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1955-1969
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1969
Stuart V. Ames Jr. Troy High School, Troy, PA, Class of 1969. Instrument: Trombone

Ronald R. Dunn Jr. Franklin Simpson High School, Franklin, KY. Class of 1969. Instrument: Trombone. An honor and privilege to be the first recipient of this award at Franklin Simpson High. Continued with music at Western Kentucky University. Later worked in all forms of radio and television broadcasting and directed live national prime time television.

Steve Foster Romulus Central School Districti, Romulus, NY. Class of 1969.

Carol Ann Frisbie Augusta High School, Augusta, WI. Class of 1969. Instrument: Flute. Carol was a great music student and leader in the Holmen High School band program.

Frank Gambino Middletown Area High School, Middletown, PA. Class of 1969. Instrument: Trumpet

Linda Grissom Malvern High School, Malvern, AR. Class of 1969. Instrument: Clarinet

Jim Hopfenbeck Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 1969.

J. Carlton Howell Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1969.

Newt Kerney Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

John W. Kosik Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1969. Instrument: Trumpet

Arthur Lindberg Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 1969.

Joseph B. McKinney Gorham-Fayette High School, Fayette, OH. Class of 1969. Instrument: Trombone

Joan Mielke Swanville High School, Swanville, MN. Class of 1969. Instrument: Trombone

Francis J. Nesta Westinghouse Memorial High School, Wilmerding, PA. Class of 1969. Instrument: Bass Trombone. Francis went on to become a music teacher in Pennsylvania, eventually being elected to serve as the President of PMEA. He is still teaching music at Keystone High School in Knox, PA.

John Olson Adena High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1969.

John Probst Saint Joseph High School, South Bend, IN. Class of 1969.

John Ramirez Garber High School, Garber, OK. Class of 1969.

Kathleen Scarberry Trinity High School, Washington, PA. Class of 1969.

Emilie Sisson Romulus Central School District, Romulus, NY. Class of 1969.

Rebecca Sue Stoner Worth County High School, Sylevester, GA. Class of 1969.

Greg Sweatt Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 1969. Instrument: Trombone

Donna White Garber High School, Garber, OK. Class of 1969.

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1968
Brian Baumgarn​ Crestline, OH. Class of 1968. Instrument: Trumpet

Larry Blumenthal Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Elwood Christian Adena High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1968.

James Eason Hamlet High School, Hamlet, NC. Class of 1968. Instrument: Bass Clarinet and Drum Major

Barnaby Feder Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 1968.

Lloyd Fellbaum Swanville High Schoole, Swanville, MN. Class of 1968. Instrument: Trombone

Larry Feller Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 1968.

Frank Hill Middletown Area High School, Middletown, PA. Class of 1968. Instrument: Trumpet

Mark Kramer Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1968. Instrument: Baritone

Fred Peter Washingtonville Central High School, Washingtonville, NY. Class of 1968. Instrument: Cornet

Jennifer Sherling Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1968.

Cindy Soper Garber High School, Garber, OK. Class of 1968.

Judy Tennant Adena High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1968.

James Earl Taylor Waldo Mathews High School, Silsbee, TX. Class of 1968. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Abram Miles Jr.

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1967
Gary L. Bruns Macon High School, Macon, IL. Class of 1967. Instrument: Trombone.

H. David Chapman Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1967.

Gary Cunningham Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Jeffrey Dugan Middletown Area High School, Middletown, PA. Class of 1967. Instrument: Trumpet

Lawrence Philip Gambee Romulus Central School District, Romulus, NY. Class of 1967.

Ramona Gilmore Adena High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1967.

Carol Johnson Swanville High School, Swanville, MN. Class of 1967. Instrument: Baritone

Michael Kunitani Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 1967.

Kevin Kollar Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 1967.

Dean McMakin Hononegah Community High School, Rockton, IL. Class of 1967. Instrument: Tuba.

Garry Templin Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1967. Instrument: Trumpet

Mike Vokoun Garber High School, Garber, OK. Class of 1967.


1966
Michael A. Alexander Seguin High School, Seguin, TX. Class of 1966. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Gary Wiley. 1966 Band President

Marilyn Ater Adena High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1966.

