Issue: July-September 2015
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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

Kenneth Turner

Kenneth Turner has only been the Director of Bands for 2 years at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina, but he has certainly been around and active since he began teaching in 1992.

Upon graduating from the Univer-sity of South Carolina with his BS in MusEd,he moved from middle school to high school, back to middle school before ending up once again at River Bluff HS.

Turner has served his state and his profession by holding many varied offices and positions in the SCBDA. He also serves as President of the Palmetto Concert Band.

Wherever Turner has been, his groups whether at the middle school or the high school level words like Superior Rating, Featured Performance and Grand Champions are sure to follow.

When stating his philosophy, Turner, says, "I believe that if you ask my students what defines my teaching style, they would say I am enthusiastic, yet extremely demanding. I believe that I have a positive attitude that is contagious to my students, but I am also tough on them when needed. To me, being enthusiastic means that you must exude excitement about all things, put forth an enormous amount of personal energy, and avoid the temptation to quit or give up. Through an atmosphere of all of us constantly growing and learning, my students know that I live my life with a purpose, embracing the challenges as with much passion as the successes. My students feed off of my enthusiasm, which I believe is the key to igniting the passion for a subject in anyone. In short my students love band because I love band!" He adds, "Working together is paramount. To achieve our highest goals, our band has to work together for a common goal, and place high demands on ourselves for commitment, discipline, integrity, and dependability."

Arlene Burney

Arlene Burney has been the Casa Grande High School Band Director in Petaluma, California for nearly 20 years. She has also been so much more. She has taught music at every level from elementary to junior high to high school to university and you can throw in community band as well.

Burney earned a BA in Psychology from UC at Santa Cruz. She then went on and earned a BS and an MS in Music Education from the University of Illinois.

She has been named the Director of the Year by the NCBDA in 2004. She was also named the Gilbert Freitas Veteran Teacher Award Winner by the Bay Section of the CMEA in 2013. She has given back to her profession by holding nearly every available office in the Northern CA Band Directors Association.

Under her baton the Casa Grande HS Symphonic Band has established a pattern of Superior and Unanimous Superior Ratings at the CMEA and Music Heritage Festivals.

She says, "My musical mentors were many and varied, but I have to credit my junior high music teacher, Ted Dechter for igniting my interest in music with his enthusiasm and expertise as a teacher. Much later in my career I have to thank my late husband Jimmie Howard Reynolds for encouraging and guiding me as a conductor, and taking me to all the ABA conferences where I had the opportunity to hear the best concert bands in the country and meet the outstanding music educators in our field. But over the years I realize my greatest inspiration has come from all my talented and dedicated students and their insatiable desire to learn and perform great music."

Her philosophy is this,"I work every day to help instill the passion for music in young adults so they can become a part of the world com-munity of musicians, make new friends and lasting connections, and see themselves from a new perspective."

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman