Judges Academy: A Retrospective


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The Marching Roundtable Judges Academy is an innovative new series of online courses offering judges training and assessment education for everyone interested in the marching arts. Level One, for aspiring and experienced judges, is "The Foundation of Pageantry Arts Assessment." Each student will interact with a mentor judge, and study such basic topics as understanding achievement, assigning scores, historical background, and recording commentary. Level Two, "Advanced Techniques of Adjudication for Pageantry Arts," is an in-depth study of the judging sheets and terminology used by adjudicators.

Students must have fully completed all requisite course assignments in order to be eligible to receive credit. Sample materials will be sent by the course instructor to: Patrick Benson, Director of Professional and Online Education, VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal St., Chicago, IL, 60616, for evaluation. Materials will be returned after evaluation.

For further information contact Judges Academy at 407.927.7765 or e-mail at


Instructor: Ken Snoeck


Ken Snoeck has retired from a thirty-five year teaching career, the last twenty-three of which were at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL.  While at Lake Park, Mr. Snoeck’s concert bands toured to Moscow, Russia in 1997, performing concerts with the band of the Russian Defense Ministry. In 2000, the concert bands toured France, performing a joint concert with the French Navy Band in Toulon. The Lake Park Wind Ensemble was also an Illinois Superstate concert band contest participant on multiple occasions.


Mr. Snoeck received Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music degrees from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In 1973, Mr. Snoeck was awarded the College Band Director’s National Association “Best Original Manuscript for the Biennium 1971-1973 composition prize for “Scaramouch”, Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion. He was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded an honorary doctorate from VanderCook College of Music in 2008.


Since retiring from full time teaching in 2004, Mr. Snoeck has devoted his time to music composition, arranging and adjudication, traveling to Canada and across the United States as a judge for band events. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Pamela.


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Course Information

Judges Academy: A Retrospective
3 graduate credits
Level I (7126)
Level II Music (7136)
Level II Visual (7146)
Tuition: $900 per course
Less Judges Academy 50% scholarship - $450
Your Cost: $450, due in full with registration
Open Enrollment



VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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