Janet Lien Bowler Bozeman Senior High School, Bozeman, MT. Instrument: flute.

Kathleen Concklin Campus High School, Haysville, KS. Class of 1966. Instrument: Clarinet. Nearly fifty years later, her John Phillip Sousa award sets on our computer and reminds her every day of the good times she had playing in the band.

Ralph Dudgeon Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Fred Fadelli Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 1966.

Judy Gearhart Adena High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1966.

Richard Johnson Garber High School, Garber, OK. Class of 1966.

Richard Leipold Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1966. Instrument: Clarinet

Linda McCarthy Romulus Central School District, Romulus, NY. Class of 1966.

Peggy McCreary Del Norte High School, Albuquerque, NM. Class of 1966. Instrument: Oboe.

Norma Jeanne McGill Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1966.

Paul Miller Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 1966.

Don Platter Southfield Senior High School, Southfield, MI. Class of 1966. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Anthony Aiuto.

Robbie St. Clair Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Patsy Strecker Garber High School, Garber, OK. Class of 1966.

Eileen Van Heel Swanville High School, Swanville, MN. Class of 1966. Instrument: Percussion

Stan Walker Dalton High School, Dalton, GA. Class of 1966. Instrument: Tuba

John Whyte Mary D. Bradford High School, Kenosha, WI. Class of 1966. Instrument: Trumpet

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1965
Joan Carter Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1965.

Mary L. Coryell Romulus Central School District, Romulus, NY. Class of 1965.

Barry Fries Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 1965.

Ronald Hedges Middletown Area High School, Middletown, PA. Class of 1965. Instrument: Trumpet

Richard Humber Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 1965.

Richard Lee Jones Eastland High School, Eastland, TX. Class of 1965. Instrument: Sousaphone (Tuba). Richard Jones, an out standing member of the High School Marching and Concert Band was awarded this award for his excellent musicianship. Richard also played other instruments such as String Bass and electric and acoustic guitars. Richard did well in music competition in combo and jazz events.

Connie Loven Swanville High School, Swanville, MN. Class of 1965. Instrument: Alto Saxophone

Mike McCain Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Linda Moore Garber High School, Garber, OK. Class of 1965.

Charles Nimal Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1965. Instrument: Trombone

James D. Powell Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1965.

Judy Wright Middletown Area High School, Middletown, PA. Class of 1965. Instrument: Trumpet


1964
Ellen Alexander Miami Norland Senior High School, Miami, FL. Class of 1964. Instrument: Oboe.

Edward Brennan Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 1964.

Judy Flesher Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1964.

Walter J. Gable Romulus Central School District, Romulus, NY. Class of 1964.

Sue Gilmore Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 1964.

George Ray Houston Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1964. Instrument: Trumpet

James Johnson Swanville High School, Swanville, MN. Class of 1964. Instrument: Coronet

Alan Jones Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1964. Instrument: Trumpet

George Morrell Missouri Military Academy, Mexico, MO. Class of 1964. Instrument: Trumpet. Morrell was principle trumpet in 1963-64. He received a Superior Rating (1st) in the State Music Competition playing Haydn's Trumpet Concerto.

Newt Perdue Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Royce Riggan Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.


1963
Jim Bishop Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 1963.

Ann Cameron J.E.B. Stuart High School, Falls Church, VA. Class of 1963. Instrument: flute

Joanne Ciofalo Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 1963.

Frank Ehrhardt Antioch Community High School, Antioch, IL. Class of 1963. Instrument: trumpet.  

Denny Franklin Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1963. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: John Weber.

Ann Holig Swanville High School, Swanville, MN. Class of 1963. Instrument: Clarinet

Tom Hyde Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Dennis A. McCue St. Charles High School, St. Charles , Illinois. Class of 1963. Instrument: Euphonium & Voice, Director: James Getty & Stanley Cicora (recieved award and certificate). President of Band and Choir, First Chair Tri City Band, Illinois Select State Choir, Toured Europe with Folk and Madrigal groups.20 Musicals, boys quartet, Choir, Band. Later: Navy Blue Jackets Choir, Musical Event Coordinator, Radio Personality, multiple singing groups. Judge for the ColumbiaMusic Festival. Jim Getty-deceased Confermation: -Richard Bell - [email protected] or Sandra Grottberg - [email protected]

David Mossbarger Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1963. Instrument: Tuba. Graduate of Ohio State University. Became band director at Adena Schools (consolidation of Frankfort and Clarksburg Schools) for 17 years. Went to Chillicothe Schools, retired there, but returned to Adena for another 7 years.

