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Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award

The Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award is intended to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution throughout their career. The recipient of the Lentz Award is viewed as one of the superior band directors/educators in Nebraska. Nomination for this award come from school administrators, fellow directors and community members.
At the Nebraska State Bandmasters Convention in Lincoln, on March 1, Stanley W. Johnson of Shickley was presented this award.
Mr. Johnson has had a stellar teaching career that has spanned over 45 years of teaching. In retirement, he has continued to be a mentor for young band directors in our state, helping and encouraging new teachers as they grow and develop their careers. He continues to be asked to adjudicate at many music contests throughout the state each year. He also is on the staff of The Nebraska Ambassadors of Music, which tours and performs concerts in eight European countries with 300 high school music students every two years.
He has been very active in his career, being a member of NSBA, NMEA, NAfME and Phi Beta Mu - International Bandmaster Fraternity, where he has served as president. During his career, he has written articles for the Instrumentalist Magazine and Teaching Music Magazine, and has presented sessions at both the State and National Conventions, dealing with teaching music in rural America.