Issue: October - December 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

June Holder

June Holder has been the Fairfax County Schools director since 1985; receiving that county's Citation of Excellence three times. She serves as a guest conductor and adjudicator for both concert and marching competitions. Her band has been named the VBODA "Honor Band" for 26 consecutive years. She earned both her bachelor and masters degree from the University of Tennessee.

June says, " If music is that important, it is incumbent upon the teacher to make every effort to ensure the success of every possible student.  While I cannot guarantee that every student will succeed or continue, I do not give up on them... but they are all contributors and more importantly, gain from their involvement in fine music programs."

Diana Love

Diana Love has served the Montgomery County Public Schools since 1983. There her bands have been named the Virginia Honor Band 17 times and have received Superior ratings at the District Concert Band Contest 22 times. She earned her bachelor and masters degrees from East Carolina University and her PhD. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.She has been named "Outstanding Virginia Music Educator" in 2004-05.In 1995 she was designated as the "Outstanding Virginia Band Director" by Phi Beta Mu. Three times she was named "Outstanding Educator" from the Governor's School for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Diana shares her philosophy when she says, "As educators we should provide students with a broad musical background. We teach because we love music.... Our success as a teacher is in the music recreated by our students."


Robert Foster Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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