The Sudler Flag of Honor

Gladys Stone Wright, Project Chair
Roy C. Holder, Co-Chair

An International Award
Recognizing High School Concert Bands 
of 
Outstanding Musical Excellence

Sponsored by
Louis and Virginia Sudler

Administered by
The John Philip Sousa Foundation

Purpose

To identify, recognize and honor high school band programs internationally that have demonstrated particularly significant high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years.

  Procedure

Nominations will be received from any source and at any time by the Sousa Foundation. The nominations will be evaluated by the Selection Committee established by the Sousa Foundation.
The Selection Committee is composed of a number of active and successful high school band directors together with college and university band directors who themselves have had a number of years of successful high school band experience.
There are no specific number of schools honored each year. The awards will be announced in January after the approval of nominations each year in D
ecember. Recipients will be notified by the Executive Committee of The John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Bands nominated for the award will be asked to submit materials for evaluation purposes. These should include:

1. Concert programs covering the previous three or more years.

2. Recordings from the previous three or more years, including a standard march, a contemporary band work, and an orchestra transcription from the Classical or Romantic period prior to the 20th century.

3. Photographs of the concert and marching band organizations and the director of bands.

4. Press clippings or copies of press clippings and other supporting documents. 

5. Written recommendations from three or more band conductors of recognized national reputation who have heard the band perform recently.

6. An information form to be filled out by the conductor for use by the selection committee.

7. Nomination forms may be obtained from:  

Gladys Wright, Chair
The Sudler Flag
345 Overlook Drive
West Lafayette, IN  47906
765-463-1738
Al.Gladys.Wright@frontier.com

http://www.SousaFoundation.net/mediafiles/PDF/71.PDF

The Award

Bands receiving The Sudler Flag of Honor will receive a unique and colorful nylon flag executed in red, white, and blue, trimmed with gold fringe. The flag is four by six feet in size.
The director will be given an engraved plaque and each of the members of the band will receive a handsome individualized diploma.
All Sudler Flag of Honor Bands are automatically included in the Sousa Foundation's Historic Roll of Honor of outstanding high school concert bands.

Criteria

The band must have achieved and maintained a high standard of excellence in the concert area over a period of several years.
The concert band will have placed itself in situations where there has been opportunity for evaluation by qualified persons or has been rated "superior" at state, regional, or national levels in concert activities.
The band program must offer its participants a complete and balanced program of musical activities including concert, solo, ensemble, and marching areas.
The band should have performed at regional, state, national, and professional meetings of significance. These can include but are not limited to state music conventions, regional or national MENC meetings, and state or national band association conventions.
The director must have been incumbent in his/her position for at least seven years, including the current year.
A number of the students in the band should have participated in district and all-state honor bands or similar all-area groups.

Administration

The award is administered by The John Philip Sousa Foundation and implemented by its Executive Committee.


Louis and Virginia Sudler

The Sudler Flag of Honor awards are made possible through the generosity of Louis and Virginia Sudler.

Louis Sudler (1903-1992) was a rare combination of successful business man, a performing artist, and a nationally known patron of the arts. He was the founder of the Chicago real estate firm, Sudler and Company; his urge for achievement in the business world was equaled only by his intense desire to assist and inspire talented young musicians.

Mr. Sudler appeared nationally as a soloist in concerts, oratorio, with symphony orchestras, with concert bands, at functions honoring five United States presidents, and as a recording artist. A baritone, he was a member of the Chicago Civic Opera.

Louis Sudler had long expressed his interest in the arts, not only as a successful performing musician but as a patron of the arts, vitally interested in recognizing outstanding accomplishments, particularly by students at the high school and college levels. He was founder and host of the Peabody award-winning television program, "Artist's Showcase," which ran for 14 years. He was internationally known for his leadership of The Orchestral Association of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and served on the boards of many art institutions in this country. Over the years he established scholarships and awards for young talented musicians through the Louis Sudler Foundation and the Sousa Foundation.

His wife, Virginia Brown Sudler (1911-2003), herself a patron of the arts, remained active in The John Philip Sousa Foundation, serving as Vice-President on the Executive Board until her death.

Members of the Selection Committee

Gladys Stone Wright, Project Chair

345 Overlook Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Al.gladys.wright@frontier.com

Mr. Gerald Babbitt

Hayes High School

Buda, TX

Mr. Lafe Cook

Dobyns-Bennett High School

Kingsport, TN

Mr. James Kirchenbauer (Ret.)

McLean High School

McLean, VA

Mr. Richard Bergman (Ret.)

Herndon High School

Herndon, VA

Mr. Brian Covey

Lockport High School

Lockport, IL

Mr. Andy Sealy

 Hebron High School

Carrollton, TX

Mr. Carl J. Bianchi (Ret.)

James Madison High School

Vienna, VA

Dr. John Culvahouse

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

Mr. Scott Rush

Wando High School

Wando, SC

Mr. Greg Bimm

Marion Catholic High School

Chicago Heights, IL

Mr. David Gorham

Owasso High School

Owasso, OK

Mr. Denton Stokes (Ret.)

James Robinson High School

Fairfax, VA

Dr. John Carmichael

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Mr. Roy Holder (Ret.)

Lake Braddock High School

Burke, VA

Ms. Paula Thornton (Ret.)

Buchholz High School

Tallahassee, FL

Mr. Scott Casagrande

John Hersey High School

Arlington Heights, IL

Mr. Michael Kaufman

Grand Ledge High School

Grand Ledge, MI

Mr. David Vandewalker

Harrison High School

Marietta, GA

 Amanda Drinkwater
Marcus High School
Flower Mound, TX

 Mr. Alan Beach
Parkview High School
Lilburn, GA

 


Sudler Flag Recipients

1983

 

Alice High School Band

Bryce Taylor, Director

Alice, TX

Bell High School Band

Robert Winslow, Director

Hurst, TX

Georgetown High School Band

Robert Klett, Director

Georgetown, TX

North Hills High School Band

Warren Mercer, Director

Pittsburgh, PA

Papillion-LaVista HS  Band

Glen Koca, Director

Papillion, NE

Richardson High School Band

Scott Taylor, Director

Richardson, TX

 

Wheatridge High School Band

Larry Wallace, Director

Wheatridge, CO

 

 

1984

 

Berkner High School Band

Robert Floyd, Director

Richardson, TX

Glenbard East High School Band

Ross Kellan, Director

Lombard, IL

Hardaway High School Band

William Pharris, Director

Columbus, GA

Reynoldsburg High School Band

Dan Nawrocki, Director

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

 

Oconomowoc High School Band

A.F. Hoefer, Director

Oconomowoc, WI

 

1985

 

Clear Lake High School Band

Richard Bass, Director

Houston, TX

Grand Ledge High School Band

Michael Kaufman, Director

Grand Ledge, MI

South Lakes High School Band

Brad Draeger, Director

Reston, VA

Stevens High School Band

Milo Winter, Director

Rapid City, SD

 

Valparaiso High School Band

Robert Miller, Director

Valparaiso, IN

 

1986

 

J. J. Pearce High School Band

Tom Bennett, Director

Richardson, TX

 

Lakeland High School Band

John Carmichael, Director

Lakeland, FL

 

1987

 

Lake Highland High School Band

Malcolm Helm, Director

Dallas, TX

 

Auburn High School Band

Tommy Goff, Director

Auburn, AL

 

1988

 

Duncanville High School Band

Tom Shine, Director

Duncanville, TX

Lassiter High School Band

Alfred Watkins, Director

Marietta, GA

Mason City High School Band

Gilbert Lettow, Director

Mason City, IA

 

1989

 

Coronado High School Band

Richard Lambert, Director

El Paso, TX

James Madison HS Band

Carl J. Bianchi, Director

Vienna, VA

Sumter High School Band

John Culvahouse, Director

Sumter, SC

 

1990

 

 

Herndon High School Band

Richard Bergman, Director

Herndon, VA

 

 

 

1991

 

Marion Catholic High School

Greg Bimm, Director

Chicago Heights, IL

Pearl City High School Band

Michael Nakasone, Director

Pearl City, HI

Robert E. Lee High School Band

Randy Stone, Director

Midland, TX

 

1992

 

 

James Robinson HS Band

Gary Markham, Director

Fairfax, VA

 

 

1993

 

Lakeland High School Band

Andrew Crew, Director

Lakeland, FL

 

George C. Marshall HS Band

Denton Stokes, Director

Fairfax, VA

 

1994

 

Clements High School Band

Larry Matysial, Director

Sugar Land, TX

Lake Braddock HS Band

Roy Holder, Director

Burke, VA

The Colony High School Band

Dick Clardy, Director

The Colony, TX

 

Westfield High School Band

Philip Geiger, Director

Houston, TX

 

 

1995

 

W.T. Woodson High School Band

John Casagrande, Director

Fairfax, VA

 

Spring High School Band

Bill Watson, Director

Spring, TX

 

1996

 

 

Norcross High School Band

William Pharris, Director

Norcross, GA

 

 

1997

 

Klein Forest High School Band

Paul J. Worosello, Director

Houston, TX

Langham Creek HS Band

Scott McAdow, Director

Houston, TX

Owasso High School Band

David Gorham, Director

Owasso, OK

 

Westmoore HS Band

Allen Correll, Director

Oklahoma City, OK

 

 

1998

 

Jack C. Hays HS Band

Gerald Babbitt, Director

Buda, TX

 

Westlake High School Band

Kerry Taylor, Director

Austin, TX

 

1999

 

 

Irmo High School Band

Bruce Dinkins, Director

Columbia, SC

 

 

2000

 

Leon High School Band

Timothy Paul, Director

Tallahassee, FL

McLean High School Band

James Kirchenbauer, Director

McLean, VA

J. J. Pearce High School Band
Peter Warshaw, Director

Richardson, TX

 

 

 

 

2001

 

 

None Selected

 

 

2002

 

Lake Highlands HS Band

Marion West, Director

Dallas, TX

 

Buchholz High School Band

Paula Thornton, Director

Gainesville, FL

 

2003

 

North Hardin High School Band

Charles Campbell, Director

Radcliff, KY

 

The Woodlands HS Band

Brett Johnson, Director

The Woodlands, TX

 

2004

 

L.V. Berkner High School Band

Michael Brashear, Director

Richardson, TX

James Robinson HS Band

Denton Stokes, Director

Fairfax, VA

Dobyns-Bennett HS Band

Lafe Cook, Director

Kingsport, TN

 

2005

 

Cypress Falls High School Band

Frank Troyka, Director

Houston, TX

 

Parkview High School Band

Allen Beach, Director

Lilburn, GA

 

2006

 

Friendswood HS Band

Gregory Dick, Director

Friendswood, TX

 

Harrison High School Band

David Vandewalker, Director

Kennesaw, GA

 

2007

 

John Hersey High School Band

Scott Casagrande, Director

Arlington Heights, IL

 

Wando High School Band

Scott Rush, Director

Wando, SC

 

2008

 

Lockport High School Band

Brian Covey, Director

Lockport, IL

Poteet High School Band

Scott Coulson, Director

Mesquite, TX

Mason High School Band

Robert Bass, Director

Mason, OH

 

Permian High School Band

Michael Watts, Director

Odessa, TX

 

 

2009

 

 

Neuqua Valley High School

Charles Staley, Director

Naperville, IL

 

 

2010

 

 

None Selected

 

 

2011

 

Hebron High School Band

Andy Sealy, Director

Carrollton, TX

James Madison HS Band

Michael Hackbarth, Director

Vienna, VA

W.T. Woodson High School Band

Melinda McKenzie-Hall, Director

Fairfax, VA

 

2012

 

Roxbury HS Band
Todd Nichols, Director
Succasunna, NJ

 

2013

 

Marcus HS Band
Amanda Drinkwater, Director
Flower Mound, TX

 


 The Historic Roll of Honor 
of
High School Concert Bands
1920-2007

For a complete listing of committee members and bands since 1920 please follow the link here:
 Historic Roll of Honor