Band Awards

Band Awards & Special Recognition

The following awards are presented each year:

John Philip Sousa Award:
John Phillips Sousa is without a doubt the most famous band master in the world. Sousa brought band music to its pinnacle as a director of the United States Marine Band. In his own Sousa Band he traveled all over the world premiering and performing band music to royalty, commanders and commoners alike. In fact, it can be said that if it weren’t for John Phillips Sousa school bands as we know them would not exist. This award that bears his name is given to the student band member who has earned the most points in high school.
1. Outstanding musicianship and ability
2. Extreme dedication to his or her band program
3. Strong leaderships skills and contributions above and beyond the call of duty to their band.
4. High moral values
5. High academic achievement
6. The highest total points for their four years.

John Philip Sousa Award Winners
2006: Megan Howard
2007: Aaron Duke
2008: Stephanie Rodgers
2009: Lystra Charnon
2010: Bryan Sesko
2011: Jamie Rodgers 2012: Amy Kawleski 2013: Adam Morgan
2014: Jesse Gazella 2015: Craig Sampo, Jr.  2016: Destin Wernicke  

Patrick S. Gilmore Award:
The United States Instrumentalist Company founded this award to honor additional students who are outstanding in their bands. Patrick S. Gilmore was a legendary band master. Among his achievements he organized concerts with thousands of musicians and performed for audiences in the 50,000 numbers of people.
1. Musicianship and ability
2. Contributions to their band program
3. Demonstrations of personal and professional qualities including citizenship, dependability, going above and beyond the call of duty
4. Second highest total points for their four years.

Patrick S. Gilmore Award Winners
2006: Laura Cleerman
2007: Shyekara Smith
2008: Justin Cacciatore
2009: Matt Lawler
2010: Blake Smith
2011: Kayla LaPlante 2012: Mariel Carlson 2013: Josh Kryger
2014: Riley Scanlan 2015: Arthur Gajewski  2016: Brooke Linzmeier  

Arion Award:
A foundation established to give national recognition to senior members chosen by their schools for outstanding accomplishments and achievements in band. Students who receive the Arion Award attain both academic and community standing. Because of its prestige, the Arion Award has been a major factor in obtaining scholarship offers.
1. The individual’s contribution to his/her group
2. Performing ability and their musicianship
3. Their scholastic standing
4. Demonstration of personal and professional qualities in keeping with the school standards
5. Highest total points for their four years.

Arion Award Winners
2006: Ryan Jones
2007: Joel Carlson
2008: Alex Jacques
2009: Elizabeth Wrobleski
2010: Seth Parmer
2011: Kaci Hoverson 2012: Laura Juszczyk 2013: Emily Smithback
2014: Joshua Hendzel 2015: Morgan Linzmeier  2016: Lexi Parr  

Semper Fidelis Award:
Presented by the United State Marine Corps:
Not only does the young musician have to maintain a high degree of proficiency with an instrument through practice and rehearsal, but they must also maintain passing grades and devote time to extra curricular needs of the band. In doing so, the high school musician displays traits the Marines consider essential: Endurance, Knowledge, Unselfishness, Dependability, Enthusiasm and Loyalty. To help high schools promote recognition of these achievements and the sacrifices the musicians will make, the Marine Corps provides the Semper Fidelis Music Award. A tradition that dates back to the days of John Phillips Sousa and his role in making the Marine Corps Band a premiere musical unit it is today, The President’s Own Band.

Semper Fidelis Award Winners
2007: Branden Doucette
2008: Brandon Harkonen
2009: Emily Wood
2010: Kevin Ripley
2011: Leigha Flagstad 2012: Luke Baranczyk 2013: Nate Hilliard 2014: Devin Wellner
2015: Brett Byrnes  2016: Justin Warax    

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Winners
2006: Adam Berndt
2007: Jeremiah Shrovnal
2008: Eric Rentmeester
2009: Matt Lawler
2010: Blake Smith
2011: N/A 2012: Luke Baranczyk 2013: Ryan Loining
2014: Camren Crouse 2015: Arthur Gajewski  2016: Destin Wernicke  

Woody Herman Jazz Award

Woody Herman Jazz Award Winners
2006: Megan Howard,
Adam LeGrave, Ryan Jones
2007: Aaron Duke, Brad Rehn
Katie Neshek, Eric Passehl
2008: Dan Kizaur, Stephanie
Rodgers, Justin Cacciatore
2009: Anna Alger
2010: Corey Whitt, Brandon
Kryger, Colin Duke
2011: N/A 2012: Trevor Lardinois 2013: Adam Socha, Karlye Whitt
2014: Jesse Gazella 2015: Katie Gillis, Brett Byrnes 2016: Brooke Linzmeier, Lexi Parr, Justin Warax