ACB Awards Nomination Process

Nomination Process for the ACB Outstanding Conductor Award and the Herbert L. & Jean Schultz Mentor Ideal Award are below; or download a printable version from the following PDF link - ACB Awards Nomination Process


Purpose: To recognize an ACB member conductor for their conducting skills, musicality, community contributions, educational foresight and ACB dedication. The award committee met recently to streamline the nomination process. Award criteria remains the same.

There are many fine conductors leading our member bands. If your nominee is not the recipient re-application is possible. If an ACB member has a candidate in mind, they should first contact the chair of the OCA committee and the candidate will be taken under consideration. The committee will then recommend candidates and contact the candidates' band to submit their conductor for the award. The band would then be contacted and invited to apply for the award. Criteria include 1. Quality of performances. 2. Contributions to the community. 3. Tenure with the ensemble. 4. Participation. and/or performance in ACB activities (as well as other educational activities NAfME, Midwest Clinic, CBDNA, etc.)

Here the deadlines:

By May 15th - Contact the committee chairperson - Dr. Chris Wilhjelm - [email protected] to recommend a possible candidate, which will be reviewed by the committee.

June 15th - Applying members will be notified that the candidate is being considered or not and will be asked to begin the application process. The application is entirely on-line and the criteria are available by contacting Dr. Wilhjelm.

(Current ACB Board Members or Officers are not eligible for recommendation) 

Submit recommendation to the Committee for consideration at the address given below:

ACB Outstanding Conductor Award Selection Committee
c/o Dr. Chris Wilhjelm
74 Ridge Road
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
(551) 206-2875
[email protected]



This award recognizes exceptional teachers who have inspired their students to achieve success as outstanding concert band musicians. There is no definite list of criteria other than a candidate’s qualifications shall show a pattern of teaching success over several years. A candidate’s resume should include teaching qualifications, several written recommendations from former students and/or colleagues. Also, the resume should include the areas in which his/her students excelled. Candidates need not be members of ACB, and more than one award may be presented in any one year. Resumes will be kept on file and may be considered in future years. Recipients will be notified by phone or mail. Awards are typically presented at the annual ACB convention.

Nominations may be received from any source and at any time. They should be directed to any committee member:

Andy Isca 
Committee Chair 
770 Joyner Rd
Grayson, LA 71435

Noah A. Lee
5225 S. Prince St. #409
Littleton, CO 80123


Chris Wilhjelm 
74 Ridge Rd
Glen Rock, NJ 07452




The Allen E. Beck Leadership Award was created in memory of Allen E. Beck (ACB President 2005-2007), in order to recognize his leadership, not only within ACB, but in the world of concert band music. He influenced the direction of ACB during his tenure as President, and he brought more awareness to our mission and led commissions for new concert bands works. The catalyst for this award was his passing in 2016.

This award is given to those who showed exceptional Leadership within ACB and by furthering the mission of ACB, which is to foster excellence in Concert Band music through performance, education and advocacy. 

Nominating process and criteria

  • Candidates must be members of ACB.
  • Suggested Nomination should include qualifications: How this person demonstrated Leadership within ACB to influence direction and accomplish organization’s goals, and what this person has done to foster excellence in concert band music and support of community/concert bands to directly further ACB’s mission. Letters of support will be requested if the nomination goes to committee.
  • Criteria: The highest level of Leadership over a period of several years and demonstrated outcomes for ACB.

Recommendation and formal nomination for the Beck Award by the Awards Committee will be submitted to the President for consideration by the Board of Directors. This ACB award requires approval of the ACB Board.