Issue: October-December 2009
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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


Louise Schwarz

For the past 27 years, Louise Schwarz has called Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, New York home. She is the Director of Instrumental Music which involves major performing ensembles and smaller chamber music groups. Louise is a 1975 graduate of Indiana University and she also received her Masters in Music Education from the same institution in 1982.

Louise lists her mentors William Weikert, her high school band director, Ray Cramer and john Paynter, college directors,as the one instrumental in teaching her about demanding excellence. Louise says, "Being able to produce excellence in a school band program is not possible without first experiencing and understanding excellence yourself."

Louise goes on to say, "In addition to the artistic value of music education in the schools, experiences in music and performance enhance learning in other areas. Students who are successful in music are students who possess disciplined work habits and a fine sense of group dynamics. They develop greater self esteem and a more disciplined work ethic. Consequently, they are more successful in other academic pursuits."

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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