Richard L. Saucedo
United States of America
Richard L. Saucedo is currently Director of Bands and Department Chairman at the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. The CHS Wind Symphony has 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 1999. The group also performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago during December of 2005. The Carmel Marching Greyhounds have finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for the past 15 years and were named BOA National Champions in the fall of 2005. The Marching Band has been an Indiana Class A State Champion three times in recent history. The Indiana Bandmasters AssOCiation named Mr. Saucedo Indiana’s “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1998-99. Mr. Saucedo was recently named the “Outstanding Music Educator” in the state of Indiana for 2010 by the Indiana Music Educators AssOCiation. Mr. Saucedo’s accomplishments have been recently highlighted in articles by HALFTIME and SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA Magazines.
Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, concert band works and choral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff for the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. His recent grade 5 composition “Windsprints” was one of the most played new concert band works in 2005 by high school and university bands. His “Symphony #1 for Wind Orchestra” was premiered at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in December of 2006. Mr. Saucedo’s first orchestral piece, “NOCturne for Orchestra” was named most outstanding new original composition at the National Orchestra Cup Festival held at Lincoln Center in NY during April of 2009. His second orchestral work “Nibiru” was premiered in December of 2009 at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention. He is the author of two DVD’s on the subject of rehearsing the marching band wind section “Dynamic Music”. He will also be part of a symphonic band rehearsal techniques DVD coming out in 2011.
Mr. Saucedo will be a guest conductor, clinician or commission composer in over 15 different states during the 2010-2011 school year. He has been a featured clinician for numerous state and national conventions, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the Texas Music Educators AssOCiation. He has served as Music Caption Head for the Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild and is currently a music judge for Drum Corps International. Mr. Saucedo also served as the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Illinois from 2000 through 2008. The Cavaliers won the DCI World Championship five times using his arrangements and compositions.
Mr. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington and finished his master’s degree at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is also an aviation enthusiast and a certified private pilot. Mr. Saucedo is married to his wife Sarah. They have two children; daughter Carmen, age 20 and son Ethan, age 3.