Steven Hendee, Castro Valley High’s Band and Orchestra teacher, travels to Chicago this week to receive the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Award. The award will be presented at an annual conference for professional band and orchestra directors.
“It is an honor to be selected for such a unique award, in that it is an acknowledgement of both excellence in the musical quality of the groups I teach, and service to the profession,” says Hendee.
The Legion of Honor Award was established in 1989 by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to recognize and honor band directors who have maintained school concert band programs of excellent musical quality for a period of at least 20 years, and who have held important positions of leadership in their professional organizations.
“This is my 23rd year of teaching,” says Hendee. “The last three years have been in Castro Valley Unified School District, and I am currently the State Vice President for the California Music Educators Association. Since coming to Castro Valley High School our bands have consistently been recognized for their superior performances at local music festivals.”