Issue: Oct-Dec 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

Rob Speers

Rob Speers has been the band director at Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the last 28 years. He has been active in music education since 1974, first as a trumpet teacher to where he is today, the music department at Ainlay High School,directing both band and choir.

He has served in various organizations throughout Alberta including the Board of Directors for the Alberta Band Assoc. He has received the David Peterkin Award in 2003, the ABA Elkhorn Award in 2005, the Tommy Banks Award in 2006 and the Vondis Miller Legacy Award in 2013.

Under Speer's direction his groups have consistently received Superior ratings in the Alberta Band Contests and throughout the area.

Speers states his philosophy this way, "I am a strong believer in the beauty and passion of music and attempt to instill that same passion in every musician in my ensembles. My goal is not to create professional musicians, but to create life long music lovers who possess the knowledge necessary to make educated choices regarding the quality of music.
Through the performance of quality band literature, ensemble members increase technical skills and gain competence in performing and appreciation of music as an artistic form of expression. I believe that ensembles should be challenged with high standards and high levels of activity should be maintained."

Steven Hendee

Steven Hendee currently serves as the Director of Bands at Castro Valley High School in San Leandro, California. He has been at Castro for three years. He began his high school career at Hayward HS, the school that he attended before getting his degree from CSU, Hayward.

Hendee has given back to the musical community by serving as the CMEA- Bay Area- President as well as the CMEA State level Vice-President.

From 2004- 2011 his groups at School of the Arts received unanimous Superior ratings at the CMEA Festivals. His band was also featured at the CMEA State Conference. The tradition of Superior ratings he has brought with him to Castro Valley.

When it comes to what influenced him the most Hendee says," I have always taught in schools that value diversity and change. Although it can be difficult to embrace as frequently as we are required in education, I always strive to keep my teaching methods and curriculum current." and secondly,"Mentorship. I am the educator I am because I am willing to be mentored, not just when I was a "younger" teacher but still today. I am thrilled to reciprocate back to the profession by helping and advising those in music education who can benefit from my experience."

"I believe in the power of music education. Musical communities should strive to allow access for all students by including all members as they raise a whole and complete child." That philosophy has worked for him!

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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