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October 14, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Carolina Classic Marching Band Festival!

Directors, registration for the Carolina Classic has now closed.

If you have questions please contact Contest Coordinator, Chris Smith, at

East Lincoln High School

6471 NC-73

Denver, NC 28037

Admission $7


The Carolina Classic will utilize the NCBA Adjudication System. Captions to be evaluated are:

NCBA Adjudication
Music Performance – Individual20 Pts. (Averaged)
Music Performance – Ensemble
Visual Performance20 Pts.
Music Effect20 Pts.
Music Effect20 Pts.
Visual Effect20 Pts.

Additional judges will evaluate colorguard, percussion. These will be judged on a 100 point scale, and will not be factored into the overall score of each band.

Judges Panel

Tommy Smith

Mr. Tommy R. Smith was a high school band director for 30 years, 25 of which were in the public schools of North Carolina. He holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University, and the Master of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Smith maintains membership in the North Carolina Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.  

Mr. Smith is a past-chairman of the CDBA and was awarded the “Band Director of the Year” award and the “Award of Excellence” for his achievement and service to the district, and was a long time member of the American School Band Director’s Association. In 2015, Mr. Smith was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame.  Mr. Smith maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator for concert and marching festivals, and recently retired as the Executive Administrator for the NCBA Marching Committee

Ryan Williams

Mr. Ryan Williams first began composing music as a freshman in high school in Mechanicsburg, PA. Since then, he has been active as a clinician, educator, composer, and performer for more than 15 years.  

Williams has worked with 32+ competitive and non-competitive high school bands, college bands, and drum corps over the last 17 years across the northeast. With his leadership, these groups have earned many local, regional, and circuit-wide championships. Notwithstanding his success in this area, however, Williams’s main passion lies in the Drum and Bugle Corps world. Williams served as the tuba technician for the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012 through the 2014 season, using his talents to push the section into what became the backbone of the band and a core component to their 2014 show. In 2015, he served as the tuba technician and brass instructor for the 2015 World Champion Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. His success in both these programs attracted many quality musicians, including some members who opted not to take a season off in order to work with him. Because of this, many of the bands he works with experience notable growth—two of which doubling in size. Through his efforts as a clinician and composer, the groups he works with have some of their best seasons in recent history. In 2016, he continued this standard as the tuba technician for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in Allentown, PA. For 2017, he joins the brass faculty of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston, MA. 

Williams attends the University of South Carolina, pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition and Music Theory. Previously, he attended West Chester University where he earned his Master of Music Theory and Composition in 2014 and his Bachelor of Music in 2003. His works have been performed across the Eastern United States and have been described as “a cut above the rest” and “sophisticated” by American composer Mark Camphouse. Most of his works are self-published and can be previewed at 

As a performer, Williams has 5 years’ experience marching with DCA and DCI drum and bugle corps, earning the 1996 DCA World Championship with the Harrisburg Westshoremen and being a 2000 DCI Finalist with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2002, he enlisted into the Army Reserve where he served as an instrumentalist, arranger, and composer for 14 years. 

Presently, Williams lives in Columbia, SC, where he actively serves as a freelance performer, working with school band and theatre productions, a clinician with local school programs, and composer and arranger for groups around the country. 

Don Peach

Mr. Donald Peach, formerly Director of Bands and Music Coordinator at Hickory High School, and formerly Interim Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Marching Mountaineers at Appalachian State University. 

He is a graduate of Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education. He was Band Director at Lincolnton High School from 1974 to 1994, where his bands received numerous Superior and Excellent ratings. Mr. Peach has served as Past-President of Northwestern District Band Directors Association and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, American School Band Director Association, and North Carolina Music Educators Association. He has served as an adjudicator and presented various band clinics and workshops throughout the United States. Mr. Peach also served as the Curriculum Section Chair on the state task force that revised the music curriculum in North Carolina. In addition, he is the Assistant Director of the Spirit of America National Honors Band and Freedom Singers, which has performed throughout Europe in the summer. After formally retiring for public school teaching, Mr. Peach was an Educational Representative for Music & Arts Centers for six years. 

Married to wife, Anita, Don has two children; daughter Anna and son, Drew; daughter-in-law, Andrea; and grandson, Braylon. 

Michael Terry

Michael Terry is a freelance musician living in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA, where he works as an assistant band director at Elkins Pointe Middle School. Michael holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. In 2015, Michael began working with the newly formed Kennesaw State University Marching Owls as a music/visual technician and as the staff arranger, a position he still holds. 

Michael performed as a member of The Cadets Drum & Bugle corps from 2007-2007 as a baritone player. During his tenure at The Cadets, Michael was a featured soloist and the corps was crowned DCI World Champions in 2000 and 2005 (also winning the Jim Ott award for excellence in brass in those years.) Michael was twice named “Cadet of the Year” (2005, 2007). From 2010-2013, Michael served as a member of the brass faculty for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, based in Casper, WY. In 2014, Michael served as the Brass Co-Caption Head for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, based in Atlanta, GA. Michael returned home to The Cadets as a member of the brass staff in 2015, teaching the Mellophones. Michael was awarded “Rookie Staff Member of the Year”, and the Cadets hornline won the Jim Ott award for excellence in brass performance at the DCI World Championships.  

