Issue: Apr-June 2006
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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.

Legion Laureates List Link

Virgil Syverson

Director of the Williston City Band in North Dakota the past 40 years, Virgil Syverson's career includes 39 years as the Williston High School Band Director and 54 years with the the Williston Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years he received the School Musician's "They are Making America Musical" and the NBA Citation of Excellence awards and was inducted into the North Dakota Music Educators Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

About his success, Virgil commented, "The dedication of the many students I had the privilege of working with over my 39 years in the Williston Schools, the support of the administration, band parents, the community, the Williston City Band and last, but not least, my family made it possible for me to accomplish my goals."

Terry Rush

Now in his 278th year of teaching, Terry Rush is Director of Band at Pius X High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. He holds both a BME from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a past officer of the Nebraska Bandmasters Association and was NBA Marching Band Director of the Year in 2001. His bands have been Grand Champions 15 consecutive years at Worlds of Fun Festivals and to date the only band selected for the National Adjudicators Invitational.

" If I can give my students musical experiences they can be proud of all of their lives, hear a piece of outstanding music that will give them fond memories, and encourage them to have their children experience music throughout their school years, I've done my job."


Robert Foster Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman