Instrumental Adjudicator Roster

OrlandoFest is honored and privileged to work alongside of the many talented professional music educators that assist us in adjudicating our festival performances and serving as clinicians for our Performing Arts Education Workshops.  Please see our list of those professionals that provide your group with unparalleled adjudication and clinics.

Instrumental Adjudicators

Dr. Jeffrey L. Traster

Jeffrey L. Traster, DMA is Music Professor Emeritus at The University of Tampa where he served as Director of Bands and Head of Music Education for nineteen years, including Music Department Chair for six years.  Altogether, his music education career spans 33 years in Texas, Ohio, and Florida.  He is an active guest conductor, clinician, festival adjudicator, composer, and tuba player.

Traster earned degrees from Baylor University (Bachelor of Music Education), the University of Colorado at Boulder (Master of Music), and the University of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Musical Arts).  Prior to The University of Tampa, he taught Middle and High School in Austin, TX, was Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University, and Director of Bands at Wright State University in Dayton, OH.  Dr. Traster is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, FMEA, NAfME, College Band Directors National Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  Additional information at:  jefftraster.com

Arthur Pranno
Art Pranno PhotoAs Director of Orchestras at All Saints Academy, Art Pranno brings 27 years of public school, university, and professional experience to share with his students. Mr. Pranno is currently the Associate conductor/ concertmaster of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Director of the highly successful Summer String Workshop held at the University of Central Florida. He has studied conducting with James Dixon and Dennis Russell Davies and violin with Steven Staryk, and Paul Rolland.

Mr. Pranno has served as Music Director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has held faculty positions at universities in Kansas and Florida and as guest clinician, presenter and adjudicator throughout the country. He has guest conducted The Pilsen Philharmonic , the Orchestra del Teatro Marrucina, and numerous All-State and All-County orchestras. Mr. Pranno has received many awards which have included the ASTA Special Service Award and the Beverly Wolff Teaching Award. In 2009 he was named the Florida College Music Educator of the Year.

 

David Schreier
Dave Schreier PhotoDave Schreier is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. His duties include direction and instruction of the UCF Marching Knights and Jammin’ Knights Pep Band, The UCF Concert Band, as well as teaching music education courses. Mr. Schreier holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in Music (Wind Band Conducting) both from UCF. Prior to his appointment at UCF, Mr. Schreier was the Director of Bands at Osceola High School in Kissimmee from 2002-2008. He is a sought after clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He is a member of several professional organizations including FBA, CBDNA, NBA, and FMEA.

