The T.A. Howard Middle School band was awarded the Sudler Cup by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
The Sudler Cup is given to middle school concert band programs that have demonstrated particularly significant high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years.
Selected bands are chosen through a nomination process. The nominations are then evaluated by a selection committee composed of successful public school and university band directors.
Band director Nathaniel Neugent will be presented with the engraved silver cup. An engraved plaque will also be presented to Howard Middle School, and each member of the current concert band will receive an individualized diploma.
The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music. The foundation administers a number of projects and awards supporting high-quality band performance, conducting and composition.