Cockrill Middle School band director, Gary Williams, will be receiving the Sudler Silver Cup Award presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation on Monday, May 21, 2018. The concert will be held at 7:00 pm in the McKinney North High School auditorium. The Honors, Symphonic, Concert and Cowboy bands will be performing exciting variety of music to celebrate the occasion. This is the first time the Sudler Cup Award has been earned by a middle school band director in McKinney ISD. Bethann Adams, Sudler Cup co-chair, will be guest conducting the Honors Band while they perform Sousa’s King Cotton March. Mayor George Fuller and Maylee Thomas-Fuller will be in attendance.
“The Sudler Cup award is the highest international honor that a middle school band program can receive. It is awarded only to bands that have maintained a level of the highest quality of musical performance and organizational distinction at the international level over a period of several years The concert band will have placed itself in situations where there has been opportunity for evaluation by qualified persons or has been rated “superior” at state, regional, or national levels of concert activities The band should have performed at regional, state, national, and professional meetings of significance. These can include, but are not limited to, state music conventions, regional or national MENC meetings, and state or national band association conventions. The director must have been incumbent in the position for at least seven years, including the current year. A number of students in the band should have participated in district honor or region bands, orchestras, or similar groups The total program must exemplify what is considered a sound, viable music education program for this level of endeavor.”
“The Sudler Cup awards are made possible through the generosity of Louis and Virginia Sudler and are sponsored by the John Philip Sudler Foundation.”