Issue: January-March 2011
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A special award of

The John Philip Sousa
Foundation

 

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

Scott Rush

Scott Rush has been the Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina for the past 12 years. Prior to coming to Wando he taught in both the Newberry Middle School and High School. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Music from the New England Conser-vatory.

2007 was a great year for Rush as he was named Director of the Year by Phi Beta Mu; he conducted a performance at the Midwest Clinic and received the Sudler Flag of Honor from the Sousa Foundation. In 2010 he was elected to the American Bandmasters Associa-tion.

Rush states his philosophy this way,"I believe that first and foremost, we are in the "people business" and we get to use the wonderful medium of music as our craft for teaching. We want all of our students to resonate with and appreciate music as a lifelong pursuit. Along with sharing this passion with our students, we must be able to educate our parents, administrators, school board members, and politicians about what music can do to develop the whole child. Music is intrinsic and in every individual; it is connected to the human spirit and the imaginative mind. The study of music actively engages students in the creative process. Music can only be explained by music and it makes life richer and fuller for those that experience it and listen to it."

David Gorham

David Gorham has been the Director of Bands at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma for the past 21 years. He received both his BSE in Music and his Masters In Education from the University of Arkansas. He has been named the OK Bandmasters Assoc. Director of the Year, the National Assoc. of Secondary Schools Outstanding Music Educator, and has been elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Prior to coming to Owasso, Gorham has as a general music teacher in 1982 in McAlester, OK; then as band director of the Hartshorne Public School in 1983; the at Van Buren Junior H.S. in Arkansas for 5 years. Since being at Owasso his groups have earned the State Sweepstakes Award for the past 21 years.

When Gorham considers the factors which most influenced his carrer he says, "I had great experiences and great leaders in both high school band and college band. I learned to have pride in my efforts and pride in my group. I have always attempted to instill those same qualities in my students."

His professional philosphy which drives his teaching is stated this way,"If you always strive for perfection, you'll never achieve it, but you'll get something that's really great and worthwhile. I expect every student to do their best, whatever their individual abilities." Obviously he is doing something right and the students are receiving the benefits.

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman
 

 

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