Th Annual Hanover Hawk

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Hanover High School Band Program

October 12, 2013

Welcome to the Hanover Hawk Marching Invitational

October 12, 2013

From the Hanover High Band Boosters

The Hanover High Band Boosters would like to thank all of our many volunteers and sponsors for their assistance in helping to make today’s 9th Annual HHMI a success.
We also want to thank Amy Birdsong for her tireless commitment and devotion to our band, our students, and our musical programs here at Hanover High School. Thank you Mrs. Birdsong – you’re the best and we love you. A special thank you to Coach Just, Director of Athletics and Student Activities at Hanover High, for the support and cooperation he gave us while planning the 9th annual HHMI. Thank you to this year’s HHMI 2013 Coordination Team who have spent many hours planning, leading, and organizing this year’s event. Finally, special thanks to our Marching Hawks for their energy and enthusiasm today. You are a pleasure to be around and your excitement is contagious!
For those bands that are competing in this year’s HHMI, we wish you a warm and friendly welcome to Hanover County. May your experiences today be successful and memorable! Have a great day and a safe trip home. We hope to see all of you next year.

Competition Etiquette
Please remain seated during a band performance.

Once the band enters the field, all movement in the stands should stop.
Cell phone usage during a performance is discouraged.

Please show respect to the performing bands by either turning off your cell phone or placing it on vibrate.
Thank you and enjoy the show!

The Hanover Hawk Marching Invitational welcomes the following highly qualified adjudicators to judge our ninth annual competition:

Kyle A. Flohre (Visuals)

Mr. Flohre is currently the Director of Bands at Colonial Heights High School. He received his Bachelor of Music from James Madison University and is currently pursuing his Master of Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Under the direction of Mr. Flohre, the ensembles at Colonial Heights High School have consistently received superior ratings at Marching and Concert Assessments. Colonial Heights High School is a fourteen time “Virginia Honor Band,” with ten of those coming under Mr. Flohre’s tenure. The Colonial Heights Band Program consists of the following ensembles: The Marching Colonials, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble. The program also supports a very successful winter guard. The Concept Winter Guard has received numerous awards, in various classifications, while participating in the AIA circuit. In 2008, Mr. Flohre was recognized by his peers and received the Colonial Heights High School “Teacher of the Year” award.
Mr. Flohre’s professional affiliations include: NAfME, VMEA, VBODA, and Kappa Kappa Psi. He served as the District III VBODA representative and was recently inducted into the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster’s Fraternity. He is also an instructor at JMU Summer Band Camps, and plays clarinet in the Commonwealth Winds. Mr. Flohre and his wife Jennifer recently expanded their family with the birth of their first child – Emma.
Boyce “Barry” Flowe (Drum Major)

Mr. Flowe is in his second year as the Performing Arts Lead Teacher Specialist for Hanover County Public Schools. Before assuming this role, he served for nine years as the director of bands at Oak Knoll Middle School in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Prior to Oak Knoll, he spent eleven years as the director of bands at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Virginia. In both venues, the bands continually received Superior ratings at State Festivals and his program at Patrick Henry was recognized as a Virginia Honor Band under his leadership.


A sought-after guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Flowe is also in his eleventh year as the director of the Pep Band at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Mr. Flowe coordinated the Kings Dominion Band and Orchestra Festival from 1993-2012.


Mr. Flowe obtained a Bachelors degree in music from Old Dominion University and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Virginia Music Educators Association and Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association. Mr. Flowe lives in Henrico County with his wife Nancy and their two children.

Allen Hall (General Effect)

Mr. Hall is a music educator at Glen Allen High School, a position he has held since 2010. He teaches band and orchestra at Glen Allen and serves as department chair for Fine Arts. He also sponsors Glen Allen’s Bocce Team and has coached them to two undefeated seasons. 

Allen has taught in Henrico County for twenty-five years and in 2009 was selected Henrico’s Music Educator of the Year, an honor bestowed upon him by his peers. He is also a member of Phi Beta Mu, the honorary band fraternity. He also serves as President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association.

Allen is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performing musician across Virginia and resides in the suburbs of Montpelier with his wife, Merry Beth, and two dogs of questionable origin.

