Guard Program – Policy Change

Dear Guard Program hopefuls,
We wanted to reach out to you with an update to our Guard/Winter Guard program. The following is from Mr Keith Casey, our Guard Caption Head. This decision has been carefully considered the past 2 seasons. I completely support Mr Casey and his vision for the program. I know this may be a change in philosophy and implementation for us, but I truly believe this will allow the Guard program to take the ‘next step’. (This is already in effect for the top Guard programs across the region/national scene.) Thank you so much for your support!

Josh Thye

Desert Vista Fall Color Guard/Winter Guard Policy Change for the 2017-18 season:

The 2018-19 season will mark a huge milestone for the Desert Vista guard program. In the winter of 2019, the Desert Vista Winterguard will be competing at the Winter Guard International Championships in Dayton, OH.

With this opportunity, it is crucial our students are properly trained with the appropriate skill sets to adequately prepare them over the course of the next two seasons. The skill sets implemented in the summer are designed to improve our technical proficiency, thus allowing us to add to the degree of difficulty during the winter within our program.

At the start of the winter season, those basic skill sets are enhanced by increasing the level of difficulty. This allows those students who have put in the time over the summer and fall to continue being challenged with newer, more varied tasks in the winter as their level progresses.

When members attempt to join mid-season, it creates an unfair environment for the members who have committed from the start of the season (summer training). They now have restrictions placed on their learning of enhanced skills for the winter since all training has to stay at the basic level to accommodate the mid-season additions to program.

Instead of moving forward with enhanced skills for the winter season, the fall members are now in review mode. Furthermore, it also puts us at a huge disadvantage when we attempt to compete on the national level with only basic skills at our disposal.

Given this situation, we must make some policy changes to ensure our students are given the best possible vehicle for success when we make our debut on the national stage.

As a result, the following changes will be made starting with the 2017-18 season:
​* The Desert Vista Guard is considered a YEAR-ROUND program.
​* Winterguard participants MUST march the fall season prior in the guard.

Band Banquet May 6th

For All Band Members
(Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Steel Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band)
2017 Band Banquet Invitation

+ Saturday May 6th, 2017 – 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm @ Desert Vista Cafeteria
        Doors open at 4:45 pm
The banquet menu follows this year’s marching season theme – a picnic! (hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, chips, and watermelon)

+ Semi-formal attire is requested (no jeans please).

+ RSVP by May 1st !!!

Band Member ticket is FREE
Entrance ticket for non-band member is $20

Pre-order your 50/50 raffle tickets: 1 ticket for $5 ~~ 3 tickets for $10

MB Year End Video available on Flash Drive w/Show Logo $20

2017 Band Banquet Invitation

Marching Band Activities Clearance – Start NOW !

Time to begin the Tempe Union District required Sports/Activities Clearance for the upcoming Marching Band season! The registration process has changed from last year. It is streamlined and more user friendly.

Start the process now by Registering at

Your student will not be able to participate in any Marching Band activities without the Activities Clearance completed by May 1, 2017 !

Create ONLY 1 Account per family – Account should be set up using primary parent’s name/information.
Additional parent/guardian, and student(s) information will be added after the 1 account is set up.

NOTE: the Sports Physical must be completed AFTER March 1st, 2017. Any physical dated prior to March 1, 2017 will be rejected for the upcoming Marching Band Season (2017-2018).

On DV Campus Sports Physicals available April 8th only! $15 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

More info on Sports Physical Clinics and tips for completing Clearance is available here.

For more information on the DV Activities Clearance registration process, please contact:
Becky Richardson (Desert Vista Activities Office)
(480) 706-7946

Parent Meeting & Booster Elections Thurs 30 March

Thursday 30 March – Band Room

6:30 – 7:00 pm Booster Elections
ALL band parents/guardians are invited and eligible to vote!

7:00 – 8:00 pm 2017-18 Wind Ensemble & Adv Percussion – trip info meeting (Spring trip, 2018)
All parents of 17-18 Wind Ensemble and Adv Percussion (1st Hour) students – please attend!

Nominees for the 2017-18 Band Booster Board are:
Carrie Schlax

Vice President
John Williams
Gary Warskow

Nominations may also be made from the floor at the meeting.

2017 Band Council Application

Band Council applications for the 2017-18 year are now being accepted!
2017 Drum Major Application
Audition Day & Application due: Wednesday 26 April (3:30 -5:30 pm)
2017 Score Dawn of a New Day

2017 Band Council Application
Applications are due Friday 5 May.

  * You may apply for more than one position in one application.
** The selection results will be posted the week of Final Exams.

Note: All interested applicants should be a part of the new member camps and auditions.
Please tell Mr Thye if you have conflicts.
+ New Member Practice: Monday, April 24th (4:30-6:30pm)
+ New Member Practice: Monday, May 1st (4:30-6:30pm)
+ 2017 Thunder MB Try-outs: Saturday, May 6th (9:00 am-12:00 n)

Thanks for your application!!

Photos Needed for Banquet Video

We will be finishing the Band Banquet video over Spring Break and need your photos!
Please email by this Sat, 4 March your favorite photos you took this year at any band activity.

Seniors ONLY:
We need by this Sat
1) your baby picture (if not sent in yet)
2) a picture of you from this school year

Thank you!