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

Cheryl Newton

Cheryl Newton has been the band director of Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia for the past 27 years. She begins her philosophy by stating, "The teacher is in a unique position to impact the lives of many students, a mission which must be considered carefully and executed with care, dignity, integrity and respect – for the student, the art and the profession. Teaching is the passion and the perseverance to provide the necessary tools, to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to open the eyes, ears and heart of a student to pursue lifelong learning.

She has served the industry by being the District Chair of the VIrginia Band and Orchestra Association. She has also served as the Treasurer of the Women Band Directors International.

When Cheryl lists her influences she includes: 1) great parents and teachers, 2) passion for music education, 3) the belief that kids have unlimited potential. She would also say,"It is the creative educator who can stay the course, challenge students to achieve higher levels of excellence, push them past their own self-imposed limits to heights they never expected to achieve. It is the journey, the process that forms the basis for lifelong learning, not the product. To inspire students to learn is the goal of every teacher. The ultimate reward is to inspire students to teach."

Kenneth Capshaw

Kenneth Capshaw has been the director of bands at Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas for the last 14 years. He received his college education at the University of New Mexico, but this love for music started much earlier. He says, "I grew up in a musical family, and my father was a band director and Director of Fine Arts in the El Paso ISD. My childhood dreams were to be a band director and to play trumpet profession-ally."

Kenneth gives back to the music world by being heavily involved in leadership roles including being the band organizer for All-Region Band festivals. He also serves as the Personnel Manager for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, a
Committee member for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and a
Board member for the Sun Carnival Marching Contest.

He states his philosophy as,"I try in my daily work to guide and develop our young students by incorporating educational methods with life lesson skills. The emphasis on high musical standards, discipline, work ethic, responsibility, and high moral standards is the most important factor in the day to day operation of our program. We also stress the fact that the joy of making music together is much more important than the "winning of the prize."





  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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