Since 1954 thousands of high schools have honored their top band students with the John Philip Sousa Award. The pinnacle of achievement in a high school band program, the Sousa Award recognizes outstanding dedication and superior musicianship. The award has become a nationwide symbol of excellence in musical achievement.

Here at Pioneer, we honor our most deserving band member each year by presenting him or her with the John Philip Sousa Award. We, too, believe that the Sousa Award recognizes superior musicianship, leadership, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation- the qualities directors strive to develop in all students.

We are proud of these outstanding students:

  • 2016 Nathan Heed
  • 2015 Ellen Sauer
  • 2014 Elliot Polot
  • 2013 Jesse Lemons
  • 2012 Kevin Zhang
  • 2011 Carly Renner
  • 2010 Meekyoung Lee
  • 2009 Skye Hookham
  • 2008 Samu Rast
  • 2007 Allie Simpson
  • 2006 Mackenzie Slottow
  • 2005 Anthony Smith
  • 2004 Carl Engelke
  • 2003 Dean Baxtresser
  • 2002 Yuka Shiragaki
  • 2001 Damian Kim
  • 2000 Matthew Leavitt
  • 1999 Leigh Murnane
  • 1998 Drew Leslie
  • 1997 Elliott Ross
  • 1996 Robert Fiegal-Stickles
  • 1995 Jonah Weiskopf
  • 1994 Josh Feigelson
  • 1993 Colin Stetson
  • 1992 Michael Park
  • 1991 Matt Tropman
  • 1990 David Singer
  • 1989 David Meretta
  • 1988 Jared Throneberry
  • 1987 Cindy Andress
  • 1986 R. Eric Bennett
  • 1985 Mark Clague
  • 1984 David Martel
  • 1983 Julie Matthews
  • 1982 John Krienke
  • 1981 Krista Kauper
  • 1980 Scott McElroy
  • 1979 Beth Stoner
  • 1978 Nancy Plant
  • 1977 Joanna Bassett
  • 1976 Jon Hildebrandt
  • 1975 David Enos
  • 1974 Eric Becher
  • 1970 Gordon Stout
  • 1969 John DeLancey
  • 1968 Jay DeVries
  • 1967 Douglas Munra
  • 1966 Jeff Doane
  • 1965 Nick Van Der Schalie

 

John Philip SousaJohn Philip Sousa (1854–1932) was the longtime director of The President's Own Marine Band, and a prolific composer and arranger. He championed the cause of music education, received several honorary degrees, and fought for composers' rights.