J.W. Koester – from San Jose’, California

Mr. J.W. Koester, a long-time educator, consultant, adjudicator pageantry professional & percussionist, is currently employed as a Project Engineer with a semi-conductor capital equipment company in Fremont, CA.

A Percussionist since 1967, he has performed with such groups as the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps (during which time the Corps won 3 DCI World Championships & 5 Best Percussion Section Awards), the San Jose’ State University Marching Band, and the West Valley College Wind & Percussion Ensembles, as well as numerous Community Theater Musical Productions.

In his 30 years as a designer, instructor & consultant he has worked with several top Drum & Bugle Corps, including the Santa Clara Vanguard, The Phantom Regiment the Glassmen, the Mandarins and the Vanguard Cadets, as well as numerous Marching Bands, Winter Guards & Winter Percussion Ensembles throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, Nevada & Hawaii.

Mr. Koester has over 25 years experience as an adjudicator of Marching Band, Drum & Bugle Corps, Winter Guard and Winter Percussion Festivals & Competitions throughout the United States (including the State Championships for several Western Region States).

Mr. Koester has also served in the capacity of Director or Manager of such well-known pageantry organizations as the 6-time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps (including the 1999 DCI World Championship Corps), the 2 time World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (including the 2008 DCI World Championship Corps), the World Champion DCI Open Division Vanguard Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (including the 1991 & 1993 Division II finalist corps), the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, the 6-time World Champion San Jose’ Raiders Winter Guards and with Drum Corps International as the national coordinator for the Division II & III corps. 

Mr. Koester is currently the Corps Director for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps. He also serves as Lead Instructor for the Price Charter School Winter Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Coordinator for Oak Grove High School Marching Band and Winter Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Koester is married to Roxanne and they have two children – Laura and Joshua.

CERRITOS HIGH SCHOOL WIND SYMPHONY

Cerritos, California

Timothy Trost, Director

The Wind Symphony is associated with the Department of Music at Cerritos High School.  The ensemble has earned an outstanding reputation for its quality of sound and musicianship.  The Wind Symphony has received numerous “Superior” and first place ratings at local, statewide, national, and international contests and festivals.  The Wind Symphony has performed in several prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Recently, the ensemble performed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.


In addition to the Wind Symphony, the Cerritos High School Department of Music has a marching band, concert choir, percussion ensemble, and colorguard.  The marching band has earned several prestigious awards such as: 2013, 2014 and 2015 Western Band Association Class 2A State Champion, 2016 Western Band Association Class 3A State Champion, 2015 Western Band Association Class 1A/2A/3A Grand Champions, 2004 Western Band Association Class 4A State Champion, and 2005 Bands of America Southwest Regional Finalist.  The Music Program has received the 2015, 2016 and 2017 National Music Merit Award for outstanding contributions to Music Education, awarded by the NAMM Foundation. In November of 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 the music program has received Mayoral Proclamations of Honor from the City of Cerritos for their outstanding achievements.


Timothy Trost, director of bands and instrumental music at Cerritos High School, received his education and degrees from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University and the University of Southern California.  His degrees are in music performance, conducting, and music education. While at Arizona State University, he was the graduate teaching assistant for the ASU Symphonic Band and the Intermediate Conducting Classes. In addition to his outstanding abilities in oboe and conducting, he is a professional drill designer.  He has designed and instructed marching band, drum and bugle corps, and winterguard shows throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Many of his designs and instructional influence have been quite successful in Drum Corps International, Bands of America, and the Western Band Association.


Mr. Trost has performed with many outstanding ensembles such as the Arizona Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, Cincinnati Wind Symphony, Tempe Symphony Orchestra, plus several more.

Aaron Hines


Marvin holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Higher Education and Leadership Policies from California State University, Sacramento, where he was the Drum Major of the Hornet Marching Band. He is currently working on his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Marvin has worked with many prestigious high school marching band programs as a leadership clinician and visual/movement instructor (Granite Bay, Ayala,Fairfield,John F. Kennedy, American Canyon, Laguna Creek, California, and Ponderosa). He is also the Director and Head Judge of Drum Major activities for the Northern California Band Association. Marvin has been part of the Concord Blue Devils organization (Blue Devils B and Blue Devils A), and has also been the Drum Major Coordinator for the Blue Devils B and the Sacramento Mandarins drum corps.

Date:       October 6th, 2018

Location:  Hanford High School 

              120 E. Grangeville Blvd

              Hanford CA, 93230

Dan Bryan

Dan Bryan teaches music for the Stanislaus Union School District. Prior to this appointment, he held positions at Los Banos High School, Grace M. Davis High School, and Joseph A. Gregori High School, where he founded the music department in 2010. Additionally, he works with CSU Stanislaus as a student teacher supervisor in the Teacher Education Department. He acts as an adjudicator throughout the United States for a variety of marching band and winter percussion associations, as well as Drum Corps International.

