Initiated in 2004 The Atherton Award recognizes in its recipient the qualities that Branden Atherton exemplified. Branden was a four-year member of the BMB and was Drum Major for two years (2002 and 2003.) During the rebuilding years of the BMB Branden was one of the first members to put in the extra effort to help expand and improve the quality of the BMB. The recipient will be a member who understands the mission of the group and has helped to further its cause.
The name of each year's Atherton Award winner is added to a plaque in Haas Fine Arts Building.