June, 2009

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Sousa Foundation Announces 2008 Sudler Shield Recipients
The John Philip Sousa Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2008 Sudler Shield. This award was implemented to “establish and support international standards of excellence in musical performance, marching execution, choreography and show design for high school, youth or international marching bands,” and “to identify, recognize, and honor outstanding high school, youth and international marching bands who are at a world class level of excellence.”

The 2008 Sudler Shield was awarded to: Broken Arrow High School Band, Broken Arrow, Okla., directed by Darrin Davis and Scott Tomlinson; Coppell High School Band, Coppell, Texas, directed by Scott Mason; the Musica Grato High School Band, Jusan Junior High School in Himi, Toyama-Ken, Japan, directed by Fumiko Hirose; and the Tarpon Springs High School Band of the Leadership and Music Conservatory, Tarpon Springs, Florida, directed by Kevin Ford.

All honorees will receive a silver shield mounted on a wooden plaque for the organization, a miniature plaque for the director, a diploma of honor for the director, and an honor certificate for each member of the band.

To learn more about the Sudler Shield, visit www.sousafoundation.org.

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