Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Congratulations 2012 BOA Grand National Champions

CHS Marching Band Wins Second National Championship

Published : Monday, 12 Nov 2012, 4:25 PM EST

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – The Carmel High School Marching Band placed first in the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship on Saturday. As the 2012 BOA Champions, the Greyhounds will be invited to march in the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA.

Carmel High School won its first BOA championship in 2005. Carmel also won music awards in 2008 and 2011. This year, the marching band also won the Music Caption Award. Additionally, they won the Indiana State School Music Association’s state championship on November 3.

Marching Band Director Chris Kreke said, “The placings and trophies that we received Saturday night are just a material reflection of the incredible work that these students did for nearly six months. This activity provides so many more valuable life lessons beyond simply playing the notes and moving around a football field. Watching 222 teens working as a single unit toward a goal of excellence for nearly six months was the experience of a lifetime.”

The 2012 BOA Grand Nationals Championship was held at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday.