2016 Sudler Shield Award

We are so honored to be chosen as a recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield Award for 2016. We are one of 3 bands in the United States to be chosen for this international award that recognizes high school, youth, and international marching bands of excellence. Read the  Tri-State Homepage Article about our CMK achievements and visit the Sousa Foundation page to view past and present winners. Congratulations CMK!!!



Congratulations Mr. Dean!

Mr. Dean will be receiving the 2019 Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year award on 3/11 at the All-State Band Concert at Purdue University. Congratulations Mr. Dean! Tristate HomePage Article

Mr. Dean was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year award from the Phi Beta Mu professional fraternity for instrumental music teachers in Indiana. This is a significant recognition of not only Mr. Dean’s contribution to instrumental music education in Indiana, but to his leadership and development of the Castle Band programs alongside Mr. Eifler. Can we all join each other and send lots of comments and congratulations to Mr. Bandmaster himself–TOM DEAN!