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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.

Janine Albert Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, Windsor, Connecticut. Class of 2017. Instrument: Mallet, Director: Justin Carlin.

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

Kaleigh Alwood Bentonville West High School, Centerton, Arkansas. Class of 2018. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Albert Ortiz. Kaleigh Alwood was presented the award as a junior. She is an exceptional student who always has a good attitude. She took on the responsibilty of being our schools first drum major and excelled above and beyond by also being our schools first All-State Bass Clarinetist. Bentonville West High School opened in the Fall of 2016 and Kaleigh played a large part in shaping the program for the future.

Amanda Amrhein DuBois Area High School, DuBOis, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Doug Conrad.

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.

Jack Anderson Moose Lake High School ISD 97, Moose Lake, MN. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ryan Hanson.

Rachel Anderson Loyal High School, Loyal, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Celia Sturzl.

Taylor Anglin Farmington High School, Farmington, NM. Class of 2017. Instrument: Violin, Director: Monica Leaming.

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

Kaelen Bach W. F. West High School, Chehalis, Washington. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Adam Campagna.

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.

Brooke Barnett Wheeler High School, Valparaiso, IN. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Katelyn Leonard-White.

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.

Daniela Barriga North Plainfield High School, North Plainfield, NJ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Kyle Skrivanek.

Ian Bassham Haltom City High School, Haltom City, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone

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.

Madisyn Kaylee Becker Campbell County High School, Alexandria, KY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Nick Little.

Eden Bell Canby High School, Canby, OR. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Nick Luchterhand. Eden is a senior Clarinet player and also my section leader and principal player for my top ensemble. Eden exudes leadership, positive attitude, and determination. Her winning this award extends far beyond the realms of musicianship and extend into the persona and ora she displays each and every day in her life beyond the band classrom. I was very thankful for the opportunity to teach and get to know Eden.

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

Erin Bender Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes, NJ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Meredith Boyan.

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.

Francis Best Brooklyn Center Secondary, Brooklyn Center, MN. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bass, Director: Michael Reed.

Dale Jackson Beyert Westfield High School, Westfield, NJ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Christopher Vitale. Dale was a four year member of the marching, jazz and wind ensembles. A 3 year region band member, 2 year all state wind ensemble, and all state orchestra member and was selected to perform with the all eastern band. Dale also has performed echo taps for Memorial Day ceremonies and played in the pit of many musicals.

Brittany Beyette Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Chicopee, MA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: William Carr. Brittany was the drum major for the 2016-2017 CCHS Marching Band. She exhibited strong leadership and musicianship. Brittany has a warm personality and has a bright future ahead of her. Congratulations Brittany!

Kam Bezdek The Catholic High School of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Trumpet, Cello, Director: Zachary Scudlark. Kam was given this award for her involvement in Brass Choir, Jazz Band, and Pit Orchestra, as well as her leadership in Symphonic Band (as Lead Trumpet), her practice ethic in Orchestra (as a first year Cellist), and her dedication to saxophone in Chamber Winds (especially with her solo in the 3rd variation of the Rossini Wind Quartet).

Ved Bhagwat Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, Illinois. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jonathan Lauff.

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

Miranda Blanco South East High School, South Gate, CA. Class of 2018. Instrument: Percussion, Marching Tenor drums, Director: Robert Stearns.

James Bledsoe Hannan Jr/Sr High School, Ashton, WV. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Timothy Huffman. James Bledsoe is a well rounded musician. He plays trombone, piano, as well as sings with excellent quality. He attends every function, and is always enthusiastic about making music.

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.

Alexandra Brown Cuyahoga Falls High School, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Dustin Harris.

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

Logan Hammond Brown Calvary Christian School, Wilmington, NC. Class of 2020. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Dr. Donnie Lovette. Logan is a true leader not only in the percussion section but in the band itself. He is a help and blessing to everyone.

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

Alphonse Buclay St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord, Michigan. Class of 2015. Instrument: Flute, Director: Rita A. LaVictoire. Alphonse demonstrated outstanding leadership in the St. Mary Band program. He pursued excellence on his flute and also learned the alto saxophone for marching and jazz band. He was a dependable bandsman and did whatever was needed.

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.

Lauren Burk Great Falls Central Catholic, Great Falls, Montana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Andrea Hubbard.

Enrique Burns Anson High School, Wadesboro, NC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Matthew Jarrett.

Gilbert Camacho Bloomington High School, Bloomington, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe , Director: Michael McGraw. Clarinet/Oboe player, composer, drum major. Member of several honor bands.

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

Fernando Campos John F. Kennedy High School, Denver, CO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet / Alto Saxophone, Director: Kalon Miller. • Clarinet • Adv. Band 13-14; Concert Band 14-15, 15-16, 16-17; Jazz Band on alto sax 16-17; • Pit Orchestra - Guys & Dolls 13-14; 42nd St. 14-15; The Sound Of Music 15-16; Cinderella 16-17; • MYP Personal Project - Build A Clarinet – excellent thought process on the project; • Single Lettered in 13-14, 14-15, Triple Lettered in 15-16, Triple Lettered (1025) 16-17; • Citywide Symph. Orchestra 15-16, Citywide Honor Band 16-17; • Solo & Ensemble clarinet solo – rating II 15-16, solo – rating II 16-17; • Tri-M member 2 years 14-15, 15-16 • Drum Major 16-17

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.

Isabella Castaneda Edison High School, Huntington Beach, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Arwen Hernandez.

Isaiah Castille Iowa High School, Iowa, LA. Class of 2018. Instrument: Trombone, Director: William S. Ishee, Jr.. Isaiah is a highly talented and motivated instrumentalist. He began his career on flute before switching to trombone his sophomore year. By the middle of his junior year, he was performing with our District Honor Band and showing himself to be a strong worker and inspiration to the students around him.

Czarina Catalogna Hercules High School, Hercules, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Anthony West. Section leader, drum major for Drumline ensemble

Ben Centracchio Essex High School, Essex Jct., VT. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Heather Finlayson.

Sophia Chen Ridley Middle School, Ridley Park, PA. Class of 2021. Instrument: Flute/ Piano, Director: Dr. W. Terry Rowlyk.

Vicky Chen Newport High School (Bellevue, WA), Bellevue, WA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Cory Edwards / Todd Mahaffey. Vicky was an active member of Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Marching Band, and many other music groups. She was a fantastic flute player and drum major in the Newport Band Program

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.

Carolyn Ciecierski Dothan High School , Dothan , AL. Class of 2017. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Adrian Broughton.

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.

Aidan Stone Olufemi Cook Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Texas. Class of 2018. Instrument: Flute, Director: Mr. Charles Estes. Aidan is a flute player in the Episcopal High School band of four years. He is also involved in their jazz and pep band programs.

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.

Evan Corey David W. Butler High School, Matthews, NC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Matthew Dowell.

Daniel Cosby Oglethorpe County High School, Lexington, Georgia. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba/Sousaphone, Director: Lee Jones.

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.

Macy Curtiss Cut Bank High School, Cut Bank, Montana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Contralto Clarinet, Director: Maggi Gotter. Macy Curtiss has an honest, kind, hardworking spirit. Macy is also very musically talents and strives for perfection. She is a stellar example for her fellow band members.

Emma Cypherd Fishers Island School, Fishers Island, NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Christopher Dollar.

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

Lindsay Davis Eagle Grove High School, Eagle Grove, Iowa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet/Drum Major, Director: Justin Schwake.

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.

Humberto DelCid Woodbridge High School, Greenwood, Delaware. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Danielle Jones.

Aria Delmar Rutherford High School, Panama City , FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Trevor Hayes. Aria has been a dedicated member of the Rutherford Band for 4 years. Aria has served as Band Captain and has received superior ratings at district and state solo and ensemble festivals. Aria will be attending Florida State University.

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.

Sarah Doran Granville High School, Granville, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Jerod Smith. Sarah Doran was a very dedicated student to the GHS band program and participated heavily in the concert, marching, jazz, and steel bands. She is moving forward to study music at Butler University and plans to be a band director once she finishes her studies.

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

Elena Douville Lake Michigan Catholic, St. Joseph, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Joseph R Jarvie. Elena is an outstanding oboe player and leader in our band and has studied privately under the tutelage of Dixie Detgen for the past 8 years. In addition to playing the Oboe, Elena also plays in the percussion section, played tenor sax for jazz band, and has had the lead in our school musicals. Elena represents our school instrumental music program with class and is a outstanding in all that she does!

Jace Duckworth Raymond Jr/Sr High School, Raymond, WA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Sax, Director: Christina Bailey. Jace is selfless, talented, and supportive of his peers. He is a strong improvisationalist and has many other musical talents.

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.

Sarah Duncan Aledo High School, Aledo, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Joey Paul.

Katherine G. Dunlop Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Lynn Lewis.

Nick Eagan Stevens High School, Claremont, NH. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Katja Kleyensteuber.

Sierra Eastridge Central High School, Phenix City, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bb Clarinet/Eb Clarinet, Director: Larry Wells. Sierra was the band captain, section leader, in District Honor Band for four years, All-State Band for two years and in All-State Choir member for one year. She is president of Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter. Sierra is salutatorian and will pursue a degree in music education at Auburn University.

Trevor Eckhoff The Bear Creek School, Redmond, WA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Kelsey Jobst.

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.

Jason Ehritz Winter Haven Senior High School, Winter Haven, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Daniel K. Farr. Jason is an exemplary musician, and does all that he can to make the band program the best it can be. He is a joy to teach, and we will miss him greatly.

JP Eikam Truckee High School, Truckee, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute and Tenor Saxophone, Director: Jesse Steele. JP is one of the strongest musicians we have ever had a Truckee High School. He has been a model of musicality and dedication. His unparalleled level of involvement and contributions to the music department far exceed his high level of musicianship. His superlative attitude and leadership has set the bar for future generations of musicians to come.

Andromeda Elliott Gouverneur Central School, Gouverneur, NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Richard R. Haynes, II. Andromeda Elliott was a member of Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Full Orchestra, Marching Band, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. Andromeda is a member of the Tri-M National Honor Society for Music, Gouverneur High School, Gouverneur N.Y. Chapter 4601.

Joseph Elmo Toms River High School North, Toms River, NJ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone/Piano, Director: George Powers. Joseph is a 4 year member of the Toms River North Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He was Field Assistant his junior year and Drum Major his senior year. An extremely talented musician, Joseph is one of the founding members of Toms River North's "Shore Four" saxophone quartet.

Sawyer Emerich Manhattan School District #3, Manhattan, MT. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Todd Rosenberger.

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.

Rodrigo Estrada Fabens High School, Fabens, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Miguel Soto. Rodrigo Estrada’s distinguished record and strong leadership earned him the John Philip Sousa Award. From advancing to the All-State Symphonic Band to receiving a Superior Rating at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest, Rodrigo has demonstrated musical prowess. Also, Rodrigo served as Tri-M Honor Society President and Drum Major.

Isabel Evernham John Overton High School, Nashville, TN. Class of 2020. Instrument: Flute, Director: Eleni Miller. Isabel Evernham is a rising Sophomore at John Overton High School in Nashville, TN majoring in the Music Performance Academy. In 2016, she was named as a member of the inaugural class of the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program, an initiative designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse ethnic backgrounds to pursue music at the collegiate level and beyond. She is also a member of the Johnny O Marching Band at OHS and is 1st chair in the OHS Wind Ensemble.

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.

Garrett Allen Femal Tri-County Area School, Plainfield, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Mr. William Femal. Outstanding Percussionist for TC. Member of NHS, NBA Honors Band-6 years, GPA of 3.9. Letters in Academics, Sports and Music. Post HS education in Computer Science.

Jordan Fetterman College Park High School, Pleasant Hill, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jorge Jimenez.

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.

Kyle F. Flury Rutland High School, Macon, GA. Class of 2018. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Sara Elliott. Exhibiting unrivaled student leadership in Jazz, Concert, and Marching Band, Kyle Flury served as Brass Captain for two years of his high school career. The passion of this musician embodies the highest level of excellence. The John Philips Sousa Award could not be accepted by a more apt musician.

Shannon Flynn Bayless High School, St Louis, Missouri. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Cheryl Martini. Shannon Flynn has been an exceptional member of the Bayless Broncho High School Band since 2013. Her willingness to go above and beyond and her commitment to always do her best have made her a valuable member of the band. Honors earned while in the program include MSHSAA District and State Exemplary medals, membership in multiple honor bands, Section Leader, Band Council Representative, and a member of the Bayless Theatre Company Pit Orchestra.

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.

Jordan Fraze Columbia High School, Lake City, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Jay Miller.

Justine Freund Laconia High School, Rosendale, Wisconsin. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: James R. Blashe. 1st flute section Symphonic Band, 1st Alto Sax in Jazz Band, Colorguard Captain, District and State Solo/Ensemble on Solo Flute, Flute Ensemble, Alto Sax, and Sax Ensemble. Selected for conference honor bands.

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

Mackenzie Garber Sabetha High School, Sabetha, Kansas. Class of 2017. Instrument: trumpet, Director: Katie Topp.

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.

John R. Garrett Edgewood High School, Ellettsville, Indiana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone/Baritone, Director: Aaron Wells. Marching Band for 4 years; Section Leader; Jazz Band; Concert Band; Wind Ensemble; Pep Band; Pit Band for Concert Choir

Shannon Garrett Moore Haven Middle-High School, Moore Haven, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Bryan Browning. Shannon has been a wonderful student and leader in our band setting. She has been a great mentor to others and always willing to help others. It has been such a pleasure to watch her love and passion for music progress.

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.

Anthony Gerbino Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough, NJ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Nicholas Clipperton. Anthony is a very talented musician who plays clarinet in both the Wind Ensemble & Clarinet Choir and Sousaphone in the Raider Marching Band. He will be attending Montclair University in the Fall, majoring in Accounting.

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

Hailey Gilman Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Suffolk, Virginia. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Piccolo, Drum Major, Director: Mr. Rick Kalinauskas II. Multiple years attendance in All-District, student leadership awards, and 2x recipient of the John Philip Sousa award.

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

Connor Boucher Gloden East Lansing High School, East Lansing, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: David Larzelere.

Damion Glover Fruitport High School, Fruitport, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Timothy Priest. Oboe, saxophone, bassoon, clarinet, piano, and percussion player attending Western Michigan University in the fall of 2017 for a double major in Music Education and Oboe Performance.

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

John Gonzalez West Caldwell High School, Lenoir, NC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jonathan Stafford.

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.

Jessica Grady Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Bridgewater, MA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Sandra Medeiros. Jessica has been an incredible leader. As drum major, she inspired others with her enthusiasm and love of band. She is extremely dependable and loyal to the group.

Gary M. Gray Derry Area High School, Derry, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Ken Ewing. Gary is an outstanding instrumentalist and all around great young man. He leads by example and works hard to always improve his playing skills.

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.

Perry Grosvenor Garden Valley High School, Garden Valley, ID. Class of 2020. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Kelly Hughes.

Karlie Gruppuso Mahopac High School, Mahopac, NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Mr. Rich Williams. Karlie Gruppuso made an incredible transformation as a musician over her four years at Mahopac High School. She demonstrated tremendous dedication to the Mahopac High School music program. Karlie became a strong leader and led by example.

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.

Jordan I. Hamby Quanah High School, Quanah, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Ray Ridens.

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.

Kendra Hanna Newport High School, Newport, Oregon. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Rachel Steward.

Nicholas Harding Dover High School, Dover Plains, NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Nicholas Sowul.

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.

Alex Harter Northwestern High School, Springfield, OH. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Nicholas Mitchell.

Marin Hay Cook County High School, Grand Marais, Minnesota. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Brianna Volbrecht.

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.

Jamie Hellwig Music School of Oakhurst, Oakhurst, CA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Shirley Lay. Jamie Hellwig, after mastering the flute, not only learned how to play the bassoon, but auditioned for the California All-state Honor Band and was awarded principal chair bassoonist. Jamie has also received Command Performances on flute, sings like an angel, and plays guitar and ukulele. Her talent, dedication, and passion for music will serve her well as a musician and teacher.

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

Reilly Hesseltine Mattanawcook Academy, Lincoln, ME. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Trevor Marcho. Reilly served as low-winds section leader and Tri-M President, and volunteered her time and skills in countless ways throughout her high school career. She will study Music Education at the University of Maine.

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

Allan Holden Griswold High School, Helix, Oregon. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Jonathan Butler. Allan has finished his 9th year of band. Allan is a section leader, arranger and performs with community groups.

Kelly Holdren Millville Jr/Sr High School, Millville, Pa. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Mr. Ted McCaffery. A great trumpet player who is very dependable as a player, in attendance, and leadership through the band. His Junior year he helped out the percussion by taking over the quads for all parades. An Honor student athlete Kelly is admired by many a school student and professional a like. Kelly's attitude and personality will be greatly missed by all next year.

Marcus Holifield-Helm El Dorado High School, Placerville, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet/Baritone, Director: Taylor Sabado. Marcus will be attending Sacramento State to study Music Education

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.

Gage Horton Mossyrock High School, Mossyrock, Washington. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Sax, Director: Mr. Daniel Ayotte. Viking concert band member (8 yrs), solo/ensemble participant, Viking pep band member (4 yrs), Van Man (2 yrs).

Jace Howard Manchester High School, Manchester, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto-Saxophone, Director: Kevin Sucher. Jace is an outstanding young musician who will be attending Miami University in the Fall.

Jessie Howard Truckee High School, Truckee, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone, Director: Jesse Steele. Jessie has played clarinet in symphonic band and tenor sax in jazz band all four years. She has been a consummate leader throughout. She was the band council president this year and has helped shape the music program at Truckee High School with her dedication, leadership, and musicianship.

Oliver Hu Sharon High School, Sharon, MA. Class of 2017. Instrument: violin, Director: Linda Ethier. Oliver is an accomplished violinist, performing in ensembles both in and out of school. He is a proven leader when directing sectional rehearsals and performing solos.

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

Courtney Hunter Prairiland High School, Pattonville, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Shannon Sandage. 2015-2017 Head Drum Major 2017 Texas Area C Band

Stephanie Hurrle Kimball Area High School , Kimball, MN. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Timothy J Rahkola. Stephanie is a student who exudes her passion for music. She has been involved with jazz, choral, concert band and solo ensemble while in school. She has earned the respect of her peers and faculty by maintaining her positive and caring sense of leadership.

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

Nicholas Irizarry Audubon High School, Milwaukee, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Angela Dvorak.

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.

Tyler Jenkins Pearl High School, Pearl, Mississippi. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Matt Rowan. Tyler is an outstanding student and served as a leader each year in our high school band. He is a great role model for other students and has been a positive influence on many younger students. He is planning on majoring in Music Education and will attend the University of Southern Mississippi. Tyler is one of the most conscientious students that I have ever taught. He is certainly deserving of this great award!

Taylor Johns The Baptist Preparatory School, Little Rock, Arkansas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Lindsey Leggitt.

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

Rosalyn Johnson Elkton High School, Elkton, Maryland. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Daniel Reynolds.

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

Sarah Kane UMS-Wright Preparatory School , Mobile , AL. Class of 2017. Instrument: clarinet, Director: Melissa Presley Jokerst. Sarah began playing the clarinet in the sixth grade. She was drum major in the 11th and 12th grades. She was woodwind section leader in the 10th grade. She received the Patrick S. Gilmore Award in the 11th grade. She has received numerous superior ratings for solos and ensembles from 7th-12th grades. She was a member of the pit orchestra for the musical, "The King and I", in the 10th grade.