C. Berly White Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1963.

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1962
Janis Flesher Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1962.

Nora June Latham Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1962.

Dick Phillips Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Delilah Tornabene Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1962. Instrument: Clarinet

JoAnn Vanselow Swanville High School, Swanville, MN. Class of 1962. Instrument: Clarinet

1961
A. William Bodine Yuba City High School, Yuba City, CA. Class of 1961. Instrument: Trumpet. Extraordinary trumpet player: First Chair Trumpeter in high school band as well as local community orchestra. Also, top trumpeter in Northern California, First Chair Trumpet at Western Music Educators National Conference in Santa Monica. Played with Rafael Mendez, recognized as the greatest trumpet player in the world. Exceptional tone quality and musical interpretation abilities.

Johnny Coble Marietta High School, Marietta, Ok. Class of 1961. Instrument: Snare Drum. My father won this award in 1961. He spoke highly of his accomplishment through this life. Passing away about 2 weeks ago we have began researching everything.

Jim Firchow Mary D. Bradford High School, Kenosha, WI. Class of 1961. Instrument: Clarinet

Gene Garza St. Charles High School, St. Charles, MO. Class of 1961. Instrument: Trombone. Went to University of Missouri to major in music. B.S. Music Ed., M. Music Ed. 54 years later, still playing trombone and euphonium and direction a community band.

Robert Glass Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1961. Instrument: Trombone

Gerry Kirk Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Rosemary Thacker Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1961.

Ronald Whiddon Vigor High School, Prichard, AL. Class of 1961. Instrument: Trumpet

Lawrence (Butch) Wilson Griffin High School, Griffin, GA. Class of 1961. Instrument: French Horn

1960
Dale Butterfield Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA.

Beverly Cameron Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 1960. Instrument: Clarinet

Victor A. Gregory Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. Class of 1960.

Carl Rubly Malvern High School, Malvern, AR. Class of 1960.

Thomas J. Trimborn Walker Jr. High School, Milwaukee, WI. Jr. High Class of 1960. Instrument: Trombone. Thomas Trimborn is now Professor of Music Education at Truman State University.

Beverly Wright Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1960.

1959
Benny Bower Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1959.

Ronald Papsdorf Chelsea High School, Chelsea, MI. Instrument: Baritone (Euphonium)

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1958
Charles Glenn Billeaud Scott High School, Scott, LA. His other accomplishments include 4 years Football, 2 years Class Parliamentarian, 3 years Band Parliamentarian, 2 years FFA, Senior year Band Student Conductor, Senior year FHA Beau, Junior year FBLA, Junior year Assistant Student Conductor, and he was also a founding member of a local band “The Tramps” and recorded a single, “Oh Wishing Well”. The Tramps played for local high school dances and festivals in the Acadiana area.

Bethel Dillavou Malvern High School, Malvern, AR. Class of 1958.

Earl G. Heartt Naples High School, Naples, FL. Class of 1958. Instrument: Clarinet and Saxophone. Moved to Naples, Florida from Downers Grove, Illinois in his senior year of high school. Elected student director, won first division ratings at district and state contests on saxophone, clarinet and student conducting. Studied at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago before and after high school graduation and eventually taught band, orchestra and choir in Wisconsin.

David Kruger Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1958.

Robert Vollmar Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1958.

1957
Ruth Carter Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1957. Instrument: Euphonium

Marilyn Davis Gladwin High School. MI. Class of 1957. Instrument: French Horn

Jeanine Scott Malvern High School, Malvern, AR. Class of 1959. Instrument: Flute

1956
Kenneth Bethard Caesar Rodney High School, Camden, DE. Class of 1956. Instrument: Euphonium

Don Queen Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1956.

1955
Joyce Dennis Frankfort High School, Frankfort, OH. Class of 1955.

Harry Voshell Caesar Rodney High School, Camden, DE. Class of 1955. Instrument: Alto Sax

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