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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

The Award of Distinction recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to music education in Manitoba. An awards committee will select the recipient. MBA members are encouraged to complete a NOMINATION FORM. Submission deadline - 5pm, June 30, 2024.

1988 - Muriel Milgrom

1989 - Mary Carlson 

1990 - Eilene Paterson

1991 - Jane Paulson

1992 - Connie Turner 

1993 - Art Buss

1994 - George Douglas

1995 - Edward Lujan

1996 - Brent Campbell

1997 - Tony Klein

1998 - Marlene Stephen

1999 - Teresa Lee

2000 - Ken Epp

2001 - Jim Mackay

2002 - Fraser Linklater

2003 - Orvin Anderson

2004 - Bob Miller

2005 - Bill Kristjanson

2006 - Joe Alme

2007 - Bert Kroeker

2008 - Laurel Ridd

2009 - William Gordon

2010 - John Balsillie 

2011 - Tricia Howe

2012 - Wendy McCallum

2013 - Cheryl Ferguson 

2014 - Eric Marshall

2015 - Jacquie Dawson

2016 - Janet Yochim

2017 - Andrew Klassen

2018 - Judy Giesbrecht

2019 - Robert Payne

2020 - Jeff Johnson

2021 - Darryl Ferguson

2022 - Richard Gillis

2023 - Mark Sawatzky


An Outstanding Administrator award honours a current school administrator (Principal, Vice-Principal, Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent) who has made an outstanding contribution to music education in Manitoba. An awards committee select the recipient. MBA members are encouraged to complete a NOMINATION FORM.                        Submission deadline - 5pm, June 30, 2024.

2005 - Patt Roberts, Vice Principal, Charleswood Junior High School

2006 - Jim Tomes, Principal, Lincoln Middle School

2007 - Blaine Veitch, Superintendent, Flin Flon School Division

2008 - Terry Borys, Superintendent, Louis Riel School Division

2009 - Rick Martin, Principal, Vincent Massey Collegiate

2010 - Mark Keown, Principal, Virden Junior High School 

2011 - Walter Itson, Vice Principal, R. D. Parker Collegiate

2012 - John Karras, Principal, Fort Richmond Collegiate

2013 - Irene Nordheim, Principal, Glenlwan Collegiate

2014 - Michelle Lawrence, Principal, Westdale School

2015 - Lydia Hedrich, Assistant Superintendent, Seven Oaks School Division

2016 - Diana Posthumus, Principal, River East Collegiate

2017 - Scott Jantzen & Carrie Friesen, Principal & Vice-Principal, Garden Valley Collegiate 

2018 - Bob Hummelt, Principal, Westgate Mennonite Collegiate

2019 - Janice Bonner, Vice Principal, R. D. Parker Collegiate

2020 - Michael Babb, Principal, Elmwood High School

2021 - Westwood Collegiate Administrative Team, Kevin Dueck, Sarah James, & Leah Jones

2022 - Carberry Collegiate Team, Ryan Robson and Bruce McCallum

2023 - Not awarded 

 

The Cor Godri Memorial Scholarship is an annual $250 scholarship open to any student who earns
a position in the current year’s Manitoba Senior Honour Band.

 

This scholarship honours the late Cor Godri, an exceptional
clarinetist whose leadership skills earned him the position of Chief
Warrant Officer during his long service as a member of the Music
Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. Along with his military
responsibilities, Cor pursued a successful career as a freelance
musician in which his musical talent led to positions in many
excellent local musical ensembles, in a addition to opportunities to
back up numerous well-known artists including Liberace, The Bee
Gees, Rod Stewart and Mel Torme. Cor was the musical contractor
for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, where he also performed
at the opening and closing ceremonies. His contributions as a
member of the Rainbow Stage Orchestra were honoured in 2019
with his addition to Rainbow Stage’s Wall of Fame.

 

The scholarship is sponsored by the Music Professionals of Manitoba, Local 190 of the American
Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, in honour of Cor’s far-reaching positive

influence and selfless work for the Local in successive roles as a Board member, Secretary-
Treasurer, and President between the years of 1969 and 2015. Cor was named Secretary-
Treasurer Emeritus in March 1998.

 

The successful applicant will demonstrate exemplary musicianship, possess leadership potential,
and be a team player. This person will be generously supportive of their peers, and their positive
attitude and actions will inspire those around them

 

Students must submit a short application with one reference to be considered by the selection
committee. The scholarship will be presented at the final public performance of the Manitoba
Senior Honour Band.

