Adjudicator Panels

Marty Erickson


I would like to welcome you to the adjudication area of the Falcone Festival. You will find that we invite only highly successful teachers and performers who are dedicated to the furthering of the tuba and euphonium to adjudicate both at the preliminary and festival rounds. Great care is taken during each step of the competition to make sure that only the highest standards are upheld, both by the judges and the contestants. Good luck to all!

~ Marty Erickson

2016 Festival Preliminary Round Adjudicators | 2016 Festival Rounds Adjudicators

2016 Festival Semi-Final and Final Round Adjudicators

MSGT. NEAL CORWELL (Ret.) served as euphoniumist with the US Army Band (Pershing's Own) in Washington, DC, from 1981 to 1989. During those years, he was one of the band’s most popular soloists and was featured at many prestigious events and venues. After briefly serving as principal euphonium with the 257th Army National Guard Band (Washington, DC) during 2001, Neal rejoined Pershing’s Own in 2002, and served there as euphonium section leader of the Ceremonial Band until he retired in 2016. As a civilian from 1989 to 2001, Corwell taught at Shepherd and Frostburg State Universities and earned a doctoral degree in euphonium performance and pedagogy at the University of Maryland. Throughout his career, Corwell has been a freelance soloist, composer, adjudicator, and recording artist. Since 1990 he has been trombonist with the St. James Brass Quintet.

DR. MARK COX, professor of tuba and euphonium at Central Michigan University, holds bachelor of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a master of music degree in performance from Northwestern University. Cox has performed major concert halls in the US, Germany, and Japan and has performed with numerous international performers. He gives seminars on teaching, performing, including Proper Breathing Techniques for Musicians, throughout the US. Cox’s students include public school teachers and professional performers. His former students have won the Yamaha Young Artists Competition; placed in the artist division of the Leonard Falcone International Competition; are members of “Pershing’s Own” US Army Band; and have performed as soloists around the nation. Mark Cox is a Yamaha Artist.

MARTY ERICKSON served under six Navy Band leaders and seven presidents during his 26 years as principal tubist and tuba soloist with the US Navy Band. Equally comfortable performing jazz, pops, and the classics and at home in any venue from symphony orchestra to Dixieland band, Erickson has established himself as one of the most versatile tubists in the world. He has performed as soloist and clinician throughout the UK, Western Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, Greece, Spain, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and 48 of the 50 United States. He presently teaches tuba and euphonium at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI. Erickson is a clinician and design consultant for Getzen/Willson. He performs on Willson model 3400S Eb tuba, the 3100S BBb tuba and the Erickson Signature model ME1 mouthpiece. Erickson currently serves as president of ITEA. Marty will be unable to join us this year. Dr. Jerry Young will be filling in for him.

ALESSANDRO FOSSI, our guest artist, will also be adjudicating at the semi-finalist and finalist competitions. Fossi's full biography can be found here.

DR. JAMIE LIPTON is associate professor of low brass at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, as well as at the last five ITEA conferences. Lipton has won first place in both the Falcone Euphonium Artist and ITEC Euphonium Artist competitions. She has been on faculty at many of the leading American brass workshops. Currently, Lipton directs and performs with several brass ensembles and is principal euphonium in the Natural State Brass Band based in Little Rock, Arkansas. She holds degrees from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and the University of North Texas, and her major professors include Rex Martin, Dr. Brian Bowman, and the late Dr. Vern Kagarice. Lipton is a Willson performing artist.

DR. EARLE LOUDER is retired distinguished professor emeritus of euphonium and tuba from Morehead State University, Kentucky, where he also served as resident-artist for 27 years. Before his tenure at Morehead State, he was for 12 seasons principal and featured euphonium soloist and head of the brass department of the US Navy Band, and he conducted the Navy Band Ceremonial Unit. Louder was a student of Leonard Falcone, and was the first person to complete the doctor of music degree in euphonium performance at Florida State University. He is a permanent faculty member at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. Louder is in great demand as a guest euphonium soloist, clinician, adjudicator, and conductor in the US and internationally. Acclaimed as one of the finest euphonium virtuosos of all time, Louder performs on three low brass instruments – trombone, tuba, and euphonium.

