Yesterday (Saturday, May 4, 2013), I was honored to conduct Carmel High School’s Wind Symphony I at the Indiana State School Music Association Concert Band Championships. With my wonderful colleague and friend Michael Pote also conducting, the band performed Grainger’s “Molly On The Shore”, Sparke’s “Dance Movements” and Henry Fillmore’s “His Honor” March. The band performed wonderfully and was named the 2013 State Concert Band Champion. I am so proud of our students and staff and feel so fortunate to be ending my career at Carmel High School (retiring) on such a high! Congratulations to all sixteen of the finalist bands that performed at the Schrott Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Butler University. I also want to congratulate our Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Soo Han on winning yet another state championship. The orchestra was magnificent in their performance and I am so honored to call Soo Han a colleague and a friend. Thanks to the Carmel parents and fans for their support yesterday! Congratulations again to the Carmel kids for their tireless efforts and for their consistent commitment to excellence!