Music ensembles played their final performances of the year on May 15 & 16, and the following students received special recognition from staff for their music contributions and achievements in 2013-2014. Congratulations to all the honorees!
John Philip Sousa Band Award®: Sebastian Alarcon
Introduced in 1955, this award honors the top student in the high school band, recognizing superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation. It was created with the approval of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster.
National School Orchestra Award®: Dane Huesby
The counterpart to the Sousa Band Award®, this is the highest honor bestowed on a member of the high school orchestra, to recognize excellence in playing and contributions to the ensemble.
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award®: Michael Whalen
This award was inaugurated in 1974, shortly after the great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding achievements in the field of jazz as demonstrated through superior musicianship, character, and individual creativity.
George Penniman Award: Laura Wooley
George Penniman was an LGHS student and drum major in the early 1960s. He was known for his outstanding character and dedication to the LGHS music program, and was a recipient of the Sousa Band Award in 1964. After graduating, he served in Vietnam, and was killed in a training accident in San Diego. This award was originally created in his honor, and was reinstated in 2010.
LGHS Music Hall of Fame, for selection to Santa Clara County Honor Band:
Sebastian Alarcon, Lewis Fowler, Jeanette Sullivan
Outstanding Musician: Carlo Armijo
Outstanding Freshman: Arjun Natarajan
Outstanding Orchestra Section: Cellos
Outstanding Wind Ensemble Section: Low Brass and Bass
Outstanding Symphonic Band Section: Flutes
Most Improved Orchestra Member: Aviv Ben-Dashan
Most Improved Jazz Band Member: Seiji Hall
National School Marching Award (known as the “Golden Shoe” at LGHS):
This award recognizes outstanding contributions on the field and honors the musical contributions and dedication of student leaders whose example inspires others.
Percussion "Sticks" Award: Natasha "Tosh" Noskowski
Most Dedicated: Josina-Els "Zina" Bol
Most Team Spirit: Sachiye Koide
Most Improved: Zane Marte
Outstanding Section: Percussion
Fall Color Guard
Outstanding Member: Alyssa Northon
Most Improved: Morgan Moessinger
Outstanding Leader/Captain: Gina Lawler
Outstanding Flag: Marissa Maidman, Kristin Slinger
Outstanding Rifle: Emma Webber
Outstanding Dancer: Chloe Loomer
Most Improved Flag: Lucie Gabaglio, Hannah Westall-Toler
Most Improved Rifle: Jasmyn Teixeira
Most Improved Dancer: Jordan Leach, Marissa Tippets
Chamber, 3rd Period:
National Choir Award: Nitin Srinivasan
Outstanding Ensemble Member: Marissa Proverbs
Director's Award: Isabella Hill
Chamber, 5th Period:
National Choir Award: Hannah Heumann
Outstanding Ensemble Member: Colette Marcellin
Director's Award: Annika Morrell
Outstanding Ensemble Member: Kayce Hobson
Director's Award: Abigail Kaupert