Alberta Band Association

ABA Awards

The Alberta Band Association annually presents three awards, two of which are awarded to recipients who are nominated by our membership.

ABA members may download the Award Nomination Form.


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 Elkhorn Band Director of the Year Award 
      [l to r] Recipient Clarence Samuelson (Devon);
         presented by Bob Bailey

2016 Elkhorn
Band Director of the Year Award

[l to r]
Recipient Clarence Samuelson
(Devon);
presented by Bob Bailey

[l to r] Michael Mann; recipient Brianne Gruber (Okotoks); ABA President Darwin Krips

2016 Keith Mann
Young Band Director Award

[l to r] Michael Mann; recipient Brianne Gruber (Okotoks);
ABA President Darwin Krips


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.

1974 Keith Mann
1975 Ralph Kennard
1976 Mike Achtymichuk
1977 Lervae Cahoon
1978 Fordyce Pier
1979 Robert Eklund
1980 Vondis Miller
1981 John Leonard
1982 Dennis Prime
1983 Rick Benson
1984 Bill Wahl
1985 Jerry Pokarney
1986 Bob Brunelle
1987 Brian Appleby
1988 Tom Taylor
1989 Harry Pinchin
1990 Dennis Orr
1991 Barry Valleau
1992 Larry Schrum
1993 Mike Sakatch
1994 Rita Burns
1995 Maureen Chauvet
1996 Mike Townsend
1997 Francis Dunnigan
1998 Michael Eddy
1999 Lyle Dewan
2000 Mark Friesen
2001 Raymond Baril
2002 Roberta BarilĀ | Patricia MacFarlane | Ken Rogers
2003 Kim Hastings
2004 Brian Thorlacius
2005 Rob Speers
2006 Kevin Willms
2007 Earl Paddock
2008 Roy Townend
2009 Steve Sherman | Cecilia Grimstead
2010 Tom Spila
2011 Jayne Montgomery Barnes | Martin Kennedy
2012 Richard Condon | Kathy Van Lare
2013 Tom Saumer (posthumous)
2014 Judy Wishloff
2015 Bob Bailey (Camrose)
2016 Clarence Samuelson (Devon)

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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.

2002 Heather Biggin Didsbury
2003 Karen Tang Peace River
2004 Corrina Cormier Morinville
2005 Jeff Hiley Calgary
2006 Erin Bodnar Red Deer
2007 Ryan Heseltine Lethbridge
2008 Marty Majorowicz Edmonton
2009 Travis Conrad Coaldale
2010 Sara Huisman Edmonton
2011 Rebecca Meltzer Calgary
2012 Samuel Yamamoto Magrath
2013 Lindsey Coulter Edmonton
2014 Jeff Bryant Edmonton
2015 Emily Ashcroft Nanton
2016 Brianne Gruber Okotoks

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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.

2004 Tom Spila Camrose
2005 Doug Scales Lethbridge
2006 Arnold Pitcher Cardston
2007 Bill Wahl Medicine Hat
2008 Mike Townsend Grande Prairie
2009 Brian Thorlacius Calgary
2010 Rita Burns Edmonton
2011 Marlene Norquay Edmonton
2012 Earl Paddock Calgary
2013 Rob Speers Edmonton
2014 Val Sherman Red Deer
2015 Frank Dunnigan Edmonton
2016 Roy Townend Edmonton

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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:

A commendation by the City of Edmonton will be presented by Mayor Iveson at a future city council ceremony.

View Frank Dunnigan's biography »

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