Kansas Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu, a national honorary society of bandmasters, selected Bob Marshall of Peabody as the recipient of an award for his contribution to Kansas band programs.
Marshall, who taught instrumental music in the Peabody school district for 22 years, has been employed by Senseney Music in Wichita since 1996, establishing a music education department at the store.
Before he completed his first year at Senseney, he began working in the instrumental music department and became department manager.
Marshall works closely with composers and publishers to provide band and orchestra music to students and teachers at all education levels, from elementary schools to the universities.
Marshall received the outstanding contributor award at a banquet July 17 at Wichita Marriott during the 36th annual Kansas Bandmasters Convention.
At the presentation ceremony, Kansas Bandmaster’s Association President Marc Webster said, “As an instructor, Bob Marshall raised the standard for small school performance in concert band as well as marching band.”
“This award is something of a lifetime achievement award,” Senseney Vice President Bill Johnson said. “Bob’s beginning band program has become a model for music publishers, who now offer it to schools across the country.
“He has an excellent relationship with the print music industry. He encourages them to provide smaller groups with incomplete instrumentation access to the same classical and popular music enjoyed by larger groups.
“While this has been great for those of us in the music merchandising world, it has been even better for band and orchestra students. We appreciate that a member of our Kansas Bandmasters group works so well with the print music industry.”