About Our Experts
Tony Riederer - Color Guard Judge
We welcome Tony to his first SFOB!
Maggie Whiteman - Drum Major Judge
Maggie Whiteman is the director of bands at Eastmont High School in Wenatchee, Washington. Prior to this position, she graduated from Central Washington University with her Bachelor's in Music Education. Between marching and teaching, she has been involved in the drum corps community for five years. This past summer, she worked as a Drum Major Technician for the Seattle Cascades. She has been a Drum Major Instructor for the Central Washington University Summer Band Camp for two years. In college, she has conducted The Central Washington University Marching Band and the Seattle Cascades for two years. Maggie continues to work with high schools across the state as a marching and drum major instructor and is proud to be a part of this event!
This is Maggie's first Sunset Festival of Bands! Welcome!
Jeff Ray - Music Effect Judge
Jeff has been with us for every single Sunset Festival of Bands!
Mick Moses - Music Individual Judge
Mr. Mick Moses has been a music educator for the past 51 years. His work includes Instrumental Music Teacher in Washington State at South Kitsap HS, Kentridge HS, Kentwood HS, Cedar Heights JHS, and Chelan HS. He has also taught music overseas at Brent International School, Manila, Philippines, The International School Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma) and Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan. He has served as a Guest Conductor/Clinician/Adjudicator at events in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, and British Columbia, and Alberta, Canadian Provinces. Recently Mr. Moses was Guest Conductor at The International School Bangkok, Thailand Honor Band Festival. He has served as the Chairperson for the WMEA task force on band adjudication. His work also includes horn instructor/musical arranger for the Auburn Black Watch Highlanders Drum Corps and the Seattle Imperials. Currently, Mr. Moses is director/arranger for the Wenatchee Holiday Spice Big Band.
Mick is joining us for his first Sunset Festival of Bands!
Alan Keown - Percussion Judge
Alan is here at Sunset Festival of Bands for the first time!
Ron Maier - Visual Effect Judge
A native of Bremerton, Washington, Mr. Maier has performed in the Titans Drum and Bugle Corps, the Seattle Imperials Drum and Bugle Corps, the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and the State Street Review Winter Guard. He has designed for and taught many groups across the United States and Canada, including the Phantom Regiment, of Rockford, Illinois, the Thunderbolts of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, the Marauders of Longview, Washington, Les Eclipses of Montreal, Quebec, and numerous high school bands and winter guards. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Washington, a Master’s Degree in Integrated Arts from Lesley University and is a National Board certified music educator. Currently, Mr. Maier is Director of Bands at Finn Hill Middle School in Kirkland, Washington, and serves as Judges Coordinator for the Northwest Pageantry Association.
We welcome Ron back for his sixth year as a judge for SFOB.
Michael Tran - Visual Individual Judge
Michael Tran is currently in his fourth year teaching in the Lake Washington School District.
Prior to becoming a band director, Tran spent many years instructing and coordinating numerous high school marching ensembles within the Washington State including, Mercer Island, Kamiak, Newport, Chiawana, West Valley (Yakima), Marysville Pilchuck, Eastlake, Cedarcrest, Sultan, Naches Valley, and Eisenhower High Schools. Additionally, he devoted three years writing for, coordinating, and instructing the Central Washington University "Wildcat" Marching Band in Ellensburg, WA. Michael graduated from CWU, earning his degrees in music education and psychology. During his enrollment, he performed in a varying array of instrumental and vocal ensembles and was extremely involved in the music program, serving as the NAfME Collegiate Senator, a position he held for three years.
Tran’s marching band experience began back in sixth grade in parade band. After four years at Sultan High School, Michael participated in the drum corps activity as a lead trumpet player at The Seattle Cascades and The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. After serving his final year as a Head Drum Major in DCI, Michael returned to the Seattle Cascades as an administrator. After two years, he was then promoted to Executive Director and Corps Director. Under his leadership, the group would secure their highest finishing placement and score, since the new championship format was implemented in Drum Corps International in 2011.
Michael resides in Seattle, WA and is currently the Band Director at Inglewood Middle School. He is also a Head Basketball Coach at the school, leading the girls team to a district championship, last season. Michael enjoys the opportunity to make an impact each day and is thrilled to be back at the Sunset Festival of Bands. He hopes everyone today has a magnificent performance!
We welcome Michael to his third Sunset Festival of Bands!