Sudler Trophy and Shield Winners

Photo of Tarpon Springs High School Band by Jolesch Photography

Congratulations to the newest Sudler Trophy and Sudler Shield winners awarded by The John Philip Sousa Foundation this May.

Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band won the Sudler Trophy for 2009, awarded to a collegiate marching band that has demonstrated excellence over many years.

Four groups received the 2008 Sudler Shield, described as “an international award recognizing high school, youth and international marching bands of world-class excellence.”

Read about the reaction of Bob Buckner on receiving the Sudler Trophy at the “Web Exclusives” section of Halftime Magazine. For more information about The John Philip Sousa Foundation, visit

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Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.

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