Clarence Sawhill was a teacher/conductor. He shaped the lives of numerous teachers and musicians through his forty-one years of service. He was able to produce successful public school and university bands and orchestras in Kansas, Illinois, and California. He was also able, through his large number of guest clinic appearances, to influence hundreds of musicians and teachers throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. His abilities as a teacher of bands and orchestras made him one of the most emulated educators of the twentieth century. This, along with his sense of musical mission work, led Sawhill to become influential in the field of music education.