Monday, June 14, 2004


Since its inauguration in 1954 thousands of US high schools and middle schools have presented the John
Philip Sousa Award annually to one individual voted to be their most outstanding band student.

The award this year at Medea Creek Middle school In Oak Park CA went to CURTIS HODGE (my 14 year old tuba playing son) recognizes those musicians displaying superior musicianship, leadership,
dependability, loyalty, cooperation, and other qualities of conduct which school
instrumental music programs strive to impart. The Sousa ward is the top nationwide
prize in the school band field, both in prestige and appearance. It promotes the
band by encouraging musicians to greater achievement and enthusiasm while providing
an inspiring stimulus for potential instrumentalists.

Curtis has played Tuba in band at Meda Creek for three years. In addition he plays
bass and piano for
personal enjoyment. It's great to see him receieve this prestigeous award for doing
something he
gets so much from doing!

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