Congrats Regional Musicians!

Congratulations to the 45 CdS Band students who made it into the AMEA West Regional Honor Band and Orchestra, and 10 students selected as Alternates! Thanks to everyone who auditioned, as well as all of our volunteers that supported the event! Regional Musicians will participate in the Regional rehearsals and concert on Feb. 18-19 at Central High School. Students will receive music this week to start practicing.


  • Piccolo – Cecilia Johnson
  • Flute 1 – Emily Zemke (top score!)
  • Flute 2 – Blaire Whitlatch
  • Bass Clarinet – Brogan Keys
  • Horn 1 – Skyler Padilla (top score!)
  • Horn 3 – Raquel Rubio
  • Trumpet 2 – Jacob Mandt
  • Trombone 1 – Paul Rittenhouse (top score!)
  • Trombone 2 – David Zhao
  • Trombone 3 – Mathias Logvin
  • Percussion – Alex Zhao
  • Percussion – Ben Kim


  • Piccolo – Krystal Mayoral (top score!)
  • Flute 1 – Max Elliott
  • Flute 2 – Shelby Cavanaugh Toft
  • Flute 2 – Emily Riley
  • Oboe 1 – Eli Shapiro (top score! also made Clarinet!)
  • Bassoon 2 – Amber Mayoral
  • Clarinet 2 – Clare Abel
  • Clarinet 2 – Magnus Tucker
  • Clarinet 3 – Jeffrey Jacoby
  • Clarinet 3 – Joseph Luis
  • Clarinet 3 – Aysha Viene
  • Alto Saxophone 1 – Ian Berkram
  • Alto Saxophone 2 – Blake Gonzalez
  • Trumpet 1 – Justin French
  • Trumpet 1 – Madeline Plenn
  • Trumpet 1 – Isabel McClure
  • Trumpet 2 – Christian LaPenna
  • Trumpet 2 – Noah Voss
  • Trumpet 3 – James Nelon
  • Trumpet 3 – Emma Erlandson
  • Trumpet 3 – Hunter Gastelo
  • Horn 2 – Haley Ross
  • Trombone 1 – Andre Palma
  • Trombone 2 – Gwyndolyn Hall
  • Euphonium – Cooper Anderson
  • Euphonium – Rachel Smalley
  • Tuba – Derek Winters (top score!)
  • Tuba – Owen Dock
  • Tuba – Andrew Ross
  • Tuba – Casey Strauss
  • Percussion – Caden Shelton
  • Percussion – Ben Kim


  • Flute Alt 1 – Margot Benrimo
  • Flute Alt 3 – Alana Smith
  • Clarinet Alt 1 – Logan Haglan
  • Tenor Sax Alt 1 – Jack Jacobs
  • Bari Sax Alt 1 – Kyle Bombardier
  • Bari Sax Alt 2 – Caleb Cortez
  • Trumpet Alt 1 – Addison Schapiro
  • Trumpet Alt 3 – Jonathan Sanchez
  • Horn Alt 1 – Dallon Jarman
  • Trombone Alt 3 – Connor Neal

AMEA Conference

On January 28-29, the CdS Wind Ensemble will perform at the AMEA Music Educators Conference. They were selected as a featured group representing the best of the best in Arizona bands and orchestras. On Friday 1/28 they will perform a joint concert with the Red Mountain HS Band (parents and families are invited to watch the concert) and on Saturday 1/29 they will perform as a live demonstration group with renowned educators Michael Pote and Kyle Young (from the Grand Nationals Championship winning Carmel High School Band). More details and maps can be found here.

CdS Percussion Garage Sale!

Saturday – January 15th

6am – 12:00pm

Taking donations

Tuesday January 11th 4:30pm-6pm

Friday January 14th 6-9pm

What: We are currently taking donations for the Percussion Garage Sale.  We are in need of your used household items, clothes, books, sports equipment, furniture, etc.  Furniture must be in good shape.  No mattresses.

Where: Corona del Sol High School

1001 E. Knox Road

In the Knox Road Parking Lot 

State Championship

Congratulations to the Aztec Marching Band on their strong 4th place finish at the WBA Southern California Championship! Special thanks to all our families that traveled to California and volunteered with meals, moving equipment, driving trucks, and more – we literally couldn’t do it without your amazing support.

On Friday night (11/19), we will have our SENIOR NIGHT recognition and our PARENT PERFORMANCE where we will do a special presentation of our show for friends and family before the state championship. Let’s have a great last week and finish our season strong!

Our last competition will be on Saturday, November 20 at the ABODA STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONSHIP.  We have a call time of 3:45 pm, 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.

Judges commentary from CA:

Score Recap from CA:

California Trip Volunteers

Want to help out while we’re traveling this week? Sign up for our California Remind group by texting @4488ka to 81010. We will text you when we need help and let you know where to meet.

Thank you for all of your help and support!

California Trip

The Aztec Marching Band will be representing Arizona and traveling to California for the WESTERN BANDS ASSOCIATION (WBA) SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP at Trabuco Hills High School on November 11-14. FINAL ITINERARY, trip details, hotel/competition sites, and packing list can be found here. Make sure the last band payment ($450, due September 20) is PAID IN FULL before the trip forward all receipts to Mr. DuPlessis if you have not done so already. Click here to pay.