The 2014 Team
The All Star Invitational Marching Band is proud to announce the 2014 team of legendary music professionals who will mentor and coach our talented participants. Students will rehearse under the guidance of these renowned music directors in preparation to perform at the Discover Orange Bowl. These music directors spend their year leading some of the largest and most respected marching programs in the country. They come together for one week to share their experience with the next generation of marching All Stars.
Marching Band Directors
These directors have received national acclaim and have extensive experience working with talented students, making them the perfect choice to mentor participants in the All Star Invitational Marching Band*.
Dr. Ken Dye
University of Notre Dame
Dr. Kenneth Dye is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame, where he has led the acclaimed Band of the Fighting Irish marching program for the past 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he earned a Doctorate in Music Education. Dr. Dye also holds a Master of Arts in Music from California State University and Bachelor of Music from USC. Ken Dye served as composer/arranger for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Band and pops arranger for the Dallas Symphony.
Arizona State University
Jim Hudson is in his sixth year as Director of Athletic Bands at Arizona State University. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he served as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kansas and Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). His bands have performed internationally in Switzerland, Italy, France, and Ireland, and nationally at the Super Bowl XLII halftime show and 1999 Grand National Championships.
Barry W. Bernhardt
Florida International University
Barry W. Bernhardt is the Director of Marching Bands at Florida International University. Professor Bernhardt also teaches courses in Basic Conducting and Secondary Music Methods. Bernhardt has been working since 1990 to write the halftime shows for the Orange Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Gator Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Holiday Bowl, and the BCS National Championship. Bernhardt annually conducts two or more bowl game shows for national television.
For more than 30 years, Norm Ruebling has been a recognized fixture on the national marching band scene. He is a former music director at the University of Missouri, Emporia State University, Southeastern Louisiana State University, and Union High School (Union, MO). As a nationally renowned adjudicator and clinician, Norm has traveled to Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States for the last 32 years.
Broken Arrow High School
Wes Cartwright is one of the foremost names in the field of pageantry and visual innovation. From his celebrated design with Drum Corps International’s World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard to consecutive Grand National Championships with Broken Arrow and L.D. Bell High Schools, Mr. Cartwright’s groundbreaking concepts have entertained, educated, and inspired a generation of students, instructors, and enthusiastic fans.
*Please note that all directors’ participation is contingent upon their football programs’ performance.
On-Site Support Team
In addition to our outstanding team of conductors and clinicians, your on-site team will ensure the safety of all program participants and work to assure that the All Star Invitational Marching Band is an unparalleled experience.
While in Florida, All Stars are supervised by our chaperones, most of whom are music educators at the high school or university level. Prior to selection, all chaperones undergo a background check. All Stars can expect their chaperone to contact them prior to travel, meet them at the hotel in South Florida, and be available to assist them throughout the program.
We have a program desk staffed with professionals to answer your questions and provide assistance throughout the program.
An On-site Coordinator is at the hotel at all times, ensuring that rooms are properly set up, keys work, and all details of the All Stars’ stay are coordinated.
During any touring, specially trained Course Leaders will act as guides. These team members assure an enriching and educational travel experience.
Night Chaperones monitor the hotel hallways from late evening to early morning hours, so students and chaperones can get a good night’s sleep. If a student needs assistance during the night, the Night Chaperone is available to alert necessary staff.
On-Tour Operations Team
We have team members available 24 hours a day via phone during the program. These individuals are trained to handle any emergency that may arise.
Doctors on Call
We have an exclusive partnership with The George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine, which gives us access to doctors who are available 24 hours a day to provide phone consultations and treatment recommendations for all participants.