Carmel, IN (AAAA)

Title: The Expanse
— “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Sergei Rachmaninoff
— “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss
— Original music by Richard Saucedo and Michael McIntosh

Director: Chris Kreke

Drum Majors: Ahni Brown-Harbin, Sarah Kolp, Michael Martin, Lauren Seibert, Norah Snyder, Riley Stuelpe

5-time National Champion:
2018, 2017, 2016, 2012, and 2005

4-time National Class Champion:
2018, 2017, 2012, and 2001.

24-time National Finalist:
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, and 1996.

24-time National Semifinalist:
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, and 1996.

5-time Super Regional Champion:
Indianapolis 2018, Indianapolis 2017, Indianapolis 2013, Atlanta 2007, and St. Louis 2006.

5-time Super Regional Class Champion:
Indianapolis 2018, Indianapolis 2014, Indianapolis 2013, Atlanta 2006, and St. Louis 2006.

14-time Super Regional Finalist:
Indianapolis 2019, Indianapolis 2018, Indianapolis 2017, Indianapolis 2016, Indianapolis 2015, Indianapolis 2014, Indianapolis 2013, Indianapolis 2012, Indianapolis 2011, St. Louis 2010, Atlanta 2007, Atlanta 2006, St. Louis 2006, and St. Louis 2005.

19-time Regional Champion:
Dayton 2021, Louisville 2019, Oxford 2018, Downey 2017, Dayton 2017, Dayton 2016, Muncie 2013, Kettering 2010, Louisville 2010, Centerville 2009, Louisville 2009, Indianapolis 2007, Indianapolis 2005, Oxford 2005, Indianapolis 2003, San Antonio 2002, Indianapolis 2001, Louisville 2001, and Toledo 1998.

16-time Regional Class Champion:
Dayton 2021, Louisville 2019, Oxford 2018, Downey 2017, Dayton 2017, Dayton 2016, Muncie 2013, Kettering 2010, Louisville 2010, Centerville 2009, Louisville 2009, Indianapolis 2005, Indianapolis 2003, Indianapolis 2001, Louisville 2001, and Bloomington 1990

42-time Regional Finalist:
Dayton 2021, Louisville 2019, Oxford 2018, Downey 2017, Dayton 2017, Dayton 2016, Dayton 2015, Muncie 2013, Indianapolis 2010, Kettering 2010, Louisville 2010, Indianapolis 2009, Centerville 2009, Louisville 2009, Indianapolis 2008, Indianapolis 2007, Indianapolis 2006, Indianapolis 2005, Oxford 2005, Indianapolis 2004, Indianapolis 2003, Pontiac 2003, Louisville 2003, Indianapolis 2002, San Antonio 2002, Louisville 2002, Indianapolis 2001, Louisville 2001, Indianapolis 2000, Louisville 2000, St. Louis 1999, Indianapolis 1999, Louisville 1999, Indianapolis 1998, Toledo 1998, Indianapolis 1997, Cincinnati 1997, Indianapolis 1996, Cincinnati 1996, Indianapolis 1995, Indianapolis 1992, Indianapolis 1991, and Bloomington 1990.

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Summary

The Carmel Band is a five-time Grand National champion, a consistent regional champion and super regional finalist, and a recipient of the Sudler Shield.

In 2021, Carmel is expected to compete at the Dayton Regional, Indianapolis Super Regional, and Grand National Championships.

2019

Carmel competed at the Louisville Regional, Indianapolis Super Regional, and Grand National Championships.

Carmel performs at the 2019 Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
The band kicked off the season in Louisville where they continued their streak of champion titles. They also won all three captions in finals. In prelims, the band won all three captions and the class AAAA champion title.

At the Indianapolis Super Regional, Carmel fell behind Avon, finishing second in both prelims and finals. The Greyhounds remained in a close second place behind Avon at both ISSMA semifinals and finals. A week later at Grand Nationals, the band finished fourth, bringing their streak of consecutive national titles to an end.

2018

Carmel competed at the Oxford Regional, Indianapolis Super Regional, and Grand National Championships.

Carmel's trophies are displayed while the band performs their champion encore at the Indianapolis Super Regional on Oct. 20, 2018, at Lucas Oil Stadium. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
In Oxford, the Marching Greyhounds began a nearly undefeated season. As they have done so many times before, the band won class AAAA and swept captions in prelims, before being named regional champion and again sweeping captions in finals.

