Crown of the Sun Marching Invitational 2018


On October 20, 2018 the Aztec Marching Band at Corona del Sol High School will be hosting the 2018 Crown of the Sun Marching Invitational. This year’s event will be our biggest yet with 30 prominent high school band programs participating in this ABODA-adjudicated competition.

Admission for the all-day invitational is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.  Event programs will cost $2.  Food and beverage, as well as other merchandise will be available for purchase.

URGENT!! We can use your help!  This invitational requires the support of hundreds of volunteers and loaned/donated items.  If you have a few hours to spare, please consider signing up for a volunteer shift by following the links below.  For every four hours of volunteering, you will earn free admission to the invitational.
Adult Volunteer Sign Up
Student Volunteer Sign Up (middle and high school students only, please)
Concession Donation & Loaned Item Sign Up

The Participating bands can be found by clicking here: 2018 Invitational Performance List

For more information about the 2018 Crown of the Sun Marching Invitational please contact Marcos D. Voss, Event Chair, at

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Basha Invitational

Update: Congratulations to the Aztec Marching Band on their performance at the Basha Invitational!  Detailed score recaps, summary, and judge’s commentary can be found here.  Click here to view the video from the Basha Invitational.  Marching Band members, please review all of this during the break week so we are ready to go when we return!

After the Basha Invitational, there will be NO rehearsals or performances during the fall break week.  We will resume on Monday morning (October 15) with our regular rehearsal schedule.

Percussion Concert Tickets on Sale!

Percussion concert tickets are now on sale!  Get your tickets before they are gone.

October 23rd @ 7pm in the CdS Auditorium

Tickets are $6 and are sold through Ticket Master.

Here is the link for the tickets:

Our Brass is on the Line

We have wonderful band students and it is our responsibility to equip them with the proper tools to perform their best – Our Brass is on the Line!

  • 60% of our Brass Instruments are over 30 years old
    **The first students to play most of these instruments are becoming grandparents!


  • 100% of the Older Brass Instruments need Frequent Resourceful Repair
    ** Band students have become very creative with gold duct & electrical tape to hold their instruments together.
    ** Some instruments are pieces from 3 to 4 other instruments
    ** The use of mechanical tools to get slides unstuck is common
    ** Constant adjustment to ensure valves, covers and slides work properly between music parts

  • Cheese gets better with Age – Brass Instruments, not so much
    ** 30+ years of build up, dents and malfunctions all change the sound, pitch and tone.

Our goal is $ 195,000 to purchase new Brass Instruments

  • 20 more trumpets
  • 4 new Yamaha Mellophones
  • 20 new marching Baritones
  • 4 new Yamaha Sousaphones
  • 4 new concert French Horns
  • 3 new concert Tubas

If you would like to help us meet our goal, please click here 

Welcome back to our new year!

Open House will be held Monday August 20.  Here’s a printable schedule from Corona admin to fill out with your student’s schedule to follow so you know where to go!   2018-2019 Open House Evening Schedule

Also, we’ve compiled a list of important information (contact info, calendar, newsletter, members only section of the website, remind text codes, SmartMusic free subscription info, and class grades).  The PDF is password protected and is our normal band password.  If you need the password, please contact us. Bands Info Sheet 

Also, members of the Band Council played the National Anthem with other band students from the five other district schools at the district-wide teacher kick-off meeting at Desert Vista HS.  Special thanks to our students who participated.  See the amazing performance here!

First Assignment

Concert Band Members (1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th hour bands): Please fill out the online Information Form here!  (Marching Band members do NOT need to fill this out – we have your information already).  This is due by Thursday (50 pts).  Families who fill out by the end of the day on Monday get 10 extra credit points.

2018 Marching Band Show – “A Thousand Cranes”

How exciting!  Our 2018 Aztec Marching Band show is titled “A Thousand Cranes” with music feature from a collection of Japanese pieces.  View the show video theme by clicking hereView the BAND CAMP CONCERT performance here.

1000 Cranes are a symbol of peace, health, prosperity and mythical wisdom. It is asserted that everyone has his own hopes and wishes. According to Japanese tradition, 1000 Paper Cranes (also referred to as Senbazuru) can help people to cherish their wishes and make them become true.

A person who folds 1000 Origami Cranes will be granted a chance to make one significant wish.

What will YOU wish for?

To help make the wish come true, you can Sponsor a Crane or more with your wish.   You can also help keep the heart beat of the wish alive by sponsoring our Taiko Drums

**All sponsors and their wishes will be published on our website**

CDS Band Corporate Sponsorship Program 2018-2019


We are happy to announce our Corporate Band Sponsorship Program for the upcoming year! There are multiple levels, depending upon what you are comfortable donating. Details are available in these documents: Corporate Sponsorship Details .

Volunteer Opportunities!

During the school year (particularly during Marching Band season) there are often a wide variety of activities that Boosters can help out with. Here is an updated list of current volunteer opportunities:

Hydration Team (Marching Band Rehearsals) Help keep the kids hydrated at marching band night rehearsals.

Bus riders (For parents who have been cleared by the district)

CDS Band Boosters Online Store

Check out our Square Store, which will allow you to pay online for various Booster items, Band Booster memberships, and other awesome stuff!

How We Keep in Contact

We like to keep in touch with our awesome boosters. Toward that end, most of the information you need to know can be found at this website (particularly the Gmail calendar on the right) as well as our occasional e-mails. We also like to use Twitter and Facebook from time to time for news, quick reminders, etc. If you think that you are not receiving e-mails, please first check your spam folder (or “promotions” tab in Gmail), and if you’re still having issues, please try our e-mail sign-up form.

Band Council & Ensemble Results

Congratulations to everyone who auditioned/applied for the 2018-19 Band Council and the Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band!  Results are below.

Band Council 2018-2019 (first meeting Monday after school – 11:30am)

Ensemble List 2018-2019

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!