Nov. 10, Carmel High School won the national title at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium, marking the school’s second such honor and its first since 2005.
As a result, the Greyhounds will be invited to march in the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA. The theme for the Band this year was What a Tangled Web We Weave, which featured the band using several spider and web like images.
Also this year, the Marching Band won the Indiana State Music Association’s state championship (ISSMA), as well as the Music Caption Award. The state championship came after a dry spell of 10 years for the Marching Greyhounds. Moreover, last year, the Greyhounds marched in the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving.
Jessie Meltzer, a junior at Carmel, was able to participate in the Macy’s Day Parade and will be a senior when the Greyhounds march in the Rose Bowl Parade. When asked, Meltzer said that she, “Did not expect to win state or [nationals] this year. I felt extremely accomplished when we won. I finally felt like all of the Band’s hard work had paid off.”
This year’s seniors will unfortunately not be able to participate in the Rose Bowl parade because they will graduate. Sara Spence, a senior at Carmel who has been in the Band all four years, commented on the team’s success and the fact that she will miss the Rose Bowl Parade, stating that, “I am excited for the underclassmen to get to go to the Rose Bowl [parade] because knowing that I was a senior when we were able to win state and nationals is probably the biggest honor I could have ever achieved throughout my four years of band.”
Nevertheless, the team will still work hard to succeed just as they did this year.
“I think next year we will have a difficult act to follow. Many extremely talented seniors will be graduating. However, I know the directors will push us and we will still be one of the top bands,” said Meltzer.