Issue: July-September 2010
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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

Brian Thorlacius

Brian Thorlacius has been a music educator with the Calgary Public School Board for the past thirty years. His philosophy is " I believe first and foremost that we need to be positve and encouraging with our students and try to instill the passion of music within each of them. We need to expose them to quality literature regardless of the genre.I feel that we should always work in a positive manner to build that relationship between the conductor and our players.I feel that we need to expand our curriculum to include those extras like tours and camps and workshops with professionals and expose them to professional performances and recordings."

Brian has received numerous awards including: 1997 Tommy Banks Award from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Vondis Miller Legacy Award from the Alberta Band Association in 2009. UNder his leadership the Queen Elizabeth Bands have received overwhelming I ratings.

Brian says," I feel that having mentors such as Vondis Miller and Butler Eitel to help guide my performance years directly affected my decision to become a band director." He also continues to give back to his by profession by serving on the Alberta Band Association's executive Board. Throughout his teaching career Brian has been an active committee member in assisting the Calgary Board of Education music educators with the development and revision of the provincially approved, Locally Developed Music Courses.

Tom Shine

Tom Shine is in his 30th year as Director of Bands for the Duncanville Independent School District and his 40th as a Texas music educator. He received both his Bachelors and Masters in Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the Univ. of North Texas. Duncanville is Texas' only 5A school to finish in the finals every year since 1988.

When Tom was asked about the factors that influenced him, he replied,"I have been fortunate to have some of the finest musicians imaginable as mentors and friends who have guided me throughout my career. In addition, the administrators in the Duncanville ISD allow each of us to be a true professional." He has used those influences to take his band to the Midwest twice. They have also received the prestigious Sudler Shield and Flag.

Tom Shine states his philosphy as,"Each of us was inspired by music at some point in our lives and we became music teachers because of that connection and love of music. I believe that it is our role as music teachers to instill that love of music and inspire the next generation of musicians in the same way."

Tom continues to serve by being involved in professional organizations. He has served as the TMEA Region Band Chair for 25 years as well as serving as the Region Chairman.


  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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