An experienced, national panel of judges will

gather at Byrnes to provide valuable feedback to

the outstanding bands competing.


Beth Fabrizio

Rochester, NY


Beth A. Fabrizio holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Clarinet Performance and a Masters of Music in Conducting, Education and Performance from Ithaca College. She has studied conducting with Rodney Winther and Dr. Donald Hunsberger and Clarinet with Michael Webster, Richard Waller, Stanley Hasty, William Osseck, Carmine Campione and performed in master classes with Richard Stoltzman.

Ms. Fabrizio maintains a private clarinet studio with numerous students pursuing careers in music education, therapy, recording and performance. She herself performed as the principal clarinetist and personnel manager with The Greater Rochester Music Educators Wind Ensemble, and former Eb clarinet with The Perinton Concert Band. Beth is a freelance performer and is an active artist/ clinician for The D’adarrio Corporation and educational clinician with the Conn-Selmer Corporation.  She is a 35 year veteran public school educator, and teaching at Hilton Central School District as a director of Bands at Village Elementary.

Ms. Fabrizio has conducted various honor bands and given master classes and clinics across the United States, Europe and Japan.  She has taught marching bands and drum and bugle corps for over thirty years. Ms. Fabrizio has been the brass caption head with The Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, brass coordinator with The Pride of Soka from Tokyo, Japan, brass staff with Boston Crusaders, The Glassmen and Spirit of Atlanta. Beth adjudicates for DCI, WGI and numerous other state associations.

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Stephen McCarthy

Canton, GA

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Stephen McCarthy, Director of Bands at Creekview High School, is a native of Waycross, Georgia. Mr. McCarthy oversees all aspects of the Creekview Band Program including The Marching Grizzlies, three wind ensembles, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, indoor percussion, and three winter guards. Mr. McCarthy graduated from Ware County High School in 1989 and attended Valdosta State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1993. While at Valdosta State, he was the drum major of the VSU Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band and performed in numerous performing ensembles. Mr. McCarthy received a master’s degree in Music with an emphasis in instrumental conducting from Reinhardt University, having studied with Dr. David Gregory and Dr. Thomas Fraschillo.

Mr. McCarthy’s professional experience began in 1993 and includes five years as the associate director of bands at Morrow High School in Morrow, Georgia, nine years as director of bands at Stockbridge High School, in Stockbridge, Georgia, two years as director of bands at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Georgia, three years as director of bands for the Social Circle City Schools in Social Circle, Georgia, and is currently in his eighth year as director of bands at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. Concert bands under Mr. McCarthy’s direction have performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference on three occasions (1995, 2001, 2004), the Grand National Adjudicator’s Invitational on three occasions (2003, 2006, 2013), the University of Georgia January Band Festival on two occasions (2002, 2015), the University of South Carolina Band Clinic (2002), the National Band Association Southern Division Conference (2004), the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic (2005), and the Reinhardt University Honor Band Clinic (2014). Mr. McCarthy’s marching bands have been awarded numerous superior ratings, class placement awards, and ten grand champion marching awards. Parade performances include the National Orange Bowl Parade in Miami, FL, (2001) and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC. (2019)

Mr. McCarthy has served the Georgia Music Educators Association in numerous capacities that include District 6 Instrumental Chair and GMEA Marching Band Chair. He has served as an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the southeastern United States. Mr. McCarthy has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on five occasions and was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on four occasions. Professional affiliations include the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Mr. McCarthy is married to Jennifer Hammond McCarthy, elementary music specialist. They have two children, Joy, 14 years old, and Jack, 11 years old.


Mike Bearden

Dallas, GA

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Mike Bearden, Associate Director of Bands at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia, is a native of Newnan, Georgia. Mr. Bearden assists with overseeing all aspects of the Creekview Band Program including The Marching Grizzlies, three wind ensembles, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, indoor percussion, and winterguard. He received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Valdosta State University and a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Reinhardt University.

Prior to Creekview, Mr. Bearden was the Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia.  The North Paulding Band Program included a 200-member marching band, four wind ensembles, jazz ensemble, percussion ensembles, indoor percussion, and winterguard.  The North Paulding High School Bands have received superior ratings at all adjudicated events including the first Grand Champion award in the program’s history during the fall off 2013 and continued that success through his tenure.  The Wolfpack Pride has also appeared in the Children’s Healthcare Parade of Atlanta numerous times and the 2016 Outback Bowl game and parade.

The North Paulding High School Wind Symphony received numerous invitational performances that included the 2014 Kennesaw State University’s Department of Music Concert Band Invitational, the 2017 University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, the 2018 University of Georgia JanFest Honor Band, the 2019 Reinhardt University Honor Band, and most notably, the 2019 Georgia Music Educators Association’s Annual In-service.  In 2013, North Paulding High School was represented in the Georgia Music Educators Association’s All State Band for the first time in the school’s history.  Many students each school year participated in regional honor bands, district honor bands, and the Paulding County Honor Band.

Prior to North Paulding High School, Mr. Bearden served as Director of Bands at Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, GA, Port St. Lucie High School in Port St. Lucie, FL, Okeechobee High School in Okeechobee, FL, and Yearling Middle School in Okeechobee, FL.

As a composer, arranger, and drill designer Mr. Bearden has compositions published by Grand Mesa Publications. He currently has compositions on the Middle School Solo & Ensemble required performance list in Florida.

