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December, 22, 2017
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Meeting Room W184


Richard Saucedo

Richard Saucedo
Michael Pote

Michael Pote

Unlocking Creativity Through Focused Repetition

Clinic Synopsis:

Repetition is the corner stone of our rehearsals, but can we create a scenario in which students truly improve on repeated long tones, articulation exercises, or phrases within a musical work? "Unlocking Creativity Through Focused Repetition" will explore the possibilities for maximizing the potential of repetitions within your rehearsal by blurring the line between warm-up and music making. Learn to make the most of your reps so that your students will go from playing notes on a page to making meaningful music quickly and efficiently.

Richard Saucedo - Biographical Information

Richard Saucedo recently retired as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chairman at Carmel High School (IN). During his 31-year tenure, Carmel Bands received numerous state and national honors in concert, jazz and marching band. The Carmel Band performed at the BOA National Concert Band Festival as well as The Midwest Clinic. The Carmel Marching Band was named BOA National Champion in 2005 and 2012. The Indiana Bandmasters named Mr. Saucedo “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1998-99 and he was named “Outstanding Music Educator” for 2010 by the Indiana Music Educators Association. Mr. Saucedo was inducted into the “Music for All” Hall of Fame in 2015. Mr. Saucedo is a freelance composer and arranger, having released over 350 works. He is on the writing staff at Hal Leonard Publishing and his concert band works have been performed world-wide. He is the author of two DVD’s on rehearsing marching band and is featured in two concert band rehearsal technique DVD’s. Mr. Saucedo travels the world as an adjudicator, keynote speaker, clinician and conductor. Recently, he was an adjudicator and clinician for the Singapore International Band Festival (2014), the Japan Band Clinic (2016) and the Australian Band and Orchestra Clinic (2016). He has been a clincian at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association, and has presented at numerous state MEA’s. Mr. Saucedo was the brass composer/arranger for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (IL) from 2000 through 2008. The Cavaliers won five DCI World Championships during Mr. Saucedo’s tenure. Mr. Saucedo is an Educational Consultant for “Music for All” and is a member of the Conn-Selmer Division of Education. He is on the board of “United Sound”, an organization that provides students with special needs instrumental performance opportunities. Mr. Saucedo did his undergraduate work at Indiana University and finished his master’s degree at Butler University in Indianapolis. He lives in Fishers, IN with his wife Sarah, who works in interior design and his son Ethan, who plays basketball while also studying piano and percussion. His daughter Carmen is an elementary school teacher.

Michael Pote - Biographical Information

Michael Pote was named Director of Bands at Carmel High School in 2013 after spending 20 years serving as Associate Director of Bands. The band program at Carmel High School serves well over 500 students with 6 concert bands, 4 jazz ensembles, marching band, chamber ensembles, private lesson programs, indoor percussion and 3 winter color guards. Carmel High School’s Wind Symphony 1 performed at the 2005 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and has been a 4-time participant in the Music For All National Concert Band Festival. Wind Symphony 1 was also named the 1999, 2013 and 2015 Indiana State School Music Association State Concert Band Champions. The Carmel High School Marching Band has been a Bands of America Grand National Finalist for 21 consecutive years dating back to 1996 and were the ISSMA State Champions in 1990, 2001, 2002 and 2012. CHS is a 17 time Bands of America Regional Champion and was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion in 2005, 2012 and 2016. Michael is active as a composer and music arranger for groups across the country. Concert works by Mr. Pote have been premiered across the nation including, most recently, at the Texas Music Education Association Conference. Mr. Pote is a 1990 graduate of Murray State University and lives in Carmel with his wife Gretta, who is Director of Bands at Clay Middle School in Carmel, and his son Devin who is a trumpet player in the Carmel Band Program.