Merry Beth Hall (Auxiliary)

Ms. Hall is a colorguard choreographer and instructor from Hanover County, Virginia. She currently works with Glen Allen High School, Prince George High School, and Hanover High School. Past experience includes several other groups in the Richmond metropolitan area. Ms. Hall holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University and Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is co-principal horn with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Beltway Brass Quintet in Washington, DC. Her full-time work is in the field of curriculum development for career and technical education.

Richard Huggins (General Effect)

Mr. Huggins is the band director at Oak Knoll Middle School and is the drill writer for the Hanover High School Marching Band.  Originally from Roanoke, he graduated from James Madison University in 1989. Mr. Huggins first taught elementary bands in Fairfax County and then accepted a teaching position in Washington County, Virginia at E. B. Stanley and Glade Spring Middle Schools. For four years, Mr. Huggins directed the Patrick Henry High School (Glade Spring) Band. He then moved to Salem Church Middle School in Chesterfield County, where he taught for fifteen years. Mr. Huggins has marched with and served as an instructor for the Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Schaumburg, Illinois. He is an active adjudicator, clinician, and drill writer. His professional affiliations include VMEA, VBODA, MENC, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Huggins and his wife, Patti, live in Midlothian with their two children, Laura and Daniel. 

Clyde Hughes (Music)

In May, 2009, Mr. Hughes completed seven years as Professor of Brass Studies (Music Education) and Conductor of the Capital Symphonic Band at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. He is also Director of Bands Emeritus of Hermitage High School, Henrico County, VA, retiring in June 2002 where for 30 years his bands consistently received superior performance ratings in wind ensemble, concert band, jazz ensemble, field show and parade events, his bands having also received state, national, and international recognition.

Mr. Hughes is a graduate of Hermitage HS, The University of Richmond (B.A. Music Education), and George Mason University (M.A. Music) (Conducting). He serves annually as a member of the adjudication staffs for the North American Music Festivals and Festivals of Music in the Parks, headquartered in Carlisle, PA, and Douglassville, PA, respectfully, as well as the Kings Dominion Band Orchestra/Jazz Festivals. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA), National Band Association (NBA), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and an elected member to Phi Beta Mu International Band Masters Fraternity for which he serves as President of the Virginia state chapter, Alpha Chi. He is an elected member of the Festival of States Band Directors Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg, Florida, and member of the VBODA Band Directors Honor Roll. Upon his retirement from Hermitage HS, Mr. Hughes was presented with Joint House Resolution No. 288 by the Virginia General Assembly at the State Capitol, Richmond, Virginia in recognition of his contributions to music education in the youth of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Henrico County, VA, Board of Supervisors also presented as resolution in recognition of his 30 years of service to the Hermitage HS community and music education. The Tri-M Honors Society at Hermitage HS is named in Mr. Hughes honor as well as the Director’s Award and Grand Champion trophy awarded annually at the Hermitage Classic Marching Band Festival.

George F. Sadler (Visuals)

Mr. Sadler was an instrumental music director and administrator in the Hanover County Public School system for thirty-two years. He is a graduate of John Randolph Tucker High School in Henrico County and received his B.S. in Music Education from Concord College in Athens, West Virginia. In 2003, he received a Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia with an emphasis in School Administration and Supervision.

Mr. Sadler’s career as a band director spanned three decades and has been highlighted by several Virginia State Honor Band awards. While at Atlee High School, his band was awarded a special citation from the Virginia General Assembly for outstanding contributions to the State of Virginia. Mr. Sadler’s bands have performed in major bowl game appearances, the Orange Bowl Festival Parade and in festivals throughout the east coast. He also serves as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the state. Mr. Sadler’s professional affiliations have included membership in the Music Educators’ National Conference, Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, and Phi Beta Mu. In 2012, Mr. Sadler retired from his position as Principal of Hanover High School in Hanover County, Virginia.
Earl E. Shaffer, Jr. (Music)

Mr. Shaffer is in his 34th year as a teacher of public school music. An Arlington, Virginia native, he graduated from Yorktown High School in 1975, attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated from James Madison University in 1980 with a Bachelors of Music in Education degree. He was the director of the Covington (Va.) High School Band for nine years prior to moving to Chesterfield County in August 1989 where he began a seventeen-year tenure as the director of bands at Lloyd C. Bird High School. He was appointed to open the new Cosby High School in August 2006.

