Issue: July - Sept 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


Donald Downs

Director of Bands at Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota, Donald Downs began his teaching career in 1976. He now teaches at the high school from which he graduated and has been honored on 3 occasions as Distinguished Teacher by the Rapid City Foundation. His bands have received superior ratings each of his 12 years at Rapid City High. His degrees are from the University of So. Dakota and the Univ. of Illinois.

"My professional philosophy is to impart to my students the ability to experience the emotional aspects of music in the hope that it will inspire them

Terry Pattishall

Terry Patishall has taught in the public schools of Florida since 1973. Since 1981 she has been Director of Bands at Lake Mary High School where her bands have received superior ratings each of the last 25 years. She has received the NBA Citation of Excellence and the Teacher of the Year award for Lake Mary High School. She holds degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida.

"I want to provide the best possible experience for my students, both musical and person. I want to instill discipline, encourage leadership and responsibility and to help them maximize their creative talents.


Robert Foster Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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