CHS marching band advances to state finals
The Carmel High School marching band will compete in the Class A finals of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium, beginning at 7:40 p.m.
The band’s 2012 show, “What a Tangled Web We Weave,” has placed either first or second in several local and regional competitions this fall. Tonight’s competition will be among nine other high school bands. The Carmel Marching Greyhounds are three-time ISSMA state champions – 1990, 2001 and 2002.
Directed by Christopher Kreke and led by Drum Majors Mackenzie Gerber, Vincent Maggioli, and Carrie Pawlovich, the marching band is comprised of 216 students, including winds, percussion and guard members. In addition to Kreke, the band is directed by Michael Pote, Andrew Cook and Richard Saucedo. The original music for this year’s show was composed by Saucedo and Michael McIntosh.
“This year’s show is truly a special endeavor in which months of hard work, design, parent involvement and commitment to perfection by the students come together into a single, 10-minute performance,” Kreke said. “At that point, it becomes much less about the placings and trophies and more about the sum of the group’s shared experiences.”
The Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championship, the next meet on the docket for CHS, is scheduled for Nov. 8-10, also at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Greyhound’s Preliminary Performance will be Nov. 8 at 8:30 p.m.; the Semi-Final Performance on Nov. 10 in either the morning or afternoon, pending qualification; and a Finals Performance will take place later on Nov. 10, also pending qualification. Carmel was the Bands of America Grand National Champion in 2005.