The Alberta Band Association annually presents three awards, two of which are awarded to recipients who are nominated by our membership.
Elkhorn Band Director of the Year Award | Keith Mann Young Band Director Award
Vondis Miller Legacy Award | ABA Award of Distinction | Honourary Lifetime Member Award
2016 Keith Mann
Elkhorn Band Director of the Year Award Recipients
The Elkhorn Award recipient is chosen by former Elkhorn winners. Nominations are accepted annually and should be accompanied by supporting documentation. All three Awards are presented at the MCA Awards Banquet.
|2002||Roberta Baril | Patricia MacFarlane | Ken Rogers|
|2009||Steve Sherman | Cecilia Grimstead|
|2011||Jayne Montgomery Barnes | Martin Kennedy|
|2012||Richard Condon | Kathy Van Lare|
|2013||Tom Saumer (posthumous)|
|2015||Bob Bailey (Camrose)|
|2016||Clarence Samuelson (Devon)|
Keith Mann Young Band Director Award Recipients
The Keith Mann Award is presented annually to an outstanding new band director with fewer than 6 years’ teaching experience in the province of Alberta. Created to honour the memory of Keith Mann, the recipient will demonstrate Keith’s enthusiasm and dedication to band music.
|2003||Karen Tang||Peace River|
|2006||Erin Bodnar||Red Deer|
Vondis Miller Legacy Award Recipients
The Vondis Miller Legacy Award, which was created in memory of Vondis Miller, is a long-service award recognizing an individual who has devoted many years to sharing the joys of music-making with young people.
|2007||Bill Wahl||Medicine Hat|
|2008||Mike Townsend||Grande Prairie|
|2014||Val Sherman||Red Deer|
ABA Award of Distinction
|2015||Neil Corlett||Red Deer|
|2016||Joyce Howdle||Red Deer|
ABA Honourary Lifetime Member Award | 2015
Mr. Frank Dunnigan was honoured at the Edmonton Catholic Schools Senior All-City Band’s final concert on June 9, 2015 at Festival Place in Sherwood Park. Honours bestowed to Frank include:
- Being named an Honourary Lifetime Member of the Alberta Band Association
- Being declared Conductor Emeritus
- The establishment of a bursary to MusiCamp Alberta in his name
- The performance of a piece named Legacy, conducted and written by a former member of the ACB
- The presentation of a letter from the Canadian Band Association
- A gift of a handmade rose with individual petals signed by members of the band
- A remembrance book
A commendation by the City of Edmonton will be presented by Mayor Iveson at a future city council ceremony.