The Sudler Flag of Honor


Roy C. Holder, Project 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.


The Award


Ensembles will be evaluated in three divisions: smaller schools (under 1,000 students grades 9-12), all other US entries, & international entries. 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 professional 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.

Procedure


Applicants for US bands may download the application by clicking here. Applicants outside the United States may click here to download the International application. 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 December. Recipients will be notified by the Executive Committee of The John Philip Sousa Foundation.


Administration


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


Louis & 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


Roy C. Holder, Chair


1225 Brighton Drive


Alcoa, TN 37701(703) 470-8042


Member
Workplace
City
Mr. Larry Doran
Midlothian HS
Midlothian, TX
Mr. Lafe Cook
Dobyns-Bennett HS
Kingsport, TN
Mr. James Kirchenbauer
McLean HS (Ret)
McLean, VA
Mr. Evilio Villarreal
Plano East HS
Plano, TX
Mr. Brian Covey
Lockport HS
Lockport, IL
Mr. Andy Sealy
Hebron HS
Carrollton, TX
Melinda McKenzie-Hall
W.T. Woodson HS
Fairfax, VA
Dr. John Culvahouse
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA
Mr. Scott Rush
Wando HS
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Mr. Greg Bimm
Marian Catholic HS
Chicago Heights, IL
Mr. David Gorham
Owasso HS (Ret)
Owasso, OK
Mr. Denton Stokes
James Robinson HS (Ret)
Fairfax, VA
Dr. John Carmichael
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
Mr. Scott Coulson
Poteet HS
Mesquite, TX
Dr. David Vandewalker
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Scott Casagrande
John Hersey HS
Arlington Heights, VA
Mr. Mike Luley
Lake Braddock Secondary School
Burke, VA
Mr. Gregory Dick
Friendswood HS
Friendswood, TX
Amanda Drinkwater
Marcus HS
Flower Mound, TX
Mr. Chris Weise
McLean HS
McLean, VA
Mr. Michael Hackbarth
James Madison HS
Vienna, VA
Kerry Taylor
Westlake HS
Austin, TX
Kevin Knight
Crosby HS
Crosby, TX
Kentaro Hino
Hikarigaika Girls School
Okazaki, Japan

Sudler Flag Recipients


Year
Recipient
Director
City
1983
Alice HS Band
Bryce Taylor, Director
Alice, TX
1983
Bell HS Band
Robert Winslow, Director
Hurst, TX
1983
Georgetown HS Band
Robert Klett, Director
Georgetown, TX
1983
North Hills HS Band
Warren Mercer, Director
Pittsburgh, PA
1983
Papillion-LaVista HS Band
Glen Koca, Director
Papillion, NE
1983
Richardson HS Band
Scott Taylor, Director
Richardson, TX
1983
Wheatridge HS Band
Larry Wallace, Director
Wheatridge, CO
1984
Berkner HS Band
Robert Floyd, Director
Richardson, TX
1984
Glenbard East HS Band
Ross Kellan, Director
Lombard, IL
1984
Hardaway HS Band
William Pharris, Director
Columbus, GA
1984
Reynoldsburg HS Band
Dan Nawrocki, Director
Raynoldsburg, OH
1984
Oconomowoc HS Band
A.F. Hoefer, Director
Oconomowoc, WI
1985
Cleark Lake HS Band
Richard Bass, Director
Houston, TX
1985
Grand Ledge HS Band
Michael Kaufman, Director
Grand Ledge, MI
1985
South Lakes HS Band
Brad Draeger, Director
Reston, VA
1985
Stevens HS Band
Milo Winter, Director
Rapid City, SD
1985
Valparaiso HS Band
Robert Miller, Director
Valparaiso, IN
1986
J.J. Pearce HS Band
Tom Bennett, Director
Richardson, TX
1986
Lakeland HS Band
John Carmichael, Director
Lakeland, FL
1987
Lake Highlands HS Band
Malcolm Helm, Director
Dallas, TX
1987
Auburn HS Band
Tommy Goff, Director
Auburn, AL
1988
Duncanville HS Band
Tom Shine, Director
Duncanville, TX
1988
Lassiter HS Band
Alfred Watkins, Director
Marietta, GA
1988
Mason City HS Band
Gilbert Lettow, Director
Mason City, IA
1989
Coronado HS Band
Richard Lambert, Director
El Paso, TX
1989
James Madison HS Band
Carl J. Bianchi, Director
Vienna, VA
1989
Sumter HS Band
John Culvahouse, Director
Sumter, SC
1990
Herndon HS Band
Richard Bergman, Director
Herndon, VA
1991
Marian Catholic HS Band
Greg Bimm, Director
Chicago Heights, IL
1991
Pearl City HS Band
Michael Nakasone, Director
Pearl City, HI
1991
Robert E. Lee HS Band
Randy Storie, Director
Midland, TX
1992
James Robinson HS Band
Gary Markham, Director
Fairfax, VA
1993
Lakeland HS Band
Andrew Crew, Director
Lakeland, FL
1993
Geroge C Marshall HS Band
Denton Stokes, Director
Fairfax, VA
1994
Clements HS Band
Larry Matysial, Director
Sugar Land, TX
1994
Lake Braddock HS Band
Roy Holder, Director
Burke, VA
1994
The Colony HS Band
Dick Clardy, Director
The Colony, TX
1994
Westfield HS Band
Philip Geiger, Director
Houston, TX
1995
W.T. Woodson HS Band
John Casagrande, Director
Fairfax VA
1995
Spring HS Band
Bill Watson, Director
Spring, TX
1996
Norcross HS Band
William Pharris, Director
Norcross, GA
1997
Klein Forest HS Band
Paul J. Worosello, Director
Houston, TX
1997
Langham Creek HS Band
Scott McAdow, Director
Houston, TX
1997
Owasso HS Band
David Gorham, Director
Owasso, OK
1997
Westmoore HS Band
Allen Correll, Director
Oklahoma City, OK
1998
Jack C. Hayes HS Band
Gerald Babbitt, Director
Buda, TX
1998
Westlake HS Band
Kerry Taylor, Director
Austin, TX
1999
Irmo HS Band
Bruce Dinkins, Director
Columbia, SC
2000
Columbia, SC
Timothy Paul, Director
Tallahassee, FL
2000
McLean HS Band
James Kirchenbauer, Director
McLean, VA
2000
J.J. Pearce HS Band
Peter Warshaw, Director
Richardson, TX
2002
Lake Highlands HS Band
Marion West, Director
Dallas, TX
2002
Buchholz HS Band
Paula Thornton, Director
Gainesville, FL
2003
North Hardin HS Band
Charles Campbell, Director
Radcliff, KY
2003
The Woodlands HS Band
Brett Johnson, Director
The Woodlands, TX
2004
L.V. Berkner HS Band
Michael Brashear, Director
Richardson, TX
2004
James Robinson HS Band
Denton Stokes, Director
Fairfax, VA
2004
Dobyns-Bennett HS Band
Lafe Cook, Director
Kingsport, TN
2005
Cypress Falls HS Band
Frank Troyka, Director
Houston, TX
2005
Parkview HS Band
Allen Beach, Director
Lilburn, GA
2006
Friendswood HS Band
Gregory Dick, Director
Friendswood, TX
2006
Harrison HS Band
Harrison HS Band
Kennesaw, GA
2007
John Hersey HS Band
Scott Casagrande, Director
Arlington Heights, IL
2007
Wando HS Band
Scott Rush, Director
Mt. Pleasant, SC
2008
Lockport HS Band
Brian Covey, Director
Lockport, IL
2008
Poteet HS Band
Scott Coulson, Director
Mesquite, TX
2008
Mason HS Band
Robert Bass, Director
Mason, OH
2008
Permian HS Band
Michael Watts, Director
Odessa, TX
2009
Neuqua Valley HS Band
Charles Staley, Director
Naperville, IL
2011
Hebron HS Band
Any Sealy, Director
Carrollton, TX
2011
James Madison HS Band
Michael Hackbarth, Director
Vienna, VA
2011
W.T. Woodson HS 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
2014
Lafayette HS Band
Chuck Smith, Director
Lexington, KY
2015
Midlothian HS Band
Larry Doran, Director
Midlothian, TX
2015
Plano East HS Band
Evelio Villarreal, Director
Plano, TX
2016
Brazoswood HS Band
Brian Casey, Director
Clute, TX
2017
Lake Braddock HS Band
Mike Luley, Director  
Burke, VA
2017
McLean HS Band
Chris Weise, Director
McLean, VA
2019
Crosby HS Band
Kevin Knight, Director
Crosby, TX
2019
Hikarigaoka Girls High School
Kentaro Hino, Director
Okazaki, Japan

For a complete listing of committee members and bands since 1920, click here: Historic Roll of Honor