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Sponsor a Wave!

5/23/2017



The 2017-2018 Marching Band Show is entitled "Above and Below," and will feature the music of Camille Saint-Saens and Modest Mussorgsky. Check out the show trailer. Also, if you would like to help us raise funds for show props, please consider sponsoring a wave!

Marching Band Uniform Fittings

7/26/2017

Uniform assignments will take place during Book Distribution. Seniors should stop by the CDS Band Uniform Room on Wednesday, July 26th or Thursday, July 27th to try on uniforms. Juniors and Sophomores should use SignUpGenius to schedule a fitting time. (Pit and Color Guard do not need to be fitted at this time.) Freshman and any remaining upperclassmen will be fitted during concert band and percussion class the first two weeks of school.


Band Camp Concert

updated 7/26/2017


Update: Thanks to all the volunteers who made band camp such a success!

The Aztec Marching Band will be attending band camp until Saturday, July 22 at Pine Summit Camp in Prescott [map]. If you are interested in what the kids will be doing from day-to-day, please check out Mr. D's detailed schedule.

Just as a reminder, parents must pick up their marching band student (or arrange a ride for their student) on Saturday, since transportation is not provided back to Tempe. Please join us for the Camp BBQ from 11am-12pm if you've pre-purchased BBQ tickets, or bring your own lunch. The concert begins at 12:30pm. Please do not arrive earlier than 10:00am so that the students' morning activities are not disturbed. The camp is in the woods, so please bring chairs to use during the concert. To ensure that everyone can see the concert, there are only a few areas where canopies can be used. See you there!



Band Camp Meeting!

7/12/2017

We will be having our Band Camp parent and student meeting on Saturday, July 15th in the CDS Auditorium. This meeting is mandatory for all parents and students. We will be doing new shoe/glove fittings and orders at 8 am (as well as parent shirt orders, booster memberships, and more!), and the meeting will officially start at 9 am for everyone.

Parents of brass/woodwind players: Mr. DuPlessis sent out pdf files of the music for your student to print - make sure they finish this "homework" assignment before we leave!

For those that need to be fitted for shoes and gloves, please arrive between 8 am and 9 am. We will have sample sizes for you to try on. You can still order shoes and gloves on the Square Store before the meeting, even if you do not have the exact size - we can input the information after the fitting. Saxophone, Brass, Drumline, Guard - bring your instruments/equipment on Saturday. We will be organizing them for efficient loading on Monday to head up to Camp.


Band Camp 2017!

4/5/17

Corona del Sol's Band Camp will take place this year from Monday, July 17 to Saturday, July 22 at Pine Summit Camp in Prescott. If your student is attending, here is what you will need to do:

Step 1: Fill out the online form for your student.

Step 2: Download, print, read, and fill out the appropriate portions of the paperwork [PDF, 1MB].

Step 3: Send in payment to Corona del Sol (April 28 deadline for $400 "early-bird" price, $470 thereafter). This may be paid through a tax credit, as discussed in the packet.

Step 4: Turn in all paperwork (including physicals and medical clearance forms) by May 1, 2016.
Additional information will be provided as we get closer to the July date.

Butter Braid Fundraiser

4/11/2017

Our Butter Braid fundraiser is under way! These tasty Butter Braid Pastries are $12 each, with about $5 of that going to the student's account. Order forms are available in the Band Room, or online. Money and orders are due to Mr. DuPlessis by April 17, 2017, and the frozen braids will be delivered May 2nd. Checks should be made out to "CDS Band Boosters."

Band Council Applications for 2017-2018

3/22/2017

Students: Are you interested in trying out for drum major or section leader and/or being part of the Corona del Sol Band Council next year? If so, fill out the online application by March 31st.

ABODA All-State Band/Orchestra

3/6/17

Congratulations to everyone who tried out for All-State! Here are the results:

Rachel Eisinger-Leavitt - Piccolo, Band (also made Flute)
Amanda Xu - Flute, Band 2nd part
Julia Qiu - Eb Clarinet, Band (also made Clarinet)
Debashis Biswas - Clarinet, Band 1st part
Matt Marples - Horn, Band 4th part
Alex Manning - Trombone, first alternate
Spencer Pote - Percussion, Band 1st part (first overall)
WGAZ State Championships

4/4/17

Congratulations to CDS Percussion for their first place score of 93.05 at the WGAZ Percussion Championships, and congratulations to CDS Guard for their second place score of 82.82 at the very competitive WGAZ Guard Championships last weekend! Full recaps are available for both the guard and percussion competitions.

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.

Results:

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


Winter Guard!

updated 3/22/2017

Congrats to the CDS WGI Color Guard for receiving first place with a score of 80.95 at the WGAZ Mountain View Tucson event! Also, thanks to the army of volunteers that helped out with the WGAZ competition hosted by CDS.




Spring Percussion Concert

2/21/2017



The Spring Percussion Concert will take place on March 21st! All percussion classes, world music class, youth steel band, and adult steel band will be performing at this concert. 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.
Popcornopolis Fundraiser

2/12/2017

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.
Area Concert Festival

2/21/2017

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

2/21/2017



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.
Tempe Youth Band

1/9/2017

Do you want to join an All-Star band in the Tempe/Chandler area? Are you interested in playing and learning from awesome high school band students? Do you want to HAVE FUN? If so, TEMPE YOUTH BAND is for you! The Tempe Youth Band is an honor band hosted at Corona del Sol High School and is directed by David DuPlessis and Alex Holste, the band directors at Corona. They rehearse once a week starting in January and perform challenging music at a special concert in February. You will have the opportunity to play alongside the best musicians from Corona, who will serve as mentors and section leaders. You will also get to meet new friends from other middle schools and prepare yourself better for high school band!

Please fill out the online application form to apply for the Tempe Youth Band. The participation fee is $42 (payable online via our online store). Any 7th or 8th Grade student that is playing in their middle school band is eligible to join. We can only take a certain amount of instruments in each section to keep a good balance to the band. Please note that spots are available on a "first come, first served" basis, so send in your application and payment quickly before your section fills up! We will also check with your Middle School band director to make sure that you are ready for an honor band experience (in terms of classroom behavior and playing abilities). If for whatever reason you are not accepted, your payment will be refunded immediately. We hope to see you in January!

REHEARSAL DATES (Wednesdays, 3 pm - 4:30 pm, CDS Band Room)
January 18
January 25
February 1
February 8

CONCERT DATE - Wednesday, February 15

APPLICATION/PAYMENT DEADLINE - by Monday January 16.

Boston Brass Field Trip
(1st and 6th Hour Bands)

1/16/2017

The 1st and 6th Hour Bands will be attending a Boston Brass Master Class field trip on Wednesday, January 18th during the school day. For more information on this amazing opportunity, please see detailed schedule


Harkins Fundraiser

9/13/2016

harkins
It's always movie time! Earn money for your student's band account by selling Harkins gift cards and loyalty cups! The gift cards will be sold for $25.00 each, and the loyalty cups will be sold for $5.25 each -- a percentage of which will be placed in the student's account. Order forms with payment are due by Nov. 18th and can be turned in to Mr. DuPlessis or Emily Manning (see order form for details).



Adult Steel Band!

11/23/2016

We are looking for fun (but not necessarily musically talented) adults to join the Corona del Sol Adult Steel Band. In this band, owning a Hawaiian shirt is more important than having a sense of rhythm. Fee is $52.50, payable at our Square store. At checkout, please be sure to add your name, e-mail, and phone number in the "Notes" section. Relevant dates:

February 13th 7pm-8:15pm rehearsal in percussion room
February 27th 7pm-8:15pm rehearsal in percussion room
March 13th 7pm-8:15pm rehearsal in percussion room
March 20th 7pm-8:15pm rehearsal in CdS Auditorium
March 21st 6:00-6:20pm CdS Auditorium, 7pm concert
Poinsettia Fundraiser

10/11/2016

Our annual poinsettia sale has started. Students will be selling red poinsettias as a fundraiser for their individual accounts. Orders will be collected through October 30, and the plants be available for pick up after the December concert (right at the front of the stage). Help individual students save for future band expenses while decorating your home for the holidays!
For more information, please see the order form, which is available here.

2016 Hot Chocolate Run

10/25/2016

Water to go! It's time to help out with the the much-anticipated Hot Chocolate Run, which takes place on December 4, 2016. Our Band Booster group gets a donation for our efforts! All family members and friends (even non-band friends!) aged 12+ are invited to sign up. All volunteers will get Hot Chocolate Volunteer gear for helping. To volunteer, please fill out this online form.


Holiday Concert and Dinner

12/3/2016

Please join us for the Holiday Concert and Dinner on Tuesday, December 13th! The dinner, which is catered by Rigatony's, takes place in the CDS cafeteria from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, and the concert begins at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Dinner includes baked rigatoni, antipasto salad, bread, drink, and dessert, with two types of baked rigatoni -- sausage and broccoli, with gluten-free available upon request. Please submit your dinner orders via our online store. More detailed information can be found in our flier. We are also looking for some volunteers to help out before the concert. If you are available, please sign up here.

Marching Band Portrait Orders

11/7/2016

Individual and Sibling Portraits, Senior Night Family Photos, Section Photos, and Group Photos have been completed! Commemorate this great year with professional prints of your student's band season (Band Camp Section photos can be ordered as well!) Please see the order form for details. Proofs and photo numbers may be found on the CdS Band Booster photo site.

These photos make excellent gifts for the upcoming Holiday season! Order deadline is Wednesday, November 9th. Prints will be delivered at Band Awards Night, Nov 18th.

CDS Band Zero-Hour

11/13/2016

Starting November 14, 2016, the band will begin the "regular" (i.e., non-insane-marching-band) zero-hour rehearsal schedule for the rest of the semester. If you are a student in zero-hour band, per Mr. D., please fill out this online form. Thanks!

Fresh as a Daisy? Nope.

11/1/2016

When: Between the Parent Performance Night and Saturday, November, 5th. Students may bring home their marching uniforms after Tuesday night's rehearsal/performance. All uniforms are due back Saturday, 11/5, for the State Marching Festival competition.

What: Uniform jacket and pants. Remove overlay before taking the jacket and pants to the dry cleaner. Spot clean overlays and gauntlets with Shout Wipe & Go stain remover wipes if they are stained. Clean out dirt and grass from inside the uniform bag. It's fine to store clean socks and gloves in uniform bag but do not put shoes in uniform bags. Check buttons and snaps and re-stitch if needed.

Who: Parents are responsible for this optional cleaning.

Where: You may take the jacket and pants to any dry cleaner. The following cleaners offer a special rate of $9.00. In by 9:30am for same day, 5pm pick up. AHWATUKEE CLEANERS. 5009 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044 (Behind the Original Burrito Company). LEGEND CLEANERS, 6436 S. McClintock #D-103, Tempe, AZ 85283. SW Corner McClintock & Guadalupe.


California Trip -- Bands of America Regional

updated 10/31/2016

Update: Congrats to the Marching Aztecs for their performance this weekend, almost making the top 10 in a very competitive field. A detailed recap of results from prelims is available here.


The Aztec Marching Band will be in California competing at the BOA Regionals in Long Beach, CA from Friday, Oct. 28th through Sunday, Oct. 30th! More information, including a packing list, can be found in the updated detailed itinerary.




CDS Marching Band Invitational

9/19/2016

CDS
UPDATE:Thanks to all the great bands and the army of CDS volunteers that made this invitational such a great success! Results are available at the ABODA site.

Corona del Sol Marching Band is proud to host our second annual ABODA Invitational on Saturday, October 15th! Spectators use Knox Rd parking lot. Volunteers use Rural Rd parking lot. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children aged 6-13 and High School students. A total of 19 bands will be performing. Full schedule is available here.

CDS Parents: the success of this event can only happen with your help! We need volunteers for the day of the event in all areas: logistics, band hosts, hydration, etc., both Adult and Student Volunteers. We also have a need for donations (chips, soda, water, etc) and items to be borrowed (EZ-Up canopies, tables, chairs, etc). To sign up as an adult volunteer, or to donate an item, please see our online signup. Student volunteers can sign up here.

We are looking forward to seeing the bands, spectators and volunteers at the CdS Invitational. This amazing day starts with our awesome volunteers!

Also, you can pre-order invitational tickets and t-shirts at our online store.


CDS Concert: Saluting our Veterans

9/18/2016

CDS
We are excited to start our concert season this year with a Saluting our Veterans concert on Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00pm. Admission is $5 (veterans and military currently serving are free). The concert is veteran-themed and will feature Sousa and other well-loved American composers. All proceeds will be donated to local veteran charities. Pre-sale tickets are available at our online store. For more information, please see our flyer.




Band Camp Photo Fundraiser

8/16/2016

photos We are selling finished prints of our 2016 Band Camp Section photos! Proceeds from this fundraiser will support our general band expenses. Place your order via our online form by 9/2/16. Prints will be distributed at the September Booster meeting on 9/13/16. See all section photos available for sale on our photo site.
First Assignment for Concert Bands

8/1/2016

handbook
If you are a member of one of the concert bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Concert Band), please read the Concert Band Handbook and then fill out this online CDS Bands Information Form as soon as possible. Note: If you are a marching band member, you do not need to fill out this form (since you already have before band camp).



8/25/2016

Pikachu We are in need of your unwanted household and furniture items! Please collect together any unneeded possessions and save them for our percussion garage sale, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 3 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:
-- Monday, Aug. 29 - During the night rehearsal (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
-- Wednesday, Aug. 31 - After school (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
-- Friday, Sept. 2 - After school (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm; 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm).

Please drop off items at the teacher's parking lot off of Knox road.




Band Camp Concert

7/18/2016

TAs a reminder, parents must pick up their student(s) from Band Camp on Saturday, July 23, at Pine Summit Camp in Prescott [map]. Attend the Camp BBQ from 11am-12pm if you've pre-purchased BBQ tickets, or bring your own lunch. The concert begins at 12:30pm. Please do not arrive earlier than 10:00am so that the students' morning activities are not disturbed. Transportation is not provided back to Tempe. Please attend the camp concert or make arrangements for your student(s) to ride home with another family.





7/13/2016

Update: We've uploaded two documents that might be of interest: the Band Camp Daily Schedule and the Presentation [large PDF] from Saturday morning's meeting.

Attention new and returning marching band families: the Band Camp Meeting is Saturday, July 16. Attendance is mandatory. Schedule: 8:00am for new members and anyone needing to try on marching shoes and gloves for size; 9:30am for everyone -- parents and students.

Band boosters will be selling booster wear, collecting band booster membership fees, and taking glove and shoe orders. They will also cheerfully answer any questions you may have, just ask. Mr. DuPlessis and Mr. Werner will cover camp information, including student conduct expectations.

Transportation to the camp will be provided. Truck crews will begin loading the trucks at 7:30am on Monday. All students should arrive at Corona on Monday by 9:00am to start loading luggage (please review the packing list). Don't forget your hat, sunglasses, water bottle, and music binder. Students will depart for Prescott at about 9:30am. We will stop at Prescott Gateway Mall for lunch (bring money!) and will ultimately arrive at camp around noon.

Attend the 12:30pm Pine Summit Camp performance on Saturday, July 23. The BBQ will take place from 11am to noon. Remember that parents will need to provide transportation of their students back from camp [map]. We recommend bringing folding chairs and the like for watching the concert.

Marching Band Shoe Orders

7/13/2016

Order this season's hottest trend, the MTX marching shoe, on Saturday, July 16th at 8:00am in the CdS auditorium. The MTX is designed for hardcore marching and is in a class of its own with rugged endurance, extreme stability, comfort, feel, and contemporary styling. Uniform managers will be on hand to answer any questions. Shoe and glove samples will be available to try on. Remember to order new shoes if you've outgrown your old pair. Music flip folders, replacement water bottles, and extra show shirts can also be ordered at this time also.

Cash or checks only accepted at this meeting. Orders may be placed and paid for online via Square. Square pricing is 5% higher to cover processing fees. All orders due Friday, 7/29/16. Download an order form here.



Band Camp 2016!

updated 5/13/16

UPDATE: Help us make Band Camp a success by donating some necessities that keep our kids going! Items can be brought to the Band Room (C169) during the school year or during summer practice, but are needed at the very latest by June 29, 2016 at the last summer rehearsal. If you can help out, please see our Band Camp Wish List. Thanks!


Corona del Sol's Band Camp will take place this year from Monday, July 18 to Saturday, July 23 at Pine Summit Camp in Prescott. If your student is attending, here is what you will need to do:

Step 1: Fill out the online form for your student.

Step 2: Download, print, read, and fill out the appropriate portions of the paperwork [PDF, 2.5MB].

Step 3: Send in payment to Corona del Sol (March 31 deadline for $400 "early-bird" price, $450 after March 31). This may be paid through a tax credit, as discussed in the packet.

Step 4: Turn in all paperwork (including physicals and medical clearance forms) by May 6, 2016.

Additional information will be provided as we get closer to the July date.

Band Car Wash - Parent Helpers Needed (Saturday, May 7th)

5/2/2016

car wash

Our Car Wash is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, and we are looking for a few individuals to help make this a successful event! Students do the actual car washing, but we do need some parent volunteers to supervise and guide the students to ensure great quality control! We are also looking for one Lead Parent Volunteer who can help oversee all the setup and parent volunteer coordination. We will need to borrow a few items, hoses, etc., and would like to get a few snack donations to help power the kids! Please see our Sign Up here.



ABODA All-State Band/Orchestra

3/14/16

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the All-State auditions this past weekend! Here are the results: Amanda Xu (Flute, Band 1st Part); Thomas Desrosiers (Clarinet, Orchestra 1st Part, and top score in the state!); Debashish Biswas (Clarinet, Band 1st Part); Julia Qiu (Clarinet, Band 1st Part); Spencer Pote (Percussion, Orchestra); Katie Bradshaw (Piccolo, 1st Alternate).
Band Council Applications for 2016-2017

2/3/2016

Students: Are you interested in trying out for drum major or section leader and/or being part of the Corona del Sol Band Council next year? If so, fill out the online application form, available here.

Butter Braid Fundraiser

updated 3/3/2016

Update: If your student participated in the Butter Braid fundraiser, the Butter Braids will be available for pickup Thursday, March 3rd after school near the band room. Please ensure that you have arrangements to pick these up, as they must remain frozen, and the school has no area to hold product not picked up. Thanks!

Our Butter Braid fundraiser is under way! These tasty Butter Braid Pastries are $12 each, with about $5 of that going the student's account. Order forms are available in the Band Room, or online here. Money and orders are due to Mr. DuPlessis by February 23, and the frozen braids will be delivered March 3. Checks should be made out to "CDS Band Boosters."

Garage Sale!

1/26/2016

Pikachu Pikachu is waiting for you at the Percussion Garage Sale on Saturday, February 13, 6am - 12pm. Donations are much appreciated and can be dropped off on Monday, Feb 8 - 2:30-3:30pm, Tuesday, Feb 9 2:30-4:30pm and 6:30pm - 7pm (before band booster meeting), and Friday, Feb 12, 2:30-4:30pm. Clean out your garage and help 6th hour percussion go to WGI Nationals in Dayton, OH.



Regional Honor Band and Orchestra

updated 2/21/2016

Congratulations to all our Corona Band students who worked hard preparing for their regional honor band and orchestra auditions, and congratulations to all the students who successfully made it in! And thanks to all the students and parents who volunteered! Results are presented in two spreadsheets: Orchestra Results, and Band Results.

Tempe Youth Band

12/1/2015



Do you want to join an "All-Star" band in the Tempe/Chandler area? Are you a 7th or 8th Grade student interested in playing and learning from awesome high school band students? Do you want to have fun? If so, Tempe Youth Band is for you! The Tempe Youth Band is an honor band hosted at Corona del Sol High School and is directed by David DuPlessis and Alex Holste, the band directors at Corona del Sol High School. We rehearse once a week starting in January and perform challenging music at a special concert in February. You will have the opportunity to play alongside the best musicians from Corona del Sol, who will serve as mentors and section leaders. You will also get to meet new friends from other middle schools and prepare yourself better for high school band! Any 7th or 8th Grade student that is playing in their middle school band is eligible to join. The application and additional information can be found here. Deadline for applying: Tuesday, December 15th.


Tax Credit Time!

12/1/2015

Did you know that over 400 students participate in the Band and Percussion Programs at Corona del Sol High School. They discover their potential and grow close to others who desire the same goals. They strive for excellence every day and learn to become champions in life. You've just seen this in action with another amazing marching band season! There is a way you can help this amazing and worthwhile program, and at the same time help yourself, your friends, neighbors, and relatives to a $400 Arizona State tax credit! Any Arizona resident can donate. They do not need to have a student at Corona del Sol or any other Tempe school! Ask everyone you know to designate their tax credit dollars to go directly to the Corona del Sol Band Program--$200 for per individual tax return or $400 if married filing jointly. Come tax time, the donation will be credited the amount donated dollar for dollar. Please download the Tax Credit Donation Form, available here.

National Merit Semifinalists

11/25/2015


Congratulations to all the National Merit Semifinalists from TUHSD, including our very own CDS percussion/band members Anuja Oke, Jason Juang, Joshua Reyes, Julia Schroder, and Varun Pattalachinti!


2015 Hot Chocolate Run!

10/26/2015

Water to go! It's time to help out with the the much-anticipated Hot Chocolate Run, which takes place on Sunday, Dec 6th. Volunteers will generally work from 5:00 AM to noon, and will help set up the finish line water station, pass out water and Gatorade to runners, and clean up their respective stations after the race. Color Guard will also have a separate station, so if you are Color Guard, please sign up in that section of the Sign Up. The band gets a significant donation for helping out with this event. All family members and friends (even non-band friends!) aged 12+ are invited to sign up. All volunteers will get Hot Chocolate Volunteer gear for helping. To volunteer, please fill out this online form.


Join the Adult Steel Band!

12/9/2015

We are looking for fun (but not necessarily musically talented) adults to join the Corona del Sol Adult Steel Band. In this band, owning a Hawaiian shirt is more important than having a sense of rhythm. If you're interested, please fill out the sign-up form (including rehearsal schedule) available here. The cost for joining is just $50, and you can pay via our online store.
Harkins Fundraiser

9/15/2015

It's always movie time! Earn money for your student's band account by selling Harkins gift cards and loyalty cups! The gift cards will be sold for $25.00 each with $2.50 going to the student's account. Cups will be sold for $5.25 each with $1.00 going to the student's account. Order forms with payment are due by Nov. 20th and can be turned in to Mr. DuPlessis or Emily Manning. Items can be picked up at the December 9th Holiday Concert. A voucher will be given for each cup, which can be then traded at any Harkins theatre for the 2016 loyalty cup.


Holiday Concert and Dinner

12/1/2015

Please join us for the Holiday Concert and Dinner on Wednesday, December 9th! The dinner, which is catered by Rigatony's, takes place in the CDS cafeteria from 5:00-6:30pm, and the concert begins at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Please submit your dinner orders (via the order form) by December 2nd. We are also looking for some volunteers to help out before the concert. If you are available, please sign up here.


State Marching Championship

updated 11/17/2015

Update: Congratulations to the Marching Aztecs for taking home third place in the very competitive Division I ABODA finals (just 0.04 points behind second place!). A complete recap of scores is available here.

The ABODA State Marching Championship take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at Glendale Community College. The Aztecs perform at 8:15PM, and awards will be presented at 9:15PM. More information for band members is available here. ABODA has posted a detailed schedule of all band performances for the day.

Here's a quick recap of the band's scores for 2015:
09/26/2015 Desert Vista Invitational: 70.20 (1st Place, Div. I)
10/03/2015 Gilbert Invitational: 76.58 (1st Place, Div. I)
10/24/2015 Bands of America Southern CA Regional: 71.05 (8th place at Finals)
10/17/2015 Corona del Sol Invitational: 76.72 (1st Place, Div. I)
10/31/2015 Mountain View Invitational: 88.48 (1st Place, Div. I)
11/07/2015 ABODA State Marching Festival: 90.03 (Superior with Distinction)


2015 Band Portraits

11/10/2015

The 2015 Band Portraits may be found here. Portrait orders are now being accepted for Group Photos, Individual Portraits, Friends and Fun, and Senior Night Family Photos.

Please download this form, and submit it with your payment to Mr. DuPlessis or Mr. Werner by Friday, November 13. Photos will be delivered at the Marching Band Awards on Friday, November 20. All proceeds will benefit the Marching Band.


Bands of America Regional

10/26/2015


Congratulations to the Marching Aztecs for their performance at the Bands of America Regionals in Long Beach, CA. They placed in the top 10 and advanced to Finals, winning 8th place overall! Full competition results are available here.
2015 Score Recap:
Desert Vista Invitational: 70.20 (1st Place, Div. I)
Gilbert Invitational: 76.58 (1st Place, Div. I)
Bands of America Southern California Regional: 71.05 (8th place at Finals)
Corona del Sol Invitational: 76.72 (1st Place, Div. I)
Mountain View Invitational: 88.48 (1st Place, Div. I)


Poinsettia Fundraiser

9/15/2015


We know that it is only September, but we're happy to announce that our annual Poinsettia Fundraiser is in progress. These beautiful, red poinsettias are $11 each, with a significant percentage of sales going to your student's band account. Pre-order today! The due date for payment is October 26th, and the poinsettias will be available for pick-up on December 9th after the Holiday Concert. For more information, please see the order form.





updated 10/18/2015

Update: Thanks to all the volunteers (more than 200!) who helped make the CDS Marching Band Invitational such a great success. And congratulations to all the participating bands. Here's a recap of the top five Division I scores: (1) Corona del Sol, 76.72; (2) Highland, 76.55; (3) Desert Vista, 76.38; (4) Sandra Day O'Connor, 71.82; (5) Boulder Creek, 68.69.

Join us for the 2015 Corona del Sol Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, October 17th! This ABODA-sanctioned event will place at Corona del Sol High School and will feature more than twenty high school marching bands from all around Arizona. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, and free for children 4 and under. Gates open at noon, and bands begin to take the field at 1:30pm. Please see the detailed schedule for a list of band performance times and award ceremonies.

Fresh as a Daisy? Nope.

10/11/2015

Mid-Season Dry Cleaning Instructions


When: Between the CDS Invitational and Thursday, October 22nd. Students will bring home their marching uniforms after the CDS Invitational. All uniforms are due back Thursday, 10/22, so we can load them on the travel racks for the Friday, 10/23 California trip.

What: Uniform jacket and pants. Remove overlay before taking the jacket and pants to the dry cleaner. Spot clean overlays and gauntlets with Shout Wipe & Go stain remover wipes if they are stained. Clean out dirt and grass from inside the uniform bag. It's fine to store clean socks and gloves in uniform bag but do not put shoes in uniform bags. Check buttons and snaps and re-stitch if needed.

Who: Parents are responsible for this cleaning.

Where: You may take the jacket and pants to any dry cleaner. AHWATUKEE CLEANERS, a green, non-perc, dry cleaner, offers the band a discounted rate of $8. Address: 5009 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044 (Behind the Original Burrito Company). Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm, closed Sun. Phone: (480) 893-9637. DISCOUNT CLEANERS is offering a discounted rate of $6. Address: 1730 E. Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284, NW corner of Elliot & McClintock. Phone: (480) 839-7787. PARK AVE CLEANERS donated their services and cleaned our uniforms this summer. Their discounted rate is $5. Please consider taking your uniforms there if you work near Indian School and 36th St. Phone: (602) 957-9277. Drop off uniforms by Tuesday for Wednesday pick-up. Additional cost for same-day service.



Invitational Volunteers


updated 10/15/2015

We could still use a few more volunteers to help out with with the CDS Invitational. If you are able to help out, please visit our online volunteer form. There is also a sign-up for Middle School and High School kids available here.


Concert Band Handbook and Agreement

8/3/2015

First assignment of the semester! Students enrolled in a concert band or percussion class (other than Marching Band members) please read the new CDS Aztec Bands Handbook. After you and your parents have read the handbook, please fill out the online Information & Agreement Form by Friday, August 7th. Marching Band Members need not fill out this form, as they already did so prior to Band Camp.


Band Camp 2015! (7/20-7/25)

updated 7/27/2015



Update: Thanks to everyone who made Band Camp such a great success. It's going to be an amazing season! Check out some of the images from the last day of camp. Also take a look at the excellent section photos.
2015 CDS Marching Band Season: The Teaser Trailer

5/21/2015

We are happy to announce the theme of the 2015 CDS Marching Band show, "The Sound of Silence," inspired by Charlie Chaplin and the music of the silent film era!

2015 Show Trailer from CdS Band Boosters on Vimeo.


posted 7/16/2015



Attention new and returning marching band families: the Band Camp Meeting is Saturday, July 18. Attendance is mandatory.

8:00am for new members and anyone needing new marching shoes and gloves.

9:30am for everyone -- parents and students.

Band boosters will be selling booster wear, taking band camp family BBQ orders, and taking glove and shoe orders. They will cheerfully answer any questions you may have, too. Mr. DuPlessis and Mr. Werner will cover camp information, including student conduct expectations. Also, the CDS Color Guard is having an awesome Clothing Drive Fundraiser during the meeting.

Transportation to the camp will be provided. Students should arrive at Corona on Monday at 6:23am to start loading luggage (please review the packing list). Don't forget your hat, sunglasses, water bottle, and music binder. Roll call will be at 6:50am in the CDS Band Room, and the students will depart for Prescott at about 7:15am. Students will stop at Prescott Gateway Mall for lunch (bring money!) and will ultimately arrive at camp around noon.

Attend the 12:30pm Pine Summit Camp performance on Saturday, July 25. The BBQ will take place from 11am to noon. Remember that parents will need to provide transportation of their students back from camp [map]. We recommend bringing folding chairs and the like for watching the concert.

Marching Band Shoe Orders

posted 7/16/2015

Order this season's hottest trend, the MTX marching shoe, on Saturday, July 18th at 8:00am in the CdS auditorium. The MTX is designed for hardcore marching and is in a class of its own with rugged endurance, extreme stability, comfort, feel and contemporary styling. Uniform managers will be on hand to take your orders and answer any questions. Shoe and glove samples will be available to try on. Remember to order new shoes if you've outgrown your old pair. Shoes are $40.00 and gloves are $4.00 per pair. Music flip folders can also be ordered at this time. Cash or checks accepted. Download an order form here.
Corona Bands Information Form & Agreement

4/30/2015

Please see the Information Form and Discipline Agreement, which applies to all band and percussion members. If your student is in Marching Band, this form needs to be submitted online by May 18th. This is the form referenced in the Band Camp materials. Thanks!
Message from Mr. DuPlessis and
Mr. Werner re the Pops Concert

5/12/2015

Band and Percussion Families,

We are all very shaken by today's events on campus. Our administration communicated that our lockdown procedure went as planned as soon as there was danger and students were not at risk because of the training of the teachers and staff and their quick response to the situation.

In light of today's events, and in consultation with our school administration and Band Booster board, we have decided to cancel tonight's Pops Concert for band and percussion. We know many families and students will need time to process and heal.

Because of the busy time of year, with final exams coming up as well as family commitments, it has proven impossible to reschedule the concert. We plan on celebrating the year's successes with students during class on Monday and presenting the awards at that time. We know this is not an ideal situation, but we hope you understand the situation and decision-making process.

There have been so many positive things to celebrate with the band, percussion, and guard programs this year - including the Super Bowl performances, the Winter Guard competing at the WGI World Championships, the wonderful concerts, and the numerous achievements of the Aztec Marching Band. We have an amazing group of seniors who have accomplished great things here at Corona and will continue to excel in their lives as they leave us. We are saddened that this event has happened near the end of their time at Corona, but we will celebrate their achievements as we head in to graduation next week.

-- Mr. DuPlessis & Mr. Werner

Further note: The marching band practice scheduled for Friday, 5/15/2015, has been cancelled, and the New Parents presentation will be rescheduled for later this month.
Jazz Band / Steel Band Concert and Fundraiser, with Special Guest Liam Teague!

4/14/2015

UPDATE: Check out this clip of the Steel Band performing for Fox10 News yesterday!

Please join us for our upcoming Jazz Band and Steel Band Concert on May 1st, 2015, 7:00pm, at Corona del Sol High School. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or from band/percussion students. Also, a ticket order form is available here.

We are happy to announce that our Guest Soloist will be Liam Teague, a performer hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan" and who currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University. Teague has received many awards in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago and has won of a number of notable competitions, such as the Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Festival Solo Championship and the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artiste Competition.

We are fortunate to have him join us for this concert; he has performed with a wide range of prominent ensembles, including the Taiwan National Symphony, the Czech National Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Panama National Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Vermeer String Quartet, the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, the Nexus, the TCL Group Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra, the BPTT Renegades Steelband, and the Starlift Steel Orchestra. To date, Teague has recorded eight compact discs.
All-State Band and Orchestra

4/20/15

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the All-State Orchestra and Band Festival this weekend!


Those who participated in the All-State Band are, left to right, Thomas Desrosiers, Amanda Xu, Jinoh Lee, Spencer Pote, Andrew Waldman, Erin Pelley, Emily Smith, Debashish Biswas, Nick Richards, and Jisung Woo.
WGAZ Color Guard Circuit Championships

3/30/2015

Congratulations to the Corona del Sol Color Guard for winning their fourth straight state championship in the Scholastic A National category! Full results for the event are available here.

HoneyBaked Ham Fundraiser

3/4/2015

Support your band student by purchasing a HoneyBaked Ham! HoneyBaked Ham products taste great, last a long time for leftovers the next week, are economical, and did we mention they taste good? Proceeds will be deposited into individual student funds to help pay for band camp or trips next year. Print out the flyer and turn it in by March 27th either at the Booster Meeting, the Percussion Concerts, or by contacting Jill Maurer Deliveries can be picked up Thursday night, April 2nd.

Butter Braid Fundraiser

3/4/2015

Update: The Butter Braid Pastries will be delivered on Monday, March 30 after school. Pastries must remain frozen.

Our Butter Braid fundraiser is under way! These tasty Butter Braid Pastries are $12 each, with about $5 of that going the student's account. Order forms are available in the Band Room. Money and orders are due to Mr. DuPlessis by March 20, and the frozen braids will be delivered March 30. Checks should be made out to "CDS Band Boosters."

ABODA All-State Band/Orchestra

3/16/15

Congratulations to everyone who tried out for All-State! Here are the results: Amanda Xu (Flute); Debashish Biswas (Clarinet); Erin Pelley (Clarinet); Jisung Woo (Clarinet); Nick Richards (Clarinet); Thomas Desrosiers (Clarinet); Emily Smith (Clarinet); Jinoh Lee (Horn); Andrew Waldman (Percussion); Spencer Pote (Percussion).
WGI Color Guard Regionals

3/16/15

Congratulations to the Corona del Sol Color Guard! They received second place in the "Scholastic A" category at the Phoenix Regional Finals this weekend. Full results are available here.

Marching Band DVD/Blu-ray

2/23/2015

The Marching Band DVD/Blu-ray for the 2014-2015 season is coming soon! For paid Band Booster members, a DVD is included with your membership. If you paid your dues and want a DVD, then no action is required on your part. The video quality on the Blu-ray disk is far superior to the DVD, however, so if you have a Blu-ray player we highly recommended that you choose Blu-ray over DVD. The DVD includes the following material: Main Feature (multi-camera version of the Parent Performance, photo slideshow, and interviews), Montage (a progression of the show from Band Camp through Super State), Band Camp Concert, Seniors, and additional show performances from throughout the season. Due to the larger data capacity of Blu-ray, the Blu-ray has everything included on the DVD plus some additional show performances. If you did not pay membership dues, then your first disk (either format) is $30 and additional disks are $15. Orders are due by March 3, and disks will be delivered in late March. Please see our online order form.


CDS XLIX


2/1/2015

Congratulations to all the CDS students who took part in Super Bowl half-time activities! We had about 160 kids from the Corona band and percussion programs dancing along with Katy Perry, while 55 students from the steel drum band played outside the stadium. Thanks to all the chaperones who helped us out throughout the past two weeks, and of course thanks to all the supportive families who accommodated our long rehearsal hours!





Join a Steel Band!

updated 12/15/2014

Corona del Sol Youth Steel Band
The Youth Steel Band is for middle school students who are involved in music programs at their school. We have four rehearsals and perform at the Corona del Sol Spring Percussion Concert. Learn the music of the islands on authentic steel drums! The sign-up form is available here.

Adult Steel Band
We're also looking for fun (but not necessarily musically talented) adults to join the Corona del Sol Adult Steel Band. With this event, owning a Hawaiian shirt is more important than having a sense of rhythm. If you're interested, you can find the sign-up form (including rehearsal schedule) here.

Percussion Garage Sale

2/16/2015

Our giant Percussion/Pit Garage Sale will take place Saturday, February 21 from 6am to 11am in the Knox teacher parking lot. Drop-off times: Feb. 17 from 6pm-7pm (before Booster meeting); Feb. 20 from 2:30-3:30pm and 6pm-8pm. Remember to tell all your friends and neighbors! We could also use some help with sorting/pricing, etc. For further details, please see the flyer.


Regional Honor Band and Orchestra

1/24/2015

Congratulations to all our Corona Band students who worked 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. And thanks to all the students and parents who volunteered! Results: fifty-one (51) students from Corona Band - woo hoo! Including: top piccolo score, top flute score, top oboe score, top clarinet score, top alto sax score, top tenor sax score, top bari sax score, and top horn score.

Katie Bradshaw - Piccolo - Orch Picc
Amanda Xu - Flute - Orch 1
Emma Mester - Flute - Band 1st part
Emily Brzezinski - Flute - Band 1st part
Katie Bradshaw - Flute - chose picc
Rachel Eisinger-Leavitt - Flute - Band 1st part
Brianna Orrill - Flute - Band 2nd part
Erin Pelley - Oboe - Orch 1
Daniel Bish - Oboe - Orch Eng. Horn
Amber Li - Oboe - Band 1st part
Anuja Oke - Oboe - Band 2nd part
Shazer Thwaits - Oboe - Band 2nd part
Thomas Desrosiers - Clarinet - Orch 1
Sonya Tao - Clarinet - Band 1st part
Erin Pelley - Clarinet - Chose Oboe
Jisung Woo - Clarinet - Band 1st part
Nicholas Richards - Clarinet - Band 1st part
Emily Smith - Clarinet - Band 1st part
Benjamin Couey - Clarinet - Band 1st part
Grant Jensen - Clarinet - Band 2nd part
Debashish Biswas - Clarinet - Band 3rd part
Natalie Hunt - Clarinet - Band 3rd part
Joshua Kim - Clarinet - Band 3rd part
Matthew Cheney - Clarinet - Alternate 1
Victoria Reid - Clarinet - Alternate 2
Nathan Carr - Bass Clarinet - Band
Ben Chen - Alto Sax - chose Bari
Matthew Richards - Alto Sax - Band 1st part
Adlar Tao - Alto Sax - Band 1st part
Mikaela Hatfield - Alto Sax - Band 2nd part
Ben Chen - Tenor Sax - Chose Bari
Ben Chen - Bari. Sax - Band Bari
Danny Mester - Trumpet - Band 2nd part
Alexis Payne - Trumpet - Band 2nd part
Joshua Reyes - Trumpet - Band 3rd part
Shaojia Zhao - Trumpet - Band 3rd part
James Miller - Trumpet - Band 3rd part
Austin Schalk - Trumpet - Alternate 1
Jinoh Lee - Horn - Orch 1
Daniel Lee - Horn - Band 1st part
Harrison Redmond - Horn - Band 4th part
Jarren McBride - Horn - Band 4th part
Alex Manning - Trombone - Orch 3
Alex Grimm - Euphonium BC - Band
Grant Mills - Tuba - Band
Kayleigh Porritt - Tuba - Band
Spencer Pote - Percussion - Orch
Andrew Waldman - Percussion - Band
Angelita Ponce - Percussion - Band
Joseph Askins - Percussion - Band
Julia Schroder - Percussion - Alternate
Band Council Applications

1/13/2015

Students: Are you interested in trying out to be drum major or section leader and/or be part of the Corona del Sol Band Council next year? If so, fill out the online application form, available here. The deadline to fill out the form is Feb. 6, 2015.
Popcornopolis Fundraiser

1/22/2015

Our awesome Popcornopolis Fundraiser is underway! We will be selling Popcornopolis Popcorn Cones and Baskets until Wednesday, Jan. 28th, with orders arriving on Friday, Feb. 13. Student accounts will receive approximagely 40% 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 Jan. 28th. For more information, please download the order form.
Schwan's Fundraiser

12/1/2014

If you enjoy Schwan's Home Service (and why wouldn't you?), you'll be happy to know that the CDS Winter Guard is in the middle of an online fundraiser in which Schwan's will give 20% back to CDS! This fundraiser runs until the first week of January. More information is available here.


2014 Hot Chocolate Run

updated 12/10/2014

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who came out to help with this fundraiser. Check out some of the photos from the event.

Water to go! It's time to help out with the the much-anticipated Hot Chocolate Run, which takes place on Sunday, Dec 7th. Volunteer time is from about 5 am to noon. Our Band Booster group gets a donation for our efforts! For those of you not familiar with this effort, we will be helping set up the Finish Line water station, passing out water and Gatorade to runners, and helping clean up our station after the race. Color Guard will also have a separate station so if you are Color Guard, please sign up in that section of the Sign Up. All family members and friends (even non-band friends!) aged 12+ are invited to sign up. The more the merrier! All volunteers will get Hot Chocolate Volunteer gear for helping. To volunteer, please fill out this online form.


Holiday Concert and Dinner

updated 12/1/2014

Update:We are looking for a number of volunteers to help with set-up, serving, etc. If you're available and would like to help out, please see the sign-up form.



Please join us for the Holiday Concert and Dinner on Tuesday, December 9th! The dinner, which is catered by Rigatony's, takes place in the CDS cafeteria from 5:00-6:30pm, and the concert begins at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Please submit your dinner orders (via the order form) by Tuesday, December 2nd.



Harkins Fundraiser

updated 11/14/2014

Update: Due to additional demand, this fundraiser has been extended to November 24th. Also, amount going to student account has been updated (slightly less).

It's always movie time! Earn money for your student's band account by selling Harkins gift cards and loyalty cups! The gift cards will be sold for $25.00 each with $2.25 going to the student's account. Cups will be sold for $5 with $0.75 going to the student's account. Order forms with payment are due by Nov. 24th and can be turned in to Mr. Duplessis or Emily Manning. Items will be delivered before the winter break. A voucher will be given for each cup, which can be then traded at any Harkins theatre for the 2015 loyalty cup.


Pampered Chef Fundraiser

11/26/2014

Complete your Holiday Shopping and support the Corona Band program all at once! We are running an on-line Pampered Chef show with amazing new Fall and Winter products. Shop from the comfort of your own home. Online orders will be taken Nov 18 - 30, 2014, with pick up between Dec 15 - 18 - right before the Holiday Break. For details, see the Pampered Chef Flyer. Get a FREE product from the Pampered Chef with a $75 or more product purchase. Every order will be entered into a lottery to win a FREE Deep Covered Baker - a $88 value!.


2014 Band Portraits

10/22/2014

The 2014 Band Portraits may be found here. Portrait orders are now being accepted for Group Photos, Individual Portraits, Friends and Fun, and Senior Night Family Photos. Please download this form, and submit it with your payment to Mr. DuPlessis or Mr. Werner by Monday, November 10. Photos will be delivered Tuesday, November 18. All proceeds will benefit the Band Boosters.


Volunteer!

8/18/2014

We had a number of parents volunteer through the "Pick your Pleasure" form that was distributed with the Band Camp packet. Thanks! Another way to volunteer is to indicate which events and/or support roles you might be interested in via this handy on-line form. A list of the myriad tasks and events that people typically help out with is available here.


ABODA State Marching Band Championship

updated 11/17/2014

Update: Congratulations to the Marching Aztecs for receiving third place at the very competitive ABODA Championships, right behind Sandra Day O'Connor and Desert Vista. It was a great season!

It's hard to believe, but the 2014 marching band season is almost over! The Aztecs will present their Parents Performance this Friday at 8:00pm, and on Saturday, November 15th, at Glendale Community College, they will be competing in the ABODA State Marching Band Championship (call time is 4:30pm; Corona performs at 8:15pm). Please see the detailed schedule for more information.


2014 Williams Field Invitational

10/5/2014

Congratulations to the Marching Aztecs for their great performance at the Williams Field Invitational. CDS received third place in Division I and also won the Auxiliary Caption (Color Guard). Full results are available here.

Fresh as a Daisy? Nope.

updated10/22/2014

Mid-Season Dry Cleaning Instructions


When: Between ASU Band Day and October 31st football game. Students will bring home their marching uniforms after ASU Band Day. All uniforms are due back Friday, October 31st, 3:45pm. Students must be in uniform prior to 4:15pm call time.
What: Uniform jacket and pants. Remove overlay before taking the jacket and pants to the dry cleaner. Spot clean overlays and gauntlets with Shout Wipe & Go stain remover wipes if they are stained. Clean out dirt and grass from inside the uniform bag. It's fine to store clean socks and gloves in uniform bag but do not put shoes in uniform bags. Check buttons and snaps and re-stitch if needed.
Who: Parents are responsible for this cleaning.
Where: You may take the jacket and pants to any dry cleaner. AHWATUKEE CLEANERS offers the band a discounted rate. Mention Corona del Sol Marching Band to receive the special $8 rate. Address: 5009 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044 (Behind the Original Burrito Company). Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm Sat, closed Sun. Phone: (480)893-9637. PARK AVE CLEANERS donated their services and cleaned our uniforms this summer. Please consider taking your uniforms there if you work near Indian School and 36th St. Phone: (602) 957-9277.


2014 Desert Vista Invitational

10/5/2014


Congratulations to the Marching Aztecs for their great performance at the Desert Vista Invitational. Check out Susan's split screen video. Corona received second place overall and won the Visual Performance Caption! Final scores in Division I:

1. 79.30 Desert Vista
2. 77.80 Corona del Sol
3. 73.89 Mountain View
4. 73.18 Dobson
5. 72.39 O'Connor
6. 65.93 Millennium
7. 62.99 Boulder Creek

Caption awards: Music Performance: Desert Vista; Visual Performance: Corona del Sol; General Effect: Desert Vista; Auxiliary: Desert Vista; Percussion: O'Connor.

Individual Marching Band Portraits

9/16/2014

Individual Marching Band Portraits will be taken on Monday, September 22, and Tuesday, September 23. Although only Seniors are required to have portraits taken (for their Senior Night badges), all band members are encouraged to have portraits taken. Full band, section, and friends photos will be taken on Group Photo Day - October 15. Please use our online form to sign up for a time.

Invitational Volunteers Needed!

9/22/2014

We are in urgent need of volunteers for the big CDS Marching Band Invitational that takes place on Sept. 29, 2014. We particularly need help with parking and setup. Parking involves helping direct the vehicles from the visiting bands into the Knox Road parking lot, and set-up includes, you guessed it, setting up tables and chairs at the volunteer areas, erecting three shade covers, and placing signage around campus. If you can help, please sign up here.

Sharp Dressed Band

9/15/2014


Thank you to everyone who helped outfit the band. Tireless uniform managers: Alex Grimm, Angelita Ponce, Danielle Leon, Donnelle Mills, Erin Radeztsky, Noah Livingston, Emily Smith, and Katherine Maurer. Talented uniform alterations volunteers: Chenming Chen, Cindy Lyons, Linda Widmar, Jill Burkis, Mary Radeztsky, Peggy Cheney, and RuthAnne Jager. Expert dry cleaner: David Mitchelson of Park Avenue Cleaners. Thanks also to Patti Logsdon's Uniform Check-In team!

The uniform room needs black sock donations. They don't have to be new, or even matching, just clean. We've handed out more than two dozen pairs this season and the emergency sock drawer is empty. Thanks bunches! - Fran Pote, Marching Uniform Chair


Invitational Program Ads

updated 8/25/2014

UPDATE: The Invitation date has been changed to September 29th (from the 30th)

The 2014 CDS Invitational takes place on Monday, September 29th, and we are selling ad space within the program for the event. If you know of any local establishments that might be interested, or if you want to enter a personal ad for a student or instrumental section, please see the Ad Form. There is also a Ad Flyer that you can distribute to others who might be interested. The deadline to submit an advertisement is Friday, September 12th.


Welcome, New Band Parents!

5/13/2014

If you're a new band parent, you will definitely want to check out the excellent presentation that Jill Maurer put together, which is available here.


Band Camp Photo Orders

8/5/2014

The band is offering prints of the Band Camp Section Photos for sale! All proceeds will benefit the Band Boosters. If you would like to purchase one or more of these professional quality prints, please submit your order via the on-line form by Friday, August 22. Photos will be delivered at the August 26 Band Booster Meeting. A check payable to "CdS Band Boosters" can be brought to the next Band Booster Meeting.


Concert Band Handbook, Agreement Form, and Honors Credit

8/4/2014

First assignment of the semester! Students enrolled in Mr. DuPlessis's concert band classes (1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th hour classes), please read the new Concert Band Handbook. After you and your parents have read the handbook, please fill out the online Handbook Agreement form by Friday, August 8th.


Also, students in 1st and 6th Hour bands may sign up for honors credit by Friday, August 8th (honors credit not available for 2nd/5th hour classes). More information is available here.
Band Camp!

updated 7/21/2014

UPDATE: Be sure to check out our Twitter page and photo albums from time to time during the week to see any photos of the campers that we've received.

The CDS Marching Aztecs will be at band camp from Sunday, July 20th to Saturday, July 26th at Camp Tontozona [ map | directions ]. If you're curious about what goes on during the week, take a look at some of our great photos from last year. If you've misplaced any of your band camp info, an electronic version of the packet (sans blue card and physical form) is available here [zip file].

Students should arrive on Sunday at 1:00pm to start loading luggage (please review the packing list). Don't forget your hat, sunglasses, water bottle, and music binder. Roll call will be at 1:30pm in the CDS Band Room, and the students will depart for Payson at about 2:00pm.

Remember also that there is a mandatory meeting for parents and students on Saturday, July 19th at 9:00am. Marching Band shoe orders will be taken prior to the meeting, starting at 8:00am (see details in news item below). We will also be accepting clothes for the clothing drive.

The band will perform around noon on the last day of Band Camp (Saturday, July 26th), and the BBQ will take place from 11am to noon, right before the concert. Remember that parents will need to provide transportation of their students back from camp. We recommend bringing folding chairs and the like for watching the concert.

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Band Booster Board for 2014-2015

4/23/2014

Please welcome your Band Booster Board elect for the next academic year, elected on 4/22/2014 by unanimous vote!

- President: Pam Brink
- Vice President: Ianet Molina
- Secretary: Mary Vaughan
- Treasurer: Marci Wade
- Communications: Dan Pote


Marching Band Shoe Orders

7/11/2014

Order this season's hottest trend, the MTX marching shoe, on Saturday, July 19th at 8:00am in the CdS auditorium. The MTX is designed for hardcore marching and is in a class of its own with rugged endurance, extreme stability, comfort, feel and contemporary styling. Uniform managers will be on hand to take your orders and answer any questions. Shoe and glove samples will be available to try on. Remember to order new shoes if you've outgrown your old pair. Shoes are $40.00 and gloves are $4.00 per pair. Music flip folders can also be ordered at this time. Cash or checks accepted. Download an order form here

2014 Band Camp BBQ

6/18/2014

Be sure to join us for lunch on the last day of Band Camp (Saturday, July 26th). The BBQ will take place from 11am to noon, right before the concert. Meals are only 7$ each, and payment should be submitted along with the BBQ Order Form by July 19th. See you there!

Important Info re Band Camp Forms

6/20/2014

In addition to the forms you have already filled out for Band Camp, two more are required. First, every student needs to fill out this Online Food Allergy Form, even if the student does not have any food allergies. This allows us to make sure we account for everyone. Second, there is a NEW Camp Release of Liability Form required by Camp Tontozona. Families should print this form out and send it in with their students to the next summer rehearsal (or send it to Corona Band, 1001 E. Knox Road, Tempe, AZ 85284). Also, this is a gentle reminder that all physicals and blue medical cards are due by July 1st. Thanks.

2014 Marching Band Show

5/16/2014

As was revealed at the Pops Concert, the 2014 Marching Band theme will be "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires," and will include music based on the nuevo tango work of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla in addition to Vivaldi's well-known concertos. Check out the trailer!


CDS Winter Guard Video

6/3/2014

A great video of the CDS Winter Guard performing at the 2014 WGAZ Circuit Championships is now available here. Check it out!