 

2021 - Shelli Traskovski

2022 - Kieran Johnson

2023 - Susan Marks

 

The Marlene Stephen Memorial Leadership Award is open to grade 12 students who exhibit strong leadership skills and contribute to the overall culture of the band program in their school and community.  Nominees must demonstrate strong organizational skills and a positive conviction about music and life as a whole.  Candidates will distinguish themselves by the volunteer time and effort they give to music and other activities in their school and community. MBA members are invited to submit a nomination by completing the NOMINATION FORM and including a supporting statement (at least 400 words) outlining how the candidate meets the eligibility criteria.  The $300 award is to be used for private music instruction, tuition for a university music education or performance degree, or a purpose as proposed by the student and approved by the awards committee. Submission deadline - 5pm June 30, 2024.

 

2010 - Heather Jonasson, Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
2011 - Tess Nesca, Fort Richmond Collegiate
2012 - Erin Leathers, Glenlawn Collegiate
2013 - Michelle Archibald, Killarney School
2014 - Alyssah Poiron, Collège Pierre Elliott Trudeau 
2015 - Carla Bajus, Collège Jean Sauvé 
2016 - Erin Roulston, Sturgeon Heights Collegiate

2017 - Mikylo Odut, Hapnot Collegiate

2018 - Miona Milovanovic, River East Collegiate

2019 - Emily Lange, Shaftesbury High School

2020 - Amaya Sydor, Vincent Massey High School (Brandon)

2021, 2022 - Not awarded

2023 - Mikayla Wiebe, Morris School

 

 

An Honourary Membership is conferred by the Board upon those who have rendered notable service to the MBA or to the advancement of band in Manitoba. Recipients have included Bob Corbett (d), George Douglas (d), and Don Green (d).

 

 

MBA Retirement Award - The contribution of MBA members who have recently retired are acknowledged. 

 

 

The Ken Epp Professional Development Award - "Ken Epp was the Executive Director for the Manitoba Band Association from 1986 to 2014, and had a profound impact on band and music education in Manitoba and across Canada.  This award/grant, started in 2017, is for a teacher in their first 5 years of band instruction in Manitoba.  MBA members are encouraged to complete a NOMINATION FORM. 

 

Submission deadline - 5pm, September 20, 2024.

    

2017 - Derek Klassen

2018 - John Hodge

2019 - Ryan Wehrle

2020 - John Verrelli

2021 - Sara Sulyma

2022 - Not awarded 

2023 - Katherine Charles

Ken Epp PD Award

Don Green, George Douglas, and MBA Jazz Awards

 

Each of these awards are presented to acknowledge exemplary performance, mature on and off-stage presence, responsiveness to the clinic, commitment to festival through longevity of participation and the development of an outstanding band program. They are presented following the Concert Band and Jazz Band Festivals each year.

Don Green Award

2024 Springfield Collegiate (Oakbank) - Greg Crowe

2023 Vincent Massey Collegiate - Matt Abraham & Shannon Little

2022 Not awarded due to Covid-19

2021 Not awarded due to Covid-19

2020 Oak Park High School - Derek Fraser

2019 Elmwood High School - Mark Sawatzky

2018 Westwood Collegiate - Greg Edwards

2017 Collège St. Norbert Collegiate (St. Norbert) - Bev Betz

2016 Lord Selkirk Regional Secondary School – Michael Brandon & Kenley Kristofferson

2015 Sisler High School - Alexis Silver

2014 Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School (Dauphin) - Taylor Schmidt

2013 Linden Christian School - Chad Pollard

2012 Collège Louis-Riel - Pauline Courcelles-Chabot

2011 Fort Richmond Collegiate - Cheryl Ferguson

2010 St. Paul's High School - Derek Tuba

2009 Grant Park High School - Joanne Karlowsky

2008 Collège Sturgeon Heights - Blaine Workman & Kathy Byrne

2007 Elmwood High School - H. Andrew Wahl

2006 Minnedosa Collegiate (Minnedosa) - Barbara Dowsett

Chairman's Award (renamed Don Green Award in 2006)

