Thursday, March 2 was “Clark Band Day” in the State of Texas.
State Representative Justin Holland (R-Rockwall) issued the proclamation with directors and band members in attendance. The Clark Band was recently informed it will be receiving the highly-coveted John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup in May.
The proclamation was read aloud at 10:30 a.m. in the Austin State Capitol Building on the House Floor. Seventy-seven of the 330 member band were in attendance for the recognition.
The Sudler Cup is a prestigious, once in a lifetime award typically given to one middle school band from across the United States that demonstrates a particularly high standard of excellence over a period of years. Clark is the first band program in the history of Frisco ISD to win such an exclusive award.
The Sudler Cup application requires a program to submit a portfolio of seven years of documentation as well as recordings that outline all the activities of the entire band program. The portfolio includes: concert programs spanning a minimum of three years, recent recordings, photographs, press clippings, solo and ensemble participation, honor programs and written recommendations from prominent conductors with a national reputation.
Holland invited students and directors to be formally recognized for the honor. During their trip to the State Capitol, the group had the opportunity to meet with several other lawmakers who represent Frisco ISD as well.
The Clark Band will be honored by the Mayor of Frisco and City Council members during a special presentation at the school on May 3.
Current and former band students will perform in concert on Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Drive in Frisco. The concert is free and open to the public. The Sudler Cup award will be presented at that time.
The Clark Middle School Band is under the direction of Ben Katz, Scott Kennedy, John Timpani, Rob Parks and Arjuna Contreras.