The LMEA Connection
Official Newsletter
Louisiana Music Educators Association
Pat Deaville, Editor
2019 Conference Issue 

In this issue:
  President's GreetingCarol Lupton LMEA President
  Past President UpdatesFran HebertLMEA Past President
 LMEA Updates and InformationPat Deaville, Editor
  LMEA Hall of FameScotty Walker 
  LMEA Hall of FameJohnette LeBlanc
 LMEA Hall of FameRosie Fournier
  LMEA Outstanding Administrator AwardOwen Clanton
   LMEA Outstanding Administrator AwardJason St. Pierre    Jason St. Pierre is the Principal of Walker High School. Mr. St. Pierre served in a variety of administrative positions, including assignments as Principal at Freshwater Elementary School. and as Teacher/Administrator at Denham Springs High School.   Prior to his administrative position he served a teacher at Bethany Christian School. He is also a veteran with four years of service in the U. S. Navy.
  LAJE Hall of FameBobby Campo
  LAJE Hall of FameDr. Kevin Andry
LMEA Website Links
Quick Link to NAfME
Important Dates
Deadline for Conference
For Members
without All-State Students
November 1, 2019
Deadline for Request of 
25 Year Pins 
November 17, 2019
Development Conference
Crowne Plaza 
Baton Rouge, LA
November 21-25, 2019
Thanks to our loyal Louisiana Musician advertisers!
 Lafayette Music Company
National Guild Of Piano
Debose Piano
McNeese State University
 Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana State University
DeRidder High School
Sulphur High School
Yamaha Corporation
Just Orlando Youth Tours
Thanks to our
Conference vendors!
J W Pepper & Son, Inc.
Lafayette Music
Stanbury Uniforms
Fruhauf Uniforms
Artistically Yours
Art's Music Shop
Tempest Musical Instruments
World's Finest Chocolate
Music & Arts
Branson on Stage Live
Louisiana Association
for Jazz Education
Quaver Music
Chef Landry
Louisiana-Mississippi Colorguard & Percussion Circuit
DeMoulin Brothers & Company
Fear Nothing
Music Gear
Tonal Innovation
RJ Music Group
Guardian Music
and Travel Group
Hawaii State Tours
Drescher Music, LLC
Just Orlando
Youth Tours
Chemical City
Double Reeds
Gulf South Travel
New Orleans Violins
Distinguished Drill and Design
Pop Pop Shoppe
Salyers Percussion
Thanks to our Collegiate Conference Exhibitors!
Belhaven University
Centenary College of Louisiana
Louisiana College
Louisiana's Own
156th Army Band
Louisiana State University
Louisiana Tech University
Loyola University
of New Orleans
McNeese State University
Nicholls State University
State University
Bossier Parish Community College
Louisiana University
University of Louisiana Lafayette
University of Louisiana Monroe
University of
New Orleans
University of
Southern Mississippi
LMEA Board of Directors
Executive Officers
Carol Lupton, President
Scotty Walker, President Elect
Fran Hebert, Past-President
Bruce W. Lambert, 
Executive Director
District Directors
Greg Oden, District I
Jessica Fain, District II
Brett Babineaux, District III
Katie Codina District IV
Sharon Stephenson, District V
Guy Wood, District VI
Jim Trant, District VII
Michele Deslattes, District VIII
Joshua Stearman,
District IX
Division Chairmen
Joseph Nassar, Band
Katrice LaCour, Orchestra
Angela Jones, Vocal
Lee Hicks, Jazz
Michele White, Elementary
Victor Drescher,
Edward McClellan,
Collegiate NAfME
Carolyn Herrington,
Public Relations
Ex-Officio Board Members
Pat Deaville, State Editor
Sharon McNamara-Horne,
State Webmaster
Thomas Burroughs, Hall of Fame
Jessica Fain, LBA
Kevin Caparotta, LA ACDA
Kenneth Espree, LAKE
Kelly Stomps,
AOSA Red Stick Chapter
Patrick Bordelon, LAJE
Michele Wilkinson-Nelson,
Oliver Molina, LA PAS
Conference Chairmen
Bruce W. Lambert,
Executive Director
Scotty Walker, All-State
James W. Hearne, Conference
Carolyn Herrington, Exhibits
Fran Hebert, Registration
Thomas Burroughs, Hall of Fame

President's Greeting
Carol Lupton 
LMEA President
I would like to make you aware of some changes your LMEA Board recently approved that will go into effect this spring. The first, and most visible for the band division, is the updating and “freshening” of the adjudicating forms used for our Musical Performance Assessment. While the choral division updated their sight reading form several years ago, the band forms have probably not been updated since 1959, when LMEA was incorporated. Examples of the new forms will be available for you to examine, they aren’t radically different, but they have been updated to incorporate the most up-to-date criteria of evaluation as used in education today.
I am very excited to announce that beginning at the 2020 LMEA Professional Development Conference, ensembles will be recognized with the Robert L. Wilhite Award of Excellence. This award, named in honor of LMEA Hall of Fame member Robert L. Wilhite, will be awarded to recognize quality high school and middle school instrumental music programs serving historically disadvantaged student populations. More information concerning this award will be forth coming.
And finally, your board as re-instated the LMEA State Solo Assessment. Information concerning this performance opportunity for your students will be available online and with your District Directors.

Past President Updates
Fran Hebert
LMEA Past President
The LMEA Professional Development Conference once again promises to be a highlight of our fall music education endeavors. As Past-President I look forward to serving you as Chair of Conference Registration. We will open the registration table at 3pm on Thursday, November 21st and close on Monday, November 25th at 10:30am. Of course, for the best service, please pre-register online at
Available on-site registration times will be posted each day on the registration table. All pre-registered conference attendees and presenters will have a badge waiting for them at the registration table upon arrival.
All clinic presenters must pre-register for the conference online and pay the specified LMEA member registration fee of $65.00 or the non-member fee of $80.00. Specifics from the website are listed below.
Our concerts require no badge for attendance. However, we request that you wear your member or non-member registration badge to all clinics, presentations, exhibits, meetings, and social functions.
Registration: All registration is online. Payment can be made by credit card, debit card, or check.
To register at the LMEA member price, you must be logged in. Click on the login button at the top of this page and enter your NAfME user name (email) and password. Once you are logged in, you will on the LMEA website, but you will need to return to the conference registration page.
All Pre-Registration for Conference is done on-line at:
  • Pre-registration for LMEA Members ($65.00) – available through November 1, 2019
All other registration:
  • Collegiate Members ($15.00)
  • Board Members
  • Retired Members
  • Registration for LMEA members ($80.00) – Beginning November 2, 2019
  • Non-Members ($85.00)
On-site registration is also available.
If you have any questions about registration, email Fran Hebert -

LMEA Updates and Information
Pat Deaville, Editor
LMEA Professional Development Conference 
The 2019 Professional Development Conference will be held from November 21 through November 25, 2019.  For the conference schedule as of October 26, 2019, click on: Conference Schedule.
LMEA 25 Year Service Pin
Deadline for 25-Year Service Pin Request is November 17, 2019. Pins will be presented prior to the All-State Performances. The recipient will designate the performance at which they wish to receive the pin during their request: Chorale Performance on Saturday, November 23, 2019, Jazz or Orchestra Performance on Sunday, November 24, 2019 or at the Concert Band Concert on Monday, November 25, 2019.  To make a request, click on: 25 Year Pin
Participate in the Collegiate and In-Service Demonstration Band.
"Re-Inventing Yourself: Methods to Remain Fresh as a Music Educator."
When: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the Premier Ballroom II/III.
Needed: You and your instrument.  Bring a music stand if possible.
State Solo Assessment.
The LMEA Board of Directors re-instated the LMEA State Solo Assessment. For information and entry form click on: 2020 State Solo Assessment
Instrumental Large Ensemble: New Adjudication Forms.
The LMEA Board of Directors as approved a new adjudication forms for Instrumental Large Ensemble Assessment. You may access the new adjudication forms by clicking on: New Adjudication Forms
Robert L. Wilhite Award of Excellence.
This award will recognize quality instrumental high school and middle school instrumental music programs serving historically disadvantaged student populations.  Initial award to be made at Conference in 2020. Click on the following link: Robert L. Wilhite Award Information
LMEA Award of Excellence.
This award will recognize the results of quality teaching and superior performances in Louisiana high school and middle school instrumental music programs Initial award to be made at Conference in 2021. Additional information to be provided at a future date.
LMEA Hall of Fame
Scotty Walker 
Scotty Walker is a native of Carencro, Louisiana and a graduate of Carencro High School. He received the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in 1990. Mr. Walker began his teaching career in 1990 with the Eunice Elementary School, Eunice Junior High School and Eunice High School System. In 1991 Mr. Walker began teaching at Lafayette Middle School for two years, and in 1993 Mr. Walker began teaching at Lafayette High School and has been the director for the past 26 years. Mr. Walker still serves as Band Director of the Mighty Lion Band.

LMEA Hall of Fame
Johnette LeBlanc
Johnette LeBlanc is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and she is a graduate of Fair Park High School. Johnette received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Northwestern State University and her Master’s in Education Degree and Plus 30 from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Ms. LeBlanc began her teaching career with the Deer Park Independent School District in Texas in 1970-1971. From 1972-2005, Ms. LeBlanc taught in the Caddo Parish School System’s String Program. From 1974-1976, Ms. LeBlanc worked with a program called String Power and from 1981-1988, she worked in the Centenary Suzuki School.

LMEA Hall of Fame
Rosie Fournier
Roselyn Fournier is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, and a 1966 graduate of Northside High School. She received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from McNeese State University in 1972. Ms. Fournier also attended Nichols State University for Certification of Student Teachers in 2006. Ms. Fournier began her teaching career in 1972 with the Lafourche Parish School System and in 1973 until 1980 she was employed by the Iberia Parish School System. In 1981 Ms. Fournier was employed by the St. Mary Parish School System as an elementary music teacher at J.S. Aucoin Elementary. From 1984 until 1989 Ms. Fournier served the Band Director of Sunset High School and from 1989 to 1994 she was Band Director at North Vermillion High School. She served as Band Director of the Morgan City High School Band from 1994 to 1999 and in 1999 was the Band Director for Berwick Junior High School until 2007. From 2007 until she retired, Ms. Fournier served as the talented music instructor for the St. Mary Parish School System.

LMEA Outstanding Administrator Award
Owen Clanton
Owen Clanton is the Administrative Director of Middle Schools for the Calcasieu Parish School System. Prior to his appointment as Administrative Director, Mr. Clanton served in a variety of administrative positions, including assignments as Principal at F. K. White Middle School in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and as Assistant Principal at J. I Watson Middle School in Iowa, Louisiana   He served as a Physical Education teacher at E.K. Key Elementary School, in Sulphur, Louisiana, prior to his entry into administration.

LMEA Outstanding Administrator Award
Jason St. Pierre
Jason St. Pierre is the Principal of Walker High School. Mr. St. Pierre served in a variety of administrative positions, including assignments as Principal at Freshwater Elementary School. and as Teacher/Administrator at Denham Springs High School.   Prior to his administrative position he served a teacher at Bethany Christian School. He is also a veteran with four years of service in the U. S. Navy.
LMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator Award
This year’s recipients are: Kyle Cook, Assistant Band Director at Maplewood and W. W. Lewis Middle School; Cory Craig, Band Director at Ruston Jr. High School; Jessica Kenny, Band Director at Henry Hurst Middle School, Marie Looney, Band Director at Neville High School, Sharie Mahler, Band Director at Destrehan High School, Mathew McMillen, Assistant Band Director at Sulphur High School, and Jordan Moore, Band Director at Vinton Middle School.

 LAJE Hall of Fame
Bobby Campo

Bobby Campo, trumpeter, teacher and composer, was also a founding member of Louisiana’s LeRoux and is in the Louisiana Hall of Fame with this group. He has performed and recorded with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Kerry Livgren (of KANSAS), Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Seranaders, Pete Fountain, The John Mahoney Big Band, The Al Beletto Big Band, Matt Lemmler, Delfeao Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and Dr. John.

LAJE Hall of Fame
Dr. Kevin Andry
Dr. Kevin Andry, Director of Bands at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a musician, educator, and a role model for students and teachers.  Dr. Andry received a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1982. In 1984 he received a master's degree in Music Performance at Louisiana State University and then earned his Ph.D. in Music Education, at LSU, in 1988. His high school teaching career began at Redemptorist High School where he taught for 16 years. In 2004, he became the Director of Bands at St. Michael.  
LMEA Website Links
We encourage all LMEA members to utilize the LMEA website.  LMEA continues to move towards more on-line registration for various events.  Pertinent information will also be available and updated periodically.
Outstanding Young Educator Nomination Form and Information.
The Louisiana Musician (LMEA Journal
All-State General Information
All-State Jazz Ensemble Information
All-State Orchestra Information
All-State Choir Information
All-State Band Information
Quick Link to NAfME
NAfME Website (Membership and Services)

Louisiana Music Educators Association  •  P. O. Box 6294  •  Lake Charles, LA 70606

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