Parade Entry Judges

Selected From our community

The Fremont 4th of July Committee selects annually three outstanding individuals or couples to judge entries in the parade for:

  • Overall Appeal - Overall presentation of the entry. For Marching Bands:
    • Marchers uniformed in appearance and performance
    • Overall musical sound, choice of music, marching ability
  • Creativity / Uniqueness - Creativeness and originality in presentation or performance. Uniqueness of entry
  • Parade Themes - Best adaptation of the Parade Theme
  • Patriotic - Showing patriotism in the entry
  • People's Choice - Crowd response

Judging is subjective and the intent to create great community engagement.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826)

2017 Parade Judges

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Matthew Ballin

Matt Ballin holds a BFA in Theater from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA from Ohio State University. The 2016-2017 school year was Matt's 16th year teaching Theater Arts in Fremont, his 2nd at Irvington High School after 14 years at Washington High School. He has acted and choreographed shows throughout the Bay Area, and is an Associate Artist with The Livermore Shakespeare Festival where he will be performing the part of Ragueneau in Cyrano De Bergerac this summer. Matt is a member of Fremont's Temple Beth Torah, and has enjoyed both directing and acting in their bi-annual Purim Shpiels. His wife Pamela is a sometime actress/vocalist herself, and a full-time speech and language pathologist at Parkmont Elementary. Matt lives in Livermore with Pam, their two daughters, Emmy and Hannah, and a mixed breed golden retriever named Mitzi.


Susan Schwartz

Susan Schwartz is the Music for Minors II Docent Manager and Training Coordinator and is a retired music specialist from the New Haven Unified School District. She is a mentor and retired music specialist who returned to MFMII as a staff member with valuable leadership skills. She works closely with the founder, Carol Zilli, to provide their annual docent training program and is key to the program’s success. Susan has thoroughly enjoyed performing in musical productions as well as serving as program coordinator. Music is her passion!

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Rabbi Moshe Fuss

Rabbi Moshe Fuss moved to Fremont in late 2012 with a one-way ticket and a mission to impact our society. He and his wife Chaya founded the Chabad Jewish Center. Chabad is an independent branch of the world's fastest growing Jewish Organization and provides programming for the greater community including the Annual Chanukah lighting. Rabbi Moshe serves as a Chaplain at Washington Hospital and Elmwood Correctional Facility. Rabbi Moshe Fuss spent 7 years studying Rabbinical Studies, 5 of them in France, after which he received his Rabbinical Ordination in New York. He travelled to communities all over the world where he did Humanitarian Work and Community Programming.