Issue: Apr - June 2007
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A special award of

The John Philip Sousa


The Bandworld Legion of Honor was established in 1989 to honor, over the course of a year, eight of the finest band directors in our business.

Recipients have taught for at least fifteen years, have maintained a very high quality concert band program, and have contributed significantly to the profession through dedication to bands and band music.

Each is honored at the annual Sousa Foundation awards ceremony during the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.

Chairman of the Legion of Honor Committee is Robert E. Foster, University of Kansas, and Past President of the American Bandmasters Association.

Legion Laureates List Link

Russell Bertles

Director of Bands at Dutchtown Middle School in Hampton, Georgia, Russ Bertles has taught in the public schools for 25 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University and just completed the American Band College masters program at Southern Oregon University. His middle school bands have received many superior ratings at the district level and in various other festivals.

"I strongly believe that you have to put the kids first, to teach them life skills. You must care about them and care for them. The superior ratings and the first place awards are simply the gravy."

Walt Lovell

Walt Lovell has been the director of bands at Elko High School since 1978. Lovell's bands have marched in The Macy's Parade twice, the Hollywood Christmas Parade twice and the Tournament of Roses parade three times. Lovell's bands have received Superior ratings for the past 28 years. Personally he has been named the Nevada Music Educator of the Year in 1999. He has been the chairman of the Nevada Music Educators and the All State Music Conference. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Northern Arizona University.

"Consistently high expectations, Persistence, Patience, Resiliency, and keeping an eye on the future while not ignoring the past." His mentors taught him that where you start was not nearly as important as where you deemed to end.


Robert Foster Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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