As an arranger/composer, Michael has written for high school marching bands across the country and in China, as well as college chamber ensembles.  

Matt Liner

A graduate of Appalachian State University, Matt Liner is currently in his 17th year of teaching and is the band director at Meadowlark Middle School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Ensembles under Mr. Liner’s direction have received consistent superior ratings at the district/region concert and jazz band festivals.  Each year, numerous students from his program regularly qualify for membership in county, district, region and all-state honors ensembles.  Meadowlark has also had consistent participation in the district solo and ensemble music performance adjudication.  

Mr. Liner has had the honor of conducting several honors jazz/concert band clinics and has adjudicated marching and concert band competitions/festivals/MPA’s across the southeast.  He has also had the privilege of instructing three ensembles that have performed at the North Carolina Music Educator’s Annual Professional Development Conference. 

Matt was a member of the world championship finalist Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and was a part of the corps’ instructional staff.  As a visual designer, Mr. Liner programs for several marching bands across the Carolinas. 

In 2011 Mr. Liner was selected as the Band Director of the Year by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Band Directors Association.  He is also the 2013-2014 recipient of the Northwest District Bandmasters Association Award of Excellence. 

Matt has served as a member of the board of directors for the Northwest District Bandmasters Association and is a past-chairman for the North Carolina Music Educators Association Jazz Section.  Mr. Liner’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the American School Band Directors Association. 

Matt and his wife Laura reside in Lexington with their daughter Naomi and two cats Harvey & Bella.

Brian Bambauer

Brian Bambauer graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 1990 with a B.M. in Music Education. A native Ohioan, Brian began his professional career as the Junior High Band Director and assistant marching band director at Northmont City Schools, in Clayton, OH. He then took a position as the Instrumental Music Coordinator for the West Carrollton City Schools in West Carrollton, OH from 1994-1997. 

Brian’s drum corps experience began with the Bluecoats from Canton, OH in 1988. A member for three years, he played mellophone his rookie year and was Drum Major in 1989 and 1990. Joining the instructional staff in 1991 as a visual tech, Brian then served as visual caption head in 1993 and 1994. Brian joined the Drum Corps International World Championship Finalist Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 1997 as a visual tech, drill designer from 1998-2000 (the corps was a DCI finalist all three years), and began working full time for the organization as Director of Operations in 1999. Brian continues to design and consult for numerous marching bands and indoor percussion lines and adjudicates throughout the southeastern United States. 

Mr. Bambauer is currently the Principal at Randolph Middle IB World School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. 

Steven Christman

Steven attended Winthrop University for Percussion Performance and USC for Business Administration. Steven has performed with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corp and several Concert ensembles throughout the Carolinas. He has taught at Clover HS, Northwestern HS, and currently teaching at Marvin Ridge High school and Weddington High School and is the Director of Paradigm Percussion. Steven composes and arranges percussion literature for Marching Band and Indoor Percussion. He has studied under Dr. Michael Williams, Jason Nicholson, Danny Lenard, and Andy Beall. He is also the Treasurer of Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA). Steven was the Bass Drum Captain for the Carolina Panthers Purrcussion Drumline. Steven currently works full time at Founders Federal Credit Union. Steven resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

Monique Christian

Monique is currently an Application Analyst for Information Services with Carolinas HealthCare System. She has worked with, instructed, and choreographed for several guard programs including East Wake HS, South Johnston HS, Middle Creek HS, Millbrook HS, and Wakefield HS, in Raleigh NC. Other programs include Providence HS, White Oak HS, North Meck HS, and Central Cabarrus HS. She was a member of the Carolina Visual Productions Winterguard for 5 years as well as designed show choreography for the group in 2007 and 2009. She also performed with Assembly Line Winterguard and CVP Encore each for 3 years. Most recently she performed with Etude World Winterguard in 2016. Her Drum Corps experience includes Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, which she performed with for 5 years.  


1st, 2nd, and 3rd Overall Placement within each class
1st, and 2nd Place Music Performance
1st, and 2nd Place Visual Performance
1st, and 2nd Place General Effect
1st, and 2nd Place Percussion
1st, and 2nd Place Colorguard
Esprit de Corps Award
Grand Champion Award


Classification will be according to number of musicians:
Class A…………………..up to 50
Class AA………………….51-80
Class AAA…………………81-100
Class AAAA………………..110+

(Adjustments will be made to ensure equity in classifications, all bands will be notified in such cases.)

Registration Fee

The registration fee will be $75, payable to East Lincoln Band Boosters. Please send your check to:

East Lincoln Band Boosters
PO Box 745
Denver, NC 28037



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