Carmel High School band to appear in national film documentary highlighting music education

The Carmel High School band’s clarinet section performs at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Submitted photo)

The Carmel High School band’s clarinet section performs at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Submitted photo)

By Michelle Williams

The Carmel High School band program has been selected to appear in a national film documentary called “Marching Beyond Halftime.” Filmmaker Sara Flatow and Executive Producer Scott McCormick expect to release the completed film in early 2017 and plan to submit it to film festivals to initiate its distribution.

McCormick said a film crew was in Carmel to begin filming the band as it rehearsed and competed in the Bands of America Grand National Championships Nov. 11 to 14 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

At the film’s website,, Flatow expressed the film’s goal is to raise awareness about the far-reaching impact of music education. She hopes to communicate that music education makes an impact in children’s lives far beyond football halftime entertainment.

McCormick said all bands at CHS will be featured in the film.

“We’ll also hear from Carmel alumni, talking about what band has done for their lives in terms of preparing for success,” he said. “There are a lot of very successful people who have been involved in music programs.”

The CHS band program may play a role in influencing budget decisions for arts education on both a state and national level. McCormick said the production team intends to send a copy of the film to each member of the U.S. Congress upon its completion. He also said he has seen discussions reopened regarding budget appropriations within the Indiana Board of Education.

CHS was among 25 other band programs seriously considered to be featured in the film, according to McCormick. The school was selected on the quality of the program in addition to its past experience and success in regional and national competitions.

The film will also feature the band program at Lake Brantley High School, an Altamonte Springs, Fla. school where Flatow played clarinet as a student.