Richard Saucedo is currently Director of Bands, Emeritus after retiring from 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 and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz and marching band. The CHS Wind Symphony performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival three times (1992, 1999 and 2004) and was named the Indiana State Champion Concert Band in 2013. The group also performed at the 2005 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds have finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for the past 15 years and were named National Champions in 2005 and 2012. The Indiana Bandmasters Association named Mr. Saucedo Indiana's "Bandmaster of the Year" for 1998-99, and the Indiana Music Educators Association named him the Outstanding Music Educator in the state of Indiana for 2010. HALFTIME, SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA, and BRASSWIND/WOODWIND magazines have highlighted his accomplishments in recent articles. Mr. Saucedo was inducted into Music for All's Hall of Fame in March 2015.
Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, concert band and orchestral works, as well as many choral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff of Hal Leonard Corporation. His concert band works have been performed all over the world by middle school and high school bands, as well as by college and university groups. His most recent work for orchestra, "Essay #1 for Orchestra," was premiered at the 2014 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Saucedo has received commissions from all parts of the United States and Japan, and in the near future will be releasing numerous works for university, high school and middle school bands and orchestras. He is the author of two DVDs entitiled "Dynamic Music," on the subject of rehearsing the marching band wind section. He is also featured in two DVDs on concert band rehearsal techniques, available from Dynamic Music/Marching.
Mr. Saucedo travels throughout the country as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for concert band, jazz band, marching band and orchestra. He will be a guest conductor, clinician or commission composer in over 15 different states during the 2014-15 school year. He was an adjudicator/clinician for the Singapore International Band Festival in July 2014. He has been a featured clinician at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the annual convention of the Texas Music Educators Association, and numerous other state MEA conventions. He has served as Music Caption Head for the Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild and as a music judge for Drum Corps International (DCI) for many years. Mr. Saucedo also served as the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Illinois from 2000-2008; the Cavaliers won the DCI World Championship five times during his tenure. He is currently music coordinator as well as brass composer/arranger for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is an educational consultant for Music for All, as well as for Bands of America. He is a member of the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, and currently serves as assistant chief judge for Bands of America Marching Band Competitions.
Mr. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington, and finished his master's degree at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is an aviation enthusiast and a certified private pilot. Mr. Saucedo is married to his wife Sarah and is most proud of his daughter Carmen, who is about to begin her teaching career after studying elementary ed at Ball State University. His son Ethan is in second grade and loves music and basketball.