Getting the (Small) Band Back Together Again


Getting the (Small) Band Back Together Again

One of the topics USBands have been hearing from directors of smaller bands through our “100 Conversations” project surrounds the new challenges and obstacles from administration, parents, and even students as they protect their programs and set them up for future success. We understand these challenges are real and we want to help!

Join USBands for a special session with renowned educator, composer, speaker, and clinician Richard Saucedo for directors of bands with 50 or less members to address the unique challenges facing smaller bands on their return to the performance field in 2021. 

RSVP for the Getting the (Small) Band Back Together Again session to be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 15 at 3PM.

Saucedo, an in-demand speaker, clinician, and retired Director Emeritus of the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. will provide tips, hints, and actionable strategies for directors as they cajole, entice and otherwise recruit new and former members back to the bandroom

Of particular concentration in the session will be attracting new members to bands where the addition of 5-10 students can mean the difference between having a band and not. Another topic to be covered is how to handle the incoming class of regular and “redshirt” freshmen, doubling the number of rookie students AND parents for the fall of 2021.

In service to the entire band community, all directors are invited to the session regardless of band size as we know recruiting affects all bands similarly during these uncertain times, yet bands with 50 or fewer students may experience greater lasting impacts.

The “Together Again” session is free of charge and is presented as part of USBands 2021 Small Band Initiative to include special events and offerings to encourage directors and students of bands with limited membership. You can read further details about the Small Band Initiative at

Meet Richard Saucedo

Richard L. 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 band, 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 most recently in 2013. 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 and again in 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 the Music for All Hall of Fame in March of 2015.

Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released over 300 marching band arrangements, concert band, and orchestral works as well as many choral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff for the Hal Leonard Publishing 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.

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