The Sudler Cup

Bethann Adams & Louis C. Bean, Co-Chairs

An International Award Recognizing Middle 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 junior high school and middle school concert band programs that have demonstrated particularly significant high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years.


Nominations will be received from any source and at any time by the Sousa Foundation. The nominations will be evaluated by the selection committee established by the Sousa Foundation.

The Selection Committee is composed of successful public school and university band directors who are experienced educators at this level.

There are no specific number of schools honored each year. Nominations may be received at any time, but the actual selection is made annually in December. Bands that are approved to receive the award will be notified by the executive committee of the Sousa Foundation.

Nomination forms may be obtained by writing or click the link below:

Applications from Texas go to Bethann Adams - 2711 Grants Lake Blvd. #61, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Applications from all other states go to Louis C. Bean – 43481 Orson Street, South Riding, VA 20152

Click here to download the Nomination Form 

Bands nominated for the award will be asked to submit materials for evaluation purposes. These should include:

1. Concert programs covering the previous three or more years.

2. A recording from the previous year which should include a quickstep type march and at least two other works for band in contrasting styles.

3. Photographs of the band director and concert band. 

4. Press clippings or copies of press clippings. 

5. Solo/ ensemble participation and/ or honor band programs showing participation

6. Written recommendations from three or more band conductors of recognized national reputation who have heard the band perform recently.

7. An information form to be filled out by the conductor for use by the selection committee.  

The Award

Bands receiving The Sudler Cup will receive a beautiful silver cup with the name of the band director and school engraved on the base. The cup is approximately 12 inches in height and mounted on a handsome wood base.

The Sudler Cup will be presented to the director. An engraved plaque will be presented to the school and each member of the current concert band will received an attractive individualized diploma.


The band must have achieved and maintained a high standard of literature 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 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.

The total program of music should exemplify what is considered a sound viable, music education program for this level of endeavor.


The award is administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and implemented by its executive committee.

Sudler Cup Recipients


 Dan Black

Morehead Junior High School

El Paso, Texas

 Patricia Garren

Asheville Junior High School

Asheville, N. Carolina

 Barbara Prentice

Gunn Junior High School

Arlington, Texas

 David Reul

Oconomowoc Junior High School

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin


 W. Edward Davis

Adamson Junior High School

Rex, Georgia

 Frank Howe

Southwestern Junior High School

Lakeland, Florida


 Ron Biffle

Morrow Junior High School

Morrow, Georgia


 Georgene Davis

Scottsbluff Junior High School

Scottsbluff, Nebraska


 Marion West

Richardson North Junior High School

Richardson, Texas

 Ben Walker

David Crockett Junior High School

Odessa, Texas


 Cheryl Floyd

Murchison Middle School



 Richard Sanger

Thoreau Intermediate School

Vienna, Virginia

 Tye Ann Payne

Westwood Junior High School

Dallas, Texas


 Wade McDonald

McAdams Junior High School

Dickinson, Texas

 Carol Walther

William Adams Junior High

Alice, Texas


 Boniface Leon

Highlands Intermediate School

Pearl City, Hawaii

 Bobby Brown

Hodges Bend Middle School

Houston, Texas


 Benjamin Davis

DeSoto West Middle School

DeSoto, Texas

 Michael Tucker

Pittman Middle School

Hueytown, Alabama


 Jim Phillips

Prairie Middle School

Hutchinson, Kansas

 Noreen Linneman

Herndon Middle School 

Herndon, Virginia


No Recipients


 Cindy Bulloch

Nimitz Junior High School

Odessa, Texas

 Linda Gammon

Robinson Middle School

Fairfax, Virginia

John Benzer

Griffin Middle School

The Colony, Texas



No Recipients


 Greg Dick 

Space Center Intermediate School

Houston, Texas

 J.D. Anderson

Longfellow Middle School

Falls Church, Virginia


David Woodard

Irmo Middle School

Irmo, South Carolina


Diane Gorzycki

Bailey Middle School

Austin, Texas

Dan Kosko

Frost Middle School

Fairfax, Virginia

Lou Bean

Lake Braddock Middle School

Burke, Virginia


 Bethann Adams

First Colony Middle School

Sugar Land,Texas


Marcia Zofutto

Coyle Middle School

Rowlett, Texas

Betty Biershenk-Pierce

Grisham Middle School

Round Rock, Texas


Cindy Lansford

North Ridge Middle School

North Richland Hills, Texas

Ruben Garcia

Holub Middle School

Houston, Texas


Joan Green

L.J. Alemann Middle School

Lafayette, Louisiana

Kyle Steffens

Cooper Middle School

McLean, Virginia


 Chip De Stefano

McKracken Middle School

Skokie, Illinois


 Manuel San Luis

Cedar Park Middle School

Cedar Park,Texas


 Greg Countryman

Fort Settlement Middle School

Sugar Land,Texas


No Recipients


 Robert Herrings

Artie Henry Middle School

Cedar Park, Texas

 Jackie Fullerton

Forbes Middle School

Georgetown, Texas

Donald McCandless

Space Center Intermediate School

Houston, Texas


 Rory Davis

Cinco Ranch Junior High School

Katy, Texas

 Heath Wolf

Farmington Junior High School

Farmington, Utah

 Mark Gurgel

Kealing Middle School

Austin, Texas

 W. Everett McCann

Fort Clarke Middle School

Gainesville, Florida


Susan Glover

West Ridge Middle School

Austin, Texas

Kim Bain

Pizitz Middle School

Vestavia Hills, Alabama


David Puckett

Indian Springs Middle School

Keller, Texas


Jason Tucker

Rice Middle School

Plano, Texas


No Recipients


Ben Katz

Clark Middle School

Frisco, Texas


Amy Allison

Canyon Ridge Middle School

Austin, Texas

Gary Williams

Cockrill Middle School

McKinney, Texas

Matt Koperniak

Riverwatch Middle School

Suwanee, Georgia

Chris Meredith

Shadow Ridge Middle School

Flower Mound, Texas


Nathaniel Neugent

TA Howard Middle School

Mansfield, Texas


Corey Graves

Roma Middle School

Roma, Texas

Rylon Guidry

Arbor Creek Middle School

Carrollton, Texas