Issue: Apr-Jun 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.

John Bridges

Director of Bands at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii since 1995, John Bridges taught for more than 30 years in the schools of Texas. He holds a bachelors degree from Tennessee Tech and a masters from the University of North Texas. He is past president of the Texas Music Educators and has taught for over 40 years. His bands at Punahou were Grand Champions, participating in 5 categories, at the 2002 Holiday Bowl Festival.

"There is no better laboratory in which to nurture young citizens in our culture," he remarked, "than the school band program. Young people can develop esthetic sense and explore their creativity while broadening their world view and lean to work sensitively with others toward a common goal."

Russell Wilson

At Mundy's Mill Middle School in Jonesboro, Georgia as Director of Bands since 1995, Russell is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a masters degree from Vandercook College. His band consistently receive superior ratings at district contest and is the feeder program to the high school whose director, Vincent Rosse, is also a Legion of Honor recipient. Mr. Wilson is active in middle school honor band planning having served in 1997 and 1998 as Organizing Chairman of the GMEA Middle School All-State Band.

"In today's schools, I believe our first mission is to teach basic citizenship. It has become obvious to me that children need help in learning how to get along with others; the band program provides a tremendous vehicle for that."