Issue: April-June 2014
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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

Kirk Clague

Kirk Clague has been the Director of Musical Activities at Exeter Union High School in Exeter, California for the past 18 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the Univ. of California - San Diego and his teaching credential from San Diego State University.

Clague lists his highest honors as Exeter Union HS's Teacher of the year in 2012 and a finalist for the Tulare County Teacher of the year in 2005. He has served his profession in both the CMEA and the CBDA in various offices, most recently the Exhibit Host for the All State Music Conference.

Under Clague's guidance both the Concert Band and the Jazz Ensemble have earned an impressive list of Superior ratings.

Clague says,"My career has been shaped by a strong desire to be the best music educator I can be for the kids with whom I share this art. So, I consider my constant study and desire to "know more" and then share it with my students to be a shaping factor. Further, my terrific group of friends, colleagues, and mentors continue to be a huge factor in my success and a resource when I fall short of my life outside of the music world with my wife living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada has provided the necessary balance one must have to be a long-term success."

Clague's philosophy has served him well and he states it like this,"I believe that all students can and should excel in music, and deserve the finest, best-prepared, most well-versed teacher they can get. I work as hard as I can to be that person. I believe any student who truly wishes to learn should have access to my program, and that they should have a no-excuses, excellence-through-diligence mind set. I believe many amazing things are possible when these things are in place."

David Aydelott

David Aydelott has served as the Director of Bands at Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee for the last 7 years. He earned his degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Among his highest honors he includes Franklin High School Teacher of the Year in 2012, the NBA Citation of Excellence and the NBA Certificate of Merit for Marching excellence. SBO magazine named him as one of the "50 Directors that Make a Difference."

Aydelott is currently the President-Elect of the Middle TN School Band and Orchestra Association. He has served in other state-wide positions as well. He is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu.

When asked about what shaped his career he said, "Childhood aesthetic experiences… I grew up in rural Tennessee and my parents regularly attended congregational singings at local Churches. Early on I was exposed to hundreds of people making music together in a very authentic way. The emotional power of those “goose bump” moments was very powerful, and at that point I was hooked. In high school and college I was able to have similar experiences, but in a symphonic setting, and I want my students to have those moments in my band now."

Aydelott's philosophy is,"Music education for the masses…. My aim at Franklin is for parents and students to leave the program as music education advocates. In order to accomplish that we embrace the community aspect of high school band, so that the people in our program feel a social and emotional connection to everything we do, from excellence in performance, to community service, to leadership/mentorship within the scope of our program. The band at Franklin is not only about playing Persichetti or Ives (although we certainly want to do that at our highest level), but about the familial aspects of high school band. If we are successful, then a large number of people leave Franklin High School as strong advocates of music education."

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman