Area Concert Festival


All concert bands will be participating in the ABODA Area Concert Festival on Tuesday, February 28th at Desert Mountain High School. Students will meet in the band room during 6th hour, change into their concert uniforms, load the buses, then depart for Desert Mountain. Students will return to Corona at about 7:45 pm. Please see the detailed schedule for more information.
Percussion Garage Sale


We are in need of your unwanted household and furniture items. The percussion garage sale takes place Saturday, Feb. 25th from 6:30 am to 11:00 am. Goodwill will be picking up our leftovers, and we get paid by the pound for what they take. So, the larger the better. Ask your neighbors whether they have items to donate. Donation dates: Wednesday, Feb. 22th (3:30 - 4:30 pm); Friday, Feb. 24th (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm). Please drop off items at the teacher's parking lot off of Knox road. Parent help will be needed for sorting/pricing items on Friday, Feb. 24th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Parent help will also be needed on Saturday, Feb. 25th, from 6:00 am to 1:30 pm. If you are available to help out, please contact Kathy Askins.
Winter Guard!


The Corona del Sol WGAZ Event is rapidly approaching. There will be 20 Groups performing on Friday, March 17th at Corona del Sol, including eight indoor percussion groups and twelve guard groups.

We have a SignUpGenius for adult and student volunteers, donations, and things we need to borrow for the event. If you donate two hours of time, you can get into the rest of the event for free. This is a great way to earn some volunteer hours and support the Corona groups that are performing.

We are selling a program at the event, so program ads are available! Proud Parent ads are available for a discount, and businesses may advertise as well. The deadline for submitting ads is March 1st: Proud Parent Ad Form, Business Ad Form.

Also, Winter Guard had their portraits taken. Pictures are on the website for review. We are selling them as a fundraiser so please send in your orders by Wednesday, March 14th using the Photo order form. Many thanks to Tracy and Dean Hueber for taking, editing and uploading the images for us!
Spring Percussion Concert


The Spring Percussion Concert will take place on March 21st! You can purchase tickets through the cdsband square site. Please add your student's name in the Notes section at Checkout. All percussion classes, world music class, youth steel band, and adult steel band will be performing at this concert. The presale tickets will be sold until March 10th and passed out during percussion class. After March 10th, you can purchase tickets in the bookstore. If you don't have a student in the band program, your tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 pm.
MEF/ASU Band Camp 2017


The Musician Enrichment Foundation (MEF) is excited to be partnering with ASU to offer MEF/ASU Band Camp 2017. It will be held at the ASU School of Music, Tempe, June 12-16. The camp will be limited to 100 participants (and 12 Student Leaders) and so far 31 students have applied. The early registration deadline is March 31st. The camp is open to students grades 6th-12th in Fall 2017. The camp staff includes ASU professors (Joshua Gardner, Robert Spring, Deanna Swoboda, Jill Sullivan, Christopher Creviston, and more) and community educators (David and Arlie DuPlessis, Emery Harvison, Tracy Werner, and more). Daily activities include band rehearsals, sectionals, electives, professional concert attendance and social activities. The week will culminate in a performance by the camp concert bands and chamber ensembles at 5pm Friday, June 16, in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre at ASU. A flyer that you can pass out is available here [pdf, 1MB].

There are twelve volunteer Student Leadership Team positions available for exceptional students entering 11th and 12th grade. These students will perform with the bands, assist the staff, mentor younger/less experienced players and receive 6 hours of leadership training. There is no cost for the Student Leadership Team members. Interested students should apply by March 31st at the MEF website.

Acceptance to the camp, and to the Student Leadership Team, will be based on experience, teacher evaluation, and the number of positions available for each instrument. It is highly recommended that students apply by March 31st. The brief teacher evaluation form should be completed online at MEF.

The camp tuition is $200, or $175 if paid by April 10th. We do have financial aid available and many students will be able to attend MEF/ASU Band Camp at a reduced cost or no cost.

Popcornopolis Fundraiser


Our Popcornopolis Fundraiser is underway! We will be selling Popcornopolis Cones and Baskets until Feb. 24th. This fundraiser is available to all Band, Percussion, and Guard members. Student accounts will receive a substantial percentage of the profits from their individual sales. Checks should be made payable to "CDS Band Boosters" and should be submitted to the Band Room by Feb. 24th. Items will be delivered on March 3rd -- just in time for Spring Break. For more information, please download the order form.
Regional Auditions

updated 1/30/2017

Congratulations to all our Corona Band students who worked so hard preparing for their regional honor band and orchestra auditions, and congratulations to all the students who successfully made it in! Mr. DuPlessis will have music to pass out and more information on Monday during class.

Forty-four people from CDS Band made it in (the most in the region). We also had seven students get alternate spots. There were seven students from Corona that got the highest scores in their section in the region, as well as three students who made it on multiple instruments.

Thanks to everyone who auditioned. We are proud of all of you for your hard work and dedication. Thank you to all our students and parents that volunteered to help run great auditions -- we couldn't have done it without you! Students will receive score sheets on Monday, and music folders for those who made it in. The West Region Festival will be held at Skyline High School on Feb. 17-18.


Rachel Eisinger-Leavitt - Orch. Piccolo (top in the region!)
Rachel Eisinger-Leavitt - also made Flute
Amanda Xu - Flute Orch. 2
Claire Fu - Flute Band 1st part
Aronee Hossain - Flute Band 1st part
Cydney De Los Santos - Flute Band 2nd part
Shazer Thwaits - Oboe Orch. 1 (top in the region!)
Emma Hedberg - Oboe Band 2nd part
Andrew Guess - Bassoon Band 1st part
Julia Qiu - Clarinet Orch. 1 (top in the region!)
Julia Qiu - also made Eb Clarinet
Debashis Biswas - Clarinet Orch. 2
Anthony Perkins - Clarinet Band 2nd part
Natalie Hunt - Clarinet Band 2nd part
Freyja Powell - Clarinet Band 2nd part
Ethan Hartman - Clarinet Band 3rd part
Abhash Shrestha - Clarinet Band 3rd part
Kerry Knox - Clarinet Band 3rd part
Brennan Agnew - Bass Clarinet Band
Zhaobo Zhang - Bass Clarinet Band
Mikaela Hatfield - Alto Sax Band 1st part (top in the region!)
Matthew Richards - Alto Sax Band 2nd part
Jax Hatfield - Alto Sax Band Band 2nd part
Lilly Edwon - Alto Sax Band 2nd part
Isaac Elkins - Tenor Sax Band
Danny Mester - Trumpet Orch. 1 (top in the region!)
James Miller - Trumpet Band 1st part
Saadiq Webster - Trumpet Band 2nd part
Abraham Muasher - Trumpet Band 2nd part
C.J. Shin - Trumpet Band 3rd part
Micah Reaban - Trumpet Band 3rd part
Matt Marples - Horn Orch. 2
Quinn McGrath - Horn Orch. 3
Danielle Leon - Horn Band 2nd part
Teresa Lowe - Horn Band 3rd part
Jesse Burkis - Horn Band 4th part
Alex Manning - Trombone Orch. 2
Ahmed Usman - Trombone Band 1st part
Lampton Bickham - Trombone Band 2nd part
Aidan Dinkel - Euphonium Band (top in the region!)
Michael Truswell - Euphonium Band
Spencer Pote - Percussion Orch. 1 (top in the region!)
Joseph Askins - Percussion (also made choir)
Trent Lindstrom - Percussion Band 4
Brianna Orrill - Flute 2nd alternate
Madison Wise - Clarinet 2nd alternate
Emilie Shin - Alto Sax 2nd alternate
McKenna Summers - Trumpet 1st alternate
Jonathan Reaban - Trumpet 2nd alternate
Kevin Delzepich - Trombone 2nd alternate
Elijah Renteria - Percussion 2nd alternate

Volunteer Opportunities!

During the school year (particularly during Marching Band season) there are often a wide variety of activities that Boosters can help out with. Here is an updated list of current volunteer opportunities:

- Hydration Team (Football games) Help keep the kids hydrated at games.

- Bus riders (For parents who have been cleared by the district).

- Uniform Check-In (Also for parents who have been cleared by the district).

CDS Band Boosters Online Store

Check out our Square Store, which will allow you to pay online for various Booster items, Band Booster memberships, and other awesome stuff!

CDS Band Individual and Corporate Sponsorship Program 2016-2017


We are happy to announce our Individual and Corporate Band Sponsorship Program for the upcoming year! There are multiple levels, depending upon what you are comfortable donating. Details are available in these documents: Corporate Sponsorship Details and Individual Sponsorship Details.

How We Keep in Contact

We like to keep in touch with our awesome boosters. Toward that end, most of the information you need to know can be found at this website (particularly the Gmail calendar on the right) as well as our occasional e-mails. We also like to use Twitter and Facebook from time to time for news, quick reminders, etc. If you think that you are not receiving e-mails, please first check your spam folder (or "promotions" tab in Gmail), and if you're still having issues, please try our e-mail sign-up form.