Carmel continued their winning streak at Indy Super. They fell just short of sweeping captions in prelims, losing the visual caption to Blue Springs, but came back to win the finals contest and all overall caption awards. It's possible the visual caption loss in prelims was due to the dynamics of the new adjudication system, since this was the first super regional split between two prelims panels.

In a sign that Indy Super results weren't a fluke, Carmel's again lost the visual caption to Blue Springs, this time in Grand National semifinals. The Greyhounds did win the Class AAAA national championship and general effect caption, as well as tying Broken Arrow for the music caption. In finals, Carmel was named national champion for the third consecutive year, and just like at Indy Super, won all three captions awards.

2017

Carmel competed at the Dayton Regional, Indianapolis Super Regional, Downey Regional, and Grand National Championships.

Carmel (IN) performs in semifinals at the 2017 Grand National Championships. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
Again this year, Carmel kicked off their season with an early win at the Dayton Regional. Because of weather, finals was canceled, so all awards were presented based on prelims results. Carmel won the visual caption and tied Avon for general effect. Their lead in visual was just big enough to eek out a tight victory over Avon and earn the class AAAA and overal champion title.

At the Indianapolis Super Regional, Carmel continued their lead over Avon, winning both the visual and general effect captions. The Marching Greyhounds were named super regional champion in finals, but lost the class AAAA champion title, which is presented based on prelims results, to Avon. The next week, Carmel flew out to California, where they were named champion of the Downey Regional, sweeping captions.

Two weeks later, Carmel was named national champion for the second year in a row, nearly sweeping captions. The band won the visual and general effect captions outright and tied Broken Arrow for the music caption.

2016

Carmel competed at the Dayton Regional, the Indianapolis Super Regional, and the Grand National Championships.

Carmel (IN) performs in finals Nov. 12, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
At Dayton, Carmel swept the competition, winning every caption in prelims and finals. Surprisingly, they didn't get first from every judge. Different visual GE judges placed Carmel behind Prospect in both prelims and finals.

At Indy Super, Carmel continued to struggle in visual GE, placing behind Avon and Blue Springs, but gaining ground on Avon. In finals, they finished less than a half a point behind Avon.

At Grand Nats, Carmel reversed their visual GE curse, winning that specific caption every round. In semifinals, the group tied Tarpon Springs and William Mason, but in finals they shockingly managed to tie Avon and win the tiebreaker, despite winning only two of the seven judges over Avon.



2015

Carmel competed at the Dayton Regional, the Indianapolis Super Regional, and the Grand National Championships. In every round of every competition, Carmel found themselves placing behind Indiana rival Avon, not exactly the position they would have hoped to be in.

Carmel (IN) performs in finals Nov. 12, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
At the Dayton Regional, Carmel finished about one point behind Avon, but retained a significant spread over third place North Hardin.

At the Indianapolis Super Regional, Carmel narrowly defeated music caption-winner Marian Catholic for second place, falling more than two points behind Avon.

The Greyhounds' performance at Grand Nats was more of the same from this legendary group, retaining their place in the top half of finals and proving their standards of excellence have not been compromised.

Despite a growing gap between Carmel and Avon, Carmel had an excellent 2015 season and it appears that gap is more a testament to Avon's improving performances than a supposed lack in quality from Carmel. We will see if Carmel can hold on to their top half of finals position in what is expected to be a very intense 2016 season.



2014

Carmel attended the Indianapolis Super Regional and the Grand National Championships. As with the past couple of years, it was impossible to predict whether Carmel or Avon would win at Indy and with the addition of Homestead at Indy Super and Grand Nats, there was one more variable in predictions of how the Indiana bands would stack up. In the end, Carmel was only able to place first in Indianapolis Super Regional prelims. They came in second behind Avon at Indianapolis finals and placed fourth in semis and finals at Grand Nats. It was still a great season for the Marching Greyhounds, but not quite the championship or second place seasons they've enjoyed in recent history.



2013

Living up to their 2012 National Championship season was no easy task for the 2013 Marching Greyhounds, but they managed to pull off a successful season, taking the Visual Caption and second place overall in Grand National Finals. After Carmel won the Muncie Regional, Avon won the ISSMA state marching title, and then Carmel won the Indy Super Regional title the following week, we had no idea who would pull ahead at Grand Nats. Ultimately, Carmel would be the one to end their season on top with their incredible show Totem. Totem was a visual masterpiece with multiple bizarre (but intriguing) visual ensemble moments that kept the audience engaged. The BOA community as a whole is very interested to see what the next step for this program is as they look forward to 2014.