The 11th annual South Texas Classic will be held at the Brandeis Athletic Field located at 13011 Kyle Seale Pkwy, San Antonio, Texas 78249.
JJ Pipitone received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University and his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas.
JJ is currently a retired band director turned real estate investor in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and will buy your home for cash! Just ask him about it!! He is also is a consultant for the Texas A & M Commerce Pride Marching Band, writes high school marching band shows, and is an adjudicator for WGI. Prior, JJ was an adjunct percussion professor at Texas A & M Commerce from 2013-2016.
Before this, he served in the public schools for 16 years as an assistant band director in the Lewisville and Grapevine Independent School Districts. In addition to all of the percussion responsibilities from 6th-12th grade, his duties have included Concert Band, Music Theory, Music History, Jazz band, and Musical Theater.
JJ has extensive drum corp experience, having marched for 9 years in drum corps all over the country including numerous drum corps in the up-state New York area, the Dutch Boy, the Phantom Regiment, and the Concord Blue Devils. He won the DCI Multi tenor competition in 1989, The PAS Multi Tenor competition in 1990 and placed 2nd at the PAS marimba competition in 1992. As an instructor, JJ taught the World Champion Phantom Regiment in 1995 and 1996. In 1997, JJ was the caption head and the battery arranger. He went on to teach the Glassmen in 1998 & 1999 and the Crossmen in 2000 & 2001.
JJ’s extensive judging experience has taken him around the globe since 2003. He is honored to be affiliated with Bands Of America, US Bands, Winter Guard International, Drum Corp International, Drum Corp Japan and various indoor Percussion circuits around the United States.
Rick Rodriguez (“Mr. Rod”) has become a well known and respected percussion clinician around the country and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He is currently in his 6th year as percussion director and assistant band director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, TX. and was previously the percussion specialist at Spring High School for 16 years prior to Cedar Ridge. In 2009 Mr Rod and the Spring Percussion Ensemble were fortunate to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago IL. and in 2014 Cedar Ridge Percussion Ensemble performed at TMEA San Antonio. Please Youtube Cedar Ridge Percussion Ensemble to experience Cedar Ridge Percussion Ensemble.
In his younger days Rick had performed in and instructed the world famous University of North Texas PASIC Drum Line and was a snare drummer and staff member of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Rick was also a staff member of Phantom Regiment and Blue Knights drum and bugle corps. Mr Rodriguez is on the adjudicating staff of Drum Corps International (DCI) Wgi and is also a busy private teacher and percussion master class consultant year round.
Rick is supported by Cedar Ridge band staff and he is also blessed to have the support of his parents Henry and Luci Rodriguez and his brother Roberto Rodriguez whom have been by Rick throughout his long musical journey.
Mr. Rick Rodriguez is currently endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Evans Drum Heads, and the Zildjian Cymbal Company.
RAY ULIBARRI is beginning his sixteenth year as a percussion instructor in public schools. Prior to teaching at Reagan High School in San Antonio Texas, Mr. Ulibarri was the percussion director at Klein Forest high School and Pomona High School in Arvada Colorado. During his tenure with Pomona, the band won an unprecedented 11 State Marching Band Championships and placed fifth at the 1997 BOA Grand National Championships in Indianapolis. In addition the Percussion ensemble was a two time medalist at the WGI World Championships and perennial finalist. In 2002-03 Mr. Ulibarri was the percussion instructor of the University of Colorado Golden Buffalo Marching Band.
Mr. Ulibarri is currently the Percussion Arranger for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp and the former caption Head of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also the former front ensemble arranger and caption head of the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble. Both groups are recognized as innovators in the world of percussion and have placed in the top three in the world.
Percussion arrangements are in demand throughout the country and he is a freelance composer.
Mr. Ulibarri has studied with Ralph Hardimon Gray Barrier, Doug Walter Doug Rosener, Amy Smith and Mark Foster. He is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Evans, Zildjian and Yamaha. Ray Ulibarri is an active music adjudicator and clinician throughout the country.
2017 Solo Contest Judges
Manny Maldonado is highly sought after as a private lesson instructor and show designer, program coordinator, arranger, consultant, clinician, and adjudicator for marching band.
