2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

CBA Marching Moving into 2022

- MST
Theatre (Main)

WL Whaley
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chief Judge

W L Whaley is the former Director of Bands at Pomona High School, Arvada, Colorado.  He is currently the Executive Director of AdvantEdge Tours LLC and Chief Judge for the Colorado Bandmasters Association.  He serves as a clinician, consultant, designer, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has adjudicated for DCI, WGI, BOA, and numerous state associations.       

 Mr. Whaley has been selected into the Colorado Music Educators “Hall of Fame, the Colorado Bandmasters Association “Hall of Fame” and Phi Beta Mu “Most Outstanding Band Director.

Rick Shaw
CMEA and CBA Chairman of Marching Affairs, Exhibits Chair

Richard Shaw (BME 80) is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and served as a music educator for over 35 years.  Twenty-four of these years were in the Academy School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He taught 16 years of high school and 6 years of middle school in Academy, District 20.  His concert bands and jazz bands were consistent award winners and were selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Conference on 6 occasions. Under his direction, the marching band at Air Academy High School earned state champion honors 3 times, were 12 time regional champions and performed in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the King Orange Parade in Miami, FL.  Mr. Shaw is a Past-President of the Colorado Music Educators Association and will be assuming the role of Chairman of Marching Affairs with the Colorado Bandmasters Association in 2022. Richard was inducted into the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame in July of 2009. In 2008 Mr. Shaw was awarded the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award for his excellence and service to music education and was selected as a member of the Pikes Peak Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2014 he was named Alumnus of the Year, University of Colorado College of Music. In 2017 Mr. Shaw was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and was Colorado’s music educator recipient for the National Federation of High Schools Educator of the Year. Rick completed his active career on the administrative team at the Denver School of the Arts.  He is in constant demand locally and nationally as an adjudicator and clinician.  Rick resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Rachelle.  


This session will be a review of the successful 2021 CBA marching season as well as a preview of the 2022 season.  Topics from the December 2021 Marching Affairs meeting will be presented in an effort to inform directors as they begin preparation for 2022 programming.