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Daniel Wooten, Niceville Band Director, Receives Sousa Foundation Honor

Daniel Wooten, Niceville High School Director of Bands, has been named to the Legion of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Wooten was inducted into the honorary organization during the 2016 Midwest Band Clinic in December.

The Legion of Honor was established in 1989 to honor a select few of the finest band directors in the nation. Recipients must have taught for at least 15 years, maintained a quality concert band program, and contributed significantly to the profession through their dedication to bands and band music.

Wooten, who is in his 34th year of teaching, has been NHS director of bands since 2003. He has held a variety of music positions since graduating from Louisiana State University with his Bachelor’s in Music Education. His career has included positions in public schools in Florida and Ohio, in addition to serving as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Louisville where he was also the Director of Outreach for the School of Music.

Having been a performing member of the Cincinnati Brass Band, the Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble, the Louisville Orchestra, the Cincinnati Community Orchestra, the Pensacola Symphony, the Pensacola Opera Orchestra and the Northwest Florida Symphony, Wooten has remained an active performing percussionist. He has conducted honor bands throughout the southeastern United States and is in high demand as a clinician and an adjudicator.

Currently, Wooten can be found directing the Eagle Pride Marching Band on the practice field for football season and leading the band program that includes four concert, one percussion and two jazz ensembles.

Wooten is a three-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. He was also a Grammy-Nominated Music Educator Semifinalist in 2013-14. He received the Florida Bandmasters Association Oliver Hobbs Award for recognition of consistent and superior performances and commitment and service to band students. Wooten was named NHS Teacher of the Year for 2015-16.

"We all know, of course, what a hard-working, dedicated director Mr. Wooten has been for many years and what an impact he has had on our children's education and the band program at NHS. It's gratifying to see his industry confirm what we already know and to see the experts in music education recognize his leadership and expertise as one of the very best in his field. We are truly fortunate to have him as OUR director of bands," said Patti Wolfrom, Eagle Pride Publicity Chair.