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2023
Sofiya Ackerman Lake Mills High School, Lake Mills, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones, Director: Steven Walsh.

Anyiel Adiang Maryville High School, Maryville, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Adam Zachary Ford.

Jesse Aguilar Santee Education Complex, Los Angeles, Ca. Class of 2023. Instrument: Sousaphone , Director: Jose Gamboa.

Taseen Akand Concord High School, Wilmington, DE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jillian Bacon.

Parker Aldrich Onalaska High School, Onalaska, WA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: David Stingley. Parker has ben a participant in Band for 7 years. He is the section leader for this year.

Nathan Alegre Redlands High School, Redlands, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Brandon Hansen.

Rachel Allen Faith Christian Academy, Martinsburg, WV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jason Crawford.

Harsh Anand The American School of Doha, Doha, Qatar. Class of 2024. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Jim Kulpa and Paul Wright. 

Elliot Anders Klein Oak High School, Spring, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Kyle Marx.

Emma Anderson New Waverly High School, New Waverly, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Stephanie Wlodkowski.

MaryJane Anderson Byron Center Charter School, Byron Center, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Carrie Holstege. Mary has been a top student in all of her classes and has gotten a I in District and State solo presentations on clarinet. She plays tenor saxophone in the jazz band too. She is a dedicated and talented musician and I'm grateful for the years I could work with her.

Dante Anello Xaverian Brothers High School Music Department, Westwood, MA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Dr. Bob Thorp.

Olivia Ardon North Mason High School, Blfair, WA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium/ Trombone/ French Horn/ Drum Major, Director: Chris Drewry. Drum Major- 2 years, Euphonium & French Horn player in NMHS Symphonic Band. Olivia qualified for the PLU Honor Band, qualified for WMEA All Norwest Wind Symphony, WIAA State Solo/ Ensemble performer, member of the 2023 NMHS Musical Pit orchestra. She has marched with the Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps last two years and competed at the international level. She has been a inspiring leader for many underclassmen and hopes to return to assist our Fall Marching Band program while she attends Olympic College in the Fall before continuing on to Central Washington University.

Arleth Arias-Vazquez Cosumnes Oaks High School, Elk Grove, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Bryan Mah.

Chloe Armstrong Shakopee High School, Shakopee, MN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Eric Christenson.

Gavin Arnold North Marion High School, Farmington, WV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone and Drum Major, Director: Matthew Morgan.

Jacilyn Arrendondo Kiowa County, Greensburg, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Drake Middleton.

Clara Asplund ROWVA High School, Oneida, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Wesley Anderson.

Garrett Atherton Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, Sibley, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone , Director: Matthew Morgan. Garrett Atherton is a senior at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School and an accomplished musician with a passion for sharing music with others. He has been involved in music ensembles since fifth grade. Since then, he has expanded his musical horizons to include a wide variety of ensembles under the directions of Mr. Morgan and Mrs. Lee. Garrett's dedication to music is evident in his numerous accomplishments, including performances at prestigious events such as the Iowa All-State Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra. He will be pursuing a degree in music performance at Iowa State University in the fall, and his love of music is sure to lead him to even greater heights in the future.

Aryan Avadhanam West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, Princeton Jct, NJ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jesse Argenziano. Aryan was principal alto in the 2023 NJ All State Band. He will be attending Northwestern University for Computer Science and Saxophone Performance.

Robbie Avila Northview High School, Covina, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet/Saxophone/Drumline, Director: Robin Gin. This student has been an incredible friend and role model to others around them and never hesitated to complete a task if it benefited the people around them. They were a member of the top Wind Symphony, played in the jazz band, and was the drum captain for the Fall marching band and winter percussion.

Arjun Badi St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Analisa Rodriguez.

Nicole Bae Lyndhurst High School, Lyndhurst, NJ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: James Chwalyk. Nicole is an excellent player and an amazing young woman who served as our flute section leader. She has played in our concert band, marching band, and pit orchestra in addition to being involved with a community orchestra within the county.

Jaden J Bair Lehi High School, Lehi, UT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Brian Parker.

Anna Baldwin Northwest High School, Cincinnati, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Timothy Huening.

Jonathan Ball Mar Vista High School, Imperial Beach, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bari Sax, Director: Maren Glover.

Annabell Bartman Ellsworth Community School, Ellsworth, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Shawn Lee.

Tristan Bartosiewicz Brooker Junior High/High School, Booker, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Mary Ann Spurlock. 

Christian Batcher Point Loma High School, San Diego, California. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Ben Abada.

Benjamin Battle Eno River Academy, Hillsborough, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Michael Jenkins.

Allison Bauer Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Quinten Petersen.

Molly A. Bauer Washington High School, Washington, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Stewart Alloway.  

Richard Beckman Shelton High School, Shelton, WA. Class of 2024. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: John Rants. Richard continually strives to be the best musician he possibly can be, taking lessons, independent studies and working with the director. As drum major, he brings this attitude out of the rest of the band as well.

Caleb Beggs Crescent High School, Iva, SC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Travis Waters. Caleb Beggs was 1st Chair Percussion for Anderson County in Anderson, SC. He was part of the marching band that made state finals for the first time in school history in 2022 and finished in the top 5 at the 2a SCBDA Upperstate Championships. He was also Salutatorian in his Senior Class and attended Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, GA to major in music. 

Ayden Bennett Leeton R-X, Leeton, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Carly Jones. Ayden has been a positive and uplifting member of the band program. His dedication has inspired his band members to try new things.

James Benson Millard South High School, Omaha, NE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Darren Myers. One of the most talented students I will have worked with in my career. Great Student Leader.

Eli Berg Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School, Ferdinand, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Eric Obermeyer.

Magdalena Berger Menominee High School, Menominee, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: William Ragnone. Maggie earned the Sousa award for demonstrating outstanding leadership skills, and playing a vital role in the success of our band despite multiple challenges faced by her and her class throughout their high school career.

Emily Bielski Hackettstown High School, Hackettstown, NJ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Adam Freeman. 4 years Wind Ensemble, 3 years first chair and soloist, drum major, section leader, jazz band, NJAB Symphonic Band, NJAB Wind Ensemble, NJSMA Region 1 Symphonic Band, Caldwell College Flute Choir, TCNJ Honors Band, Indoor Percussion, Tri-M Band President, Band Student Ambassador to the lower grades, Pit Orchestra, Outstanding Performer Award NJSMA Region 1 Festival, Leadership Council

Vanessa "Alastyr" Bill Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Brittany Koutsunis. Vanessa Bill is a senior trombone player at GCHS. Whilst in band, Vanessa has come to possess valuable and advanced musical skills such as transposition and has remarkable leadership skills that has helped maintain a tradition of musical excellence at their school.

Jackson Billings Prospect Ridge Academy, Broomfield, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Josh Galerstein.

Hannah Bills Mountain View Jr/Sr High School, Kingsley, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Mason Stiver. Hannah is a dedicated student to the Band at Mountain View. She was invaluable in fulfilling her role of Secretary of the Senior High Band. She was also an excellent mentor for the younger students at Mountain View.

Annika Bishop Mascoma Valley Regional High School, Canaan, NH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Amy Morse. Trumpet Section Leader, soloist, participant in Lakes Region Music Festival.

Colt Blackmon South Columbus High School, Tabor City, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Richard Tyndall.

Grace Noel Blankenship Richlands High School, Richlands, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: D. Bruce Miller.

Luke Brennfleck Seton LaSalle High School, Pittsburgh, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Michael Columbus.

Brooke Blazer Brookwood High School, Brookwood, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Eric Ardovino. Brooke has always shown a love and passion for music since she first picked up an instrument. She is an amazing musician and an all around wonderful person. She is going on to march in the Million Dollar Band at UA.

Daniel Bliss Canyon High School, Canyon, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Eric Rath. Two years as drum major, Texas all state band 2023.

William Blount Hesperia High School, Hesperia, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Stephanie Purvis. Will is a great section leader and has a way of helping his entire section and drumline feel included and important. He explains things to them using clear analogies and leads them with passion, dedication and energy.

Roland Boehringer South Central Community School Corporation, Union Mills, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Michael Scheck.

Joseph Boheme Cardston High School, Cardston, AB. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium/Tuba, Director: Barrett Swendsen. Joe has worked very hard through high school to make our band perform at a high level. He is a very determined young man who will go far in this world.

Ezra Bonnett Worthington High School, Worthington, MN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Mike Thompson.

Madylin Faith Borders North Daviess Jr./Sr. High School, Elnora, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Jeffrey W. VanderMel. Mady was very involved in the North Daviess Music Department during her 4 years of High School. During her time in band, she marched from 8th grade through her Senior year. Mady learned bass guitar and played in Jazz Band and Pep Band. She also played trombone in Concert Band and Solo & Ensemble competitions through the Indiana State School Music Association beginning in Sixth grade and all the way through her Senior year in which her Trombone Solo advanced to the State level. Mady plans to attend Vincennes University and plans to study cybersecurity and criminal justice.

Marydith Hope Borders North Daviess Jr./Sr. High School, Elnora, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jeffrey W. VanderMel. Mary was very involved in the North Daviess Music Department during her 4 years of High School. During her time in band, she marched from 8th grade through her Senior year. Mary learned trumpet to play in Jazz Band. She played flute and piccolo in Pep Band, Concert Band and Solo & Ensemble competitions through the Indiana State School Music Association beginning in Sixth grade and all the way through her Senior year. During her Junior year, her Flute Solo advanced to the State level. Mary plans to go to college to study physical therapy.

Savanna Born Sherburne-Earlville High School, Sherburne, NY. Class of 2024. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: James Behret.

Thea Boussom Cedarcrest High School, Duvall, WA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Dean Snavely. Thea is a four year band participant as a tuba player. Activities included: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching and Pep Band, Drum Major, Student Leadership Council. Thea has participated in several All-State and All-Region ensembles and qualified for state competition on solo tuba.

Kamden Box Edgewood High School Band, Edgewood, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Bennett Potter. Kamden is an outstanding young man and musician. He was a two time qualifier for the Texas State Solo Ensemble Contest as a member of a clarinet ensemble. He plans to study neuroscience in college.

William Boyd IV Alvin High School, Alvin, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Joshua Partida.

Eli Boyden Central High School, Woodstock, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Lauren Schupner.

Carlie Breckel Lenawee Christian School, Adrian, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Leslie Rubio. I am pleased to award this to Carlie for her outstanding musical skills, dedication and consummate leadership. Carlie has stepped up to every challenge I’ve given her playing both alto and tenor sax this year and was our only sax in high school band this year. She has participated in solo and ensemble and honors bands throughout her time at LCS.

Rachel Breon Penns Valley Area Junior/Senior High School, Spring Mills, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Michael Marini.

Jason L. Bridges Richland High School, Richland, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Rachel Jenkins.

Jacy Brookover Frontier High School, New Matamoras, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Shirelle Barnett.

Justin Brooks Miami Senior High School, Miami, FL. Class of 2024. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Santiago Hernandez. A talented musician across multiple instruments (trumpet, saxophone, percussion, piano, and voice just to name a few). He is a cornerstone of the band program and always pursues additional musical opportunities wherever they may appear, even those outside of the state.

Abby Cailyn Brown North Wilkes High School, Hays, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kira L. Gileza. Abby is not only a very talented and passionate trumpet player, but a dependable, dedicated, hard-working, and resilient young leader. She sets a great example for others, she is extremely kind and giving, she never hesitates to do the right thing, and she always goes above and beyond what is asked of her. Abby participates in many honors activities, she is in my honors ensemble, and has served as Brass Captain for our marching band.

Marley Brown Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park, VT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: Molly Maroney.

Max Brown Stockton High School, Stockton, Missouri. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Jennifer Selaya.

Nicole Brown Magnolia West High School, Magnolia, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Andrew Hicks. Nicole Brown is an exceptionally gifted student in both musical ability and leadership qualities. She served the Magnolia West Band as Drum Major for two years as well as being a remarkably gifted flute and piccolo player.

Raina Brown Alburnett CSD, Alburnett, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Matt Ehler. "Those who stay will be champions."

Anna Grace Browning Ashland Blazer High School, Ashland, KY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Christopher Whelan.

Morgan Brumley Joe E. Newsome High School, Lithia, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bassoon/Drum Major, Director: Dr. Joshua Cutting. Morgan was a dedicated leader and a top notch musician during her time at Newsome. There was willing and able to tackle any task set before her, and her musical achievements were outstanding. She was my principal basoonist in Wind Symphony, and earned superior ratings at our district level and state level solo and ensemble. Morgan displayed every quality expected in a Sousa Award Winner.

Alexis Buckley Center Hill High School, Olive Branch, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Michael Campbell.

Emma Buee Des Lacs Burlington High School, Des Lacs, ND. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Kara Lawler.

Jaden Bullock Redwood High School, Visalia CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Trombone, Director:Jordan Ray. While at Redwood Jaden was involved in every instrumental ensemble offered and even arranged several chamber groups. He served as low brass captain, and was a model to those around him. Jaden constantly strived to put forth his best effort in both music and academics. He was apart of many honor ensembles including TKMEA honor band and jazz band, Visalia All District Honor Band and was apart of the California All State ensembles 2022 (Concert) and 2023(Wind Symphony) . He will be continuing musical career at the University of North Texas.

Leah Burdette Emerald High School, Greenwood, SC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Charlotte Tanner.

Emilee Burns Sipsey Valley High School, Buhl, AL. Class of 2024. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Donna Smith. Emilee Burns is a Junior at Sipsey Valley High School. She served the band as the drum major during marching season and is the lead mallet percussionist in concert season. She shows great leadership through her generous attitude towards the band and is always there to help anyone when needed!

Grace Burns Dover High School, Dover Plains, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Nicholas Sowul.

