Mr. Josh Thye
Director of Bands

Josh Thye, an alumni of Desert Vista (class of 1999), completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona in 2003, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He also holds a Masters degree of Administration through the University of Phoenix and a Master of Instrumental Conducting through the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Mr. Thye joined the music faculty at DV as Director of Bands in 2003. He served as the DV Fine Arts Department Chair 2008-2014.


Mr. Vicente Lopez
Director of Percussion
Front Ensemble Instructor

Vicente Lopez earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona. Mr. Lopez earned his teaching certificate in Texas, and has most recently been the Director of Percussion for Bel Air High School in El Paso, TX. A Tucson native, Vicente is a former Director of the University of Arizona Drumline, and has also served as a judge for AZPAS festivals and regional band auditions. He has worked with Dark Sky Percussion, Pueblo, CDO, Rincon/University, Empire, Cienega, Sabino, and Mountain View High Schools. In 2001-2003, he marched The Academy on the same Drumline as Mr. Morales.

2017 Music Educator GRAMMY Award
More than 3,300 initial nominations were received from all 50 states. In May 2016, Mr. Thye was named as a Quarter Finalist. Less than 10% of the initial nominees (290 music teachers from 264 cities in 41 states) were selected as Quarter Finalists.


Mr. Michael Krill
Assistant Director of Bands
Music Caption Head
Woodwind Caption Head

Michael Krill directs the Jazz Program at Desert Vista High School and co-directs the Marching Band. Mr. Krill has been arranging the brass and woodwind music for DV Marching Band since 2005. He is also the director of the Akimel A-al Middle School Bands since the 2000-2001 school year.
Mr. Krill is an active performer in the Phoenix Metro area. Performing experiences include Broadway show orchestras, and free-lance work with local jazz and salsa bands. Mr. Krill currently performs regularly with DH4 (The Dave Henning Quartet), The MCC Red Mountain Big Band and The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

Mr. Mark Richardson


Brass Caption Head

Mr. Keith Casey


Guard Caption Head

Mr. Casey Ehrler


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Brass Instructor

Mr. Chris Evans

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Mr. Ben Henderson

Visual Instruction & Design