Band and Orchestra Information

Festival of Music is designed to be an educational learning experience, in which participants learn methods that improve their musical ability, while enjoying the Midwest’s premier entertainment destination with fellow ensemble members. It is the responsibility of each adjudicator to not only evaluate performances, but to make positive suggestions that directors and ensemble members may use to improve their musicianship.   


2019 Festival of Music Dates

Band and/or Orchestra Weekend: May 3-5, 2019

Band and/or Orchestra Weekend: May 10-12, 2019


Dr. Russell Coleman, founder of the Worlds of Fun Festival of Music, served the University of Central Missouri for 32 years as Director of Bands and was Chair of the Department of Music for 21 years following a public school teaching career. Concert bands under his direction have been selected 15 times to perform at international, national, divisional and state professional music educator conventions. His professional affiliations and honors include serving as president of several regional and state professional organizations and being elected to the Hall of Fame of the Missouri Music Educators Association and the Missouri Band Masters Association.  He remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and clarinet performer. More...

2019 Band/Orchestra Weekend Adjudicators

Worlds of Fun's nationally known adjudicators are exceptionally qualified and recognized as among the best in their fields. A qualified relief judge will be utilized on Saturday to provide assistance to the listed adjudicators.

Weekend I | May 3 - May 5, 2019


Gary Smith

University of Illinois

From 1976 to 1998 and again in 2004, Gary was the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, where he conducted the nationally famous Marching Illini, Basketball Band, Symphonic Band II, and taught marching band procedures and band arranging in the School of Music. 

Previously he served as Assistant Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, Director of Bands at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and Director of Bands at Northside High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1988 Gary was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.  In addition, he is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi music honorary fraternities and participates in the College Band Director's National Association, National Band Association, and the Illinois Music Educators Association.

Recent awards include the University of Illinois Alumni Association "Outstanding Educator", the Mary Hoffman “Outstanding Music Educator”, the "Spirit of the Illini" from the University of Illinois Athletic Association and the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal.

Gary has served as a consultant, guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States, Singapore, China, Australia, Japan, Canada, Ireland and France.  In addition, he is the coordinator of the pre-game, halftime and parade festivities for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (formerly the Peach Bowl) and assisted with the production of the 2005 Orange Bowl Halftime.  In 2007, Gary served as co director of the Oklahoma Centennial All State Marching Band, which was be featured during the 2007 Rose Bowl Parade opening ceremonies.  Presently he serves as the producer of the annual DISNEY THANKSGIVING PARADE OF BANDS held at Disneyworld in Orlando, FL. and head clinician for the 2011 Marching Band Directors and Drum Major Clinic in Singapore

Smith is former owner and director of the Smith Walbridge Clinics for drum majors, flags, rifles, marching percussion, marching band student leaders and directors. Since 1949, these clinics have attracted thousands of high school and college students from across the United States and several foreign countries.



Dr. Johnny Vinson

Auburn University

Johnnie Vinson is Director of Bands and Professor of Music Emeritus at Auburn University. He received the Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees in Music Education from Auburn, and the Doctor of Arts degree in Music Theory from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Vinson retired from Auburn University in June, 2007, after a 36-year career with the Auburn Bands. Prior to joining the Auburn faculty, he taught in the public schools of Columbus, Georgia, and worked as a Graduate Assistant with the bands at the University of Texas and University of Mississippi. At Auburn, he supervised the overall band program, conducted the Symphonic Band, and taught conducting and band arranging. He was also faculty sponsor to Auburn’s Theta Lambda Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.

With over 360 published works, Dr. Vinson is a widely recognized arranger/composer of music for band, writing primarily for the Hal Leonard Corporation. He has served as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States.

Dr. Vinson is active professionally as a member and officer of a number of organizations. He has served as the National Vice President for Professional Relations for Tau Beta Sigma, is a Past President of the Alabama Music Educators Association, and is former Alabama State Chair of the College Band Directors National Association. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Band Association and is a Past President of Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. In addition, he is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, and ASCAP.

