Issue: April-June 2012
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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

Elden Seta

Elden Seta has spent all 24 years of his teaching career at Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he serves as the head music director. He earned his degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. HIs bands have learned well from expertise as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble's rating since 2002 have always said, "Exceeds the Standards in All Categories."

Elden has been received the Milken National Educators Award. He has been named the KGMB Outstanding Teacher, the Oceanic Oustanding Teacher,and the Hawaii Music Educator's Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Seta continues to give back to the profession by serving as the Oahu Band Directors Association Vice President and the Central Oahu Band Directors Chairperson.

"I truly believe that everything in education should be based on the true basic values that mold every student into an effective citizen in the community. The essential values such as respect, integrity and discipline are the true skills that enable every person to achieve greatness. Above all to be kind, respectful, sincere to all are virtues that every human being needs to achieve in order to contribute to a world of peace and harmony. Music is the only subject in our educational curriculum that can offer this and more!" These are the words that Seta uses to state his philosophy.

He also says that he can never really put into words what his past teachers and friends have meant to him in getting to where he is today.

Lisa Butts

For the last 14 years Lisa Butts has served as the director of bands at Hanford West High School in Hanford, California. After earning her degree from Fresno State and her Masters degree from Southern Oregon University through the American Band College, Lisa spent a good deal of time at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, building a program from the 17 students she started with to one of over 140 before she moved to Hanford.

The California Association for Music Education named her Teacher of the Year for 2004 and 2005. She followed that with the CBDA DIstinguished Service Award in 2006 and the Jazz Educator of the Year in 2008.

Lisa has served California by holding many of the state offices and is currently the President- elect of the California Alliance for Jazz.

When asked about the reasons for her success Lisa said, "The first factor would be my belief in God and the support that I receive from him each day. The second factor would be my husband Bill, who has been the most encouraging and supportive component in helping me to achieve my goals to become a quality educator. The third would be the mentors that helped me throughout my career: Susan Burley and Jim Kusserow who guided me through my first three years teaching and all the ensuing questions, Robert Halseth, who’s summer conducting workshops helped me to develop most of my conducting skills, and Max McKee and the American Band College who made the most significant improvements in all of the tools that I use as an every day teacher. Without ABC, I do not believe that I would have been nominated for this award. The final factor would be the staff that I work with at Hanford West High School. I am truly blessed to be able to work with my two best friends, Ruben Amavisca who is my Color Guard director, and Trish Adams who is my Mallet Instructor and my Administrative Assistant. They make every single day I spend at Hanford West a joy."

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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