Issue: Jan-Mar 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 an annual Sousa Foundation awards ceremony during the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago.

Chairman of the Legion of Honor Committee is Robert E. Foster, University of Kansas, and Past President of the American Bandmasters Association.


Don Jaramillo

Director of Bands at Sierra Vista High School in the early 80's, Don Jaramillo has served in that role at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga since 1987.

He was honored a s San Bernardino County Music Educator of the Year in 1996 and received the Southern California SCSBOA Gold Award in 2000.

His bands have received superior ratings in district and regional band festivals the past 15 years. "The most important thing in the shaping of my career was to learn from colleagues, never being afraid to ask questions. Always pay attention to details while making students the number one priority."


Vincent Tornello

Since 1974, Vincent Tornello has been Director of Bands at Charlottesville High School (Virginia). He was the Virginia MEA Music Educator of the Year in 1995 and was elected to the VBODA Honor Band Hall of Fame in 2002. He continues on the VMEA Executive Board after serving in many roles, including President from 1982-84.

For 24 of the past 25 years his bands have received Grade 6 Superior Ratings at District Festivals, All American Music Festivals, and North American Music Festivals.

"My incredibly supportive parents and later to present, my wife played a major role in shaping my career as have a very supportive school system and a great community.