Local concert band receives national recognition

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An area concert band of musicians from a variety of professional backgrounds has been awarded the prestigious Sudler Silver Scroll.

Members of the Savannah River Winds rehearse for an upcoming performance. The wind ensemble was selected for a national award in December and will receive the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Silver Scroll at their next concert.   Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Members of the Savannah River Winds rehearse for an upcoming performance. The wind ensemble was selected for a national award in December and will receive the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Silver Scroll at their next concert.

Savannah River Winds was named the recipient of the 2010 award at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference on Dec. 17.

"We're still kind of walking on cloud nine right now," said director Richard Brasco.

The Sudler Silver Scroll is given annually to a community band that has demonstrated high standards of excellence in concert activities over several years, according to the Web site for the John Philip Sousa Foundation, which sponsors the award.

Each applicant submitted 15 copies of a 30-minute CD, which were sent without identifying information to 15 judges across the country. Letters of reference and news clippings about the band are also considered.

Brasco learned of the win when a friend at the conference called one of the band members, who then called him.

"I called her back and said, 'Are you joking or is this for real?" he said. "It was like surreal."

Each of the thousands of community bands in the country are eligible for the award, he said.

If you go

WHAT: Concert, presentation

WHEN: 6:45 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: The Sanctuary Church, 4584 Cox Road

COST: Free

LEARN MORE:

www.savannahriverwinds.com

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Elanor
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Elanor 02/07/11 - 07:18 am
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Congratulations! A well

Congratulations! A well earned award.

stan79
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stan79 02/11/11 - 10:42 am
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One item the article didn't

One item the article didn't mention is that there are several awards given out and not just one. I talked to someone at NBA (National Bandmasters Association) who informed me of this. Please post correct info. in the future.

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Connor Threlkeld 11/08/11 - 12:00 pm
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To respond to Stan79: In the

To respond to Stan79:

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the ensemble. But as a staff member of The Chronicle, I will respond to your request for clarification.

The John Phillips Sousa Foundation gives out several awards on an annual basis, but only one recognizes a community concert band in operation for less than a century, the Silver Scroll.

Two ensembles have shared the prize on several occasions, but that did not happen this year, Savannah River Winds was the only community band honored with the award that recognizes community band excellence across North America. Other Sousa Foundation annual awards go to recognize elite middle school, high school (concert and marching bands), college (marching), military bands, historic community bands operating for more than 100 years (factory bands, fireman's bands, etc.), and people who have made outstanding contributions to music.

As I understand it, Savannah River Winds will not be eligible for the historic band designation for about 90 years, so it is the only award for which the band is eligible.

http://www.sousafoundation.net/Index.htm
http://www.sousafoundation.net/allProjects/sudlerscroll.htm

There is a free performance tonight (November 8, 2011) at 7:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta, please attend and evaluate the ensemble for yourself.

http://www.naartscouncil.org/common/content.asp?PAGE=353

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