Sudler Silver Scroll

North America’s

Most Prestigious Award


Community Concert Bands

Chairman: Dr. Ron Keller



To identify, recognize and honor those community bands that have demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and which have played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities.
Nominations can be received from any source and at any time.  The nominations must be sent to the  Chairman of the Sudler Silver Scroll Committee.   An Official Application will be forwarded to the director of the band nominated and the chairman will bring the completed applications to the annual meeting of the selection committee which takes place in December at the Mid-West International and Clinic in Chicago. Deadline for entry: November lst. 

The Selection Committee is composed of successful community band directors who have experienced a number of successful years as band conductors.  The committee will review the nominee’s programs and other supporting material and the final decision will be made by majority vote of the committee members present.
All bands that have applied will be advised shortly after the December meeting of the decision of the Selection Committee.  A presentation ceremony for those groups selected will be arranged at the convenience of the recipient at a concert of their choice if at all possible.  The Silver Scroll plaque and other related items will be forwarded by the President of the Sousa Foundation.

Bands nominated for the Sudler Silver Scroll award are asked to submit certain materials for evaluation by the committee.

1.    Concert programs representing the three previous years. (copies OK)
2.         15 copies of a CD of no more than 30 minutes in length representing the band’s repertoire and should be of music performed within the last year.  A listing of the music should be included with the recordings.  The timing of each work should be listed.  Live performances are most desirable, but not necessary. A copy of the recording will be forwarded to each member of the Selection Committee prior to the meeting in December to allow them ample time to review it. DO NOT PUT THE NAME OF THE BAND ON THE CDs.
3.    Press clippings or copies of press clippings about the band’s achievements from the three previous (or more) years.
4.     A photograph of the band in a concert setting taken with the past year or two.
5.    A photograph and resume of the director.
6.    Written recommendations from three or more band directors (not necessarily of community bands) of regional or national reputation who have heard or conducted the band recently.
7     Written comments from three or more local citizens documenting the band’s contribution to a high standard of cultural effectiveness in the community.
8.     A completed Application Form to be completed by the director and/or members of band for review by the Selection Committee.  (Form available upon request) 
        To request informational packet including a CD of the type of music that should be submitted please contact Dr. Ron Keller.
Address:  413 E. 11th Ave.   Naperville, Il  60563-2801  E-mail:

Deadline for entry:  November lst.



     The Sudler Silver Scroll Award will consist of a handsome walnut plaque on which is mounted a silver scroll engraved with the name of the band and the director.  Certificates for each member of the band will be included along with the Diploma of the Sudler Order of Merit for the director.



     The band must have achieved and maintained particularly high standards of excellence in concert performances and have selected a high level of musical literature over a period of years.  

     The conductor must be incumbent in his or her position for a minimum of five years including the current year.

     The band must have demonstrated a record of contributing significantly to the high standards of cultural environment in its community both by its performances and by involving a high percentage of community residents as performers.




The Sudler Silver Scroll Award is administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and implemented by the Foundation’s Executive Committee.  The membership of the committee is as follows:

Dr. Al G. Wright
Chairman of the Board

Col. John Bourgeois
President of the Board

Mr. Douglas Harter

Victor Zajec
Vice-President & Tres.

Gladys S. Wright

Ed Lisk
Vice-President for Administration




The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a publicly supported, educational foundation established for the purpose of organizing, sponsoring and administering projects contributing to the excellence of bands and band music throughout the world by recognizing excellence in it’s many forms wherever it may be found.

The Foundation is governed by the executive committee which receives suggestions, advice and input from the board of directors and the advisory committee.

No officer of the Foundation nor any committee member (excepting the Foundation’s attorney and tax accountant) receives any salary or financial compensation for services 





Ronald Demkee

4701 Akermans Ln.

Coopersburg, PA 18036

Del Eisch

3l5 Wilnette Springs Dr.

Racine, WI 53405

Richard Floyd

690l Winterberry Dr.

Austin, TX 78750

David Gregory

113 Ashton Park.

Peachtree City, GA 30269

Gerald Guilbeaux

3600 West Congress St.

Lafayette, LA 70506

Ronald Keller

413 E. 11th Ave.

Naperville, Il 60565

Ray Lichtenwalter

1309 Redbud Dr.

Arlington, TX 76012

John M. Long

211 S. Hillcrest Blvd

Troy, AL 36081

Harry Pinchin

5l Woodlake Manor

Sherwood Park, Alb.

T8A 4B8

Bryan Shelburne

5363 Whitehouse Plantation Rd. Macon, GA 31210

Bryce Taylor

1001 Lincoln

Alice, TX 78332

Gail A. Brechting  15310 Oak Point Dr. Spring Lake, MI  49456    


Don Snowden
  1020 E. Jordan ST., Unit B, Pensacola, FL 325033

Chistian Wilhjelm
 Box 151  Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Michael Willson  5916 S. Rita Ln. Tempe, AZ 85283




Savannah River Winds

North Agusta, SC

Richard Brasco, Conductor


Northshore Community Band (87)

Evanston, Illinois

John Paynter, Conductor

Lawrence City Band (88)

Lawrence, Kansas

William L. Kelly, Conductor

Allentown Band (90)

Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Ronald H. Demkee, Conductor

Kiel Municipal Band (90)

Kiel, Wisconsin

Lewis Schmidt, Conductor

Tacoma Symphonic Band (90)

Tacoma, Washington

Robert C. Musser, Conductor

Naperville Municipal Band (91)

Naperville, Illinois

Ronald J. Keller, Conductor      

Austin Symphonic Band (93)

Austin, Texas

Richard Floyd, Conductor

Sarasota Mobile Home Park Band (93)

Sarasota, Florida

Leo Laier, Conductor

Racine Municipal Band (94)

Racine, Wisconsin

Delbert A. Eisch, Conductor

Racine Municipal Band (94)

Racine, Wisconsin

Delbert A. Eisch, Conductor

Texas Wind Symphony (95)

Arlington, Texas

Ray Lichtenwalter, Conductor

Medalist Concert Band (95)

Bloomington, Minnesota.

Earl Benson, Conductor

Kent Stark Concert Band (96)

Canton, Ohio

Patricia A. Grutzmacher, Conductor

Lakeland Civic Band (96)

Kirtland, Ohio

Charles Frank, Conductor

Ridgewood Concert Band (96)

Ridgewood, New Jersey

C. Christian Wilhjelm, Conductor

Tara Winds Community Band (96)

Hampton, Georgia

David Gregory, Conductor

Coastal Communities Concert Band (97)

San Diego, California

Donald E. Caneva, Conductor

Scottsdale Concert Band (97)

Scottsdale, Arizona

Charles Sessions, Conductor

Twin City Concert Band (97)

West Monroe, Louisiana

Jack White, Conductor

Corpus Christi Wind Symphony (98)

Corpus Christi, Texas

Bryce Taylor, Conductor

San Jose Wind Symphony (98)

San Jose, California

Darrell Johnston, Conductor

Community Band of Brevard (99)

Cocoa, Florida

Marion Scott, Conductor

Lafayette Concert Band (99)

Lafayette, Louisiana

Gerald Guilbeaux, Conductor

Virginia Grand Military Band (00)

Arlington, Virginia.

Loras John Schissell, Conductor

Lafayette Citizens Band (01)
Lafayette, Indiana
William Kissinger, Conductor

Pensacola Civic Band (02)

Pensacola, Florida

Don Snowden, Conductor

Tempe Wind Ensemble (02)

Tempe, Arizona

Michael Wilson, Conductor

Atlantic Wind Symphony (03)
Atlanta, GA
Peter Witte,

Houston Symphonic Band (03)
Houston, TX
Robert McElroy, Conductor

Penn Central Wind Band (04)
Lewisburg, PA
William Kenny,

City of Fairfax Band (04)
Fairfax, VA
Robert Pouliot,

West Michigan Winds (05)
Muskegon, MI
Gail Brechting,

Knightwind Ensemble (05)
Hales Corner, WI
John Steinke,

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble 2006
Linwood, NJ
Keith Hodgson,

Oregon Symphonic Band 2007
Portland, OR
Michael Burch-Pesses,

East Tennessee Concert Band 2007
Lenoir, TN
Ric Best, Conductor

East Winds Symphonic Band 2008
Pittsburgh, PA
Susan Sands,

Cobb Wind Symphony 2009
Marietta, GA
Alfred Watkins, Conductor

Minnesota Symphonic Winds 2009
Edina, MN
Timothy Mahr, Conductor


2010 Historic Award Recipient

Lebanon Band

Lebanon, WI

Edward Pierce, Conductor


Naperville Municipal Band (99)

Naperville, Illinois

Ronald J. Keller, Conductor

Allentown Band (00)

Allentown, Penn.

Ronald H. Demkee, Conductor

The Lafayette Citizens Band (01)

Lafayette, Indiana

William Kissinger, Conductor

Repasz Band (03)
Williamsport, PA
 Albert J. Nacinovich,Cconductor 

 City of Fairfax Band  (04)
 Fairfax, VA
  Robert Pouliot, Conductor  


Sudler Silver Scroll

     The Sudler Silver Scroll Award is made possible by an endowment by Mr. & Mrs. Louis Sudler.

     Louis Sudler was the rare combination of a successful businessman, a performing artist and a nationally recognized patron of the arts.  He was the founder of the Chicago real estate firm bearing his name.  His urge for achievement in the business world was equalled only by his intense desire to assist and inspire talented young musicians.

     Mr. Sudler appeared nationally as a baritone soloist in concert, oratoria, with symphony orchestras, with concert bands, at functions honoring five United States presidents and as a recording artist.  He appeared in major baritone roles with the Chicago Civic Opera.

     He was the founder and host of the Peabody Award winning television program “Artists’ Showcase” which ran for fourteen years.  He was internationally known for his leadership of the Chicago Symphony Orchestral Association and served on the boards of many cultural institutions in the United States.  Over the years, together with his wife Virginia, he established a large number of awards for young talented musicians through the Louis Sudler Foundation and the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

     Mrs. Virginia Sudler continued to maintain a strong interest and support for the arts in general and for band musicians in particular through the John Philip Sousa Foundation.



     A Community Band (factory band, fireman’s band, miner’s band, etc.) which has been in existence for more than 100 years may apply for the “Historic Community Band” award.  In this category, the historic importance of the band will be evaluated in respect to the band’s impact on the present day community band effort.  Historic photographs (band, conductors, soloists, etc.) together with old clippings, programs, etc. will be of particular significance in the selection of a band for this award.

     Nomination forms for either the Sudler Silver Scroll or the Sudler Historic Community Band award may be obtained from the chairman of the committee.

There is no cost involved.                                                                      

There is no specific number of community bands that can be honored each year.


Prior to the Selection Committee’s Meeting in December, the chairman will forward copies of the recordings submitted by each band to each member of the committee for their perusal. 

Deadline for entry: Nov. lst.



Updated December 23, 2010