Marching Band Uniform Measurements

5/28/2014

New and returning Marching Band members: if you will be around Friday morning (5/30) for instrument check-out, stop by the uniform room to be measured for your marching uniform. We need fresh measurements from everyone so we can optimize our inventory before making uniform assignments. If you are not able to be measured Friday morning, there will be additional measuring sessions during summer rehearsals. Uniform fittings and assignments will begin mid-June.


WGI World Championships

4/23/2014

Congratulations to CDS Percussion for receiving the People's Choice award at the WGI World Championships in Dayton! Check out some of the great pictures from the event.


WGAZ Championships

3/31/2014

Congratulations to the Guard and Percussion groups for their great performances at the WGAZ Championships! First place for the guard in the Scholastic A category, and first place for percussion in both Open and World Percussion categories. Full results here.
Honeybaked Ham Sale

3/24/2014

Our band will soon be selling Honeybaked Hams for pick up on Friday, April 18th, without the long line at the ham store. Distribution will take place via a Booster member house. With this fundraiser, 15% of sales will go to the students' personal accounts. Orders will have to be placed from March 31st to April 8th. The order form with more details is available here.
ABODA All-State Band/Orchestra

3/8/2014

Congratulations to everyone who tried out for All-State! Here are the results:

Amanda Xu - flute
Thomas Desrosiers - clarinet
Sonya Tao - clarinet
Erin Pelley - clarinet (also made oboe!)
Luc Tieu - clarinet
Bryce Manning - horn
Jinoh Lee - horn
Kudos!

3/3/2014

On Saturday, March 1st, The Color Guard and percussion groups attended the WGI Phoenix Regional. The Color Guard placed 2nd with a score of 75.39. The Open Percussion Group placed 1st with a score of 74.3, and the World Percussion Group placed 1st with a score of 80.1. Also, at the Area Festival held last week, the Wind Ensemble received a Superior, the Symphonic Band received an Excellent (though one of the judges gave them a superior), and Concert Band received an Excellent.

Butter Braid Fundraiser

3/4/2013

Our Butter Braid fundraiser is under way! These tasty Butter Braid Pastries are $12 each, with about $5 of that going the student's account. The order form is available here. Money and orders are due to Mr. DuPlessis by March 21st, and the frozen braids will be delivered April 2nd at 1:15pm. Checks should be made out to "CDS Band Boosters."

Band Booster Executive Committee 2014-2015

2/18/2014

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2014-2015 Band Booster Executive Committee. If you are interested in serving on the board or would like to recommend someone for the board, please fill out the online form. The Nominating Committee will contact everyone who expresses interest to provide them with more information and determine their willingness to serve. A slate of candidates will be presented at the March Band Booster Meeting. Officers are elected to one-year terms. However, some candidates would ideally be willing to serve more than one year and would consider serving as the President the following year. For your reference, a list of duties of each position is available here. Several committee chair and co-chair positions are coming available as well. Contact Pam Brink for more information regarding these chair positions.


Band Council Applications

2/13/2014

NO ALT TEXT! YOLO! Applications for Band Council have been received! Results will be posted on Friday, March 7, at the end of the school day.





Regional Honor Band and Orchestra

1/25/2014

Congratulations to all our Corona Band students who worked so hard preparing for their Regional Honor Band and Orchestra Auditions! Here are the results. Mr. DuPlessis will have music to pass out and more information next week during class.

We had 57 band students make it in (and 10 alternates), the most in the West Region, by far. 10 Corona band students also received the highest scores on their instruments in the region. Students selected will receive music folders and score sheets on Monday, and will rehearse on Feb. 14 and 15 at Central HS, with a special concert on Feb. 15 at 3 pm.

Amanda Xu - Band Flute 1st part
Emma Mester - Band Flute 1st part
Emily Brzezinski - Band Flute 2nd part
Angela Fu - Band Flute 2nd part
Ali Angelo - Band Flute 2nd part
Katie Bradshaw - Band Flute 2nd part
Erin Pelley - Band Oboe 1st part
Daniel Bish - Band Oboe 2nd part
Amber Li - Band Oboe 2nd part
Max Butler - Orchestra Bassoon 1
Rajeev Chhetri - Band Bassoon 2nd part
Andrew Xi - Band Bassoon 2nd part
Erin Pelley - also made Clarinet 1st part!
Thomas Desrosiers - Clarinet Orchestra 1
Sonya Tao - Band Clarinet 1st part
Nick Richards - Band Clarinet 1st part
Jisung Woo - Band Clarinet 1st part
Kaitlin Scowen - Band Clarinet 2nd part
Emily Smith - Band Clarinet 2nd part
Tetsuo Yoneuchi - Band Clarinet 2nd part
Luc Tieu - Band Clarinet 3rd part
Grant Jensen - Band Clarinet 3rd part
Matthew Cheney - Band Clarinet 3rd part
Tetsuo Yoneuchi - also made Bass Clarinet!
Nathan Carr - Band Bass Clarinet
Andrew Truswell - Band Alto Sax 1st part
Ben Chen - also made Alto Sax 1st part!
Ariel Hoyos - Band Alto Sax 1st part
Jess Lancaster - Band Alto Sax 2nd part
Hannah Dinell - Band Alto Sax 2nd part
Mikaela Hatfield - Band Alto Sax 2nd part
Ben Chen - Band Tenor Sax 1st part
Trey Martin - Band Bari Sax
Nicky Redmond - Band Bari Sax
Trevor Jackson - Orchestra Trumpet 3
Edward Shin - Band Trumpet 1st part
Aaron Teitelbaum - Band Trumpet 2nd part
Boone Stanley - Band Trumpet 3rd part
Shaojia Zhao - Band Trumpet 3rd part
Josh Reyes - Band Trumpet 3rd part
Bryce Manning - Orchestra Horn 1
Jinoh Lee - Band Horn 1st part
Daniel Lee - Orchestra Horn 2
Musashi Lowe - Band Horn 2nd part
Collin Logsdon - Orchestra Bass Trombone
Natasha Burrell - Band Trombone 1st part
Jared Cuellar - Band Trombone 2nd part
Zach Ondrejka - Band Trombone 3rd part
Ryan Everhart - Band Euphonium
Alex Grimm - Band Euphonium
Kayleigh Porritt - Band Tuba
Brittany Lusk - Band Tuba
Patrick Askins - Orchestra Percussion 1 (timpani)
Josh Stovall - Band Percussion 3
Andrew Waldman - Band Percussion 6
Lindsay De Leon - Band Percussion 7
Freddy Rivers - Band Percussion 8

Aronee Hossain - Flute 2nd alternate
Anuja Oke - Oboe 1st alternate
Benjamin Couey - Clarinet 1st alternate
Dylan Render - Trumpet 1st alternate
Yael Ozair - Trumpet 2nd alternate
Jarren McBride - Horn 1st alternate
Matt Schaefer - Horn 2nd alternate
Braedon O'Meara - Euphonium 1st alternate
Quinton Redmond - Tuba 1st alternate
Makenna Autrey - Percussion 1st alternate


Winter Guard at Perry HS

2/2/2014

Congratulations to the CDS Winter Guard: they received 1st Place at the Perry High School competition


Poinsettia Fundraiser

10/13/2014


Our annual Poinsettia Fundraiser is in progress! These beautiful, red poinsettias are $11 each, with 50% of sales going to your student's band account. The due date for payment is Tuesday, October 21, and the poinsettias will be available for pick-up on December 9th after the Holiday Concert. For more information, please see the flyer. A multiple-item order form is also available here.


Join a Steel Band!

9/24/2013

Adult Steel Band
We're looking for fun (but not necessarily musically talented) adults to join the Corona del Sol Adult Steel Band. With this event, owning a Hawaiian shirt is more important than having a sense of rhythm. If you're interested, you can find the sign-up form (including rehearsal schedule) here.

Youth Steel Band
The Youth Steel Band is a great program for middle school students who are involved in music programs at their school. Learn the music of the islands on authentic steel drums. The youth steel band sign up form is available here!

2013 Marching Band DVD/Blu-ray

2/12/2014

The 2013 Marching Band DVD/Blu-ray is coming soon. For paid Band Booster members, a DVD is included with your membership. If you paid your dues and want a DVD, then no action is required on your part. The disks will be delivered at the March 18 Band Booster Meeting. If you want to substitute a Blu-ray disk for your DVD (at no extra charge) or order additional disks, please use this order form. The video quality for the Blu-ray is noticeably better than for the DVD, so if you have a Blu-ray player, the Blu-ray format is recommended. Orders are due February 18, and late orders cannot be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Stephens.


WGI Phoenix Regionals

2/21/2014

The 6th-hour percussion class and after-school group will perform at the WGI Phoenix Regional on March 1st, 2014 at Mesquite High School in Gilbert. Ticket prices: $12 for prelims, $15 for finals, or $20 for a combo. Come see the fabled Orange Men Group (OMG) perform! A detailed schedule is available here.


Band Member Kudos

1/19/2014

Congratulations to those who auditioned for the All State Jazz Band and participated at the AMEA Solo Festival. Results: All State Jazz Band 1: Collin Logsdon -- Bass Trombone (only musician from Corona to be selected). AMEA Solo Festival: Collin Logsdon (Bass Trombone) and Ben Chen (Tenor Saxophone) - Superior ratings, advancing to Round 2 on Friday, January 31 at the Music Educators Conference (only two musicians from Corona to be selected). Great job!


2014 Steel Band Tour

1/31/2014

The CDS Steel Band will be touring local elementary schools and then travelling to California from Friday, Feb. 7th to Sunday, Feb. 9th. Parents are welcome to attend the elementary school concerts as long as they first check in with the front office at the school. For more info, see the detailed schedule, which is available here.

Regional Band Volunteers

1/20/2014

The Regional Band, Orchestra, and Choir auditions will be held this Friday (1/24) and Saturday (1/25) at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee. We are looking for help from both parents and students to help run the auditions. Please see various shifts listed on the online volunteer form (we need to cover all of them). Students can earn volunteer service hours for their participation. Students that sign up should consider when their own audition time is when signing up to avoid conflicts. Also, if you sign up, please show up by your assigned time as someone else will most likely be waiting for you to be able to leave. Thank you for your consideration and support of these auditions!


California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

1/12/2014


Our CPK fundraiser will take place all day (11:00am - 10:00pm) on Wednesday, January 22, dine-in or curbside, at the Chandler Fashion Square CPK. Please print out and bring the flyer, and CPK will donate 20% of your check to the band!


