FAQ

Pride of the West

CAN I DO BAND AND PLAY SPORTS, CHEER, AND OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES?
YES! We are usually able to work schedules around each other and we have had many band students participate in various activities and sport teams - even at the varsity level.

WHAT BANDS ARE THERE?
We currently have 4 band classes during the day: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. We do Marching band in the fall and Concert band in the winter and spring months. We also offer a Jazz Band, Woodwind Choir, Clarinet Choir, and a Saxophone Choir.

IS THERE A COLOR GUARD PROGRAM?
The guard program at Mountain Ridge has been growing! We currently offer varsity and junior varsity programs. Guard performs with full marching band in the fall and competes in winter guard through spring. CLICK HERE for more information.

CAN I AUDITION TO MAKE A HIGHER BAND?
Yes, audition dates and times will be announced by your middle school director. You may then set up a time to come over and audition. AUDITIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED; your middle school director may make recommendations.

DO ALL BAND STUDENTS MARCH?
Yes. All band students are in the marching band that rehearses Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as some Saturdays. (We’ll send you a schedule!) This is the only high school program that you are a guaranteed varsity member as a freshman.

IS THERE A BAND CAMP?
Yes. Band camp is always at the end of July or the beginning of August. This is where we teach the music and drill (how to march) and assign marching positions. It is important that all band members make every effort to attend. CLICK HERE for more information.

WHAT DOES BAND CAMP COST?
Band Camp - $200 per student
If this is a hardship for anyone, please speak to Mr. Vogel. It is our intention to never leave anyone out of this great activity due to financial reasons.

HOW LONG IS THE MARCHING SEASON?
The marching season is normally over the second or third Saturday of November.

WHAT IS FAIR SHARE?
Fair Share - $400 per student
Years ago the Mountain Ridge band parents chose to pay a “fair share” fee in order to help fund band activities. These funds are used to pay staff fees that are not covered by the school district, writing/design fees, equipment costs, travel costs for transporting instruments and equipment to games and festivals, entry fees that are not covered by the school district and awards.

For more information about the purpose of Fair Share contact: aaron.vogel@dvusd.org
For more information about how to pay Fair Share contact: fairshare@mrhsbandaides.com

WHAT IS AN ARIZONA TAX CREDIT?
For most taxpayers, the State of Arizona permits them to donate up to $400 (per married couple, $200 for a single person) to the band and to receive an equal dollar-for-dollar credit on their taxes. The tax credit can be used to contribute directly to any student’s account. Any Arizona resident can contribute a tax credit to support a student, allowing a single student to be supported by multiple tax credits.

HOW DO I TURN IN A TAX CREDIT?
Current tax credit forms are available from the band. Fill out the form and attach your check, then have your student turn the form and the check in to Mr. Hattendorf. If you would like to submit an electronic payment, you can use the district website. CLICK HERE

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Attend the parent/guardian ‘Band Aides meetings, held once a month in the band room at Ridge, to keep updated on all the latest band information. Make sure you are added to our email list so that you can receive our regular email updates as well. You can also just show up and introduce yourself and we will gladly put you to work! Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information: volunteering@mrhsbandaides.com.

HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?
You can email director Aaron Vogel at aaron.vogel@dvusd.org and he will do his best to answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can assist you. Also visit our ‘Contact Us’ page for the current list of Band Aides Board Members.