On March 6, 2009, the NSBA Distinguished Service Award was renamed The Duane E. Johnson Distingushed Service Award.
Duane E Johnson is a retired Nebraska music educator: He is a graduate of Hastings College and has a Master's Degree from Chadron State College. He is the recipient of two Honorary Doctor's degrees (Hastings College and Vandercook College of Music). His teaching career spanned 50 years; serving as Band Director at Doniphan, Crawford, Broken Bow, Sidney and 33 years at Hastings College.
Duane is a 1977 recipient of the Donald A Lentz "Outstanding Bandmaster Award;" was inducted into the Music Educators Hall of Fame in 1980; received the Outstanding Music Educators Award from the National Federation of lnterschoastic Music Association in 1995; received a Distinguished Service Award from the Nebraska School Activities Association in 1995; was inducted into "Pro Rege" at Hastings College and has received numerous other awards. He is a Past-President of Nebraska Music Educator's Association and the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. He has served as a Clinician, Adjudicator and advisor to other mujsic programs in several states. He has had a Brass Choir at his church for 30 years and has served as a Choir Director for over 50 years.
Nebraska State Bandmasters Association