Adjudication Panel

  • Music Performance – Aaron Witek – West Monroe, LA

  • Visual Performance – Jonathan Powell – Baton Rouge, LA

  • GE Music – Mickey Mangum – Long Beach, MS

  • GE Visual – Erik Richards – Cleveland, MS

  • Percussion – Anthony Luker – Hattiesburg, MS

  • Guard -Tracy Carter – Jackson, MS

Aaron Witek – Music Performance

Dr. Aaron Witek is the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Music and Instructor of Trumpet at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Witek has given recitals and master classes at many state, regional, national, and international conferences; including the International Women’s Brass Conference, NACUSA Mid-South Regional Conference, Louisiana Music Educators’ Association Conference, and the Florida Music Educators’ Association Convention. He has been an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition, International Trumpet Guild Youth Competition, Louisiana All-State auditions, as well as marching band competitions and festivals across the country. In addition, Dr. Witek is in demand as a clinician and has worked with ensembles in Arizona, Florida, New York, and Louisiana. He has been involved with the marching arts activity since 2001 as an instructor and designer and is the former Assistant Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.  He currently serves as a brass specialist at The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.

Aaron Witek is proud to be a Vincent Bach Performing Artist. For more information about Dr. Witek visit


Jonathan Powell – Visual Performance


Mickey Mangum – General Effect Music  

Mickey is currently in his twenty-fourth year of teaching public school in Mississippi. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Mickey has served as director of bands at Kosciusko, MS City Schools, Clinton, MS City Schools and currently is the director of bands at Long Beach, MS City Schools. During his career Mickey has overseen many successful ensembles including sweepstakes award winning concert programs, award winning marching band programs and various winter guards and indoor percussion programs.

Mickey is also the assistant director/manager for the award winning Mississippi Lions All-State Band which travels the world competing in parade competitions every summer, as well as providing All- State students with a week long concert experience. In 2014 Mickey was named the State of Mississippi and Section Three Southeast US National Federation Outstanding Music Educator. Mickey has judged extensively in the concert band, marching band and indoor percussion arenas throughout the United States, and is the founder and executive director of the Mississippi Indoor Association competitive colorguard, winds and percussion circuit.

Erik Richards –  General Effect Visual

Dr. Erik Richards is current Director of Bands at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.  He holds a doctorate in music education with a concentration in instrumental conducting and a graduate certificate in college teaching from Florida State University, a Master of Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He spent 10 years of his professional career teaching instrumental music at all levels, marching band and AP music theory in Virginia public schools. He has also been active as a guest clinician and conductor.


Anthony Luker – Percussion


Tracy Carter – Color Guard