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Austin Harding Award


Exceptional contributions have been made to the school band movement by a number of individuals, whose careers have not included extensive teaching in the fields of Grade, Junior and Senior High School bands in the schools. The A. Austin Harding Award is presented to these individuals for valuable and dedicated service to the bands of America as a measure of ASBDA's esteem, appreciation and respect for their outstanding personal contribution to the school band movement.

Austin Harding Award Recipients
1980 - Leonard Falcone
1981 - Dr. Donald McGinnis & Col. Arnald D. Gabriel
1982 - Lt. Col. William F. Santleman & Lt. Col. Gilbert Mitchell
1983 - Dr. Lucien Calliet
1984 - Dr. Merton Utgaard
1985 - Dr. Frederick Fennell
1987 - Walter E. Volkwein
1988 - John P. Paynter
1989 - Donald Hunsberger
1990 - Paul E. Bierley
1991 - Col. Eugene W. Allen
1992 - Dr. Alfred Reed
1993 - Commander Allen E. Beck
1994 - Kenneth G. Bloomquist
1995 - Herbert L. Carter
1996 - Col. John R. Bourgeois
1997 - Vincent McBryde
1998 - Frank Erickson
1999 - C. H. Duncan
2000 - Major Herbert L. Day
2001 - Mrs. Dorothea Dean
2002 - Richard L. Floyd
2003 - Himie Voxman
2004 - Eugene M. Corporan
2005 - Dr. John R. Locke
2006 - M. Max McKee
2007 - Russell C. Vroman
2008 - Lowell E. Graham
2009 - Frank Tichelli & James Swearingen
2010 - Robert Floyd
2012 - Brian Balmages & Dr. Al G. Wright
2014 - Joseph W. Hermann & Dr. Thomas L. Dvorak
2016 - Eddie Green

Brian Balmages receives the 2012 ASBDA Austin Harding Award at the National Convention in Asheville, NC.