Helena Burns Calvary Christian School, Bellefontaine, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Violin/Percussion, Director: Kirsten Fortier. Helena has shown great musical ability and has been dedicated to band her entire Junior High and High School career. She has performed as lead drummer in Jazz Band and has performed in both percussion and violin in band. She kept up her musical talent even with all her other activities and academics.

Jonathan Burr Northeast High School, Saint Petersburg, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Devon Porter.

Preston Burt Natick High School, Natick, MA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Scott Morrill.

Autum Butler North Crawford High School, Soldiers Grove, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Derrik Junker.

Eduardo Camarillo William Workman High School, City Of Industry, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion & French Horn, Director: Timothy McElearney.

Kandice Campbell Chickasha High School, Chickasha, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Julianne Annesley . Kandice is a wonderful student who has done so much for the Chickasha Band program. She wanted to be the best player she could be and encouraged others to do the same. She would do anything to help out and I trusted her to do so. Each time I saw her set up a sectional or encourage her peers, I knew she was the right person to receive the Sousa award.

Jaedon Carisle Erie High School, Erie, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Julia McCabe. Jaedon is the only member of his class to be in band from beginning to end. He is an incredible drummer, pianist, and guitarist. He doesn't hesitate to help move equipment, lead sectionals, or give new ideas for the program.

Hailey Carlson Pomona High School, Pomona, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tracie Scherzer. Hailey is a truly amazing leader and musician. Our drum major for the 2022 marching season, Hailey defined what student leadership should look like. Hailey also showcased her musicianship through her conducting, performance on her instrument, participation in music competitions, and serving as a peer mentor for not only her own section, but the entire band.

Breckyn Carney Centerville High School, Centerville, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tyler Morgan.

Brandon Casson Carlisle High School, Carlisle, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: John Oliver.

Jaden Chairez Homestead Senior High School, Homestead, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Alain Rodriguez. The best band captain I could have ever asked for. I am so proud of Jaden and his musical accomplishments.

Kendra Chambers Seneca Area School District, Seneca, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Philip Davies.

Flavio Cesar Chapa John Jay High School, San Antonio, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Bass Guitar, Directors: Justin Lum, Luis Ramos. I have been in band since 6th grade. And even before then I had an interest in music and found it intriguing. Playing flute introduced me to the classical music process, and in my final year of high school I was introduced to electric bass guitar, which broadened my musical horizons to playing jazz, funk, and rock music.

Xavier Cohen Clearwater High School, Clearwater FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Angel De Armas. Xavier joined the band after moving from another school and quickly became part of our family. He has shown his care, dedication, hard work, and commitment to the program tenfold and is an exemplary member of it. Xavier's contributions have made everyone in the program better musicians and better people and for that, we award him the most prestigious award!

Dustin Copeland El Dorado High School, Placerville, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba/Baritone/Piano, Director: Jared Collins.

Daniel Covarrubias Manor New Tech High School, Manor, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto/Bari Saxophone, Directors: Chris Thomsen. Daniel Covarrubias Mondragon was ranked in the top 1% in the State of Texas, advancing to 4A All-State Band. Daniel is a brilliant Jazzer, improvising on multiple instruments, and advancing to Region and Area on alto all 4 years of high school. 

Jerry Chang Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Monica Kraft. Award winning Drum Major and leader.

Hannah Beth Chapman Miller County Middle/High School, Colquitt, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Holly Thomas. Hannah Beth Chapman served as Section Lieutenant her Junior and Senior years and as Band Captain her Senior year. She attended Troy University SEUS Honor Band and is a great musician. She has been a great leader and a vital part of our band program.

Brenna R Chatterton Trinity Academy, Industry, IL. Class of 2024. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Deanna Chatterton. Brenna is an outstanding all-around musician. She accompanists the school choir, sings in the choir, arranges and records accompaniments for school concerts, and plays French Horn in the band. Brenna also has been the Drum Major starting her sophomore year in High school.

Will Chorba Cotter High School, Cotter, AR, Region VI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Colton Peyton.

Elizabeth Christenson Shakopee High School, Shakopee, MN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Eric Christenson. Senior Soloist. All State Band member. Multiple music scholarships earned.

Alexa Cinelli Bangor Area High School, Bangor, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kevin Horne. Drum Major - 2023 Band President- 2023 Principal Clarinet Attending Muhlenberg College, Majoring in Psychology.

Kira Nichols Clarendon Holly Grove High School, Clarendon, AR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Hannah Baggett. 

Daniel Clark Pryor High School, Pryor, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Kevin Speakman.

Elizabeth Marie Clark Sequatchie County High School, Dunlap, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet/Horn, Director: Tim Willis. Elizabeth (Izzi) Clark is the daughter of Hope & Tim Willis. She started band in the 5th grade and was a member of the SCMS Pep Band, SCHS Concert Band and The Pride of Sequatchie Marching Band. She was selected as Drum Major her senior year. She will be attending Chattanooga State College for nursing in 2023.

Mason Clark The International School of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Antonio Passaro.

Caden Clarke Anson High School, Wadesboro, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Matthew Jarrett.

Chloe Elizabeth Clarke Northside High School, Tuscaloosa, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Andrew Belk. This student has shown her dedication to band by her strong leadership, musicianship, and willingness to help others. She has served the band as a leader for many years as a Section Leader and Band President.

Rebecca Clayton Fort Payne High School, Fort Payne, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Mellophone / French Horn / Trumpet, Director: Ian Pask.

Heidi Clevenger Drexel School District, Drexel, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jacob Eppel. Heidi has been the student leader of the high school band. She plans on furthering her education in music, and getting her degree in Music Education.

April Cody Medford Public School, Medford, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: B flat Clainet, Director: Kathy Flaherty. April Cody is a 2023 Graduate of Medford High School and a 4 year member of the band. April is active in band and vocal. She is a member of the St Mary's Catholic Church in Medford.

Nathan Coelho Lincoln High School, Lincoln, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute/tenor Saxophone, Director: Claudia Lopes. Nathan took charge of band when there was no director hired for the school. He lead the band and was vita to me in running the band program He composes his own music and truly has such a passion for music.

Vee Colindres Centennial High School, Gresham, OR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Bree Theilacker.

Ezra Collins McLoud Public Schools, McLoud, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Audrey Johnson.

Margaret Colson Florence High School, Florence, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Beau Robinson.

Miranda Conrad North Side High School, Jackson, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet , Director: Ebonee Woodland.

Skyla Coogan Bay Port High School, Green Bay, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Ashley & Kyle Siegrist.

Juliana Cordero Palacios High School, Palacios, TX. Class of 2024. Instrument: Flute, Director: Harvey Davidson. Juliana is a wonderful, hard-working student who earned a spot in the ATTSB 3A all-state band and was state certified for her ensemble to perform at the UIL All state competition at the end of the school year.

Ayin Cruz-Williams Gateway High School, Fort Myers, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, French Horn, Drum Major, Director: Luis D. Fisher. Recipient of the 2023 John Philip Sousa Award & 2023 Semper Fidelis Award. Member of Tri-M Music Honor Society. 2021-2022 Trumpet section leader; switched to French Horn during senior year. Drum Major for two years. Student Conductor for the wind ensemble. Selected to the University of South Florida Festival of Winds in 2022 & 2023. Selected to 2023 Frost Honor Band on Trumpet. Completed over 100 hours of community service. Graduated with 36 credits and a 4.39 GPA.

Ramses Cordova Cruz Grand Terrace High School, Grand Terrace, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Robert Ransdell.

Erinn Cosgrove Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Cicero, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Karen Seamans. Erinn Cosgrove is an outstanding alto saxophone player and member of the Cicero-North Syracuse concert, symphonic, and jazz bands. She has been selected several times for all-county band and has auditioned for all-state. Her positive attitude and dedication makes her an asset to our program.

Carlton Courtois De Soto Senior High School, De Soto, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Darrell Boyer.

Celie Cowart Fayette County High School, Fayette, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Sebastian Dobbins.

Madison Crawford Hugoton Public Schools, Hugoton, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tyler Parkridge.

Evan Curry Green County High School, Greensburg, KY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Brayden Yates.

Jackson Curtiss Stockton High School, Stockton, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Thomas Wade. Jackson has been a true leader in band and in the rest of the high school. He is a great role model for the rest of the school to see.

Madison Czaplicki Kalkaska Public Schools, Kalkaska, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: C.J. Russell. Raised in Kalkaska Michigan, Madison is a dedicated percussionist and was an incredible drum major during her time in school. While her director was in the hospital, Madison stepped up and taught the band during marching season in 2022.

Mathew Dalrymple Circleville High School, Circleville, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Adam Steere. Mathew has demonstrated, on numerous occasions, a superior level of performance on the trumpet. He has dedicated an immense amount of his time to the instrument and it very clearly shows in rehearsal every day and in performance. He has been an asset to the Circleville Bands and I have no doubt that he will continue to gift the world with his trumpet playing well beyond graduation.

Waylon Dalton Dixon R-1, Dixon, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Director: PJ Fritzler.

Serena DaSilva Somerset Berkley Regional High School, Somerset, MA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Christina Rausch. Serena has been a member of the SBRHS Marching Band for five years. She started in 8th grade, became the assistant drum major in 11th grade and senior drum major in 12th grade. Serena excels in marching, leadership and musicianship.

Bralynn Davis Owings Mills High School, Owings Mills, MD. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Director: Lisa Bennett.

Dorothy Davis Arkansas High School, Texarkana, AR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Vincent Flieder.

Joseph Davis Citronelle High School, Citronelle, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Dustin Miller. Joseph was originally a trumpet player that converted to horn and excelled. He served as principal horn in our symphonic band, and was brass captain his junior year and band captain his senior year, and intends to continue music in college as a music minor and member of the marching band.

Kaylen Davis Archbishop Hannan High School, Covington, LA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Jesse White. Kaylen served as Upper Winds Section Leader and Band Librarian, and Drum Major for the 2022-2023 school year. She will be studying Criminal Psychology at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Rayhan Davis Watertown High School, Watertown, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Andrea L. Wischerath. Rayhan excels academically and musically. He is a well rounded student who participates in sports, music, and many clubs. His quest for excellence is noticeable in everything that he does, setting high standards for himself and others.

Taylor Davis Geneseo High School, Geneseo, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: John Versluis.

Abby Dawe Clarenceville High School, Livonia, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Doug Ferguson. Drum Major 2yrs, clarinet and bassoon player.

Atlas Dean Lakeview High School, Cortland, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Nathan Sensabaugh. Atlas plays a multitude of instruments, graduated High School with Honors, and is double majoring in Music Education and Performance at the University of Akron. They have also been contracted to perform in Rhythm in Blue in the Summer of 2024.

Shantilly Decker Waverly High School, Waverly, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Matthew Feinberg.

Tabitha DeClue Crystal City High School, Crystal City, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Nicholas Webb.

Mason DeFeis Toms River High School North, Toms River, NJ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion/Bass, Director: George Powers. Mason is an outstanding musician, who consistantly strives to learn more about every aspect of music.

Devon DeFoe Lakeville North High School, Lakeville, MN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Matthew Wanken.

Lilly Ann Delacruz Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Heather Capshaw.

Isaac Demko Plymouth Christian Academy, Canton, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Travis Cook. Isaac has always been a very talented percussionist, but what has been most impressive over the past few years has been his growth as a person and as a member of the band family. Isaac has developed into a true leader; someone who is always prepared for rehearsal personally and is also willing to take younger students under his wing.

Shelby Dera L'Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Township, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Saxophone, Director: Ryan Malburg.

Andrew Destacamento Lehigh Senior High School, Lehigh Acres, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Jay Parales.

Elizabeth DeTrana Concord Christian School, Knoxville, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Natalie Renfroe. Band Captain, All East Performer, Squad Leader, Section Leader, Praise Band Bass Guitar Player.

Jessica Diaz Orange Vista Hs, Perris, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Joshua Boyd. Jessica is the definition of a High School band student. She is dedicated to being a good player, a good performer, and a great leader. She is a true leader in every aspect there is.

Nic Digena Island Trees High School, Levittown, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Mr. Syed Hassan.

Austin Diodene Holy Cross School, New Orleans, LA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Cameron Mayfield. Austin demonstrated exemplary leadership and the qualities of a Holy Cross Man as band captain and student body president.

Bruno D'Ippolito Carolina Forest High School, Myrtle Beach, SC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Horn, Director: Mark Roddy. All-County, All-Region, All-State, NAFME All-National.

Kaden Dixon Mounds High School, Mounds, OK. Class of 2024. Instrument: Tuba & Sousaphone, Director: Kristopher Boys. Kaden recently moved from Eb Baritone Saxophone to Tuba & Sousaphone, answering the needs of his ensemble. In the course of the year, he has shown musicality and dedication enough to sight read and advance to State Solo & Ensemble on his new instrument. He is truly a remarkable bandsman and excels in and out of the band room.

Vicki Doan Antelope High School, Antelope, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Mark Calvo.

Aryana Dokter MOC-Floyd Valley High School, Orange City, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Dan Mangold.

Codi Dooley Laramie High School, Laramie, WY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Christine Olson.

Kolby Dooling Hominy High School, Hominy, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Caitlin Braden. Kolby is the embodiment of a great band student. He is an incredible leader, musician, and mentor. The whole band looks to his example, both in playing and in action.

Nicolino Driussi Mandarin High School, Jacksonville, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Pamela A. Chaffin.

Logan Drummond Ashley Community Schools, Ashley, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet/Piano, Director: Adrian Cervini.

Jesse Duby Pinconning Area High School, Pinconning, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Megan Corkey. Jesse is our current Drum Major for the Marching Spartans and is a phenomenal leader in the band program. In addition to her role in the band program, Jesse is a part of NHS, takes many of our AP courses, and helps to tutor some of the elementary students in our district.

Olivia Duckett Jeff Davis High School, Hazlehurst, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Nicholas Efstathiou. Olivia started playing the French Horn in 8th-grade and has worked hard to be a fine musician. She will be attending Troy University this fall to earn a degree in Music Education.

Kylee Duessler Sevastopol High School, Sturgeon Bay, WI. Class of 2024. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tanya Hasenjager. Kylee is not only a talented and dedicated musician but also an excellent student, athlete and leader in the school. Kylee takes an immense amount of pride in everything she does.

Tamara Duffield Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami Beach, FL. Class of 2025. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Marie Escobar.

Ryan Dunning Forsyth Central High School, Cumming, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tom Tucker.

Zanden Dyke Walters High School, Walters, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Lori Jech.

David Dykstra Village Christian School, Sun Valley, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Amy Martens.

Julia Dziekan Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Sean McQuinn.

Marik Ebensperger Boyceville Community School District, Menomonie, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Joshua Hopper. During Marik's time in the band program, he showed extraordinary musical abilities, being able to play multiple instruments by ear and even composing his own drum set piece. His optimistic attitude and friendly personality made him a wonderful asset to our band program, and he will be missed. He plans on continuing to participate in music in college!

David Eckes Marshfield High School, Marshfield, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Andrew Neidner.

Alyssa Edwards Crestwood High School Band, Mantua, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute and Tenor Saxophone, Director: Angela Adkins.

Lord Egan Lee Williams High School, Kingman, AZ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone, Director: Shannon Bascombe.

Ryan Eggert Northwestern High School, Albion, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Jill Melchitzky.

Michael Ryan Ehinger Southern Alamance High School, Graham, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Ashton Albright. Ryan is one of the top students of our band program, performing in the concert band, small ensemble, jazz ensemble, and marching band. He is a supportive and encouraging presence for others in the band. He placed in the All-District Band on tenor saxophone, and was eligible to audition for All-State Band. He has been accepted into the saxophone studio at UNC-Greensboro, where he will be towards his music degree.

Emma Ehrman Carroll Jr-Sr High School, Flora, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Bryce Styles.

Victoria Elliott Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Director: Samuel Childs.

Emmalee Empey Colby High School, Colby, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion (Mallets), Director: Rachel Huss.

John English Community Christian Academy, Paducah, KY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: Lyz Hornbeak.

Josie Erwin Blooming Grove High School, Blooming Grove, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet , Director: Alex Atkinson. Josie Erwin 7 year band student performed well, consistently throughout her time in the BG band and truly embodied the John Phillip Sousa Award.

Kaylee Everett Yazoo County High School, Yazoo City, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Sax, Director: Jeffrey Brown, Jr.. A hardworking, dependable, young woman, always helping out in the band hall, she took the middle school saxophones under her wing, and taught them everything she knows about the saxophone!

Dale Faber Bureau Valley High School, Manlius, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Alexandra Krug. Dale demonstrates excellence and pride at all times. Music is his passion and he will continue sharing his love of music as he pursues music education.

Jaccob Fair East Burke High School, Connelly Springs, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Emily Golden.

Emma Fannin Buckeye Trail High School, Lore City, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Doug Hanna.

Megan Farrenkopf Mission Oak High School, Tulare, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Calvin Carr.

Jackson Farris DeKalb High School, DeKalb, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Michael White. He has served as drum major for one year. He was also a Texas All State student his junior year.

Cody Fawcett Britton Deerfield Schools, Britton, MI. Class of 2024. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Christopher Bearer. Cody is Britton Deerfield's Drum Major and Trumpet Section Leader. He consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic in our band program, going above and beyond the call of duty. He is the last student to leave every event and the first student to start helping with whatever is next. Cody is an invaluble member of our band program and will continue to be wherever he decides to make music next.

Stephan Feek Atchison County Community Jr./Sr. High School, Effingham, KS. Class of 2025. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Gregory Scheetz.

Aleczander Felter Bellville High School, Bellville, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Kenneth Peters. Zander has always been a great musical person working to push the band to further limits. Additionally he likes playing other instruments and improving his musical knowledge as well. He has gone to every competition and played in the polka band as well.

Miles Ferent Lake Region High School, Naples, ME. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jason W. Ward. Miles has been a leader in our band and has been a dedicated band student during his four years at LRHS.

Corbin Fetterman Chenango Forks High School, Binghamton, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kenneth Starr. Corbin is a crucial part of our band, he is a section leader and band officer. He is a percussionist who never puts down his sticks, and is always playing something during the day. He plays any part given no questions asked and will learn it to the best of his abilities.

Shelby Fiedler Hull-Daisetta High School, Daisetta, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kerry Rice.

Kristin Fields Tug Valley High School, Williamson, WV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bb Clarinet/Oboe, Director: Nicholas Bragg.

Stiephan Fields Falls City High School, Falls City, NE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Ally Phillips. 

Colby Flannagan Heritage Christian Academy, Olathe, KS. Class of 2024. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Sandy Adams. Colby is an outstanding leader in band. He is an excellent musician who is eager to learn and helps anyone who needs anything. He is enthusiastic and excited about band.

Jackson Fleck Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone/Tuba, Director: Kyle Zozobrado.

Jacqueline Carachure Flores Brooklyn Center Community Schools, Brooklyn Center, MN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Miles Uhrich.

Jadyn Flowers-Hendy Locust Grove High School, Locust Grove, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute / Piccolo, Director: Heather Miller.

Tristyn Flynn Westside High School, Augusta, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium/Tuba, Director: Brandi Colon. Tristyn is a born leader. He has been involved with leadership positions even before he was placed into one. He guides the underdog and helps them to show their true potential. He left a legacy in my band program. He is a very fitting candidate for this award.

Rebecca Clayton Fort Payne High School, Fort Payne, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Ian Pask.

Ashton Fowler South Vermillion High School, Clinton, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Heather Scott.

Floyd Fox East Liverpool High School, East Liverpool, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Alaina Cornfield.

DeMarqis Frazier Damien High School, La Verne , CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet & Percussion , Director: Jaime Magallon. DeMarqis is an exceptional musician, leader, composer, conductor, and young man. He showcased superior musicianship and leadership in every ensemble that he participated in. His compositions amazed audiences and leadership inspired others.

Drake Frehner Somerset Academy Losee, Las Vegas, NV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Brock Christian. Drake has been a member of the Losee band since sixth grade. He took charge last year when the previous director left and kept the program running strong. He also plays in the Las Vegas Youth Jazz Orchestra (LVYJO). I have hired him to be our brass tech for marching band next year!

Steven Friedman Lyndhurst High School, Lyndhurst, NJ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: James Chwalyk. Steven began playing the trombone in the 4th grade and has continued to apply himself to become a top player in the band in his middle and high school years. He has played lead trombone in concert band, marching band, jazz band, and pit orchestra. He plans to attend college to study music education next year.

Dylan Freitas Hollister High School, Hollister, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Joey Fortino.

Natalie Fuller Pittsville High School, Pittsville, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Tom Wiegert. Natalie is one of those talented young people who ca and will do just about anything musically. She served and the band Aide, has played Flute and Trumpet in concert band, Trombone & Trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble, and has even helped out the younger bands by playing Bassoon. The Band program at PHS is in your debt. Good luck in the future.

Bailey Fulton Red Bud C.U. High School, Red Bud, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone/Tuba, Director: Lyle Junge. Bailey was also an accomplished pianist and guitarist and an active student of music theory.

Coda Gahris Seneca East Local School, Attica, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Tyler Schultz.

Kevin Galligan Pearl River High School, Pearl River, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Drums, Director: Brian Evans.

Franki Lynn Galloway Grangeville Highschool, Grangeville, ID. Class of 2025. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Isabella Baldwin. When people are talking on both sides of her she looks straight ahead. She has never talked back to band director or has been on her phone.

Mauricio Galvis Mater Lakes Academy, Hialeah, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Matthew Torres.

Grayson Gamel Carroll Jr-Sr High School, Flora, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Bryce Styles.

Eamon Garceau Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Swanton, VT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Aron Garceau. Eamon has been a member of every ensemble offered at MVU and began taking private lessons in his Sophomore year working on his own his Freshmen year during the Covid pandemic. After high school Eamon is going into Basic Training and then AIT in order to become a member of the 40th Army Band based in Vermont.

Anthony Carter Garcia Sangre de Cristo High School RE 22 J, Mosca, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Piano/Keyboards, Director: Al J. Duran. Anthony is a "Musicians Musician"! Highly skilled at piano performance and in all genres of music. He has been featured Soloist in many school performances. Anthony is also and arranger/composer. His compositions have been performed and featured in school concerts. His love and Enthusiasm for music is very contagious!

Brayden Garland Washington High School, Washington, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Branden Burris. Brayden has demonstrated all the qualities of the model band student, and makes everyone around him better. He is a highly motivated individual who strives for the highest, and is always open to learning new things. As a performer, he is remarkably consistent and exciting, and I know he can take any challenge he sets his mind to.

Paola Sofia de la Garza Cornerstone Christian Schools, San Antonio, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute , Director: Gaspar Garcia.

Angelina Gazzo Wesley Chapel High School, Wesley Chapel, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: William Luckett. Angelina dedicated four years as a primary flute and piccolo player in the wind ensemble band, showcasing exceptional musical talent. Additionally, she served as a drum major, demonstrating leadership skills in the marching band for three years. In her free time, she enjoyed playing the alto saxophone, displaying versatility in her musical abilities.

Leslie German Perquimans County HS, Hertford, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone/French Horn, Director: Evan Copeland.

Cian Gilbert Goldthwaite High School, Goldthwaite, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kipp Brewer.

Alexander Gilland South Brunswick High School, Southport, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Michael Palmer. Alexander Gilland served the Pride of the South Coast as drum major in 2023 and did an exemplary job in motivating and inspiring his peers while also placing first at numerous competitions in that role. His personal accolades are significant as well: 2022 NC Governor's School Selection; All-District Band in 2020 and 2023- achieving state eligibility in 2023; All-Region Jazz in 2021, 2022, 2023; All-County Band Selection all 4 years, and 3 time winner of the Louis Armstrong Award for Jazz. He is attending Appalachian State in the fall to pursue a degree in music composition.

Dolan Glasser Wright Junior-Senior High School, Wright, WY. Class of 2024. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Kimberly Miller.

Anthony Godina Strive Prep: RISE, Denver, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: E. Lucas Deal. Anthony is a first year band student who advocate very strongly for his involvement in the program. He took it upon himself to practice on his own to catch up before joining and though his diligent practice has become one of the strongest players in the band. He is a vital resource to the program and will do well wherever he goes.

Emily Goff Liberty County High School, Bristol, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Adam Chasteen.

Ian Gomez Alliance Public Schools, Alliance, NE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Laura Mangas. He set goals for himself and pushed to achieve every one of them. He never allowed anyone or anything to break his concentration or break his spirit to be a better version of himself as a musician. His quiet leadership, love of music and perseverance paved the way for numerous superior performances this year and his passion left us all wanting to hear more.

Brian Gonzaelz Dadeville High School, Dadeville, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jonny Warren.

Celeste Gonzales Eden High School, Eden, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Ben Reaux.

Camryn Gonzalez Boulder Creek High School, Anthem, AZ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Joshua Burrola. Camryn Gonzalez is a strong and dedicated trumpet student at Boulder Creek High School that goes above and beyond in everything that she does. Camryn is consistently asking for guidance and help, as well as practicing all the time. I have been giving Camryn lessons since the beginning of the year and she is always coming to lessons and band rehearsals prepared. One of the great qualities about Camryn is that if she doesn't get something, she will immediately begin to work on it to make it better. Seeing the dedication, drive, perseverance and commitment Camryn has is tremendous and something that every director wishes every student has. I am beyond proud to be able to have Camryn receive this award for Boulder Creek High School for this year.

Omar Gonzalez Sonora Secondary School, Sonora, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Blake Zitterkopf. Omar has been a great role model for this band program since he was a freshman. Having competed in ATSSB All-Region process all four years and State Solo Qualifier both his Junior and Senior year. He has served as section leader, captain and drum major of the Mighty Bronco Band.

Catie Gooch Hugoton Public Schools, USD 210, Hugoton, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Tyler Parkridge.

Mckenzie Goodwin Strayhorn High School, Sarah, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Buster Harris. Mckenzie was a founding member of when I started the program in 2016. She started band as a mediocre trumpet player and through the years, grew into an excellent trumpet player, an outstanding French Horn player, and very exceptional color guard captain. She effect on the climate and culture of our band has been instrumental to establishing high expectations and an overall positive influence of our school wide cultures.

Clayton Goracke Cascade Senior High School, Turner, OR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Alexandria Greenwell.

Alexyss Gordiani Springdale High School, Springdale, AR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Julius Stevens.

Grace Gordon Long County High School, Ludowici, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Chris Harper.

Alex Grande Ashland High School, Ashland, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jared Schrang.

Emilio Gray Hamilton High School, Hamilton, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Tim Edins. Emilio was Junior Drum Major last year, Head Drum Major this year. He also was awarded his Eagel Scout status this school year.

Clare Griffin Honeoye Central School, Honeoye, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: F Hiorn, Director: Brian Wilkins. Clare is an exceptional musician. She has been selected for New York all state ensembles two years in a row as well as NAFME all Eastern. She will attend the Ohio State University next year.

Lynsie Grissom Waterloo High School, Atwater, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Gabriella Mediati.

Brayden Grosvenor Brevard High School, Brevard, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Andrew Jimeson.

Brayden Guy Trico High School, Campbell Hill, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone, Bass Guitar, Trombone, Director: Erica Adams.

Justin Hadfeg Mater Lakes Academy, Hialeah, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Matthew Torres.

Nathan Hagedorn Davenport West High School, Davenport, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Maggie Oates and Courtney Long.

Gialine Haid Allegany-Limestone Middle/High School, Allegany, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Cyril Bodnar III. Gia has been in music at the local, county, and statewide level. She has participated with multiple honor bands and exemplifies the standards of musicianship, leadership, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation wherever she goes.

Lucy Hailey Dulles High School, Sugar Land, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Arnel Dayrit.

Ella Hallstrom Guilford High School, Rockford, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Courtney Kubacki. Ella has been a wonderful student throughout her time in band at GHS. As a drum major and percussion section leader, she has instructed her classmates and kept them accountable in order to have successful performances. Ella will be studying architectural engineering at Rock Valley College after graduation.

Will Hamblin Warhill High School, Williamsburg, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tim Fary. Will participated in District Band, Senior Regional Orchestra, and Williamsburg Youth Orchestra playing trumpet and horn. He is an alumni of The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps and will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University to study music education. 

Zoe Hardin J. Graham Brown School, Louisville, KY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Amy Noon.

Savannah Harding Gananda Central School District, Walworth, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Aaron Strausser. Savannah was an outstanding leader and trumpet player for our band. She was in concert and jazz band and selected to WCMEA all-county band every year she was eligible.

Keyonte Harris Westside High School, Augusta, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Brandi Colon. Keyonte Harris has been a student of mine since he was in 6th grade, and has held several leadership positions in the band.

Dillon Hawkins Ooltewah High School, Ooltewah, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Michael Griffith.

Richard R. Haynes, III APW Central School (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown), Parish, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Richard R. Haynes, II. Richard Haynes, III was a member of Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Small Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Winter Guard, Marching Band, Drumline, Pep Band, Stage Crew, Drama Club, Chorus and Chamber Singers. Richard is a member of the Tri-M National Honor Society for Music, APW High School, Parish N.Y. Chapter 9348.

James Hebert Acadiana High School, Lafayette, LA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Bailey Lanier.

Winston Heesacker Banks High School, Banks, OR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Alison Evans.

Carrie Helms Williston Middle High School, Williston, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Joseph Davis.

Sophia Henderson Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Chris Moix.

David ‘Tree’ Hernandez Uvalde High School, Uvalde, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet , Director: Abel Granados. David Hernandez or ‘Tree’ as he is affectionately known around the Uvalde High School Band Hall is a trumpet player of exceptional talent! He was an active lead trumpet and drill instructor of the Uvalde Coyote Band (1st Division honors), UHS Mariachi Los Coyotes (UIL State Champion), UHS Jazz Band, and was an equipment manager with UHS Illusions Indoor Guard and Percussion Team. Tree will attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he will major in Music Education.

Eder Hernandez Carter High School, Strawberry Plains, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: David Needham. Eder served the Carter Band as Drum Major during the 2022-2023 school year. Eder won three Drum Major Grand Championships, and placed in the top 5 at the Tennessee State Marching Championship. Eder is now serving as the Carter High School Drum Major Instructor where he students have experienced similar successes.

Hector Hernandez Reading Senior High School, Reading, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Sarah Ifkowitz.

Joel Hernandez Eastland High School, Eastland, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Cody Knott.

Joshua Joel Hernandez North Side High School, Fort Worth, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet/Drum Major, Director: Abel Cabrera. My first year at North Side would not have been as great as it was without Joshua's leadership. His energy, passion, and charisma made band enjoyable for everyone. I wish him the best in college and beyond. Any school or employer would be very lucky to have Joshua on their team.

Fernando Herrera Hondo High School, Hondo, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Clint Marchese. Fernando was a great leader in the Mighty Owl Band from Hondo, TX. He played trumpet and was the Drum Major. He achieved great success in marching band, concert band, region band auditions and solo and ensemble. He led by outstanding example on how a band member should be.

Collin Hewitt Swansboro High School, Swansboro, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kristen Graham. Collin Hewitt participated in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Indoor Winds, Indoor Percussion, Solo and Ensemble, All District, and All County Band. His passion for music inspired others-his leadership is recognized by all.

Jillian (Jilli) Hickman Olentangy Orange High School, Lewis Center, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ishbah Cox. Jilli has played trumpet since 5th grade participating in marching band, jazz band, wind ensemble, pit orchestra, solo and ensemble, and many honor bands and special events throughout her music career. A member of National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and Tri-M, she will attend The Ohio State University.

Noah Higgins Prescott High School, Prescott, AZ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Jason A. Taurins. Noah was involved in band, jazz band, and marching band throughout high school. He demonstrated an exceptional dedication to the bands, both as a musician and a servant leader.

Braxton Hill Trinity Episcopal School, Richmond, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Brian Rollins. Braxton displayed enthusiasm in every rehearsal and performance and was an outstanding role model for his band mates.

Olivia Hoffmann Blue Earth Area, Blue Earth, MN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Kelsey Zbaracki.

James Holland Hampton High School, Hampton, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Amber Moore.

Emily Horn Nelson County High School, Bardstown, KY. Class of 2024. Instrument: Clarinet, Drum Major, Director: Brian Edwards. Emily is dedicated to excellence in all aspects of what she does. She values teamwork and always shows attention to detail. Emily is consistently responsible and prepared. Her effort is displayed in the positive results of her hard work.

Nickolas Houghtaling Northeast Bradford High School, Rome, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Amanda Gillette. Nick Houghtaling is an integral member of the music and theater department here at NEB. Over the course of his years here Nick has been a member of the band for 8 years, chorus for 8 years, and performed or auditioned for the school's theater department for 6 years. Nick is a trombone player and a drum major for the NEB marching band, and has been a member for 7 years. During those years, Nick has played and marched trombone, snare, and conducting. Nick loves to listen to different marching band arrangements, and share them with his classmates and teachers. Nick plans to go to Lackawanna college in the fall for business administration, and hopes to be a life long music lover.

Jaima Howell Edison High School, Richmond, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Marc Sansone.

Amelia (Gabbi) Hudson West Liberty-Salem High School, West Liberty, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Paul M Waibel. Gabbi was always a student that worked hard and was a positive role model for her peers. Gabbi never failed to come through on any task that was present to her throughout my years at WL-S schools. While quiet at first, Gabbi has a fantastic personality and sense of humor. It was an honor to have taught her

Haden Hughes Weld Central High School, Keenesburg, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxaphone, Director: Cameron Bolton.

Cordelia Humiston Mexico High School, Mexico, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Brian T. Carnes.

Abby Hunt Juab High School, Nephi, UT. Class of 2025. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Simone Glover.

Ethan Huse Christ Lutheran High School, Buckley, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Carol Liston.

Victoria Ingvalson Savage High School, Savage, MT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Nate Louisignau. Torey always pushed herself in band. She never missed a rehearsal and always took playing very seriously. She participated in District Honor Band every year and received Superiors every year she attended festival. She participated in State Festival and also received Superiors. Furthemore, she continued to push herself by attending music events and camps throughout the year. Torey was my first pick when it came to those deserving the John Philip Sousa Band Award!

Milo Irvine Park River Area School, Park River, ND. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Zach Fischer. Milo Irvine is a consistent leader in every ensemble he participates in. He is a hard worker and pushes everyone around him to improve as well. He is not afraid to try something new when the opportunity presents itself.

Jacob Isaac Seneca High School, Louisville, KY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Daniel Wise.

Andrew Islas Thomas A Edison High School, Alexandria, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Charlie Mitchell.

Sydney Klaire Ivy Raleigh High School Band, Raleigh, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Elizabeth James. She severed as Drum Major her senior year, and received All-Superior Ratings at State Evaluation. She was also voted best all around band member by her classmates.

Brooklyn Jackson Summertown High School, Summertown, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Eoin Broadfoot.

Thomas Jackson Hill-McCloy High School, Montrose, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Kyle Pokropowicz.

Matthew Jagela Weir High School, Weirton, WV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Samantha Lash.

Cassidy Jakosh River Valley High School, Blairsville, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Adam Bukosky. 

Millie Jaynes Pickens Academy, Carrollton, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Alanna Graham.

Jason Jeanmarie Somerset Berkley Regional High School, Somerset, MA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Christina Rausch. Jason has been a member of the marching band for four years. He has been in a leadership position for the last two years. Jason represents the kind of student who goes above and beyond in everything. He is a great musician and the person that you can count on when you need something done.

Mace Jellings Anclote High School, Holiday, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Malcolm Stewart.

Brittney Jenkins LaGrange High School, Lake Charles, LA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Robert J. Post.

Ramirez Jennings South Pike High School, Magnolia, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Leonard McDonald. Mr. Jennings is an outstanding student and musician. He has placed first in the many local and district clinics and placed in the top four at state. He also places 2nd chair at the William Carey University Honor Band Clinic. He is a great roll model for the upcoming students and is always willing to help others.

Connor Johnson Pinecrest Academy - Sloan Canyon, Henderson, NV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jordan Mathisen. Connor Johnson should be acknowledged for his exceptional talent in percussion, as well as for generously devoting his time to instructing our beginner percussion class this academic year. As one of the two graduating seniors of our school's inaugural graduating class, he plans to pursue a career in music education.

Evan Johnson Creekside High School, St Johns, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Piano, Trumpet, Bass, Director: Rick Fowler. Exceptional musician, Music Major Piano Performance, National Merit Scholar.

Kathryne Johnson Holy Family High School, Broomfield, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo, Director: Laura Wiarda. Kathryne is an outstanding student. She is always helping others and practicing her music to make sure she is a leader in our group. This year, Kathryne made the All State Band and has decided to go to The University of Mary and double major in flute performance and physical therapy. Congratulations Kathryne!

Mark Johnson South Gallia High School, Crown City, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: John Mandt.

Aiden Jones Cameron County High School, Emporium, PE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Anne McAninch.

Ava Jones West High School, Knoxville, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Cody Foster. 

Caitlyn Jones Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs, FL. Class of 2024. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: David Cardona. Caitlyn is a superb musician and contributor to the music program for the last 6 years. She is an excellent leader and role model for her bandmates.

Damani Jones Wayne Memorial High School, Wayne, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: David Mety.

Lucas Jones Calvary Christian Academy - Ft. Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute/Piccolo, Director: Kimberlee Aliapoulios. Superiors with Distinction - 2022 -2023: Drum Major 2021-2023; Student Conductor 2023 with A+ ratings.

Samuel Jones Western Brown High School Marching Band, Mount Orab, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Tyler Hawk.

William Jones Incline Village High School, Incline Village, NV. Class of 2024. Instrument: Bass, Director: Nicholas Bentz.

Zachary Jones Joplin High School, Joplin, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Philip Soule. Zachary Jones had 4 years of district band experience. 4 Gold medals for state solos and ensembles. Marched indoor percussion for 3 years. Performed in a pit orchestra. And has been performing with the Four States Symphonic Band for 2 years.

Jozie Kanode Exeter-Milligan Public Schools, Exeter, NE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Mark Perez.

Shelby Kash Menifee County High School, Frenchburg, KY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Piano, Director: James Bean. Member of Menifee County Bands for 6 Years. Member of Kentucky Music Educators Association District 8 Honors Band Member of Morehead State University High School Honors Band.

Natalie Kataryniak Waldwick High School, Waldwick, NJ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jean Marsicovete.

Kurt Kauffman Kempner High School, Sugar Land, TX. Class of 2020. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Paul Brodt.

Madelynn Kearney Christoval High School, Christoval, TX. Class of 2024. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Jason White. Madelynn has played alto saxophone for 6 years and has been a fantastic leader and inspiration. She has participated in the ATSSB All-Region Bands for 5 years straight and this year, she received a division 1 on her class 1 solo at solo and ensemble.

Lexie Kelly Cookson Hills Christian School, KS, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Ken Kelly.

Sulatda Khumchai Indian Springs High School, Indian Springs, NV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Mr. Jackson Cooney. Sulatda is a senior that has been playing clarinet her entire time in middle school and high school. She has improved greatly as a student, musician, and citizen of this world. She continues to impress with her musicality, understanding of others, and effort in life.

Jack A. Kibbler Henry County High School, Paris, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Grayson Martin.

Carrie Killen Huntley Project High School, Worden, MT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Jessica Lechner. Carrie is an excellent student who has participated in High School Band and Tri-County Honor Band for 4 years. She is an asset in our High School and in our band. She is a true musician that deserves this award!

Kenan Kimberly Coahoma High School, Coahoma, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone , Director: Michael Cason. Kenan Kimberly wants to major in marine biology and is already a certified diver. He also was the Coahoma High School drum major for 2 years and is also a state solo and ensemble qualifier.

Daxon Kindred Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Taylor Matuszeski.

Sam Kingston Wild Rose High School, Wild Rose, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Mikayla Mixdorf. Sam Kingston has been a cornerstone of the music program at Wild Rose, both in the band, choir, and the musical. He has been playing percussion, guitar, and ukulele since before he was a student of mine as a 5th grader. Sam exemplifies the qualities of a model musician and we will truly miss having his leadership, accountability, dedication, and passion.

Khamiya Kirkland Benton Harbor Area Schools, Benton Harbor, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Nathaniel Cook. Khamiya rose to become a strong role model as the flute section leader in her sophomore year. As a junior she took on the task of designing the artwork for the band's t-shirts. Then, as a senior she was selected as the head Drum Major of the Tiger Marching Band and has led the band on and off the field with her hard work and dedication.

Cade Kirkpatrick Yokota High School , APO, AP. Class of 2023. Instrument: trombone, Director: Jenny Gaume.

Joseph Lee Kistler Pinnacle Classical Academy, Shelby, NC. Class of 2025. Instrument: flute/bassoon/bass clarinet, Director: Tara H. Owens.

Garrett Kitchner Elmwood High School, Elmwood, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Keaton Walker.

Blythe Klayner Thales Academy JH/HS Apex, Apex, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Richard Dryer. Blythe Klayner has been a member of the Thales Band program for 7 years (junior high and high school). She has participated in every available group and performance. She has volunteered her services to the chorus program as well as mentoring younger band members. She is a founding member of the cover band "Salem Street Sound" and is the drummer for the House Band at Rock n' Roll High School.

Mitchell Klehm Victory Christian School, Tulsa, OK. Class of 2024. Instrument: Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone, Director: Nelson Rosa.

Emma Klueh Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Keith C Dossett.

Matthew Knerr Riverbank High School Band, Riverbank, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Joseph Aguilar. Served as drum major, composed the 2023 Indoor Percussion show, and will attend UCLA on full ride scholarship to major in music education.

Benjamin Kolhoff Allegan High School, Allegan, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Brenden Hoekstra. Benjamin Kolhoff served as drum major & performed in a woodwind trio for the 2022 marching band show. Benjamin was principal alto and tenor saxophone player throughout his concert band career, and played tenor saxophone in the inaugrual jazz band at Allegan High School. Benjamin exemplifies service to the band program.

Annika Koons Glendora High School, Glendora, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Terry Leve.

Brandon Kusaj Porter High School, Porter, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Angela Torres.

Taren Lakin Flinthills High School , Rosalia, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Joan Grover. Taren Lakin was the Drum Major, teaching TA, and bass clarinet player for the Flinthills Middles and High School Band. She will be attending Butler Community College next year on a band scholarship.

Hannah Lam Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Chicago, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jim Barbick.

Dean Langlois Lenoir City High School, Lenoir City, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Zachary Slimp.

Evan Large Lima Senior High School, Lima, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kelly Fronzaglia.

Jessica Larson Somonauk High School, Somonauk, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Meghan Kats.

Alannah Lavoie Belchertown High School, Belchertown, MA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Ryan Caster.

Matthew Law Enumclaw High School, Enumclaw, WA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Timothy Hager-Wentz. Mathew is a talented musician and leader. He excelled on and off the field as well as in the classroom. His performance as a brass expert, particularly on tuba, led to his acceptance in honor bands and as the president of the EHS Band Council.

Jong Won Lee St. Paul American School Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Stacey Perez. Jong Won (Kevin) has been an invaluable member of St. Paul Sound for 6 years. He has served as a section leader and as a student director. As an Eagles Band member, he has helped our ensemble to earn Superior scores, 1st Place trophies, and Gold rankings in competitions such as California and New York.

Jack Lerner John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Walter Avellaneda. Jack Lerner was principal low brass musician of the JFK Wind Ensemble from 2002-2004. He performed three world premieres by Randall Standridge, Stephen Melillo and Carl Strommen.

Allanah Lester Henry-Senachwine High School, Henry, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Eliot Driver.

Brandon Lewis South Brunswick High School, Southport, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium/Trombone, Director: Michael Palmer. Brandon Lewis served as the band captain during his senior year. His personal accolades are among the best in our region during his tenure within our program. Brandon was a 2022 UNCP Honor band participant, All-District selection in 2020, 2022, 2023- twice as 1st chair and always state eligible; All-County Band selection all 4 years; selected for the 2022-2023 Wilmington Winds; and the 2023 NC All-State Honors Band. He also doubles on trombone, playing lead in the jazz ensemble his junior and senior years. Brandon is attending East Carolina University this fall to major in music.

Gabrielle Linder Oakland-Craig Public Schools, Oakland, NE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Cornet, Director: Derek Ware. 

Abbygail Linker Dickinson Trinity High School, Dickinson, ND. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bari Sax, Director: Mariah Haich.

Jamaal Little Jr. Benton Harbor Area Schools, Benton Harbor, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Nathaniel Cook. The steady beat of the band, Jamaal has been an ever present force in the drumline. His leadership shown as a Junior and Senior when our Drumline coach fell ill, Jamaal stepped up and held the line!

Elizabeth Lothian Williams Bay High School, Williams Bay, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Nate Weirick.

Preston Louis Lottie Capac High School, Capac, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Jeffrey J. Jones. Preston served as drum major of the Capac Marching Band for 3 years. He earned consistent First Division Ratings on Solo and Ensemble performances throughout his high school years. His dedication and service to the Capac Band Program will always be remembered. Preston plans on attending the University of Michigan.

Lennon Louis West Jessamine High School, Nicholasville, KY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Ben Lay. Lennon Louis made Kentucky All-State Band for clarinet and participated in the Governor's School for the Arts program. They are attending college to study music education and clarinet performance at the University of Louisville and plan to teach clarinet at the collegiate level.

David Love-Yager Lansing Eastern High School, Lansing, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Tawnya Hicks.

Noah Lowe Open Door Christian Schools, Elyria, OH. Class of 2024. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Kristoffer Hudson.

Connor Loy Jamestown High School, Williamsburg, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Steve Turner.

Thad Lozano Merrill F. West High School, Tracy, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone and Bari Saxophone, Director: Jonathan Raman. Thad lead the Wolf Pack Marching Band as Drum Major during the 2022-2023 season. He has shown kindness, compassion, and heart for the members of the West High Music Program. Because of these and many other attributes, his peers nominated him as the recipient of the Sousa Award.

Olivia Lubak Wake Christian Academy, Raleigh, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Todd Medlin.

Brennan Luckhaupt Liberty High School, Liberty, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Christopher Barrett.

Mikayla Lundy OABCIG High School, Ida Grove, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jacob Welper.

John Paul Lusk Wyoming East High School, New Richmond, WV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Bradley McKinney. John Paul has played the trumpet for eight years now and plans to continue to do so in college. He is an exceptional musician and student leader for the band at Wyoming East. He has also been involved in many honor bands during his time in high school.

Keira Mahoney Woodside High School, Woodside, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute and Oboe, Director: Nick Gaydos.

Ashlynn Majors Quanah High School, Quanah, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Quanah High School.

Marsybeth Manjarrez Shepherd High School, Shepherd, TX. Class of 2024. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Michelle Durden. Marsybeth is a Junior at Shepherd High School. She has served as the Woodwind Captain and will serve at Co-Drum Major her senior year. She is a two year Area Band qualifier and an overall exceptional leader, always willing to help any and all band students!

Joana Manzanres Hempstead High School, Hempstead, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Ronald Walker.

Luis Martinez Shamrockisd, Shamrock, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jaden Brisco.

Michael Martinez Saint John Neumann, Naples, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Paul Desmarais. Michael has served as SJN's Band President and Saxophone Section Leader, as well as, Band Librarian. Michael is a very knowledgable musician and shares his ideas, compositions, and wit, with the band. Michael has come a long way as a musician. I am very proud to present Michael with the John Philip Sousa Award.

Shayna Massey Lake Forest High School, Felton, DE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Christopher Patterson.

Josue Martinez Lake Belton High School, Temple, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Bobby Yerigan.

Eli Matthews Bryant High School, Bryant, AR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Keith Matthews.

Allison Mattice Millbrook High School, Winchester, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jamie Tucker.

Wyatt May Faith Academy, Mobile, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Anthony L. Young.

Jonathan Mayfield Stones Crying Out Band, Beaumont, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Vanissa Mills.

Chloe McCanless Blytheville High School, Blytheville, AR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Alexander McBay.

Walker McCullough Carrollton High School, Carrollton, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Guitar, Director: Christopher M. Carr. Walker McCullough performed on trumpet in the Trojan Marching Band and the Carrollton High School Wind Ensemble. Additionally, he served as a guitarist in our Carrollton High School Jazz Bands. In addition to multiple trumpet/flugelhorn/guitar solos throughout his time at Carrollton, his senior year he learned and performed on a Talk Box for our 2023 production, The Machine.

Owen McDowell Prairie View High School, Henderson, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Armando Solis.

Joseph Patrick McFarland Steubenville Catholic Central High Schoo, Steubenville, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: The Saxophone Family & Bassoon, Director: Sam Johnston. Joseph is an incredibly gifted, wonderfully talented musician. Easily picking up the saxophone at age 15 as a sophomore, he grew quickly to be a leader in the band as a musician. Wanting a new challenge, Joseph asked to try the Bassoon late in his junior year. He became extremely prolific on both instruments and was a dynamite section leader of the woodwinds. His easy manner was extremely helpful to those who were struggling with sound, rhythms and reading. Joseph is a leader: quiet, effective and wonderfully encouraging.

Connor McGee Le Roy Jr./Sr. High School, Le Roy, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Nastassia Dotts.

Kale McGraw Mountain Range High School, Westminster, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: David Evans.

Mason McKay Hayward High School, Hayward, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Eric Kringle.

Aspen McKee Polson High School, Polson, MT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Richard Sawyer.

Tommy McKee Lovington High School, Lovington, NM. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Melissa Rice. Tommy is an All-Stare and All-District trombonist going to college to study music education. He is an extremely hard worker and very dedicated to music.

Erin McKenna Atholton High School, Columbia, MD. Class of 2023. Instrument: Horn, Director: Eric Posner.

Aidan McLarnon Deltona High School, Deltona, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Kaleb DuBose.

Quierra McMillon Eagle's Landing HS, McDonough, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: James T. Anderson. Quierra is the top instrumentalist in my band program! She is an excellent leader, smart & intelligent. She currently has a 3.9 GPA and she is also very dependable and a disciplined instrumentalist. Quierra made All-State Band in her sophomore year of high school. She made District Honor Band during her junior year. She is scheduled to audition for All-State Band again this year in December 2023 which she has a very strong chance to make it! I highly recommend Quierra McMillon for the Sousa Award!

Arianwen McPherson Sugar Hill Christian Academy, Sugar Hill, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Sherry Wiltshire. Arwen has been a valuable member of our band for the last two years. She was 1st chair flute both years and also wrote music that was performed at our last concert. Arwen plans to major in Fine Arts The University of North Georgia next year.

Allan Medina Sunnyside High School, Sunnyside, WA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Zachary Petty.

Matthew Medina Pinecrest Academy - Sloan Canyon, Henderson, NV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Jordan Mathisen. Matthew Medina deserves recognition for their outstanding musical ability on alto saxophone, leadership skills, and exemplary citizenship. Their achievements include making the Nevada All-state band, and their commitment to pursuing a career in music education is a testament to their passion and dedication.

Amelia Mehling St. Francis High School, St. Francis, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Percussion, Director: Sarah Dunmire.

Landon Mehrer Benjamin Franklin High School, Queen Creek, AZ. Class of 2026. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Victor Mendoza. Landon carries his musical passion on his sleeve. He strives to inspire and foster music in all settings. 

Christopher Mejia Discovery High School, Lawrenceville, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Rob Myles.

Patrick Melley The First Academy, Orlando, Fl. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone, Director: Erin Mazza. 

Jenna Melroy Riverdale High School, Mt. Blanchard, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: CJ Brincefield.

Christopher "Boomer" Mericle Fresno Christian Schools, Fresno, CA. Class of 2024. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Director: Lindsey Clarno. Boomer has become the heart and soul of the Fresno Christian Band this year. His musicianship, talent, and servant leadership have shone through all year, and he has a bright future in music and in life. I am honored to present to Boomer the first Sousa Award of my tenure.

Alexandria Meyer Hudson High School, Hudson, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Carla Ramsey. Lexi's musical achievements have been outstanding. She leads student sections and participates in a variety of ensembles in our program. Her leadership is second to none.

John Paul Meyer Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, IN. Class of 2024. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Don Cochran. John Paul is an incredibly dedicated and polished musician. John Paul wishes to obtain a degree in multiple woodwind instruments. I can way without question, that John Paul Meyer is the most talented and accomplished musician I have had as a student in my 25 year career.

Branton Meyers North Metro Music Education, Marietta, Georgia. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Guitar, Director: Amy Gravitte. Branton embodies John Philip Sousa. He is a talented musician who plays several instruments and mentors other. 

Brodie Meyers Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Chambersburg, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Nicole Albright. Brodie is an outstanding young musician and leader. He has led the percussion section and been a guiding light all four years. His leads with kindness and understanding, and is also the type of leader who is teaching at the same time. His growth mentality has helped him to become an excellent young student. He plans to continue studying music and production at Shenandoah University.

Hayden Meynders Belgrade High School, Belgrade, MT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Ben Blixt. He played in band all four years of high school, was a drum major, was very reliable and musically capable, and an all-around wonderful student. He was selected by his peers to receive this award.

Aiden Miller Hickory High School, Chesapeake, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Yvonne Daye and Mitchell Reed.

Benjamin Miller Mater Dei Catholic High School, Breese, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jordan Profitt.

Cara Miller Vestal High School, Vestal, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Jennifer Pham.

Charlie Miller Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School, Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Rich Stichler.

Emma Miller Farragut High School, Knoxville, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Rodney Brown. Emma Miller personifies what this award means. Her selflessness and constant desire to improve her musicianship as well as those around her are truly inspirational. Emma is a shining example of what being in "band" means.

Ian Miller Monticello High School, Charlottesville, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Michael Strickler.

Rayce Miller Williams Valley Junior-Senior High School, Tower City, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Matthew Haas.

Sean Miner Moore Haven Middle-High School, Moore Haven, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Bryan Browning. Sean has been a tremendous asset to the MHMHS Music Department and has plans to do great things in the years to come. We wish you the best and thank you for the many years of dedication to the MHMHS Music Program.

Andrew Mixon White Knoll High School, Lexington, SC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Otto Hage. Andrew was an amazing band student and leader for the White Knoll Bands! He was not only a section leader but was also selected to the SC All State Bands, SC All State Jazz Bands, and The SC Boys State.

Dustin Moeckel Napoleon High School, Napoleon, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Tuba, Bass Trombone, Director: Trevor Trudeau.

Aryan Mohanty Union Middle School, San Jose, CA. Class of 2027. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Chris Kay.

Timothy Mojena Riviera Preparatory School, Miami, FL. Class of 2024. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Gregory Kafkes and Jacqueline Rodriguez. Timothy joined band as a freshman during virtual learning and has been diligently working to become the musician he is today. Tim is involved in all our extracurricular ensembles (Jazz Band and Drum-line) in addition to working backstage for our school’s musical productions. Tim continues to develop as a musician and a leader in our program and we are very fortunate to have him.

Nick Molinari Westlake High School, Saratoga Springs, UT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Randy Brady. Nick has demonstrated exceptional commitment to band at Westlake High School. He has participated in our top concert and jazz ensembles. Nick was also a drum major for 2 seasons and head drum major for the 2022 competitive marching season.

Daniel Covarrubias Mondragon Manor New Tech High School, Manor, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Chris Thomsen. Daniel Covarrubias Mondragon was ranked in the top 1% in the State of Texas, advancing to 4A All-State Band. He's very humble, joyful, and has a wonderful relationship with our band members as Saxophone Section Leader. Daniel is a brilliant Jazzer, improvising on multiple instruments, and advancing to Region and Area on alto. Daniel is a quiet, fun, quirky individual who has a passion for learning and achieving great success, and a brilliantly creative and disciplined musician.

Case Mongold Shelby High School, Shelby, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Cassandra McCall. Case never ceased to amaze everyone with his unwavering dedication to the Shelby Whippet Band program. This individual made the High School Symphonic Band as a freshman, but then went on to become first chair as only a sophomore through copious amounts of work and practice.

Alba Monraga-Telles Gilmer High School, Ellijay, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: David Wiebers. Alba loves music! It is evident by her dedication to our band program and her disciplined, individual practice. Her peers have always recognized her passion and leadership and rightfully so!

Mikayla Montañez Liberty High School Band, Liberty, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Sean D Smith.

Caden Montgomery Berlin Brothersvalley High School, Berlin, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Alex Saylor.

Stephanie Moorhatch Delaware County Christian School, Newtown Square, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Matthew Jones.

Sarah Morgan Milford High School, Milford, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Brandon Dittgen, Tim Dailey. Sarah Morgan is an exceptional musician, student and band member. She has participated in nearly every ensemble our program offers and has been an annual Ohio All-State performer.

Ashley Morsbach Plattsburg High School, Plattsburg, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Aaron Guyer. 

Jake Moses Oakley High School, Oakley , KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Mikayla Bauer. Jake Moses is outstanding Percussionist who has been in band since 5th grade. During this time he has performed and competed in multiple different ensembles. In his Senior year he was the programs drum major and assisted in conducting when asked. Jake is a talented Percussionist who is versatility, shows musicality, leadership, and precision.

Marc Munoz Foy H. Moody High School, Corpus Christi, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jose A. Villarreal.

Haley Muse Faith West Academy, Katy, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kim Maxwell. Haley has been a valuable member of our Band program for 8 years and has been in High School Band since 7th grade. She is a positive person who takes on every challenge with gusto. Her musicianship and her dedication to Band are evident and she is much appreciated!

Katelyn Musgrove Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Justin Bangert.

Luke Myers Millard South High School, Omaha, NE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Darren Myers. One of the most talented students I will have worked with in my career. Great Student Leader.

Claire Nalda Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Dumfries, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kelly Kingett.

William Neavin Venus High School, Venus, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Ross Langdon. William is an amazing young man! I have known this student for about 3 years and has done amazing. Some of the music achievements are: ATSSB All-Region Band on Bass Clarinet 2020, 2021 (advanced to Area) and 2022 (advanced to Area). He has also won the Marching Band Award in our program for 2 straight years. He has been on the loading crew for our marching band since his sophomore year. He also plays the Baritone Saxophone in the Jazz Band. As you can see, his dedication to music is impeccable, but his leadership skills are just as important. His dedication to the Venus Band has been tremendous due to his music skill, hard work and leadership skills for our program.

Abbie Neble Ringling High School, Ringling, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Robert and Kari Jacobson.

John David Neidert Loretto High School, Loretto, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Taylor James.

Tea Nelson Cloudcroft High School, Cloudcroft, NM. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Cloudcroft High School.

Damian Nernberger Owen-Withee High School, Owen, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Ryan Gutsch.

Silas Newton South Park High School, Fairplay, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Jonathan Thompson. Silas has excelled immensely on the trombone and has sat top chair in honors bands. He is also a class leader, section leader, drum major and runs rehearsals in the director's absence. Silas has lead our band through his exemplary performance.

Nancy Ngala Kenmoor Middle School, Landover, MD. Class of 2027. Instrument: Bb Clarinet, Director: Ashleigh Naude. Played clarinet for 3 years (since 6th grade). Also plays the piano.

Anne Nguyen Silver Creek High School, San Jose, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Mary-Kathryn Lee.

Eric Nguyen Gray's Creek High School, Hope Mills, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Thomas Stovall.

Gabriele Nicholas Nowata High School, Nowata, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Jennifer Prince.

Braden Nicholls Bentworth High School, Bentleyville, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Horn, Director: Brandon VanSickle.

Savannah Nieroda Crec Academy Of International Studies, Bloomfield, CT. Class of 2024. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Elizabeth Campbell. Savannah has served as Woodwind Sergeant and been a member of our band since sixth grade. "Nieroda" is a cornerstone of our program, with endless patience and love for music!

Cameron Nix Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown, MD. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: Hunter Martin.

Cali Norby Fairview School Districts 13 & 3, Fairview, MT. Class of 2024. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Ellie Motichka.

Kit Nordquist Salado High School, Salado, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Ryan Kimball. Kit Nordquist has been in the Salado band program since 6th grade, During their tenure they were a reliable leader and a multi year state level musician. Kit constantly proves what it means to be an excellent musician as well as a quality human being.

John-Richard Nulph Cedar Springs High School, Cedar Springs, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Matthew Nabozny, Colin Weber.

Lana Nutter Excelsior Charter Schools, Redlands, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Sarah R. Navarro. Lana is known as a compassionate and understanding leader. She gains recognition and respect through her wonderful musicianship and friendly demeanor.

Zoe Oberg Washburn High School, Washburn, ND. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone / Piano, Director: Dustin Moe.

Kira O'Grady Woodside High School, Woodside, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute and Oboe, Director: Nick Gaydos.

Esther Ojo Copper Hills High School, West Jordan, UT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Chris Kuhlemeier. Esther is an exceptional student who served as National Honor Society President, as well as, Drum Major for the Copper Hills Marching Band for two years. She hopes to achieve her goal of becoming a neurosurgeon in the future. Always cheerful and positive, Esther helped to make having two band director changes in two years as positive an experience for her fellow bandmates as she could.

Wesley Omerso New Albany High School, New Albany, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Nick Scroggins.

Trenton O'Neal Glenrock High School, Glenrock, WY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Marcis Bravo.

Hayden Osborne Owen County High School, Owenton, KY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Michael Pinkston.

Wyatt Oxley Oak Hill High School, Oak Hill, WV. Class of 2024. Instrument: Trumpet/Tuba, Director: Travis Myers. 

Reynol Oyervides Arcola High School, Arcola, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kevin Boyle.

Emily Ozawa Royal High School, Simi Valley, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet and Mellophone, Director: Lisa Pate. Emily Ozawa was Royal High School’s Drum Major for the 2022-2023 school year. She did an amazing job leading the Royal Highland Brigade to success! Her talent and dedication earned her the respect of all faculty and students. She also played trumpet in our top Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble and was a member of our Winter Guard program. Emily has graduated with many honors, including her IB Diploma. She will be attending Texas Christian University in the fall.

Pyper Paddock Wamego High School, Wamego, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Chris Richmond.

Ria Pagar Hixson High School, Chattanooga, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Torey Hart.

Taylor K Papizan Wesson Attendance Center, Wesson, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Duval Salvant.

Melanie Parker Alton High School, Alton, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Blake Korte.

Shelby Parker Dalton McMichael High School, Mayodan, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Caleb Foote.

Jason Parmelee Copper Island Academy, Calumet, MI. Class of 2027. Instrument: Trumpet, Clarinet, Director: Austin Malarchick. These two students are tied in my eyes for their musical growth and leadership. Without them, our band would be much less advanced than they are now.

Anna Parsons Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, Hartford, CT. Class of 2025. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Andrew Janes. This student missed an entire year of band in the early Covid years. Not only has she come back and performed at a superior level in class, but she also actively seeks opportunities to help classmates and pursue extracurricular music activities.

Savannah Parsons Northwood High School, Pittsboro, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Hagan Zoellers. Savannah has served as low reeds section leader for two years and has demonstrated utmost dedication to the program as well as superior musical talent. She is an extremely talented musician and a loyal friend to all. Her service to the Northwood Band will be remembered for many years to come.

Shaunn Pavelik Manchester Valley Instrumental Department, Manchester, MD. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Lisa Castellano.

Alexandra Pavlovics Rancho Christian School, Temecula, CA. Class of 2026. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Daniel Lybeck. Alex has been playing clarinet for about 6 years and is, by far, the most dependable performer we have in our small private school program. She always comes to rehearsals prepared and is not afraid to step out as a solo player. By far the most deserving of this award in our group as it currently stands.

Donovan Pearse Jefferson High School, Rockford, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Benjamin Randecker.

Sadie Peddycord Anchor Bay High School, Fair Haven, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Alexander Floury. Sadie played 2nd Trombone in the Jazz Ensemble, Euphonium in the Wind Ensmeble, Bassoon in the Concert/Cadet Band, and served as one of the Senior Drum Majors for the MArching Tars. She is a shining example of a leader, role model, and musician!

Teegan Pegues John B. Connally High School, Austin, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Matthew Garrison.

Dominick Perea Chapman High School, Chapman, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kirsten Smallwood.

Jahrel Perry La Porte High School, La Porte, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: William Lehmann. Jahrel Perry has served our band as brass captain, section leader, band vice president, and has had diverse success on his instrument throughout his four years at La Porte High School.

Lilly Perry Sweet Water High School, Sweet Water, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Kory Jones Boyett. Lilly was an exemplary bandmember, who did what it took to raise everyone around her up! She took on leadership roles and set the bar very high for leadership.

Benjamin Peters Leo Jr./Sr. High School, Leo, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Colby Stackhouse.

Frost Peterson Mountain Home High School, Mountain Home, ID. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Montana Webb.

Patricia Pham Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Bruce Denmead. 

Delyna Phan Garden Grove High School, Garden Grove, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Julian Garrido.

Jaden Phillips Millry High School, Millry, AL. Class of 2025. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Dakota Baker.

Hunter Ping Du Quoin High School, Du Quoin, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Luke Shaffer. Attending John A. Logan College (Carterville, IL) to study Nursing.

Wyatt Ping Walter E. Stebbins High School, Rivevrside, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Alexander Lindon.

Katelyn Pisarski Iroquois Jr./Sr. High School, Erie, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet/Mellophone, Director: Chris Wise. Katelyn has been a strong student leader throughout her time in band. She participated in all ensembles and is a great role model for her peers.

Francisco Placencia Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Tyler Eric Ravelli.

Caleb Ploof Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Swanton, VT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Aron Garceau. Caleb has been a member of every performing group while in high school and after high school will be going off to basic training and then AIT in order to become a member of Vermont's Own 40th Army Band.

A.J. Polansky Republic County High School, Belleville, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ryan Nelson. A.J. has been an active member of jazz band, marching band, pep band, as well as a mentor to other younger students.

Hartwell Pollard John Muir High School Early College Magnet, Pasadena, CA. Class of 2024. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Karen Klages. Hartwell Pollard is an outstanding low brass player, playing euphonium, trombone, and tuba where he is needed. He also sings in Choir and starred as the Dentist in the school's spring production of "Little Shop of Horrors". He is an outstanding musician, a vital part of our Band program.

Brian Porter Zionsville Community High School, Zionsville, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Lynn Jones.

Evan Porter Minden High School, Minden, NE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Matthew Stubbs.

Maria Powell Chimacum Junior/Senior High School, Chimacum, WA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Director: Mitch Brennan. Maria Powell was an exceptional role model and drum major leader. She directed the band to it's first "Superior" rating in memory. She made sure that every step in every rep was perfect.

Jacob Prestwich Snowflake High School, Snowflake, AZ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: TK Rollins. Jacob has been in band ever since 4th grade. For the last four years, he has been a staple of the Lobo Pride Marching Band. His senior year, he lead the band to an unforgettable season as the drum major, even earning the caption at competition of "Outstanding Drum Major." The band grew in professionalism and musicianship under his leadership, and his positive example has left a lasting impression on his peers.

Reagan Prince Tug Valley High School, Williamson, WV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Eb Alto-Saxophone, Director: Nicholas Bragg.

Dorian Pryke Greencastle-Antrim High School, Greencastle, PE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Peter Vincenti.

Kyle Quick Plymouth Christian Academy, Canton, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Trombone/Tuba, Director: Travis Cook. Kyle is an excellent young musician who is completely dedicated to his craft. He is also committed to helping his peers become successful musicians.

Madison Radloff Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, Elkhart Lake, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Jodi Voss.

Maya Raggio Litchfield High School, Litchfield, CT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Piccolo, Tenor Sax, Director: Daniel Porri.

Tanner Ramsey Chaparral High School, Scottsdale, AZ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Jennifer Mireau. Four years in Band, including Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Concert Band. Four years in All-Region Honor Band. Two years in All-State Honor Band.

Shiva Ranganathan C. Leon King High School, Tampa, FL, Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Robert Luster.

Lizzie Rappaport Davie County High School, Mocksville, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Matthew Brusseau.

Jaidyn Redding Polytech High School, Woodside, DE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet/French Horn, Director: Dr. Harvey Bullock, Jr..

Shelby Redding Walnut Grove High School, Loganville, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kaitlin Merck.

Guadalupe (Junior) Reyes Olathe High School, Olathe, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Reyna Carroll. Junior is a truly incredible percussionist and young person. He is responsible, kind, willing to work hard, and always demonstrates the highest level of integrity and dedication to what he does.

Michael Riddle El Dorado High School, El Dorado, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Mr. Zane Boone.

Reid Riethmeier Red Bank High School, Red Bank, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet , Director: Wimberly Kennedy. Reid has been a member of the Blue Lion Band since 8th grade. He has put in a multitude of hours into making sure this program can succeed. Reid received a new band director his senior year and made the most of it. He was an integral part of the band's success and we are proud to have him as a Blue Lion Band representative.

Kevin Pineda-Resendiz Manor High School, Manor, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Alan Guckian.

Emily Riker Stoughton High School, Stoughton , MA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: John Mange.

Eleanor Riley San Leandro High School, San Leandro, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Ryan Phillips. This student was an important part of our band program leading not only her section through COVID but also leading as Drum Major for two years. This is the first time we are giving the award out since 1983 and I am happy it is going to a candidate as worthy as Eleanor.

Reena Reyes Rivera Captain John L Chapin High School, El Paso, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxaphone, Director: Michael D. Peck

Adam Ritzenberg Beachwood High School, Beachwood, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: David Luddington.

Tara Robins North Toole County High School, Sunburst, MT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Allisa Buck. Tara has participated in music throughout here entire school career. During her senior year, she took on a leadership roll and often led sectionals. She is an outstanding musician and is determined to help others grow.

Jackson Robinson Providence Christian School, Dothan, AL. Class of 2028. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Daniel Love. This student came into our program brand new and took major steps in both musicianship and leadership in his hard work and dedication leading his fellow peers in the beginning stages of a band program. He displayed a high sense of discipline and character at such a young age gaining the respect of the entire group!

Jonah Robinson Haltom High School, Haltom City, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Horn, Director: Donnie Hull.

Heidy Robles Oak Ridge High School, Orlando, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Krystal Campbell-Adkins. Heidy has displayed a great deal of dedication to the band program throughout their 4 years. They have received superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble, has served in multiple band leadership roles, and was the only tubist in our top ensembles/marching band for two years. Heidy has been a huge role model in our band program. They have received two music scholarships and plan to continue playing in college.

Katelynn Rockwood Hardin-Houston Local Schools, Houston, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Director: Emily Barga. Katelynn is an outstanding musician. She plays piano, clarinet, bass clarinet, tuba, baritone saxophone, and trumpet at a high level. She helps me accompany our choir and is a model leader for the whole band.

Alyssa Rodriguez Faith Christian Academy, Orlando, FL. Class of 2025. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Dr. Andrew Rumbaugh.

Jose Rodriguez Ortega Roswell High School, Roswell, NM. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Dr. Daniel Gomez. Jose is an exceptional young person, he will make changes in the world he lives in.

Samuel Roggenbuck Harbor Beach High School, Harbor Beach, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Sara DeDona. Sam served as the uniform manager and senior field commander of our High School Band. He was the featured soloist in our fall marching halftime show this year. Sam is thoughtful, caring, and tremendously loyal. He has played an important role in the success of our small band program.

Zoe Roidl Dover High School, Dover Plains, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Nicholas Sowul.

Luis Rojas Calhoun City High School, Calhoun City, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Taylor Moore. Luis is a very hard working young man. With excellent playing ability and leadership skills, Luis has left a long lasting impression on our program.

Jessy Romero Discovery High School, Lawrenceville, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Rob Myles.

Joshua Romero-Carrizales Laurens District 55 High School, Laurens, SC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Sara R. Glogowski. Josh has been the lead trumpet player of the band for three years, demonstrating both technical prowess and a great ear.

Mia Rosenblum-Solis Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD. Class of 2024. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Allyson Royster.

Adam Rosskopf Coronado High School, El Paso, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: James Smith, Jessica Shin and Kathryn Andrade.

Mildred Roth Copper Island Academy, Calumet, MI. Class of 2028. Instrument: Trumpet, Clarinet, Director: Austin Malarchick.

Loghan Runnakko The Colony High School, The Colony, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Michael Larkin. Loghan is a tuba player, who made first chair tuba in the texas 5A All State Symphonic Band. He has been the principal tuba player in The Colony High School Wind Symphony for two years and was also a section leader. Loghan also participated in many outside musical groups and clinics. He will be attending University of North Texas to major in Music Performance.

Jayden Rupp Marshall County High School, Benton, K. Class of 2024. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Ronnie Payton. Jayden lives in Kentucky and has scored several high-placed chairs in her own band, district wide, and at the quad state level. She plans to pursue a doctorate in History to become a professor.

Lauren Ruppel Mount Paran Christian School, Kennesaw, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Dr. William Flood.

Eamon Ryan Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Sean McQuinn.

Laura Sahyouni Knoxville High School, Knoxville, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Collin Johnson. Laura has consistently been a top performing student in any performing ensemble at Knoxville. She proved her dedication through service through being drum major and maintaining a proud leadership role within band. Laura is always prepared, punctual, and effectively helps fellow band students without question. Laura proves everyday to be the ideal recipient of this prestigious award.

Rebecca Santiago Puget Sound Adventist Academy, Kirkland, WA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French HOrn, Director: Michele Stark.

Julio Santoyo Westminster Christian School, Palmetto Bay, FL. Class of 2024. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Seth M. Carlson. Julio leads by example in the band. He is dedicated and shows perseverance in all that he does. He is a hard-worker and shows the Sousa spirit by encouraging others around him.

Josh Sasson Wissahickon HS, Ambler, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Michael Hood. District and Region Band & Orchestra junior and senior years. Trombone in the Jazz Band. Member of the brass quintet since sophomore year.

Jose Saucedo Industrial High School, Vanderbilt, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Lawrence Firmin.

Danico Sauler Katella High School, Anaheim, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute and Bassoon, Director: Dylan Harlan. Danico is a natural leader and was a great drum major for the Katella Band program. His strong musical ability allowed him to be a reliable performer on flute and bassoon.

Camille Saunders Portal Middle High School, Portal, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: John J Gleissner. 

Gunner Sawyer Zion Chapel High School, Jack, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone/Trombone, Director: Tyler Logan. The student was someone that was reliable, loyal to the band program and the craft. 

Jessica Schieber Okeene High School, Okeene, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Miranda Spurlin.

Abbygail Schlough Boyceville Community School District, Menomonie, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Joshua Hopper. Abby's dedication to the band program was unparalleled. She participated in every honor band, marched in every parade, and made sure that she was thoroughly prepared for every concert. Add to that that she participated in band as an "independent study" student for two years so she could take more high school courses for college, and it was clear that she was 100% dedicated. She will be pursuing a major in agricultural education.

Olivia Schommer Armada High School, Armada, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Joshua Bobek.

Charles Schomp Central Academy of Technology and Arts, Monroe, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Craig Retzlaff.

Wray Scott Pateros High School, Pateros, WA. Class of 2025. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Jimmie Rogers. Wray Scott is a leader among his fellow band students and has made a profound and lasting impact on the Pateros Band Program. He inspires those around him to be better musicians daily with his stellar work ethic and his continuous passion for music making.

Sara Seals Winfield City High School, Winfield, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, French Horn, Director: Laura Semmes.

Alexander Seitler Oregon High School Bands, Oregon, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Allison Jaeger.

Paul Sellers F.J. Reitz High School, Evansville, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Alex Grimm. Paul has been an incredible leader and musician. He is a mentor to so many in our instrumental program, and has helped lead the band and his section to many successes. Paul understands the meaning of hard work, and works hard for reward and success he as earned. Paul plans to study Economics and the University of Southern Indiana.

Aaron Sellow North Point High School, Waldorf, MD. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone, Director: David C. Monk. Principal Clarinet in Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2019-2021), 1st Tenor Saxophone in Jazz Ensemble (2022-2023), Principal Clarinet in Charles County All-County Band (2021-2023), Prinicipa Clarinet in Southern Maryland Tri-County Band (2022-2023), All-County Band 7th through 12th grade. Tri-County Band 7th through 12th grade.

Yagoda Selwa Henry P. Becton Regional High School, East Rutherford, NJ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flue, Director: Caitlin Lennox. Yagoda is an incredibly dedicated musician who has participated in every band program available at Becton. Yagoda served as a woodwind section leader and a winter color guard lieutenant.

Drew Sherman Johnsburg High School, Johnsburg, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Anna Zaino.

Evan Siedel Conotton Valley High School, Bowerston, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Robyn King.

Gracie Sime Seneca Area School District, Seneca, WI. Class of 2024. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Philip Davies. 

Joseph Sims Kinston School, Kinston, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Chad Hodges.

Cyrus Slade Old Orchard Beach High School, Old Orchard Beach, ME. Class of 2024. Instrument: Saxophone/Voice, Director: Chris Chasse.

YiLi Smedley Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Jeremy M. Ulrich.

AJ Smith Thales Academy Rolesville, Rolesville, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Wendy Cheng. AJ is an outstanding musician and has been a leader in the band for the past 6 years. He continuously strives for musical excellence and we appreciate his dedication to our band.

Annie Smith Veterans High School, Kathleen, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Grayson Mullis.

Ian Smith Treasure Coast High School, Port Saint Lucie, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass/Flute, Director: Bobby Ingram.

Theo Smith Annapolis High School, Annapolis, MD. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Alexandra Gilbert.

Tyler Smith Ironwood Area Schools, Ironwood, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Kirk McBrayer.

William Smith Coastal Leadership Academy, Myrtle Beach, SC. Class of 2025. Instrument: Guitar, Director: Angel Thompson. William, aka "Billy", is truly a music prodigy. My goal as a teacher/director/mentor is to help my students surpass me in their abilities and passion for music. Billy has succeeded in this area as well as encouraging other musicians along the way. I look to see you at the Grammy's one day.

Jenson Smyle The King's Academy, West Palm Beach, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Wes Lowe.

Rori Snethen Webster City High School, Webster City, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet/French Horn, Director: Kyle Kain. Hard working student who takes on new challenges and provides support and leadership to peers.

Jackson Snodsmith Mt. Vernon Township High School, Mt. Vernon, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: David J Mateyka.

Maxwell Snyder Henninger High School, Syracuse, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Holly L McCoy. Maxwell was new to the program this past year. He jumped right in and excelled beyond my imagination. He participated in all of the Band extracurriculars and also made Honor Ensembles. A great asset, even though short, to the Band program here at Henninger!

Paige Sokolowski The Catholic High School of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Zack Davis. Paige is a senior at Catholic High. During her time with us, she was principal clarinet as well as Band President. Paige exudes leadership, confidence and a positive attitude!

Ananya Solanki Panther Creek High School, Cary, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Andrew Weiss. Ananya was our Band President for 2023 and Vice President for 2022. She was an incredible leader for our program, one who was instrumental in our success.

Juan Carlos Soriano-Pacheco Tenaya Middle School, Merced, CA. Class of 2027. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Samantha N. Johnson. Juan has been an exemplary student for the past two years and has shown dedication and determination to the marching arts.

Ashlynn Southerland North High School, Bakersfield, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Kevin Brady.

Cameron Sparks Mary Persons High School, Forsyth, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Reagan Sanders.

Julia Spencer Foothill High School, Sacramento, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Alexia Vargas. Julia always goes above and beyond. Wherever I may need her, she is always willing to step up to the challenge. She is the perfect example of an exemplary musician for our music program.

Wil Spencer Chatham High School, Chatham, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Elias Assimakopoulos.

Jenner Stabel Paradise Adventist Academy, Paradise, California. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Lloyd Roby. Jenner Stabel has been in the high school program for four years. He is well-liked by peers and is a natural leader who provides a calm, quiet influence to others.

Rose Staley Waverly High School, Waverly, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Nancy Riecker.

Lynn Stamps Chilton County High School, Clanton, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Rebecca Curtin.

Brayden Standish Pine Hills Adventist Academy, Auburn, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn, Director: Terri Taaffe.

Matthew Stearns Hickory Ridge High School, Harrisburg, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Chris White and David Rivero. Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and Pit Orchestra: Alto and Soprano Saxophone Symphonic Band: Flute, Bass Clarinet, and Contra Clarinet All-County, All-District, All-State, Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble, several collegiate honor bands

Karly Stechmesser Two Rivers High School, Two Rivers, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Mariah Honeck.

Caden Stoeger Argyle School District, Argyle, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kim Haynes.

Emily Stokely Pasquotank County High School, Elizabeth City, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Nicholas G. Stanley. Emily is a 4-year student of the PCHS Band Program. Percussionist and Tenor Saxophonist. She will attend East Carolina University this fall to major in Music Education.

Eadie Suhr Sumner-Fredericksburg High School, Sumner, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ethan Koch.

Emily Sullivan Manistee Middle/High School, Manistee, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Andrea Mack.

Lauren Summerall Lee County High School, Leesburg, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone/Mellophone, Director: Joel Collins. Lauren was consistently selected to honor bands in the state of Georgia, including District, Region, and UGA JanFest. Additionally, she was selected to the District Jazz Ensemble in her senior year. Lauren has also served as Mellophone Section Leader and Drum Major of the Trojan Marching Band.

