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


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.


  • 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.


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.


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

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

Alice HS Band
Bryce Taylor, Director
Alice, TX
Bell HS Band
Robert Winslow, Director
Hurst, TX
Georgetown HS Band
Robert Klett, Director
Georgetown, TX
North Hills HS Band
Warren Mercer, Director
Pittsburgh, PA
Papillion-LaVista HS Band
Glen Koca, Director
Papillion, NE
Richardson HS Band
Scott Taylor, Director
Richardson, TX
Wheatridge HS Band
Larry Wallace, Director
Wheatridge, CO
Berkner HS Band
Robert Floyd, Director
Richardson, TX
Glenbard East HS Band
Ross Kellan, Director
Lombard, IL
Hardaway HS Band
William Pharris, Director
Columbus, GA
Reynoldsburg HS Band
Dan Nawrocki, Director
Raynoldsburg, OH
Oconomowoc HS Band
A.F. Hoefer, Director
Oconomowoc, WI
Cleark Lake HS Band
Richard Bass, Director
Houston, TX
Grand Ledge HS Band
Michael Kaufman, Director
Grand Ledge, MI
South Lakes HS Band
Brad Draeger, Director
Reston, VA
Stevens HS Band
Milo Winter, Director
Rapid City, SD
Valparaiso HS Band
Robert Miller, Director
Valparaiso, IN
J.J. Pearce HS Band
Tom Bennett, Director
Richardson, TX
Lakeland HS Band
John Carmichael, Director
Lakeland, FL
Lake Highlands HS Band
Malcolm Helm, Director
Dallas, TX
Auburn HS Band
Tommy Goff, Director
Auburn, AL
Duncanville HS Band
Tom Shine, Director
Duncanville, TX
Lassiter HS Band
Alfred Watkins, Director
Marietta, GA
Mason City HS Band
Gilbert Lettow, Director
Mason City, IA
Coronado HS Band
Richard Lambert, Director
El Paso, TX
James Madison HS Band
Carl J. Bianchi, Director
Vienna, VA
Sumter HS Band
John Culvahouse, Director
Sumter, SC
Herndon HS Band
Richard Bergman, Director
Herndon, VA
Marian Catholic HS Band
Greg Bimm, Director
Chicago Heights, IL
Pearl City HS Band
Michael Nakasone, Director
Pearl City, HI
Robert E. Lee HS Band
Randy Storie, Director
Midland, TX
James Robinson HS Band
Gary Markham, Director
Fairfax, VA
Lakeland HS Band
Andrew Crew, Director
Lakeland, FL
Geroge C Marshall HS Band
Denton Stokes, Director
Fairfax, VA
Clements HS Band
Larry Matysial, Director
Sugar Land, TX
Lake Braddock HS Band
Roy Holder, Director
Burke, VA
The Colony HS Band
Dick Clardy, Director
The Colony, TX
Westfield HS Band
Philip Geiger, Director
Houston, TX
W.T. Woodson HS Band
John Casagrande, Director
Fairfax VA
Spring HS Band
Bill Watson, Director
Spring, TX
Norcross HS Band
William Pharris, Director
Norcross, GA
Klein Forest HS Band
Paul J. Worosello, Director
Houston, TX
Langham Creek HS Band
Scott McAdow, Director
Houston, TX
Owasso HS Band
David Gorham, Director
Owasso, OK
Westmoore HS Band
Allen Correll, Director
Oklahoma City, OK
Jack C. Hayes HS Band
Gerald Babbitt, Director
Buda, TX
Westlake HS Band
Kerry Taylor, Director
Austin, TX
Irmo HS Band
Bruce Dinkins, Director
Columbia, SC
Leon HS Band
Timothy Paul, Director
Tallahassee, FL
McLean HS Band
James Kirchenbauer, Director
McLean, VA
J.J. Pearce HS Band
Peter Warshaw, Director
Richardson, TX
No Recipient Selected
Lake Highlands HS Band
Marion West, Director
Dallas, TX
Buchholz HS Band
Paula Thornton, Director
Gainesville, FL
North Hardin HS Band
Charles Campbell, Director
Radcliff, KY
The Woodlands HS Band
Brett Johnson, Director
The Woodlands, TX
L.V. Berkner HS 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 HS Band
Frank Troyka, Director
Houston, TX
Parkview HS Band
Allen Beach, Director
Lilburn, GA
Friendswood HS Band
Gregory Dick, Director
Friendswood, TX
Harrison HS Band
David Vandewalker, Director
Kennesaw, GA
John Hersey HS Band
Scott Casagrande, Director
Arlington Heights, IL
Wando HS Band
Scott Rush, Director
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Lockport HS Band
Brian Covey, Director
Lockport, IL
Poteet HS Band
Scott Coulson, Director
Mesquite, TX
Mason HS Band
Robert Bass, Director
Mason, OH
Permian HS Band
Michael Watts, Director
Odessa, TX
Neuqua Valley HS Band
Charles Staley, Director
Naperville, IL
No Recipient Selected
Hebron HS Band
Any Sealy, Director
Carrollton, TX
James Madison HS Band
Michael Hackbarth, Director
Vienna, VA
W.T. Woodson HS 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 HS Band
Mike Luley, Director
Burke, VA
McLean HS Band
Chris Weise, Director
McLean, VA
No Recipient Selected
Crosby HS Band
Kevin Knight, Director
Crosby, TX
International Recipient
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