Issue: January-March 2016
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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

Chadwick Kamei

Chadwick Kamei has been the Director of Bands at Pearl City High School of Pearl City, Hawaii, for the last nine years. At the same school he also serves as the Coordinator for the Music Learning Center. Just to keep busy he has also served as the UH - West Oahu director for the last three years.

Kamei attended the University of Hawaii- Manoa for both his BS in Music Ed and his MA in the same discipline.

Kamei has worked in and at nearly every possible aspect of music education. He has directed middle schools, high schools and universities. He has done it in Hawaii and taken his groups to places such as Beijing, China, Hamamatsu, Japan, London, England and Chicago performing in prestigious festivals and parades.

He was inducted into the ASBDA in 2010 and he has served in many organizations. Among them are:National Band Association, State Chair; Hawaii Saxophone Association, Vice-President; ASBDA State Chair, and Bd Member for the Oahu Band Directors' Association.

"Mentorships has been the most important factor in shaping my career. I remember struggling in my first year of teaching and things turned around once a mentor was able to observe and share her thoughts about my teaching. I was also fortunate to learn and be mentored by some of the best music educators in Hawaii and on the mainland. They helped me to become a better teacher by showing me new ways of teaching music and how to inspire students."

His philosophy is this, "The band program provides a unique opportunity for all students to learn traits such as perseverance, collaboration, responsibility, and excellence. While they may be able to learn this in any other subject, it is through the fidelity to the music and creating a musically-sensitive performance that makes the band such a great medium. Our product is a direct reflection of our inner selves, and through the band we can help our students realize their full greatness.”

Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers has been the Band Director at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canade since 2007. Prior to this position he has done it all from an itinerant music teacher to a sessional instructor. He has worked from the middle school to collegiate levels.

Rogers has earned his Bachelor in Music; Bachelor in Education and a Diploma in Fine Arts.

He has served his profession by serving as the Vice-President of the Canadian Band DIrectors, the President and Currently Past President of the Alberta Band Association.

In 2002 Rogers was named the Alberta Band Assoc. Band Director of the Year. In 2010 he won the Phi Beta Mu Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Music Education in Alberta.

My life has been shaped by "The influence of incredible professors and mentors, including Dr. Vondis Miller and Dr. Linda Pimentel;
ongoing mentorship relationships with respected colleagues from across Western Canada;
the opportunity to engage in summer conducting workshops with such illustrious faculty as Eugene Corporon, Craig Kirkhoff, and Donald Hunsberger;
the opportunity to travel to major professional development events such as Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic and WASBE Conference;
the opportunity to travel to national and international festivals to perform for and work with countless excellent conductors and clinicians;
the opportunity to continue to play and sing in a wide variety of choirs, bands, jazz bands, and orchestras;
and finally, the unending love and support of my wife and family without which I would be lost!"

His philosophy is this,"I believe a music director's career is primarily a life of service to students, community, and profession that reaps immeasurable rewards over time. It is a privilege to make music every day with youth and community - joy and passion should be evident in every moment and on every face. I am fortunate to be able to do what I love for living and hopefully pass that love on to others."

  Terry Austin Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman