Students struggle with Zoom classes but appreciate necessity

Christian Ledbetter

May 21, 2020

As COVID-19 made its way across the country, students found themselves saying goodbye as schools closed doors to keep in line with social distancing procedures to flatten the curve. As students adapted to distance learning since mid-March, teachers weren’t far behind, but according to band teacher...

Orchestras finalizing preparations for winter concert, Midwest performance

Chloe Chui, member of Symphony Orchestra and junior, looks over her music for the upcoming performance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Chui said she is looking forward to performing in Chicago on Dec. 18.

Wendy Zhu

December 10, 2019

The CHS Orchestras will perform on Dec. 12 in the Dale E. Graham Auditorium. According to director of orchestras Elisabeth Ohly-Davis, there will be two concerts: one at 6 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. “(The first concert is) featuring Concert G1, Concert G3, Sinfonia and Festival Orchestras,” Ohly-...

The Beat of Your Own Drum: Marching band members, director deliberate over recognition of band compared to sports

Aniket Biswali and Karolena Zhou

September 20, 2019

Jenna Kellermeyer, marching band member and junior, said she is aware how much physical and mental work is involved to put on a performance, like the one for the Regional Competition which is set to take place tomorrow. This is why she said she is frustrated that marching band is underrated by her peers an...

Band, orchestra students give advice for practicing over break, adapting to higher level performing arts

Noah Sim, marching band member and senior, rehearses on his euphonium during summer marching band rehearsals. Sim began to play the euphonium for marching a year ago. Sim said the summer rehearsals allow for the marching band to get a head start, as well as integrate freshmen with upperclassmen.

Isabella White, Bowen Zhou, and Grace Xu

August 13, 2019

Noah Sim, marching band member and senior Is there a specific practice schedule for marching band over the summer? We practice on weekends and a couple of weeks in the middle of the summer. We get a month off, but then in August we have these two weeks where we practice for 11 hours a day for four da...

Performing arts department to prepare for Jazz a La Mode

Emma Hedrick, Jazz I pianist, Main Street Jazz Band pianist and senior, alongside William “Will” Rice, Main Street Jazz Band bassist and sophomore, and Luke Belcher, Main Street Jazz Band percussionist and sophomore, rehearse for their upcoming performance at Jazz a La Mode. Hedrick said the combo has been preparing for this event for several weeks and is grateful for the encouragement given by the band faculty at this school.

Adhi Ramkumar

April 11, 2018

The CHS performing arts department is gearing up for the upcoming Jazz a La Mode. It is on April 19, 20, and 21 at 7 p.m. in the band room (P105).

A Phe(NAMM)al Community

Band director Michael Pote conducts Wind Symphony I before school prior to the group’s ISSMA state final performance. This year, Pote has been working diligently with all the bands to play their music to the best of 
their abilities.

Sam Shi, Entertainment Reporter

May 18, 2017

Earlier last month, CHS earned the best Communities for Music Education Award for the fourth time in a row. The award, which is given by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), assesses whether a school district is considered an outstanding community for music education. Director of bands ...

Jazz Ensemble continues auditions until Nov. 19, results to come out shortly after


November 18, 2015

Jazz Ensemble auditions, which started on Nov. 17, will continue until Nov. 19 in three sessions that last from 7 to 7:40 a.m, according to Mike Pote, director of Jazz Ensemble I. Pote said he has looked forward to the auditions this year, especially because there seems to be more students auditio...

Performing arts department to begin band room renovations

Sophomore Makela Kaopuiki plays the clarinet during band class. Director of bands Michael Pote said renovations will take place in the band room this summer. JASMINE LAM / PHOTO


May 22, 2014

In order to accommodate the various band equipment and constant increase of students who participate in band, the CHS band room and percussion storage room are scheduled to undergo renovations this summer. Although director of bands Michael Pote is not completely sure what the exact dates for the reno...

Jazz bands to host Jazz a la Mode from April 24 to 26

THE JAZZ AGE: Jakub Walerstein, Jazz Band I member and junior (in purple), practices with the jazz band before school in preparation for Jazz a la Mode. Band director Michael Pote said he expects this performance to be one of the best yet. ALICE ZHU / PHOTO


April 24, 2014

The four Carmel jazz bands will perform at Jazz a la Mode in Room P105 from April 24 to 26, according to Director of Bands Michael Pote. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at totalgatesolutions.com or at the door. What Jakub Walerstein, J...

CHS Marching Band sweeps at Avon, Lawrence Central, to prepare for ISSMA


September 27, 2011

By placing first in visual, musical and general effects over Center Grove and Decatur Central, the CHS marching band swept the competition at the Avon Invitational on Sept. 24. These results are comparable to the outcome of the Lawrence Central Invitational on Sept. 17, in which they placed first in...

Marching band to perform at Homecoming halftime show on Sept. 16, competition on Sept. 17


September 15, 2011

  The CHS marching band’s next performance is scheduled to occur during the Homecoming football game against Lawrence North on Sept. 16. Members of the band will perform their competition show, “Going Viral” during halftime at the game. “‘Going Viral’ goes with the concept o...