands were consistent TMEA Honor Band and UIL State Marching Band finalists. The Churchill band has been a Bands of America Regional Champion five times and a two- time finalist at the Grand National Bands of America in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Vollmar holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Houston. Mr. Vollmar is an active adjudicator, clinician, and music curriculum consultant in Texas and throughout the Southwest. He has served UIL and TMEA in many different positions, including Region 12 Band Division Chairman, representative on the State UIL Music Advisory Committee, and contest host for UIL State Marching Band Contest since 2003. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Manny Maldonado

Manuel James “Manny” Maldonado is a highly-sought after arranger, composer and designer for marching band and winter drum line. He is the publishing director and lead arranger for MJM Works LLC, a marching arts design company he founded in 2007. With his 20 years of arranging experience, his groups have continuously performed at the state and national levels.

Mr. Maldonado directed bands and drum lines from 2001-2015. His most notable accomplishments were at Cedar Park and CT Johnson High Schools, where his ensembles consistently placed in finals at every UIL and Bands of America competition attended. Manny was also a highly-regarded percussion specialist who placed many students in the TMEA All-State and All-Region Bands. In 2011, his drum line at CT Johnson received a perfect percussion score on the “Individual Music” sheet at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Finals Competition. That same year, one of his students won the high school marimba competition at PASIC.
During the summer months, Mr. Maldonado is a leadership facilitator for SASI, the leadership company that has taught 50,000+ students to date. As an on-site facilitator and the leadership trainer for the university-based SASI camps, Manny lectures over 3,000 student leaders and band directors annually on aspects of student-led organizational leadership. He is also active in developing the curriculum for the organization.

Manny Maldonado resides in Bulverde, Texas, with his wife, Candace, and his two sons, Jameson and Owen. Other than arranging and making a positive difference in the lives of young adults, Manny loves vacationing in Port Aransas, Texas and camping with his family at state parks.

Hieu Nguyen

Hieu Nguyen is originally from Danbury, CT. He first became involved in the marching arts as a tenor saxophone player in his high school marching band. From there, he began in the colorguard activity by joining his high school winter guard and found a great love for the activity which continues till this day. Since then, Hieu has performed with many successful groups including: Alter Ego, St. John’s of Beverly, and St. Ann’s World Winterguards. He has also performed in DCI with the Cadets in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

Hieu began his extensive movement training at Boston University where he was a member of the dance theatre group. He focused his training in ballet, modern, and hip hop movement. During law school, he expanded his training to contemporary movement and earned a position in the Anna Myer contemporary dance company from Cambridge, MA where he performed professionally for several years.

Hieu has shared his passion in the activity by teaching and choreographing for several award winning units. Currently, Hieu is on staff at Shenendehowa High School as a choreographer. The program has won the WGI fan favorites award 3 years in a row and competes in the Scholastic World Class.

Hieu has been an adjudicator for DCI since 2014 and an adjudicator for WGI since 2011. Outside of the activity, Hieu is an Attorney running his own law practice in Boston, MA specializing in family law and domestic violence prevention. Hieu is also an avid runner and is a proud finisher of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Boston Marathons for team Boston Arts Academy raising over $14,000 for Arts based education. In 2013, Hieu completed the NYC Marathon raising over $2,000 for the WGI Scholarship fund.

Van Henry

Van Hentry was formerly the Director of Bands for the College Station Independent School District in College Station, Texas. Mr. Henry has also served as Director of Bands for the Bastrop ISD and Elgin ISD. Bands under his direction have won numerous awards including the Texas TMEA honor band award and several Texas UIL sweepstakes awards. They have also won USSBA contests like the Blinn Marching Festival, Westlake Marching Festival, and Capital City Marching Festival as well as having competed in area marching contests.

Additionally Mr. Henry has served on numerous committees for the University Interscholastic League, served as region band chair for Region 18, and has presented numerous clinics at the Texas Bandmasters Association convention as well as the Texas Music Educators Association convention.

Mr. Henry is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor. He has conducted all region bands in Texas and Louisiana and has adjudicated band contests throughout the United States and Great Britain as well as in most regions and areas of Texas.