Carmel High School Marching Band named CarmelFest parade grand marshal


CarmelFest is getting a little more musical this year.

The Carmel High School Marching Band has been named the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Centier Bank CarmelFest July 4 parade. CHS band director Chris Kreke said the band felt honored to be chosen.

“We’re thrilled that the city and parade committee wants to recognize the accomplishments of our hard working students,” he said.

The Marching Greyhounds recently finished a successful competition season, winning its third consecutive Bands of America Grand National Championship. The band acquired the honors of Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect.

According to CarmelFest parade and media/PR director Bec Hunter, it was a unanimous decision to choose the Carmel High School Marching Band as grand marshal.

“The parade committee selected the band as grand marshal due to the exhausting hours and overall dedication required by these students in order to perfect their performance,” Hunter said. “They should be very proud as winning a national competition is an incredible honor.”

In keeping with the band’s honorary position as parade grand marshal, the theme of the Centier Bank CarmelFest July 4 parade is “America Strikes Up The Band.” The theme will appear throughout the entire event and reflect the spirit of the holiday through music.