2005 Vincent Massey Collegiate - Jacquie Dawson & Bill Kristjanson

2004 École Golden Gate - Zbigniew Cichosz & Darrell Chrisp

2003 Collége Jeanne Sauve - Simone Gendron & Danielle Gaudry

2002 St. John's Ravenscourt - Teresa Lee, Robert Payne, & Nanette Lonis

2001 River East Collegiate - Jeff Kula

2000 Mennonite Brethren Collegiate - Andrew Klassen & Elizabeth Bergen

1999 Lord Selkirk Regional S.S. (Selkirk) - Jeff Johnson & Jacquie Dawson

1998 Vincent Massey Collegiate - Eilene Paterson

1997 George McDowell/Victor Wyatt Schools - Marlene Treichel

1996 John Henderson Junior High School - Jeff Kula

1995 Silver Heights Collegiate - Jim Mackay

1994 George McDowell/Victor Wyatt Schools - Marlene Treichel

1993 Springfield School (Oakbank) - Robert Payne & Susan Crosby

1992 Glenlawn Collegiate - Bill Kristjanson & Graham Bruce

1991 Ken Seaford Junior High School - Judy Page

1990 John Henderson Junior High School - Jeff Kula

1989 Minnetonka School - Bill Kristjanson

1988 Technical Vocational High School - Connie Shaw

1987 Elmwood High School - Flavio Cianflone

1986 Niverville Collegiate (Niverville) - Fraser Linklater

1985 Carberry Collegiate (Carberry) - Margery Addison

1984 Vincent Massey Collegiate - Eilene Paterson

1983 Lockport School (Lockport) - Teresa Lee

1982 Acadia Junior High School - Rod Wiedman

1981 Prince Charles School (Portage la Prairie) - Muriel Milgrom

1980 Bruce Junior High School - Dave Parsons

1979 Fort Richmond Collegiate - Orvin Anderson

1978 Windsor Park Collegiate - Mark Christianson

1977 Silver Heights Collegiate - Don Timmerman

George Douglas Award

2024 École Charleswood School - Jeff Boch

2023 W.C. Miller Collegiate (Altona) - Derek Klassen

2022 Not awarded due to Covid-19

2021 Not awarded due to Covid-19

2020 Maples Collegiate - Jaclyn Loganberg, Chloé Plamondon, & Brian Zimmerman

2019 John Henderson Junior High School - Laura Zinn

2018 Niverville Collegiate (Niverville) - Jennifer Horne

2017 Bruce Middle School - Tara Johnson

2016 École Viscount Alexander School – Vanessa Nowastawski

2015 Mennonite Brethren Collegiate - Andrew Klassen

2014 Westgate Mennonite Collegiate - Ross Brownlee

2013 John Pritchard School - Lynda Thompson

2012 Lincoln School - Jason Kehler & Darrell Chrisp

2011 Westdale School - Jeff Boch

2010 École Viscount Alexander - Virginia Helmer

2009 Acadia Junior High - Darryl Ferguson

2008 Boissevain and Minto Schools - Jean Lawson

2007 Westdale School - Patrick Keeler

2006 John Henderson Junior High - Doug Breckman

Commendation Award (renamed George Douglas Award in 2006)

2005 Munroe Junior High School - Brady Gill

2004 W.C. Miller Collegiate (Altona) - Dwayne Schott

2003 Ness Middle School - Marissa Hirsch & Steve Hamilton

2002 Chief Peguis School - Dennis Dekleva

2001 Gimli High School (Gimli) - Michael Cherlet

2000 Linden Christian School - Marla Bernadsky

1999 Dakota Collegiate - Marlene Treichel

1998 Dauphin Regional Secondary School (Dauphin) - Paul Graham

1997 Sisler High School - Kathy Bailley

1996 Killarney School (Killarney) - Tim Lawson

1995 Fort Richmond Collegiate - Orvin Anderson

1994 Glenlawn Collegiate - Bill Kristjanson & Graham Bruce

1993 MacGregor Collegiate (MacGregor) - Orest Pestyk

1992 Virden Collegiate (Virden) - Janet Cole

1991 Neepawa Intermediate School (Neepawa) - Stu Butterfield

1990 Garden Valley Collegiate (Winkler) - Paul Moen

1989 Samuel Burland School - Marilyn Bourbonnais

1988 Scott Bateman Junior High School (The Pas) - Colleen Richardson

1987 Lac du Bonnet School (Lac du Bonnet) - Mike Schuster

1986 John Gunn School/Transcona Collegiate - Klaus Froese

1985 Sir Alexander MacKenzie HS (Hagensborg, BC) - Laverne Macdonnell

1984 Unity Composite High School (Unity, SK) - Rod Olson

1983 Lakewood School (Kenora, ON) - Carolyn Easton & George Demeduk

1982 Mennonite Brethren Collegiate - Ken Epp

1981 Swan Valley Schools (Swan Valley) - Judy Stout & Tony Klein

1980 Port Arthur Collegiate (Thunder Bay, ON) - Phil Cotton

1979 Flin Flon Schools (Flin Flon) - Phil Winkless

1978 R.D. Parker Collegiate (Thompson) - Robert Miller

1977 Lord Selkirk Regional Secondary School (Selkirk) - Gloria Neal

MBA Jazz Award

2024 École Secondaire Sisler High School - Alexis Silver

2023 Westgate Mennonite Collegiate - Ross Brownlee

2022 Not awarded due to Covid-19

2021 Not awarded due to Covid-19

2020 Transcona Collegiate Institute - Dan Steinhilber

2019 Grant Park High School - Joanne Karlowsky & Dorian Girardin

2018 Daniel McIntyre Collegiate - Graham Dion

2017 Fort Richmond Collegiate - Cheryl Ferguson & Chad Pollard

Crosier, Kilgour and Partners Jazz Award (renamed MBA Jazz Award in 2017)