Tempe Youth Band

1/13/2014

The Tempe Youth Band is an honor band for Middle School students hosted at Corona del Sol High School and directed by David DuPlessis -- the band director at Corona del Sol. The band rehearses once a week (see the Calendar, at right) and then performs at a special concert in February. An application and additional info can be found in the flyer. Applications are still being accepted, even up to the first rehearsal on Wednesday, January 15th.


Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

updated 12/16/2013

The Krispy Kreme fundraiser involves the sale of Krispy Kreme gift cards any time between December 2nd and 15th. The order form is available here. For this fundraiser, you take orders for the cards ($12 each), with checks payable to "CdS Band Boosters," and return the orders with the money to Sharon Martin via the Band Room by Dec 16th. Sharon will obtain the cards and return the orders to you before the end of school on Dec 19th. Your band account will be credited $6 for every card you sell.

Iron Girl / Volunteers

updated 12/11/2013

Water to go! We still have a great income-producing opportunity coming up for the band that involves volunteering our time at a running event happening in December. The event is Iron Girl, which takes place December 15th at Fountain Hills. For this event, we've been able to expand our volunteer spots to significantly increase our donation amount, so we will be providing 102 volunteers in many capacities. Please see the link for specific spots that need to be filled. Note that some spots are for ADULTS, and some are for STUDENTS. The adults for each section will oversee our students at that station. You can find the sign-up link for Iron Girl here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ianet Molina at ianetmolina@cox.net. Note: This also counts as service hours for the students who volunteer.

Holiday Concert and Dinner

updated 12/3/2013

Update: We are still looking for a few more Dinner Volunteers to help out before the concert. If you are available, please sign up here.

Please join us for the Holiday Concert and Dinner on Monday, December 9th! The dinner, which is catered by Rigatony's, takes place in the CDS cafeteria from 5:00-6:30pm, and the concert begins at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Please submit your dinner orders (via the order form) by December 3rd. In addition, we could still use a few volunteers to help with poinsettia set up and delivery on the day of the concert. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up here.


2013 Marching Band Portraits

11/10/2013

The 2013 CdS Marching Band portrait proofs have been posted to the band booster photo website. Prints in various sizes may be ordered for individual portraits, full band, section, senior night, and friends photos. The order form is available here. The order form and check (payable to "CdS Band Boosters") should be submitted to Mr. DuPlessis or Mr. Werner by November 19th. Prints will be delivered at the Marching Band Awards Night Nov 22. All proceeds benefit the Band Boosters.


ABODA State Marching Band Championship

updated 11/17/2013

Update:Congrats to CDS for finishing 6th in the State in a very competitive field and winning both the Percussion and Color Guard captions!

Congratulations to the Marching Aztecs on earning a "Superior" rating at the State Marching Festival, as well as winning caption awards in Music, General Effect, Color Guard, and Percussion! The band was also selected as one of the top 10 bands to move on to the Division I state Marching Championship at Glendale Community College on November 16th, where the band will perform at 7:30pm. ABODA has posted the Festival Results as well as the full Championship Schedule.


2013-2014 Theme T-Shirt Sale

updated 10/30/2013

If you've attended any the band's recent performances, you will have no doubt noticed that the CDS band boosters were easy to spot in their glorious yellow and orange band shirts. We would really like to have an even stronger visual presence at future competitions. To this end, we are announcing a shirt sale for the last half of the year. Shirts will be 1/2 off: $8 per shirt, 2 for $15. We have sizes XL and smaller in stock. We will have shirts on sale at the next community meeting, or you can order directly from Sharon Martin by sending her an e-mail at smthechef@aol.com. Let's paint the stands yellow with our outstanding shirts!


California Trip -- Bands of America Regional

updated 11/10/2013

UPDATE: Congratulations to CDS for placing in the top 10 and advancing to Finals, and then winning 7th place! Full competition results are available here.



Harkins Fundraiser

10/10/2013

It's Summer movie time! Earn money for your student's band account by selling Harkins gift cards and loyalty cups! The gift cards will be sold for $25.00 each with $2.50 going to the student's account. Cups will be sold for $5 with $1 going to the student's account. Order forms with payment are due by Nov. 1 and can be turned in to Mr. Duplessis or Emily Manning. Please e-mail any questions to emanning58@q.com.


Corona Alumni Band 2013

10/21/2013

Our annual Alumni Band Event will take place the evening of Friday, November 1st at CDS! We are calling on CDS Marching Band Alumni to return and join us for the game to play with the current band. You'll get a free T-shirt out of the deal! Practice will precede the event, and music will be e-mailed to those who sign up. To participate, please fill out the online sign-up form by October 31st.
Mid-Season Uniform Dry Cleaning

10/22/2013

When: Between UofA Band Day and November 1st football game. All uniforms are due back Friday, November 1st, 4:30pm. Students must be in uniform prior to 5pm call time.
What: Uniform jacket and pants. Overlay and gauntlets are optional; most just require a good lint rolling. Please clean overlays and gauntlets if they are stained. Shout Wipe & Go stain remover wipes work well on light stains. Remove dirt and grass from inside the uniform bag too.
Who: Parents are responsible for this cleaning. The Boosters and Tempe Union H.S. district pay for the post-season cleaning.
Where: You may take the jacket and pants to any dry cleaner. AHWATUKEE CLEANERS does our post season cleaning and offers the band a discounted rate. Mention Corona del Sol Marching Band to receive the special $8 rate. Address: 5009 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044 (Behind the Original Burrito Company). Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm Sat, closed Sun. Phone: (480)893-9637.


Senior Night

10/28/2013

It's time to prepare for the CDS Aztec Marching Band Senior Night, which takes place this Friday, November 1st. This is the night that senior band members are presented and recognized during the half-time show with their parents by their side. A detailed schedule for the night can be found here.


Poinsettia Fundraiser

9/30/2013


Our annual Poinsettia Fundraiser is in progress! These beautiful, red poinsettias are $10 each, with 50% of sales going to your student's band account. The due date for payment is Tuesday, October 22nd, and the poinsettias will be available for pick-up on Monday, December 9th after the Holiday Concert. For more information, please see the flyer. The order form is available here. We also have a form that can be shared with your co-workers.


Wanted: Socks and Shoes

9/30/2013

The uniform room needs black sock donations. They don't have to be new, or even matching, just clean. We've handed out a dozen pairs this season and only have a few socks left. If we run out of socks, anyone who forgets their socks will have their ankles wrapped in black electrical tape.

Marchers: If you borrowed a pair of black socks from the uniform room, please return a clean pair to the sock drawer. Return any emergency marching shoes you've borrowed as well.

Have old MTX marching shoes? Consider donating them to the Band Boosters. You'll receive a donation receipt for your tax records. The uniform room is always in need of spares for lost and forgotten shoes. We're especially in need of Men's sizes 9 - 11. Thanks!



Desert Vista Tailgate Event

10/16/2013

On Thursday, October 24th, Corona will be playing Desert Vista at home, and the Touchdown Club has taken the lead in organizing a tailgate meal event for parents and visitors before the game. The event will take place at 5:00pm on the practice field next to the stadium, with the CDS Band performing a few tunes at about 6:20pm. Please consider attending and supporting this event. Tickets are $10 each and are available in advance (see the flyer ). Note that band members will not be able to eat at the BBQ, as they will be in uniform and their call time is 5pm.


Goldwater Invitational

updated 10/12/2013

UPDATE: Congratulations to CDS for receiving first place at the Barry Goldwater Invitational, with caption awards for music performance, visual, and percussion! Great video posted here. Now the band will work hard preparing for the U of A Band Day!

Marching Band Individual Portraits

9/20/2013

Marching band individual portrait sign-ups are now open. Please sign up here. Select a time from one of two sessions: Tuesday, September 24 from 4:00-5:30, or Monday, September 30, from 4:00-5:30. Portraits will be taken in the stadium, so put on your uniform and arrive in the stadium at your chosen time. Bring your instrument, mallets, sticks, or flags. You may hold your shako. Gauntlets and gloves are optional, and you may choose any overlay. Siblings should sign up for consecutive times, so that they can also be photographed together. Seniors need to have their portrait taken for senior night preparations. The whole band, section, and friends photos will be taken on photo day, October 23rd. The portraits will be posted on this site, and prints may be ordered later in October.


Fun Pasta Fundraising

8/21/2013

The CDS Band's Fun Pasta fundraiser is currently in progress. This company sells a staggering range of pasta shapes -- everything from collegiate logos to animals and holiday shapes. With this fundraiser, 40% of sales goes to your student's personal band account. More info about the fundraiser can be found in Sharon's flyer, available here.

There are two ways to order: online or brochure. For online orders, due by October 30th, CDS Band has it's own Fun Pasta page here. Please send this link to out-of-town family and friends or those to whom personal delivery would be difficult. Some students (from last year) are already selectable on this site, but if your student is not listed, please send a note to Sharon Martin and she will add your name. For brochure orders, due by September 27th, your student should receive a packet in class. The printable order form associated with the brochure is available here. For brochure orders, please make checks out to CDS Band Boosters (not the bookstore). Give Mr. D. the order form and checks by September 27th. Note: if you want to use earned money for all or part of the California trip, those sales (both online and brochure) need to be submitted by September 27th. Thanks!

2013 Marching Band Invitational

updated 10/2/2013

Update: Thanks to all the volunteers and (of course, the bands) that made the Invitational such a success! Check out some of the photos from the event, available here.

Back in Black

9/19/2013



The band was in uniform for Homecoming last week. Did they look (a) awesome, (b) cool, (c) identical, or (d) all of the above. A big "Thank You" to the uniform managers: Alex Grimm, Ariel Hoyos, Kaliegh Huckey, Ryan Everhart, and Trey Martin; band and guard alterations volunteers: Chenming Chen, Fawn Clark, Katy Krupinsky, Julieta Desrosiers, LeAnn Rickert, Linda Widmar, Maria Kemp, Mary Radeztsky, Pam Sitz, Peg Cheney, Shannon De Los Santos, Sharon Martin, Susie Holste, and Deb Leiner, and marching uniform chair: Fran Pote. The uniform room will be open one hour before call time and uniform managers will be on hand to help the new marchers get dressed (not so easy).

Speaking of uniforms, we are exceedingly grateful for Marty Rickert, who built two uniform check-in tables for his Eagle Scout project. These beautiful rolling tables are a vast improvement over what was previously used to facilitate check-in. Many thanks to the Angelo family for donating the materials and work space and to all the band members that helped Marty with this project. Please contact Patti Logsdon to volunteer for Uniform Check-In. This team ensures that the uniforms are hung properly after each game so they remain competition ready.



CDS Aztecs in the Wrangler

9/19/2013





























Concert Band Handbook and Agreement Form

8/4/2013

First assignment of the semester! Students enrolled in Mr. DuPlessis's concert band classes (1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th hour classes), please read the new Concert Band Handbook. After you and your parents have read the handbook, please fill out the online Handbook Agreement form.



