CdS Marching Invitational

Our next marching competition is right here at Corona! On Saturday, October 23, the Aztec Marching Band will perform at our HOME SHOW – the “Crown of the Sun” Marching Invitational! We have a student call time of 5:40 pm at Corona, and a performance time of 8:30 pm. More information can be found on our schedule here. This is a REQUIRED performance for all marching band members, so please plan accordingly.

If you are interested in what criteria the bands are being judged on – you can see the judging sheets here for more information! Scores for events will be posted to the ABODA website here.

Please see below post on signing up for parent and student volunteer shifts! We need “all hands on deck” to fill these spots and run a successful event!

Volunteer for the Invitational!

Interested in helping with this year’s Crown of the Sun Marching Invitational? Sign up for a shift here. All parents welcome!

Current CDS Band Students can volunteer here. **CDS Aztec Marching Band students- your volunteer shift must be complete by 5 pm!!

Contact Marcos Voss at marcosdvoss@gmail.com for more information.

Have a business you’d like to feature in our invitational program? Want to highlight your band student with a Proud Parent ad? We’ve got you covered! Proud Parent ads run $25 and business ads range from $30-$175. Click here for more information!

DV Invitational

Our third competition will be on Saturday, October 30 at the DESERT VISTA INVITATIONAL. We will also do our senior individual photos at CdS before leaving, as well as our large group band photo and official section photos. We have a senior call time of 11 am at Corona, a full group call time of 1:10 pm, and a performance time of 7:45 pm. More information can be found on our schedule here. This is a REQUIRED performance for all marching band members, so please plan accordingly.

If you are interested in what criteria the bands are being judged on – you can see the judging sheets here for more information! Scores for events will be posted to the ABODA website here.

Concert Band extra rehearsals

Extra Required Concert Band Rehearsals (outside of class). THESE ARE REQUIRED AND WILL BE GRADED. FOR ACLAB SECTIONALS – ONLY THOSE SECTIONS SHOULD SIGN UP ON THOSE DAYS SO WE HAVE SPACE. Those sections should sign up on the school AcLab google form a week prior to the sectional. THANK YOU!

  • WED OCT 27 – ACLAB – FLUTES/DOUBLE REEDS SECTIONAL
  • WED NOV 3 – ACLAB – TRUMPETS/HORNS SECTIONAL
  • WED NOV 10 – ACLAB – CLARINETS/SAXOPHONES SECTIONAL
  • WED NOV 17 – ACLAB – LOW BRASS SECTIONAL
  • WED NOV 24 – ACLAB – OPEN PRACTICE SESSION (anyone can sign up)
  • WED DEC 1 – ACLAB – COMBINED CONCERT BAND REHEARSAL (BAND ROOM)
  • THURS DEC 2 – 0 HOUR – COMBINED CONCERT BAND REHEARSAL (BAND ROOM)
  • MON DEC 6 – 0 HOUR – COMBINED CONCERT BAND REHEARSAL (STAGE)
  • TUES DEC 7 – 0 HOUR – COMBINED CONCERT BAND REHEARSAL (STAGE)
  • TUES DEC 7HOLIDAY CONCERT (ALL CONCERT BANDS, GUITAR, PERCUSSION)

Basha Invitational

Our first marching competition is right around the corner! On Saturday, October 16, the Aztec Marching Band will perform for a big audience and a panel of judges at the Basha Invitational. We have a student call time of 4 pm at Corona, and a performance time of 7:45 pm. More information can be found on our schedule here. This is a REQUIRED performance for all marching band members, so please plan accordingly.

If you are interested in what criteria the bands are being judged on – you can see the judging sheets here for more information! Scores for events will be posted to the ABODA website here.

Crown of the Sun Invitational

If you missed our Committee Meeting on September 7th you can find the slides from that meeting here. If you are interested in more information or how you can help please contact Marcos Voss at marcosdvoss@gmail.com

Game Day!

We are excited for the Aztec Marching Band that has their first football game performance this Friday! A few game day details:
Parents and family members – if you want to come and watch and support your students, tickets are being sold exclusively online again this year (there is no cash entry at the gate). Please wear your yellow band booster gear! (if you haven’t gotten a shirt yet – our boosters will have those on sale for you to get) Here’s some info from our district:

  • Here’s the Link to order tickets: https://gofan.co/app/events/381929 
  • All spectators/volunteers must wear masks when indoors (i.e. – bathrooms, band room, etc.).  Masks are optional outside. Those not in compliance will be asked to leave the premises by school security.
  • All spectators must exit the stadium immediately after the games and refrain from post-game gatherings.
  • Performers in the Marching Band do NOT need a ticket.

CALL TIME – this is what time students are ready, dressed in uniform, in their sections in the Band Room. For this first game – we want everyone dressed in their full uniform BY 5 pm. To be on time is to be early, so we recommend students arrive from about 4:15-4:20 pm in order to have enough time to change and deal with any uniform issues that may arise. Color Guard may need to arrive earlier with hair and makeup requirements.

  • FOR ALL SECTIONS: NO JEWELRY (small “stud” earrings are okay). Long hair should be pulled back out of your face and behind your ears (recommend french braiding or a bun if possible, or ponytail). No sunglasses or other hats. Color Guard will have more specific hair instructions.
  • Woodwinds, Brass – black gloves, black MTX marching shoes (polished and clean), plain black LONG socks (that cover the ankles and lower legs), 2021 Band t-shirt under uniform, lightweight athletic shorts or bicycle shorts under uniform, uniform (“bibbers” – pants; jacket – zipped up with no overlay, gauntlets, shako and plume). 
  • Drum Majors – same as above, with WHITE gloves and capes.
  • Pit: black MTX marching shoes (polished and clean), plain black LONG socks (that cover the ankles and lower legs), 2021 Band t-shirt under uniform, lightweight athletic shorts or bicycle shorts under uniform, uniform (“bibbers” – pants; jacket – zipped up with no overlay). Pit members don’t wear shakos or gauntlets.
  • Drumline: same as above, with the addition of plain black wristbands.
  • Color Guard: dance shoes,body tights under uniform, designated undergarments (ask Brandy if unsure), Guard NYC uniform, hair and makeup as designated by Brandy – all done BEFORE 5 pm. Check with section leaders on meeting times and places prior to call time.

GAME DAY SCHEDULE – Friday September 3 at CdS

  • Students should EAT DINNER BEFORE CALL TIME (eating food from the concession booths while in uniform is not permitted). Students should bring a LARGE FILLED WATER BOTTLE with their name clearly labeled with them to call time. We will refill during the game.
  • 4 pm – Band Room doors open
  • 5 pm – CALL TIME in band room; announcements (to be on time is to be EARLY!)
  • After announcements – students take off uniform coats, line up, head to practice field
  • Short visual warm-up; music warmups; full band plays together 
  • 6:30 pm – Band goes into stadium to set up in the stands
  • 6:50 pm – CdS Wind Ensemble plays National Anthem on the track
  • 7 pm – Game starts (spectators are required to purchase tickets online ahead of time – see link above)
  • Approx 8 pm – HALFTIME SHOW – CdS Band performs!
  • After halftime – CdS Band visits with Mountain Pointe Band; Pit returns instruments to Percussion Room; Band performs in 3rd and 4th quarter of game.
  • Approx 9:00 pm – Game ends; band lines up to march in 
  • Approx 9:15-9:30 pm – Band members change out of uniform, fold uniforms NICELY and line up to check uniforms in with the Uniform Parents. Uniforms not properly folded will be sent to the back of the line to try again.
  • Approx 9:45-10 pm – after students return their uniforms and equipment back to storage areas, they are permitted to leave.
  • Optional – but encouraged!  After several of our events, band families will host parties for the kids. We will distribute driving directions for these after game parties. Sometimes there is a donation (i.e. – $5 for pizza). More details will be on the fliers. Special thanks to our band families offering the kids a safe place to hang out after the game! Most parties are done around midnight at the latest.
  • Questions? A student should ask a section leader or drum major first – as these students are the most knowledgeable at all the ‘little details’ our band is famous for!

Welcome Back!

Please review our BAND HANDBOOK for information about grading policies and more!

Please review our CALENDAR for dates of our concerts for this year. If you aren’t in Marching Band, you can ignore the “MB” rehearsals/events.

Please complete the HANDBOOK AGREEMENT FORM by Thursday August 5 (Extra credit if you complete by Monday August 2!)

Interested in Honors credit (1st/6th hour band)? See the HONORS ASSIGNMENTS and fill out the HONORS SIGNUP by Thursday August 5.