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MEDIA ADVISORY: Bowie High School Band to Accept Sudler Shield Award May 20

AUSTIN, Texas—The James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble will be awarded a 2013 Sudler Shield by Chairman of the Sudler Shield Dale Warren at an award ceremony and concert May 20.

What: The James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble will perform at its Spring Concert Series, as well as receive recognition for its accomplishment in being a recipient of the Sudler Shield.

When: 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 20

Where: Riverbend Centre, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.

Background: Austin ISD’s James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble was named a 2013 Sudler Shield Recipient, the highest achievement a marching band can receive.

The jury of the Sudler Shield notified the recipients in December at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention, which is held in Chicago each year.

The John Philip Sousa Foundation sponsors the Sudler Shield. The Sudler award establishes and supports international standards of excellence in musical performance, marching execution, choreography and show design for high school, youth or international marching bands and identifies, recognizes and honors outstanding high school, youth and international marching bands.

The foundation receives nominations from around the globe of outstanding marching bands, but very few are selected. This year the Bowie Band was one of four recipients, alongside bands from Japan, Canada and Blue Springs, Mo. 

This marks the second Sudler Shield for Bowie, with the first awarded in 2005. 

For more information, please contact the Department of Community Relations and Community Engagement at 414-2414.