In 2013, Mr. Shaffer’s band have currently earned SUPERIOR ratings at the past 24 consecutive VBODA concert festivals, one of the longest streaks of its kind amongst current and retired directors in the Commonwealth. Mr. Shaffer’s bands have also earned Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band titles for fifteen years, making him the 12th director in the history of the VBODA to have his bands earn this number of titles.

Mr. Shaffer is an active adjudicator for band festivals in the mid-Atlantic region and is a sought-after guest conductor and clinician of bands.

Away from teaching, Mr. Shaffer is an avid N-Scale and O-Gauge model railroad operator and collector, a longtime “World’s Greatest Hobby Ambassador” (WGH) which is a national organization designed to promote model railroading, a pilot of radio controlled aircraft, a Washington Redskins and a Washington Nationals fan, is a clarinetist who has recorded with the nationally known Keystone Wind Ensemble of Indiana, Pennsylvania and who currently performs with the Commonwealth Winds of Richmond Virginia, and plays softball for the “Ambassadors” in the Chesterfield County “50 and over” league. He and his wife Ellen live in Chesterfield and have 3 grown children.

Daniel Valadie (Percussion)

Mr. Valadie graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from James Madison University and a Masters in Music from George Mason University.  He has directed bands in Montgomery County, Virginia and Lynchburg, VA.

Daniel has taught and composed/arranged music for a number of indoor and outdoor Percussion Ensembles throughout Maryland, New York, and Virginia and was an arranger/instructor for the James Madison Marching Royal Dukes, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Currently, Daniel is a percussionist in the United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C., and is the percussion judging coordinator for the Atlantic Indoor Association.

Participating Bands
(In alphabetical order)
Chancellor High School; Fredericksburg, VA

Lightening Regiment Marching Bank

Pursuit of Happiness”

Director:  Ryan Addair

Assisted by:  Steve Bolas, Randy Bradley, Dave Clark and Katie Rasure

Drum Major:  Michaela Daye
Courtland High School; Spotsylvania, VA

The Royal Brigade


Director: Don Leonard

Assisted by: James Sibley, Matt Case, David Bermudez,

Leah Shampine, Seth Taft, Buddy Deshler and Brian Prato

Drum Major: Kayla Clark

Gloucester High School; Gloucester, VA

Marching Dukes

Los Duques en Vivo”

Director: Tom Emory

Assisted by: Ellen Parkin, Matt Bychowski and Richard Hanley

Drum Majors: Rachel Abbott and Katie McGee
Grafton High School; Yorktown, VA

Grafton High School Marching Band

A British Invasion: The Stones, The Moon and Mercury”

Directors: Darren Kirsch and Gabe Stone

Assisted by: Eric Musselwhite, J.P. Kostecki, Bridget Ewell,

Lindsay Peck and Steve Ruckle

Drum Majors: Amy Frecker, Helen Landers and Liz Peratt

Hampton High School; Hampton, VA

Marching Red Machine

By George”

Director: Justin Ratcliff

Assisted by: Jabril Adams, Kate Bon, Jim Richmond, Josh Dufrank,

Scott Schnieder and Whitney Farrior

Drum Majors: Asia Ruffin and Olivia Fughum


Harrisonburg High School; Harrisonburg, VA

HHS Marching Blue Streak

Falling Apart”

Director: Ian Richard

Assisted by: JR Snow and Daniel Upton

Drum Major: Ellen Upton

Hermitage High School; Henrico, VA

Hermitage Marching Panthers

Native Rituals”

Director: John Sarvay

Assisted by: Richard Witt, Jessica Isemann,

John Krebbs, Devlin Williams and Chris Milby

Drum Major: Danny Santos



James River High School; Midlothian, VA

James River Regiment

That 70’s Show”

Director: Keith Cottrill

Assisted by: Anthony Smith, Ryan Gillis,

Erica Villacrusis and Katie Waybright

Drum Majors: Laurey Buck and Melanie Odenkirk

Lee-Davis High School; Mechanicsville, VA

Lee-Davis High School Marching Band

Secret Garden”

Director: Lisa Brininstool

Assisted by: Josh Gall, Tony McCain, Steven Charity, Mike Goldberg,

Frank Chlorie, Issac Edgerton and Stefan Demetriadis

Drum Major: Allison Winterbotham

Lloyd C. Byrd High School; Midlothian, VA

Skyhawk Marching Band

What Goes Up”

