The Sudler Shield

An International Award Recognizing High School, Youth and International Marching Bands of World Class Excellence

The Sudler Shield Award is endowed by 
Louis and Virginia Sudler

W. Dale Warren, Sudler Shield Chairman

Please click below for the Sudler Shield nomination form.  It is available in two formats:

Sudler Shield Nomination form - word document (rtf)

Sudler Shield Nomination form - pdf


1. To establish and support international standards of excellence in musical performance, marching execution, choreography and show design for high school, youth or international marching bands.

2.  To identify, recognize, and honor outstanding high school, youth and international  marching bands who are at a world class level of excellence.


1. The award is open to any high school, youth or international marching band in any country regardless of geographical location, religious or political belief, race, color or ethnic background.

2. Nominations will be received from any source and at any time by the Sousa Foundation.  The deadline for submitted materials to be received (not postmarked) is December 10.

3.  A jury viewing DVD's submitted by the nominees will make the selection.  Only DVD’s compatible to U.S. machines are acceptable.

4.  Materials to be submitted:


    a) A properly executed nomination form
    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 marching band (no notebooks)

5.  There is no entry fee.

6.  The current marching band director must have been incumbent in his/her present position as marching band director for the past five years preceding the year of nomination.  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.

9.  The recorded performance 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 performance is twelve minutes.  For timing purposes the performance will start whenever the band begins either its music or movement on the field.  A specific performance recording (DVD) may not be submitted more than once.


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.  Award winners will be advised as soon as possible after the selection by telephone or email.

12.  There is no specific number of marching bands to be honored each year.  However, the highest standards of excellence will be in effect in the selection process and all qualified bands will be selected.

13.  Nomination forms may be obtained by writing Professor W. Dale Warren at the address list below or via email:

14.  All nomination forms, DVD's, and other materials should be received (not postmarked) by December 10th.  Send to:

Professor  W. Dale Warren, Sudler Shield Chairman
Director of Concert Bands
University of Arkansas
205 Lewis E. Epley Band Hall
Fayetteville, Arkansas  72701

15.  DVD's and other materials submitted may not be returned at the option of the Sousa Foundation.  The applicant grants the Sousa Foundation the privilege of making a copy of its DVD for the Foundation.  The applicant agrees that the Sousa Foundation will not be held responsible or liable for loss or damage to the materials of the DVD.


1.The Sudler 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.

The Jury

1. The jury will be nominated by the project chair with the advice and approval of the executive committee.  
2. The 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 remuneration.

Recipients for 2010

The Hebron High School band from Carrollton, Texas (USA)  Andy Sealy, Director   2010
Presentation of the Award can be seen here!

The Westlake High School Band from Austin, Texas (USA)  Kerry Taylor, Director  2010
Presentation of the Award can be seen here!

Previous recipients of the Sudler Shield Award

Aimachi Marching Band
Kiyokazu Sekine, Director
Handa City, Japan  2000

Enterprise H.S. Band
Bill Hickman, Director
Enterprise, AL  1987

James F. Byrnes HS Band
C. Phillip McIntyre, Director
Duncan, SC  2001

Lawrence Central HS Band
Randy Greenwell, Director
Indianapolis, IN  2000

Paul Lawerence Dunbar HS Band
Craig Cornish, Director
Lexington, KY  1996

Allen H.S. Band
 Anthony Gibson and Charles Pennington, Directors
Allen, Texas  2003

Federal Hocking HS Band
Frank Angelas, Director
Stewart, OH  1987

John Overton HS Band
Jo Ann Hood, Director
Nashville, TN  1992

Manzano HS Band
Gary Shallert, Director
Albuquerque, NM  1989

Paul Lawerence Dunbar HS Band
Jeffrey A Hood, Director
Lexington, KY  2005

Broken Arrow HS Band
Tom Stout, Director
Broken Arrow, OK  1999

Tenri Seminary HS Band
Makado Fukada, Director
Nara, Japan  1987

John Overton HS Band
Rodney Webb, Director
Nashville, TN  1988

Marion Catholic H.S. Band
Greg Bimm, Director
Chicago Heights, IL  1997

Pope HS Band
Gary Gribble, Director
Marietta, GA  1992

Cambridge HS Band
Max Trier, Director
Cambridge, OH  1988

North Hardin HS Band
Chuck Campbell, Director
Radcliff, KY  1992

K & G Leiden Marching & Show Band
Peter Kleine Schaars & Tjeerd Haasbrook , Directors
Leiden, The Netherlands  2005

McGavock HS Band
Jeff Beckman, Director
Nashville, TN  1994

Pupuk Kaltim School
Andy Dougharty, Director
Bontang, Kaltim-Indonesia  1998

Cedar Park High School
Jeremy Spicer, Steve Wessels, Bob Chreste, & Manuel Maldonado Directors
Cedar Park, Texas  2006

Lafayette HS Band
Steve Moore, Director
Lexington, KY  1991

Kashiwa City HS Marching Band
Syuichi Ishida, Director
Kashiwa City, Japan  2002

Mountain Crest HS Band
Sheri Manning, Director
Hyram, UT  1987

Ronald Reagan H.S. Band
Mark Chambers, Director
San Antonio, TX  2005

Clinton HS Band
David Willson, Director
Clinton, MS  1990

Fred C. Beyer HS Band
Gary Gilroy, Director
Modesto, CA 1993

Kennesaw Mt. HS Marching Band
David Starnes, Director
Kennesaw, GA  2002

Mt. Juliet HS Band
Phil Walters, Director
Mt. Juliet, TN  1989

Seminole H.S. Band
Mr. Daniel Wood, Director
Seminole, FL  2003

Clovis HS Band
Key Poulan, Director
Clovis, CA  1988

Godwin HS Band
Shelley Maire Cook, Director
Richmond, VA  1989

L.D. Bell High School
Jeremy Earnhart, Director
Hurst, Texas  2004

Neuces Canyon HS Band
Todd James, Director
Barksdale, TX  1989

Sumter HS Band
Joseph Allison, Director
Sumter, SC  1993

Collins H.S. Band
Richard Marshal and Heath Lawless, Directors
Suwanee, GA  2004

Grove City H.S. Band
George Edge, Director
Grove City, OH  1989

Lafayette HS Band
Charles Smith, Director
Lexington, KY  1998

Newton Local HS Band
Donald Jenkins, Director
Pleasant Hill, OH  1989

Tenri Seminary H.S.Band
Makado Fukada,
Nara Japan

Coronado HS Band
Richard Lambrecht, Director
El Paso, TX  1992

Harrison County H.S. Band
Robert Gregg, Director
Cynthiana, KY  1999

Langham Creek HS Scott McAdow, Gloria Ramirez, Tim Newburn, & Brandon Estes
Houston, TX  2006

North Hardin H.S. Band
Chuck Campbell, Director
Radcliff, KY  1992

Westfield HS Band
Phil Geiger, Director
Spring, TX  1999

Duncanville HS Band
Tom Shine, Director
Duncanville, TX  1998

James Bowie H.S. Band
Bruce Dinkins. Director
Austin, TX  2005

Lassiter HS Band
Alfred Watkins, Director
Marietta, GA  1998

Norwin Sr. HS Band
Louis Hancock, Director
North Huntington, PA  1989

Yokohama Marching Band
Manabu Yonetani, Director
Yokohama, Japan  2002

Owasso High School
Owasso, Oklahoma
David Gorham, Director  2004



Marcus High School Marching Band
Amanda Drinkwater, Director
Flower Mound, TX  2007

Avon High School Marching Band
Jay Webb, Director
Avon, IN  2007

Broken Arrow High School Band
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Darrin Davis and Scott Tomlinson, Directors  2008
Tarpon Springs High School Band
Leadership and Music Conservatory
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Kevin Ford, Director  2008
Musica Grato High School Band
Jusan Junior/Senior High School
Himi, Toyama-Ken, Japan
Fumiko Hirose, Director  2008
Coppell High School Band
Coppell, Texas
Scott Mason, Director  2008
 Chonkanyanukoon High School Band
 Amphur Muang, Chonburi, Thailand
Amnuaisil Klinhom, Director  2009
Woodlands High School Band The Woodlands, Texas (USA)
Brett Johnson, Director   2009
Walton High School Band  Marietta, Georgia (USA)
Mike Back, Director
Jeff Pollack, Associate Director  2009
American Fork High School Band American Fork, Utah (USA)
John Miller, Director  2009

The Jury of the Sudler Shield

  W. Dale Warren,   Chairman
Director of Concert Bands
University of Arkansas

Keith Bearden
Director of Marching/Athletic Bands
Texas Tech University,


Greg Bimm
Director of Bands
Marion Catholic HS, IL

Dr. John Culvahouse
Professor of Music Education
Kennesaw State University, GA

Robert Eklund
Director of Bands
Calgary, Canada

Dr. Robert Fleming
Associate Director of Bands
Arizona State University, retired

Dr. Rick Goodstein
Chairman, Department of Music
Clemson University

Gordon Henderson
Associate Director of Bands

Jo Ann Hood
Director of Bands
John Overton High School, Tennessee

Dr. John M. Long
Director of Bands
Troy State University, retired

Dr. Brad McDavid
Director of Athletic Bands
University of Washington

Rick McEnaney
Coordinator, Secondary Fine Arts
Clark County Schools, Nevada

Dr. John Villella
 Associate Dean School of Music
West Chester University

Dr. J. Steven Moore
Chairman, Department of Music

University of Central Missouri

George N. Parks
Director of Marching/Athletic  Bands
University of Massachusetts

Jury Member Emeritus


Dr. Jon R. Woods
Director of Marching/Athletic Bands
Ohio State University

Amanda Drinkwater
Director of Bands
Marcus High School, TX

Updated January 30, 2011