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Judging Panel

Dr. Douglas Morin

Ensemble Music

Richard Huggins

Music Effect

Greg Thomas

Ensemble Visual

Renee Morin

Visual Effect

Cara Taylor

Color Guard

Justin Johnson


Dr. Douglas Morin

A native of Indiana, Dr. Douglas Morin is a conductor who enjoys working with bands and teaching musicians. Prior to earning his doctorate, he spent twelve years as an educator in North Carolina where his concert bands, marching bands, and jazz ensembles earned numerous awards, recognitions, and superior ratings. He writes drill for bands of all sizes, from 25 to 300, which is performed in venues from high school football games to the College Football Playoffs. He served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for ensembles from both the United States and Canada.

Dr. Morin graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education, earned a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi, and completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Washington. During his matriculation at Southern Mississippi, where he served as Head Graduate Assistant for the Department of Bands, the faculty from the School of Music selected him to receive the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. His conducting teachers include Dr. Catherine Rand and Professor Timothy Salzman. He holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and the College Band Director’s National Association.

Richard Huggins

Richard Huggins has served as band director in Hanover county for the past ten years. Originally from Roanoke, Mr. Huggins studied at Longwood College and graduated from James Madison University. Mr. Huggins first taught elementary bands in Fairfax County and then in Washington County, Virginia.

Mr. Huggins served as band director at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, VA, then moved to Chesterfield County, where he taught for fifteen years. Mr. Huggins’ ensembles have consistently earned superior ratings during his tenure.

Mr. Huggins has marched with and served as an instructor for the Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Schaumburg, Illinois. He is an active adjudicator, clinician, and drill writer. His professional affiliations include VMEA, VBODA, NAFME, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Huggins lives in Mechanicsville with his wife Patti. They have two children, Laura and Daniel

Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Music Education Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught for 34 years in the Albemarle County Public Schools, including 26 years as the Band Director at Albemarle High School. He is currently on the Faculty of James Madison University where he conducts the Jazz Band, teaches Instrumental Arranging, and supervises student teachers. Mr. Thomas was recently inducted into the VBODA Band Director Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to music education in Virginia. Under his direction, the Albemarle High School Band was recognized seventeen times by the VBODA as a “Virginia Honor Band.” He has presented multiple times at the State VMEA conference on the subject of creativity in the instrumental ensemble. Mr. Thomas is a member of VMEA, VBODA, Phi Beta Mu, VEA and is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician around the state of Virginia. Mr. Thomas has been an active performer all over the United States, and has performed with Gladys Knight, the Temptations, and other national and regional acts.

Renee Morin

Renee Morin is a Marching Band Instructor, Drill Designer, Visual Consultant, Adjudicator, and mentor to new instructors who is currently serving as the Visual Coordinator for the Spirit of Gold Marching Band at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Over her 20+ years of marching instruction and show design, she has crafted outstanding performances as an Assistant Director, Visual Caption Head, and Marching Instructor for award-winning high school marching programs in Indiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, Washington, and Illinois. The students under her tutelage have earned Superior and Excellent ratings in competition and entertained audiences throughout the country. She is especially proud to have prepared and encouraged many former students to further the mission of the Marching Arts by participating in collegiate bands, Drum Corps International, WGI, community street bands (HONK!), professional sports/entertainment bands, and working as instructors themselves.

Cara Taylor

Cara Taylor lives in Salem, VA with her husband and 3 children. Her oldest is taking percussion lessons and enjoys playing in the Andrew Lewis Middle School band. She currently holds a Masters in Psychology and Counseling for Addictions and Recovery from Liberty University. She has taught many schools throughout southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee as well as camps in North & South Carolina.

Cara began her dance career with ballet and modern dance at a young age and added baton in her elementary years. She marched her high school career with Abingdon High School in the Color Guard and loved 4 years of winter guard as well. She began marching Drum Corps after her sophomore year in division III and then marched for 3 years with Carolina Crown. After graduating, she marched with Infiniti Winter guard and the Study in Independent World class. She has enjoyed judging in various locations across Virginia and North Carolina but particularly loves being in the Valley and around Roanoke. She is looking forward to seeing each show and would like to wish “Good Luck” to everyone performing in today’s show!

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson is a performer and composer within the areas of percussion and keyboard. Upon graduating from Bassett High School (Bassett, VA), Justin has participated in multiple ensembles there which performed within the Bands of America (BOA) and Winter Guard International (WGI) circuits. He has also performed in outside ensembles such as the Virginia Helmsmen Independent Open Percussion Ensemble, the Standing Room Only Jazz Orchestra, Urban Essence/Bernard Hairston Group, and Atlanta CV Drum & Bugle Corps. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and Intern Vice President for the North Carolina Chapter.

Justin received a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has a Bachelors of Science in Music, with an emphasis in Music Education & Performance from Radford University. During his undergraduate studies Justin participated in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble/Combos, Percussion Ensemble, and Pep Band. During his graduate studies he participated in the Symphonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and recorded with the Wind Ensemble on several released albums. During his career, Justin has had the privilege of studying under Scott Allred, Daniel Boothe, Tim Bray, Michael Burritt, Todd Hammes, Teddy Holcomb, Allen Joanis, Kristopher Keeton, Fillippo Lattanzi, Jerry Noble, Chris Romanowski, Robert Sandrel, Thomas Taylor, Paula Williams, Al Wojtera, and Nebojsa Zivkovic.

Justin serves as the Director of Percussion and Co-Director of Bands at Jamestown Middle and Ragsdale High School, as well as the Music Director for Zion Place Ministries.

Currently Justin resides in High Point, NC with his wife Tierra Johnson and daughter Zoe Johnson.

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