The Sudler Silver Scroll

North America’s Most Prestigious Award for Community Concert Bands

Chairperson: Gail Brechting


To identify, recognize and honor those community bands that have demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and which have played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities.

  • Nominations can be received from any source and at any time.  The nominations must be sent to the  Chairman of the Sudler Silver Scroll Committee.   An Official Application will be forwarded to the director of the band nominated and the chairman will bring the completed applications to the annual meeting of the selection committee which takes place in December at the Mid-West International and Clinic in Chicago. Deadline for entry: September 1st.
  • The Selection Committee is composed of successful community band directors who have experienced a number of successful years as band conductors. The committee will review the nominee’s programs and other supporting material and the final decision will be made by majority vote of the committee members present.
  • All bands that have applied will be advised shortly after the December meeting of the decision of the Selection Committee. A presentation ceremony for those groups selected will be arranged at the convenience of the recipient at a concert of their choice if at all possible. The Silver Scroll plaque and other related items will be forwarded by the President of the Sousa Foundation. 

Bands nominated for the Sudler Silver Scroll award are asked to submit certain materials for evaluation by the committee:

1. Concert programs representing the three previous years. (copies OK)

2. 15 copies of a CD of no more than 30 minutes in length representing the band’s repertoire. This recording should be of music performed within the last year and MUST include at least one composition by John Philip Sousa.  A listing of the music should be included with the recordings. The timing of each work should be listed. Live performances are most desirable, but not necessary. A copy of the recording will be forwarded to each member of the Selection Committee prior to the meeting in December to allow them ample time to review it. DO NOT PUT THE NAME OF THE BAND ON THE CDs.

3. Press clippings or copies of press clippings about the band’s achievements from the three previous (or more) years.

4.  A photograph of the band in a concert setting taken with the past year or two.

5. A photograph and resume of the director.

6. Written recommendations from three or more band directors (not necessarily of community bands) of regional or national reputation who have heard or conducted the band recently.

7. Written comments from three or more local citizens documenting the band’s contribution to a high standard of cultural effectiveness in the community.

8.  A completed Application Form to be completed by the director and/or members of band for review by the Selection Committee.  (Form available upon request) 

To request informational packet including a CD of the type of music that should be submitted please contact:

Gail Brechting

15310 Oak Point Drive

Spring Lake, MI 49456

Deadline for entry:  September lst. 

The Award     

The Sudler Silver Scroll Award will consist of a handsome walnut plaque on which is mounted a silver scroll engraved with the name of the band and the director.  Certificates for each member of the band will be included along with the Diploma of the Sudler Order of Merit and a distinctive lapel pin for the director.


  1. The band must have achieved and maintained particularly high standards of excellence in concert performances and have selected a high level of musical literature over a period of years
  2. The conductor must be incumbent in his or her position for a minimum of five years including the current year.
  3. The band must have demonstrated a record of contributing significantly to the high standards of cultural environment in its community both by its performances and by involving a high percentage of community residents as performers.


The Sudler Silver Scroll Award is administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and implemented by the Foundation’s Executive Committee.  The membership of the committee is as follows:

  1. Jay Gephart, Chairman of the Board
  2. Lowell E. Graham, President and CEO
  3. Douglas Harter Vice-President for Finance and Investment
  4. Gerald Guilbeaux, Vice-President/Treasurer
  5. Roy Holder, Vice-President of Operations
  6. Michael Colburn, Vice President/ Project Development
  7. Tim Rhea, Secretary

The John Philip Sousa Foundation

The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a publicly supported, educational foundation established for the purpose of organizing, sponsoring and administering projects contributing to the excellence of bands and band music throughout the world by recognizing excellence in it’s many forms wherever it may be found. The Foundation is governed by the executive committee which receives suggestions, advice and input from the board of directors and the advisory committee. No officer of the Foundation nor any committee member (excepting the Foundation’s attorney and tax accountant) receives any salary or financial compensation for services rendered.

Sudler Silver Scroll Selection Committee

1. Gail A. Brechting        

15310 Oak Point Dr.

Spring Lake, MI 49456

2. Ronald Keller

413 E. 11th Ave. 

Naperville, Il 60565

3.  Michael Burch-Pesses

5598 SE Sierra Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123 

4. Ray Lichtenwalter

1309 Redbud Dr. 

Arlington, TX 76012

5. Ronald Demkee 

4701 Akermans Ln.

Coopersburg, PA 18036 

6. Bryan Shelburne

5363 Whitehouse Plantation

Macon, GA 31210

7. Don Snowden

1020 E. Jordan St., Unit B

Pensacola, FL 325033

8. Richard Floyd 

690l Winterberry Dr.

Austin, TX 78750

9. David Gregory

10313 Big Canoe   

Big Canoe, GA 30143     

10. Christian Wilhjelm

P.O. Box 151

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

11. Gerald Guilbeaux

213 S Demanade Blvd 

Lafayette, LA 70503

12. Michael Willson

5916 S. Rita Lane

Tempe, AZ 85283

Recipients of The Sudler Silver Scroll

Northshore Community Band
Evanston, IL
John Paynter
Lawrence City Band
Lawrence, KS
William L. Kelley
Tacoma Concert Band
Tacoma, WA
Robert Musser
Kiel Municipal Band
Kiel, WI
Lewis Schmidt
Allentown Band
Allentown, PA
Ronald H. Demkee
Naperville Municipal Band
Naperville, IL
Ronald Keller
Austin Symphonic Band
Austin, TX
Richard Floyd
Sarasota Mobile Home Band
Sarasota, FL
Leo Laier
Lansing Concert Band
Lansing, MI
Kenneth Bloomquist
Racine Municipal Band
Racine, WI
Delbert Eisch
Texas Wind Symphony
Arlington, Tx
Ray Lichtenwalter
Medalist Concert Band
Bloomington, MN
Earl Benson
Kent Stark Concert Band
Canton, OH
Patrica Grutzmacher
Scottsdale Concert Band
Scottsdale, AZ
Charles "Bud" Sessions
Ridgewood Concert Band
Ridgewood, NJ
C. Christian Wilhjelm
Tara Winds Concert Band
Hampton, GA
David Gregory
Coastal Communities Concert Band
San Diego, CA
Don Caneva
Lakeland Civic Band
Kirtland, OH
Charles Frank
Twin City Concert Band
West Monroe, LA
Jack White
San Jose Wind Symphony
San Jose, CA
Darrell Johnston
Corpus Christi Wind Symphony
Corpus Christi, TX
Bryce Taylor
Community Band of Brevard
Brevard, FL
Marion Scott
Lafayette Concert Band
Lafayette, LA
Gerald Guilbeaux
Virginia Grand Military Band
Arlington, VA
Loras John Schissell
Lafayette Citizens Band
Lafayette, IN
William Kissinger
Pensacola Civic Band
Pensacola, FL
Don Snowden
Tempe Wind Ensemble
Tempe, AZ
Michael Wilson
Atlanta Wind Symphony
Atlanta, GA
Peter Witte
Houston Symphonic Band
Houston, TX
Robert McElroy
Penn Central Wind Band
Lewisburg, PA
William Kenny
City of Fairfax Band
Fairfax, VA
Robert Pouliot
West Michigan Winds
Muskegon, MI
Gail Brechting
Knightwind Ensemble
Hales Corner, WI
John Steinke
South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble
Linwood, NJ
Keith Hodgson
East Tennessee Concert Band
Lenoir City, TN
Ric Best
Oregon Symphonic Band
Portland, OR
Michael Burch-Pesses
East Winds Symphonic Band
Pittsburgh, PA
Susan Sands
Cobb Wind Symphony
Marietta, GA
Alfred Watkins
Minnesota Symphonic Wind
Edina, MN
Timothy Mahr
Savannah River Winds
North Augusta, SC
Richard Brasco
Virginia Wind Symphony
Norfolk, VA
Dennis Zeisler
Lone Star Symphonic Band
Houston, TX
Robert Bryant
The Concord Band
Concord, MA
James O'Dell
Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band
Lake Oswego, OR
Dale Cleland
East Texas Symphonic Band
Longview, TX
James Snowden
Metropolitan Wind Symphony
Boston, MA
Lewis J. Buckley
Sierra Nevada Wind Orchestra 
Gold River, CA
Robert Halseth
Montgomery County Concert Band 
Hatfield, PA   
Chuck Neidhardt
Waukesha Area Symphonic Band  
Oconomowoc, WI 
Rick Kirby
Carrollton Wind Symphony
Frisco, TX 
 Jim McDaniel
Buffalo/Niagara Concert Band 
Buffalo, NY 
Amy Steiner
Fairfax Wind Symphony
Fairfax, VA
Stanley Schoonover
The Woodlands Concert Band
The Woodlands, TX
Paul Worosello
The Heart of Texas Concert Band
San Antonio, TX
Mark Rogers


Recipients of the Sudler Silver Scroll Historic Certificate

Naperville Municipal Band
 Naperville, IL
Ron Keller
Allentown Band
Allentown, PA
Ronald H. Demkee
Lafayette Citizens Band 
 Lafayette, IN
William Kissinger
Repasz Band
Williamsport, PA
Albert J. Nacinovich
City of Fairfax
Fairfax, VA  
Robert Pouliot
Brazil Band
Brazil, IN 
Matthew Huber
Lebanon Band
Lebanon, WI
Edward L. Pierce
Ringgold Band
Reading, PA
James S. Seidel
Charlevoix City Band
Charlevoix, MI
Gary Stutzman
Medina Community Band
Medina, OH    
Marcus Neiman