The Sudler Flag of Honor

Roy C. Holder, Project Chair

An International Award
Recognizing High School Concert Bands 
Outstanding Musical Excellence

Sponsored by
Louis and Virginia Sudler

Administered by
The John Philip Sousa Foundation


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

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.


    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 MENC 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.


    Applicants may download the application by clicking here. 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 D
ecember. Recipients will be notified by the Executive Committee of The John Philip Sousa Foundation.


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

Louis and 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
Ph 703-470-8042

Mr. Larry Doran

Midlothian High School

Midlothian, TX

Mr. Lafe Cook

Dobyns-Bennett High School

Kingsport, TN

Mr. James Kirchenbauer (Ret.)

McLean High School

McLean, VA

Mr. Evelio Villarreal
Plano East High School
Mason, OH

Mr. Brian Covey

Lockport High School

Lockport, IL

Mr. Andy Sealy

 Hebron High School

Carrollton, TX

Melinda McKenzie-Hall
W.T. Woodson High School
Fairfax, VA

Dr. John Culvahouse

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

Mr. Scott Rush

Wando High School

Wando, SC

Mr. Greg Bimm

Marion Catholic High School

Chicago Heights, IL

Mr. David Gorham

Owasso High School

Owasso, OK

Mr. Denton Stokes (Ret.)

James Robinson High School

Fairfax, VA

Dr. John Carmichael

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Mr. Scott Coulson
Poteet High School
Mesquite, TX

Dr. David Vandewalker
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Mr. Scott Casagrande

John Hersey High School

Arlington Heights, IL

Mr. Chuck Smith
Lafayette High School
Lexington, KY

Mr. Gregory Dick
Friendswood High School
Friendswood, TX

 Amanda Drinkwater
Marcus High School
Flower Mound, TX

 Mr. Todd Nichols
Roxbury High School
Succasunna, NJ

Mr. Michael Hackbarth
James Madison High School
Vienna, VA 

Sudler Flag Recipients



Alice High School Band

Bryce Taylor, Director

Alice, TX

Bell High School Band

Robert Winslow, Director

Hurst, TX

Georgetown High School Band

Robert Klett, Director

Georgetown, TX

North Hills High School Band

Warren Mercer, Director

Pittsburgh, PA

Papillion-LaVista HS  Band

Glen Koca, Director

Papillion, NE

Richardson High School Band

Scott Taylor, Director

Richardson, TX


Wheatridge High School Band

Larry Wallace, Director

Wheatridge, CO





Berkner High School Band

Robert Floyd, Director

Richardson, TX

Glenbard East High School Band

Ross Kellan, Director

Lombard, IL

Hardaway High School Band

William Pharris, Director

Columbus, GA

Reynoldsburg High School Band

Dan Nawrocki, Director

Reynoldsburg, Ohio


Oconomowoc High School Band

A.F. Hoefer, Director

Oconomowoc, WI




Clear Lake High School Band

Richard Bass, Director

Houston, TX

Grand Ledge High School Band

Michael Kaufman, Director

Grand Ledge, MI

South Lakes High School Band

Brad Draeger, Director

Reston, VA

Stevens High School Band

Milo Winter, Director

Rapid City, SD


Valparaiso High School Band

Robert Miller, Director

Valparaiso, IN




J. J. Pearce High School Band

Tom Bennett, Director

Richardson, TX


Lakeland High School Band

John Carmichael, Director

Lakeland, FL




Lake Highland High School Band

Malcolm Helm, Director

Dallas, TX


Auburn High School Band

Tommy Goff, Director

Auburn, AL




Duncanville High School Band

Tom Shine, Director

Duncanville, TX

Lassiter High School Band

Alfred Watkins, Director

Marietta, GA

Mason City High School Band

Gilbert Lettow, Director

Mason City, IA




Coronado High School Band

Richard Lambert, Director

El Paso, TX

James Madison HS Band

Carl J. Bianchi, Director

Vienna, VA

Sumter High School Band

John Culvahouse, Director

Sumter, SC





Herndon High School Band

Richard Bergman, Director

Herndon, VA





Marion Catholic High School

Greg Bimm, Director

Chicago Heights, IL

Pearl City High School Band

Michael Nakasone, Director

Pearl City, HI

Robert E. Lee High School Band

Randy Stone, Director

Midland, TX





James Robinson HS Band

Gary Markham, Director

Fairfax, VA





Lakeland High School Band

Andrew Crew, Director

Lakeland, FL


George C. Marshall HS Band

Denton Stokes, Director

Fairfax, VA




Clements High School Band

Larry Matysial, Director

Sugar Land, TX

Lake Braddock HS Band

Roy Holder, Director

Burke, VA

The Colony High School Band

Dick Clardy, Director

The Colony, TX


Westfield High School Band

Philip Geiger, Director

Houston, TX





W.T. Woodson High School Band

John Casagrande, Director

Fairfax, VA


Spring High School Band

Bill Watson, Director

Spring, TX





Norcross High School Band

William Pharris, Director

Norcross, GA





Klein Forest High School Band

Paul J. Worosello, Director

Houston, TX

Langham Creek HS Band

Scott McAdow, Director

Houston, TX

Owasso High School Band

David Gorham, Director

Owasso, OK


Westmoore HS Band

Allen Correll, Director

Oklahoma City, OK





Jack C. Hays HS Band

Gerald Babbitt, Director

Buda, TX


Westlake High School Band

Kerry Taylor, Director

Austin, TX





Irmo High School Band

Bruce Dinkins, Director

Columbia, SC





Leon High School Band

Timothy Paul, Director

Tallahassee, FL

McLean High School Band

James Kirchenbauer, Director

McLean, VA

J. J. Pearce High School Band
Peter Warshaw, Director

Richardson, TX





None Selected





Lake Highlands HS Band

Marion West, Director

Dallas, TX


Buchholz High School Band

Paula Thornton, Director

Gainesville, FL




North Hardin High School Band

Charles Campbell, Director

Radcliff, KY


The Woodlands HS Band

Brett Johnson, Director

The Woodlands, TX




L.V. Berkner High School Band

Michael Brashear, Director

Richardson, TX

James Robinson HS Band

Denton Stokes, Director

Fairfax, VA

Dobyns-Bennett HS Band

Lafe Cook, Director

Kingsport, TN




Cypress Falls High School Band

Frank Troyka, Director

Houston, TX


Parkview High School Band

Allen Beach, Director

Lilburn, GA




Friendswood HS Band

Gregory Dick, Director

Friendswood, TX


Harrison High School Band

David Vandewalker, Director

Kennesaw, GA




John Hersey High School Band

Scott Casagrande, Director

Arlington Heights, IL


Wando High School Band

Scott Rush, Director

Wando, SC




Lockport High School Band

Brian Covey, Director

Lockport, IL

Poteet High School Band

Scott Coulson, Director

Mesquite, TX

Mason High School Band

Robert Bass, Director

Mason, OH


Permian High School Band

Michael Watts, Director

Odessa, TX






Neuqua Valley High School

Charles Staley, Director

Naperville, IL






None Selected





Hebron High School Band

Andy Sealy, Director

Carrollton, TX

James Madison HS Band

Michael Hackbarth, Director

Vienna, VA

W.T. Woodson High School Band

Melinda McKenzie-Hall, Director

Fairfax, VA




Roxbury HS Band
Todd Nichols, Director
Succasunna, NJ




Marcus HS Band
Amanda Drinkwater, Director
Flower Mound, TX



Lafayette HS Band
Chuck Smith, Director
Lexington, KY



Midlothian HS Band
Larry Doran, Director
Midlothian, TX

Plano East HS Band
Evelio Villarreal, Director
Plano, TX 




Brazoswood HS Band
Brian Casey, Director
Clute, TX



Lake Braddock Secondary School
Mike Luley, Director
Burke, VA

McLean HS Band
Chris Weise, Director
McLean, VA 

 The Historic Roll of Honor 
High School Concert Bands

For a complete listing of committee members and bands since 1920 please follow the link here:
 Historic Roll of Honor