2021 Judges

Ferd Vollmar – Visual Judge

Ferd Vollmar began his teaching career at Briesemeister Middle School in Seguin, Texas in 1975. During the last 43 years Mr. Vollmar has enjoyed a successful teaching career working with students from elementary through the university level.

In the spring of 2015, Mr. Vollmar retired from the of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where his responsibilities included instrumental methods, music education courses, and supervising student teachers. Prior to his appointment at UT, Mr. Vollmar was the Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at the University of the Incarnate Word from 2009 to 2013. His responsibilities included directing and coordinating all aspects of the UIW Cardinal Marching Band and conducting the Wind Ensemble. Professor Vollmar also served the School of Music as Director of Instrumental Studies.  Before his position at Incarnate Word, he was the Director of Music Education for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas from 2001 to 2009.  At NEISD, Mr. Vollmar’s duties included supervising band, choir, and orchestra programs at seven high schools, thirteen middle schools, forty-four elementary schools, and the district’s Fine Arts Magnet School. In addition to his supervisory duties at NEISD, Mr. Vollmar was also the Director of Bands at Winston Churchill High School Band from 1987-2001, and the Santa Fe High School Band from 1977-1987. Under Mr. Vollmar’s direction, the Churchill and Santa Fe Bands were consistent TMEA Honor Band and UIL State Marching Band finalists. The Churchill band has been a Bands of America Regional Champion five times and a two- time finalist at the Grand National Bands of America in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Vollmar holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Houston.  Mr. Vollmar is an active adjudicator, clinician, and music curriculum consultant in Texas and throughout the Southwest. He has served UIL and TMEA in many different positions, including Region 12 Band Division Chairman, representative on the State UIL Music Advisory Committee, and contest host for UIL State Marching Band Contest since 2003. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


[photo Van Henry]

Van Henry – Music Judge

Mr. Henry has held positions in the Dallas ISD, Austin ISD, Elgin ISD and Bastrop ISD. Mr. Henry was offered the position of Director of Bands by the Elgin ISD. In 1994, the Elgin High School Band was awarded the highest award a concert band could receive in Texas, TMEA Honor Band. This marked the first occasion that an ensemble conducted by and African American earned the distinction of Honor Band. His Elgin Bands earned numerous awards throughout Mr. Henry’s tenure. Shortly after being named TMEA Honor Band, the Elgin High School Band performed for the welcoming of then President Bill Clinton during the President’s official visit to Austin. The band performed for approximately one hour for the president. At the conclusion of the performance President Clinton spoke individually to each of the 115 band members and three directors. In 1995 the Elgin High School Band under the director or Mr. Henry performed for the annual TMEA convention in San Antonio. In 1997, Mr. Henry was offered the position of Director of Bands for the Bastrop ISD. In his first year as director of bands, the Bastrop High School Band earned its first ever division one award in marching. His second year at Bastrop marked the first ever sweepstakes award for the Bastrop High School program. The Bastrop bands went on to earned sweepstakes for many years under Mr. Henry’s director. Over the years the Bastrop Band was considered one of the finest 4A bands in the state of Texas. In 2006 Mr. Henry was offered the position of Director of Bands for the College Station Independent District. Bands under Mr. Henry’s director earned numerous distinctions and awards included the UIL sweepstakes award every year of Mr. Henry’s tenure. In 2007 after 29 years of service to public schools in Texas, Mr. Henry retired from full time teaching. He is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and region band conductor throughout Texas and the south. Mr. Henry has served on the UIL Blue Ribbon Realignment Committee, the UIL Sightreading Revision Committee, TEA Textbook Revision and Adoption Committee. He served as band chair for TMEA Region 18, TBA Region 8 band chair. He has given sightreading clinics in 8 different regions and has presented three clinics at TMEA. He has served as guest conductor of region bands in regions 2, 13, 8, 18 and 4. He has also guest conducted honor and all region bands in New Jersey and Louisiana. Mr. Henry has also judged UIL marching and concert evaluations in 26 different UIL regions.


Grace Scott – Percussion Judge

Grace Scott has a degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was an active member of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band, and studied under Thom Hannum and Ian Hale. Grace has also performed with the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps as a front ensemble member in 2009 and 2010, which led her to rich teaching opportunities with the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps, the Madison Scouts, and the Spirit of America Winter Percussion Ensemble.

From 2015-2019, Grace served as a band director and director of the winter percussion program at Robert E. Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, TX). During Grace’s time at Hendrickson, the marching band advanced from Area to 6A State twice, and the indoor marching percussion ensemble earned a bronze medal at TCGC Open State Finals.
Grace is now retired from band directing, and happily works full time as a Product Marketing Manager at a real estate settlement software company. She lives with her Australian Blue Heeler  Rocky, and husband Josh on the east side of Austin, Texas.


Herbert Washington – Colorguard Judge

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Herbert Washington graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance and Theatre. Herbert currently resides in Austin, Texas where he is the Colorguard Instructor for The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA HS). He has performed, taught, designed, and choreographed in a broad range of pageantry such as: A performing member of Carolina Crown (2006-2011), Étude Independent open (2007), Phantom Regiment Winter Guard (2008), Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard (2012), Winthrop Dance Theatre (2010-2012), Color Guard tech, designer, and choreographer for Carolina Crown (2012-2016), TRANSform Dance Collective (2013, guest artist), American College Dance Festival Association “ACDFA” (2008-2012, choreographed and performed works), Sapphire Moon Dance Company (2009, guest artist), and South Carolina Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance “SCAHPERD” (2008, 2011, choreographed and performed works). He was the artistic director of Legacy Performing Arts, 2016-2018. Herbert continues to pursue his artistic goals in Texas by choreographing and designing for a variety of local area schools such as Hendrickson HS, Round Rock HS, Cedar Ridge HS, Moe and Gene Johnson HS, Dripping Springs HS, and more.