The John Philip Sousa Foundation

Legion Of Honor


Terry Austin, Co-Chair

tlaustin@vcu.edu

Robert E Foster, Co-Chair

rfoster@ku.edu

Sponsored by BANDWORLD magazine

Paul Kassulke, Max McKee, Scott McKee, Editors

Go Bandworld Magazine Legion Site


The Legion of Honor recognizes outstanding band directors
with a long history of dedicated service to bands.

Purpose

The Legion of Honor Award was established by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to recognize and honor band directors who have maintained school concert band programs of excellent musical quality for a period of at least 20 years and who have held important positions of leadership in their professional organizations.

Procedure

Nominations may be directed to the program chair(s).  Nominations should state the nominee's qualifications based on the criteria of length of service, leadership experience, and evidence of success.  Band directors nominated for the Legion of Honor will be asked to submit materials on-line for evaluation purposes.  These include:

1.  A current resume

2.  A photograph

3.  Written recommendations from a colleague, an administrator, and the person making the nomination

4.  Teaching philosophy

The Legion of Honor Selection Committee is composed of successful public school and university band directors who are experienced educators at high school and university level.

Nominees selected for the Legion of Honor will be sent to the editor of BANDWORLD magazine.  Eight band directors will be inducted into the Legion of Honor each year.  Two will be featured in each issue of BANDWORLD.

Criteria for Selection

1.  The nominee shall have experienced tenure of at least twenty or more years as a school band director, the greater portion of which time has been served in the same school.

2.  The nominee shall have maintained a concert band program of superior musical excellence during his/her tenure.

3.  The nominee shall have been active as a member of his/her local, state, and/or national band organizations and have served as an officer in one or more of them.

4.  The nominee shall have achieved a consistent pattern of superior awards at District, State, Regional, and/or National festivals and/or other adjudicated performances.

The Award

Band Directors inducted into the Legion of Honor will receive a beautiful myrtle wood plaque indicating the date of their induction.  They will also be featured in an issue of BANDWORLD magazine.  Laureates will be inducted into the Legion of Honor at the John Pilip Sousa Foundation Annual Reception held each December during the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

The Legion of Honor Committee Members


 

Terry Austin, Co-Chair

Director of Bands

Professor of Music

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

 

 

Robert Foster, Co-Chair

Professor of Music

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

 

Matthew McCutchen

Associate Director of Bands

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

 

Lawrence Sutherland

Director of Bands (Retired)

Fresno State University

Fresno, CA

 

Roy Holder

Director of Bands(Retired)

Lake Braddock High School

Burke, VA

 

 

Erik Janners

Director of Music

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

 

Steve Sherman

Director, Music Business

Red Deer College

Red Deer, Alberta

CANADA

 

 

Norman Dea

Director of Instrumental Music

Acalanes High School

Lafayette, CA

 



Robert Jorgensen


Director of Bands


University of Akron


Akron, OH

 














Amy Acklin

Associate Director of Bands

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

 

 

Galen Karriker

Director of Bands

University of Akron

Akron, OH

 



1989 Laureates

Georgene Diers

Scottsbluff Middle School

ScottsbluffNE

Malcom Helm

Lake Highlands H. S.

MesquiteTX

Gilbert Lettow

Mason City High School

Mason CityIA

Max Whitlock

South Hamilton H. S.

JewellIA

 

1990 Laureates

Jack Brookshire

West Junior High School

LawrenceKS

Jack Brookshire

West Junior H. S.

LawrenceKS

Andrew Jack Crew

Lakeland High School

Mulberry, Fl

Donald Gee

Ouachita Parish H. S.

MonroeLA

Ross Leeper

Simpson College

IndianolaIA

Noreen Linnerman

WBDNA President

ViennaVA

Robert G. Miller

Valparaiso High School

ValparaisoIN

David G. Reul

Oconomowoc Jr. H. S.

IxoniaIA

Edgar Rooker

Keiser Middle School

GreensboroNC

 

 

Buck Schaffer

Porterville High School

PortervilleCA

 

1991 Laureates

David Debes

Logansport High School

BrookstonIN

James Fudale

Berea High School

BereaOH

Patricia Garren

Asheville Jr. High School

Travelers Rest, SC

Ray B. Haney

ElizabethtownNC

Jajime Kuwada

Aiea Intermediate School

MililaniHI

Harold Lambert

John S. Battle H. S.      

Bristle, VA

Paul Luhring

Marinette High School

MarinetteWI

Boyd McKeown

Georgia M.E.A.

MariettaGA

Robert Parsons

West Ridge Middle School

AustinTX

 

 

 

 

Michael Spears

West Monroe H. S.

West MonroeLA

 

1992 Laureates

Joseph M. Brice

Smoky Hill High School

AuroraCO

Lowell H. Brunner

Lindbergh H. S.

Webster GrovesMO

Robert Floyd

Berkner High School

RichardsonTX

Charles Menghini

Olathe North High School

OlatheKS

James C. Oliver

Lee’s Summit H. S.          

Lee's SummitMO

Peter Stigings

McGee Sec. School

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Janis Stockhouse

Bloomington H. S. North

BloomingtonIN

Phillip D. Wharton

Lake Gibson High School

LakelandFL

Michael Willson

McClintock High School

TempeAZ

 

 

 

 

John T. Wilson

North Putnam High School

RoachdaleIN

 

1993 Laureates

Ric Best

Lenoir City H. S.           

LoudonTN

George C. Brite

Sapula Public Schools

SapulpaOK

Ronald Demkee

Freedom High School

CoopersburgPA

John M. Easley

North Stafford H. S.

FredricksburgVA

Frank J. Farina

North Allegheny Schools

PittsburghPA

William G. Fread

Indiana State S. M. A.

CarmelIN

Brian A. Kelly

Lahainaluna High School

LahainaHI

Jack Kelly

Valparaiso Comm Schools

ValparaisoIN

 

Aaron James Robin

Comeaux High School

LafayetteLA

 

 

Lloyd Tarpley

Clayton County School

JonesboroGA

 

1994 Laureates

Earl Benson

Bloomington Jefferson

BloomingtonMN

Andrew Isca

Caldwell Parish H. S.

MonroeLA

William G. Mack

Western State College

St. JosephMO

John Marshall

Pike High School

IndianapolisIN

 

Ileane McElwee

Payson Jr. High

PaysonAZ

Peter Metzger

Sycamore High School

CincinnatiOH

Lorraine Paris

Newberry High School

NewberrySC

Ronald Sutherland

Clarence High School

East AmherstNY

Scott Taylor

Richardson High School

DallasTX

 

 

Milo Winter

Stevens High School

Rapid CitySD

 

1995 Laureates

Dale W. Anderson

Monache High School

PortervilleCalifornia

L. Herbert Cox

North Springs H. S.

RoswellGA

Robert Elkund

Central Memorial H. S.

Calgary, AlbertaCANADA

Robert Gomez

Cupertino High School

Los GatosCA

Robin Kramer

Mountain View H. S.  

Mountain ViewCA

Jim Mackay

Silver Heights College

Winnipeg, ManitobaCANADA

Michael Nakasone

Pearl City High School

Pearl CityHI

David Pelow

Gillett Schools

GillettWI

Gene Slayter

Springfield High School

SpringfieldOR

 

 

Garwood Whaley

Bishop Ireton H. S.               

AlexandriaVA

 

1996 Laureates

Ron Biffle

Lovejoy Middle School

HamptonGA

Maria Cotaya

Scottlandville Magnet  

Baker, LA

James Duren

Pelham High School

BirminghamAL

Glen Goering

Derby High School

DerbyKS

Stephan L. Hand

Barbee High School

Lake CharlesLA

Jeff Klintberg

Lincoln Schools

LincolnNE 

John H. McAphee Jr.

