New Members: 2018-2019 Wind Ensemble

January 22, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, Featured Posts, News

Congratulations to the New Members of the 2018-2019 Wind Ensemble!

Thank you to EVERYONE who auditioned. I am humbled at the amount of time and preparation that was evident in every audition that I heard. This program is as strong as it is because of you all. Please keep it up – your hard work is an example for the entire program.
Thank you for making these decisions difficult for me!

Mr Thye

2018-2019 WE New Members

Taylor Loske, flute
Natalie Schuler, flute
Evelyn Brannen, clarinet
Jessica Condon, clarinet
Theresa Miceli, bass clarinet
Natalie VanderLey, oboe
Ashaya Stewart, bassoon
Robert Dolny, alto sax
Ty Parker, alto sax
Megan Neil, tenor sax
Adam Barbour, tenor sax

Drew Cape, trumpet
Ronan Gray, trumpet
Nathan Zhang, horn
Grey Barlay, horn
Martin Fuller, horn
Tabish Shaik, horn
Ben Vasey, trombone
Mia Saxon, trombone
Connor Hought, bass trombone
Luke Sulzen, euphonium
Matt Parker, tuba

NEW: Schedule & Maps for Solo & Ensemble : 20 Jan

January 19, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, News

AMEA HS State Solo & Ensemble Honor Festival (Tier 1 Live)
20 Jan 2018 Hamilton Site

Welcome Letter S.E 2018

Schedule 1.18.18

S&E (Live – Round 1) Checklist

Map for wind rooms

Map for parking and string.vocal.percussion rooms

Volunteer for Regional Auditions 26-27 Jan

January 11, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, Featured Posts, News

Jan 26-27 AMEA Regional Auditions will be held at Desert Vista

Volunteers are needed for both days.
Your help is needed for checking in students upon their arrival.
We also need food items donated to our hospitality room for the judges and tabulators for the day.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to help.

Sign up at
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New Regional Audition Schedule 21 Dec

December 21, 2017 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, News

Regional Audition Schedule updated as of 21 Dec
Band Regional Audition Times
Check bottom tabs of worksheet for your instrument.
Please verify your name/time. Report errors/conflicts to Mr. Thye.

13 Jan: Reed Day – WW Regionals Master Class

December 21, 2017 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, News

Paradise Winds, a reed quintet, is hosting an event at Corona del Sol High School from 9 am to noon on 1/13/2018.

They will be presenting a short recital to get the morning started, followed by individual masterclasses for each instrument – clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon.

The primary masterclass topic will be regional etudes since auditions are near.

Grade level: 9-12
Where: Corona del Sol High School, 1001 E Knox Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9 AM – noon
What to bring: Instruments, regional/all-state etudes, pencil
For more information & registration, visit

2018 AZ Regionals Brass Clinic

December 18, 2017 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, Jazz Band, News

2018 AZ Regionals Brass Day MCC Brass Clinic Flyer
Monday Jan. 8 | 4-7PM | MCC PAC
1520 S. Longmore, Mesa AZ, 85202

To Register Text BRASS to 480-787-0777 | Free Admission!

Join distinguished brass performers and teachers from across Phoenix for an evening of clinics and preparation for the 2018 Arizona Regionals auditions!
Bring instruments and prepared etudes.

Tuba Christmas 2017 This Weekend

December 14, 2017 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, News
For all tuba and tuba-like instrument players:


We’d like to invite you to participate in Tuba Christmas 2017. There is an instrument decorating contest too – fun for everyone! Anyone who plays tuba, euphonium, sousaphone, baritone, or any related tuba-like instrument is welcome to participate. The information is below.




LOCATION: Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ
REGISTRATION: begins at 10:00 am, Gilbert High School, 1101 East Elliot , Gilbert, AZ
REHEARSAL: 11:00 in Gilbert HS Band room
PARKING: Park in the faculty lot on the west side of the campus, off 30th St, south of Elliot Rd.
NOTE: Bring your own music stand and chair to the rehearsal. Participant registration fee is $10.00


CONDUCTOR: Deanna Swoboda 602-432-0981
COORDINATOR: Dave Ihlenfeld 602-290-0959

15 Jan: Free All-Regional Honor Band Workshop at GCU

December 12, 2017 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, News

On Monday, January 15 (MLK Day) from 9:00am-4:00pm Grand Canyon University is having a FREE All-Regional Honor Band Audition Workshop at Grand Canyon University.

The day will include Master Classes with the GCU Applied Music Faculty, mock auditions, a workshop on the audition process and more.

The GCU Applied Music Faculty include:

Dr. Jenna Daum – Flute
Dr. Rachel Messing – Oboe
Tim Haas – Clarinet
Dr. Kristilyn Woods – Bassoon
Andrew Gross – Saxophone
Derek Sanchez – Trumpet
Dr. Christina Romano – Horn
Dr. Charles Hopkins – Trombone
Kevin Bock – Euphonium and Tuba

Lunch will be provided, and everyone attending will receive a GCU t-shirt.
There will also be an option for a campus tour at the end of the day.

For more information, you can visit
There are registration options for both individuals and for a group.

12/9 Bach Brass Sale

December 8, 2017 : Archived Posts, News

This weekend Milano Music is running a sale on all Bach brass instruments: 10% off and there is a $100 rebate from Conn-Selmer.

Along with that, Jeff Christiana the high brass product manager will be in the store all day Saturday to assist with horn selection and answer any questions your students may have about Conn-Selmer products.

Please see the flyer, and go to the store on Saturday to take some horns for a test drive!


Donate Your 2017 Tax Credit to DV Band

December 7, 2017 : Archived Posts, News

Please consider directing your 2017 Arizona Tax Credit towards Desert Vista Band. Our band program relies on tax credits to purchase instruments, show equipment, and props, and to fund additional musical enrichment opportunities for our students.

If you are unfamiliar with the Tax Credit program, A.R.S.43-1089.01 allows any Arizona taxpayer to donate up to $400 to a school of their choice in support of extracurricular activities and get their entire donation back in the form of a tax credit.

For more information and to download a tax credit donation form, visit When filling out your form, please indicate “Desert Vista Band” as your area of donation.

Thank you for your support!

Winter Concert

December 7, 2017 : Archived Posts, News, Performing Ensembles

Friday, December 8th at 7 PM is our big Winter Concert!  Come join the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, jazz bands, steel bands, and percussion ensembles for festive seasonal music.  $5 admission.

Download the digital program here.

Order 7X Champion Shirts

December 6, 2017 : Archived Posts, Marching-Members Only, News

ORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED as of 12:00 am 22 Jan 2018.

Order your 7X Championship shirts!
2017 7 Time Champ Order Form

Orders received by Dec 10 will be available for Christmas!
Pay with PayPal

also available in long sleeve

Thunder Band In The News

+ Thunder marching band captures state crown again AFN 16Dec2017
+ DVMB Wins 6th State AFN 18Nov2016
+ KJZZ Sounds of the City 08Sep2016
+ Desert Vista Takes Gold in the Windy City AFN 21Apr16
+ Band Champs – Thunder Marching Band once again crowned state champions AFN 02Dec15
+ Desert Vista Marching Band ends season on high note AFN 10Nov15
+ Desert Vista awarded $1K for monthly Fulton Homes Noon Salute Win AFN 26Jan2015
+ Desert Vista Thunder Band on NBC at Super Bowl XLIX! 01Feb2015