 Ivan Wansley
Ivan WansleyIvan Wansley is currently in his 38th year as a Music Educator where he has had successful teaching tenures at the middle school, junior high school, high school and college/university levels. His bands received the highest ratings of superior at the district and state levels with the Florida Bandmasters Association and he was named “Teacher of the Year” as a member of the facutly at Cape Coral High School. Mr. Wansley is currently an active adjudicator, clinician and conductor, presenting over 140 clinics annually with middle and high school bands. Mr. Wansley is the conductor of the Lakeland based adult band, The Hollingsworth Winds, co-owns Make Sense Drill Design and Leadership Camps, and owns DOLCE woodwind mouthpieces. He has conducted over 35 all county, regional and all-state bands and will be the conductor of the 2016 North Florida Honor Band in January and will be presenting two clinics at the 2016 FMEA State Convention in Tampa. His professional affiliations include the FL Bandmasters Association, former board member, currently a member of the Classification and Sight Reading Committees; Phi Beta Mu, currently the President of the FL Chapter; American School Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Omicron, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.
Dr. Matthew McCutchin
Mathew McCutchin photo
Matthew McCutchen is the Associate Director of Bands & Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Florida where his responsibilities include directing the 330 member “Herd of Thunder” Marching Band, overseeing the university’s “Rumble” Pep Band, conducting the Symphonic and Concert Bands, and teaching courses in conducting and music education. He also is the founder and conductor of the Bay Area Youth (BAY) Winds, an honor band that features the finest high school band students from throughout the Tampa Bay Area, and is the Assistant conductor of the Florida Wind Band. Dr. McCutchen earned a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, a Master’s degree in Conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Furman University.
Dr. McCutchen’s teaching experience spans from middle school to the university level. His public school positions include four years at Thomson Middle School in Thomson, Georgia and five at Atlee High School in Hanover County Virginia.
Dr. McCutchen is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and performer. He was nominated as the Florida Music Education Associations 2014 College Teacher of the Year, and currently serves on the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest Committee, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Selection Committee.
Dr. Michael Davis
Michael Davis photoMichael Davis retired as the Band and Orchestra director for Walt Disney World (R) Resort in 2001. During his tenure with Walt Disney World, he conducted the Walt Disney World Band and Orchestra in the Magic Kingdom and at EPCOT Center for the Candlelight Procession as an operational Duty Manager in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Within the educational programs, he was responsible for the development of the educational workshops offered by Disney’s Magic Music Days. Most recently, he was honored by the National Association for Music Education, receiving the prestigious Lowell Mason Fellowship Award.
Under Michael’s leadership, the St Johns River City Band a non-profit professional performing ensemble has gained a national reputation. In 2003, the Band performed at the prestigious Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago Illinois.
Dr. Jo Jossim
Jo Jossim PhotoDr. Jossim received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida and the Masters Degree in oboe performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. While in Denver she became the Music Director/Conductor of the Broomfield Civic Orchestra and the Golden Youth Symphony. In addition to her orchestral activities she also taught middle school band and general elementary music. In 1991 she taught high school before attending The Florida State University where she earned the Ph.D. in Music Education (1999). Currently the she is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Florida Southern College. Dr. Jossim maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and belongs to numerous professional and honorary organizations. She was recently awarded the Outstanding Contributor Award for Band by Phi Beta Mu, Omega Chapter and the Wade Outstanding Teacher Award at Florida Southern College.
Scott Devlin
Scott Devlin PhotoScott Devlin is the leader of the Magic Kingdom Saxophone Quartet and has performed as a professional musician at Disney World for 25 years. At Disney, he has conducted and performed with many different groups including the Walt Disney World Band, Disney’s Collegiate All-Star Band and the EPCOT Candlelight Orchestra. Besides playing in several Broadway musicals, Scott has appeared with a wide array of talent including the London Symphony, Idina Menzel and the classic rock band CheapTrick. This spring, he can once again be seen performing with the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Sax Quartet and also as a saxophone soloists with several high schools in the Central Florida area.
Teaching has always been a strong passion for Scott, evident in his large saxophone studio where his students regularly participate in honor bands and prepare for college auditions. He recently founded “Saxophone Colossus”, a summer saxophone choir comprised of talented young musicians from schools in Central Florida.
 A native of the Chicago area, Scott holds music education degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Central Florida. He regularly conducts clinics for Disney Performing Arts and judges band and solo festivals around Central Florida. Scott is currently the saxophone instructor at the University of Tampa.
Dr. John Carmichael

John C. Carmichael has been director of bands and professor of conducting at the University of South Florida since 2007. He graduated from Florida State University (1974), USF (1985), and FSU (1994). While at Western Kentucky University, Dr. Carmichael was awarded the university public service award and was named College Music Educator of the Year by KMEA.His university bands have performed at numerous important professional gatherings including five state conferences, four CDBNA SD Conferences and most recently, the USF Wind Ensemble performed at the 2013 ABA National Convention, receiving highly positive reviews. In 2012, the Wind Ensemble released an acclaimed compact disc that was recorded live and distributed internationally. In 2014, the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble was a featured performing ensemble in Carnegie Hall. The Carnegie program is featured on a CD available through Mark Records entitled “Live, Again!” He is in demand as a conductor, and clinician throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Carmichael has conducted or given clinics in: Mexico, Costa Rica, Jordan, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan. In 2008, he founded the Florida Wind Band, a professional concert ensemble, for which he serves as conductor and artistic director.

Keith Galasso
Mr. Galasso is the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program at Dr. Phillips High School.