Issue: July-August 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

David Lum

David Lum has been teaching at Agincourt Collegiate Institue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the last 10 years, where he is now the Curriculum Leader of Music. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he holds degrees in Music and Education.

Five times David has received the Conducting Excellence Award from the Ontario Band Association. In 2009 he received an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Ontario Band Association as well as Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award.

Lum continues to give back to his profession by serving actively in the Ontario Music Educators' Association and the Ontario Band Association. He serves on the boads of the groups and has ser ved as their president.

David states his philosophy when he says, "I believe that what we do as teachers is guided by the qeustion, "What is best for the kids?" Providing opportunities for personal growth for students is the most important thing we do in education. I believe that students learn through their experiences, whether it is through the preparation for a performance or festival, or from the great experiences of travelling with their friends and colleagues in the band. Striving towards a common goal teaches the kids so much. Team work, problem solving, interpersonal relationships, the importance of passion, hard work and striving for excellence, are some of the life lessons learned in Music. I am so proud to be a member of the teaching profession and am grateful for having the opportunity to share a passion for music with my students."

A constant desire to improve his craft and to continue learning have been the most important factors in his career development. This has guided him through a variety of positions to te success hs has found today.

Brian Ingelson

Brian Ingelson has been teaching at Palm Springs High School in Palm Springs, California for the past 17 years. He is the Director of Bands there as well as the Fine Arts Chair. Brian earned his B.A. from the University of Calgary, his M.Ed. from the University of Missouri and he is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Howard Taft University.

Brian has received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recog-nition. He was named Palm Springs Teacher of the Year in both 1997 and 2006. He was also named the Outstanding Music Director from the Desert Theater League.

Brian states his philosophy in these words, "It is my belief that education in the fine arts is essential to student development. It provides for emotional expression, intrinsic worth, and an opportunity to explore our culture as well as others. Learning music is the only subject that encompasses the entire body both physically and mentally. Education must be meaningful and relevant to students. Music as a performing art must have performance as part of its core. It is a musician's duty and responsibility to share their talents and experience with the next generation of artist. Our most important trophies are our students. Success in music provides the necessary skills for success in life."

He continues, " further believe that music should be integrated into what education considers the “core curriculum” of subjects in all schools (public, private, home, catholic, etc…). People are told that a strong education in these “core subjects” will help prepare them for a great career. Music allows students to experience a much more realistic view of the real world in terms of career, self concept, goal setting, achievement, and balance with its emphasis on teamwork as well as linking the past and present with the future. I love teaching and I believe there is no more important responsibility than teaching our future generations. Music gives us the opportunity to teach not only our passion, but how to be successful in life."

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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