The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band (BNCB) and Director Amy J. Steiner are proud to announce their receipt and local presentation of the coveted Sudler Silver Scroll award.
Bestowed by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Sudler Silver Scroll recognizes and honors community bands that have demonstrated “particularly high standards of concert activities over a period of several years, and which have played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities.” North America’s most prestigious award, the Silver Scroll is awarded only to the highest-quality candidates; as such, some years pass with no recipient. Hence, it is an incredibly high honor to be awarded.
In their submission, the executive committee of the BNCB included a recording of Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings, which the band performed at this year’s 40th Anniversary Association of Concert Band Convention to an audience reaching approximately 1,000 in size. Also included were a recording of John Philip Sousa’s famous marching tune, The Thunderer, as well as a recording of Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed; press clippings of the band’s achievements over the past three years; concert programs from the last three years; recommendations from band directors of regional and/or national repute; and comments from local citizens on the impact of the band on the community. In the phone call to announce the award to Amy J. Steiner, Dr. Ron Keller, chairman of the Sudler Silver Scroll, called the BNCB’s submission “world-class”.
On Friday, April 12th, at the band’s tenth anniversary concert, John Philip Sousa Foundation Executive Committee representative and Vice President for Development, Gerald Guilbeaux, will publicly present the Sudler Silver Scroll Award to the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band. Presentation of the award will take place at approximately 7:50 pm, prior to the end of the first half of the 7:30 concert.
The spring concert, entitled Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 12, at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road in Williamsville. Tickets are $10 pre-sale at bncb.org (pick up at Will Call), or $15 at the door. Five dollars from the sale of each tickets goes to the Geoff Richter Performing Arts Award, a scholarship for high school students interested in music. Children under 18 can enjoy the show at no cost.