Band Booster Membership Reminder

9/10/2013

Just a reminder that this Friday, September 13th, is the deadline for joining the Band Boosters if you want to be listed in the Membership Directory (the benefits of which were discussed at the last booster meeting). The form is available here. Please fill out the form and mail it to the listed address along with a check, or sent the form and check into school with your student. Please join us and help us make this a great year for the CDS Bands!


Percussion/Pit Garage Sale

9/4/2013

Our giant Percussion/Pit Garage Sale will take place Saturday, September 14th from 6:00am to 11:00am in the Knox teacher parking lot. Remember to tell all your friends and neighbors! If you have items to donate, please drop them off on Friday, September 13th between 2:30pm-3:30pm or 6:00pm-8:00pm at that location. To arrange pick-up of large items, contact Scott at swerner@tuhsd.k12.az.us . Please, no donations of clothes. If you have a table that we can borrow for the event, please also let Scott know.


Drum Corps at the Cinema

8/7/2013

Are you into drum corps? If so, you're in luck: the Drum Corps International World Championship Prelims will be shown at certain cinemas (including the Ahwatukee 24) on Thursday, Aug. 8, starting at 3:30 PM and lasting for many hours. This live event will feature the complete performances of the top 15 corps as they perform at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, along with highlights of corps that will have performed earlier in the day. For more information, see their site. Tickets for the Ahwatukee show can be ordered here.


Orange Leaf Fundraiser

posted 7/28/2013

Join us for frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf in Chandler any time Friday, August 2, 2013, and the band will earn 30% of sales! This is the first fundraising event of the season. When ordering, please present the flyer, which can be found here, or invoke the name "CDS Band" in a dramatic voice prior to ordering. See you there!

2013-2014 Season Trailer

posted 5/21/2013

Here's the sneak preview video that was shown at the Pops Concert!


Also, you can listen to a synthesizer version of the opener, "Tenochtitlan" (without full percussion) here.

Andy Narell Concert Video

posted 5/21/2013

Susan Stephens made a great recording of the Andy Narell Concert, and is making discs of the show available in either DVD or Blu-ray formats at a cost of $25. The order form is available online here. A check payable to "CdS Band Boosters" should be turned in to Mr. DuPlessis by May 23. The videos will be mailed out in late June. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Stephens at susanstephens.az@gmail.com

Phoenix Youth Symphony Auditions

posted 4/2/2013

The Phoenix Youth Symphony is now accepting audition applications for the 2013-2014 Season. Auditions will be held May 20-24 at Grand Canyon University. The initial application deadline was April 10th (there is a $5 late fee added to applications received after April 10). Application information can be found here.

2013 WGAZ Championships

posted 4/8/2013

Congratulations to the Corona del Sol Winter Guard for placing first in their class this weekend at the 2013 WGAZ Championships. Congrats also to the Corona concert percussion ensembles for placing first and for their amazing performances at WGAZ. Full results can be found here. We've also got some great photos of the event.

2013 WGI Western Finals

posted 3/25/2013

Congrats to the WGI Color Guard and Percussion groups, both of which did great recently at the Western Finals in San Diego. Percussion scores can be found here, and Color Guard scores can be found here.



WGI Regional Results

3/5/2013

Contratulations to our winter guard and percussion ensembles! On March 2nd they performed at the WGI regional here in Phoenix. The Winter Guard received second place with a score of 74.75. They were able to outscore all Arizona ensembles in their class. The Percussion Concert Open group won their division with a score of 79.5, and the Percussion Concert World group did well with a score of 80.8. These groups are headed to California on March 22nd.
Culvers Fundraiser

updated 4/16/2013

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who participated in this fundraiser! They received 103 flyers, with about $1200 sold. As a result, we earned 20% of that.

Join us for lunch or dinner at Culver's of Chandler any time during the week of April 8th and the band will earn 10% sales (with a chance at getting 20% if enough people participate). Yep, this is an epic week-long fundraiser! Culver's is at the southwest corner of Ray and the 101. When ordering, please present the flyer, which can be found here.

CdS Music Program wins an A+

2/27/2013

It was just announced that Corona del Sol High School's music program will receive an A+ Exemplary Program Award! Congrats to Mr. DuPlessis, Mr. Werner, Mr. Hebert, and Mr. Dudley. A copy of the press release can be found here.
2013 Percussion Concert

posted 2/27/2013

Join us Wednesday, March 27th, for the annual Percussion Concert and Island Dinner! The dinner (catered by Rumbi Island Grill) starts at 5pm, and the concert starts at 7pm. The order form for concert tickets and dinner tickets is available here. Last day for orders is Thursday, March 21st.


All-State Auditions

3/9/2013

Congrats to all those who tried out for All-State! Here are the results:

Jennifer Chiang - Flute 1 orchestra (1st overall in state!)
Kristen Okada - Flute 2 orchestra
Sarah Bjorklund - Flute 12 band
Dana Brink - Bassoon 1 band
Caroline Bailey - Clarinet 5 band
Erin Pelley - Clarinet 6 band
Thomas Desrosiers - Clarinet 7 band
Michelle Stephens - Clarinet 13 band (also made bass clarinet!)
Tetsuo Yoneuchi - Bass Clarinet orchestra
Michelle Stephens - Bass Clarinet 3 (also made clarinet!)
Bryce Manning - Horn 4 band
Mike Harrison - Tuba 8 band

Regional Honor Band and Orchestra

1/26/2013

Congratulations to all our Corona Band students who worked hard preparing for their regional honor band and orchestra auditions. Once again, our band had the most students make it from any school (56 students, with two students making it on two instruments!) Congratulations to all the students who successfully made it in - we're proud of you! Mr. DuPlessis will have music to pass out and more information on Monday during class.

Regional Honor Orchestra - Wind and Percussion sections
Piccolo - Kristen Okada (1st overall, also made flute)
Flute 1 - Jennifer Chiang (1st overall)
Oboe 1 - Kaileen Fei (1st overall)
Clarinet 1 - Sonya Tao
Clarinet 2 - Erin Pelley
Trumpet 2 - Joey Stamm
Trumpet 3 - Kory Smith
Horn 2 - Jinoh Lee
Horn 3 - Chris Lee
Trombone (bass) - Collin Logsdon (1st overall)
Percussion 2 - Patrick Askins
Percussion 3 - Matthew Askins

Regional Honor Band (I = first part, II = second part, etc.)
Flute I - Sarah Bjorklund
Flute I - Ali Angelo
Flute I - Eve Vaughan
Flute II - Angela Fu
Flute first alternate - Emma Mester
Oboe I - Crystal Li
Oboe first alternate - Anuja Oke
Bassoon I - Dana Brink
Bassoon II - Max Butler
Bassoon first alternate - Jess Lancaster
Clarinet I - Caroline Bailey (1st overall)
Clarinet I - Michelle Stephens (also made bass clarinet)
Clarinet I - Luc Tieu
Clarinet I - Thomas Desrosiers
Clarinet I - Karl Willette
Clarinet I - Nick Richards
Clarinet II - Melaney Gonzalez
Clarinet III - Rachel Geiogamah
Clarinet III - Kaitlin Scowen
Clarinet III - Chris Woo
Clarinet III - Emily Smith
Clarinet first alternate - Ashleigh Trimble
Clarinet second alternate - Grant Jensen
Bass Clarinet - Luke Bennett
Bass Clarinet - Tetsuo Yoneuchi
Alto Sax I - Andrew Truswell (1st overall)
Alto Sax I - Robby Richards
Alto Sax II - Ariel Hoyos
Alto Sax II - Hannah Dinell
Alto Sax first alternate - Tim Dong
Tenor Sax first alternate - Ben Chen
Bari Sax - Trey Martin
Trumpet I - Jessica Bowman
Trumpet II - Hannah Pfotenhauer
Trumpet II - Kevin Rice
Trumpet II - Trevor Jackson
Trumpet III - Manny Martinez
Horn I - Bryce Manning (1st overall)
Horn II - Daniel Lee
Horn II - Matt Johnson
Horn IV - Musashi Lowe
Trombone I - Brian Waldman
Trombone III - Natasha Burrell
Trombone III - Donnelle Mills
Euphonium - Sumeet Patwardhan (1st overall, singing in honor choir)
Euphonium - Braedon O'Meara
Euphonium first alternate - Alex Grimm
Tuba - Mike Harrison
Tuba - Kayleigh Porritt
Tuba - Kaliegh Huckey
Tuba - Brittany Lusk
Percussion - Josh Stovall


Butter Braid Fundraiser

1/30/2013

Our Butter Braid fundraiser begins on Feb. 5th! These tasty Butter Braid Pastries are $12 each, with a significant portion of that going into the student's band account. The order form is available here. Money and orders are due Feb. 25th, and the frozen braids will be delivered March 7th. Important: Bring the money and order form copy to Mr. DuPlessis, not the bookstore.

ABODA The CDS Wind Ensemble

updated 1/30/2013

Update: Parents: Please feel free to join us and watch the Wind Ensemble perform at the Music Educators Conference this Friday, February 1st. Our concert starts at 10:00AM in the Palo Verde Ballroom of the Marriott Convention Center in downtown Mesa (200 North Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201). Admission is free for parents. Students will arrive at CDS and depart at 7:00AM on the bus (arrive at CDS dressed in concert attire). We will give them free time to look at the exhibits (instrument manufacturers and sheet music companies will be there), and then go to lunch (students should bring about $10 for lunch). We will then return to CDS by about 2:00PM. Students will be excused from classes through the front office so there is no need to call them in as absent.

The Corona del Sol Wind Ensemble was selected by the ABODA Board of Directors to perform in a featured concert at the Arizona Music Educators Conference in Mesa on Friday, February 1, 2013! The selection process for this honor is rigorous, with only two high school bands selected each year to perform. In fact, the last time the band performed was in 2005 under the direction of Bill Richardson, and our percussion ensemble last played there in 2007. The Wind Ensemble will be working hard over the next three months to prepare for this honor! See the ABODA announcement here.

CdS Steel Band at the Fiesta Bowl Parade

1/9/2012

Check out this ABC15 clip of the Corona del Sol Steel Band playing in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl Parade!



Youth Steel Band

10/1/2012



The Youth Steel Band is a great program for middle school students who are involved in music programs at their school. Learn the music of the islands on authentic steel drums. If you are interested, the sign up form is available here!

CdS Adult Steel Band!

11/26/2012

We're looking for fun (but not necessarily musically talented) adults to join the Corona del Sol Adult Steel Band. If you're interested, you can find the sign-up form (including rehearsal schedule) here.


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