Dr. Vinson was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 1994, and has twice served as a member of its Board of Directors. He has been presented the Distinguished Service to Music Medal by Kappa Kappa Psi and the Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association. In 1998 he was elected to the Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame, and in January, 2008, was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Alabama Music Educators Hall of Fame.


Dr. Myron Welch

University of Iowa

Myron Welch is an emeritus professor and former director of bands at The University of Iowa where he conducted the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, coordinated the graduate program in band conducting, and taught courses in instrumental methods, conducting and band literature. In 2001, Dr. Welch was named a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for his years of outstanding teaching, service and dedication to the college.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Welch was Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. He was also band and orchestra director at Okemos High School, Okemos, Michigan, where he developed superior ensembles in both mediums. A native of Michigan, he received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University, with majors in clarinet and bassoon. He earned the Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Illinois where he was selected as the first candidate for the Band Conductor Internship program and studied conducting with Dr. Harry Begian.

Ensembles under his direction have performed at state and national conventions for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Ohio Music Education Association, Iowa Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Iowa Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association. Dr. Welch was a reviewer of new music for The Instrumentalist and is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician. He has appeared with the Goldman Band of New York City and numerous all-state bands, honor bands, and music camps throughout the country.


Weekend II | May 10 - May 12, 2019







Jim Curnow
Ashbury University

James Curnow was born in Port Huron, Michigan and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan where he received his initial musical training in the public schools and The Salvation Army Instrumental Programs in these cities. He lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky where he is president, composer, and educational consultant for Curnow Music Press, Inc. of Nicholasville, Kentucky, publishers of significant music for concert band and brass band. He also serves as Composer-in-residence (Emeritus) on the faculty of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is editor of all music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta, Georgia.

His formal training was received at Wayne State University, B.M. (Detroit, Michigan) and at Michigan State University, M.M (East Lansing, Michigan), where he was a euphonium student of Leonard Falcone, and a conducting student of Dr. Harry Begian. His studies in composition and arranging were with F. Maxwell Wood, James Gibb, Jere Hutchinson, and Irwin Fischer.

James Curnow has taught in all areas of instrumental music, both in the public schools (five years), and on the college and university level (thirty years). He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In 1980 he received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. In 1985, while a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Mr. Curnow was honored as an outstanding faculty member. Among his most recent honors are inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Composer of the Year (1997) by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association. He has received annual ASCAP standard awards since 1979.

As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim. He has won several awards for band compositions including the ASBDA/Volkwein Composition Award in 1977 (Symphonic Triptych) and 1979 (Collage for Band), the ABA/Ostwald Award in 1980 (Mutanza) and 1984 (Symphonic Variants for Euphonium and Band), the 1985 Sixth International Competition of Original Compositions for Band (Australian Variants Suite), the 1994 Coup de Vents Composition Competition of Le Havre, France (Lochinvar), commission through recognition of the KMTNA 1997 (On Poems of John Keats for String Quart), and Second Place in the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Composition Competition (Three Episodes for Trumpet and Piano).


Bruce Moss

Bowling Green University

Bruce Moss conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches conducting and music education courses, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University; former director of bands at Eastern Illinois University; served as chairman of the music department and director of bands at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Ill. where his ensembles were widely recognized through performances at the MENC National Convention and at major high schools and universities throughout the United States and Canada; continues to serve as music director of the Wheaton Municipal Band in Illinois, a professional summer community ensemble that is regarded as one of the finest of its kind in the nation; organized and conducted a professional wind ensemble for the College of DuPage; has taught courses at numerous universities and serves as a frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada; serves as new music reviewer for The Instrumentalist; elected member the American Bandmasters Association, president of College Band Directors National Association, North Central Division.



Dr. Timothy Rhea

Texas A&M University

Dr. Timothy B. Rhea is Director of Bands and Music Activities at Texas A&M University. As Director of Bands, he serves as administrative head of the university band program (1000 students), serves as conductor of the University Wind Symphony, and is the director of the nationally famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.” As Director of Performing Ensembles, he additionally oversees the activities of the jazz ensemble, orchestra, and choral programs.
Currently in his twenty-second year, he came to Texas A&M University in June of 1993 following a year of public school teaching in LaPorte, Texas – near Houston.

Dr. Rhea is a graduate of DeKalb, Texas High School and grew up in the music programs of the Texas public schools. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education with honors from the University of Arkansas where he was a private conducting student of Eldon A. Janzen. He earned the Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Texas Tech University where he studied with the late James Sudduth. During his time at Tech, he served as assistant conductor of the University Symphonic Band and graduate assistant director and musical arranger to the Texas Tech University Marching Band, where he worked with Keith Bearden. Dr. Rhea was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting and Composition from the University of Houston in May of 1999. In July of 1999, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year for the state of Texas from Phi Beta Mu. In December of 2000, Dr. Ray Bowen, former President of Texas A&M University, presented Dr. Rhea with the President’s Meritorious Service Award to Texas A&M University.

Dr. Rhea was named conductor of the TAMU Wind Symphony in 1995. During his tenure at Texas A&M University, Dr. Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony for conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association (five times), the College Band Directors National Association (two times), the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, the Western International Band Clinic, and the American Bandmasters Association (2009 convention host), as well as in settings such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center of Dallas and the Wortham Center of Houston, and on tours which have taken the band throughout the state of Texas. On their European tours (1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2013), Dr. Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony during performances in Ireland, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Under his direction, the Wind Symphony has released several internationally popular compact discs, all with Mark Records in New York.

Dr. Rhea’s tenure with the 420+ member Texas Aggie Band has included performances throughout the United States. In addition to both the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington DC and the Texas Governor’s Inaugural in Austin, bowl appearances with the Aggie Band have included the Holiday, Cotton, Sugar, Independence, and Alamo.

In addition to conducting, Rhea maintains a very successful career as an arranger and composer. His output of compositions and arrangements numbers over 300. As a composer, he has received performances at the Midwest International Band Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors Association, the Cotton Bowl, and the Tournament of Roses Parade. His works are published with TRN Music Publisher, RBC Music Publisher, Southern Music Company, and Arranger’s Publishing Company.



Swing Judges

May 4, 2019


May 11, 2019


Dr. Anthony Purcell

University of Central Missouri


John Bell

Northwest Missouri State University

Mr. Bell completed his Bachelor degree in Music Education at Central Missouri State University (now UCM) and received his Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Post-graduate work includes extensive hours toward the DMA in Conducting at The University of Iowa. His conducting mentors include Harry Begian, James Dixon, Paul Vermel, Russell Coleman, Myron Welch, and Glenn Block.

Ensembles under John’s direction received consistent superior ratings at regional and national music festivals, and have been invited to perform at state, national, and European conferences, including the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic. During his five years at Northwest, the Wind Symphony has achieved local, regional, and national recognition by professional organizations’ peer reviews. A recipient of the John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor, John also received recognition from students and parents on numerous occasions for inclusion in Who’s Who in America and from colleagues as the Park Hill School District Teacher of the Year. He is a recipient of the UCM Music Department’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Missouri chapter of Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Band Director Award, and the MoASTA Outstanding Collegiate Educator Award.

John has served as one of the co-conductors of the NorthWinds Symphonic Band of Kansas City since its inception and served as Conductor and Music Director of the Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City for two years. Active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest, he has served as Band Vice President of the Missouri Music Educators Association, President and High School Band Vice President of MMEA Kansas City District #3, a State Large Group Music Festival Manager for MSHSAA, and as a member of the MSHSAA Music Advisory Committee. John was a staff member of the Missouri Ambassadors of Music Biennial European Tour from 1996 to 2014, conducting and performing in both the concert band and string orchestra. Memberships include MMEA, NMEA, NAfME, Phi Beta Mu, ASTA/MoASTA, CBDNA, NBA, MBA, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and he is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.





Entry Fee Information

  • A $50 registration fee is due for each performing group. The registration fee is non-refundable/non-transferable and must be received prior to receiving a scheduled performance time.
  • The $50 fee is for registration purposes only and does NOT apply to your ticket purchase.
  • All members of your group, including students, directors, and accompanists are required to purchase a Festival of Music Entry a minimum of 10 days in advance.  Chaperone, parents and families may also purchase the FOM ticket.
    • One-Day Entry - $36 (plus tax, if applicable) per person 
    • (More details in the Tickets section of site)
  • The Festival of Music Entry fee includes participation in the Festival of Music and one specific day admission to Worlds of Fun.
  • One (1) complimentary admission ticket is issued with every 15 Festival of Music Entries purchased when full payment is received a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to performance date.
  • Season Pass Holders will be honored for members of your group, they do not count toward your group size when issuing complementary tickets.
  • Complimentary tickets are not issued for orders received less than two (2) weeks prior to performance date. Complimentary tickets will be issued on individual orders, not on a cumulative basis.
  • Worlds of Fun is open to the general public on Friday, May 3, 2019 and Friday, May 10, 2019.  Groups performing on this Friday will use their admission tickets on that same day (5/03/19 or 05/10/19). We cannot make acceptions.
  • No refunds or rain checks will be issued on pre-purchased admission tickets.
  • Separate charge for RipCord and Dinosaurs Alive!

Music Requirements

  • While the music selection is at the discretion of the director, Worlds of Fun encourages directors to select music of high artistic merit. 
  • At the time of check-in, the director provides three sets of original scores, measures numbered consecutively.
  • Photocopies are not permitted unless accompanied by written approval from the publisher. For additional information, please contact the Music Publishers Association -
  • The original scores, as well as the adjudicators written and recorded comments and a CD of the live performance, are picked up following the performance at the Festival of Music booth, located at the main entrance of the park.  Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes for packets to be available for pick-up.

Instrumental Guidelines

  • Total performance time is 20-minutes in length.
  • Total Performance time is 30-minutes from 12pm-3pm on Sunday May 5, 2019 and May 12, 2019.
  • To qualify for a 30 minute performance time your group size must be a minimum of 50.
  • The total performance time includes entering and exiting the Tivoli Music Hall.
  • The Festival of Music does not include grades 6th and under or jazz bands.
  • Ensembles perform a maximum of two (2) music selections for adjudication.
  • Please plan to adhere to these guidelines. The Bandmaster reserves the right to lower your overall rating if you exceed time.

Performance Classification

  • Groups are classified by school enrollment (official state count for enrollment on or after October 1, 2018).
  • Performance Divisions:
    • Middle School/Junior High School
      • At or Below 245 Students
      • 246 - 750 Students
      • 751 - 1000 Students
      • 1001 & More Students
    • Senior High School
      • At or Below 245 Students
      • 246 - 750 Students
      • 751 - 1000 Students
      • 1001 & More Students
    • Non-Association* (see below)
  • *Non-Association Division participants are schools that are not a member of their State Activities Association.  This Division is eligible for Honor Awards within its class, but not for Sweepstakes.
  • Grades 6th & under may perform a non-adjudicated "Performance in the Park" on any day the park is open to the public. Please complete a submission form by clicking here.

Performance Categories

  • Full Competition – division rating, comments and eligibility for trophy awards
  • Comments Only – performance for adjudicators’ comments only

Performance Arrangements

  • All performing members, directors, and accompanists must wear appropriate performance attire. Acceptable dress includes formal uniforms, costumes, and concert attire.
  • Worlds of Fun provides 2 10'x10' changing tents conveniently located in H parking lot.  H lot is adjacent to the bus parking lot (G) .
  • Worlds of Fun provides the following instruments and equipment in the Performance Hall:
    • Bands - chairs, music stands, conductor’s podium, four tympani, concert bass drum, chimes, vibraphone, marimba, concert bells, concert toms, gongn and xylophone (mallets are not provided)
    • Orchestras - chairs, stands, conductor's podium, four tympani, concert bass drum, chimes, vibraphone, marimba, concert bells, and xylophone (mallets are not provided)
    • We do not provide pianos or keyboards for Band/Orchestra Weekends

Warm-Up Area

  • Worlds of Fun provides an outdoor shelter as the warm-up facility.  Included is electricity and limited music chairs/stands for performance preparations.
  • Each school needs to provide their own means of transporting instruments.  Percussion equipment is not provided in the warm-up facility.
  • No less than 30-minutes prior to your scheduled performance, each group should report to the Festival of Music Check-In Booth (located outside and to the east of the main entrance) with all tickets distributed, group dressed and ready to warm-up.
  • Each group is assigned a personal park escort to assist them throughout their festival experience.
  • All groups are allotted 20-minutes in the warm-up facility.  This policy is strictly enforced. 

Standards for Ratings

  • The Festival of Music Adjudicators use the following standards for performance ratings.  The division ratings are based on industry standards among like festivals.
    • Rating I - Superior - This rating reflects the finest conceivable performance for the event and class of participants being evaluated.  Performance is worthy of the distinction of being recognized as among the very best.
    • Rating II - Excellent - This rating reflects an unusually high level of performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects.  Yet it is a performance of distinctive quality.  The ensemble receiving this rating usually shows the result of sound, fundamental training, but the performance lacks the polish and finesse necessary to qualify for a division I rating.
    • Rating III - Good - This rating is awarded for good performance, but one that is not outstanding.  It shows accomplishment with marked promise and potential, but is lacking in one or more essential qualities.  This rating indicates much room for improvement in many of the fundamental areas listed on the adjudicators' comment sheet.
    • Rating IV - Fair - This rating describes a performance that shows obvious weaknesses.  These may reflect handicaps in the way of instrumentation or lack of rehearsal time, but generally represents a performance that is weak or uncertain.  There are numerous errors and the performance reveals basic weaknesses in most of the fundamental factors listed on the comment sheet.
    • Rating V - Poor - This rating indicates a performance that reveals much room for improvement.  The director should re-evaluate his/her methods, instrumentation, etc., with those of more mature individuals and organizations.  Even the most critical judges rarely use this division.  It indicates a performance in which the performers reveal almost a complete lack of preparedness and understanding.  In some cases, this may be due to immature students attempting music which is far too advanced for them.  In other words, it may be due to an accumulation of careless and poor playing habits which only tend to become accentuated and more noticeable as the player becomes older.

Determining Final Rating

  • The evaluation of each of the three adjudicators will count one third in determining the final rating.
  • Each adjudicator will give ratings as follows: Rating I, Rating II, Rating III, Rating IV, and Rating V.
  • The following points will be assigned to each adjudicator's rating to determine the final rating for each ensemble:  Rating I - 1 point, Rating II - 2 points, Rating III - 3 points, Rating IV - 4 points, and Rating V - 5 points.
  • The following scale will determine the final rating for each ensemble from the ratings given by the individual adjudicators:
    • Rating I - 3 through 4 points
    • Rating II - 5 through 7 points
    • Rating III - 8 through 10 points
    • Rating IV - 11 through 13 points
    • Rating V - 14 through 15 points

Honor Awards

  • An Awards Ceremony is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday following the final performance for that day. 
  • Awards must be picked up each day.  A packaging and shipping fee will be required for any awards that require shipment. 1st place trophies ship for $50. 2nd place trophies ship for $45.
  • Please plan to have a minimum of one representative from your school attend the Awards Ceremony. 
  • Each school that receives an Honor Award, that is not picked up during the Awards Ceremony, must make arrangements for pick-up with the Festival Coordinator. If you need to have your trophy shipped, there will be a shipping fee that must be paid prior to shipment.
  • Each participating group receives a Certificate of Performance personally signed by each adjudicator and the Bandmaster, recorded and written comments by each adjudicator, and a recorded copy of the performance.
  • "I" rating plaques are awarded to each performing ensemble that achieves a “I” rating.
  • A First and Second Place Honor Trophy is presented in each rated division. Each day performing ensembles compete with other ensembles within their division for the Honor Awards.
  • If, in the opinion of the judges, performances within a division do not achieve a sufficient level of excellence, the Honor Awards may not be awarded.
  • A Sweepstakes Trophy is awarded each Sunday to the best overall performance for that weekend.  


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