OSWEGO, NY – Oswegonian Edward S. Lisk received the highest honor and recognition in the band world on December 17, 2015, at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
The Academy of Winds and Percussion Award is presented to those whose contributions are determined to be so outstanding that they deserve and warrant honor and recognition.
The National Band Association established the Academy of Winds and Percussion Award for the purpose of recognizing those individuals who have made truly significant and outstanding contributions to furthering the excellence of bands and band music.
The Academy of Winds and Percussion Award is a nine-inch silver figure designed to be the “Oscar” of the band world.
The award is literally a “Who’s Who” list of the greatest leaders involved in the band movement during the past five decades.
The recipients of the award include an international cross section of important individuals representing all aspects of the band world, who have rendered remarkable service to bands.
Lisk is an internationally recognized clinician, conductor, and author.
He is an honored and elected member (48th) of the prestigious National Band Hall of Fame for Distinguished Conductors.
Lisk joins the ranks of notable conductors such as John Philip Sousa, Edwin Franko Goldman, Henry Fillmore, Col. Arnald Gabriel, and Col. John R. Bourgeois among many others.
In 2009, Lisk received the Midwest Medal of Honor.
The Midwest Medal of Honor recognizes the recipients for their conspicuous efforts, worldwide recognition, and continuing influence in the development and improvement of instrumental ensembles deserving special recognition.
He is also the recipient of the 2012 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Contributor Award.
Called a “unique leader in the profession” and “a dynamic force in music education,” Lisk has been invited to speak and conduct throughout the United States and abroad.
He is an inducted member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in the year 2000, served as the 63rd president of this distinguished organization founded by Edwin Franko Goldman.
His active guest-conducting schedule includes all-state bands, honor bands, university, and professional bands.
Since 1985, Lisk has served as an adjunct professor, appeared as a clinician/lecturer, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout 85 universities in 46 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia.
He is the author of The Creative Director Series (11 pub.) published by Meredith Music Publications, a co-author of the highly acclaimed 10-volume publication by GIA, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and editor of the Edwin Franko Goldman March Series for Carl Fischer Music Publications.
Lisk has served as vice president (Emeritus) of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and a past-president and CEO of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, a past-president of the National Band Association (’90-’92) and served NBA as Executive Secretary Treasurer (‘97-‘02).
He is the recipient of many distinguished awards and titles.