During the recent NBA General Membership meeting at the 2022 Midwest Clinic, it was announced that Julie Giroux and Frank Ticheli will be the 2023 recipients of the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussive Arts award. Both will be formally recognized at the NBA General Membership meeting during the 2023 Midwest Clinic. The Academy of Wind and Percussive Arts (AWAPA) award was established for the purpose of recognizing those individuals who have made truly significant and outstanding contributions to furthering the excellence of bands and of band music. It is not limited to band directors, but to anyone whose contributions are determined to be so outstanding that they deserve and warrant honor and recognition. The nine inch silver “AWAPA” figure is designed to be the “Oscar” of the band world. The NBA extends congratulations to both Julie Giroux and Frank Ticheli.