The Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds were ISSMA State Champions in 1991, 2001, and 2002. The band was named BOA National Class AAA Champion in 2001. The band has been a BOA National Finalist 14 times, and was named BOA Grand National Champion in 2005. The Marching Band has won regionals in Toledo, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Oxford, Atlanta, Louisville, and Kettering. The Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds were invited to perform in the 2004 London New Year’s Parade in London, England. In 2007 the Carmel Marching Band was invited to play on the USS Missouri, and also with the Hawaii’s Royal Band. In 2007, the marching band was named Bands of America Regional Champion in Indianapolis and Atlanta, GA. The marching band has also been selected to play in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The current head of the Dr. William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts and head of the band program is Richard Saucedo, who is a well-known composer and presence in the international music world.
Carmel High School also boasts 4 concert bands and 4 jazz bands, which are known for their quality on the state level and have won State titles in the past. The top concert band, Wind Symphony I, was invited to perform at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival two times and also performed at the prestigious 2005 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 1999, the Wind Symphony I was named the ISSMA Concert Band State Champion. Every year, the jazz bands host “Jazz at the Roof” at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis, IN.
The program boasts enrollment of over 400 students each year.