Judges

2019 Judges

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

The judges for the 27th Capital City Marching Festival are:

  • Ferd Vollmar – Visual Judge
  • Ryan Pride – Percussion
  • Brett Lindsey – Color Guard
  • T. André Feagin – Music

Ferd Vollmar

FerdVollmarFerd Vollmar, began his teaching career at Briesemeister Middle School in Seguin, Texas in 1975. During the last 44 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.


Ryan Pride

Ryan Pride is currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of Colorado-Boulder working towards a Master’s in Percussion Performance and is an active performer and educator in the greater Denver area. Most recently, Ryan was the Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Director for Katy High School in Katy, TX. This will be his fifth year with Phantom Regiment and first in the role of Battery Coordinator.

Originally from Pflugerville, TX, Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Texas State University. He was worked with numerous programs in Texas and Georgia, including Dripping Springs HS, San Marcos HS, Hendrickson HS, the Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jacket Band, Mabry Middle School, Lassiter HS, and Allatoona HS. As a band director, Ryan worked at the James E. Pearce College Preparatory Academy, where he helped expand the music program and achieved the highest UIL ratings in over ten years. He then accepted a position at Katy High School, where his band and percussion program were greatly successful in UIL, TCGC, PASIC, and BOA.

Ryan marched with the 2005 and 2006 Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and in 2007 began his corps teaching experience as a Battery Instructor for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Between 2008 and 2010, he took the percussion caption head position at Memphis Sound and later Forte. Ryan went on to work with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps as the Assistant Caption Head and Battery Instructor in 2011 and 2012. He joined the Front Ensemble staff at Regiment in 2015. In addition to drum corps, Ryan has worked with WGI groups Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Terminus Atlanta Percussion, Austin Independent, Gateway Independent, and currently Rise Percussion.

In addition to teaching, Ryan is an active composer and arranger. He has written for many programs in Texas, Mississippi, and Georgia. Ryan is endorsed by Dynasty, Inc. as a Pro Artist, Innovative Percussion, Inc. as an educational artist, is an Honorary Member to the fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi Iota Chapter, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Texas Music Educators Association. He lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, Dr. Katie Harper, and son Emerson.


T.AndreFeagin

T. André Feagin

Dr. T. André Feagin is the assistant director of bands at Colorado State University (CSU) where he serves as the conductor of the Symphonic Band as well as directs and provides organizational leadership of all CSU athletic bands. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of bands at Coastal Carolina University and associate director of bands at the University of Texas at El Paso. His public school teaching experience include serving as director of bands at Watkins Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (TN).

Dr. Feagin has appeared with numerous All-state and regional honor bands throughout the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Previous engagements include serving as conductor of the NAfME All-National Concert Band, conductor of the Massachusetts All-State Band, the New Mexico All-State Concert Band, and the New England Intercollegiate Band. He has presented clinics on conducting and the marching arts at the Arizona Music Educators Association State Convention, The Savannah State University Conducting Workshop (GA), The Universiti Teknologi MARA in Selangor, Malaysia, and the South Carolina Music Educators Association State Convention.

Feagin’s teaching experience in Drum Corps International expands two decades. In 2018, he served on the brass staff of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Previous appointments include serving as brass caption head of the Santa Clara Vanguard and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He has served on the brass staff of Carolina Crown and is the former executive director and brass caption head of the 2007 DCI Division III World Champion Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performing member, he served four years as conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and was the recipient of the DCI Jim Jones Leadership Award in 2000 and the DCI Division III Director of the Year Award in 2007. He continues his involvement in the marching arts serving as a clinician, consultant, adjudicator, music arranger, visual designer, and program coordinator for some of the nation’s finest high school and university band programs.

Dr. Feagin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, a Master of Music degree in wind conducting, and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He is grateful for the many mentors throughout his life that have shaped his passion for teaching and music. Among them are Gregg I. Hanson, Thomas Cockrell, Bruce Chamberlain, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Kraig Alan Williams, James Gholson, Denise Gainey, Steven Cohen, and Lapraydia King-Jones.

Dr. Feagin holds professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Patron of Mu Phi Epsilon, and honorary memberships in both Tau Beta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


Brett LindseyBrett Lindsey

Brett Lindsey currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Beginning his marching career in 2011, Brett was a member of Carolina Crown from 2011-2013 and was a member of the visual staff at Crown from 2014-2016. Brett currently works as a global corporate travel manager but he works with groups around the country with design and visual choreography. He has worked for various award winning BOA and UIL performing groups such as the Keller Central High School Marching Band (2013), the LD Bell High School Marching Band (2012-2013), the Flower Mound High School Marching Band (2014-2015) and many others.

During his time at Carolina Crown Brett worked as the movement specialist with the hornline under the choreography of Michael Rosales. He specializes in creating a dance technique that is achievable for a brass-line that is compiled of all different levels of dance experience.