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2016
Lyle Adams Christian Life Acaddemy, Baton Rouge, LA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Mindy Rose.

Lizzie Amory Toms River High School North, Toms River , NJ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: George Powers. Lizzie is a four-year member of the Toms River North Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. She is also a three-year member of the Jazz Band. And a member of the pit orchestra. She has one been chosen to perform in the All-Shore Symphonic Band, All-South Jersey Symphonic Band and New Jersey All-State Symphonic Band. She has twice been chosen to play in the All-South Jersey Wind Ensemble, first chair in her senior year.

Anthony Anderlionis Pembroke High School, Pembroke, Massachusetts. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Austin Glass.

Ezra Anderson Snohomish High School, Snohomish, Washington. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Joe Boertmann.

Joshua Anderson Greene County High School, Leakesville , Mississippi. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Wade Helton.

Owen Anderson Cook County High School, Grand Marais, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kerri Bilben. Owen is an outstanding student who started on trumpet but was self taught on tuba and french horn. He would do whatever was needed for the overall improvement of the band.

Jennifer Antoine Globe High School, Globe, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flue, Director: Christopher Richardson. Jennifer is a great student. When she had the opportunity to lead she lead.

Reba Atkins Graham High School, Graham, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Joshua Kidd. Miss Atkins will be studying Music Liberal Arts at Texas Woman's University.

Philip Atneosen Jordan High School, Jordan, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Logan Burnside.

Maricel Bacani Katella High School, Anaheim, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Dylan Harlan. Maricel is a talented musician with a determined work ethic. She has been a role model all year demonstrating the ability to be successful not only in music, but in all academic classes. She is truly a renaissance woman!

Amanda Ballbach Muskego High School, Muskego, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo, Director: James Beckman and Matt Mueller. She embodies everything that makes a band student great. She is an incredible musician, leader and mentor. She sets the example through her preparation and high standards. Her section looks up to her, and she has mentored a number of our underclassmen. She has performed in solo ensemble every year since 8th grade, making it to state on two different instruments multiple times. In fact she has earned perfect scores at state multiple times. Her freshman year, she played with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. She performed with the University of Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble all 4 years of high school. She was also a member of the Milwaukee Music Festival Honors band the past 4 years. She is a three year member of Wind Ensemble and Pit Orchestra. She was a section leader for marching band and a Drum Major her senior year.

Tyler Barbarino West Florence High School, Florence, SC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone saxophone , Director: Steve Rummage. Played in three bands at West Florence. Marching band Symphonic band and jazz band.

Caleb Barndt Billings Central Catholic High School, Billings, Mt. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium / Trumpet / Percussion / Trombose, Director: Codie Wahrman.

Holly Barnes South Rowan High School, China Grove, North Carolina. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: JeVone Primus. Holly Barnes served as drum major for the marching band and first chair within the saxophone section. She was selected to participate in the All-County band clinic as a saxophone instrumentalist and will be pursing a degree in music from Western Carolina University.

Mason Barnhart WACO Community Schools, Wayland, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bari Sax, Director: Jane Koch. Mason participated in band all through junior high and high school. Even when his schedule didn't allow him to be "in band", he came in for lessons and played at all concerts.

Sergio Barrera Vista Grande High School, Casa Grande, AZ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Randal George.

Alexandra Barrett Frankenmuth High School, Frankenmuth, Michigan. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Eric Clauder. Alexandra is a four-year member of the Frankenmuth High School Marching Band and Wind Symphony. She also was marching band drum major for two years. She was a member of the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra for three years being principle clarinet for two of them. She also was an auditioned, three year member of the Eastern Michigan University Honors Band as principle clarinet. She was part of the Muth Community Players pit orchestra for four years. In her senior year of high school, she was nominated to the MSBOA Michigan Youth Arts Festival as an honors band member and also as a Concerto Soloist. She has a genuine love and talent for music and often gives back to the music program to help grow and improve the program.

Jazmine Barrett Ayden-Grifton High School, Ayden, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Michael Partin.

Bradley Baughman Tylertown High School, Tylertown , MS. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Amanda Sumrall.

Noah Bauknecht School District of Crandon, Crandon, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Bethany Puffer.

Joshua Becerra Newport High School, Newport, Oregon. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Rachel Steward.

Gavin Bedney Hinsdale Adventist Academy, Hinsdale, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Chandran J. Daniel. Gavin Bedney is a consummate musician of the highest order. Gavin's outstanding achievement in instrumental music has made him a great asset to the Hinsdale Adventist Academy Bands. Mr. Bedney is awarded the John Philip Sousa Award in recognition of impeccable musicianship and years of service to the HAA Bands.

Nolan Behnke Newcastle High School, Newcastle, Wyoming. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ryan Whipple.

Julian Benali Kettle Run High School, Nokesville, Virginia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Matt Yonkey. Julian earned this award through hard work and dedication to musical excellence. He became something by focused efforts to achieve at the highest levels. He is most deserving of this award.

Austin Benedetti Lake Dallas High School, Corinth, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Denise Kennedy. A few of the awards and achievements Austin has received include: Outstanding Performer Award 2016 Texas State Solo/Ensemble Snare Drum Solo; 11h in State of Texas on Drum Set, All Area Jazz 2015-2016; TMEA All Region Jazz Band 1, 1st Chair Drum Set 2016. Drum Captain/Battery Section Leader 2015-2016 and Jazz Ensemble 1 Drummer/Rhythm Section Leader.

Stephanie Blair Berend Windthorst High School, Windthorst, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Elise Allen.

Camden Berka Sidney High School, Sidney, MT. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kilee Sundt. Camden Berka leads his clarinet section with great dignity. He is a reliable musician and has served as principle chair for multiple honor bands and performances. Camden is flexible when it comes to participating in band and has maintained a steady level of skill in playing the clarinet.

Theresa Bertels St. Marys Junior Senior High School, St. Marys , KS. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Kirsten Arpin. Theresa has been a fully dedicated student of the arts for the past 4 years. She has been a member of both district choir and district honorable mention band, and she has also received multiple 1 ratings at regional and state band, choir, and piano festivals. Theresa will be pursuing a degree in Music Education.

Hayden Betsill Excel Christian Academy, Cartersville, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: tuba/percussion, Director: Sam Simon.

Rachel Billings Lebanon High School, Lebanon, New Hampshire. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Lauren Haley. Rachel Billings embodies all of the characteristics of this prestigious award. She has been accepted into the NH All-State Music Festival all four years of high school, scoring the highest in the state her junior year. She has participated in every ensemble in the program; the Pep Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and was even part of a chamber ensemble. She was elected as Band President her senior year and was an excellent leader. She is a very talented musician and it was a pleasure working with her. The Lebanon High School Band is proud to award Rachel Billings with the John Philip Sousa Band Award.

Joseph Black Sheridan High School, Denver, CO. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Cory Goshorn.

Robin Black Douglas High School, Winston, Oregon. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Randy Solansky.

Isabella Blankenship Macomb Senior High School, Macomb, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Doug Mattsey.

Kayla Blinston Plattsmouth High School, Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Zac Konrad.

Nathan Bolack Cordova High School, Cordova, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Dakota Baker. 

Scott Bolek Somonauk High School, Somonauk, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Paula Tuttle.

Christian Boletchek Green Hope High School, Cary, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Brian Myers.

Jamie Bolting Yorktown High School, Yorktown, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Horn, Director: Nathan Jones. This student exemplifies the spirit of the John Philip Sousa award. He was the first drum major and region band participant the school has had in the last five years. Our program will always remember him as the student who helped change the trajectory of the band program in Yorktown, Texas for the better.

Joshua Caleb Bolton Joe T Robinson High School, Little Rock, AR. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Charity Cox. Joshua has been a part of the Robinson bands since 6th grade. He plays the trumpet and the baritone. He has volunteered countless hours in the bands concessions stands and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He has been awarded the outstanding Senator award three years in a row and this year was also presented with the high school outstanding brass band student.

Erick Booth East Hamilton High School, Ooltewah, TN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Molly Epperson. Erick made All State Band in 10th Grade, was EHS Drum Major two years, and is an outstanding musician and young composer.

Tyler Bourque Erath High School, Erath, La. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kenny Broussard. 1st chair Louisiana All State Clarinet

Isaac Bowlin McLaurin High School, Florence, Mississippi. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: James B. Koestler, Jr..

Ashley Bowman Fallbrook Union High School, Fallbrook, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe/Clarinet, Director: Victor Torres. Ashley: Oboe/Clarinet, enjoys playing and makes music her passion. She has performed with her school ensembles and an outside group such as the San Diego Youth Symphony. Director: Victor Torres

Michaella Braamse Grace Christian School, Watervliet, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn/Percussion, Director: Robin McBride. Michaella started out as a percussionist, primarily on the mallets. She switched over to the French Horn her junior year and has become quite proficient. She is also a keyboard player and a leader of the school's worship team.

Hayden Bradberry Little Rock Christian Academy, Little Rock, AR. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Autumn Danielle Hodges.

Malisha Brekkestran Sheyenne High School, West Fargo, ND. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: James Landman. Malisha took charge at the onset of our school becoming a high school and guided our drumline with passion and charisma. She was a model student that was incredibly reliable and mature beyond her years.

Brian Brennan Canby High School, Canby, OR. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Amanda Wortham.

Emma Brestensky Butler Area Senior High School, Butler, PA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo, Director: Jeffrey Kroner.

Elizabeth Briney Macomb Senior High School, Macomb, 2016. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Doug Mattsey.

Kendall Brinson Brockton High School, Brockton, Massachusetts. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet. Director: Vincent Macrina.

Olivia Brooker Lowville Academy & Central School, Lowville, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet/Bari Sax, Director: Mark Brooker.

Alyssa Lynn Brooks Sabino High School, Tucson, AZ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Luis Fisher.

Christopher Brown Menard Independent School District, Menard, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Jason S. White.

Mallory Brown Williston-Elko High School, Williston, SC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Mark Romano.

Michael Brown Jones County High School, Gray, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Robert Groves.

Michelle Brown Northmor High School, Galion, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Christopher J Kaschube.

Mykel Brown Lake Marion High School, Santee, SC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Lori J. Smith.

Robert Brown South Pike High School, Magnolia , Mississippi. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Tuba, Baritone, Director: Leonard McDonad. Robert Brown has shown leadership in the instrumental program as well as in the school by serving as president of several organization, community involvement and volunteer work. He is clearly the strongest musician in his class. Robert plays two instruments proficiently and has mastered many aspects of his major instrument.

Spencer Brown Rushville Consolidated High School, Rushville, IN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, French Horn, Bass Guitar, Director: T.R. Campbell. Spencer has been a great leader in his dependability and loyalty to the band program. He is very talented musically and has lead his peers by example over his many years in band.

Savannah Buning Pasquotank County High School, Elizabeth City, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: [email protected]

Jonathan Burgess Valley Christian High School, Chandler, AZ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jennifer Freeman.

Chase Burmester Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Dr. Daniel Kiene.

Brooke Burnett Ringwood High School, Ringwood, OK. Class of 2016.

Kensie Burnside Stapleton Public Schools, Stapleton, Nebraska. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Daniel Gibbs. Kensie has shown outstanding dedication and musical achievement throughout her academic career at Stapleton Public Schools. She pushes herself to be the absolute best in everything that she does.

Kyle Burrow Trinity Christian School, Texarkana, AR. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Kaitlin Shaw. Kyle Burrow began playing trombone in the sixth grade. During his time at school he made All-Region Band twice and was selected for the Four States Bandmasters Association Honor Band his senior year. Kyle's dedication to excellence and his desire to help others will be missed, but we wish him luck college!

Ireland Butler Ravenswood High School, Ravenswood, West Virginia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Dr. Scott Tignor.

Mason Caird W. F. West. High School , Chehalis, WA. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Adam Campagna.

Jose Calderon West Liberty High School, West Liberty , Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Ashley Smith. Jose Calderon attended West Liberty High School in West Liberty, IA. He enjoyed participating playing clarinet and other musical instruments within both the woodwind and brass section in his high school in ensembles such as Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Musical Pit Band, Show Choir, Chamber Choir and more. He also performed in the Tri-County Community Band (Wilton, IA) and has guest-conducted the Linn Street Band at the Iowa City Senior Center (Iowa City, IA).

Patricia Camacho Kirtland Central High School, Farmington, New Mexico. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Deanna Stevens. Patricia is receiving this award for outstanding musicianship and dedication to band in Northwest New Mexico. Her positive attitude and leadership skills benefited not only Kirtland bands, but bands at San Juan College and honor bands in New Mexico and Colorado.

Megan Campbell Dixon High School, Dixon, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Adrian Coulson.

Anna Canzoneri Dover High School, Dover Plains, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Nicholas Sowul.

Sofia Carbonara Amherst Central High School, Amherst, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Craig Incontro. Sofia Carbonara will be attending the University of Michigan this fall as a percussion performance major. Sofia has been the principal percussionist of the Amherst HS Wind Ensemble the past four year as well as being the tympanist of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. Sofia has been one of the hardest working and dedicated student musicians that I have ever taught. She has performed in every NYSSMA and ECMEA instrumental festival since 6th grade.

Cody Carpenter A. Crawford Mosley High School, Lynn Haven, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Matt Kaminskas.

Nathan Carpenter Cherokee High School, Rogersville, Tennessee. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Brandon Linkous. Nathan was a 4 year member of the concert and marching band. He was a two year participant in the Tennessee All-State Band, as well as a 4 year participant of All-State East Senior Clinic. He was also a member of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra. Nathan is now pursuing a degree in Music Education at East Tennessee State University.

George Carrow Woodside High School, Newport News, Virginia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Bryan Austin.

Taylor Cash Greenway High School, Phoenix, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Ian Peterson. 

Ryan Chabak Waynedale High School, Apple Creek, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Dennis Giotta. Ryan is a trombonist from Apple Creek, OH. He is attending the University of Akron.

Gabrielle Charles East Valley High School, Yakima, Washington. Class of 2016. Instrument: Horn, Director: Kyle Langston. Gabby was born in Colorado and comes to us from Louisiana. She has played horn since 7th grade, after playing the trumpet for a year. She has been involved in many outside school activities such as pit orchestra and jazz band.

Johnny Chavarria Poinciana High School, Kissimmee, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Stephen C. Morsher.

Jerrica Chavis Central High School, Phenix City, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Cornet, Director: Larry Wells. Jerrica Chavis has been involved with the Marching Band throughout high school, and section leader her senior year. She participated in Pep Band, and Huntingdon Honor Band. She'll be attending Troy University to study Music Education in the Fall.

Flynn Chen Lipscomb Academy, Nashville, TN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Noel Hicks.

Spencer Childers Stuart W. Cramer High School, Belmont, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kameron Radford.

Katherine Emma Clark Milton Hershey School, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo/Conductor, Director: Jeremy Ulrich. Katherine has demonstrated the highest level of leadership and commitment. She has been a respected leader and a true champion of music.

Peter Clark Yamhill-Carlton High School, Yamhill, Oregon. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba , Director: R.J. Gassner. Peter also played trombone and served on the music department leadership council.

Nicholas Cleggett North Mecklenburg High School, Huntersville, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Kevin Herriman.

Michael Clifton Iowa High School, Iowa, LA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: William S. Ishee, Jr.. Michael is a highly talented trombonist who represented Iowa well for many years. He helped lead the band as the 1st Lieutenant and Brass Captain his senior year and constantly displayed a drive to improve at his instrument. He received a music scholarship to attend McNeese State University where he intends to major in chemistry.

Shiloh Clifton Nixon-Smiley High School, Nixon, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Steven Lozano/Kevin Luedecke.

Justin Cline George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester, Kentucky. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Michael J. Payne. All State Musician

Leah Cloughley Dover High School, Dover, NJ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Daniel P. Vazquez.

Derek Cole Ardmore High School, Ardmore, AL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Patrick Dailey.

Hunter Collins Union County High School, Maynardville, Tennessee. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Rodney Brown. Hunter Collins exemplifies what it means to be a band student. He has earned All-Region/State/National Band and Orchestra honors. Hunter has been drum major for 3 years and plans to continue on in college as a music education major at Tennessee Tech University.

Cross Colsch Kee High School, Lansing, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Elizabeth Peregrine.

Thomas Cone III Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, TN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Brittany A. Farej.

Robert "Trey" M. Cook, III Biloxi High School, Biloxi, MS. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Travis Coakley.

Graham Indiana Cooper Troup County Comprehensive High School, LaGrange, Georgia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Johnny Hurd.

Brennan Corcoran Model Laboratory School, Richmond, Kentucky. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Eric Sokolowski.

Cynthia Corella Custer County High School, Westcliffe, CO. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Andrew Straight. Cynthia Corella is a talented and dedicated band member.

Kayla Constantine North Cobb Christian School, Acworth , Georgia. Class of 2018. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Craig Godfrey. Kayla has been in the North Cobb Christian School band program since she was in 4th grade. She has proven her leadership through her willingness to learn any instrument when we need a spot filled. She has participated in Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Ensemble as well as the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Cheyenne Cothron Cypress Lake High School, Fort Myers, Florida. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Roger Phelps.

Kennedy Cowart High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Stephen Crawford.

Alex Jamal Crosby Union County High School, Union, South Carolina. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jeff Key.

Diana Stefany Cuevas Pérez Shabach Foundation, Duitama, Boyacá/Colombia (Southamerica). Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion , Director: Andrés Leonardo Riaño Nossa. Diana Cuevas is a student with a lot of charisma, talent, discipline and commitment. Besides music, she also performed with excellence in her academics. Moreover, during the year she helped other students to succeed in music and even she showed such a passion for our vision that she composed a music piece that we performed in our final concert.

Johnathan Curtman Iberia R-V, Iberia, MO. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Daniel Brewer.

Alessandra Cutolo-Ring West Platte High School, Weston, MO. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Rebecca Fillingham.

Emily Davis Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Illinois. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Renee Runyan.

Hannah Davis Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School, Washington, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Emme L. Hines. Hannah is an outstanding musician. She was the drum major her senior year and is well respected by her peers as a leader of our organization.

Denzel De La Haye Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago, Il. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Patrick Wall.

Abigail Delewski Black River High School, Sullivan, OH. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Liam Sleggs.

Hailey Dellinger Sweet Home High School, Sweet Home, Oregon. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Elijah Heide.

Eliza Demspey Oglethorpe County High School, Lexington, Georgia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Lee Jones.

Liam Dempsey Steel Valley Senior High School, Munhall, Pennsylvania. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone, trumpet, mallet instruments , Director: Michael Sisley. Liam Dempsey has been playing brass instruments through Steel Valley's concert band since he was in 3rd grade. Since then he has also taken part in Steel Valley's Marching Band and played a variety of instruments from brass to percussion.

Sarah Denton Rhea County High School, Evensville, Tennessee. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Brad Denton. Sarah received this award on April 28th, 2016. She has consistently shown herself to be a superior musician and leader. She has been selected as a drum major for 3 years, participated in indoor percussion, and played piano and percussion in the concert band.

Cassandra Deremer Priest River Lamanna High School, Priest River, ID. Class of 2019. Instrument: Flute, Director: Dusty Thomas. Cassandra has shown above average performance ability on her flute on her band parts as well when working toward solos for competition. She seems to have an innate ability to read the music right away and, when work is put in, shows a musical ability beyond her peers. Music is an important part of her life and she has shown great passion in participating in and listening to all kinds of music.

Brandon Derricho Meadowcreek High School, Norcross, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Jacob Wildes. Brandon is a tubist in the MHS Symphonic Band, and has served multiple years as the tuba section leader in Marching Band. A junior at the time of his award, Brandon will graduate in 2016 and attend Georgia Southern University, where he plans to continue performing with the Georgia Southern Marching Band and Concert Bands.

Alonzo Dixon Woodbridge High School, Greenwood, DE. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Danielle Jones.

Drew Dixson Christian Academy Of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Natalie E. Renfroe. Knoxville Youth Symphony Principal Trombone Player 2 x All East Band, First-Chair & Section Leader, Volunteer in CAK's high school musical theatre all while CAK's valedictorian.

Yoo Jeong Do Jakarta Intercultural School, Jakarta, Indonesia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Mr. Russell Wiemers.
 
Selena Dominguez OA-BCIG High School, Ida Grove, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Benjamin Mauritz.

Victoria Donaldson Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC. Class of 2018. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: David W. Carter, Jr. .

Waverly Claire Dover East Lawrence High School, Trinity, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Donna Hairrell.

Dante Duarte Sunnyside High School, Tucson, AZ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Rusty Carle-Ogren.

Matthew Duck Southaven High School, Southaven, Mississippi . Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Tyler Findley. Matthew Duck has been an active member of his program, holding 1st chair in the Wind Ensemble, three consecutive years. He has gone on to be 2nd chair in the state and be named a member of the US Army All American Marching Band.

Liana Dudley-Holland Mattanawcook Academy, Lincoln, Maine. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Trevor Marcho. Liana earned the position of Concert Mistress of the Concert Band, Treasurer of our chapter of Tri-M, and was selected for All-State all 4 years of her high school career. She was active in the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Pep Band, as well as Tri-M, and performed in many District Ensembles, as well as being Principal Clarinetist with the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Talia Dugan Lake Oswego High School, Lake Oswego, Oregon. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Andrew Desmond.

Patrick Dyroff Hanover High School, Hanover, NH. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Joshua Pauly.

Elizabeth Eckels West Hancock High School, Britt, IA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Jennifer Rosin.

Tara Eckstein Northwest High School, Cincinnati, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Timothy Huening.

Kerri Elson Canton High School, Canton, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Andrew Speiden.

Otto Elvrum Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Reno, NV. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jeremy Satalick.

Colton Epperson Dayton High School, Dayton, Nevada. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Joshua Strickland.

Michael Erickson Twin Peaks Charter Academy, Longmont, CO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Brian Crim.

Josselyn Escobar Fullerton Union High School, Fullerton, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Troy Trimble. Josselyn is an exceptional musician who has given her time and talent to the music program like no other student. She is well deserving of this award and has also received many musical honors throughout her high school career that include: the Louis Armstrong Award, the Semper Fidelis Award for musical excellence, outstanding senior Jazz Musician, and outstanding soloist at the Fullerton College Jazz Festival.

Mark Ewell Rockland Senior High School, Rockland , MA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Drums, Director: John Piazza Jr. Mark is a percussionist, playing drum set in our Jazz band. He is captain of the drum line for marching band and section leader for the concert band. Mark is passionate about music and acts as an ambassador for music continually recruiting students on the fridge to try music.

Elijah Fallon Kent Island High School, Stevensville, MD. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Kim Mogensen. Elijah exemplifies superior musicianship, dedication, and leadership by being a part of all available KIHS ensembles and continuously rehearsing any instrument that he can acquire.

Harrison Farrugia Chatham High School, Chatham, New Jersey. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Tom Tom, Bongo, Bass Drum, Director: Brian Conti. NJ Area Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Pit Orchestra.

Adam Fenlason Brandon-Evansville Public Schools, Brandon, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Derek Ziemer.

Tatelyn Ferguson Gresham Community School , Gresham, Wisconsin. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Amy Doefer. 

Guilia Ferrandino River Ridge High School, New Port Richey , FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Trombone, Oboe, Director: Christopher T. Greco.

Marissa Fireman Chaparral High School, Scottsdale, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jennifer Mireau. District Honor Orchestra, All-Region Honor Band 4 years, All-State Honor Band 2 years. Arizona Ambassadors of Music.

Tiana Fix Carter County High School, Ekalaka, MT. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Brad Wick. Tiana Fix is a 4 year member of the Carter County Concert Band. She is an active participant in District and State solo contest, receiving Superior ratings for her solos. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Torrington College.

Jose "Tre" Flores, III Walden Grove High School, Sahuarita, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Ryan Carle-Ogren.

Nicole Florian Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kevin Larsen. Nicole was section leader in the HRHS Wind Ensemble for all 4 years of her high school career. She took part in All-State Band and Orchestra, CU and CSU honor bands, Continental League band and orchestra, and won the HRHS concerto competition her senior year. She was also lead trumpet in the Falcon Jazz for 3 years.

Natalie Flow South Brunswick High School, Southport, North Carolina. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jonathon Moore. Natalie was the drum major this year and demonstrated excellent leadership and professionalism. She is the epitome of what a leader should demonstrate. Playing at the state level, Natalie possesses a beautiful tone and carries excellent skills in reading and intonation.

Jason Flynn Scott High School, Taylor Mill, Kentucky. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Bryce L. Miller. A top notch musician and academic. Served later as drum major and was a member of GSP.

Xander Foard Amarillo High School, Amarillo, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Bruce Collins. Xander was an outstanding oboe and English horn player. Xander is now studying music at West Texas A & M University.

Blayne Folk Holton High School, Holton, Kansas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto/Soprano Saxophone, Director: Jayme Malsom. Blayne is an outstanding musician and a strong leader. He will be attending Washburn University in Topeka, KS to pursue a degree in Music Education

Lauren Forter Streamwood High School, Streamwood, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Zachary Geller.

Jessica Fox Lincoln Park High School, Lincoln Park, Michigan . Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Adam Hendry.

Alesha Franklin Cleveland Central Catholic High School, Cleveland, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Traci Jones and Sister Mary Seton Schlather.

Nathaniel Fratianni Monterey Bay Academy, La Selva Beach, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Laurence Downing.

Madison Freeman Central Community High School, Breese, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Horn, Director: Eric Chrostoski.

Jenna Frost Chisago Lakes High School, Lindstrom, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Joseph A. DeLisi Jr.

Brennen Fuhr Redwood Valley High School, Redwood Falls, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Paul Berggren.

Makayla Fulkerson Lakeside High School, Hot Springs, AR. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Scott 'Rudy' Villines.

Joshua Fullerton Dumas High School, Dumas, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bb Clarinet, Director: Rudy R. Sanchez. Josh was an outstanding clarinetist and leader. He was drum major for 2 years and section leader for two. Earned many division "1" ratings at solo and ensemble and qualified to the State Solo and Ensemble contest.

Chance Galvin Gabriel Richard Catholic High School, Riverview, Michigan. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: David Yule.

Christopher Gard Troy Athens High School, Troy, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Isaac Boehnlein. Chris is a dedicated and talented trombone player that has given his time and talents to better his peers and the band program as a whole.

Megan Garrard West Bend-Mallard High School, West Bend, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: John Zauche.

Sean Gatewood King George High School, King George, VA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Tommy Daniels.

Darius Gaymon Estero High School, Estero, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Warren A. Baxter. Darius is the kind of student every band director wants. He knows everything about the school, was drum major his senior year and does everything he can to help other students when they need it. There is no student more deserving at Estero High!

Hannah Gilmore Garden Valley High School, Garden Valley, ID. Class of 2016. Instrument: Electric Bass, Cello, Keyboard, Director: Kelly Hughes.

Christian Azana Bekele Girma North County Christian School, St. Louis, MO. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Christina C. Springer. Christian has excelled as an accomplished musician. Christian participated in Jazz Band, Concert Band, Pep Band and worked as a confident band leader.

Katherine Glodoski Hayward High School, Hayward, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Eric Kringle.


Paul T. Goeglein Thomas A Edison High School, Alexandria, VA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Charlie J Mitchell.

Anna Goestenkors Mater Dei Catholic High Shool, Breese, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Horn, Director: Blake Korte.

Nichole Gohl Holbrook High School, Holbrook, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Sarah Meeks.

Dominic Gonzales Santa Teresa High School, Santa Teresa , New Mexico. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet / Euphonium, Director: Daniel Lozano. Dominic Gonzales is a phenomenal student. Dominic is the student that I can always count on. No words can express the appreciation that I have for Dominic and what he did for this Band Program.

Eduardo Gordiano Rosamond High School, Rosamond, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tomas Sanderson.

Dennis Gordon Cross Creek High School, Augusta, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: Tracey Hammock. Dennis is an outstanding student, graduating as an honor graduate. He also ranks high in our ROTC program here at Cross Creek. He is not only a great leader in our band program but in our school. He has participated in concert band, jazz band, and marching band for all four years of his high school career.

Sydney Gordon Andrew Jackson High School, Kershaw, SC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Marshall Woody.

Liliana Gorsuch Bullock Creek High School, Midland, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Greg Smokovitz.

Catherine Grant Louisiana R-2, Louisiana, Mo. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Micah Gooden.

Sarah Grant Muriel Williams Battle High School, Columbia, Missouri. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Robert Thalhuber.

Courtney Gravely Highland Park High School , Amarillo , Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Piano , Director: Kayla Driver. This young man has been playing classical piano for 10 years. He also plays trombone for the high school band. He has been apart of a state ensemble in 2014. He is an amazing leader and musician. 

Tyler Graves Pennsville Memorial High school , Pennsville, NJ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Matt Martin.

Jackson Green Oregon-Davis JR/SR High School, Hamlet, Indiana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Amanda Lester.

Megan Grosso Billings Central Catholic High School, Billings, Mt. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Codie Wahrman.

Jacob Guerra Douglas MacArthur High School, San Antonio, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Alan Gruelich.

Zach Gulledge Chesterfield High School, Chesterfield, SC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Steve McGinnis. Zach is a very strong and dedicated percussionist who spends hours not only perfected his craft but helping those around him to be better musicians. He is the true embodiment of what it means to be a bandsmen.

John Gundersen Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxaphone. Director: Greg Warnokowski

Katherine Gunter Wakeland High School, Frisco, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Gerry Miller.

Dylan Gurgurich Nottingham High School, Hamilton, NJ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Jarret Susswein.

Grace Gygrynuk Lake Forest High School, Felton, Delaware. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Christopher Patterson.

Jake Hackney St Bernard Elmwood Place High Schiol, St Bernard, OH. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Andrew Critzer.

Logan Haddock Rutherford High School, Panama City, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Trevor Hayes. Logan has been a dedicated member of the Rutherford Band for 4 years. Logan has served as Band Captain, received superior ratings at district and state solo and ensemble festivals, and as a student conductor. Logan will be continuing his musical career as a student at Midwestern State University (TX), where he is a scholarship recipient.

Anthony Hall McEwen High School, McEwen, Tennessee. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Emily Murphy. Anthony has been involved in the MHS Band since he was in 6th grade. He has attended Mid-State and All-State numerous times, most recently participating in the Jazz Ensemble at All-State. He began marching drum corp when he was 12; he is a Music City Drum Corps alum. Anthony plans to get his degree in music education at Middle Tennessee State University and continue to perform in ensembles around Nashville and Murfreesboro.

Brendan Hamill Pilot Point High School, Pilot Point, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Daniel Balkema.

Ashkan Harirchi Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Sax, Director: David G. Weinberg.

Sara Hasenmiller Central DeWitt High School, DeWitt, IA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Josh Greubel.

Denyce Hawk Holbrook High School, Holbrook, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Sarah Meeks.

Cale Hayes Melissa High School, Melissa, Tx. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bass Trombone, Director: Sheena Meziere James.

Anthony Hebdon Royal High School, Royal City, Washington. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Erich Mietenkorte.

Miranda Henry Belleville East High School, Belleville, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Mark Tesseeau. Miranda is a dedicated musician. This is evident through her tenacious efforts to excel as a musician and as a member of Wind Ensemble and the top jazz ensemble as well as countless auditioned ensembles such as ILMEA district and all state and the NAFME Honor Band Festival.

Josh Hemenway Trinity Episcopal School, Richmond, VA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Brian Rollins.

Eva Herinkova' West High School, Knoxville, Tennessee. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Rodney Brown.

Michael Anthony Herrington, II Plano East Sr. High School, Plano, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Evelio Villarreal. Michael is a 18 year old 2016 graduate who has been accepted to University of TX @ Austin majoring in Electrical Engineering starting Fall, 2016. He was awarded The JPS Award based on his awesome trumpet playing skills and earning the positions of 1st chair and section leader. He earned this award based on skills, talent, confidence, and musical ability.

Taya Higgs Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Brian Kennedy. Taya has been not only an outstanding musician for all of her four years at Woodlands High School, but a fantastic leader. She made all the musicians around her better, while learning all the parts in the percussion section. She was a member of the concert band, jazz band, pit orchestra, and marching band and a NYSSMA participant.

James E. Hillard Robinson High School, Robinson, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Keegan Tucker.

Joelle Hitechew Whitewater High School, Fayetteville, Ga. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Jack Jean. Joelle has been a member of the Band Program here at Whitewater High School for four years. She has been a member of the Wind Ensemble, our top-level group, all four years. She has been a member of the GMEA All-State Band for four years and a member of the GMEA District Six Honor Band for four years. She has been studying French Horn privately for six years. Joelle was an alternate-participant for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music for French Horn in 2014.

Isaac Hodapp Camas High School, Camas, Washington. Class of 2016. Instrument: trumpet, Director: Richard Mancini. Isaac is the total trumpet-meister, playing lead in Jazz Band One, first chair in our auditioned wind ensemble, and placing 2nd in the state solo contest. He also was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band; played three times in the NAfME All-National Honor Band, and five times at Music in May (including 8th grade). Full command of the horn, extended range, and fantastic triple tonguing.

Patrick Hodges Wheeler High School, Valpariaso, IN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Katelyn Leonard-White.

Julianna Hooper McEachern High School, Powder Springs, Georgia. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Bo Sodders.

Haley Hong-Johnson CWHS, Chetek, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Amanda Ogren. Haley is a strong musician and always willing to do what needed to be done.


Kyle Horn Davis Senior High School, Davis, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Thomas Slabaugh II.

Jessie Howald Buckeye Trail High School, Lore City, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Doug Hanna. Jesse has been selected to perform in the Ohio State FFA Band this year, and currently serves as our school's chapter of the Tri M National Music Honor Society. Jessie has provided the band with outstanding leadership since it's return during the 2014 school year. Many students look up to Jessie because she always strives to be her best in everything she does, all while having a smile on her face. She is always willing to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to make the band better.

Allen Howard Kenton Ridge High School, Springfield, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Jim Templeton.

Patrick Hubbell North Mason High School, Belfair, WA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Christopher M. Drewry. Member of symphonic band, Pep Band, pit orchestra, marching band section leader,and HS Jazz Band. Member of Music in May Honor Ensemble 3 years in a row. He performed with WMEA All-State Wind Symphony in Feb 2016. Patrick has been a role model in the NMHS Music department. Thank you for your contribution to our band.

Emily Victoria Huffman West Caldwell High School, Lenoir, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Jonathan M. Stafford.

Max Hughes Valley View High School, Jonesboro, arkansas. Class of 2016. Instrument: trumpet, Director: rod plunkett. Max has consistently been a member of our All-Region Band. Max was a member of the Arkansas All-State Band in 2016, and has received a full-tuition scholarship to Arkansas State University for the next four years.

Kimberly Huotari Florence High School, Florence, Wisconsin. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Robert Knox.


Anna Huttner Brooklyn Center High School, Brooklyn Center, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Michael Reed.

Carolyn Imes Vanguard High School, Ocala, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Piano, Director: S. Shane Bass.

Maria Inestroza Meadowcreek High School, Norcross, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Forrest Watkins.

Israel Arturo Infante Brewster High School, Brewster, WA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Alicia Pulsifer.

Zachary Irwin Jackson High School, Jackson, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Aaron Rex.

Anu Iyer Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, TN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: John B. Mears. The second Sousa Winner from Central Magnet School, this fine young musician combined musical excellence with community service, with a commitment to serve others. This leader set a benchmark for solo performance and inspired a younger generation of musicians towards greatness.

Caroline Jackle Station Camp High School, Gallatin, Tennessee . Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jim Reed. Caroline has been drum major for two years, two time All state student, and clarinet soloist in both concert band and marching band. She will be majoring in music education at Tennessee Tech University beginning in the fall of 2016.

Jarod Jackson Boulder Creek High School, Anthem, AZ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: James O'Halloran.

Andrew Jender Monclova Christian Academy, Monclova, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Michelle Keaster. Andrew is a gifted euphonium player with outstanding leadership qualities. Students look up to him as a person and a player. Andrew helps create a desire for excellence among all of the band students and then follows through in the way he plays and conducts himself. 

Gillian Jinkins Mendenhall High School, Mendenhall, Mississippi. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Mark Hudson. 

Emily Johnson Mondovi High School, Mondovi, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Tyler Halverson. Emily is a top musician in our high school symphonic band. She has also served as assistant conductor and lesson teacher within the program and will be studying music education.

Gracie Johnson H.B. Plant High School, Tampa, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Brian P. Dell.

Isaac Johnson Calais Middle/High School, Calais, Maine. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Chris Plaisted.

Maddi Johnson Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Tucson, AZ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Lisa Renteria. Maddi plays flute and piccolo in the concert and marching bands at the school. This past year she served as drum major with the group. She is a committed student leader who strives for excellence.

Tyler Johnson Brimley Area Schools, Brimley, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kaitlynn Klann.

Sarah Jones Cypress Woods High School, Cypress, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trunpet, Director: Michael Vasquez. Sarah Jones came to us as a transfer student from Pennsylvania with a lot of ambition and desire to be the best. She progressed as a student over the years and became a member of the Texas All-State Symphonic Band, and was featured soloist in our very own UIL contest music. Although she is not a music major, she will have a bright future as a musician.

Evan Jose Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson High School, San Antonio, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jarrett Lipman. Evan Jose is a three time TMEA All State Percussionist and TMEA All Area Jazz member. He is the Principal Percussionist in the Wind Ensemble at Johnson, and also the Percussion Captain. Evan earned a position with the National Youth Orchestra for 2016, and will attend Northwestern University for Percussion Performance in the fall of 2016.

Sven Joseph El Dorado High School, Placerville, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Taylor Haugland.

Laura Jossund Norman County West High School, Halstad, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, electric bass, Director: Heidi Braunagel.

Madeline Julian Danville High School, Danville, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Ryan Krapf. Madeline is an outstanding leader, musician and individual. Madeline has served as drum major for three years in the marching band. Madeline is a multi-year Illinois Music Education District Band band participant as well a 2016 All State Participant.

Heather Junge Red Bud High School, Red Bud, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Lyle Junge.

Elias Kane Fishers Island School, Fishers Island, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Christopher Dollar.

Noah Kapioski Woodinville High School, Woodinville, Washington. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Eric Lucas. Noah has been an exceptional leader and musician in all aspects of our department including Wind Ensemble, Jazz and Pit Orchestra. He was also the Band Council President his senior year. He is an exceptional young man and respected by his peers.

Tonny Kasih Jurupa Hills High School, Fontana, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Jennifer Belsey.

Shayla Kazmierczak Springfield High School, Holland, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Travis Pennell.

Curtis Keller Russellville High School, Russellville, Missouri. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Mr. Nathan Gargus.

Emily Kelly Hickory Ridge High School, Harrisburg, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Chris White.

Rebecca Gilbert Kenaga Eastern View High School, Culpeper, Virginia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Adam Roach.

Chris Kennedy Elkton High School, Elkton, Maryland. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Daniel Reynolds.

Kathryn Kerr Obion County Central High School, Troy, Tennessee. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Jonathan Byrd. Kathryn made All West from 2010 to 2016. She also made All State in 2014 and 2015.

Ethan Douglas King Snow Hill High School, Snow Hill, MD. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone , Director: Matthew Haelig.

Tyler King Rawlins High School, Rawlins, WY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Erik Paulsen. Tyler has played the trumpet since his 6th grade year. He has been the section leader in the Trumpet section all 4 years of High School. He was nominated and attended the Wyoming Ambassador of Music Tour in 2015. He marched in our State Marching Band after Rawlins High School had not participated in 7 years. Tyler had the only solo during this competition. Over his high school band career he has received the Clutch award, Lungs of Steel Award, the Most Valuable Player, was nominated for State Honor Band all four years and received a Varsity letter every year.

Dalton Dwain Klein Cozad High School, Cozad, Nebraska. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Mark Joseph Messner. Dalton Dwain Klein is a 4-year band/choir letter winner for Cozad. He started his instrumental career as a clarinet, eventually switching to bass clarinet. In his senior year, Dalton learned the tuba, was accepted to conference honor band, and earned Superior rating for solo tuba at District Music Contest.

Nathan Klimas Fort Cherry Jr/Sr High School, McDonald, PA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Matt Nelson.

Catherine Klostermann Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Michael S. Sliwinski. Cat is an outstanding flautist who soloed on many cornerstone pieces in the wind band repertoire. She will be continuing her education at Dominican University where she will be playing softball and flute. She is dedicated to athletics, academics, and the arts. She is a fine leader and also an awesome individual.

Maria Knight John A. Holmes High School, Edenton, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Cara Emig.

Tari Knock Clay Central/Everly Community School, Everly, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Lori Key.

Edward "Teddy" Knox Davis Senior High School, Davis, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Thomas Slabaugh II.

Blake Kochner Fort Zumwalt South High School, Saint Peters, MO. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Paul Ahlemeyer. Blake has been a member of the Bi-State Honor Band, District Concert Band, and the Missouri All-State Concert Band. He is an amazingly strong musician.

Bridget Kohls Colonel Crawford High School, North Robinson, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Shaun Lawrence Shotwell. Bridget Kohls is a talented musician who has served as a leader for our band throughout her high school career. She has also been active as a member of our Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter. After high school she will pursue a career in music education.

Abigail Krakora Tecumseh High School, New Carlisle, OH. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Bryan Martin.

Timothy Krenz Independence High School, Thompson's Station, TN. Class of 2016. Instrument: alto saxophone, Director: Mollie L. Mark.

Mallorie Kronemeyer Brimley Area Schools, Brimley, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kaitlynn Klann.

Kristin Krumm Tri-County Schools, Thornburg, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Melanie Tygart.

Jakub Kubkowski Littleton High School, Littleton, New Hampshire. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Christina Noyes.

Edward Lacey Montgomery County High School, Mount Sterling, KY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Calvin Schmieg.

Anthony James Lancaster Manchester High School, Midlothian, VA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Christopher Fens.

Sara Landreth Northside High School, Warner Robins, Georgia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Chuck Herron.

Travis Lane Prairiland High School, Pattonville, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Shannon Sandage. 2016 Texas All-State Band

Lincoln Larsen Hinton Community School District, Hinton, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Laura Garred.

Erin Larson Fridley High School, Fridley, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Marimba, Director: Michael Pearson. The embodiment of musical excellence from French Horn (concert band) to piano (jazz ensemble, musical theatre), marimba (solo and ensemble), and quints (marching band), Erin Larson is a clear choice for this sign of musical excellence.

Walter Lawson Larimore Public School, Larimore, ND. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Sarah Harlow.

Ceara Lebo Tigerton High School, Tigerton, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Andrew Schulz. Ceara has been an exceptional student throughout the years. She also graduated valedictorian and served as the band Treasurer in her senior year.}

Mallory Lebrun Stuart W. Cramer High School, Belmont, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kameron Radford.

Fernando Ledesma Calexico High School, Calexico, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Carlos Navarette. Fernando was also Drumline Captain and 2nd Trumpet in Calexico High School Mariachi Centinela, played French Horn during spring concert. He is a skillful musician and amazing percussionist. He was selected in Group A at the Blue Devils camp as a head snare and performed with the Imperial Valley Indoor Percussion leading the snare line. He was selected as top percussionist for the Imperial Honor Band and guest timpanist for the Imperial Valley Orchestra.

Robert Bryson Ledford Murphy High School, Murphy , NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone , Director: Colton Stewart.

Katelynn Leonards East Bernard High School, East Bernard, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Kenneth Peters. Katelynn Leonards is an extremely driven and goal oriented student who advanced to Area every year starting as a freshman. She also made Region Band and State Solo and Ensemble all through her high school career and took on new instruments advancing to state solo and ensemble with a percussion ensemble her senior year. In addition she has always assumed leadership roles and has helped others around her. She has been a great asset to the East Bernard Band Program and we wish her luck in her future endeavors.

Tyler Lemings South Side Bee B ranch, Bee Branch, AR. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Mr. Justin Berg.

Kathleen Len North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Rudy Gilbert, Mark Kapral.

Gwenivere Letourneau Baldwin Middle - Senior High School, Baldwin, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: David Norona.

Andrew Lewis Harshman Frankfort High School, Mulberry, Indiana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto/Tenner Saxophone, Director: Jason Hutton.

Cody Lewis Pedro Menendez High School, Saint Augustine, Florida. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Gina M. Baker. Cody Lewis is a senior percussionist at Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine, Florida. He has performed on a variety of instruments in concert and marching band, and has also had the honor of composing the 2016 PMHS Indoor Winds show, which earned top musical honors at the FFCC State Finals.

Lauren Libbesmeier Kimball Area High School, Kimball, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Timothy J Rahkola. Since I have taken over directing her, it has been evident that Lauren strives to find her own unique sound, role, and niche within the band. Lauren has been the rock of the low woodwinds section creating a clear, smooth Bari- Saxophone sound complete with well regulated dynamic abilities. She has stepped up to fill roles in small ensemble, pep , jazz and concert band. She has demonstrated the loyalty, dependability and musicianship to join the ranks of Sousa winners. 

Tyler Libert Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, Avondale, Louisiana . Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: John J. McCloskey.

Evon Lightfoot Kelso High School, Kelso, WA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Daniel Hartley.

Isaiah Liu Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Randy Sundell.

Megan Logan Newcastle High School, Newcastle, Wyoming. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Ryan Whipple.

Aaron Long Fort Osage High School, Independence , MO. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Erica Gregory.

Alexis Uriel Lopez Hardee High School, Wauchula, Florida. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jason K. Thompson. Alex has been an outstanding musician and student leader throughout his time at Hardee High School. It is impossible to understate the contributions he has made to this band program over the last four years.

Miguel Lopez Jr. Miami Senior High School, Miami, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Saxophone, Director: Juan turros. A New Jersey native, Miguel moved to Miami at 11 years and excelled in music early on in middle school. We were fortunate enough to have him move to our district boundaries for high school. Miguel played in our award-winning jazz bands and marching bands his four years at Miami High, and helped bring the program back from obscurity. He is a gifted multi-instrumentalist musician and very able jazz improviser.

Timothy Lopez New Kent High School, New Kent, Virginia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet/Euphonium, Director: Joseph L. Williams. 4 years in Marching Band. Drum Major. Principal Trumpet. Pit Orchestra.

Luke Loposky Xaverian High School, Brooklyn, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Joseph Loposky. Luke is an student who has shown outstanding musicianship and commitment to Xaverian. Through his own hard work and perseverance, he has taken his musical abilities well beyond the high school level. He is one of the most accomplished musicians ever to pass through the Xaverian music program

Dreyton Lott Newberry High School, Newberry, Florida. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: James DeRemer.

Donald Lovett LaFayette High School, LaFayette, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Brandon Self. D.J. was class of 2016. He showed exemplary musical interest and dedication to improving himself as a leader and musician. He was a member of the 2015 District 7 Jazz Band. He also participated in District 7 Honor Band Auditions, JSU Band Day, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Solo & Ensemble his senior year. He will attend Jacksonville State University in the fall of 2016 and has received Band and Jazz scholarships. From these qualities, he was the nominee and recipient or the LaFayette High School John Phillip Sousa Award.

Colin K. Mahon Pitman High School, Pitman, NJ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Steven Carey.

Gabriel Malcaba I.H. Kempner High School, Sugar Land, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Scott Norman.

Christopher Mandeville Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln, NE. Class of 2016. Instruments: Clarinet, Tenor, Alto, Bari Sax, Directors: Eric Snyder and Amy Thorpe. Christopher was a 4 year marching band member, 1 year Drum major, 3 years section leader, member of Concert Band, Wind Ensemble (clarinet), Prep Jazz Band, and Honors Jazz Band (tenor sax). He was accepted to UNL for music education.

Cameron Manen Weleetka Public Schools, Weleetka, OK. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Zackery Hawkins.

Ara Mardirossian William H. Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: brass, Director: Daniel Gruber.

Blake Marshall Alma High School, Alma, Arkansas . Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: David Townsend

Brice Martin Central Academy of Technology and Arts, Monroe, NC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Craig Retzlaff.

Erin Martin East Hall High School, Gainesville, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Craig Cantrell. Erin Martin, class of 2016, graciously served the East Hall High School Band Program for four years (2012-2016), while serving as Principal Flute in the Wind Symphony and Drum Major of the Viking Marching Band. As a performer, she placed in several honor ensembles throughout her tenure, including the Georgia District 14 Honor Band and a finalist for the Georgia All-State Band.

Sage Martin Elm Creek Public Schools, Elm Creek, Nebraska. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Andrew Votipka. Sage martin is an outstanding clarinet player who devotes a strong portion of time to the world of music. Sage has shown great leadership skills and sets a wonderful example for all other band students throughout her many roles within the band.

Eric Martinez Meadowcreek High School, Norcross, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Jacob Wildes. Eric is a senior tenor saxophonist in the MHS Symphonic Band. Eric has been a member of the Marching Band, Sax Quartet, and Pit Orchestra at Meadowcreek. After graduation, Eric will attend the University of Georgia and plans to perform with the UGA Marching Redcoat Band and the UGA Concert Bands.

Justin Mason Ozark High School, Ozark, AR. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Tracie Marlin.

Bailey Matthews Oxford High School, Oxford, AL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: David McDaniel. Bailey Matthews, Oxford High School, Oxford, AL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: David McDaniel.

Hunter Mayo Moon Valley High School, Phoenix, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Gordon Williford. Hunter was principal flute and piccolo for the top concert ensemble. He was a two-year member of the District Honor Band and served in leadership for the band.

Saro Mazzotta Triton Regional High School, Runnemede, NJ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Robert Adams.

Caitlyn McDonnell West Rowan High School, Mt. Ulla, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe and Clarinet, Director: Daniel Trivette. Caitlyn was a standout student playing both clarinet early in her high school years and and later moved to oboe, which she played in the West Rowan Wind Ensemble and was frequently a soloist. She played oboe in several honor bands across North Carolina and continued to play clarinet in the marching band, where she served as the Drum Major of the "Marching Falcons" during the 2015 season.

Baileigh McFall Bitburg High School, APO, AE. Class of 2018. Instrument: Bass, Director: Mr. Antone Leustek.

Molly McKenzie Hancock Central High School, Hancock, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Ryan Watt. Molly McKenzie has been a leader in the band classroom; dedicated to excellence in music and setting an example for her peers. As a musician Molly has had great success in Michigan School Band & Orchestra festivals, solo events, ensemble events, and honors band performances.

Nathan McKeown Hesperia Community Schools, Hesperia, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Stephanie Purvis. All-round great musician, scholar, athlete and citizen.

Brendan McLeod Cuero High School, Cuero, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Rick Varela.

Rachel McMaster Allegany-Limestone CSD, Allegany, New York. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Melanie H. Hachten.

Joshua McNeal Quad Cities Christian School, Moline, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Amie Callahan.

Kolbe McNeil Orangefield High School, Orangefield, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Kevin Credeur.

Jillian Melchitzky Northwestern Senior High School, Albion, PA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Brian W. Spence.

Logan Merley Sheldon High School, Sheldon, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Horn in F, Director: Cliff St. Clair. Music Education Major at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. Marching Band Drum Major, Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band (Horn), Northwest Iowa Honors Orchestra (Horn), Jazz Band (Bass), also member of Sheldon HS Concert Choir, Impact Show Choir, and Fusion Jazz Choir (Iowa Class 2A Vocal Jazz Champions 2 years).

Colin Meyer South Albany High School, Albany, Oregon. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Isaac Andrew. Colin Meyer is a good leader and drum major. We is respected by his peers and teachers for his level head, unmatched work ethic and servant's heart. He consistently works hard to be the best musician he can helps others to do the same.

Jacob Middleton Woodlawn High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Glenn Scheuermann.

Alecske Mikeuchev Chisum High School, Paris, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: John Marsh.

Aaron Miller Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School, Chetek, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Amanda Ogren. Aaron is one of the most positive and genuine people you will ever meet. He works hard and always brings a good sense of humor to everything he does. Aaron's positive attitude and work ethic makes the band room a great place to be.

Nicole Miller Royall High School, Elroy, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: trumpet, clarinet, Director: Lindsay North.

Julio Mireles Parlier High School, Parlier, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Michael Dunlop.

Kasey Molner Clifton High School, Clifton, New Jersey. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Robert D.Morgan. Clifton High School Mustang Band Quartermaster 2014-2016, Trumpet in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Pit Orchestra and Alto Horn in Brass Band, Active member Tri-M Honor Society (2013, 2016) Secretary (2016)

Benjamin Jared Moore Alcorn Central High School, Glen, Mississippi . Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba , Director: Eric Perry. Benjamin Jared Moore is one of the most musically awarded students in Mississippi. Jared has the distinction of performing with world champion Mississippi Lions All-State Band in 2015 and 2016. Jared has received many awards for his outstanding musical ability in participation with various honor bands.

Claudia Moreno Holy Cross Catholic Academy, Amarillo, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: Emily Grandmaison. Claudia is a truly versatile musician. She sings with the school choirs, played violin for a time, is in her second year as a tenor sax player. Her musicianship and diligence has won this junior this award. Her perseverance is uncanny as she creates and builds her skills. Having previous violin experience, learning the tenor sax was a challenge that she rose to. Recently, Claudia received a Superior rating at TAPPS State Solo contest for her rendition of Bach;s Bouree from the Third Cello Suite. She consistently helps others and rarely if ever complain about anything. Her love and spirit are refreshing and he r knowledge of music has moved her forward. We will see great things to come.

Alexandria Moreshi Columbiana Exempted Village School District, Columbiana, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Charles J. Miller. Alexandria is a 2016 graduate of Columbiana High School in Columbiana, Ohio. Academically and musically gifted, Alexandria's dedication and leadership will afford her great success throughout her future.

Ansley Morris Robert Service High School, Anchorage, AK. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Jacqueline Yeo.

Miranda Morse Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Troy Davis. Miranda is an outstanding musician and dedicated leader of the Aragon Music Department. She worked diligently as a mentor for other students and plays with lots of musical expression.