Chloe Surrette South Garner High School, Garner, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: R. Timothy McCoy. Chloe Surrette was the clarinet section leader, an assistant drum major, member of the percussion ensemble, played guitar, and was a member of Color Guard.

Alexander Svendsen-Conn Palisades Charter High School, Pacific Palisades, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Peter Ye.

Maxton Swantko Lake Central High School, St. John, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tenor Saxophone, Director: Elliot Smith.

Aidan Swartz Starpoint High School, Lockport, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Michael D. Volpe. Aidan is a fantastic musician and saxophonist. He plans to purse a degree in Music Education and Performance at Ithaca College.

Juan Taduran Valley View High School, Moreno Valley, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Andrew Silva. 

Noah Tarango Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Tucson, AZ. Class of 2024. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Dr. Elizabeth Soflin.

Juliet Taylor Santa Fe High School, Alachua, Florida. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Jacob Massena. Juliet Taylor is a phenomenal musician and leader in her band program. She served as the Drum Major of the Marching Band and as a Student Conductor at MPA. She was also placed in the Florida All-State Honor Band and selected 4th chair Euphonium in the Alachua County Honor Band.

Luna Taylor Stillman Valley High School, Stillman Valley, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: John C. Gelasi.

Mara Taylor Garden City High School, Garden City, MI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Kayla Cunnien. Mara has been playing the alto saxophone since 5th grade and has a passion for music. They have become a leader and mentor for their section in band and is respected by their peers. Mara will be continuing their band experience while attending EMU this fall.

Paige Taylor Woodbridge High School, Greenwood, DE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Danielle Jonnes. Paige has been a leader in our percussion section throughout her years of HS. She is headed to Salisbury University where she signed to ride for their equestrian team.

Gabriella Telesca Dansville Central Schools, Dansville, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Holly Carson. I can’t think of a better example of an exemplary high school band student. This student is always on top of their music, and is constantly looking for new instruments to learn. This student is involved in every ensemble this school district has to offer as well as been an active member in the drama club. This student is one of the most across the board, talented and more importantly -hard working- students I have ever had the pleasure to teach. The Dansville high school 2023 Sousa award goes to Gabby Telesca.

Scott Tesch Rice Consolidated High School, Altair, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kasey Chitmon.

Isai Vargas Teutle William Workman High School, City of Industry, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Timothy McElearney.

Juliana Thomas Horizon High School, Scottsdale, AZ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Kyle Hollerbach.

Rowan Thomas Jamestown Area School District, Jamestown, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Jim Dutko.

Tanner Thomas Leechburg Area High School, Leechburg, PE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jacob Mrochek.

Wesley Thomas Goodpasture Christian School, Madison, TN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Nathan Belcher. Wesley Thomas is native of Gallatin, TN where he attended Goodpasture Christian School. While a member of the GCS Band, Wesley showed great character, leadership and musicianship. Wesley is two-time TN Division 1 State Marching Band Champion, as well as making TMEA All-State in 2020 and 2023. He will be attending Tennessee Tech University in the Fall.

Calvin Thompson Paradise Adventist Academy, Paradise, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpets, Director: Lloyd Roby. Calvin Thompson is also a natural leader. His gregarious manner and positive influence have been an inspiration to others this semester.

Hunter Thompson Montezuma-Cortez High School, Cortez, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: William Winslow. Hunter joined band as a junior in high school and rocketed to the top of the class in no time at all. He was invaluable percussion leader as well band member throughout his short time.

Grace Timm Lakes International Language Academy, Forest Lake, MN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jeffrey P. Ruhnke. Student has a very high level of talent, with an extraordinary work ethic. She also exhibits a perfect attitude about playing when asked. She is a model student and a fine example of what the Sousa Award was intended.

Jacob Torres St. Rita of Cascia High School, Chicago, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone, Director: John Donovan. Jacob has proven worthy of winning this in back to back years. His growth from his Junior year is evident not only in his playing, but in his leadership and finding his voice. He served as brass captain this year and led incredible grwoth from his team.

Jorge Antonio Torres South East Senior High School, South Gate, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Jasmine Melgoza.

Felix Tovar Northbrook High School, Houston, TX. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Jamal Washington.

McKenzie Tracy Central Noble Jr/Sr High School, Albion, IN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium/Trombone, Director: Laura Gaff.

Lauren Trautenberg Laguna Beach High School, Laguna Beach, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Violin, Director: Jeremy Chung. Lauren Trautenberg has both participated in school orchestra and studied music theory throughout high school.

Soriya Triantis Gallatin High School, Bozeman, MT. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jeffrey Ruffcorn. Soriya Triantis is an absolute band student at heart. Everything that she does is for the joy of music and helping others find joy in their own musical experiences. Since middle school, Soriya has given countless hours to ensuring the success of every program she has participated in.

Clarissa Trujillo La Puente High School, La Puente, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bassoon, Director: Robert Marshall. Dedicated to the advancement of the program and is always willing to sacrifice their needs for the betterment of the music program.

Liiric Trussell Meridian High School, Meridian, MS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Joshua Reed.

Chigozirim Uduh Brown Deer High School, Brown Deer, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Tyler Brownfield.

Izabella Vallejo Lancaster Baptist School, Lancaster, CA. Class of 2025. Instrument: flute, Director: Tracy Dizon.

HG Van Dis Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Limestone, ME. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Chris Chouiniere.

Ryan Vargas Gateway High School , Kissimmee, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Jonathan Money. Ryan Vargas was the Drum Major at Gateway High School for 2 years. Participated in Florida All State Honor Band for 2022 and 2023. He will be studying Music Education to become a band director as his after-graduation plans.

Leonardo Vasquez Teran Grand Terrace High School, Grand Terrace, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Robert Ransdell.

Alex Vastano Mountain View High School, Mountain View, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ricky Alegria.

Avery Vega Marvin Ridge High School, Waxhaw, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Keith James.

Grace Veit Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, IA. Class of 2025. Instrument: Oboe, Director: Taylor Matuszeski.

Elizabeth Vink Pella Christian High School, Pella, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Autumn Bennett. Elizabeth contributed greatly to the Pella Christian High School band program by both exemplifying great musical and leadership qualities. Over her 4 years at PCHS, Elizabeth participated in many ensembles and honor bands. Additionally, Elizabeth served as assistant drum major for two years and head drum major for one year. Elizabeth embodies all the qualities of a great high school band student by being a well-rounded academic and involved in multiple aspects of the fine arts.

Charlie Vinson East Prairie High School, East Prairie, MO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Madison Jarrett. Charlie was a terrific drum major and student leader in our band program.

Isabelle Vos GFW Middle & High School, Winthrop, MN. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone, Director: Miranda Kelley.

Gabriel Wagner Holmes County High School, Bonifay, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Sam Shirah. Gabriel Wagner was a phenomenal student. With this being my first-year teaching, he helped our program transition easily into the new era of this program. Without his unwavering dedication to his classmates and this band program, we would not have accomplished as much as we have this year. He is the definition of excellence both as an instrumentalist and as a leader.

Luke Wagner Clackamas High School, Clackamas, OR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Caleb Ross. Luke competed at the 2023 OSAA Solo Festival on both Timpani and Orchestral Snare and got first place in the Timpani category.

Madison Wagner Cuyahoga Falls High School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Dustin Harris.

Truliah Walker Lincoln High School, Lincoln, NE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Jill Oetken. Truliah participated in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Show Band, Holiday Tour, and the Brass Links.

Emma Walman Northwestern High School, Maple, WI. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Michael Hintzman.

Eleanor Wank New Riegel High School, New Riegel, OH Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Nikkole Kleba. She has led by example, models great musicianship and citizenship, and has taken countless opportunities to pursue music outside of the required band curriculum. She has always been a wonderful leader who supports her peers and mentors younger band members.

Thomas Warren Sparks High School, Sparks, NV. Class of 2023.

Maya Weaver Catskill High School, Catskill, NY. Class of 2023. Instrument: Flute, Director: Seth Dowling. Maya Weaver is an extremely dedicated and hard working musician. This has lead to 3 years of perfect scores on level 6 (the highest level) NYSSMA solos, acceptance to and participation in the NYSSMA All-State Band, and awarded the WMHT radio station's Student Musician of the Month for the month of January 2022. Her focus, helpfulness, kindness, and patience makes her the ideal student and I'm honored to have been able work with her.

Sam Webster Carrboro High School, Carrboro, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Euphonium, Director: Casey Spillman.

Daniel Wells Burlingame Kansas School District #454, Burlingame, KS. Class of 2023. Instrument: Horn, Director: Lindsey Wendleton.

Allyson Wenzl Harrah High School, Harrah, OK. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bass Clarinet, Director: John Sook. Allyson started playing the clarinet in middle school. She started playing bass clarinet in high school and excelled making CODA her freshman year. She was the band captain for her senior year and also made small school All-State during her senior year. She has also qualified at state for solo and ensemble for three years now, making a one on both solo and ensemble her senior year.

Nathan Werner Fountain Valley High School, Fountain Valley, CA. Class of 2023. Instrument: French Horn/Mellophone, Director: Maxwell Lowe. Nathan has had an outstanding career here at FVHS; he has served as section leader, brass captain, and band equipment manager during his four years in the Royal Regiment. He is on to Fullerton College to pursue music this fall, and will perform this summer in DCI as a marching member of the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps.

James West Star City High School, Star City, AR. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Saxophone, Director: Brian York. JT was the Woodwind Captain his junior and senior year. Multi year soloist in different ensembles of the band, and consistently earned a superior rating at both region and state solo and ensemble festivals. JT excelled at performing on multiple instruments, and is planning on pursuing a degree in music.

John Ross West American Christian Academy, Tuscaloosa, AL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Heather M. Henson. John Ross West served as Drum Major for the Patriot Band during his senior year. He previously served as Low Brass Captain and tuba section leader. John Ross is a member of the Tri-M National Honor Society. He will be attending Shelton State Community College pursuing a degree in welding.

Ethan Westermeyer Keokuk High School, Keokuk, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Jesse Deese.

Holden Wheeler Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove, IL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Vince Genualdi.

Olivia Wiley Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Horn, Director: Trevor Marcho. Olivia has shown her dedication, character and high standards throughout her musical career in Mount Vernon. She has been section leader in marching band, symphonic band and orchestra, has participated in multiple honors bands, participated in the 2023 Ohio All-State band and earned "Superior" ratings at OMEA Solo & Ensemble contests. She also assists the high school and middle school band directors with administrative tasks on a regular basis. Olivia plans to major in music in the Fall.

Grayce Williams Tri-County High School, Thornburg, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Melanie Tygart.

Lance Williams Bunn High School, Bunn, NC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trombone/Horn, Director: Kerry Shimfessel.

Zavier Williamson Troy Christian Schools, Troy, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Baritone Saxophone, Director: Larry Kennon. 

Lee (Lillian) Willkerson Hickman County High School, Centerville, TE. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Ed Medford. Participated in the concert band for 5 1/2 years. Having done marching for 2. Alongside jazz band for a year.

Zane Wilson Andrews High School, Andrews, SC. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Chris Miller. Zane is a very dedicated, hard working student. Zane has played the trumpet for 7 years and has been my section leader for this entire year.

Quinton Wiltbank Morenci High School, Morenci, AZ. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Reed L. Bailey. Quinton is not only a gifted musician, but a hardworking student and leader. He is always happy to help other students with learning parts and even jump to a new instrument when parts need to be covered. He has a natural gift for all things music and a passion for band that has carried the program for the past several years.

Joshua Wingard Ridgeland High School, Rossville, GA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Dr. Timothy Ellison.

Karlee Witte Addison Community Schools, Addison, Michigan. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone, Director: Nicole Higgs. 

Isaiah White South Central High School, Greenwich, OH. Class of 2023. Instrument: Trumpet, Director: Joe Gaither

Zipporah Windle Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, Philadelphia, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Kailee McWilliams.

Megan Witzenburg Grand View Christian School, Des Moines, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Saxophone and Clarinet, Director: Mark Lukasiewicz. Megan exudes everything this award stands for. She serves the band tirelessly, always has a willing spirit, and exemplifies joy and excellence. She's made a great impact both at the school and in the band program and will continue to lead wherever she goes.

Aimee Wright Coronado High School, Colorado Springs, CO. Class of 2023. Instrument: Alto Sax, Director: Kimberley C. Kincaid. Aimee is an outstanding musician and student leader. She is principal Saxophonist in concert and jazz bands, and is also our Drum Major. Aimee has been selected to several honor bands and will be double majoring in Engineering and Music.

Abigail Wyman Citrus High School, Inverness, FL. Class of 2023. Instrument: Tuba, Director: Alexis Hobbs.

David Zelenski Shade-Central City School District, Cairnbrook, PA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion, Director: Benjamin Henigin. In the concert band’s inaugural year, David Zelenski was the first recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award in nearly a decade since our school district unfortunately eliminated music from our school. David helped to revitalize the program in its first year with excellence and class.

Eliel Zepeda Gar-Field High School, Woodbridge, VA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Clarinet, Director: Timothy Turner. Eliel is one of the first people to rehearsal and the last to leave. He is always volunteering to help. He has addition and made All-County Band and All-District Band for the last two years. He is a member of the Tri M Honor society, and the first person from Gar-Field to audition for All-State is quite a few years.

Bradlee Zitek Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, IA. Class of 2023. Instrument: Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Tuba, Director: Taylor Matuszeski.

Zenna Zwoll Calhoun Middle High School, Mt. Zion, WV. Class of 2023. Instrument: Percussion/Trumpet, Director: Michael McHenry. Zenna has served the Calhoun Middle High School Band since 5th grade. She has helped the band achieve numerous superior ratings and 1st place victories in marching band. Our program has flourished in no small part due to her perseverance and dedication.