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