Pride of the Minutemen Band

Awards

Band Awards


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.


The highest achievement for high school jazz band since 1974, the Armstrong Jazz Award honors outstanding jazz students. The award was created with the approval of Armstrong’s widow, Lucille Arm­strong.


The MFAA Band Sunshine Award is an award given to a senior band member who consistently exhibits a positive attitude and an outstanding work ethic during their high school instrumental music career.  The award winner is chosen by their peers.