b) One (high camera is preferred but not
required ) high quality DVD from the current (nomination) school year
c) One or two page resume or fact sheet of the
(no notebooks please)
5. There is no entry
6. The current
band director must have been incumbent in his/her present position as
marching band director for the past five years preceding the year of
The marching band may be
nominated during the sixth year of the director’s tenure.
7. The DVD
performance should be of a
field show performed on a regulation American or Canadian football
field, on a European soccer field, or in an appropriate indoor venue.
The area of performance should be one that is accepted as a
standard marching band facility in the home venue of the nominated band.
8. A previous Sudler
Shield recipient may not re-apply unless
there is a new director and this new director must have been in that
position for a minimum of five years (see number 6 above).
9. The recorded
must have taken place during the calendar year in which the DVD is
submitted. It must be a continuous recording of a single
performance without editing. The minimum duration of the
performance is six minutes. The maximum length of the
is twelve minutes. For timing purposes the performance will
whenever the band begins either its music or movement on the field.
A specific performance recording (DVD) may not be submitted
10. All members of
the nominated band must
be regularly enrolled students in the high school or regular members of
the youth band as it is organized.
11. The jury will
evaluate nominations at the Midwest Clinic each December.
winners will be advised as soon as possible after the selection by
telephone or email.
12. There is no
number of marching bands to be honored each year. However,
highest standards of excellence will be in effect in the selection
process and all qualified bands will be selected.
13. Nomination forms
obtained by writing Professor W. Dale Warren at the address list below
or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
14. All nomination
DVD's, and other materials should be received (not postmarked) by Friday, December 5, 2014. Send to:
Senior Wind Band Conductor
University of Arkansas
205 Lewis E. Epley
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
15. DVD's and other
may not be returned at the option of the Sousa Foundation.
applicant grants the Sousa Foundation the privilege of making a copy of
its DVD for the Foundation. The applicant agrees that the
Foundation will not be held responsible or liable for loss or damage to
the materials of the DVD.
shield award will consist of (1) a silver
shield mounted on a handsome 8X11 inch (or larger) wooden plaque for
the organization, (2) a miniature plaque for the director, (3) a
diploma of honor for the director, and (4) an honor certificate for
each member of the band.
2. The presentation
of the award to the
band will be scheduled at an important musical event and at a time and
place convenient to the recipient and others concerned. Other
than providing the awards, the Sousa Foundation will not be responsible
for any presentation costs.
1. The Sudler
Shield award will be administered by the
John Philip Sousa foundation and Implemented by the executive committee
through the project chair, Professor W. Dale Warren of the
University of Arkansas, United States.
1. The jury will be nominated
project chair with the advice and approval of the executive committee.
jury will be composed of not less than ten and not more than
twenty-five band directors of national and international reputation in
the marching band field.
3. No member of
the jury, the Sousa Foundation nor other persons will receive any
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