The Sudler Trophy
HONORING THE CLOSE HISTORICAL RELATIONSHIP AND OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION OF COLLEGE MARCHING BANDS TO THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE – A BIANNUAL AWARD (as of 2007) TO RECOGNIZE A COLLEGE MARCHING BAND OF SPECIAL MERIT
University of Notre Dame Marching Band
Director is Dr. Ken Dye
The purpose of the Sudler Trophy is to identify and recognize collegiate marching bands of particular excellence that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life. The Sudler Trophy will be awarded biannually to a college or university marching band which has demonstrated the highest of musical standards and innovative marching routines and ideas, and which has made important contributions to the advancement of the performance standards of college marching bands over a number of years.
The Sudler Trophy is made possible by a grant from Louis and
Virginia Sudler of
The Sudler Trophy is one in a series of awards developed by Mr. And Mrs. Sudler and the Sousa Foundation to recognize and to encourage excellence in the various aspects of band work. The marching band is a force which reaches countless students and audiences throughout the nation, and the purpose of the Sudler Trophy is to recognize the outstanding work and contribution of college and university marching band directors.
The trophy has been designed by the distinguished artist Ed Blackwell. It has been executed by Dieges and Clust, who also produce the Heisman Trophy. Consisting of a bronze drum major astride a football stadium and mounted on a marble base, the trophy stands 22 ½ inches high.
Failure to follow guidelines will result in elimination from consideration.
E-mails distributed from chair to both Sudler committee membership and marching band directors throughout the nation calling for 2013 Sudler Trophy recommendations.
The message will contain the following information:
Sudler Trophy purpose
List of past recipients
Membership of selection committee
October 1, 2012
Deadline to submit recommendations to committee chair.
Any committee member or band director may submit up to three bands for consideration.
Each recommendation should contain the following information:
Chair, Sudler Trophy Committee
Texas A&M University Bands
College Station, TX 77843-3153
Each member of the screening committee will review the materials submitted and forward to the chair through e-mail their top three recommendations (in order of preference).
October 30, 2012
NO HARD COPIES OF ANY MATERIALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED
November 30, 2012
Name of school and current band director
Name of person making the recommendation
Paragraph of support for the recommendation
CD of supporting materials
The formal presentation of the Sudler Trophy will take place at a time and site mutually agreeable to the recipient and to the Sousa Foundation. The recipient will be presented with the traveling trophy, which may be displayed at the recipient’s school during the following year. The school will receive for permanent possession a large plaque, on which will be engraved the names of the university along with current and former marching band directors. The current and all former marching band directors will receive personal plaques, and will be invited to participate in the presentation ceremonies. Each member of the band will receive a personalized certificate.
All publicity distributed by the Sousa Foundation will stress that the award has been given for long time contributions of that school and its directors. This is in keeping with the purpose of the award, which is to publicly recognize outstanding achievements by a collegiate marching band over a period of years. This is NOT a contest to select the BEST college band in any given year.
Walter Camp established the rules for football in 1880, he could hardly
have foreseen the effect the halftime break would have on the course of
American music. The struggle for places in the marching bands
that flourish during the football season can be as spirited as
competition for berths on the team itself. For every Rose Bowl
trombone player strutting before a national television audience, there
are thousands of aspirants practicing and hoping to be there
someday."...............from “The Story of
Louis and Virginia Sudler
Louis and Virginia Sudler were long-time supporters of the Sousa Foundation through their tireless efforts and their generous contributions. The many projects that bear their names have been endowed in perpetuity by the Sudlers.
Louis Sudler was the rare combination of
successful businessman, a performing artist, and a patron of the
arts. He was the founder of the
Primarily known for his work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he was chairman emeritus of The Orchestral Association, he had also demonstrated an active interest in bands and band music.
Past Sudler Trophy Recipients
| 2011- University of Notre Dame
2009 - Western Carolina University
| 1999 – Texas Tech University
1992 – Northwestern University
1991 – Arizona State University
| 1990 –
G. Wright, Chairman of the Board
Douglas Harter, Vice President for Finance
Catherine M. Heard, Treasurer
Gladys Wright, Vice President
Edward Lisk, Vice President for Administration
Dr. Robert Foster, Vice President
The Sudler Trophy Selection Committee
Timothy Rhea, Committee Chair
John M. Long
O. Richard Bundy
Jon R. Woods
David C. Woodley
||F. David Romines
University of Georgia
All correspondence and inquiries should be
The Sudler Trophy Committee
Timothy Rhea, Committee Chair