Important Information

UPDATE LETTER regarding upcoming school shutdown and its impact on Corona Band Performances (please open and read!)

The CdS Wind Ensemble (6th hour band) will be performing at the STATE CONCERT FESTIVAL on Wednesday, April 25 at the Chandler Center for the Arts.  Concert uniforms for all members. Students are responsible for getting their own transportation to the site (leave at 5:40pm at the latest to make it on time).  Call time 6pm at Chandler Center; performance 7pm; done by 8pm.  Parents: the more audience we have, the better! (no admission charge)

ALL the CdS Concert Bands (1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th hours) and the Steel Band will be performing at the City of Tempe annual “MUSIC UNDER THE STARS” concert outside of the Tempe Center for the Arts. Students are responsible for getting their own transportation to the site (leave by 5:30pm at the latest to make it on time).  Steel Band meets at Corona at 4 pm to load; All others – Call time 6pm at front entrance to TCA; performance 7pm; done by about 9:30pm (steel band times will be earlier).  Parents and families: bring blankets, lawn chairs, and food for this picnic-style event!  There will be a combined grand finale at the end featuring the CdS Bands, the Desert Vista bands, the Arizona Wind Symphony adult community band, and The Academy – our very own DCI drum corps in Tempe.

Marching Band Forms 2018

The Marching Band fee schedule can be found here.  UPDATE: The deadline of April 26 for the first payment is DELAYED until school resumes after shutdown.  No late fees will be assessed.  Please submit other paperwork as scheduled.

Band Camp Forms – click here to download the information packet!

Student Information Google Form – fill this out after reading the packet!

ALL students in marching band should create/update a profile in “Register My Athlete”

and complete a sports physical with their doctor or other type of “minute clinic” and submit by May 2.  For returning members, you have to do a new physical every school year.  This information will also be used for Athletics if you participate in a school sport.  Please direct all physical/Register My Athlete questions to our school activities secretary Mary Baker (  Thank you!

Percussion at the WGI Championships in Dayton Ohio

The 6th hour percussion ensemble performed at the WGI World Championships this past weekend and placed 2nd in the finals competition.  The 1st place group edged them out by .025 of a point.  So close!!!!  Special thanks to Lonnie and Lynn Slawson for driving the truck to Dayton Ohio! 


All State Results

Congratulations to everyone who auditioned for All-State this weekend at Gilbert, and for those selected into this extremely elite group!  Thank you SO MUCH to all our parent and student volunteers who came in at the beginning of their spring break to help – we couldn’t have done it with out you!!!

  • Rachel Eisinger-Leavitt – Band Piccolo
  • Julia Qiu – Orchestra Bb Clarinet 1 (first in the State! Also made first in the state on Eb Clarinet!)
  • Anthony Perkins – Band Bb Clarinet 1st part
  • Matt Marples – Band Horn 3rd Part

Unable to participate due to WGI Dayton trip, but made it in:

  • Spencer Pote – Band Percussion
  • Brightan Hsu – Orchestra Percussion

Links for participants:

New Members

8th Grade Families: If your student is interested in joining the Aztec Marching Band, please fill out the Interest Form here.  Thank you!

MEF/ASU Band Camp

The MEF/ASU Summer Band Camp is back this summer – and a great opportunity for you to keep playing your instrument with other great musicians for a week in the summer on the ASU Campus.  Musicians will get to perform in one of three honor bands, participate in master classes with ASU music professors/Phoenix Symphony musicians, participate in music electives, play in small chamber ensembles, and have the opportunity to serve as mentor to younger musicians in the Student Leadership Team.  Mr. DuPlessis conducts one of the concert bands, and Mr. Jason Caslor (band director at ASU) will direct a new elite wind ensemble band this summer.  Also new this summer, the final concert will be in the world-famous GAMMAGE AUDITORIUM.  We highly recommend this camp – more information can be found at their website.

Corona del Sol Steel Band Performs in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl Parade


The CDS Marching Band would like to thank the Boosters, family, friends, and alumni for “sponsoring a wave” this season!