Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Wind Symphony 1 – ISSMA State Champion

Carmel’s Top Band Earns 2015 ISSMA State Championship

On Saturday, May 9th, The Carmel High School Wind Symphony 1 earned the 2015 Indiana State School Music Association Concert Band State Championship title with an incredibly memorable performance!  The literature performed by the concert band included:  “The Screamer March” by Fred Jewell/ed. Kopetz,   “Archangel, Raphael who leaves a House of Tobias” by Masanori Taruya and “Southern Harmony” by Donald Grantham. Recordings of each composition, made during the competition, may be found on the Carmel Bands YouTube channel.

Following the competition, Carmel Director of Bands, Michael Pote, composed the following letter to the students, families and colleagues:

Dear Students, Families and colleagues,

The Carmel Band Family is extremely proud of Wind Symphony 1′s State Championship performance on Saturday, May 9. The student’s efforts during the past few months to prepare for this event have been inspiring. The challenge of the literature chosen for this group was formidable and the students rose to the challenge! Their final performance on the stage at Lawrence Central was an emotional and exciting effort. The ultimate goal is not a bigger trophy but a performance that they will remember and take with them for a long time after they have moved on from Carmel high school.

It is also important to recognize the parents that have been supportive of their young musicians effort since the very first day they started playing an instrument. Their support of the arts, along with our incredible team of middle school band directors, have allowed the entire high school band program to create memorable performances for many years.

These kinds of accolades truly are the result of a “village” of people working together to create opportunities for young musicians.


Michael Pote

Director of Bands

Three highly respected conductors adjudicated the 16 finalist bands. Those 16 bands qualified for the competition during the previous weekend where 53 bands started the competition.  The judges included:  Mr. Gary Markham, Retired Supervisor of Instrumental Music, Cobb County Schools, Marietta, GA, Dr. Cody Birdwell, Director of Bands, University of Kentucky, Mr. Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands, University of New Mexico.

Carmel Associate Director of Bands, Kyle Young said, ““We couldn’t be more proud of musicians in Wind Symphony 1. These students have worked together the entire year to push the ensemble to new heights.  No matter the demand of literature, the extra hours of rehearsing, the students continuously rose to the occasion and that was represented Saturday in their performance.  The one constant goal we had was to give a performance that was not only technically thrilling, but also creating an emotional connection, together and with the audience.  They achieved this goal and went beyond our expectations!  This will be a performance that will not be forgotten by the students, directors and parents in attendance.“










In the 31-year history of ISSMA concert band championships, this is the first year there was a tie for First place.  Carmel shares the championship with Penn High School from Mishawaka, Indiana.

The Carmel Wind Symphony 1 has performed in 22 of the total 31 ISSMA State Finals competitions. Of the 22 years, Carmel placed in the top five, 15 of those years with championships coming in 1999, 2013 and now 2015.  For more information on Carmel Bands, go to:


State Champion – Carmel
State Champion – Penn, Mishawaka
3rd Place – Avon
4th Place – North Central, Indianapolis
5th Place – Goshen
6th Place – Columbus North
7th Place – Lawrence Central, Indianapolis
8th Place – Castle, Newburgh
Finalist – Bloomington North
Finalist – Concord, Elkhart
Finalist – Floyd Central, Floyds Knobs
Finalist – Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers
Finalist – Jasper
Finalist – Lafayette Jefferson
Finalist – Munster
Finalist – Warren Central, Indianapolis

About ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association)

The mission of the Indiana State School Music Association, Inc. is to provide educationally evaluated music performance activities for the students and teachers of the State of Indiana; to assist in the development of performance oriented assessment of state and national musical academic standards, and to offer educational support to fulfill this mission. For more information on ISSMA, go to: