Mike Townsend,Supervisor of Music (retired) Grande Prairie Public School District, taught music for 40 years. Though principally a “bandsman”, Mr. Townsend was proud to be at the helm of a Total Music Program that gave equal emphasis to band, choir, and orchestra. Mike is presently a member of Alberta Band Association, the World Association of Marching Show Bands, Phi Beta Mu – Mu Alpha, and Regional Coordinator for MusicFest Canada. Mike has served on the board of Canadian Band Directors Association, Alberta Band Association, and Music Alberta. He has been a recipient of the Tommy Banks Jazz Educators Award, the Alberta Band Association’s David Peterkin Award of Excellence, and Vondis Miller Legacy Award.