Myers Park High School has an ensemble of award-winning bands. Where that itself is an achievement, the recognition we receive every year would not be attainable without the contribution of our band leaders, but especially from the contribution and leadership of our band members. Below are the awards that are given each year to those band members who exhibit class, leadership, and spirit supporting the growth of themselves and others and upholding the high standards of the bands.

The John Philip Sousa Award is given each year to our “MVP” – a student who has excelled in multiple aspects of our program, has consistently earned chairs in regional/state honors bands, has demonstrated leadership, kindness, and a willingness to share his/her talent with others, succeeds academically, and who exudes a passion for music. This award is given by high school band programs across the nation, and has been given at Myers Park each year since 1972. Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the John Phillip Sousa Award:

 
Congratulations to Andrew Kuntz, the 2020 honoree for the John Philip Sousa Award! Andrew’s contributions to the MPHS Bands and Performing Arts dept have been numerous and of the highest quality. Bravo!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Previous recipients of the John Philip Sousa Award:
2018/2919
Nicholas Goudes
2017/2018
Ross Jarrell
2016/2017
First Last
2015/2016
First Last
2014/2015
Ben Gibson
2013/2014
Jack Fullager
2012/2013
Maddie Lanphear
 

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award is awarded to a student who excels in the idiom of Jazz. This award is traditional at many high schools nationwide. Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award:

 

Congratulations to Greg Rubidge on being awarded the 2020 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award!
Congrats to Caleb Abernethy on being awarded the 2020 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Previous recipients of the John Philip Sousa Award:
2018/2019
Joshua Williams
2017/2018
Duncan Pickett
2016/2017
Firs Last
2015/2016
First Last
2014/2015
Michael Nenon
2013/2014
Stuart Caron
2012/2013
Reid Parler
 

The Unsung Hero Award is given to a senior who has consistently and selflessly done the quiet, behind-the-scenes things that contribute to the success of the band program. This award is given in memory of Allan Cooper Dell. Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the Unsung Hero Award Award:

 

Christina Georgiou is presented with the Spring 2020 “Unsung Hero” Award, given in memory of Allan Cooper Dell. Congratulations, Christina!

 

Previous recipients of the Unsung Hero Award:
2018/2019
Grace Clark
 

The Spirit of the Band Award is given in memory of Parker Templeton, a band member who lost his life in 1999. This award is given by the previous year’s honoree to a junior each year, thus passing along “The Spirit of the Band.”  Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the Spirit of the Band Award:

 

2019/2020
Alessandro Dal Pra
2018/2019
Leah Jarrell
2017/2018
Jackson Magas
2016/2017
First Last
2015/2016
First Last
2014/2015
Ben Thyer
2013/2014
Karly Bynum
2012/2013
Emily Brawn

 

 

The Leonard Bernstein Award for Musicianship and Creativity is a national award given at many high schools. At Myers Park, it is awarded to a student who plays well, but also exhibits creativity through composing, arranging, or visual arts. It is an award to recognize true artistic spirit.  Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the Leonard Bernstein Award for Musicianship and Creativity:

 

Congratulations to Allison Ward for receiving the Leonard Bernstein Award for Musicianship and creativity! We are so proud of you, Allison.

 

Previous recipients of the Leonard Bernstein Award:
2018/2019
Duncan Pickett
2017/2018
Miles Carabello
 

The National School Marching Award goes to a student each year who demonstrates an unquenchable passion for the Marching Arts, outstanding skill on the field, leadership, and service.  Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the National School Marching Award:

 

2019/2020
Jennifer Judd
2018/2019
Jackson Magas
2017/2018
Emily Shinn
2016/2017
First Last
2015/2016
First Last
2014/2015
Kevin Butler
2013/2014
Emily Brown
 

The National School Color Guard Award is given each year to a member of the Color Guard who embodies the artistry and pageantry of Color Guard, leadership, and service.  Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the National School Color Guard Award:

 

2019/2020
Emma Leuders
2018/2019
Julia Dai
2017/2018
Lillian Croy
2016/2017
First Last
2015/2016
First Last
 

The Strive for Perfection Award recognizes a student who inspires with their perseverance and dedication to the Myers Park Bands. This award was created in honor if current band director Whit Blount to mark his 10th year as director of the Mustang Bands. Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the Strive for Perfection Award:

 

Congratulations to Brady Sneed on receiving the “Strive for Perfection” award, given in honor of our current director Mr. Whit Blount. No one worked harder to perfect his craft and serve his band mates than Brady!

 

Previous recipients of the Strive For Perfection Award:
2018/2019
Noah Farnsworth
2017/2018
Adam Lipshay             Max Thyer
 
 

The Semper Fi Award is given in recognition of outstanding musicianship, leadership and loyalty to the Myers Park Bands. Following are the MP Bands past and present recipients of the Semper Fi Award:

 

The Semper Fi Award is given to Ian Hull, who didn’t let a global pandemic get in the way of his loyalty to the MP Bands! Congratulations Ian and best of luck in your journey.

 

Previous recipients of the Leonard Bernstein Award:
2018/2019
Nate Leuders
2017/2018
Ryan Merritt        Lindsay-Catherine May
2016/2017
First Last
2015/2016
First Last
2014/2015
Kate Bernart
2013/2014
Emily Shannon
2012/2013
Henry Shoenhoff