Issue: April-June 2011
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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

Scotty Walker

Scotty Walker has been the band director at Lafayette High School in Lafayette, LA for the last 17 years. Prior to working at the high school level he was the director at Lafayette Middle School. His college education took place at the University of Louisiana - Lafayette.

Walker is a two time recipient of the Phi Beta Mu Louisiana Band-master of the Year Award. His group also won the Citation of Excellence Award from the Clinic Band All South Conductors Conference twice. He was also named one of the 50 Directors Who Make a Difference by SBO Magazine.

Walker states his philosophy this way, "Through music, students are given the skills required to be successful in life. Band is a metaphor of life. From high expectations, they learn how to achieve better results. They also learn how the success they experience in life is based on the tenacity to give up, giving up. Band should be a place to try, to fail, to succeed, to learn, to express themselves, but most of all to be accepted for who they are."

When he says, "Music education to not only about making great music, it's about helping in the development of young people to better prepare them for the obstacles in life. The emotion we strive to achieve in music can only truly be accomplished through the nurturing of the young adults in which we teach." he means it.

Marion Roberts

Dr. Marion Roberts has been the director of bands at Blue Valley North HIgh School for the last 25 years. His teaching career has found him spending time in Missouri and Kansas, both at the high school and university level.

Roberts credits three areas with being major influences in his life. They are 1: Role models such as Robert Foster, Arnald Gabriel, John Bourgeois,Lyle Dilley and Phil Posey.
2: My wife who has supported me with patience and love.
3: Great experiences in high school, drum corps and college choral music

Roberts has continued to give back to his industry by having served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Music Educators. He has also served as the President of the Kansas Bandmasters Assoc." He has been named the Kansas Outstanding Bandmaster for 2010-11 and was chosen as one of 50 Directors Who Makes a Difference.

His philosophy of, "Teaching people music through the application of learned skills, performance of high quality literature and developing love for music and others." has really paid off as noted by the continued string of Superior Awards for both his top and his second band. His groups have also performed twice at the Kansas MEA State Conference.

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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