Phillips High School

BirminghamAL

William J. Pharris

Norcross High School

DuluthGA

Randy Storie

Robert E. Lee H. S.

MidlandTX

 

 

Warren Torns

Mt. Carmel High School

San DiegoCA

 

1997 Laureates

Robert Cowles

Walton High School

MariettaGA

William Edward Davis

Adamson M. S.

Stockbridge, GA

Dale Duensing

Hastings Public Schools

HastingsNE

Howard Lehman

North High School

Eau ClaireWI

Roger Jabour

Colonel Gray High

Charlottetown, PEICANADA

Ed Nichols, Jr.

Austin High School

DecaturAL

David Proznick

Semiahmoo Sec. School   

Surrey B.C. CANADA

Gerald Waguespack

Acadiana High School

DusonLA 70529

Dan Wilson

Mundy’s Mill M. S.

Stockbridge, GA

 

 

Paul Worosello

Klein Forest High School

HoustonTX

 

1998 Laureates

Gerald L. Ball

Pascagoula High School

PascagoulaMS

Gary D. Barton

Baker Jr. High School

LaPorteTX

David E. Bellis

Worland High School

WorlandWY

William Glen Buckalew

Gulfport High School

GulfportMS

Robert B. Carlson

Pipestone/Jasper H. S.

Pipestone, MN

Bert Cresswell

Orange Park H. S.

MiddleburgFL

Catherine M. Heard

Baker High School

Baker, LA

Webster H. Rowan

Starkville High School

StarkvilleMS

William Schmidt

St. Mary’s Central H.S.

MandanND

 

 

Jesse Walker

Worth County School

SylvesterGA

 

1999 Laureates

Brian L. Anderson

Fremont High School

FremontNE

 

Bruce Beach

Parkview High School

LawrencevilleGA

Cynthia Berry

Lake Brantley H. S.

LongwoodFL

Marklen H. Bray

Rapid City Central H. S.

Rapid CitySD

Russell L. Campbell

Fairfield High School

FairfieldCA

Gary Gribble

Alan C. Pope H. S.

MariettaGA

Alison Hayes   

Winder Barrow H. S.

Winder, GA 

Arthur J. Holton III

Lincoln High School

StocktonCA

 

2000 Laureates

Mercer Crook

East Hall High School

GainesvilleGA

Bruce Dinkins

Irmo High School

ColumbiaSC

Richard Elliot

Newberg High School

NewbergOR

Eldon Moates

Fanin County High School

Blue RidgeGA

Michael Robinson

Asheville High School

LeicesterNC

Patrick Vandehey

Westview High School

BeavertonOR

Tom SoRelle

Frenship I.S.D.

LubbockTX

Martha Ann Stark

Gainesville High School

GainesvilleFL

Myron Turner

West Monroe H. S.

West MonroeLA

 

 

Barry Valleau    

Deer Meadow School

Didsbury, AlbertaCANADA

 

2001 Laureates

Vince Clayton

Ridge View High School

HopkinsSC 

Thomas Dirks

Center Grove H. S.

TrafalgarIN

Jerry Gatch

Lexington High School

LexingtonSC

Mark Lane

Kennewick High School

KennewickWA

Boniface Leong

Highlands Interm. M.S.

HonoluluHI

Erinie Phillips

West Hall H. S.

OakwoodGA

Steve Sherman

Innisfail Schools

Innisfail, AlbertaCANADA 

Gary Sullivan

Charlotte High School

CharlotteMI

Suzanne Winter

Pizitz Middle School

BirminghamAL

 

 

Jean-Francois Viens

Massey Vanier High School

Cowensville, QuebecCANADA

 

2002 Laureates

John Bell

Park Hill South H. S.

RiversideMissouri

Byron Braasch

Bellevue West P. S.

BellevueNebraska

Gene Inglis

Rome City Schools

RomeGeorgia

Mary Land

Pickens County M. S.

JasperGeorgia

Lee Nelson

Harlan Community H. S.

