Issue: January-March 2013
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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

Thomas Reynolds

Thomas Reynolds has been the band director at The Bromfield School in Harvard, MA, for the past 14 years. In his thiry-five year teaching carreer he has taught at many other high schools in the New England area. He currently also directs the MIT Concert Band.Thomas earned his BME/Trumpet from the New England Conservatory, his MME/Trumpet from Ithaca College and is currently a PhD candidate at the Univ. of Massachusetts.

Thomas continues to serve his profession in many ways including serving or having served as an Executive Board Member for the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Lowell Mason Foundation and the MMEA.

Thomas is quick to point out the influence of Frank Battisti on his early life and carreer choice. He also gives credit to Ed Lisk for much of the success he has enjoyed in his teaching.

When asked about his philosophy Thomas will say, 'All of the opportunities provided for each student in the music programs in which I teach are focused upon offering experiences to young people that will result in them finding joy and excitement in the creation of music. In the various phases of this program, they are brought into contact with a culturally diverse repertoire of music and outstanding performers. They are continuously reminded that they must exhibit high artistic integrity when approaching any piece of music, since their responsibility is to recreate beauty. The important element in the program is the individual's musical growth-the individual's depth of experience - the development of the individual's appreciation of music in particular and art in general. All of the opportunities for the study of music are made available equally to all of the students in the school, presented at the highest standard of excellence possible."

David Webb

David Webb has been the director of bands at Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Virginia for the last 15 years. After graduating form the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1989 he taught in Jasper, TN and Lynchburg, VA before moving to Jefferson Forest. He has also served as an adjunct euphonium professor at Lynchburg College.

In 2005 and again in 2012 David received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Assoc. In 2013 he was named the Common-wealth of Virginia Region 5 Teacher of the Year.

Through the years David has served on committees for the VBODA and will also venture into working for and with the VMEA.

When David begins to tell you what is important to him he will likely begin, "A common trait of every influential teacher in my life is the attitude that the subject matter he or she is teaching is the most important thing there is. Beethoven said, “To play a wrong note is excusable; to play without passion is unforgivable.” I live by that axiom. I’ve always been drawn in by teachers who were/are passionate about their subject. Conversely, I have found many subjects for which I once thought I had lower aptitude were often taught by instructors with no real drive or passion. That was a huge lesson for me—--teach something about which I am passionate, know it inside and out, and teach it with enthusiasm bordering on reckless abandon—--those ideals, along with my opinion that kids learn from people they like, have completely sculpted my teaching persona."

David is passionate about his teaching and this is why he says, "an effective ensemble teacher must be very strong in these 5 areas—--knowledge of subject matter, communication skills, passion, relationships, and providing opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement."

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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