Blue Springs High School’s Golden Regiment Marching Band is helping put the city on the map.
At least according to Sudler Shield Award Committee Chairman Dale Warren.
“I truly believe that everyone in America knows where Blue Springs is now,” Warren said of the Golden Regiment.
The band’s 300-plus members, along with director Tim Allhouse and assistant directors Clif Walker and Lisa Evans, received the Sudler Shield Award plaque during a ceremony after their Spring Gala concert Tuesday night.
Although Golden Regiment members first learned they were the recipients of the international award during their banquet this past January, the ceremony after the band’s performance was the official presentation of the award on behalf of the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
The Shield Award was created by the Foundation in the 1980s to a legacy band, or a marching band that exhibits excellence in musical performance, execution and show design over a period of time, said Warren to the Spring Gala concert’s audience. “It is not awarded annually.”
“They (Golden Regiment) are simply remarkable,” Warren said.
Warren told the audience that he was most impressed with the band’s list of national performances that include two Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearances, the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade – where they will perform at it again in January 2015 – and the Presidential Inaugural Ball Parade for President Barack Obama in 2009.
“But my favorite thing about Golden Regiment is their Macy’s Parade footage is featured in the movie ‘Tower Heist,’” added Warren.
It can be officially said that Blue Springs High School’s Golden Regiment are now world famous.