HarlanIA 

Alfred Watkins

Lassiter High School

MariettaGeorgia

Michael Puckett

Mount Zion High School

JonesboroGeorgia

Dwight Roadman

Martin County H. S.

StuartFlorida

Paula Thornton

Buchholz High School

GainsvilleFlorida

 

 

Paul Warnex

Liberty Public Schools

LibertyMissouri

 

2003 Laureates

Ed Colson

Oregon Trail Jr. High

OlatheKansas

Thomas Heninger

Watertown H. S.

WatertownWisconsin

Stan Mauldin

Holliday I.S.D.

FriendswoodTexas

Margene Pappas

Owego High School

OswegoIllinois

Michael Ruether

Lebanon Schools

LebanonMissouri

Frances Shelton

Robbinsville H.S.

HendersonvilleN.C.

Randy Sonntag

Independence M. S.

Jupiter, Florida

Mr. Jeff Tower

Hemet High School

HemetCalifornia

Mr. Roy Vandelicht, Jr.

Fayette R-III Schools

FayetteMissouri

 

 

Ms. Marion West

Lake Highlands H. S.

GarlandTexas

 

2004 Laureates

Ann Goodwin

Park Hill High School

Kansas CityMO

Paul Brizzi

Ankeny High School

AnkenyIA

Randall Coleman

Milton High School

WoodstockGA

Michael Corrigan

Clovis High School

ClovisCA

Joe Tornello

Buford Middle School

ChartlottesvilleVA

Travis Beard

Russellville H. S.

RussellvilleAR

Vincent Rosse

Monday’s Mill H.S.

LaGrangeGA

Neil Jenkins

J.P. Taravella High School

Coral SpringsFL

 

2005 Laureates

Vincent Tornello

Charlottesville H. S.

CharlottesvilleVA

Don Jaramillo

Etiwanda High School

Rancho Cucamonga,CA

Russell Wilson

Monday’s Mill M. S.

McDonoughGA

John Bridges

Punahou High School

HonoluluHI

Michael Genevay

St. Clement of Rome

MetairieLA

Scott Coulson

Poteet High School

MesquiteTX

Jeff Laird

Aldine High School

AldineTX

Sheily Bell

Dutchtown High School

GeismarLA

 

2006 Laureates

Jim Doepke

Waukesha North H.S.

WaukeshaWisconsin

Jon Robichaud

Blue Springs So. H.S.

Blue SpringsMissouri

Terry Rush

Pius X High School

LincolnNebraska

Virgil Syverson

Williston High School

WillistonNorth Dakota

Dana Hamant

Wichita East High School

WichitaKansas

Evelio Villarreal

Plano East Senior H.S.

PlanoTexas

Russell Bertles

Dutchtown M. S.

HamptonGeorgia

William Ingram

Tulare Union H. S.

TulareCalifornia

 

2007 Laureates

June Holder

Fairfax County Schools

FairfaxVirginia

Diana Love

Montgomery Co.Schools

BlacksburgVirginia

Terry Pattishall

Lake Mary High School

Lake MaryFlorida

Donald Downs

Stevens High School

Rapid City, S. D.

Walt Lovell

Elko High School

ElkoNevada

 

 

 

 

2008 Laureates

John Combs

Hellgate High School

MissoulaMontana

Keith Jordan

La Cueva High School

AlbuquerqueN.M.

Norman Dea

Las Lomas High School

Walnut Creek,California

Glen Traquair

Red Deer Catholic

Red DeerAlberta,Canada

Robert Carroll

Great Bridge H. S.

ChesapeakeVirginia

 

 

Phil Hartman

Centennial High School

BoiseIdaho

 

2009 Laureates

Thomas Cox

Goshen High School

GoshenIndiana

John Burn

Homestead H. S.

CupertinoCalifornia

Doug Bakkum

Andover High School

AndoverMinnesota

David Bresnahan

Memorial High School

ManchesterNew Hampshire

Louise Schwarz

Bethlehem Central H.S.

DelmarNew York

 

 

 

2010 Laureates

Douglas Armstrong

Mt. View High School

StaffordVirginia

Donnie Owens

Waxahachie H. S.

WaxahachieTexas

Melinda McKenzie Hall

W.T. Woodson H.S.Fairfax, Virginia

James Kusserow

Porterville High School

PortervilleCalifornia

Brian Thorlacius

Calgary Public Schools

Calgary, AlbertaCANADA

Tom Shine

Duncanville I.S.D.

DuncanvilleTexas

Cheryl Newton

Oakton High School

ViennaVirginia

Kenneth Capshaw

Coronado High School

El PasoTexas

 

2011 Laureates

Scott Rush

Wando High School

Mt. Pleasant, S. C.

David Gorham

Owasso High School

OwassoOklahoma

Scott Walker

Lafayette High School

LafeyetteLouisiana

Marion Roberts

Blue Valley North H.S.

LeawayKansas

Pam Potter

Notre Dame H. S.

QuincyIllinois

Randal Box

Brentwood H. S.

BrentwoodTennessee

Linda Thompson

Montevista High School

Spring Valley,California

David Morrison

Univ. of Illinois Chicago

ChicagoIllinois

 

2012 Laureates

James Mazzaferro

Wando High School

SacramentoCalif.

Angela Woo

John Adams Middle School

Santa MonicaCalif

Elden Seta

Moanalua High School

HonoluluHawaii

Lisa Butts

Hanford West High School

HanfordCalifornia

David Lum

Agincourt Collegiate Inst.

Toronto,Ont CANADA

Brian Ingelson

Palm Springs High School

Palm SpringsCalifornia

Jim Meredith

Sandusky Middle School

LynchburgVirginia

Robin R. Engl

Wauwautosa East High School

Wauwautosa,Wisconsin

 

2013 Laureates

Rodney Bennett

Olney High School

OlneyTX

Mark Grauer

New Berlin West HS

New BerlinWI

George Hattendorf

Mountain Ridge HS

GlendaleAZ

Mark Nelson

Satellite HS

Satellite BeachFL

Thomas Reynolds

The Bromfield School

HarvardMA

Kevin Smith

Ithaca Public Schools

IthacaMI

Kerry Taylor

Westlake HS

AustinTX

David Webb

Jefferson Forest High School

ForestVirginia

 

2014 Laureates

Steven Hendee          

Castro Valley

High School

Castro ValleyCA

Rob Speers                

Harry Ainlay

High School

EdmontonAlberta

Michael Hipp

Washington High School

FresnoCA

 

David Aydelott

Franklin High School

FranklinTN

Bradford Rogers

Oldham County High School

BucknerKY

Kirk Clague

Exeter Union High School

ExeterCA

 

 

 

2015 Laureates

John Yoon

Greenwich High School

GreenwichCT

Arlene Burney

Casa Grande High School

PetalumaCA

Kenneth Turner

River Bluff High School

LexingtonSC

Joel Denton

Ooltewah High School

OoltewahTN

Mark Wardlaw

Santa Rosa High School

Santa RosaCA

Sean Carrier

Southside High School

Fort SmithAR

 

 

 

2016 Laureates

Kenneth Rogers

Lethbridge Collegiate

Lethbridge, Alberta CANADA

Chadwick Kamei

Pearl City High School

Pearl City, Hawaii

Michael Boitz

Saratoga High School

Saratoga, California

Leonard Ingrande

Central High School

Fresno, California

 

2017 Laureates

Joe Trusty
Cabot High School
Cabot, AR

Randell Mealer
Harrison High School
Harrison, AR

John Bina
St.
Thomas Academy
Mendota Heights
, MN

John Cisetti
Louisburg Unified School District #416
Louisburg, KS

Gregg Abe
Roosevelt High School
Honolulu, HI

Todd Summers
Henry Gunn High School
Palo Alto, CA

Roberta Baril
W. P. Wagner High School
Calgary, Alberta

Kevin Willms
William Aberhart High School
Calgary, Alberta