Issue: July-September 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

Pam Potter

Pam Potter is the band director at Notre Dame High School, the school she attended, in Quincy, Illinois. She has held this position for the last 34 years.She received her BS MEd from Quincy University and has done graduate work at the Univ. of Iowa.

In 2004, she was awarded the "Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award" by the IL. Humanities Council and in 2011 was named "Outstanding Conductor" by the Assoc. of Concert Bands.

Her bands have been the Honor Band at Western Illinois University and also at Culver-Stockton College. She herself is very active in giving back to her profession by serving in the National Catholic Band Association and the local musicians union. She has served as president of both organizations.

She realizes the effects of music as she says, "Commitment to Excellence" is the foundation upon which my philosophy of music education lies. In my teaching I attempt to provide valuable musical experiences which will enable my students to strive for and achieve high levels of excellence in their performance, appreciation and enjoyment of quality music, the results of which will have a lifetime effect on their musical, aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual development.

Randal Box

Randal Box has been the band director at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee for the last 20 years.He received his BM from Middle Tennessee State and his MME from Arkansas State.

Growing up in a family where he was surrounded by music set him well on his way to where he is today. Along the way he was aided by supportive teachers who gave him opportunities to organize, conduct and compose. He has never forgotten the power of music in the lives of simple country folks, like his grandmother.

He has all of the awards and service records to show his accomplishments, but it is his philosophy that makes him what he is today." As a music educator, I help transmit the cultural heritage of our society to students. Music transcends barriers of ethnic background, economic status, language, and even literacy in its power to reach the depths of the human soul... I get to watch my students mature and change as people, from the insecurity of the freshman all the way through to the self-assuredness of a senior, still tinged somewhat with the vestiges of insecurity as they realize that they are about to enter a whole new world after high school... Far beyond that value, however, is the richness that music education can bring to their entire life, for of what value is it to make a living, if you do not know how to live?

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman