Good Luck Winter Guard!

March 21, 2018 : Archived Posts, Featured Posts, News

2018 WGI Color Guard Regional
24-25 Mar : San Diego
More Info

Good Luck to DV Winter Guard in San Diego!

April 30 : DV Band Booster Elections

March 20, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, Featured Posts, Marching-Members Only, News

Our bylaws call for annual elections of executive officers for the Desert Vista Band Boosters.

Elections will be held on April 30, 2018 – 7:00 pm
in DV Orchestra Room (across from Band Room) – Must be present to vote.

Parents and Guardians of current students in the band program are eligible to be nominated, and to vote.

For a full description of the executive board positions, please refer to Officer Descriptions listed on our website,
or the bylaws, which are posted on the band website on the Parents tab, under the heading Band Booster Documents.

The nomination process is:

  1. Nominate candidates  – self or other booster member – to any nominating committee member
  2. Nominations will be taken through midnight, April 6th
  3. The nominating committee will confirm candidate interest
  4. Candidates biographies will be posted on the Band website by April 9th

*Please submit the name and any contact information for whom you are nominating, and the position you are nominating for, to:
Jeanette Becraft – nominating chair            
Cassandra Wells  – representing senior class
Becky Williams – representing junior class 
Kirk Edem  – representing sophomore class
Steve Fuchs – representing  freshman class

If you have any questions, they may be addressed to members of the Nominating Committee.

April 13-14 Highland ASU Jazz Festival

March 10, 2018 : Archived Posts, Featured Posts, Jazz Band, News

Highland Jazz Festival Master Class Description

Wednesday & Thursday Big Band
HAJF 2018 Schedule – Tentative Fri 13 April

Tuesday Big Band
HAJF 2018 Schedule – Tentative Sat 14 April

2018 HAJF Group Portrait Information

To purchase tickets for evening performances go to:
9th Annual Highland ASU Jazz Festival

FORMS ADDED – 7 April – Sports Physical @ DV

March 8, 2018 : Archived Posts, Featured Posts, Marching-Members Only, News

2018 PPE Flyer
You can get your AIA Sports Physical at Desert Vista
Saturday, April 7 : 8:00 am – 12:00 noon : Small Gym
$15 cash or check (payable to Hedley Orthopaedics)

Bring Physical Packet w/pages 1-3 (evaluation) completed & SIGNED by parent/guardian

MUST have permission form if attending without parent/guardian
2018 Sports Physical permission slip

You can also go to your primary care doctor, or several clinics in the area also offer sports physicals.

TUHSD Requirement:
All MB and Guard students must complete the AIA clearance process before participating in any activities.
Sports physical and AIA paperwork must be submitted to DV (not the Band Boosters) by April 15.

Band registration is separate from AIA clearance.

Mar 5 Area Concert Festival – details

February 28, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, News

– Concert Band  – you will eat lunch during 4th Lunch (wear or bring uniform to school)

– Concert Band: excused Periods 4-7
– Symphonic Band: excused Period 7

2018 03 05 Area Concert Festival 18 (Gilbert HS site) rev2 (as of Mar 3)

 Note:  ‘Normal’ Concert Black attire 
(Men: Long BLACK socks and black shoes! (& Black Tie))

  • You are responsible for your own equipment, all day.
  • Please do not leave your music folder on the bus or the trailer.

– Percussion: Please create a list of equipment (cymbals, S.D., ‘aux’, etc.) and mallets/beaters/sticks. Coordinate between the other ensembles.
(Site will only provide: Timpani, B.D., Tam, Vibes, Marimba, Xylo., Bells, and Chimes)
*Large instruments will come back on the trailer, and will be unloaded into the Band Rm. around 7pm.

Mon 26 Feb : AYB Concert : Info, Program, CD

February 21, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, News

Join us for our AYB Concert next Monday, Feb. 26th at 7:00 pm!
The Concert will also feature “DV Steel” – our steel drum band.
The entire concert will last around 1 Hr, 15 Min.

Click here to download the concert program

The concert is being professionally recorded by ‘On The Spot Recording’.
They provide a high quality, digitally recorded, digitally mastered, labeled and boxed CD for $20 (postage and tax included). CD’s will be mailed approximately 6 weeks after the concert.
2018 AYB CD order form

AYB Members:
MONDAY (2/26)
4:15 pm – arrive at DV Band Room. (DRESS: Please wear BLACK pants, BLACK shoes, and BLACK SOCKS (men). Also, wear an undershirt, or any shirt that you will change out of.

