A special award of
The John Philip Sousa
Randell Mealer is the Director of Bands and the Fine Arts Coordinator at Harrison High School in Harrison, AR. He has held this position for the past 10 years which is nearly half of his teaching career.
Mealer earned his BME from Henderson State and went on to earn an MSEL from Western Governors University.
1994 was a banner year for Mealer in that he was named the Monett Elementary, Junior High and High School Teacher of the Year! He was also awarded an Excellence in Musical Leadership by the Army All-American Band in 2011.
The Bandworld Legion of Honor was established in 1989 to honor, over the course of a year, eight of the finest band directors in our business.
Recipients have taught for at least fifteen years, have maintained a very high-quality concert band program, and have contributed significantly to the profession through dedication to bands and band music.
Each is honored at the annual Sousa Foundation awards ceremony during the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
Chairman of the Legion of Honor Committee is Terry Austin, Virginia Commonwealth University.
He has served the AR School Band and Orchestra Association by hosting Regional Solo/Ensemble as well as Regional Concert Festivals. Prior to his time in Arkansas, he also served at the SW Missouri MEA Band President.
Mealer’s Wind Ensemble has scored consistently high in the ASBOA competitions. HIs Golden Goblins Marching Band has also shown itself to be worthy competition.
Mealer says, “My career has been shaped by the influence of role models and mentors starting in college at Henderson State University with Windell O. Evanson,
supportive administrators like David Sippy and Ken Brumely and more recently with the influence of Dr. Al and Gladys Wright. Additionally, my career has
been shaped by the sharing of the music of great composers in performances with students and adults .”
Part of his philosophy is spelled out by the school’s value and mission statement. It says “Maximize the Learning of Every Scholar” and I strive to challenge my students daily.