Jimmy Wong / Supervising Judge
Jimmy Wong has been actively involved in the development of marching bands in Asia for the past 25 years and has brought many local and international accolades to the bands under his direction, more so with the Victoria Institution Cadet Corps (VICC) Band from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has actively participated, adjudicated and consulted in various international marching band competitions and festivals over the years in countries like Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, The Philippines, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, and Canada.
Mr. Wong was also the main coordinator, instructor, and choreographer for the Mass Band displays during the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the 2001 SEA Games, and the 50th Malaysia’s National Day Grand Celebrations in 2007. He has successfully organized the Kuala Lumpur World Marching Band Competition from the year 2007 till 2010. In the year 2011, he organized the WAMSB World Championship of Marching Show Bands 2011, and in 2012 and 2013, Mr. Wong has successfully organized the 1st and 2nd Hong Kong International Youth Marching Band Competition, acting as its Festival Director and Chief Technical Consultant. Present, Mr. Wong sits in the Board of Directors of the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) and the Executive Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Bands’ Association (APBA). Mr. Wong has also established the WAMSB South East Asia affiliate chapter and holds the position of its first President. He is also currently still active in teaching and consulting for bands in Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.
Chris Herard is a highly sought after educator, conductor, performer, clinician, adjudicator and producer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has been involved in music education for over 25 years as a performer, instructor, director and choreographer. He is currently Head of Fine Arts and Director of Bands at Bishop Carroll High School and also directs for the Westwinds Adult Community Band Association.
Chris’ ensembles have won numerous gold medals at top-level events around the world. Chris holds bachelor degrees in Music and in Education from the University of Calgary, and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Hawaii.
Chris often adjudicates and guest conducts at many local, national and international events. He is currently “Chief Judge” for the Calgary Stampede Showbands Live! Competition, and was named to the International Judging Bureau of the World Association of Marching Showbands where he has judged the European Championships (Germany) and the World Championships (Brazil). In 2014, Chris was appointed to the Board of Directors of WAMSB International.
I began to practice the marching band as a trumpet player at the time of a junior high school student.
Now, I am a composer and arranger. I am a band director of the Shonandai high school marching band in Kanagawa, Japan, which was awarded the gold prize every year since 2005, GP in 2008, 2012, 2013. I am also a vice chairman of the Judge and Committee of DCJ( Drum Corps Japan) and a judge of All Japan Marching Band Contest. I have been working for many bands as a musical arranger and a drill designer. I have experienced many times as a judge since 1998 and also had some judgment experiences in Thailand and Korea. I graduated from the department of literature, Soka University, and acquired the bachelor's degree. I studied under Mr. Raymond Kotwika, the trumpeter, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I studied Corps of DCI (Drum Corps International), The Cadets, Boston and Star of Indiana, through their activity and training camps in the U.S .from 1992 to 1997.
Mr.Kasem Thipayametrakul is one of the most versatile and sought after percussionists in Thailand. He is known as father of drumline of Thailand.
Kasem was studied percussion at Wat Suthiwararam school. He continues study percussion and keyboard percussion with Mr.Nattawat (Sunthorn) Yodsrithong, Mr.Brian Johnson, Prof.Jeff Moore and Prof.Mark Ford. Kasem marched with Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 1999-2000 (Front Line) as well as participated and achieve high rank in Solo Marimba and Ensemble for DCI (I&E) and PASIC. When returned from USA, Kasem served as a Percussion Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for Siamyth Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006-2010. Kasem has recorded Marimba solo with Guitar in music name “Songwad”, composed by Sakchai Lekwongsderm, in the Album “Yawaraj” in year 2010.
Kasem was and still teach in several leading university such as Chulalongkorn, Kasetsart, and Assumption University as well as many school in Malaysia, Singapore and USA. Moreover, he has condensed his teaching experience into educational literature exercise book “Drumline Exercises 2004-2008 Vol.1”.
Steve is currently an International Educational and Marketing Consultant for Pro-Mark Corporation and Consultant for Bremen Music living in Nishinomiya, Japan. Prior to moving to Japan Steve held the position of band director and percussion specialist at several public schools in Houston Texas as well as serving as consultant for many Houston Texas area bands.
Steve has a very extensive background in marching percussion and is an active adjudicator for Winter Guard International and a Music Ensemble and Percussion Judge for Drum Corps International. He adjudicates at several local circuits for marching band in the United State and in Japan. Steve is also an active judge and teacher in the indoor marching percussion arena and a concert band clinician throughout the Unites States and Japan where he serves as the Executive Director of WGJ.
Yoshito Ebisawa currently resides in Kanagawa, Japan. He studied music at UCLA in the USA. He took Drum Major training from Mr. Tom Peacock. While in the USA he was a staff of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Corps. After returning to Japan he became a Japan Marching Band Association Certified Instructor and has been teaching and consulting for various marching bands throughout Japan. He teaches 'The Gryphons' marching band in Kyoto, and several school bands ranging from elementary school through high school and university as well as community bands in Japan. He has been an adjudicator and clinician at events in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Singapore and Indonesia.
He also teaches united bands at All Japan High School Athletic Festival, the All Japan High School Cultural Festival and the National Culture Festival. He has been in charge of Japan Associations color guard and drum major courses in their annual central camp and a Certified Instructor Test Commissioner. Additionally, he is an active marching coordinator for the Japan Air Self Defense Force Central Band and was cited for his accomplishments at the 50th anniversary of the band in 2011.