I wanted to send a note out to congratulate our band members, and our community as a whole, on receiving the 2014 John Philip Sousa Foundation  Sudler Shield Award . The Sudler Shield is an award recognizing High School, Youth, and International Marching bands of world-class excellence, is endowed by Louis and Virginia Sudler, and is administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.  We were nominated by Professor Dale Warren from the University of Arkansas following our performances at the State Marching Contest, and submitted a copy of our performance along with a resume of our achievements over the last several years. The “jury", comprised of current and retired band directors who have won the award in the past, met this morning in Chicago at the annual Midwest Band & Orchestra Conference, and we received a call shortly after they met to inform us we would be recognized this year. 

Between 2-3 bands are recognized from around the world each year, and past Sudler Shield recipients include Ronald Reagan High School (TX) in 2005, Marcus High School (TX) in 2007, Marion Catholic High School (IL) in 1997, Avon High School(IN) in 2007, Tarpon Springs High School (FL) in 2008, and several bands from Japan, the Netherlands, and other schools from around the world. Johnson has been nominated for this award three times, and we are extremely excited to receive the honor of being recognized for our show “Chameleon.” 

Professor Warren, the Chair of of the Sudler Shield committee, will travel to San Antonio this spring to recognize the band members, staff, administration, and community on one of our spring concerts. Each band member will receive a certificate honoring their accomplishment, and Johnson will receive the Sudler Shield award to remain here on campus. We will look towards either the Pre-UIL Concert in April or the Spring Concert in May to celebrate this accomplishment.

To learn more about the Sudler Shield and the John Philip Sousa Foundation, please visit

This is wonderful news to celebrate as we head off to enjoy the holidays for a few weeks, and close out what has been a truly amazing year that began marching in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade, saw our Winterguard perform in World Class for the first time in WGI, honored our Wind Ensemble for their success in honor band, featured our band members at the Texas Bandmasters Convention in July,  saw a record number of Area and All State Band members perform at TMEA in February, and capped off with an unforgettable marching season that we will surely talk about for years to come. We are so very proud of our band members, past and present, who have contributed to the many wonderful moments of the 2014 school year.

A copy of our nomination letter is attached for you. I will send out a copy of the award letter when we receive it.

Have a wonderful day,



Key: Star Spangled Banner
Mackey: High Wire
Gandolfi: Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme
Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry "Danny Boy" (Londonderry Air)
Ticheli: Angels in the Architecture
Ticheli: Blue Shades
Chambers: Chameleon
Chambers: Enigmatic
Chambers: Eve
Chambers: Lincolnshire Posy
Chambers: You Are
Ticheli: Nitro
Whitacre: Sleep
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Seltzer: Jumpin' East of Java
Chase: Get It On
Holiday: God bless the child
Kenton: Granada Smoothie
Duke: I Can't Get Started with You
Sousa: Glory of the Yankee Navy
Gorb: Awayday
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
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