CHS Marching Band wins Sudler Shield award

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Left to right: Carmel High School’s Andrew Cook, associate director of bands; Chris Kreke, head marching band director and associate director of bands; Greg Bimm, committee member; John Philip Sousa Foundation; Richard Saucedo, director of bands; and Michael Pote, associate director of bands. (Submitted photo)

Left to right: Carmel High School’s Andrew Cook, associate director of bands; Chris Kreke, head marching band director and associate director of bands; Greg Bimm, committee member; John Philip Sousa Foundation; Richard Saucedo, director of bands; and Michael Pote, associate director of bands. (Submitted photo)

The Carmel High School Marching Band has been awarded the prestigious Sudler Shield award for outstanding high school, youth and international marching bands. Administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the award is one of the highest forms of recognition for marching band programs.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be honored with this award,” said Chris Kreke, Director of Bands at CHS. “In the marching band world, this is similar to the Kennedy Center Honors or a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. The type of sustained excellence necessary to be awarded this honor is a direct result of the amazing talent of our students, as well as the outstanding administrative and parental support our program receives here at Carmel High School.”

Sudler Shield award recipients are selected by a panel of 17 university and secondary directors of national and international reputation in the marching band field. The award is endowed by Louis and Virginia Sudler, and was created in 1987 by the Sousa Foundation to recognize and support international standards of excellence in musical performance, marching execution, choreography and show design for high school, youth and international marching ensembles. CHS is the 68th recipient of the award, joining other recipients from 18 states and 11 international ensembles from eight different countries. This is the 25th anniversary year for the Sudler Shield.

Sudler committee member, Gregg Bimm, director of bands at Marion Catholic High School, a former Sudler Shield winning band program in Chicago, Ill., presented the award to the CHS Marching Band. The award was presented recently at an in-class concert at the high school.

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