Issue: October-December 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

James (Jim) Meredith

James Meredith has been the Sandusky Middle School Band Director in Lynchburg, Virginia for the last 31 years. Jim earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 1974 with a major in euphonium.

Jim is highly regarded by those who know him being named the Virginia Music Educators "Educator of the Year" for 2010-11. Twice he has received the NBA Citation of Excellence. He was also honored by the City of Lynchburg for a program which brought positive recognition to the city.

Jim continues to serve his profession by serving as the District INstrumental Chairman for the VBODA for a fourth term.

Jim say that the following make up his biggest influences:
My PASSION – After 38 years in the business I am still as passionate as I was when I started out in 1974. I wake up in the morning and can’t wait to get to school. I am a LISTENER – I listen to music every day, analyze the performances I hear, and train my students to do the same. In the last year I’ve heard the National Symphony and the Chicago Symphony(twice)and traveled hundreds of miles just for the experience. MENTORS/ASSOCIATES – I have been blessed to have outstanding older directors to guide me through the years, and to befriend some of the professions brightest and most accomplished directors.
MY COMPETITIVE NATURE – When I say that I am competitive, I do not go to competition to “beat” other bands or directors, my drive is to be the best I can be and to master the standard of that event. I continue to attend my state conferences and have been to the Midwest Clinic the past 2 years.

Robin R. Engl

Robin Engl has been teaching for the past 13 years at Wauwaytosa East High School, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He earned is Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and added a Master in Music Education from Vandercook College.

Before moving to Wauwatosa Robin had been teaching in the Wauwkesha School District for many years at all the various levels. In that district Robin established the ProArtst Concert Series.

Robin has been the WSMA Festival Manager for Solo-Ensemble Contests, Concert Band Contests and Marching Band Festivals. He is also the Competition Host for Drum-Corps Midwest.

Robin states his philosophy by saying,"Mastery of the fundamentals in tandem with demanding yet nurturing rehearsals allows us to give voice to great music. It has always been my philosophy that that music needs to be experienced
by as many people as possible; hence the regional, national, and international performances
referenced earlier in this document. It has always been my desire to develop groups that are a source of pride for students, parents, and the community."

Robin also believes that travel and performance in foreign countries has had a profound impact on my career. The sense of pride such tours instilled in our students, the sheer exhilaration of performing for
hundreds of thousands of people in foreign capitals, and the opportunity to take students to places they might never otherwise experience, has been one of the great blessings of my life."

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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