As a private lesson instructor, Manny’s students have won half (2 out of 4) of the qualifying chairs from the area that advance to the Texas Music Educator Association’s All-State Band, an honor bestowed upon 28 percussionists from the state every year. Manny’s students have won half of these chairs four of the past five years.
His students also sweep the T.M.E.A. region in chairs as well, having won the top seven chairs in 2013 and seven of the top eight in 2012.
Manny founded MJM Works, LLC, a marching band design company in 2008. Since then, he has worked with, arranged for, and adjudicated bands across the United States. Many of his clients regularly make finals in both their Bands of America regional competitions as well as their respective state contests.
While at C.T. Johnson High School, Manny helped the band place 10th in the 2012 U.I.L. State Marching Band Contest, 4th at the 2012 Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional, 5th in the 2012 Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, and 8th in the Bands of America Grand Nationals “Finals” Competition.
The C.T. Johnson drum line received first place at the 2012 Texas Marching Classic Competition, a perfect percussion score at the 2011 Bands of America Grand Nationals “Finals” Competition, first place at the 2010 Lone Star Preview in The Woodlands, Texas, and first place at the 2009 South Texas Classic Drum Line Competition.
While at Cedar Park, Mr. Maldonado helped the band receive many accolades as well. The band placed 2nd in the 2004 U.I.L. Texas State Marching Band Contest, and won the 2002 Duncanville, 2004 Westlake, 2005 Westlake, and the 2007 Sam Houston State Marching Band Competitions. The Cedar Park Band was also awarded the 2006 Sudler Shield for Marching Band Excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Manny also serves as the curriculum director and head leadership facilitator for Solutions and Specialized Innovations (SASI). Manny typically speaks to over 1000 student leaders annually on techniques and life skills to help others manage themselves and others more effectively.
When not working, Manny enjoys spending time with his wife, Candace, and their two children, Jameson and Owen. They enjoy camping, fishing, and taking vacations to the beach.
Jordan Stern is a freelance educator, composer, arranger and performer based in the San Antonio area. He currently serves as the Marching Percussion Coordinator for the Texas State University Bobcat Marching Band. In addition, he teaches a class at Texas State on arranging for band.
Jordan served as an Associate Band Director at Claudia Taylor Johnson and William Brennan High Schools. During his tenure at Johnson, the marching band distinguished itself with such honors as 1st place at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional, 3rd place at the U.I.L. 6A State Marching Contest, and was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield. As a concert band director, his ensembles at Brennan and Johnson consistently received first division ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest. Jordan also has been on the percussion staff at Winston Churchill High School and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
As a private teacher, Jordan has enjoyed helping many students develop into successful performers over the years. Since 2006, 13 of his students have been placed into the TMEA All-State ensembles, with his students winning the first chair at All-State auditions in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, 4 of his students have won first place at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Solo Marimba Competition. His students have also been finalists at the Great Plains Marimba Festival and Northwestern International Percussion Competition.
Mr. Stern is an active arranger and composer, writing for both percussion and wind band. While at William Brennan High School, Jordan composed the School Song and Fight Song, and arranged for the marching winds and percussion. Jordan has also arranged for the marching bands of Claudia Taylor Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Cedar Park, Mustang (OK), Plano, Foster, Kerrville Tivy and Gregory Portland High School, among others. He is on the design staff for 5 Points Percussion Ensemble, who was a WGI Independent Open Finalist in 2016.
Jordan Stern received Bachelors degrees from Texas State University in Percussion Performance and Music Studies with Teacher Certification. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Education from Texas State. His percussion teachers have included Genaro Gonzalez, Tony Edwards, Matt Strauss, and Thomas Burritt. Jordan has performed as a member of the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, and spent several summers at orchestral festivals, including the International Festival Institute at Roundtop and the Texas Music Festival. He has also performed with the Texas Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as a substitute percussionist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and National Repertory Orchestra. Jordan can be seen often playing drum set in the San Antonio area with various jazz groups, and is part of the Vibraphone/Marimba duo group Blue and Green with Eric Carraway.