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Richard Saucedo
Richard Saucedo




Richard L. Saucedo (Fishers, Indiana) retired in 2013 as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chairman at the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. During his 31-year tenure, Carmel bands received numerous state, regional, and national honors in concert, jazz, and marching bands. Under his direction, Carmel’s Wind Symphony I performed at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival three times (1992, 1999, and 2004) and was named the Indiana State Champion Concert Band most recently in 2013. The group also performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December 2005. The Carmel Marching Greyhounds finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for 17 years under Saucedo. They were named BOA National Champions in the fall of 2005. Carmel became one of the few schools to win a BOA National Championship and perform at the Midwest Clinic in the same year in 2005. The Marching Band was the Indiana Class A State Champion four times. The Indiana Bandmasters Association named Saucedo Indiana’s “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1998-99, and he was named the “Outstanding Music Educator” in Indiana for 2010 by the Indiana Music Educators Association. Saucedo was inducted into the Music for All “Hall of Fame” in 2015 and recently was inducted into the Drum Corps International “Hall of Fame” (2022). 

Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer. Along with his work at Hal Leonard Publishing, he is the music ensemble coordinator for the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in Concord, California. He is the Brass Arranger/Composer for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Illinois. Saucedo is an Educational Consultant for “Music for All” and “Bands of America.” He is a Conn-Selmer Division of Education member and currently serves as the Chief Judge-Team Leader for Bands of America marching band competitions. 

5 Thing Every Young Band Director Should Know

Richard Saucedo shares tips for the young band director that go beyond what is taught by universities.