A Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District music teacher has been inducted into the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation “Legion of Honor.”
Angela Woo, the director of instrumental music at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, was acknowledged for the honor by Norm Dea, president of the California Association of Music Education, at the 2012 California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno.
The award recognizes outstanding band directors from the United States and Canada with a long history of dedicated service to bands that have maintained school concert programs of high musical quality for at least 20 years, and who have held important leadership positions in their professional organizations.
Legion of Honor Laureates for this year will be inducted in December 2012 at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
In addition to this induction, Woo was nominated and elected to be the conductor of the 2014 California Band Directors Association All-State Junior High Honor Band.
Conducting an honor band, especially the all-state honor band, is one of the highest honors a music educator can receive, school officials said. For years, Woo has conducted all-state honor bands all around the country, and she has now been invited to conduct in California.
“Angela is a highly respected music educator and conductor in California music education,” said Tom Whaley, the district’s visual and performing arts coordinator.
“Her election [to the all-state honor band] shows the deep respect and admiration she has from her colleagues statewide. We are so very proud to have Angela Woo working with our students every day in the Santa Monica-Malibu USD.”