Mr. Bearden’s professional affiliations include memberships with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lamda, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Georgia Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, United States School Band Association, the National Band Association, and the National Association for Music Educators.  Mr. Bearden is a staff member with the Georgia Ambassadors of Music European Music Tour.

Mr. Bearden was awarded a Citation of Excellence by The National Band Association for outstanding contribution to bands and band music in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Mr. Bearden resides in Canton, Georgia with his lovely wife Robbye and handsome sons Michael, Christian, and Jackson.

Visual Effect

Kyle Swartz

Yorktown, VA

Kyle Swartz currently attends James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where he is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in music. Kyle marched mellophone with Carolina Crown from 2008-11, then aged out with the Madison Scouts in 2012, when he received the award for “Visual Rookie of the Year.” Kyle’s teaching career began at York High School in Yorktown, VA where he was visual caption head for the past 8 years.

From 2013-present he has taught the visual program for James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC. After aging out from drum corps in 2012, Kyle joined the Madison Scouts visual staff where he taught for two years. Currently, he is on staff with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.  Kyle also has been designing drill for marching bands all across the southeast. 

Field Music

Andrew Gregory

Charleston, SC

Andrew Gregory is a lifelong resident of South Carolina; he is originally from Boiling Springs, SC and went on to pursue a degree from the University of South Carolina. After graduating in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Andrew accepted the band director position at Palmetto Scholars Academy in Charleston, SC. In his first year, the PSA Middle School band and the PSA High School Band earned Superior ratings at concert assessments. Since 2014, Andrew has been teaching private lessons on all instruments and has recently partnered with Black Tie Music Academy to open himself up to all students in the Charleston area. 

In addition to college coursework and performances, Andrew spent four seasons performing with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, OH. While he was performing, the Bluecoats placed in the top 6 in the world all four years; with two of those years resulting in a top three placement.
Andrew became active in WGI in 2015 when he was the visual designer and visual instructor for North Augusta Indoor’s inaugural season. NAI competed in the CIPA circuit and placed 3rd in Class A finals. Andrew moved to CWEA and Independent Open Class last year when he served as the primary visual instructor for Paradigm Percussion. In addition to WGI, Andrew has taught visual for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps the past two seasons. Andrew has a passion for writing body, designing drill, and helping performers understand how movement is more than just marching. In addition to teaching, Andrew also enjoys writing drill for schools in NC and judging both visual and music at local SC marching band contests. 

Field Visual

Taylor Rock

Lexington, KY

Taylor Rock is a visual designer based out of Lexington, Kentucky where he earned his degree in music education from the University of Kentucky.

Taylor began his marching career as a contra player with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, and aged-out in 2016. Taylor is currently in his 4th year performing with Lexis Independent Winterguard, where he has been a two-time Independent Open bronze medalist and an Independent World finalist. 

Taylor has been an instructor and choreographer for groups in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Texas. He is currently in his second year as a visual instructor with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Color Guard

Jed Garvey

Dobyns-Bennett HS, TN

Jed Garvey currently resides in Johnson City, Tennessee where he is the Program Director at Girls Inc. of Kingsport. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in language and literature, as well as a certificate of specialization in technical writing. Jed’s marching experience includes the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Southeast Independent Winterguard, Etude Winterguard, and three-time WGI world champions Onyx. Jed is the color guard co-director for the Bands of America national finalist Dobyns-Bennett High School; and currently serves as a choreographer for Byrnes High School, Etude Winterguard, and Juxtaposition Winterguard


Austin Sanders

Spartanburg, SC

AUSTIN SANDERS is currently the Director of Percussion for Spartanburg School District 5.  A graduate of Western Carolina University, he performed with the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from 2005 – 2008, serving as the drumline captain his last year. While in college, he also performed with many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Artist-n-Residency Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, The Gamelan Ensemble and Purple Thunder Entertainment Drumline. Austin marched snare drum for Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps under the direction of top percussion instructors Clint Gillespie and Max Mullinix. He also marched DCA with Atlanta CV under Chris Romanowski and served as the drumline captain.

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Terry Kent

Greenville, SC

Mr. Terry Kent has been the instructor for the Clemson Tiger Guard and Winter Guard since 2010. The Tiger Guard performs at all home football games and travels with the full band to away games. The Winterguard competes in the local colorguard circuit, CWEA, and also at WGI events. Mr. Kent is one of the founding members of the CIPA color guard circuit and is a member of the CIPA Hall of Fame.


Mr. Kent has worked for Marching Auxiliaries for 25 years as summer camp staff, traveling, and teaching weekly camps for rifles, flags, majorettes, drum majors and dancers. There, he served as an instructor, division head, and clinic director. While on staff with Marching Auxiliaries, Mr. Kent was on the half time staff for the Citrus, Capital One, Bluebonnet, Alamo, Outback, and Peach Bowls. Duties included instruction of the cast members, choreography design, and game day productions.

Mr. Kent has performed with Infiniti winter guard 1990-91, Corps Vets all-age drum corps 2002-04, 2007, 2009-2010, and Alliance all-age drum corps 2005-06. He was color guard caption head of Corps Vets (2003-04) and Alliance (2005-06). Mr. Kent has placed second in both rifle and flag solo at DCA finals and choreographed the first-place Guard Ensemble in 2004, 2005 and 2009. He was on the staff for Infiniti winter guard (1992-2001) where they were WGI Independent A World Champions in 2001.

Mr. Kent taught at Hillcrest Middle in Greenville County for over 28 years, and is a Graduate of Furman University.