2016 Dakota Collegiate – Darren Ritchie

2015 Stonybrook Middle School/Steinbach Regional Jazz 1 - Murray Lawrance

2014 Acadia Junior High - Darryl Ferguson

2013 River East Collegiate - Jeff Kula

2012 Not awarded

2011 Not awarded

2010 Steinbach Regional Secondary School - Mark Loewen

Investors Group Jazz Award (renamed Crosier, Kilgour and Partners Jazz Award in 2010)

2009 Westwood Collegiate - Greg Edwards

2008 Oak Park High School Mark Waldera

Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals - The MBA donates $100 to the winner of the woodwind or brass class at the AMAF Provincial Finals. The festival features winners from AMAF's regional festivals. Past MBA scholarship winners include:

 

1986 - David Hawkins

1987 - Jennifer Duncan

1988 - Mark Loewen

1989 - Mariko Boorberg

1990 - Kathy Byrne

1991 - Roger Mantie

1992 - Kim Ruhr

1993 - Melody McKnight

1994 - Michael Hughes

1995 - Claire Chapman

1996 - Derek Zeilstra

1997 - Rebecca Simpson

1998 - Kristen Myers

1999 - Sara Hahn

2000 - No Recipient

2001 - No Recipient

2002 - Haley Rempel

2003 - Amanda Schenstead

2004 - Jessica Bernardin

2005 - Katherine Yeo

2006 - Erin Bedford

2007 - Tracy Wood

2008 - U of M Sax Quartet

2009 - Tara Munikar

2010 - Bryanna Down

2011 - Jaena Kim

2012 - Juno Sohn

2013 - Mollin Balisi 

2014 - Benjamin Liu 

2015 - Jennifer Arcand

2016 - Stevie Onyshko

2017 - Morgan Sawchyn

2018 - Stevie Onyshko

2019 - Sam Ferguson

Marlene Stephen Award

 

The International Music Camp awards a half scholarship to a member of each of the provincial Junior, Intermediate and Senior Honour bands. The recipients are chosen by random draw.

 

Any National Youth Band members from Manitoba may be eligible to apply to the MBA for financial assistance if a grant is awarded by the Manitoba Arts Council.

The Ken Epp Summer Band Camp Character Award- "Ken Epp was the Executive Director for the Manitoba Band Association from 1986 to 2014, and had a profound impact on band and music education in Manitoba and across Canada. This prestigious award recognizes a summer band camper who embodies and exemplifies the character of Ken Epp. The award was established so that Manitoba band students would continue to recognize and appreciate the impact Ken had on band and music education for years to come. This award is not a performance award, but rather, it is for the camper who possesses many of the character traits of Ken Epp. The word cloud developed by Terèsa Lee in 2014 defines many of these characteristics, and serves as a guide when choosing a recipient."

St. James Camp

 

2016 - Cole Ramores

2017 - Winters Biggs-Engel

2018 - Braeden Blackham

2019 - Fred Schellengberg

2023- Jack McKay

Elmwood Camp

 

2016 - Emily Klassen

2017 - Brady Punton

2018 - S. & T. Stevens

2019 - Jordan Stevens

2023 - Ranelyn Rodelas

Fort Garry Camp

 

2016 - Matthew Brady

2017 - Sascha Modha

2018 - Rachelle Lambert

2019 - Tobin Montgomery

2023 -  Natasha Newbury

Oakbank Camp

 

2016 - Shayla Marques

2017 - Chloé Franklin

2018 - Jordan Dust

2019 - Jura McIlraith

2023 - Blake Nakonechny

Garden City Camp

 

2016 - Michael Ross

2017 - Justin Batin

2018 - Anika Thapar

2019 - Alexander Henwood

2023 - Isabella Love

Prairie Percussion Workshop

 

2017 - Sage Stoyanowski

2018 - Awab Jelani

2019 - Alexandra Waxman

2023 - Zia Bowman Wilson

Prairie Brass Camp

(new in 2023)

 

2023 - Aria Fast

Summer Jazz

Camp

2018 - Emma Lewis

2019 - Janis Kim

No camps held 2020-2023

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