Issue: Oct-Dec 2005
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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 Robert E. Foster, University of Kansas, and Past President of the American Bandmasters Association.

Scott Coulson

Head Band Director at Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas since 1987, Scott Coulson is a graduate of East Texas State University where, under James Keene, he received his bachelors and masters degrees. His concert and marching bands consistency place high in U.I.L. and T.M.E.A. events and have received numerous Best in Class Awards at Six Flags, Adjudicator's National Invitationals and many others.

"I believe that every child in my band program is important, no matter what his or her musical ability. I ask every student in the program to take ownership by trying to be the music musician they can be, thereby enhancing the success of the band as a whole."

Jeff Laird

A graduate of Lamar University (bachelors and masters) and the University of Houston, from which he holds a DMA in Conducting, Jeff Laird served as Director of Bands at Aldine High School (Texas) from 1986 to 2004. He is now Director of Secondary Performing Arts for the Aldine Independent School District. His bands performed in the National Invitational Band Festival in 2003 and in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in 1993. He is a past president of the Texas Music Educators Association.

"The most important mentors who helped shape my career were my college band directors, Pete Wiley and James Simmons, my high school director, Karl Wadenpfuhl, my great friends, Barry Johnson and Tim Lautzenheiser. Also significant to my career has been my very supportive and understanding family."

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