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.

Anna Kerber Sharon High School, Sharon, MA. Class of 2018. Instrument: cello, Director: Linda Ethier. Anna is a devoted music student, interested in choral, theater, and instrumental music. She works tirelessly to improve the quality of the orchestra program through her contributions in class, work ethic, leadership, and positive attitude and disposition. She has participated in District orchestras and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for several years.

Michael Kerley North Iredell High School, Olin, North Carolina. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Charles Brantley.

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.

Daniel Klugman Upper Dublin High School, Fort Washington, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Christopher Horn. Daniel performed in all facets of the high school band program, including: marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, and the pit orchestra. Daniel auditioned and made several honors music organizations--most notably, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Wind Ensemble.

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.

Katherine Knight Brazos High School, Wallis, Texas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Saxophone, Director: Cody Jamison. Katherine is an accomplished flutist as well as bari saxophone player with the jazz band. She is continuing her musical education at Blinn College in the fall of 2017 to pursue a career as an elementary music teacher. Keep up the hard work, and godspeed.

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

David Kravets Bedford High School, Bedford, Pennsylvania. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Stephen Rodgers. David has attended a multitude of music festivals at all levels from County to Pennsylvania All-State. As a junior, David made the Pennsylvania All-State Concert Band. This year, David qualified for the All-State Orchestra, but had to decline, as he had already qualified for All-State Chorus. Though David is well-accomplished on trumpet and voice, his true passion and talent in on the piano. David will attend Cedarville University in Ohio to major in music education.

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.

Kelli Kwiatkowski Fitzgerald High School, Warren, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Brian Roelandt . Kelli has been in the Wind Ensemble for 3 years and the Marching Band for 4, as the trumpet section leader for 2. She also marched in he Tournament of Roses Parade and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in national honor bands this past year. She will be attending Western michigan university for Music Education in the fall. We are all proud of her accomplishments and she is very deserving of this award.

Taylor Lammerding Arlee High School , Arlee High School, Montana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Forrest S. Leder.

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.

Briana Larsen Manistee Middle/High School, Manistee, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Andrea Mack.

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.

Brianna Longberry Miami Trace High School, Washington Court House, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ken Hoffman.

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.

Courtney L. Ludovici Burrillville High School, Harrisville, Rhode Island. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bassoon, Flute, Sousaphone, Director: Dalen N. Favali.

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.

Katherine Manzuk Valley Forge High School, Parma Heights, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Kristopher S. Morron.

Camden Martinez Chino Valley High School, Chino Valley , Arizona. Class of 2017. Instrument: Also Sax, Director: Mr. Thomas G. Wiegert. Camden has been a hardworking Band Council President and drum major. He has given the band an energy and a new direction. Good Luck in the future.

Vanessa Martinez Brawley Union High School, Brawley, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Logan Alvarado.

Jordan Mascilak Manchester High School, Midlothian, Virginia. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe / Tenor Saxophone / Baritone Saxophone, Director: Christopher Fens.

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.

Brianna McCarthy Crandon High School, Crandon, WI. Class of 2018. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Director: Bethany Puffer. Brianna is very deserving of this award. She is hard working, talented, and a leader in and out of the band room. She sets and excellent example and is constantly learning and adding new brass and woodwind instruments to her collection, which she uses for concert band, jazz band, solo and ensemble repertoire.

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

Emory McCool Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Peter F. Bauer.

Sarah McCourt West Rowan High School, Mt. Ulla, NC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Daniel Trivette. Sarah McCourt was a featured soloist with the Salisbury Symphony in the Spring of 2016, was the principal flute in the West Rowan Wind Ensemble and served as a Drum Major for the "Marching Falcons" during the 2016 season. Sarah is also a freelance musician in the Salisbury and Concord area, and studied flute privately with Emily McNeil. After graduation, Sarah plans to attend Appalachian State University to study music therapy.

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

Lonnie McCracken Green Sea Floyds High School, Green Sea , SC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Peter DiLeo. Lonnie was an outstanding student and trumpet player. As the drum major and leader of the band, he exemplified strong leadership and dedication not only to the band but to his school. His unwavering support and commitment to the band program, make a student that will not be soon forgotten, and has left a significant mark on the history of the Green Sea Floyds Band Program.

Faith McDaniel Holden R-III High School, Holden, MO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Andy Weldon. Faith is an accomplished musician, taking solos and ensemble to State festival years in a row. She also played in the WCMMEA District Band all four years of high school. Faith learned piano to fill the role in our Jazz Band, and is invaluable to our program.

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.

Jacob Menne Ithaca High School, Ithaca, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Mary Beth Behrens.

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.

Dana Metz Hicksville High School, Hicksville, OH. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Zachary Kohlmeier. Dana Metz is an extremely dedicated student who throughout high school was always willing to go the extra mile for the band, her peers, and her music. She studied privately and engaged in extra musical activities outside of the school. She is an excellent musician and student leader.

Troy Middleton Avon Grove Charter School, West Grove, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Bass Guitar, Director: Anthony June.

Sidney Miles Leeton High School, Leeton, Missouri. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Eimile Lewis . Sidney Miles has eight years of experience playing with the Leeton Bulldog Band. She has participated in band since the 5th grade. She loves to learn music and has earned numerous "I" ratings at district competitions as both a soloist and in a clarinet trio. Two years she traveled to the state competition and earned a very respectable "II" rating. Sidney contributed to the marching band in competition who earned many first place competitions. She also performed in the competitive color guard and drum line earning several first place ratings. Along the way, she even picked up the flute and the guitar. Sidney will play for the Pride Band at Missouri State this fall.

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

Allison Minnerly Eau Gallie High School, Melbourne, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Matthew Schabowsky.

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

Sara Morden L'Anse Creuse Central High School, Harrison Township, MI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Oboe and Piano, Director: Russell Hilton. Wind Symphony 4 years, Marching Band 4 years, District/State S&E 4 years, MSBOA Dist Honors Band 1 year, TRI-M Music Honors 1 Year, Disney Band 2015, Michigan Music Conference 2015, MMC Composition Concert 2017, and MYAF Composition Concert 2017.

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.

Nick Morgenstern Muskegon Catholic Central High School, Muskegon, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Mr. Jacob Lubbers.

Alexander Moshir St. Catherine's Military Academy, Anaheim, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Mrs. Hope Hynes.

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.

Anthony Van Natta Orland High School, Orland, California. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Michael Walker.

Taylor Neave West-Oak High School, Westminster, SC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Colt Campbell.

Rolland Neve Faith Christian Academy, Martinsburg, WV. Class of 2018. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Mr. Jason Crawford.

Emily Nothnagle Hershey High School, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo. Director: Jonathan Pinkerton. Emily held many leadership positions in the music department, including Drum Major, Tri-M President, Middle School Band Intern, Elementary School Band Assistant, Section Leader, and Principal Player in Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Pit Orchestra. She also played alto saxophone in the Jazz Band. She plans to study Music Education and Flute Performance next fall.

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.

John Neumann Camas High School, Camas, WA. Class of 2017. Instrument: tuba/trombone, Director: Richard Mancini. John is a complete tuba-master, winning the WMEA state solo contest on that instrument. He played tuba in our auditioned wind ensemble for four years; he also played bass trombone in our auditioned Jazz Band One for three years. A fine composer as well, John writes original works and arrangements for concert band, and he arranges songs for marching band and jazz band as well. For his senior project, he wrote a musical entitled, "The Tubible," which completely encompassed the correct style for musical theater. A fan of John Philip Sousa's, he was most pleased to win this award!

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

Robert Outland Ridgecroft School, Ahoskie, North Carolina. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Will Sawyer. Robert "Robby" Outland was the perfect example of an outstanding musician. His dedication to his instrument, his band program, and his friends, as well as his superior playing ability, led him to more than deserve the John Phillip Sousa Award from the 2017 Ridgecroft Wind Ensemble.

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

Mitchell Parker Plant City High School, Plant City, Florida. Class of 2018. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Joshua D. Blair.

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.

Jazmynne Pearson St. Charles High School, Waldorf, MD. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: David C. Monk.

Lucy Peloso GlenOak High School, Canton, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Chris Irwin.

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.

Garrett Peppers Douglas High School, Douglas, Alabama. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Rachel Glenn.

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.

Carson Peters Standard Middle School, Bakersfield, CA. Class of 2021. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Deanna Russell.

Chaston Pfingston Lake Wales High School, Lake Wales, FL. Class of 2018. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Michael Santmyer.

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.

Griffin Photoglou Hume Fogg Academic High School, Nashville, TN. Class of 2018. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Richard Ripani. Griffin Photoglou has excelled in our band program at Hume-Fogg Academic. He earned a chair in the TMEA All-state Band on both Concert Band and Jazz Band.

Olivia Pierce Hanover High School, Hanover, NH. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Joshua Pauly. Strong passion for learning, leads by example, engages all around her. Clarinet section leader.

Lucca Pieri Avon Grove Charter School, West Grove, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Guitar, Director: Anthony June.

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

Kayleen Pinkham Oregon-Davis High School, Hamlet, Indiana. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Amanda Lester.

Michaela Piper Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Waynesboro, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Chris Ritter. Michaela has participated in marching band, jazz band, wind ensemble, and symphonic band. She was selected to participate in county band for 5 years, PMEA District 7 Band for 4 years, State Region V Band for 2 years, and was awarded the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence.

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.

Ryan Potter Gates Chili High School, Rochester, NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jeff Welch. Ryan's leadership abilities, sense of responsibility, and the respect of his peers also earned him the role of section leader in both concert and marching band. He leads by example as a drum major for the marching band, and is a consistent, positive role model for other students. Ryan plans on continuing his pursuit of music as a Music Education major at SUNY Fredonia in the fall.​

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.

Morgan Puckett Hillsboro Senior High, Hillsboro, MO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Timothy Dedert. I am a senior for the Hillsboro Band program. I was the center drum major for my junior and senior years and I have been playing my alto for seven years.. I was so thankful to be chosen by my peers to accept this award.

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.

Logan Rapini Tallmadge High School, Tallmadge , Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet/Bass Guitar, Director: John Lenzo. Logan has participated in marching band, concert band, jazz band and pit orchestra for for years. An outstanding musician and individual.

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. 

Francis Reilly Sayville High School, West Sayville, NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kerri VanBoxel.

Jake Rhodes Gainesville High School, Gainesville, TX. Class of 2017. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Russ Rutherford. Jake served outstandingly as Band President and Drum Major. He worked tirelessly to help the staff and his fellow students. He performed a Class 1 solo at UIL contest and received a first division rating. Jake left a legacy of excellence for his fellow band students to follow.

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

Kaitlyn Rice Rockville High School, Rockville, Connecticut. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Laura Ayer.

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.

Wesley Ricketts Goodrich High School, Goodrich, Michigan. Class of 2018. Instrument: Soprano, Alto, and Baritone Saxophones, Director: Aaron Orkisz. He has performed with the Flint Youth Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, The Rose Quartet, Goodrich High School Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Wind Ensemble. He frequently arranges music for the Quartet, and for the Symphony Orchestra.

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

Dalton Ridout North Stokes High School, Danbury, NC. Class of 2017. Instrument: Synthesizer and Mallets, Director: Meredith Dowdy.

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.

Sophia Rodriguez Royal High School, Royal City, Washington. Class of 2017. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Erich Mietenkorte.

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

Leanne Linck Rossano Island Trees High School, Levittown , NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Greg Warnokowski.

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.

Louis Santos Teaneck High School, Teaneck, New Jersey. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Lee Ann Newland. Louis was an integral part of the band at my school for four years. He is very service oriented, and is a member of Bugles Across America, as well as a participant in Marching, Concert, Jazz Bands, and Pit Orchestra for the musical. He is attending Cal Tech for undergraduate studies.

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.

Jared Schrader Bohemia Manor High School, Chesapeake City, MD. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: George M. Costa.

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.

Aurora Schultz Hononegah Community High School, Rockton, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jeremiah Kramper.

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

Owen Alexander Shapley Concord High School, Concord, North Carolina. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Edward Harper.

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.

Daz Singletary Edison Career and Technology High School, Rochester, NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Oliver Smith. Daz has played clarinet for several years, during which time she has shown extreme dedication and passion for music, and has been a leader and a role model in band.

Denver Sizemore Starmount High School, Boonville, North Carolina. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kathryn Gorgas.

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.

Nathan Smith St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord, Michigan. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Rita A. LaVictoire.

Stephen Smith Archbishop John Carroll High School, Radnor, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Zach Larimer. Stephen played in every ensemble offered during his four year tenure. He contributed in a major way with his solid trumpet playing. His characteristic sound elevated the overall quality of the entire Band.

Aaron Smokovitz Bullock Creek High School, Midland, MI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Josephine Bossenberger. True musician with skills on so many instruments but a true leader and mentor to his peers.

Caleb Snell Watertown High School, Watertown, New York. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Andrea Wischerath. Caleb Snell was an extraordinary leader. Always on time, well prepared and the first to offer help. His hard work ethic has been an inspiration to many.

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

Rio Solano Cascade Senior High School, Turner, Oregon. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion/Guitar, Director: Alexandria Greenwell. Rio Solano also received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for his outstanding achievements in Jazz Band. As a talented percussionist and leader in Symphonic Band, as well as a strong guitar player and leader in Jazz Band, Rio is highly deserving of both awards. Rio will be attending the University of Oregon School of Music this fall to major in Classical Guitar Performance and plans to pursue a career in Music Therapy. He is a genuinely good person and has an amazingly big heart.

Adam Spiegel Muscatine High School, Muscatine, IA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jeff Heid. Adam was a percussionist at Muscatine High School for four years. Adam maintained a position as section leader for three years in Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band. Adam also played cello in the Muscatine High School's Chamber Orchestra. Adam was in the South Eastern Iowa Bandmaster's Association Honor Band for two years and many other regional college honor bands throughout high school.

Isaiah Sturkol Wakefield-Marenisco, Wakefield, MI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Isaac Boehnlein.

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.

Caleb Suddith Caleb Suddith, Kettering, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Michael Berning.

Eva Sullivan Woodinville High School, Woodinville, WA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Eric Lucas.

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.

Isabelle Steinhagen Rockford East High School, Rockford, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: French Horn/Trombone, Director: Sue Funk.

Bryce Jordan Stevenson Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Waynesboro, PA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Chris Ritter. Bryce has been an active member of the marching band, wind ensemble, Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Franklin/Fulton County Music Educators Band, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Band, and Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association Region V State Band. He also demonstrates leadership as the Band Council Class Representative, Band Council President, Percussion Captain and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Sara Stoner Gananda High School, Walworth, NY. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet & Tenor Sax, Director: Aaron Strausser.

Oak Strawberry Nowheres Ville High School , Nowheresvillle , Michigan . Class of 2017. Instrument: Theremin, Director: Strawberry Oak.

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.

Amanda Thompson Newberry High School, Newberry, Florida. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: James DeRemer. Amanda graduated as a 4-year band member and lead the band as drum major in her senior year. She participated in Solo and Ensemble every year on clarinet, performed in the Wind Symphony, and played Tenor Sax in the Jazz Band. She is a great leader with full commitment and dedication to the band.

Kyle Torgerson Kelso High School, Kelso, WA. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Daniel Hartley.

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

Chris Trimble Wesclin High School, Trenton, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Rodney Washburn.

Grace Amelia Troesser Mexico High School, Mexico, MO. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet/Saxophone, Director: Mr. Wade Aldridge. Grace will be attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the fall and majoring in Music Therapy.

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

Dalton Thayer Turner UMS-Wright Preparatory School, Mobile, AL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Baritone, and Tuba, Director: Melissa Presley Jokerst. Dalton began on trumpet in the 6th grade. He began playing baritone in 8th grade, and he played tuba in 12th grade. He was band president for two years and low brass section leader for three years. He was the leader of the loading crew for two years. In the 12th grade, he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award. He was a member of the Alabama All-State Band in 8th grade on Baritone. He has been awarded numerous superior ratings for solo and ensemble festivals from 7th grade through 12h grade. He was a faithful member of the Jazz Band throughout high school, and he played trumpet, baritone, and tuba in this ensemble.

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.

Antonio Vettraino Auburn Hills Avondale High School, Auburn Hills, MI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Joshua W. Neuenschwander.

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.

Max Walker Ithaca High School, Ithaca, WI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Mary Beth Behrens.

Sophie Walker Macomb Senior High Schol, Macomb, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Douglas Mattsey.

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

Dalton Walls Star City High School, Star City, Arkansas. Class of 2017. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Brian York. Dalton is one of the finest musicians to go through our band program. He will be majoring in Music Education starting this Fall with aspirations to become a band director himself. His future students will be very lucky to have him.

Nathan Ward Calvin M. Woodward High School, Toledo, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: D. Scott Bechtol.

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

Andrew Watson Cambridge Christian School, Tampa, FL. Class of 2018. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Shaun Stimson.

Alexis Weekley Constellation Schools: Parma Community High School, Parma, OH. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Mark A. Russo. Alexis displays a high level of musician ship, dedication and commitment to band and exemplifies the John Phillip Sousa Award.

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.

Samantha Whelpley Perry High School, Perry, Ohio. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Brad Hruska.

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

Joseph Wiley Conant High School, Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Karie Swift.

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.

Heather Wirebaugh Concord High School, Concord, MI. Class of 2017. Instrument: Trumpet and Percussion, Director: Jason Fritz. Heather was a 5 year band member, 4 year letter winner, drum major her senior year and participated in the color guard. Heather set a positive example for all her fellow band members and provided leadership above and beyond the school day.

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.

Terry Yañes Hardee Senior High School, Wauchula, FL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jason K. Thompson.

Mariel Yuan Sharon High School, Sharon, MA. Class of 2017. Instrument: viola, Director: Linda Ethier. Mariel has proven to be a strong violist and leader for her section in school orchestra, honors orchestra, and the BYSO. Her achievements are many and include participation in District and All-State orchestras for several years. She is dedicated to making beautiful music, being a volunteer and mentor, and improving the quality of music education in her town.

Sisley Yun Seoul Foreign School, Seoul, N/A. Class of 2017. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Andrew M. Goldie. Band President and Section Leader, Jazz Ensemble President, Theater Pit member, Symphony Orchestra Section Leader and Executive Officer, Asia-Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Honor Band, Korea International Music Educators Association (KIMEA) National Honor Band and National Honor Jazz Ensemble.

Zachary Zahnle Macomb Senior High School, Macomb, IL. Class of 2017. Instrument: Horn, Director: Doug Mattsey.

Peter Zganiancz Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Dumfries, VA. Class of 2018. Instrument: Flute, Director: Kelly K Kingett.

Chelsey Zhu Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, TN. Class of 2018. Instrument: Flute, Director: John B. Mears. The first Sousa Award winner from Central Magnet that completed the entire 6th-12th Grade Band Curriculum. Chelsey began her band career as a beginner flute player at Central Magnet and the first junior ever selected for this award at Central Magnet. Multiple appearances at Mid-State, All-State and Regional Honor Bands paved the way for her multiple flute festival championships and ultimately being selected by the Tennessee Bandmaster's Association as an Outstanding Young Soloist at the 2017 TMEA Convention.

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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