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2017
Paige Abrams American Christian Academy, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Class of 2018. Instrument: Flute, Director: Heather M. Henson. Paige Abrams is the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award at American Christian Academy as a sophomore. This is only the fourth year for the award to be presented in our young program. Paige has been selected to the Alabama All-State Red Band so far in her freshman, sophomore, and junior years and was also an All-State member in middle school. Paige has served as the band librarian and flute section leader for four years.

Brionna U Alexander Shiloh High School, Snellville, Ga. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Barrett Alexander. 

David Anderson Dayton High School, Dayton, Nevada. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Joshua Strickland. David has always striven to perfect his craft. He helps other students better themselves with his enthusiasm and love for high school music. He goes above and beyond without being asked and has been a very valuable asset to the music program at Dayton High School since his first day.

Teagan Arfmann West Bend-Mallard High School, West Bend, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: John Zauche.

Frank Badners Foley High School, Foley, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bass Trombone, Director: Carl Major. Frank Badners is Foley High Schools 2017 recipient. He has served as a Section Leader and Band Captain for our program. He has been involved in our band for six years and will be a member of the University of South Alabama's band program.

Ashley Bailey Archbishop Hannan High School, Covington, LA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Thomas Braud.

Gavin Barnes Springfield High School, Springfield , Colorado . Class of 2018. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Shane Hagan.

Arista Jean Barnoff Marion Center Jr.-Sr. High School, Marion Center, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: Mrs. Kasandra Buente. Arista is a well-rounded student in arts and academics. She has been one of our Drum Majors for the past two years. She has attended a multitude of festivals at all levels from County to State Band. She was selected to perform this year in the All-Eastern Honors Band being held on April 5-8 , 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Arista plans to major in music and attend Messiah college in Pennsylvania.

Cody Beal Buckeye Trail High School, Lore City, OH. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion , Director: Doug Hanna. Cody has been an integral part of a rebuilding band program over the past three years. His enthusiasm and work ethic have inspired many of the younger students.

Michael Belmonte Rockland Senior High School, Rockland, Ma. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: John Piazza Jr.

Christian Berard Rock Creek Junior Senior High School, St. George, KS. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Elizabeth Janssen.

Dylan Berens Shelby Public High School, Shelby, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Curt Isakson.

Kaitlyn Bishop Westville High School, Westville, IN. Class of 2020. Instrument: clarinet, Director: Erin Sharpe.

Nicole Boothe James River High School, Buchanan, VA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Kevin English.

Rowan Borsari West High School, Knoxville, Tennessee. Class of 2017. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Rodney E. Brown. Personifies what it means to be a band member. Tremendous work ethic, dedication to excellence, and general love of music.

Bryce Bostrom Hesperia High School, Hesperia, MI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Stephanie Purvis.

Kisiah Brown South Spencer High School, Rockport, Indiana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jacob Tabor.

Ericka L. Brummett Westmoreland High School, Westmoreland, Tennessee. Class of 2018. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jennifer Peterson. - Marching Band over 4 years -Multiple Instrumentation ability -Tennessee Tech Honor Band 2017 - Tennessee State University Honor Band 2017 - Grade 1 solo & Ensemble rating over 3 years

Adam Bundy Florala High School, Florala, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Dakota Baker.

Kathryn Burdine Hayden High School, Hayden, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Horn, Director: Cory Wills.

Kaylee Campbell Lovelady High School, Lovelady, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Steve Ferguson.

Ben Cardoza Salem Hills High School, Salem, UT. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Mike Larsen. Ben Cardoza has been a model band student from the beginning. He represents the excellence we strive for in our program. He is one of the very best musicians we have ever had come through band at Salem Hills High School.

Rachel Carlisle Lamar Christian School, Purvis, MS. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Amanda Sumrall.

Dylan Carpenter Leake Central High School , Carthage, Mississippi. Class of 2017. Instrument: Mallet Percussion, Director: Erica White.

Taylor Chevalier Discovery High School, Lawrenceville, GA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Nicholas Wiebers. Taylor Chevalier is an excellent example of what the JPS Award supposed to represent. She is an outstanding musician and scholar. Taylor is a welcoming student leader and a focused academic earning entrance into the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. She is a member and holds leadership titles within the Ga Student Leadership Council and has helped to establish our brand new school through their guidance. Within band she holds herself and her peer accountable for their music and performance standards for the future of our brand new program. Outside of school she perform with honor band groups and community organization while holding leadership titles within each. Taylor Chevalier will help up hold the honor of this award now and in the future as an appreciative recipient.

Lawrence Chino Laguna Acoma Jr/Sr High School, Casa Blanca, NM. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium and Guitar, Director: Laura Arrasmith. Lawrence is an amazing music student. He has really shone in multiple areas. He made All-State Guitar, composed a piece, and took over teaching the beginning guitar class this year. He is going on to major in music education and will one day make an amazing music teacher!

Jeong Doo Cho Jakarta Intercultural School , Jakarta, Indonesia , Indonesia. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone , Director: Mr. Russell Wiemers . Has played as an IASAS Band Delegate for the past two years on Tenor Saxophone. Has played in the school's auditioned band group titled the Wind Ensemble.

Colton Christensen Holbrook High School, Holbrook, Arizona. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Percussion, Director: Sarah Meeks.

Alexandra Coberly Independence High School, Thompson's Station, TN. Class of 2017. Instrument: French horn, Director: Mollie L. Mark.

Joel C. Cook Ticonderoga High School, Ticonderoga, New York. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Michael E. Iturrino. Joel C. Cook is from Putnum, New York. He started playing trumpet when he was in 7th grade at Ticonderoga Middle School. Since then, it has been a passion of his. He has performed with the school's jazz ensemble, brass ensemble, concert band and wind ensemble. He also has been a featured soloist in these groups. He has also performed with the Zone 6 Area All-State Concert Band and the Essex County School Music Association All County Concert Band as well as the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra.

Conner Colby Little Axe High School, Norman, Oklahoma. Class of 2019. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Michael Gallmore. Student has exemplified all the characteristics of a great musician, student leader and mentor to younger musicians. Excels in marching, concert and stage band. Future goal is to be part of the film industry in some capacity.

Raistlin Crimm Belfry High School, Belfry, MT. Class of 2017. Instrument: tenor saxophone, Director: Heather Noble.

Tatyana Cummings Robert W. Groves High School, Garden City, GA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kevin Blackmon. Tatyana Cummings is an awesome student, musician, and a very well rounded individual. Tatyana is very mature and serves as a student director for the GHS Concert Band. She excels academically and musically. I highly recommend this very delightful young lady as a recipient for The John Phillip Sousa Award for 2017.

Treila Curtis McEwen High School, McEwen, Tennessee. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Emily Murphy. Treila has been involved in the MHS Band since 6th grade. Treila has served as Percussion Section leader, participated in numerous Honor Bands throughout Middle TN, and has been an important part of the band program's growth over the past four years.

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

Max Davis Monclova Christian Academy, Monclova, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Michelle Keaster. Max is a highly talented musician as well as an excellent clarinetist and vocalist. He has been a leader for the Monclova Christian Academy High School Band during his tenure.

Tyler Davis North Andrew R-VI, Rosendale, MO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Stephen Till. Tyler has been a very dependable and devoted member of the Cardinal Marching and Concert Band, as well as a member of the North Andrew Indoor Drumline.

Gracie Dean North Cobb Christian School, Acworth, Georgia. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Craig Godfrey. Gracie has been a member of the North Cobb Christian School band since her freshman year of high school. Her success comes from her leadership style. Gracie always works hard to complete all tasks and leads others through her example to complete their own work. As her band director I am proud of her accomplishments in band.

Jonathan Detwiler Souderton Area High School, Souderton, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Adam Tucker. Jonathan has been a four-year-member of the band program at Souderton. He has emerged as a natural born leader in the program, and even attended State Band as a senior in 2017. He will be attending Penn State for Physics.

Tristian Diaz Armona Union Academy, Armona, CA. Class of 2018. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Bradley Saunders. Tristian has been playing clarinet for two school years. As a Junior he has risen to the rank of Section Leader and has been an instrumental part of our band organization. He should be very proud of his accomplishments.

Nolan Dotter Cotopaxi High School, Cotopaxi, CO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Piano, Director: Jennifer Fritz.

Ayden Duncan Trinidad High School, Trinidad, Colorado. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jocelyn Armes. Ayden Duncan is a graduating senior member of the Trinidad High School Miner Band. She has been in band for five years, and has demonstrated consistent diligence and excellence as a musician and young woman in the band. She served as Section Leader during the 2016 school year, and successfully auditioned into the Arkansas Valley Honor Band and Festival of Winds Band in Pueblo, Co.

Isabelle Edwards Prince Edward County High School, Farmville, Virginia. Class of 2017. Instrument: F Horn, Director: Seth Taft.

Jonathon Ehlers Xavier Charter School, Twin Falls, Idaho. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Amanda Hall. Jonathon is a fantastic student. He willing took up Tuba to help out our band and always step in to lead and direct whenever I needed him to. He was a great leader and example in our band class.

Alysia Englert Upper Perkiomen High School, Pennsburg, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: clarinet, Director: Miss Kierstin Levan.

Emily Essary Chisum High School, Paris, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Horn, Director: John Marsh.

Aura Esterling Baker County High School, Glen St. Mary, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Myles Moore. For her consistently dedicated service. Aura Esterling has served with the Baker County High School Wildcat Pride for 4 years, and served as Drum Major her senior year.

Alexis Fabian Audubon Community Schools, Audubon, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Victoria Chargo.

Caileen Fahrenkrug St. Mary Catholic High School, Neenah, Wisconsin. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Pamela Barnhill.

Zachary L. Fischer Sheyenne High School, West Fargo, ND. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: James Landman. Zach has been an outstanding student leader and player who led many pep bands and was awarded 3 Outstanding Performances at contests in his high school career.

Haley Fisher Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School, Washington, GA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flue, Director: Emme L. Hines. Haley is an outstanding student. When I got here four years ago, she was one of my worst players. She really did not understand much about playing, but with lots of hard work and practice on her part, she quickly became one of the best performers in the band. Definitely a wonderful success story.

Alicia Flach Hayden Catholic High School, Topeka, Kansas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Josh B Benteman. All-state flute player, drum major, and a person of excellent character.

Lucas Folan Parsippany Hills High School, Morris Plains, NJ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone , Director: Michael Iapicca. 1st chair NJ All State Band Baritone Sax 2017 Music ed. major Hofstra University

Kyrun Foster East Noble High School, Kendallville, Indiana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Bryan Munoz. Kyrun was a phenomenal leader who was our drum major, lead trumpet, as well as a varsity basketball player. Through his intrinsic motivation he was able to not only succeed in all of his endeavors but help develop our student leaders of the future.

Christopher Fraley Montgomery County High School, Mount Sterling, KY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Calvin Schmieg.

Carly Fuhrman Bemidji High School, Bemidji, Minnesota. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Derek Wickum. Carly Fuhrman was a active member of her High School Music Department. Carly participated in Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Choir, Drum Line, and served as Band President her Senior Year. Carly along with her fellow Drum Major was the first to receive Outstanding Drum Major Award recognition.

Marie Gala Cardinal O'Hara High School, Philadelphia, Pa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Hector Ramirez. 

Miguel Galvan Pilot Point High School , Pilot Point, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Daniel Balkema. Mr. Galvan has represented what this award signifies since he has become a member of the Pilot Point Band Program. His true dedication to music and the outstanding musicianship he has gained over the years, make him a wonderful Candidate to the John Philip Sousa Award

Dominic Garcia Custer County High School, Westcliffe, CO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Andrew Straight. Dominic is a gifted percussionist, piano player, vocalist, and composer.

Samantha "Pamfila" Garcia Santa Teresa High School , Santa Teresa , New Mexico. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute , Director: Daniel Lozano. Samantha is a great example for the entire Music Program. Samantha was dedicated throughout her High School Career and a fantastic role model for her Freshman sister. Can't wait to hear of her success after High School.

Austin Garner Monterey Bay Academy, La Selva Beach, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Laurence Downing.

Kaliesha Garrison Mansfield High School, Mansfield, Missouri. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Autumn Bennett. Kaliesha (Kally) Garrrison was a vital flautist, drum major, and musician in the Mansfield High School music department from 2010-2017. Her leadership and upstanding moral character along with academic achievement made her the obvious choice for the Sousa award.

Vincent Geurin Mariposa High School Grizzly Band, Mariposa, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: french horn, Director: Gail Vanderslik.

Quentell Gipson Shiloh High School, Snellville, Ga. Class of 2018. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Barrett Alexander.

Savannah Goddard Sarcoxie High School, Sarcoxie, Missouri. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Christian Woods.

Katy Goodwin Arvada High School, Arvada, Colorado. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone/Bass Clarinet, Director: Cory Goshorn. Katy has been playing in band since the fifth grade. She is a very well-rounded musician with several accomplishments in the classical and jazz settings. She has been a member of the Arvada High School Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, musical pit orchestra, and was Drum Major her senior year. She will be studying Jazz Performance in college.

Annaliese Gould Clear Creek High School, Evergreen, CO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Madeleine Cort.

Jillian Griffith Nixa High School, Nixa, MO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Horn, Director: Craig Finger. Jillian is an exceptional player and an equally beautiful person. She has served as a student leader for 3 out of her 4 HS years. She has excelled at District and State music festivals during her entire HS career. She is pursuing music at Evangel University in Springfield Missouri.

Jared Grimes Edmonson County High School, Brownsville, KY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Sax/Bari Sax, Director: John Woods.

Nathaniel Gugel Hughson High School, Hughson, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Katie Bomer.

Ruben Guijarro La Puente High School, La Puente , California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: Robert Marshall. Definition of a hard working leader.

Cristian Gutierrez Alief Hastings High School, Houston, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Paul Brodt. Cristian Gutierrez is a 2 time Texas All-State Band Member and a 5 time Region Honor Band Member.

Morgan P. Hafner Olentangy Orange High School, Lewis Center, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Hafner.

Natasha Zocim Hall Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, Arizona. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Sonja London-Hall. This student has been principal oboe in the NW Regional Honor groups four consecutive years. She is an outstanding oboist, helper, and example for other musicians.

Allyson Hammond Whitwell High School, Whitwell, TN. Class of 2018. Instrument: Flute, Director: Ms. Mae Mosley. Allyson exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding band student - she comes prepared to rehearsal and she constantly works to turn her weaknesses into strengths. By leading by example, she acts as an excellent role model to other students.

Josephine Harper Penobscot Valley High School, Howland, ME. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: James Zabierek. Josephine is an exceptional woodwind player who has shown a high level of musicianship both in and out of school. She has participated in district honors festivals all through high school, attended music camps, and attended district honors band festivals throughout her time here at PVHS.

Melissa Harris Fair Play High School, Fair Play, Missouri. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Stacey O'Neal. Melissa is a dedicated, enthusiastic band student performing most recently on oboe, with additional experience playing flute and percussion. In 2017 she was captain of the colorguard, writing the routines for the rest of the guard. She leads the band by example, with an infectious spirit that motivates everyone she works with.

Thayne Harris Billings Central Catholic High School, Billings, Mt. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Sax / Percussion / Guitar / Bass, Director: Codie Wahrman.

Garrett Haymans Kent Island High School, Stevensville, Maryland. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kim Mogensen. Garrett was selected by his peers for his dedication to the KIHS Band Program and growth in musicianship. He participated in the KIHS Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Pit Orchestra, where he led his section by example and skill.

Emily Hazlett West Middlesex High School, West Middlesex, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Mr. John Jerasa.

Clare Heinrich Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute and Euphonium, Director: Steve Holland. Clare began playing the flute in the 5th grade. She plays in the flute choir, playing alto and bass flute. As a freshman, began playing the Euphonium, becoming the Euphonium Section Leader for two years. She received an instrumental music scholarship to college.

Kenton Lane Henderson Richton High School, Richton, MS. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Zachary Walley. Kenton Henderson is a multi-instrumentalist senior that graduated from Richton High School in 2017. He was also awarded the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence. He held multiple leadership positions in band and also attended numerous clinics and festivals throughout his high school career.b

Rachel Herb Muskego High School, Muskego, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute / Piccolo, Director: James Beckman and Matt Mueller. Plays in multiple bands, on multiple instruments, including jazz and pit orchestra Truly served as a mentor to our younger band students and helping them to become better musicians and people Someone that recognizes that being a leader is not a popularity contest, and that doing the right thing may sometimes cause you strife, especially amongst your peers Performs (as principal) in multiple outside groups including the UWAY and MYSO Multiple State Solo & Ensemble Qualifier Drum Major Featured Soloist with our Wind Ensemble

Caleb Hobson Douglas High School, Winston , Oregon. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Randy Solansky.

Kyle Holt Smithville High School, Smithville, Missouri. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Tom Brockman.

Michael Hoover Estero High School, Estero, Florida. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Warren A. Baxter. Mr. Hoover is the highest quality student a director could ever ask for. He volunteers when needed, has learned multiple instruments, served as band captain and exemplifies the spirit of JPS. Mikie is a member of our Jazz Band, Marching Band, Wind Symphony and Concert Percussion Ensemble.

Tyler Honcoop Billings Central Catholic High School, Billings, Mt. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Codie Wahrman.

Evan Hughes Central Catholic High School, San Antonio , Tx. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet , Director: Kirstin Garrison.

William Christopher Illiano Fairhope High School, Fairhope, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Wayne Fillingim.

Tristan Irwin La Sierra high school, Riverside, Ca. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jessica Swanson.

Malachi Israel Colonel Crawford High School, North Robinson, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Shaun L. Shotwell. Malachi Israel has a passion for mallet percussion performance. Performing in Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Pep Band Malachi represented our Music Program to the highest degree. Malachi's dedication to music extends beyond performing as he also writes, and arranges music. He plans to pursue chemical engineering in college.

Jacob Jackson Twin Valley South High School, West Alexandria, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Garrett Smith.

Sarah Jansen Highland High School, Highland, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: John Case.

Pierce Johnson New Kent High School, New Kent, Virginia. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Joseph L. Williams.

Tucker Johnson Carlyle High School, Carlyle, Illinois. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Jamie Zettler.

Madison Kearney Chaparral High School, Scottsdale , Arizona. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jennifer Mireau. New World Youth Orchestra 1 year, Scottsdale Honor Band 1 year, Phoenix Youth Symphony 2 years, All-Region Honor Band 4 years, All-state Honor band 2 years. Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Pit Orchestra. First chair Flute Arizona All-State Honor Band 2017.

Daniel Kelly Allegany-Limestone CSD, Allegany, New York. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Melanie H. Hachten

Joshua Kelso Des Moines Hoover High School, Des Moines, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Ryan Rowley. Josh has participated in band for four years and lettered for all four years. Josh consistently works to make the band successful by helping younger students at both Hoover and our within the middle school feeder pattern. His dedication to and leadership in the band program are defined by his tireless efforts to ensure the success of the Hoover Band.

Noah Kennedy Williston-Elko High School, Williston, SC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Mark Romano.

Kylee Kerzmann Garrison High School, Garrison, North Dakota. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Danielle Abler.

Kaleb Kinyon John F. Kennedy High School, Mt. Angel, Oregon. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kalyn Hanna.

Dylan Klynsma Siouxland Christian School, Sioux City, IA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Emily Hageman. Dylan has brought a strong amount of leadership to our instrumental program. He is a phenomenal leader and a fantastic, above average sax player.

Kriseira Llamas-Krauletz Venice High School, Los Angeles, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: David W. Lee.

Sara Kubena East Bernard High School, East Bernard, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bb Clarinet, Director: Kenneth Peters. Sara Kubena is a very driven student. She loves band and promotes it everywhere she goes. Her diligence and hard work will take her far in her future en-devours.

Parker Landon Burns High School, Burns, Oregon. Class of 2018. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Heather Appelhof.

Hannah Lane Christian High School, El Cajon, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Sandy Adams.

Allison Leonard Nottoway High School, Crewe, VA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Katherine Lusk. Allison is an outstanding Clarinet Player. She has continuously made All District and was eligible to audition to audition for All State. Allison has been featured as a soloist many times both in marching band and symphonic band. Most recently she was the featured soloist in a performance of Robert W. Smith's "In a Gentle Rain."

Joseph Leites Allen D. Nease Senior High School, Ponte Vedra, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Michael Johnson.

Anna Maria Lenz Greenway High School , Phoenix, ARIZONA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, , Director: Ian Peterson . Anna's main instrument is the clarinet. She was 1st chair and also played the tenor saxophone and Cello. Anna was the section leader in the marching band and secretary on the band council.

Evelin Lopez Leake Central High School, Carthage, Mississippi. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Erica White.

Yasmine Lopez La Sierra High School, Riverside, CA. Class of 2018. Instrument: Flute, Piccolo, Trombone, Director: Jessica Swanson. Yasmine is the epitome of the John Philip Sousa award and I am honored to present her with this award in 2017.

Anna Luebke River Falls High School, River Falls, Wisconsin. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Bryan Jaeckel.

Jorge Magallon Mariposa High School Grizlly Band, Mariposa, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: percussionist, Director: Gail Vanderslik.

Randolf Mangundayao Mount St. Joseph's Academy, Rutland, Vermont. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Thomas Peppard. He is the lead instrumentalist in my entire concert band and my only senior remaining in band. He is friendly, confident, and a strong performer.

Julia McCabe Circle High School, Towanda, KS. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jordan Northerns. Julia is a literate, proficient musician and skilled saxophonist. She does not hesitate to volunteer for improvisation in jazz band and looks for ways to improve everyday. I have observed her running sectionals, demonstrating passages for the other saxophonists in her section, and looking for ways to involve and encourage other students to put forth their best effort.

Dakota Trent McCash Joplin High School, Joplin, MO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Dakota McCash.

Anthony McCoy Rocky Mount High School, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Michael Jenkins.

Abby McDow Oxford High School, Oxford, AL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Mr. David McDaniel. Abigail McDow has been a 5 year Alabama All-State student (Jr. High-1, White Band-1, Red Band-3). Abby is the 2017 Oxford High School Valedictorian, a member of the 2016 Drum Corps International Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and a member of the 2016 United States Army All-American Marching Band.

Taishi McQueen Western High School, Baltimore, Maryland. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Krystal Williams.

Martín Medina South O'Brien, Paullina, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Brian Cole.

Jessica Mehre Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, Elkhart Lake, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Jodi Voss.

Cassandra Meredith Collierville High School, Collierville, Tennessee. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Sherry Fuller. National Merit Semifinalist; Band President; 1st Chair Wind Ensemble; Trombone Section Leader; All-West participant; Tri-M member; All-State Choir and so much more.

Gillian Minnehan H.B. Plant High School, Tampa, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bb Clarinet, Director: Brian. P. Dell. First student from Plant HS to audition for and accepted to the NAfME All National Honor Band in 2016

Spencer Moffat Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Randy Sundell.

Marlaina Morgan Blue Ridge High School, Blue Ridge , TX. Class of 2018. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: David Terry. Marlaina Morgan is a Junior at Blue Ridge High School. She is an outstanding musician who has made the region band every year of her high school career.

Carlos Najar Calallen High School, Corpus Christi, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Jeffery Valperts. Carlos Najar is a Senior Euphonium Student and Sousa Award winner from Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, TX. Carlos has been a member of the Calallen Wind Ensemble, Del Mar College 1st Chair Honor Band, TMEA District Band, Region Band, and Area Band. Carlos also marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Carlos will be attending Texas A&M Kingsville in the fall of 2017 as a Music Education Major and Music Performance Minor.

Asher Novak Saint Stanislaus College, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Class of 2018. Instrument: Flute, Director: Nathan Shuffitt. Asher is a native of Slidell and has been living in the dorms on campus for several years. He is constantly volunteering to help the band program by doing whatever it takes to see success. He has learned multiple instruments and spends many extra hours in the band hall.

Brandon O'Neal Louise High School, Louise, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tromboner, Director: Kasey Chitmon. ATSSB All-Region & Area Band Qualifier.

John Owens Webster City High School, Webster City, IA. Class of 2017. Instrument: trumpet, Director: Rachel Daum.

River Partridge Calera High School, Calera, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Luke J. Manning. River Partridge has served as the "Soaring Sound of Dixie's" Trombone Section Leader for 3 years, Band President, Librarian, and Band Manager during his time at CHS. He sat first chair at the Chilton County Honor Band and is dedicated member of the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum.

Abby Payne Salem R-80 High School, Salem, Missouri. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: David Schatz.

Mackenzie L. Payne Tanner High School , Tanner, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Vechiel Stone. Mackenzie served as the Tanner High Saxophone section leader for 5 years. She earned principal positions in several District & University honor bands. Ms Payne will attend the University of North Alabama in the Fall of 2017.

William Kaylor Pence Homewood High School, Homewood, AL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ron Pence. William Kaylor Pence has been principal trumpet and section leader in the Homewood Patriot Band since 10th grade. He has maintained a high level of leadership and performance. William Pence has performed in marching band, chamber winds, jazz band and numerous honor bands.

Thonetta Peterick Hatton Eielson Public School, Hatton, ND. Class of 2018. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Sarah Darling.

Ashley N. Peters Cedar Crest High School, Lebanon, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Scott M. Muenz.

Dong Pham I. H. Kempner High School, Sugar Land, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Scott Norman.

Ryan Phillips Decatur High School, Decatur, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone and Tuba, Director: Constance Wicklund.

Orean Pineda Colorado High School, Colorado City, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Sam Hale.

Renee Pomeroy Brimley Area Schools, Brimley, MI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Kaitlynn Klann.

Kayla Pormasdoro Sunnyvale High School, Sunnyvale, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet/Percussion, Director: Mark Conaway.

Brianna Potts Waynedale High School, Apple Creek, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Dennis Giotta. Brianna Potts is a flutist from Apple Creek, OH. She has participated in band, choir, and musical theater while at Waynedale High School as well as serving as drum major. Brianna looks forward to becoming a music educator.

Michaela Pugh Douglas MacArthur High School, San Antonio, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Evan Berry. Michaela will go down as one of the best drum majors in school history. She embodies the positive values of dedication, leadership, musicianship, and tremendous work ethic. She will be missed as a role model for all students in our program.

Chimaera Randall WACO Community Schools, Wayland, iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: flute, Director: Jane Koch. Chimaera has been in band since 5th grade. She participates in all marching band and pep band activities. She is a great role model for other band members.

Garrett Rappolee Lebanon High School , Lebanon , IL. Class of 2018. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Diana M. Lynn.

Kelly Read Woodstock High School, Woodstock, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Richard Stiles. 

Isabella Rhonemus Armada High School, Armada, MI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Joshua Bobek.

Samantha Rice Los Lunas High School, Los Lunas, NM. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Mariko McWhorter. Samantha was drum major of the Tiger Band. She also played bari saxophone in the Swing Cats Jazz Band I.

Madison Riddle Hilldale Public Schools, Muskogee, OK. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Dee Angel.

Desmond Roberts Fullerton Union High School, Fullerton, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Troy Trimble. Desmond is a four-year member of the instrumental music program at FUHS and has served in many roles in many ensembles throughout the years. He is a section leader, music librarian, pep band dance/chant leader on top of being a lead performer in the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Drumline. He is highly talented and plays the alto sax, bassoon, soprano sax, piano, guitar, and is a great singer as well. He is a veteran leader who truly deserves this honor.

Sarah Roberts Plano High School, Plano, Il. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Susan Webb.

Alex Robinson Florence High School, Florence , MS. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Beau Robinson.

Lauren Robinson Mount Paran Christian School, Kennesaw, Georgia. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Billy Flood. Lauren has played flute for eight years and has studied privately under Margery Macey, Bill Van Dyke, and Nancy Collier in addition to attending a wide variety of workshops and camps. In high school, she was a member of the concert band (principal flute/piccolo), marching band (drum major), indoor drumline, basketball drumline, flute ensemble, color guard, jazz ensemble (trombone and drum set), and brass quartet, as well as her church orchestra. She also piloted an experimental pop music ensemble for toy instruments with her friends. She is a member of Tri-M and participated in GMEA District 12 Honor Band in grades 10 through 12.

Olivia Roers O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Ben Koch.

Vanessa Ruiz Merrill F. West High School, Tracy, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Soprano Saxophone, Director: Jonathan Raman. Vanessa is an inspiration for our Music Program because of her kindness and determination. Vanessa is always encouraging others and enjoys playing music. I am honored to present Vanessa Ruiz with the Sousa award because she earned it.

Molly Rupe Sunnyside High School, Tucson, AZ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone/Trumpet/Voice, Director: Rusty Carle-Ogren.

Rosa Sandoval Moon Valley High School, Phoenix, Arizona. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Gordon Williford. Principal clarinet, band officer, and section leader. Multi-year member of GUHSD Honor Band. Member North Central All-Region Band. Tenor saxophone in Jazz 1 and cello in school orchestra.

Sierra Sargent Sevastopol School, Sturgeon Bay, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Tanya Hasenjager.

Anna Sauerbrei Wapsie Valley High School, Fairbank, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Flute, and Bass, Director: Jamie Harrings. Anna is a phenomenal all around musician. In addition to being our center snare and most prolific percussionist, Anna has learned how to also play flute for pep band and bass guitar for jazz band. Anna is also heavily involved in other school activities and sports.

Hannah Scheaffer Ruston High School, Ruston, Louisiana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo, Director: Walter Moss.

Megan Schulte St. James Academy, Lenexa, Kansas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Helen Harreslon. Megan Schulte was a member of Concert Band, Jazz Band & Drum Line. She served as Student Vice President in her junior year and President in her seniors.

Aspen Serfoss Cotopaxi High School, Cotopaxi, CO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Violin, Director: Jennifer Fritz.

Maria Sharine Gateway Charter High School, Fort Myers, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Bonnie Etgeton.

Keon Simmons Woodlawn High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Glenn Scheuermann.

Morgan Ruby Smilowitz Roy High School, Roy, Utah. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet , Director: Daniel Winsor.

Duncan Smith Marion C. Early High School, Morrisville, Missouri. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Tyler Curtis. Section Leader (2 years), Color Guard Captain, Principal Euphonium, A+ tutor

Johnathan Smith Harris-Lake Park Community Schools, Lake Park, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Emily Gladfelter.

Taylor A. Snider Hayward High School, Hayward, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Eric J. Kringle.

Kevin Suarez Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, Oklahoma City, OK. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Julianne Annesley. Kevin was one of the original members of the BMCHS Instrumental Program when it started back up in 2014. He was an integral part of building the program and he leave behind a legacy that will carry on for years to come. He was Drumline Captain for three years.

Sunny Sullivan Sweet Home High School, Sweet Home, Oregon. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Elijah Heide.

Aaron Walter Staving Zephyrhills High School, Zephyrhills, Florida. Class of 2017. Instrument: French horn, Director: Russell Schmidt.

Jennifer Steen Tri-County Schools, Thornburg, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Melanie Tygart.

Kenneth Stutler Hendersonville Christian Academy, Hendersonville, TN. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tim Stutler. Ken was one of the original members of the Hendersonville Christian Academy band program and is the first to graduate having spent every year in the band. He has been a leader and example.

Lowell Tres Taylor Fox Creek , North Augusta, SC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet and Piano, Director: Mr. Chris Martinez. Lowell Tres Taylor has been an asset to the music program the last 4 years. He plays trumpet, piano, and other instruments. He has completed several clinics and led the leadership team to a successful year.

Connor Tetzlaff Sault Area High School, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Amy Clegg. Connor Tetzlaff is Sault High's 2017 John Philip Sousa Award recipient. Connor has served as section leader in our high school and teacher cadet for our middle school band programs. He inspires other students with his enthusiasm for music and a desire uphold a high standard of musical excellence.

Meghan Thompson Northern Heights High School, Allen, Kansas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet , Director: Amanda Merring. Meghan has been an excellent student, clarinet player and drum major. She leads by example and has great musicianship.

Scott Thoorsen Brea Olinda High School, Brea, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Joseph A. Bartell.

Zachary Timothy Trest Pelahatchie High School, Pelahatchie, MS. Class of 2017. Instrument: tuba, Director: Helen Echazabal.

Hugh W. Tully Saint Viator High School, Arlington Heights, Illinois. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Vince Genualdi.

Lauren Upchurch Model Laboratory School, Richmond, Kentucky. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Eric Sokolowski.

Evan Upton West High School, Knoxville, Tennessee. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Rodney E. Brown. Personifies what it means to be a band member. Tremendous work ethic, commitment to excellence, and a love of music in general.

Madison VanNess Central Community High School, Breese, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Eric Chrostoski.

Grayson Viars Rural Retreat High School, Rural Retreat, VA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Thomas Hilliker. Grayson is an excellent musician as well as an outstanding student leader. He is always willing to go above and beyond what wis asked of him and participated in many extra performance opportunities outside of school.

Amanda Marianne Vigor Red Level High School, Red Level, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Demetrius Scott. Marianne served as drum major and first chair clarinet. She is by far one of if not the best student a band director could ask for in every aspect of a phenomenal student.

Austin Voss Malvern High School, Malvern, Arkansas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Ken Williams.

Michael Van Wagenen North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Rudy Gilbert, Mark Kapral.

Carson Walker Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School, Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Rich Stichler.

Clayton Wallen Riverbank High School, Riverbank, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Joseph Aguilar.

Paige Waterman Northmont High School, Clayton, OH. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Brian Wissman.

Abigail Wegner Butternut High School, Butternut, Wisconsin. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jennifer L. Hummel. Abigail is a dedicated musician who is always willing to help. She is a leader in our band and plans to go on to become a band teacher. She is always looking for new ways to improve, attending Honors Bands and participating in Solo and Ensemble.

Alanna Wilcox Hawkins High School, Hawkins, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jeffrey Wilson.

Kayla Wilhelm Holy Cross Catholic Academy, Amarillo, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Emily Grandmaison. A true musician in every sense of the word. Over the past 6 years, this young lady's commitment to making music has been stellar. Her leadership and flexibility to not only play but mentor and teach younger students the importance of rhythm, steady beat and listening are key to a solid performance that the audience will enjoy. Kayla balances academics with fine arts as she is also the Valedictorian of her graduating class while maintaining her bounce and sparkle. She was named Drum Major this year and helped lead our small but mighty marching band to the field before football games and directed in the stands. Kayla's musical endeavors go beyond band as she sings in the school's mixed choir, show choir and girls choir. She also plays piano, guitar and handchimes. Best wishes for a bright future!

Isaiah Williams George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester, Kentucky. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Michael J. Payne. All State Symphony Orchestra (2015), All State Jazz Ensemble I (2016), All State Symphonic Band (2017)

Ayana Wilson Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago, Il. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Patrick Wall.

Grace Wong Milton Hershey School, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jeremy Ulrich.

David Wright John F. Kennedy High School, Mt. Angel, Oregon. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kalyn Hanna.

Shelby Zivny Papillion-La Vista South High School, Papillion, NE. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Joseph Homan. Shelby Zivny was an outstanding percussionist to have in our band program at Papillion-La Vista South High School. During Shelby's high school career, she was involved in symphonic band, varsity marching band, jazz band, jazz combo, winter percussion, pep band, and show choir band. Shelby worked hard to be a principal player and section leader in all of these ensembles.

 

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