He is an eight time Winter Guard International World Championship Medal winner (and seven-time WGI Finalist) as an instructor/composer; additionally, he is published internationally through Key Poulan Music and GPG Publications. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and CSU Fresno, and holds his Master’s Degree in  Band Conducting from Sam Hoston State University. He has served on the boards of the California Band Directors Association, Stanislaus County Music Educators Association, and the Central Valley Guard and Percussion Circuit. He is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor throughout California, and has presented at the California All State Music Educators Conference, Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, and Cazadero Music Camp (Conductor).

Dan is co-owner (with his wife, Lindsay) of Pitopia  Percussion, is a teacher/endorser for Innovative Percussion, and is the proud father of his favorite little tornado, Kate.


Aaron Hines (ASCAP) is originally from the Sacramento area where his dedication to the percussion arts began as a member of the award-winning Sacramento High School percussion ensemble. For over 20 years Aaron has taught, arranged, and designed for numerous schools, ranging from the middle school to collegiate level while keeping an active clinician and adjudication schedule. Over 35 of Aaron's ensembles have earned circuit and state titles as well as Medals, Fans' Favorite Awards, and Finalist appearances at the WGI World Championships. In addition, Aaron arranges and composes custom works independently for schools across the country and has music published through Dave Glyde Show Designs, Gary P. Gilroy Publications (Best-Sellers 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Key Poulan Music, Creative Solutions, Jair Klarfeld Music, & JW Pepper. He is also an active member of the Percussive Arts Society. Aaron is also an Endorsed Artist with Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion Sticks/Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, & the Yamaha Corporation.

From Long Beach, California. James started out as a Trombone player in his high school marching band then in 1992 and 1993 he marched euphonium with the Velvet Knights Drum Corps. He started his color guard career with the Axxis Winterguard in the late 90's and in 1998 he went on to march with Blue Devils Drum Corps. After that, James continued performing for the next 8 years with the Walt Disney company as a dancer in shows and parades. 

In 2012, he was inducted into the Winter Guard Association of Southern California Hall of Fame. James has worked with several Colorguards in the southern California area over the last 17 years. Currently, he judges General Effect for the WGASC, UCGC, FFCC, PPAACC and SJVCGPR and is WGI Certified.

He received his Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts from Cal State Long Beach and currently works as a Costume Designer at Creative Costuming & Designs.

Gene Monterastelli

1958-1962:    Member Marquette Crusaders
1963-1965:    Marquette Crusaders - visual instructor & designer
1966-2012:    Central States Judges Association(band, color guard, & drum corps) 
1966-1975:    Casper Troopers - visual instructor & assistant director 
1976-2001:    Drum Corps International visual judge 
1993:             Drum Corps International Hall of Fame 
1999-2000:    Southwind visual staff 
2000:             Central States Judges Association Hall of Fame 
2002-2004:    Phantom Regiment visual staff 
2005-2006:    Santa Clara Vanguard visual staff 
2007-2009:    Bluecoats visual staff 
2010-2011:    Pacific Crest visual staff
2012-2013:    Boston Crusaders visual staff
2014-2015:    Mandarins visual staff
2016-2017:    Oregon Crusaders visual staff


J.W. Koester

Welcome to the official website for the 2018 Silks & Sounds Spectacular! Here you can view any important information about the event and also register your band!

George Miles

Judge Bios

James Goodrich

Timothy Trost

Brian Mora

​Marvin J. Reed

Brian Mora is visual consultant from Miami, FL, and has been involved in the marching arts for over 25 years.  He is an accomplished instructor/consultant/adjudicator throughout the US.  Brian has had the honor of working with several of the top drum corps, marching bands, winterguards, indoor percussion units, and winds at all levels of activity.  His affiliations include WGI, DCI, USBands, WBA, TCGC, FMBC, ADLA and many others.  

From the beginning, Brian has been a proponent of the positive lessons and effects the activity can have on its members.  He continues to provide all levels, organizations, and their students with the tools to reach the pinnacle of their abilities.

Brian currently resides in Roseville, CA.  His continued message, “The Marching Arts are a sport, an art, and an education in life.”

George Miles is a retired music teacher.  George taught for 34 years in public schools, 26 of them at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento. His teaching experience also includes 30 years with several drum and bugle corps including the Phantom Regiment, Argonauts and the Sacramento Mandarins.  He served as a member of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years, George has adjudicated many band competitions such as the Portland Rose Festival, the University of Oregon Festival of bands and the Edmonton Klondike Days parade and field show.