Issue: Jul-Sept 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

Dana Hamant

Director of Bands at Wichita East High School since 1995, Dana Hamant began teaching in 1978. His education includes bachelors and masters degrees from Wichita State University. He has held positions as Kansas Band Association president and IAJE state president. His bands have performed at the KMEA conference and he was also selected to lead the Kansas Lions International Band.

"Any success I have attained is due to having parents who have always been supportive and insistent on doing things the right way. Being involved in drum and bugle corps at an early age taught me what hard work and dedication can accomplish."

Evelio Villarreal

A teacher in the public schools of Texas for over 25 years, Evelio Villarreal is currently Director of Bands at Plano East Senior High School. He is a graduate of Angelo State University and holds a Masters in Music from Texas A&M-Commerce. His bands have received many Best in Class awards from American Classics, Musicfest and other events. Since 1997 his bands have received UIL Sweepstakes Awards for superior ratings in marching, concert and sightreading.

"I believe that all students can be successful and it is my goal for them to achieve their highest performance level. Through music, students learn many life skills, such as discipline, teamwork and goal setting."


Robert Foster Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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