PHILIP SINDER is professor of tuba and euphonium at Michigan State University. His students are found in performance and teaching positions throughout the United States and have won awards in numerous competitions. Sinder has performed with many leading ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Houston Symphony. He is a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek and also performs frequently with the Lansing Symphony and the MSU Beaumont Brass Quintet. His solo tuba recording Aerodynamics has received strong critical acclaim, and he has performed on over 20 other ensemble recordings. Sinder served as an associate editor for the New Tuba Source Book (2006), published by Indiana University Press. Sinder earned a bachelor of music and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) and a master of music from Wichita (KS) State University.

DR. GARY SULLIVAN held music faculty positions at Ohio Northern University, Adrian College, and North Branch Schools before serving twenty-seven years as director of bands for the Charlotte, MI, public schools. He is the current artistic director and conductor of the Lansing Concert Band. In addition to conducting, he continues to compose, teach privately, and adjudicate. Sullivan is a former euphonium student of Leonard Falcone and has also studied low brass with Thomas Clay, H. Dennis Smith, and Phil Sinder. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Music Degree in Theory and Composition from Miami University, a Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Music and Theory from Michigan State University, and has completed additional graduate work in conducting and low brass performance at the University of Michigan.

RANDY WESTMORELAND is the instructor of tuba and euphonium at Hillsdale and Alma Colleges, where he also teaches chamber music and brass pedagogy He also serves as principal tubist with the Motor City Symphony and Saginaw Bay Symphony, and he has performed with several professional ensembles throughout the Midwest, including the Toledo Symphony, the Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds, and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Westmoreland has a bachelor of music education degree from Michigan State University and a master of music degree from The University of Notre Dame.

DR. JERRY YOUNG is professor emeritus of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1983-2016). Previously, he taught in Arkansas public schools and on faculty at University of Illinois, Central Missouri State University, and Interlochen Arts Camp. At UWEC, he taught applied tuba and euphonium, BASSically BRASS (euphonium/tuba ensemble), advanced courses in music education, the honors colloquium "Songs and Symphonies,” and supervised student teachers. He is the current past-president of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association (ITEA) and served as editor-in-chief of the ITEA Journal from 1985-88 and 1998-2002. In 2010 he received the initial ITEA Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious Work in Low Brass Scholarship for life-long accomplishment in scholarly research; he has been recognized as Distinguished Alumnus (University of Arkansas Department of Music, 1999); and he received the Orpheus Award from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (2016);and he is a fellow of the Fulbright Academy. Dr. Young has been proud to serve as a member of the Falcone Festival Board for nearly thirty years.

Preliminary Round Adjudicators for 2016 Festival

Euphonium Artist Division

Dr. Martin Cochran • Instructor of Euphonium, Kennesaw State University & Columbus State University
Col. Michael Colburn • Director of Bands, Butler University; Former Director, “The President’s Own” US Marine Band
Dr. Jamie Lipton • Associate Professor of Low Brass, Henderson State University

Tuba Artist Division

James Hicks • Principal Tuba, United States Navy Band, Washington
Tom McCaslin • Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, East Carolina University
Dr. Mark Nelson • Chair, Performing Arts Deptartment, Pima Community College

Euphonium Student Division

Nick Keelan • Associate Professor of Music, Lawrence University
Dr. Matthew Mireles • Joye R. Lenz Endowed Professor & Director of Bands/Low Brass, Cameron University
Ross Cohen • Baritone, River City Brass Band

Tuba Student Division

Dr. Chris Dickey • Miraphone Performing Artist; Clinical Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, Washington State University School of Music
Matthew Lyon • Assistant Professor of Music Performance (Tuba and Euphonium), Ball State University
Dr. Bethany Wiese • Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium, Appalachian State University


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