Compass Classic Judges

2019 Judges for Compass Classic


Michael Henderson - Visual Effect

Michael Palmer - Music Ensemble Performance 

Chad Turner - Music Effect

Joey Montes - Visual Performance

Russell Knight - Music Individual Performance

Casey Sagolla-Slamp - Percussion 

Jeffery Dale - Color Guard

Michael Palmer:

Michael Palmer is a 2000 graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN with a Bachelor of Music. While attending ETSU on an Academic Performance Scholarship, he was an active performer in numerous ensembles including marching band, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, basketball showband, concert band, brass quintet, trombone choir, chamber choir, men’s ensemble, opera workshop, and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Performances of note include a 2000 concert tour of Australia, a 1998 performance for the Collegiate Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Regional Convention in Jacksonville, FL. and a 1999 performance at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Chicago, IL.   In 2000, he was one of four students in the music department selected to perform as a soloist on the Departmental Honors Recital.  


Mr. Palmer is currently in his 18th year of teaching, previously teaching in Robeson County (NC) before coming to Charles B. Aycock HS (CBA) in 2007.  At CBA, he has led the program to 5 of the school's 8 total NCMEA Superior ratings in the last 9 years, numerous marching band invitations and awards in various classes, and has had multiple students selected for all county, all district, and multiple university honor bands. Alongside his full-time teaching responsibilities, he has worked as marching band staff with numerous band programs in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina of various sizes.  He has also enjoyed opportunities as an honor band clinician, a festival adjudicator and has judged locally, on the NCBA circuit, and on the USBands circuit. Mr. Palmer has been featured with an "Accolade" article in the 2011 "Progress Edition" of the Goldsboro News Argus, a feature article in the Wayne-Wilson News Leader and has been quoted in the March 2011, August 2012, and August 2013 editions of School Band and Orchestra Magazine. He proudly holds "Life Loyal" membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the nation’s largest, oldest, and most prestigious music fraternity.  As a collegiate member of the Lambda Sigma Chapter, he served in numerous offices at the chapter, provincial, and national levels. His professional memberships include the National Association for Music Educators (NAFME), North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), and the Eastern District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. Mr. Palmer was also selected as an honored member of the Biltmore Who's Who in 2011. 


In addition to his loves of music and teaching, Mr. Palmer enjoys traveling, some sports (particularly football), varied performing arts, and time with his cat, Pepper.  He resides in Goldsboro and enjoys remaining active as a performer.


Casey Sagolla-Slamp:

Casey Sagolla-Slamp is a percussionist, educator, and composer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a freelance percussionist, Casey performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Carolina Philharmonic, Florence Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Durham Symphony Orchestra, Tar River Orchestra, and Triangle Brass Band. Additionally, he was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Cadets 2 Drum and Bugle Corps, performing as a marimbist in the front ensemble. 

Casey has performed at several state and national conferences, including the College Band Directors National Conference, Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, North Carolina Music Educators Association Conference, North American Brass Band Association Championships, Great American Brass Band Festival, North Carolina Percussion Symposium and the McCormick Marimba Festival. Casey won 2nd place in the 2018 NABBA Percussion Solo Competition and won the 2019 Taiwan Percussion Arts Alliance Solo Competition Scholarship; allowing him to perform in the 2019 Taipei World Percussion Championships. Recently, he was commissioned to write a percussion ensemble piece for sculptor, Wayne Vaughn. His piece, “Steel Mask,” is published by Woodson Percussion and Publishing. 

An advocate for quality percussion education, Casey co-founded the North Carolina Percussion Symposium; a weekend event designed to connect high school and collegiate percussion students with some of the very best professional percussionists in the field. A few of the past guest artists include Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Matt Penland, and She-e Wu. 

Casey is currently the Director of Bands at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School and the concert percussion/front ensemble instructor at William G. Enloe GT Magnet High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also the front ensemble caption head and arranger for Alchemy Percussion and a front ensemble instructor for Green Hope High School and 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to his marching arts positions, Casey serves as the director of the Triangle Youth Percussion Ensemble. 

Casey earned a B.M. in percussion performance from James Madison University, studying with C. William Rice, Dr. Michael Overman and Marlon Foster. Casey is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and an artist endorser for Artifact Percussion, Dynasty USA, Sabian Ltd., and Woodson Percussion and Publishing.