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DVUSD bands finish in top spots at Goldwater Invitational


NORTH VALLEY – The Deer Valley Unified High School was well represented at last Saturday’s Invitational at Goldwater – DVUSD high school marching bands won the top spots in Divisions 1 and 2. In Division 1, Mountain Ridge High School took first place, Sandra Day O’Connor High School took second, and Boulder Creek High School took third. In Division 2, Deer Valley High School took first place.

David Duarte, DVUSD Fine Arts/PE Specialist, explained that these competitions qualify high school bands for Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Festival. Each band must receive an Excellent or higher ranking to qualify for the state festival. Every high school band in the Deer Valley district has qualified to participate at the state festival this year, and Duarte noted that this is the sixth year in a row that every DVUSD band has qualified.

“We’re really proud of our marching bands in Deer Valley!” Duarte emphasized.

Duarte is a self-described “marching band person,” and he and the rest of the district take pride in what the hard work of the bands and their leaders have accomplished. He credits the teachers and the excellence of the band program for the bands’ accomplishments.

DVUSD is one of very few districts in the state with bands that all qualify for the ABODA State Festival. Approximately 200 bands compete for those spots each year.

“We are the only one that consistently puts them in state every year,” Duarte said.

The ABODA State Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 7; divisions will be hosted at three different Valley high schools. The top ten bands will qualify for the ABODA State Championships competition at Glendale Community College on Saturday, Nov. 14. These events are open to the public, with a small admission fee.

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