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Introduce the judges

Jimmy Wong – Malaysia 『Supervising Judge 』

    Mr 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.

Robert Eklund – Canada / Judjing Captions: Music

    Robert Eklund is the President & CEO of the World Association of Marching Show Bands. He is an internationally recognized adjudicator and conductor. In 2012 he was inducted into the "Phi Beta Mu International Band Masters Fraternity" Hall of Fame. The highest award bestowed upon a fraternity member. In the74 years of Phi Beta Mu history, only six members have received this recognition.


    He is a continuing jury member of the "Sudler Shield'" competition for Marching Bands in the United States of America and twice a jury member of the Kerkrade World Music Contest competitions in the Netherlands.

A recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation’s "Legion of Honor Award" and presented with Band World’s Prestigious "Phoenix Award" as one of the ten best North American Band Directors in Music Education.

    He was presented with the Canadian Band Association’s "International Award" for best representing the ideals of their association around the world.

Mr. Eklund is a Life Member of the National Band Association, a Life member of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, a Past President of the Canadian Band Association and twice Chairman of the North American Band Directors Coordinating Council.

Jun Kumagai – Japan / Judjing Captions: Music

        Jun Kumagai studied music composition and trumpet at Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi and San Francisco Conservatoire of Music, and he is known as a program coordinator/arranger for competitive marching bands in Japan including Hoshino High School, Kashiwa HS, Minokamo HS, Rissho University Shonan High School, Noda Nanbu Junior HS, Okuda Junior HS and many other groups. Kumagai is also known as an official Judge of Drum Corps Japan. Judging experience include Japan Marching Band Association Championships, many regionals and DCJ competitions.

Katsumi Okawa – Japan / Judjing Captions: Visual

    Edwin Beens, born on August 27th 1968 in The Netherlands, started his marching & music career at a very young age. He started as a drummer when he was 8 years old in the cadet group of the corps that later became Avalance from Vlaardingen. In the main corps he soon became a drum major and visual designer. After that he joined the staff of one of Holland’s most successful drum corps of that time, ‘Blue Wave’ that captured many visual awards. In the winter he joined the Art Development Winter Color Guard and captured the Dutch title 3 times. He travelled to the USA and performed twice at the Winter Guard International World Championships. Edwin also was visual staff member of the Kiwanis Kavaliers from Kitchener (Canada).


    After his teaching and marching career he started judging in 1996 for many Dutch organizations like Drum Corps Holland and Color Guard Netherlands. In 2000 Edwin became a judge for Winter Guard International and shortly after that became a Drum Corps International judge. Since 2010 Edwin is also judging for Drum Corps Europe. Edwin has judged for many organizations in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, South-Africa, The United States of America and Malaysia. Edwin is the technical leader and chief judge of Color Guard Netherlands since 1998 and because of his excellent work was inducted in the CGN Hall of Fame in 2011. Outside the judging world Edwin is a project manager for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice

Katsumi Okawa – Japan / Judjing Captions: Visual

      Beginning his music and marching career in the mid 1970s as a soprano bugle player in Soka youth drum &bugle corps.  He also did drum major and brass arrangement in the corps.
In Soka University, Okawa was a member of Royal Kilties drum & bugle corps (now it’s called Pride of Soka).
During that time he was a soprano bugle player, brass arranger and drill designer as well.


    After graduate Soka Univ. he studied under Mr. Raymond Kotwika at the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. and the Cadets, Star of Indiana and Boston Crusaders through their tour and training camps from 1992 to 1997.
After came back to Japan, Katsumi has been working for many bands as a program coordinator, music arranger and drill designer.
Since 2001 he's been band director of Shonandai High School "White Shooting Stars" which were awarded the gold prize every year since 2005. and won Grand Prix (national champions) titles in 2008, 2012, 2013.

    Okawa has been also working as a adjudicator and a clinician for many organizations across the country and Taiwan. He is vice chairman of Judging committee of Drum Corps Japan and has judgement experiences in Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Paul Doop /  Judjing Captions: General Effect

    Paul Doop is a veryactiveandmuchsought-aftereducatorandclinician in theinternationaldrum corps andmarching band circuit. As front ensemble member of the Reading Buccaneers (USA), Jubal (NL) andmultiple time worldchampiondrum &bugle corps The Concord Blue Devils (USA) he gainedthe ultimate experience on thecompetition field in Europe andthe United States. He continued his drum corps career as arrangerandinstructorfor numerousinternational corps includingThe Colts(USA), Reading Buccaneers(USA), Bluecoats (USA), Poynton Commodores (UK), Blue Wave (NL), Southern Knights (UK), Starriders (GER), Jubal (NL) and Beatrix (NL). Withthe front ensembles under his direction Paul won numerousawardsuch as 15 Best Percussiontrophies,8 National Championships Indoor Percussionand5 National ChampionshipsPercussion Ensemble.He was also member of theCavalry Military Band of The Netherlands as percussionist.


    Paul serves as consultant formany Bands, Drum CorpsandPercussion units in The Netherlands andabroadbecause of his expertise andexperience in both corps style showbands as well as more traditional and military style bands.As program coördinator andconsultant he workedwithmany fine bands includingAdest Musica (WMC 2005-2013), DVS (WMC 2009-2013) Beatrix (1996-2010). In The Netherlands he is a member of the National Technical Advisory Board for Showbands and Drum &Bugle Corps. Since 1988 he is invitedtojudgeall over theworldincluding Drum Corps Holland, KNMO(NL),VLAMO (B), IMSB (IT), WAMSB andseveralinternationalcompetitionsincluding Malaysia, Thailand, Canada, USA, Germany, Italy, France, The United Kingdom, Denmark and Belgium.Paul is co-founder(1995) of theverysuccessfulinternational Designers & Music consultants collective Corps Style Concepts.


    Paul is Chairman of Color Guard Netherlands(CGN)andis headingthe Technical Committee Indoor Percussion/Indoor Winds. He is a MarchingPercussion Specialist withthe Vic FirthEducation Program andEvans/D’addario. He was member of the Music AdvisoryCommittee of the World Music Contest (WMC 2005 - 2013) which is held everyfouryears in Kerkrade The Netherlandsand member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Dutch Music Federation(KNMO). In his professional life he is Managing Director for a Consultancy firmspecialized in Organizational Development and Business ProcessRedesign. He lives in Vijfhuizen with his wifeandtwosons.       

Apivut Minalai /  Judjing Captions: General Effect

    Juntreceived his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Thailand Chulalongkorn University in 2003.His Orchestra experience is he serves as an clarinet player in many orchestra like the South East Asian youth orchestra, Thai youth orchestra,Bangkok symphony orchestra,National Symphony Orchestra and the Pan Asia Pacific Symphony orchestra.


    As a Marching Band Educator Junt conducting many marching band from Thailand to performed around the world and also he is only one Thai conductor to conduct marching band in japanned get Japan National champion title with the Aimachi Marching Band from Nagoya Japan. With the kindness of Mr. Kiyokatzu Sekine Aimachi Band Director, got the Best Drum Major Award in 2005.


    As an arranger or composer for many Marching band and Drum and Bugle Corps around the world. His works have won many state titles throughout the world marching band competition in Malaysia, and got 2009 World Champion in Corps Style class in  WMC in The Netherlands and his arrangement have been performed in South Korea, Japan, And England.


    In 2009 Junt travelled to Europe to join the DCE Judges College in Dadizele – Belgium and passing the DCE certification exam to be the first asians who is become a DCE certifield judge.From 2010 until now he judge many marching band and concert band compettion such as Germany ,Canada ,Japan ,Indonesia ,Malaysia and Thailand.

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