The Second Annual ExtravaBandza!, a Carmel Clay Schools showcase concert featuring 1,150 middle and high school band students, will be held on May 20th in the Carmel High School Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.
The concert will feature two special numbers performed by all 1,150 students in a mass band: The National Anthem and The Stars and Stripes Forever. In addition, students will perform in groups of grade and ability level: 6th graders; 7th graders; 8th graders; 9th graders and CHS Wind Symphony III and IV; CHS Wind Symphonies I and II; and a solo performance by Wind Symphony I. The percussion sections of the mass ensemble will also present a ‘special’ percussion piece.
Internationally renowned composer, Michael Sweeney, is the guest conductor for the concert. Sweeney is currently Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of the largest publishers of printed music in the world. Since Sweeney joined the company in 1982, Hal Leonard Corp. has published more than 500 of his compositions and arrangements. He is a 1977 graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington).
ExtravaBandza! will also be the final concert conducted by Richard Saucedo, Carmel High School Performing Arts Chairman and Director of Bands. Saucedo will retire after 30 years of teaching at Carmel High School at the end of May. A reception in honor of Saucedo will be held in the main cafeteria following the concert.
The The National Anthem, which will open the concert, was arranged by Saucedo, with specially-written parts added for 6th – 8th graders. The reverent and moving arrangement has been performed since 2001 by the CHS Marching Band, in honor of victims of 9/11.
Tickets for ExtravaBandza! are available to the public online at: https://www.totalgatesolutions.com/SportingEventTicketCalendar.aspx?schoolId=279 Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Children under 5 will be admitted free.Read more