Earlier this month, Carmel High School’s Wind Symphony I earned the 2017 Indiana State School Music Association Concert Band State Championship title with an incredibly impressive performance! The literature performed by the concert band included: “Symphony In B-Flat, Movement 1,” by Paul Hindemith, Persichetti’s “Masquerade,” and “His Honor March,” by Henry Fillmore.
Carmel Director of Bands, Michael Pote, and Carmel Associate Director of Bands, Kyle Young, conducted the band’s performance on May 6, at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis.
“Mr. Young and I have been extremely proud of the work that the students in Wind Symphony I have done all year. Their performance at ISSMA State Championship was the culmination of an exciting year,” stated Pote in a release to Current.
Wind Symphony I has performed in 24 of the total 31 ISSMA State Finals competitions. Of the 24 years, Carmel placed in the top five 17 of those years. This marks the fourth State Championship for the ensemble with the other championships occurring in 1999, 2013, 2015.
The Carmel High School Band Program currently serves 550 students annually, with 450 students performing in the school’s six concert bands.