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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


John Burn

Since 1991, John Burn has been the instrumental music teacher at Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA. His duties there include directing band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, marching band and teaching AP Music Theory. In addition to that he has been the department head since 2001. He received his BA in Music from UCLA and earned his MME from the University of Illinois. He was named the CMEA Bay Area "Educator of the Year" in 1998-99. He has given his students the opportunity to play around the world. His bands have earned superior ratings in the CMEA Bay Area Section since 1996 and have played at the CMEA State Conference twice.

John lists his mentors and colleagues, including Rory Snyder, Gerald Anderson, Eunice Boardman and Scott Lang, as having had a dramatic effect on the shaping of his career. He woud also encourage others to get involved at the local, state, national and international level. He sites those experiences as having also been uniquely important in teaching him about repertoire, rehearsal techniques and setting of high standards. He says, "Therefore, as music educators we must provide a vibrant program, where students are held accountable to high standards as they work with a wide variety of music of high quality. ..., but also gain such important non-musical life skills, such as responsibility, self-discipline and the ability to work well with others."

Thomas Cox

Tom Cox has been the Director of Bands at Goshen High School of Goshen Indiana since 2001. His duties there include directing the Wind Ensemble, the Advanced Crimson Jazz Ensemble, he Crimson Marching Band and the Crimson Percussion Ensemble. He is a graduate of Ball State with a BS Mus. Ed and in 2006 earned his MM- Conducting from the American Band College of Southern Oregon University. Being named the "Outstanding Graduate" he joined the adjudication panel for the 2006 Coups de Vent Festival in France.

His groups have earned their great reputations. The Advanced Jazz Ensemble was named the "Judges' Choice" at the Purdue Univ. Jazz Festival. HIs percussion ensemble has been the IN state Champs in 03 and 06. They also won a national title in 05 and were national runners-up in 08.

"I have been blessed to have wonderful music educators in my life from elementary all the way through college. These people helped me foster a love of music and the ability to share that joy with the students I teach. My parents were very supportive and gave me everything I could have asked for in encouragement and support!" said Cox. His philosophy is simple,"I believe every child has musical talent. It is my job to find that talent and help them express what they have inside. I love teaching and helping others enjoy music."


  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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