Issue: Oct-Dec 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

Russell Bertles

Director of Bands at Dutchtown Middle School in Hampton, Georgia, Russ Bertles has taught in the public schools for 25 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University and just completed the American Band College masters program at Southern Oregon University. His middle school bands have received many superior ratings at the district level and in various other festivals.

"I strongly believe that you have to put the kids first, to teach them life skills. You must care about them and care for them. The superior ratings and the first place awards are simply the gravy."

William Ingram

Bill Ingram has taught in the California public schools since 1969. The past 30 he has served as Director of Bands at Tulare Union High School. A graduate of Bakersfield State University, he holds bachelor's and master's degrees from BSU. In 1988 he received the High School Band Director's Hall-of-Fame Award and in 2001 he was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association. For the past 27 years his bands have received superior ratings in the CMEA Central Section contests.

"Having played in the Porterville Union High School Band" in the Tournament of Roses Parade, traveling to Japan and many other important events "under Buck Shaffer was one of the most important factor in shaping my career."


Robert Foster Bio
Legion of Honor Chairman


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