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.