SPAH Award Winners

Bernie Bray Player of the Year Award
 
This award is presented annually to an individual for excellence in playing the harmonica.
 
1981 - Bernie Bray
1982 - Richard Smith
1983 - Pete Pedersen
1984 - Gordon Mitchell
1985 - Judy Simpson Smith
1986 - Danny Wilson
1987 - Alex Fogel
1988 - Norm Dobson
1989 - Jim Prushankin
1990 - Richard Harris
1991 - Don Les
1992 - Al Fiore
1993 - Cham-ber Huang
1994 - Al Smith
1995 - Jerry Murad
1996 - Stagg McMann
1997 - Peter Madcat Ruth
1998 - Lou Delin
1999 - Blackie Schackner
2000 - Jack Ely
2001 - Joe Filisko
2002 - Marvin Monroe
2003 - Buddy Wakefield
2004 - Bud Boblink
2005 - Douglas Tate
2006 - Frank Warner
2007 - Herb Eck
2008 - Gene Hansen
2009 - Rob Paparozzi
2010 - Howard Levy
2011 - Brendan Power
2012 - Phil Caltabellotta
2013 - Jean Toots Thielemans
2014 - Buddy Greene
2015 - Robert Bonfiglio
2016 - Stevie Wonder
 
Pete Pedersen Lifetime Achievement Award
 
Not only do these outstanding harmonica players have a record of achievement over a long period of time, they also preserve and advance the harmonica and share their talents and knowledge with the harmonica community.
 
2001 - Pete Pedersen
2002 - Blackie Schackner
2003 - Sandy German
2004 - Dominic and Tony Sgro
2005 - Buzz Krantz and Charlie McCoy
2006 - Stan Harper, Bob McFarlane and Ray Tankersly
2007 - Jerry Adler and Danny Wilson
2008 - Anneliese “Sissi” Jones and Charlie Musselwhite
2009 - Manji Suzuki
2010 - Dick Gardner
2011 - Al Smith
2012 - James Cotton
2013 - Tom Stryker
2014 - Peter Madcat Ruth
2015 - Mo Vint
2016 - Winslow Yerxa
 
SPAH Award of Special Merit
 
This award recognizes and honors harmonica players, non-players and organizations that have made special contributions to the harmonica community.
 
2003 - Frank Halovanic
2004 - Joe Fey
2005 - Jack Hopkins
2006 - Joe and Fey Martin
2007 - Bob Herndon
2008 - Rudy and Doris Michelin
2009 - Phil Duncan
2010 -  Michael Anderson, Dick Lawrence and Terry Lewis
2011 - Michael Polesky
2012 - Roger Bale and Eugene Hansen
2013 - Martin Haeffner
2014 - Mike Caldwell, Harp-l and SlideMeister
 
Stan Harper Award of Special Merit

The SPAH Award of Special Merit was renamed the Stan Harper Award of Special Merit in 2015. 

2015 - Charles Spranklin
2016 - Paul Davies

President’s Award

This award is presented at the discretion of the president to deserving recipients.

2011 - Paul Metris
2013 - Frank Davis, Norm Dobson and Danny Wilson
2015 - Joe Leone and the Gateway Harmonica Club
2016 - Paul Oscher and Vern Smith

Special Lifetime Achievement Award
 
2001 - Larry Adler, Tommy Morgan and Alan Pogson
2003 - Charlie Leighton

Award of Appreciation
 
2001 - Bob Williams
2012 - Tom Stryker