A former member of the Blue Stars in the late 70's and staff member in the early 80's, Fred served as Chief Judge for Winter Guard International for 12 years and on the WGI Task Force for several years before assuming that position. He is currently a member of the WGI Board of Directors. He has also been the Chief Judge of the Gulfcoast Judges Association, an organization that services four different color guard and indoor percussion circuits throughout the Southeast, for over 20 years. In addition to his work judging for WGI, he has also judged for DCI and various band circuits across the country.
Feeney received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a law degree from Mississippi College. In his life away from pageantry he is a partner in a Gulfport, Mississippi law firm.
Garrett Lambert, a resident of Pensacola, FL, is a percussion educator, performer, composer, and arranger. Originally from Tampa, FL, he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of West Florida. As an educator, he has worked with several high school percussion programs across Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. He has performed with various ensembles including the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, the University of South Florida, and the University of West Florida. Garrett currently arranges and composes for many marching and concert ensembles in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.
Rodney Bailey is currently the colorguard designer/choreographer for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners. Bailey has been active in Drum Corps International and Winterguard International for nearly twenty years, working with units such as Spirit of JSU Drum and Bugle Corps, Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, Choctawhatchee High School Winterguard, Castle High School Winterguard and the JSU Center Stage Performance Ensemble. Bailey holds a BA degree in English and a MS degree in Education and is currently an instructor of English at Jacksonville State University.
Jamar Dumas is in his 6th year as the Director of Bands at Daphne High School where he teaches Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, International Music, and Guitar. Dumas attended Lawrence County High School in Moulton, Alabama where Reggie Tolbert and Bob Patton were his band directors. Dumas graduated from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He was a member of the acclaimed Marching Southerners and principal oboist of the Chamber Winds. After graduation in 2005, he accepted the associate director position at Oak Grove High School in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2008, he became the Director of Bands at Satsuma High School in Satsuma, Alabama. Bands and ensembles under his direction have consistently earned superior ratings across the region. He is also a clinician and adjudicator across the southeast. Mr. Dumas is a member of the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA), Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity.
James Gow is a Southern California native who grew up in San Diego and Murrieta. As a performer, James was a member of Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2005 and 2006 seasons and later went on to march with The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007-2010, where he was honored with the MVP award for visual performance for the 2010 corps. As an instructor, James has taught many competitive groups in the Southern California area including Mission Viejo, Vista Murrieta, Fountain Valley, Etiwanda, and Great Oak High Schools, and serves as the current visual caption head at Temecula Valley HS. He works as a drill designer and choreographer for multiple programs around the country, including writing choreography for the Texas 5A state champion, Marcus HS.
He has been a member of the visual staff for the Sacramento Mandarins (2011), The Cadets (2012), and is currently a member of the visual staff for the 17-time DCI Champion Blue Devils (2013-present). Recently, James has been working with multiple scholastic and independent winter Drum Lines around the country. He is currently a choreographer and visual instructor at Broken City Percussion and head visual designer at Orange County Independent Open Percussion.
James received his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolutionary Biology, with a minor in music
Wil Richmond is from Gulfport, Ms. He received both BME and MME degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Ms. While at Southern Miss, Mr. Richmond studied percussion from Dr. John Wooton (Dr. Throwdown). He has also studied under the tutelage of Dr. Mohamad Schuman, Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, and Dr. Steven Moser. Richmond currently serves as the assistant band director for Harrison Central High school in Gulfport, Ms, where he composes and arranges for the marching band and indoor percussion ensemble. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, The Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit, and is an educational endorser for Salyers Percussion. In 2017, Richmond made his debut as a Film Score composer and is currently contracting for future films.
Elanders Frazier, a resident of Pace, FL, has been reappointed the percussion caption head and will be serving as the battery arranger of Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps for 2018. Elanders is in his 16th year of percussion instruction and musical arrangement for middle and high schools in the Gulf Coast area. His marching performance credits include Eminence Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps 2004 and 2005 (serving as a Percussion Captain in ‘05). In 2004, he was also a member of the first place Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps I&E Cymbal Line. He finished his marching career with Music City Mystique from Nashville, TN, in 2006 and 2007.
Justin Williams received a Bachelor of Arts degree with special honors in Political Science and a minor in music from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He also received the Master of Arts in History from JSU and the Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University. Justin serves as arranger and program consultant for many high school band programs across the country and is staff arranger for the Jacksonville State University "Marching Southerners. When not arranging and composing, he teaches history, political science, and religion at Central Alabama Community College in Talladega, Alabama. He resides with his wife, Alicia, and son, Jack, in Oxford, Alabama.
Marsha Foster has been reappointed the color guard caption head of the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2018 season. Mrs. Foster earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis. While at MSU she served as the color guard captain and choreographer. She also performed in the wind ensemble, symphonic band and the MSU Camerata Singers. She marched on the weapon line with the Memphis Blues Brass Band Drum and Bugle Corps in 1982. Her 30+ year career of color guard choreography and instruction began at Collierville High School in Collierville, TN and extends throughout the Southeastern United States to numerous award winning High Schools as well as several Universities. Currently Mrs. Foster is in her 7th year at the University of South Alabama and 16th year at Daphne H.S. in Daphne, AL as the color guard coordinator/instructor/choreographer for both guard programs. Under her direction the DHS guard has consistently earned Best in Class and Best in Show awards at marching band contests. The DHS winter guard has medaled in the Scholastic A Class the last 13 years in the GCGPC Circuit. Seven times they have been Circuit Champions. They were the WGI Pensacola Regional Scholastic A Champion for 2010 and have been semi-finalists at the WGI World Championships 6 times. Mrs. Foster has been married to Mark Foster for 32 years and they have two daughters.
Trotter earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Delta State University, where he performed with the faculty ensemble, The Delta Brass Quintet. He also earned a Masters of Arts and Letters from The American Band College at Southern Oregon University. He previously served as the brass caption head for Delta Brigade Drum & Bugle Corps and as a brass consultant for Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps. Trotter is currently serving in his 8th year as Director of Bands at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss., where he oversees the 200 member "Band of Gold". Prior to his time at MGCCC, he taught for 13 years in the public schools of Mississippi as a middle school and high school band director.