Directors: Emily Oyan and Stacey Wright

Assisted by: Bentley Cobb, Laura Milford, James Oyan,

Dr. Sheri Oyan and Lindsey Williams

Drum Majors: Tony Marant and Lauren Riley


Matoaca High School; Chesterfield, VA

Matoaca High School Marching Warriors

The Music of Danny Elfman”

Director: Donald Davis

Assisted by: Matt Nichols, Kyrie Fasano and Morgan Butler

Drum Majors: Emily Olszewski and Courtney Bullock
Menchville High School; Newport News, VA

Menchville High School Marching Monarchs

Keep Calm and Rock On”

Director: Deborah Sarvay

Assisted by: Jennifer Jarrett, Randall Lawson, Shawn Burnette,

Sue Burnette and Nick Millard

Drum Majors: Jacob Castagna and Tore Dentu

Midlothian High School; Midlothian, VA

Trojan Marching Band

Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba”

Director: Gordon Rawls

Assisted by: Chris Thomas, Heather Coley and Matt Short

Drum Majors: Colin Alexander, Nikhith Kalkunte and Trinity Nevers
Mills Godwin High School; Henrico, VA

Godwin Eagle Band

Pas De Trois”

Director: Leon Auman

Assisted by: Carey Mitchell, Michael Auman, Matt Bruins and Bryce Hardin

Drum Majors: Emily Dabbs and Carter Key
Monacan High School; Richmond, VA

Marching Chiefs

Phantom of the Opera”

Director: Jenny Ryan

Assisted by: Sue Flahive, Scott Milstead, Karen Kettells

and Daniel Payne

Drum Majors: Kristina Wakefield and Ashley Hartel



Patrick Henry High School; Ashland, VA

Marching Patriots

Vinyl Hits”

Director: Amanda Peters

Assisted by: Corey Wallace and Camdin Gresham

Drum Majors: Sarah Kyle and Madison McLaughlin
Robert E. Lee High School; Staunton, VA

Marching Leeman

Motus Animi (Movement of the Mind): Aggression, Serenity, Triumph”

Director: Laura Cole

Assisted by: Charlie Nesmith and Zach Wadsworth

Drum Major: Maria Wykes
Thomas Dale High School; Chester, VA

Marching Knights

Heart of Courage: Memoirs of a Soldier”

Director: David Holley

Assisted by: Steve Barton, Martina Hall, Mike Zuk and Tony Gocha

Drum Majors: Eric Liverman, Nisi Smith and Marcellus Creighton

Varina High School: Henrico, VA

Marching Blue Devils

The Wonders of Stevie”

Director: Christopher Moseley

Assistants: Clifton Murray and Tammy Robbins

Drum Majors: Austin Marciniak and Bria Mitchell
Warhill High School; Williamsburg, VA

Marching Lions

One Arabian Night”

Director: Hunter Kopczynski

Assisted by: Dawn Morris, Scott Amman and Ralph Taylor

Drum Majors: Shelby Taraba and Ashley Wright

Host Band ♫

Hanover High School; Mechanicsville, VA

Marching Hawks


Director: Amy Birdsong

Assisted by: Mary Beth Hall, Bryan Hooten,

Richard Huggins and Matt Nichols

Drum Majors: Chris Pennington and Emily Turner

Hanover High School Band Boosters

thank the following people and businesses

for their support today and throughout the season.

We couldn’t do it without you!!!


Ashcake Station 13

Bruster’s Ice Cream

C’s Tees

Cheryl’s Produce


Don Pedro II

E. Thomas Carson, CPA, P.C.


Glen Allen Golf

Grand Prix Auto Wash

Harrison Music and Arts

J Early Wood Golf Carts

Kathy Parra

Jubilee Cleaners

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts


Larry Borkey & Hoober Tractor

Lube Tech

LULU’s Creamery


Mechanicsville Music

Mechanicsville Rental Center

Mid Atlantic Trailers

P. D. Brooks Co.

Performance Home Technology

Pole Green Market

Rick’s Tire & Auto

Riverbound Café

Studley Ruritan


Sweet Frog

Tropical Smoothie Café

VT’s Nails


Shout Outs

Great teamwork is making

N’awlins” a superior show!


Grandma & Herman are proud of all your hard work! We love you!

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