NOTE: We will provide you with the AYB 2018 t-shirt (black) when you arrive – you will wear this for the concert.

4:30 pm – Final Rehearsal/Run-through – ON STAGE

5:50 pm – Pizza Dinner (provided) (Please let us know if your student has dietary restrictions – and we will do our best to accommodate!)

6:20 pm – changing into the AYB18 performance t-shirt.

6:35 pm – Gather in Band Room / Tuning

7:00 pm – CONCERT STARTS! (free admission)

Click here to download the concert program

Volunteer for Mar 3 Winter Guard Invitational

February 21, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, Marching-Members Only, News

Volunteers Needed!
March 3 is our 1st Winter Guard Invitational!

We need volunteers in a variety of areas: Guard Host, Check-In, Admissions, Concessions, Parking Areas, Show Location Host/Ushers, First Aid, 50/50 Raffle Sales, Buttons and Air Gram Sales.

We’re also looking for food and snack donations.
Any food donations or first aid supplies should be delivered to the band room no later than Friday Evening March 2.

Please Sign Up Here:
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

Thank you for helping to make this a successful event for Winter Guard and Desert Vista.
Go Big Blue!

AIA Clearance for 2018 MB

February 21, 2018 : Archived Posts, Featured Posts, Marching-Members Only, News

Tempe Union High School District requires all Marching Band members to complete the District Sports/Activities Clearance. This clearance is a state requirement for all students participating in a school sport or club activity. We encourage you to start this process now, even if you are just considering joining the band.

New Students to DV:
Before registering, you will need to request your incoming student’s DV Student ID Number from the DV Office (480) 706-7900. Let them know you are working on a sports clearance for an incoming Marching Band member.

Sports Physical must be completed after 01 March 2018.
Clearance must be completed before 15 April 2018.

To register your student(s), log in to

* You may start the registration process and add the additional “E-SIGNATURE” documents at a later date.
* Students will not be able to participate in any Marching Band activities after 15 May without this process being completed.
* Create only 1 account per family
* Main login should be the primary guardian – not the student
* Registration year = 2018-2019
* Sport = Band
* DV Athletic Fee paid directly to Desert Vista during book distribution in July
* All additional Marching Band fees are paid directly to DVBB

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

Winter Guard Double Feature! Feb 23 & 24

February 21, 2018 : Archived Posts, News

Another Double Feature weekend for Winter Guard.
Come see the shows!
Friday 23 Feb at Williams Field
– DV performs at 7:59 pm

Saturday 24 Feb at Casa Grande
– DV performs at 1:28 pm – Award ceremony at 2:30 pm

TICKETS : NAU Jazz Festival

February 15, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, Jazz Band, News

Tickets to the Guest Artist Concert will be available through the Central Ticket Office.

$15 students/$20 adults in advance or $20/$25 at the door.
Local Phone: 928-523-5661
Toll Free: 888-520-7214

February 23 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Guest Artist: Joel Frahin, saxophone with NAU Jazz Ensemble I
Ardrey Memorial Auditorium

This year’s festival will feature saxophone legend, Joel Frahm.
Joel Frahm will give an open masterclass on Friday, February 23rd at 1:00 pm in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. The clinic is free and open to the public. Our Guest Artist Concert will also be Friday, February 23rd at 8:00 p.m. featuring Joel with NAU Jazz Ensemble One in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.

Find out more about Joel Frahm at

NAU Jazz Festival Info

February 14, 2018 : Archived Posts, Ensemble Members Only, Jazz Band, News

Our NAU trip is fast approaching !

The Packing List, Itinerary, Permission to Participate and Medical Information form are now available.

Please fill in and return to Mr. Thye by Monday 19 Feb.

Please fill in and submit online by Monday 19 Feb.

All jazz students will need to complete both.

Don’t forget we might actually have cold weather up there and pack a jacket !!

Jeanette Becraft is the parent coordinating the jazz trip.
If you have any questions, please contact her at or by cell at 480-296-1611

PLEASE NOTE–Jeanette will be out of town Thursday 15 Feb afternoon through Monday 19 Feb and can answer questions before or after this time frame.

Looking forward to a great trip !!

Remember “When”sday !

February 7, 2018 : Archived Posts, Marching-Members Only, News

Remember last year’s Band Banquet Video?

See it again (and previous years’) on the Photos & Video page !

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