Judges

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.

Peter Warshaw – Music Judge

(Mr. Van Henry was originally scheduled to serve as our Music Judge, but is unable to attend due to a family emergency. We are grateful to Mr. Warshaw for stepping in  on very short notice, and send our best wishes to Mr Henry’s family)

Peter J. Warshaw is the Fine Arts Director in Leander ISD. He received the TBA Lifetime Administrator Award in 2016 and was named Music Administrator of the Year by the Texas Music Administrators Conference in 2014. Previously, Mr. Warshaw was Director of Bands at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson ISD, which earned the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2000 and was named the TMEA Class 4A Honor Band in 2001. He is a life member of the International Percy Grainger Society and received the Grainger Medallion in 1998. Under his leadership, Leander ISD fine arts programs have earned a reputation for excellence and artistry. He is in high demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and speaker and is a published writer, music transcriber, and poet.

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 Director at Moe & Gene Johnson High School in Buda.  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, Dripping Springs HS, LASA, and more.