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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 Terry Austin,Virginia Commonwealth University.

Legion Laureates List Link

Norman Dea

Norman Dea has been the director of bands at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California for his entire career. Respected by his colleagues he has been named the CMEA 's Outstanding Band Director In 2004,the CMEA's Bay Area Outstanding Music Educator in 2005 and was awarded the CBDA's Citation of Excellence in 2006.Norman also feels that it is important to give back to the community as he serves in various offices of the CBDA and is currently President-Elect of the CMEA. His Las Lomas High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble has received unanimous superior ratings since 1998 at the CMEA Band Festival and Gold ratings every time that they have gone to the Pacific Basin Music Festival.

Norman Dea says, "My “personal mission” as an educator is to teach young people to the very best of my ability, and to have them leave my classroom as thoughtful, empathetic, responsible, and enlightened young adults."

Glen Traquair

Glen Traquair has been the Music Coordinator for the Red Deer Catholic regional Division in Alberta Canada for the past 27 years. He has been named a provincial finalist for Excellence in Teaching. He has received the Mayor of Red Deer's Service Award and was named to Phi Beta Mu. He has served Canada's musical interests by being a Board Member of the Canadian Band Association, the Alberta Band Association and the Saskachewan Music Educators Association. His groups regularly receive superior ratings at the Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts and in the Alberta Band Association's Provincial festival. He credits his parents with instilling values into his education. He looks up to the work of Bob Mossing, the band director of the Regina Lion's Band, as his mentor as a band director.

Glen states his philosophy this way: "I believe that teaching students how to think is more important that teaching facts alone.
Through band I am able to teach the students how to strive for excellence. The students are given opportunities to meet and learn from many people. I try to give them the opportunity to make their own decisions on the validity of the experiences."



Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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