Judge Administration

The Adjudication Team

Chris Tomsa - Judge's Representative

The pageantry arts have been Chris’ passion for 4 decades as a performer, instructor, arranger/composer, program coordinator, and adjudicator. Chris has instructed and arranged for many of the world’s finest drum and bugle corps including Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Mandarins, Colts, Glassmen, and the 27th Lancers, and many others. He is also active as a winds composer and arranger for some of the activity's best competitive high school and college marching bands across the United States.

Chris uses this long creative and technical experience in the marching arts at marching bands and indoor pageantry competitions as an adjudicator for USBands and WGI Sport of the Arts. MEPA members and staff will likely recognize Chris as one of the Timing and Penalties judges with MEPA for over 20 years. For more than 10 years, Chris was president of the Mideast Judges Association, the organization which adjudicated MEPA contests since it’s inception.

Chris studied music composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and music education at Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is a Senior Consultant and Lead Trainer for BenchmarkPortal, the global leader in call center benchmarking, certification, training and consulting where he provides training and consulting services to world class contact centers operations in the US and Canada. He lives in Cincinnati Ohio with his wife Carla, his dog Rosie and his cat Allie where he hopes to continue living, as long as they can put up with his commonly off-center sense of humor. If you just read that, then you will understand.

Jim Brooks - Color Guard

Jim Brooks began his pageantry career in 1965 as a tenor drummer with the Kowalobies Drum and Baton from Dayton, Ohio; He was percussion captain of Miller’s Blackhawks from 1972-1978 and obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from Wright State University in 1980. He was a band director Kokomo Indiana from 1981-1982 where he organized one of the first winter guard competitions in that state. He was the assistant director at Centerville High School, from 1983-1988 where he designed and instructed the winter guard, directed the percussion ensembles, and was visual designer for the marching band.

Jim was a founding member of the Ohio Judges Association, and has judged pageantry events for decades all over the country. Jim did graduate work at the University of Dayton in Educational Leadership, and at Wright State University in music education. He was a percussionist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed professionally with Moody Blues, Doc Severinsen, Shirley Jones, Clarke Terry, Lionel Hampton, Art Garfunkle, Roger Williams, and Sarah Vaughn. He played drums for dozens of musical theater productions in the greater Dayton/Cincinnati area including: Sweeney Todd, Evita, Brigadoon, Children Of Eden, Cats, Gypsy, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Applause, Anything Goes, Will Rogers Follies, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Falsettoland, and many others. Jim is the color guard judge’s coordinator for MEPA, and has judged for WGI, DCI, and DCA. Jim currently resides in Centerville, Ohio with his wife Anne, and their two Golden Retrievers.

Chad Heiny - Percussion

Chad Heiny is a multifaceted freelance musician and educator residing in the Greater Pittsburgh Area (PA). A versatile and regularly commissioned composer, Chad has created music for ensembles and performers across the globe. His works, including a World Premiere at the 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), are published by both Tapspace Publications and C. Alan Publications.

An acclaimed percussion arranger, wind arranger, and program coordinator for high school marching bands across the country, Chad’s work throughout the fall has won the hearts and minds of students, staffs, fans, and adjudicators. Accolades here include a 3rd Place Finish (and the award for High Music) with the Hebron High School Marching Band at the 2019 Bands of America Grand National Championships, several BOA Regional Champions, and many BOA Regional Finalists. Chad has been a passionate contributor to several Drum and Bugle Corps since 2003, and currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Blue Knights from Denver, CO. Prior to this current role, he arranged, coordinated, or consulted for several DCI World Championship Finalists including The Cadets, Spirit of Atlanta, Boston Crusaders, and Glassmen. He is also an adjudicator for Winter Guard International.

Chad holds degrees from Louisiana State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of both the Percussive Arts Society and ASCAP, and is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Majestic Percussion, and Remo Drumheads.

Dave Kaiser - Winds

David is a recently retired Band Director, after 35 successful years in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. He taught mainly grades 5 – 12 band, and his programs were very active in marching, jazz, and concert band. David is currently serving as Music Caption Head for CSJA, where he has been an active member the past 18 years. David is a WGI Winds Adjudicator in Music Analysis, and has judged WGI Winds World Championships. He serves is an independent consultant for marching bands and also adjudicates various concert festivals, such as Music In The Parks. He has also judged internationally in Guatemala twice and helped to train new music judges while there. David resides with his wife, Deb in Venice, Florida.