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University of Arizona marching band awarded the Sudler Trophy

The John Philip Sousa Foundation awards the Sudler Trophy to a university that “honors the close historical relationship and outstanding contribution of college marching bands to the American way of life.”

This year, the national honor went to the University of Arizona and the school’s band director, Chad Shoopman.

The award is given out biannually, so the winning school gets to hold onto the traveling trophy for the following year.

The Pride of Arizona Marching Band will bask in the national spotlight once again on Dec. 28 in San Antonio, when the UA plays the University of Oklahoma in college football’s Alamo Bowl game.

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