Douglas Achilles Morton Chino Valley High School, Chino Valley, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Mr. Tom Wiegert.

Justin Mosher Willits High School, Willits, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jered Sherrill. He is the most musical trumpet player I have ever taught. Extremely good natured and hard working, he is on his way to the Marine Corps.

Anissa Mott Leonard High School, Leonard, Texas. Class of 2018. Instrument: Bb Clarinet, Director: Devin Turk. Anissa earned the highest honor of a Texas student musician by performing with the Texas All-State Band. She is the youngest students have earned this honor from Leonard High School. She also was awarded a 1st Division Gold Medal at the Texas UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest.

Bailey Mueller Loyal High School, Loyal, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Celia Sturzl.

Carley Mumm Randolph High School, Randolph, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jackie Sczepanski.

Jeremy Munoz Ozona High School, Ozona, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Gary Del Vecchio.

Carlie Murley Mooreland High School, Mooreland, Oklahoma. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Rachel Nuse.

Jared Murphy Truckee High School, Truckee, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jesse Steele. Jared has played drums in jazz band and percussion in Symphonic Band. Jared is an extremely versatile, focused, talented, and hard working musician. He demonstrates a high degree of leadership within his section, and gains in musicianship throughout the percussion section can be clearly attributed to Jared's influence.

Patricia Nance Florence High School, Florence, MS. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Beau Robinson.

Ashley Nelson I. F. Webb High School , Oxford, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Euphonium, and Flute, Director: Jaron Cox.

Brandon Nelson Bohemia Manor High School, Chesapeake City, MD. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: George M. Costa.

Cailin E. Nelson Allatoona High School, Acworth, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn/Trumpet/Mellophone, Director: Cecilia Clark. Cailin is a graduating senior who has been a passionate member of the Allatoona High School marching band for 4 years; Jazz band for 4 years; Symphonic Winds and Brass Choir. She also serves as French Horn section leader and mentor to younger students.

Jerod Nelson Green Mountain High School, Lakewood, CO. Class of 2016. Instrument: trumpet, Director: Matthew Verplaetse.

Dan Nguyen Holy Cross Catholic Academy, Amarillo, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Emily Grandmaison. This is Dan's first official year in the band program but started performing with us during his junior year. He deserves this recognition because of his determination and hard work. A native Vietnamese student, Dan came to the USA about 16 months ago. Barely speaking English, he started playing the clarinet in November of 2014. He competed with us at the State level for ensemble in April 2015. This year, Dan earned a Superior rating at the TAPPS State Solo contest for his rendition of Bach's Arioso. We at holy cross are very proud of his ethic to always strive for higher goals and work to achieve them in a respectable manner. He has also played with the school's handchime choir, sung in Mass as a Canter and recently won a Superior rating for the TAPPS State Art Contest.

Angela Nicastro Kingswood Regional High School 2016. Director Robert Burns. Instrument Clarinet. Participated in NHMEA All State Band

Joffrey Niessen Tri Jr. Sr. High School, Straughn, Indiana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Leah Wooden. Joffrey was involved in the band program for 8 years at Tri, from 5th grade through his senior year. He served as the clarinet section leader for 4 years, drum major for 2 years, and received multiple awards throughout his time in the program.

Allison Noble Arlington High School, LaGrangeville, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: F Horn, Director: Richard F. Guillen

Erika Nodland L'Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Township , Michigan. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Russell Hilton.

Kali Notestine Centreville Public Schools, Centreville, Mi. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Bethany Pattison.

Arely Nunez John F. Kennedy High School, Mt. Angel, Oregon. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Kalyn Hanna.

Jarret Ochsendorf Marlington High School, Alliance, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Bret Pendergast.

Dustyn O'Dell East Wake High School, Wendell, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Alan Mason.

Allison Opheim Laconia High School, Rosendale, Wisconsin. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: James R. Blashe. Allison performed Bass Clarinet with the Symphonic Band, Baritone Saxophone with the Jazz Band, and was the Drum Major her senior year. Allison was an exceptional performer and student.

Rebecca Osiecki Lake-Lehmn Jr./Sr. High School, Lehman, PA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion and Tuba, Director: Cheryl Kulikowski. Very talented individual with a self driven personality that spends countless hours helping the organization.

Caleb Pachel Pine Bluffs Jr./Sr. High School, Pine Bluffs, WY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Misty Curtis.

Alicia Palashoff Keystone Oaks High School, Pittsburgh, PA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: William M. Eibeck. Alicia has been so completely dedicated to the band--since I met her when she was in fifth grade--and the music program in general, and I can’t thank her enough for everything she's done to promote and help the music program over the years. This year, she Alicia served as a mentor to the middle school band members, and she was an integral member of the Student Leadership Team for two years as well. She has always there to help whenever any has needed it.

James Pappalardo Glendora High School, Glendora, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Scott Schwarz. James is a fourth generation musician, who began playing the euphonium at age 10. He plans to continue his studies at San Diego State University as a music education major and hopes to pursue a career as a high school band director.

Paige Parkes Hot Springs High, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Fr. John H. Price III. Paige started playing trombone in 6th grade, and stayed in band until 12th grade graduation. She went to drum major camp and became chief drum major for Hot Springs Marching Band. When the band director was hurt in a vehicle accident, Paige's leadership skills were a valuable asset to the director. While he recovered, she lead the band, conducted, and organized events.

Matthew Parrett Northwestern High School, Springfield, OH. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bari Saxophone, Director: Nicholas Mitchell.

Nolan Parrish Springfield Middle School, Lucama, Nc. Class of 2020. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jae Brown.

Zoe Parsley Gateway Charter High School, Fort Myers, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Bonnie Etgeton.

Keondre Pascal Dillard High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Class of 2017. Instrument: percussion, Director: Sheldon Mclean.

Tommy Paschal Mount Paran Christian School, Kennesaw, Georgia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Billy Flood. Tommy has played drums his entire life and has studied privately under Ben Sesar (Brad Paisley), Bill Wilder (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), John Lawless (Kennesaw State University/Innovative Percussion), and JJ Boogie Reichert (Arrested Development), in addition to attending a wide variety of camps and clinics throughout his teens. In high school, he was a member of the concert band, percussion ensemble, marching band (captain), indoor drumline, basketball drumline, jazz ensemble, and chapel praise band, as well as the Georgia Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble under John Lawless. He has also been a finalist candidate for the Governor's Honors Program and GMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble. Tommy plans to study commercial music with a concentration in drumset at Belmont University.

James Pedersen Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Orlando, Florida. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: James E. Barker.

Aaron Pelan Roundup High School, Roundup, Montana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Sofia Schwager.

Joshua Penninger Fairhope High School, Fairhope, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Wayne Fillingim.

Trevor C. Perez Robertsdale High School, Robertsdale , AL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Dayna Brannan.

Rachel Perkins St. Charles High School, Waldorf, Maryland. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: David C. Monk.

Madeline Petersen Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita, KS. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Christopher Dean. KMEA All-State Band/Orchestra, 2014 & 2015 Drum Major, Multiple "I" ratings at festivals

Nicholas Pham Maine-Endwell High School, Endwell, New York. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Robin L. Linaberry. Principal Clarinetist in MEHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble; Lead Tenor Saxophone in MEHS Jazz Band.

Lorenzo Phrasavath St. Petersburg High School, St. Petersburg, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Cameron Vaadi. 

Brook Pickett Northwest Christian Schools, Colbert, WA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Mr. Tom brown. Brook has performed in Band for 8 years, participated in school sports, drama productions and has earned Salutatorian. She has exemplified what it means to be a well rounded student and musician at Northwest Christian.

Garrett Pickett North Daviess Jr/Sr High School, Elnora, Indiana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jeffrey W. VanderMel.

Brianna Pierce Kingston Public Schools, Kingston, OK. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jon Dohrer. Brianna Pierce was an accomplished musician and drum major whose main instrument was the alto saxophone. Highly versatile, she was also an excellent conductor, marching band technician, and trumpet player, who even performed in colorguard.

Brandon Pike Salem R-80 High School, Salem, Missouri. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: David Schatz.

Joshua Pineda Hercules High School, Hercules, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Anthony West. Josh is the type of student who offers to lend a hand when no one else will. His tireless dedication to learning a new instrument this year made him the perfect candidate for this award. After graduation, Josh will be enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.

Mallory Plankinton Northern Heights High School, Allen, Kansas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Amanda Merring. Mallory Plankinton is an outstanding student. She was the band captain this year and has been a great leader. The other band members respect her and she leads by example. Mallory has also received a band scholarship to Emporia State University. Mallory is dependable, responsible, honest and an all around great student.

Steven Plattman Manalapan High School, Englishtown, NJ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jose Maunez.

Rachael Pond Garden Valley School, Garden Valley, ID. Class of 2019. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kelly Hughes.

Hunter Poole L'Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Township, Michigan. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Russell Hilton.

Katelyn Popp Lousie High School, Louise, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Gary Poffenbarger. 1st member of Louise ISD to ever make All-State which she accomplished 3 years in a row.

Kaitlyn Proch Valley Forge High School, Parma Heights, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Kristopher S. Morron.

Kayla Pruitt Rockford East High School, Rockford, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Sue Funk.

Sarah Ptak Marion High School, Marion, SD. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Sarah Decker.

James Putek Red River High School, Coushatta, LA. Class of 2018. Instrument: Euphonium , Director: Yasmine Jason.

Channelle Quinn Charleston High School, Charleston, Missouri. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Mike DiPasquale.

Josue Quintana Raymond Jr/Sr High School, Raymond, WA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Christina Bailey.

Danae Race Levelland High School, Levelland, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Will Burks.

Nelson Ramirez Royal High School, Royal City, Washington. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Erich Mietenkorte.

Rebecca Reed West Oak High School, Westminister, South Carolina. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Colt Campbell. Rebecca plans to continue on in music and major in music education.

Michael Reeves Marysvill Getchell High School, Marysville, Washington. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Piccolo, Director: Tracy Seiber.

Anna Renzaglia Cobden High School, Cobden, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Jeremy L. Followell.

Kalyn Rhodes Cobden High School, Cobden, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jeremy L. Followell.

Reagen Richburg Fouke High School, Fouke, Arkansas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Buddy Deese.

Alyssa Rios Firebaugh High School, Firebaugh, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ryan Dirlam. Band Council President, Trumpet Section Leader

Kaitlin Roberson Waukesha West High School, Waukesha, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Daniel Duffy. Kaitlin participated in both her school program and outside programs in band. Some of these programs include: Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra's (MYSO) jazz program, NBA all-state, WMSA state band, and Waukesha Area Chamber Orchestra (WACO). She also has had multiple opportunities to play alongside professional musicians. Kate Roberson has reached very high levels of performance on multiple instruments, and she performs in virtually every ensemble we offer at Waukesha West High School. She is a very deserving recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award.

Valery Rostek Norton Community High School, Norton, KS. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxaphone
 
Sawyer Roth Cadott High School, Cadott, Wisconsin. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Laurel Martenson.

Madison Roy Cook County High School, Grand Marais, MN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kerri Bilben.

Jacie Rueter Harris-Lake Park, Lake Park, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Emily Gladfelter. 

Monica Ruh Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, Elkhart Lake, WI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jodi Voss.

Cierra Sabol Millville Jr/Sr High School, Millville, Pa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Mr. Ted McCaffery. Cierra is a very good leader in our flute section. In adjudications and in regular performances her leadership and musicianship was very helpful. A bright personality with a very dry sense of humor made her fun to be around. Always supportive and encouraging to younger band members, our band grew in performance ability. Cierra has con- tinted her musical performance in college.

Mahmoud Said School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bass Trombone, Director: Todd B. Conley.

Selena Salas Robert G. Cole High School, San Antonio , Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Jon Philippus.

Jakob Sanchez Oneida High School, Oneida, New York. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: David B. Hawthorne. 4 years Concert and Wind Ensemble. 4 Years of Jazz Ensemble. 4 Years of Marching band. Also was a participant of the All County Honor Band for 4 years

Aaron Sandy Bishop Ryan Catholic School, Minot, ND. Class of 2106. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kathleen Haberlack. Aaron Sandy has been in Concert Band and Pep Band all four of his high school years. He was a star or superior recipient of a trumpet solo at the Regional Music Festival. He is a musician and leader by example.

Erica Sanidad Newport High School, Bellevue, WA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon/Flute, Director: Todd Mahaffey/Chandra Rampersad. Erica has been an integral part of the Newport Music Department for 4 years. She plans on attending the University of Indiana starting in the Fall of 2016.

Jasmine Santiago Plant City High School, Plant City, Florida. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Joshua D. Blair.

Kara Satterwhite Lee-Davis High School, Mechanicsville, Va. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jason Scott. Kara has been an active member of the band, both concert and marching. She was a drum major both her junior and senior year, as well as made all-district and all-county band. She also participated in musical groups outside of class, such as the Central Virginia Wind Symphony.}

Grace Schebler Davenport Central High School, Davenport, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Alexander M. Wilga.

Nicholas Scott New Bern High School, New Bern, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Chris Elbing. Nicholas Scott made the NC All-State band for 5 years in a row. On numerous occasions he was 1st chair. Nicholas is a fine musician and person.

Connor Scroggins Malvern High School, Malvern, Arkansas. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Ken Williams.

Lauren Seifried Aurora High School, Aurora, MO. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Erin Smith & Mike Thach.

Kate Serbinowski Nordonia High School, Macedonia, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet.

Marcus Seymour Laguna Acoma Jr/Sr High School, Casa Blanca, NM. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Laura Arrasmith. Marcus is a very dedicated music student. In addition to being a key member of our band, he also participates in extra-curricular musical activities. This year he was even cast as a lead in the district musical!

Asiyah Shaheed Western High School, Baltimore, Maryland. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Krystal Williams. Asiyah Shaheed is a Baltimore City student who actively participated in Marching, Concert and Pep Band during her years at Western High School. She performs with class and great discipline to the craft while maintaining Honor Roll status. Her leadership in the schools band program has been a great standard for other members to rise to.

Mariah Sheehy Big Sandy High School, Big Sandy, MT. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Amanda Rohlman.

Faith Shepard Burlington-Edison High School, Burlington , Washington. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Clark Colby.

Sloan Shingleton Highland Local Schools, Marengo, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: James Kim.

Noah Shoemaker Prairie Heights High School, LaGrange, IN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Kayli Savage.

Maggie Shorter Eufaula High School, Eufaula, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo, Director: Cliff Washburn. Section leader (2 years), principle player (2 years), all-state (& district) honor band (4 years), multiple honor bands, wonderful work ethic and attitude.

Adam Shurley Rockmart High School, Rockmart, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: David Snipes.

Daniel Gregory Simmons Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Grand Rapids, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: trombone, Director: Ann Reinhard.

McColl Simons Metairie Park Country Day School, Metairie, Louisiana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Katie Antis. McColl Simons is a very versatile and accomplished musician. Primarily a percussionist in the school band, he distinguished himself as an incredible drumset player. McColl is also a talented vocalist, actor, athlete and scholar.

Vanessa Sivie Trinity Area School District, Washington, PA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Matthew P. Komula.

Devin Slavik Ashley Community Schools, Ashley, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Adrian Cervini. Concert Band/Marching Band

Ann Slider Pequea Valley High School, Kinzers, PA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: James Ackerman. Ann Slider has been the epitome of marching band every since she has been in. She was a great example of marching, musicianship - in short, bandsmanship.

Jack Smid Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jonathan Lauff.

Craig Smith Port Barre High School, Port Barre, Louisiana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Dante Boyd.

Glenn Smith Basha High School, Chandler, AZ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Nathan Johnston. Glenn is a musical and character leader in the band program. He participates in a variety of ensembles, giving his time and effort to be sure the ensemble is stronger from his contributions.

Kevin Smith Reading Memorial High School, Reading , MA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Sax, Director: Joseph P. Mulligan.

Nevada Smith Crestview High School, Convoy, OH. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jason Lozer.

Ramone Smith II Metro High School, St. Louis, MO. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Marquita Reef.

Jennifer Soles Holland High School, Holland, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet , Director: Demetrius White.

Eugenia Sosa Warner Robins High School, Warner Robins, GA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Todd Howell.

Kelsy Sozzi Amador High School, Sutter Creek, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: John Burns. Kelsy Sozzi was a member of the Amador High School band for four years. She auditioned for and was selected to the Bi-County Honor Band where she was first chair. Kelsy will be studying music at California State University, Long Beach.

Rachel Mary Sprout Elk Lake Junior Senior High School, Dimock, PA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Kathleen E. Amabile.

Charles Squires Cedar Vale High School, Cedar Vale, Kansas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Chris Shockley. Charles Squires was a member of the Cedar Vale Band throughout his middle school and high school career. He was a student who showed great leadership, and musicianship that has left a lasting impact on his fellow band members. Honors include Band Leadership Council, and various solo awards including a "I" rating at the state level for both euphonium and tuba solos.

Kaitlyn Stachwiak Akron Central School, Akron, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Mark E.Flynn. Greater Buffalo Youth Symphony Orchestra 2013-2016; NYSSMA Conference All State 2015; MENC Nationals in Nashville TN 2016

Allen Stanback Salem High School, Salem, New Jersey . Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Jon Botbyl.

Dylan Starchman Lexington High School, Lexington, OK. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet/Percussion, Director: David Craig. Dylan is a wonderful young musician who is accomplished on trumpet, percussion, guitar, and piano. He is a leader in band as well as school and has an extremely bright future.

Trent Steelman Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Christine Rydel.

Brooke Steffe Jerry Lintner, Caruthersville, MO. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Jerry Lintner. Outstanding young lady who has taken solos to district and state festivals and received all 1 or 2 ratings. Member of numerous regional Honor Bands.

Kayla Stella Rio Linda High School, Rio Linda, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Richard Smiley. Kayla is a very hard working student who showed great leadership within her section and as Drum Major for our band. In addition to her work in band, she was in many AP classes and in the top 10 of her graduating class.

Nathan Stenz Chilton High School, Chilton, Wisconsin. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Michelle Kochan.

Mitchell Stewart Shadow Ridge High School, Surprise, Arizona. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: [email protected] Drum Major All District Honor Band Outstanding Leader Top 10% academically

Bella Stine Narcoossee Middle School, Narcoossee, Florida. Class of 2020. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Mr. Russ Weaver. Bella is an amazing All-State Trombonist who is a born leader. She attends Harmony High School in Harmony, Florida. Bella's family is very active in the promotion of the Arts in Osceola County, Florida.

Hannah Stockdill Plentywood High School, Plentywood, MT. Class of 2016. Instrument: Soprano Clarinet, Director: Andrew Alley. Hannah Stockdill has grown into a very mature player and leader. She has earned superior ratings at our district and state music festival in multiple entries for all four years. She has also been in honor bands in all four years.

Harley J. Stone Tanner High School, Tanner, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Vechiel Stone. Harley served as the Tanner High High brass section leader. She earned principal horn of the Decatur Youth Symphony. Ms Stone has also participated in several university honor bands.

Maxwell Stott Northside Christian Academy, Charlotte, North Carolina. Class of 2018. Instrument: Tuba, Director: David Vergato. Maxwell is receiving this award for his outstanding attitude, work ethic, and commitment to the NCA Band program. Originally a percussionist, Maxwell switched to tuba three years ago and has been a firm foundation for the Band with his positive attitude, excellent performance, and leadership skills. Maxwell also regularly performed with the school Pep Band.

Elisabeth Streff Pulaski County High School, Dublin, Virginia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo, Director: Matthew M. Shrewsbury. Beth Streff has been a very talented musician and has established a great deal of leadership and shown a great deal of commitment to the band program.

Joshua Stuhr Northwest Christian Schools, Colbert, WA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Saxophone (Bari/Alto), Director: Mr. Tom Brown. Josh has performed in Band for 8 years, participated in school sports, drama productions and has earned Valedictorian. He has exemplified what it means to be a well rounded student and musician at Northwest Christian.

Zander Sugarman Mountain View High School, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: William P. Owens.

Martin Sveen Jr. Riverbank High School, Riverbank, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Joseph Aguilar.

Ellie Swanson Prince Edward County High School, Farmville, Virginia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Seth Taft.

Aaron Nicholas Szapka Conemaugh Township area Middle/ Senior High School , Davidsville, Pennsylvania. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Suzette Gardenhour.

Greg Tallent Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School, Ft. Oglthorpe, Georgia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Rich Stichler.

Seth Taylor Wilson Christian Academy, Wilson, NC. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Joshua Lynn. Seth helped the band place first two years in the NCCSA Fine Arts Competition and place second one year and third the next in the AACS National Fine Arts competition. He was a three-year member of the NCSSA Honors band. He placed first in North Carolina in the brass solo category in the NCSSA solo competition in 2015. He lightened every band rehearsal with his dry humor and witty remarks. His personality, musical talent, and selfless dedication to the band will be greatly missed.

Riley Thibert St. John Public School, St.John , North Dakota. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Christopher Barnes.

Erin Thomas Anson High School, Wadesboro, North Carolina. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Matthew Jarrett.

Jacob Thomas Holly Springs High School, Holly Springs, North Carolina. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Michael E. Biasi. Marching Band Brass Captain, Triangle Youth Brass Band, Marine Corps Semper Fi Winner, Attending UNC-Chapel Hill

Kristen Thomas Port Barre High School, Port Barre, Louisisana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Dante Boyd.

Matthew Thompson Granville High School, Granville, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jerod Smith. Matthew was an exceptional young man in every way imaginable. He devoted so much time and effort across the Granville Music Program as an active member and leader of the concert, marching, jazz, and steel drum bands as well as countless honor bands and other ensembles outside of school. He made a major impact at GHS, and will long be remembered.

Lucas Thoms Plano High School, Plano, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Susan Webb.

Trevor Tidwell Rural Retreat High School , Rural Retreat , VA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Kevin A. English

Kane Todd Westlake High School, Westlake, Louisiana . Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet , Director: Colin Patton. Kane Todd is an exceptional young man who always strived to be the very best version of his self. He is involved in every aspect of our school and our band program and has received many awards for his instrumental playing skills and leadership skills.

Leslie Tolentino Yoakum High School, Yoakum, TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jennifer Voges.

Mary Topolinski Colmesneil High School, Colmesneil, Texas. Class of 2020. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kerry Rice.

Elizabeth Torres Taylor High School, Taylor , TX. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: David Motl.

Alex Toupal Kimball High School, Kimball, South Dakota. Class of 2016. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Ronald J. Stoneback. Alex has been a leader throughout his high school career and served as the Drum Major for the Marching Kimball Kiotes in his Junior and Senior years of high school. He is one of three seniors in the state of South Dakota - involved in a Pilot Program that offers dual Fine Arts credit through the University of South Dakota for lessons provided via the use of Robotics / On-line / Real-Time Instrument Performance Lessons. These sessions are offered to qualified students in rural areas and provided by University of South Dakota Professors and Alex's qualification and participation in the program paves the way for future bandsmen to pursue the program, on a national basis, in the future.

KhamShem Touré Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver, CO. Class of 2016. Instrument: percussion, Director: Robin Johnson. KhamShem served as our drum captain for 2 years. He was not only a talented musician, but also a good leader in our band.

Maximilian Travis New Bremen High School, New Bremen, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Zack Nellom.

Anna Traywick Calera High School, Calera, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Luke J. Manning. Anna has served the band as Flute Section Leader and Woodwind Captain. Anna has placed first chair in multiple honor bands and been principle flutist for the "Soaring Sound of Dixie" for 2 years.

Jonah Trembley Clifton-Fine Central School, Star Lake, New York. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Ryan Hobart.

Abby Gail Trino Nimitz High School, Houston, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Aaron Kennell. Abby Gail was a clarinet section leader, drum major, and outstanding musician. She performed with both the Chester W. Nimitz choir and band throughout her high school career, and earned a Superior Rating at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest. Abby was a leader within Nimitz's Sweepstakes-earning Wind Ensemble in the spring of 2016.

Samuel Trout Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver, CO. Class of 2016. Instrument: percussion, Director: Robin Johnson. Sam served a drum captain for a year and a student leader for 3 years. He was selected for the Citywide band all 4 years, the Citywide orchestra 3 years, the Citywide marching band 2 years, and the Citywide choir 1 year.

Justin Truesdale Columbia High School, Lake City, Florida. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Justin J. Hammis. Justin was a great senior drum major. He worked very hard all year to help the band, and cared for the band very much so. He is a talented trombonist and will do great in the professional world.

Sara Tsai Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Monica Kraft.

Whitney Tsai Arroyo High School, El Monte, CA. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Joe Massaro. Whitney was section leader of the French Horn section her senior year and a 4 year Knights Band & Colorguard member as well as the EMUHSD Honor band. Whitney also played trumpet in the Arroyo Jazz Band for 2 years.

Kathryn Tsui Absegami High School, Galloway , New Jersey. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jon Porco. Katie was an excellent flute and piccolo player as well as a brilliant pianist. She performed in our Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Jazz Band as well as being our Tri-M Vice President. Katie made region honor band on piano and performed in various other ensembles outside of high school. She will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in Music.

Wyatt Tuttle North Stokes High School, Danbury, North Carolina. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Meredith Dowdy.

Coy Tyler Hayden High School, Hayden, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Cory Wills.

Melissa Urbina Springlake-Earth ISD, Earth, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: David Rogers.

Kyle Vaught Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School, Bloomfield, IN. Class of 2016. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Jennifer Bollero.

Elizabeth Vecera Godley High School, Godley, Texas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Joe Walker.

Kimberly Velasquez Venice High School, Los Angeles, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: David W. Lee.

Luis Verduzco Segerstrom High School, Santa Ana, California. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Raul Garcia.

Eric Vermillion Highland Local Schools, Marengo, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: James Kim.

Truman Vinson V Martinsville High School, Martinsville, IN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Mr. Adrian A. Hartsough. Member of Marching Artesians, Concert Band, Percussion Class, & Winter Drumline. Superior Rating - Snare Drum solo at state solo festival.

Nick Vogt Belt Valley High School, Belt, MT. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Jessi Williamson. Nick has shown a passion for music inside and outside of classroom. He is always willing to do a little extra heavy lifting for the good of the band, has excellent integrity and is an overall great musician.

Hannah Wagoner North Fort Myers High School, North Fort Myers, Florida. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Sara Johnson. Hannah wonderfully served our school with four years in our top wind ensemble group, marching band, and jazz band. She also served as a dedicated and phenomenal leader and drum major. Hannah is attending college for a law degree and will still actively pursue music through joining the marching band and participating and the collegiate wind ensemble.

Isaac Wahlmeier Hastings St. Cecilia High School, Hastings, Nebraska. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor and Baritone Saxophone, Director: Benjamin Veilleux.

Celeste Walberg Cascade Senior High School, Turner, OR. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba/Piano, Director: Alexandria Greenwell.

Madison Walker North Florida Christian School, Tallahassee, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Alison Riling.

Lauren Ware Legacy High School, Broomfield, Coloraod. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: J. Clayton Stansberry. Lauren was a member of the 2015-2016 Colorado All-State band as well as several honor ensembles throughout Colorado. She is a section leader and has been 1st Chair for 2 years in the Legacy Wind Ensemble and has performed at the State convention and will perform at the 2017 Music For All National Concert Band Festival.

Isaiah J. Warnke Bucklin High School, Bucklin, Kansas. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Elton Martell.

Susan Warren Green County High School, Greensburg, KY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Nathan Willoughby.

Kalie Watkins Hector High School, Hector, AR. Class of 2016. Instrument: F Horn, Trumpet, Director: Bruce Shaver. Kalie has been a model student whose musicality is matched with integrity and a hard work ethic. Always pleasant to work with, she always has a positive attitude as well! She played trumpet in marching season and horn in concert season, always doing an excellent job of both!

Brandon Waugh South Forsyth High School, Cumming, Georgia. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Donny Allen.

Justin Way St. Paul's Episcopal School, Mobile, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: J. Treadwell Davis.

Emily Webb Fayette Academy, Somerville, TN. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Daniel Hinson. Emily Webb has demonstrated a tremendous amount of talent and drive playing percussion in the Fayette Academy Marching Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Band. Additionally, Emily elected to participate in a variety of Honor Bands over several years, including the Mississippi State University Marching Honor Band, the UT-Martin Honor Band, the University of Memphis Honor Band, and the All-West Honor Band. Emily was section leader for the 2015-2016 school year.

Jamie Weerakkody University High School of Indiana, Carmel, Indiana. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Joshua Harris.

Magdalena Welch Henderson County High School, Henderson, Kentucky. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Adam W. Thomas. Principal flute of the Wind Ensemble for most of her 4 years, All-District band (4 years, some as principal), All-State Concert and Symphonic Band, musical theatre pit orchestra, University of Louisville Honor Bands.

Makayla West Piedmont High School, Piedmont, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jamie Thomas. Makayla West, daughter of John and Lisa West of Piedmont, AL.

Ian Whaley White Oak High School, Jacksonville, North Carolina. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Perry Ditch/Kevin Day. Ian is an outstanding Trumpet player, he made All-District and All-County Band several times. He performed in the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Orchestra, Pit Orchestra and Pep Band.

Keaton Wheeler Marion C. Early High School, Morrisville, Missouri. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Tyler Curtis. Principal Alto, section leader, drum major (2 years), A+ tutor, teacher aide

Joli White Merrimack Valley High School, Penacook, New Hampshire. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion and Piano, Director: Margaret Oswald. Joli White served MVHS as Drum Major, keyboard percussionist, and pianist in jazz band. She also designed the logo for our department. She is one of the strongest leaders in the program. She is also one of the most generous and thoughtful students I have worked with.

Michael White Sweet Springs School District, Sweet Springs, Missouri. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Anthony Webb.

Joseph Wilkins St. Charles High School, St. Charles, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Matthew Wicke. Joseph is a great musician and an awesome person. He is very passionate about music and that shows in his performance. He has been a leader in our band for many years and we will have a tough time filling his shoes.

Trent Thomas Wilkins Miami Trace High School, Washington Courthouse, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kenneth Hoffman. Trent is a tremendous trumpet player, serving his school band program in multiple jazz and concert settings.

Kelsie Willert St. Ansgar, St. Ansgar, Iowa. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Anna Scott.

Drew Williams Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth , Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Matthew Swintek.

Terrance Williams Pace High School, Pace, FL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Anthony Denaro.

Jacob Wilson Jackson Twin Valley South High School, West Alexandria, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Garrett Smith. Jacob Jackson was the trumpet section leader at Twin Valley South High School, serving the band with dedication and true leadership. Jacob was a member of the Pep Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble.

Martina Wilson Oelwein High School, Oelwein, IA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: Cory McBride.

Joseph Winegarden Gladstone High School, Gladstone, Oregon. Class of 2016. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Seth Arnold. Joe earned this award with his musicality, leadership, and dedication to the entire band program in the town of Gladstone. He spent 4-5 hours a days working at the high school and middle school to ensure a new band director survived. He consistently went above and beyond what was expected.

Kobe Winkler Carlyle High School, Carlyle, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jamie Zettler.

Katherine Winter Auburn Hills Avondale High School, Auburn Hills, MI. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Joshua W. Neuenschwander.

D. J. Wintjen Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, IL. Class of 2016. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Justin Bangert. D.J. also received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

Emmaly Wilcher Leake Central High School , Carthage, Mississippi. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Erica White.

Michael Wood Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Dumfries, VA. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kelly K. Kingett.

Ellie Wright American Christian Academy, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Heather M. Henson. Ellie Wright is the first recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award at American Christian Academy. Ellie was selected to the Alabama All-State Red Band in her freshman year, served as woodwind captain for four years, and served as drum major during her senior year. The instrumental music program began in 2008, and we began presenting this award this year. The class of 2015 will be our first class of senior band members.

Lucy Wu Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills, Illinois. Class of 2016. Instrument: Flute, Director: Randy Sundell.

Kayla Yontz St. Mary Central Catholic High School, Sandusky, Ohio. Class of 2016. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kyle Schuckmann.

Lauren Zielke Rondout Valley High School, Accord, NY. Class of 2016. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Randolph Loder.

Megan Zierold Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough, NJ. Class of 2016. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Nicholas Clipperton. Megan is a member of Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Woodwind Quintet, and the Pit Orchestra. She is also one of the 3 Drum Majors for the Raider Marching Band. In addition, to her participation at Hillsborough High School, she is also a member of the Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band and has participated in Region Band. In the Fall, Megan will be studying Biology & Music at Gettysburg College & the Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

 

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