Awards and Recognitions

The following awards and recognitions are presented each year by the Pinnacle High School Music Director

John Philip Sousa Award:
The John Philip Sousa Band Award is the pinnacle of achievement for high school band students. Created in 1955, the award honors the top student in a high-school band and recognizes superior musicianship and outstanding dedication. It was developed with the cooperation of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster.

John Philip Sousa Award Winners
2006: Megan Howard
2007: Aaron Duke
2008: Stephanie Rodgers
2009: Lystra Charnon
2010: Bryan Sesko

Semper Fidelis 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.

Semper Fidelis Award Winners
2006: Laura Cleerman
2007: Shyekara Smith
2008: Justin Cacciatore
2009: Matt Lawler
2010: Blake Smith