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January 2017: Mountain Ridge band members Ryan Ardelt (vibe), Megan Pallad (electric bass), and Nyle Zafar (sousaphone) marched as part of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Bowl Game on January 7, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. Ryan, Megan, and Nyle were three of 125 band/guard students from around the country to be selected for this prestigious band.



November 2016: Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemorative Events and Waikiki Holiday Veterans Parade http://www.waikikiholidayparade.com

November 11, 2016: Phoenix Veteran’s Parade, Phoenix, AZ

November 2, 2016: Glendale Star article for Nov. 10 ‘Family/Friends Night’ expo inviting Veterans to attend

August 6, 2016: Pride of the West plays National Anthem at the Arizona Diamondbacks game



July 28, 2016: http://ktar.com/story/1199929/arizona-marching-band-headed-to-pearl-harbor-commemoration-event/

May 28, 2016 - http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-best-reads/2016/05/28/high-school-bands-represent-arizona-pearl-harbor-anniversary/83988236/

May 13, 2016 - Interview with Anita Roman from Fox 10 News (Phoenix)























January 29, 2016: Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) awards MRHS Band Director George Hattendorf the Music Educator of the Year award

January 2016: MRHS Band Director George Hattendorf is awarded NFHS Outstanding Music Educator

January 29, 2016 at AMEA conference held at Mesa Convention Center: MRHS is awarded William E. Richardson Program of Distinction (Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association) 2014-2015 “In recognition of superior achievement in all of all areas of the band program during the 2014-2015 academic year”.




















January 2016: Mountain Ridge band members Jennifer Dam (piccolo), Zachary Mahoney (tenor sax), and Sophia Miller-Gutierrez (color guard) marched as part of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 9, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. Jennifer, Zachary, and Sophia were three of 125 band students from around the country to be selected for this prestigious band. The following online commercials featuring the 2016 Ridge All-Americans appeared in official online commercial:

US Army All-American Marching Band Game Day
https://youtu.be/d2FsF9A-7pQ





January/February 2015:
Pride of the West represented MRHS at the NFL ProBowl and NFL Super Bowl by playing at the pre-game festivities at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. They also played at the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix the weekend prior to the Super Bowl on the busiest day in downtown Phoenix history.








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January 2015: Mountain Ridge band members Katie Leppa (clarinet), Craig Stauffer (drum set), and Hannah Moran (colorguard/rifle) marched as part of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 3, 2015 in San Antonio, TX. Katie, Craig, and Hannah were three of 125 band students from around the country to be selected for this prestigious band. The following online commercials featuring the 2015 Ridge All-Americans appeared on the GoArmy Facebook page during Bowl Game week:
USAAAMB selection tour
https://youtu.be/Tm2N9o4mBGQ
USAAAMB first day
https://youtu.be/3ZUWevk68NQ
USAAAMB practice
https://youtu.be/04xgBPGeznk
USAAAMB after show
https://youtu.be/SiefUf-A4pQ?list=PLNXKHTQhFUoLC4riw7qMag1flxtx13QXI



December 2014: The MRHS Woodwind Choir and Saxophone Choir were invited to perform at the elite Midwest Clinic - an International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL. George Hattendorf is featured in SBO Magazine and appears on the cover.






In 2012-2013 the premiere presentation of the William E. Richardson Program of Distinction Award has been presented to the Mountain Ridge High School Band. This top award is in recognition of Superior Achievement in all areas of the band program during the 2012-2013 academic year. Acknowledging the band program excellence under the direction of George Hattendorf, the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association has presented MRHS with this prestigious honor. The Pride of the West received the award again in 2014-2015 and is the only school in Arizona to be a two-time recipient of this award.


Special congratulations to Will Tucker, who has been selected to perform at Gammage Auditorium as a Tier 1 soloist.

Congratulations to the following Mountain Ridge soloists and ensembles that have been invited to the AMEA Tier 2 Honor Performance on January 31, 2014, in conjunction with the AMEA State Music Convention! Alexandra Pallad (French horn), Will Tucker (tuba), Caleb Kim (piano), Martin Duarte (clarinet), Hailey Lovelace (flute), Hailey Tang (flute), the Clarinet Choir and the Saxophone Septet.


Congratulations to the “Pride of the West” on your 2nd Place finish in the ABODA 2013 Arizona State Marching Band Championship!

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11-1-2013: Mountain Ridge ‘Pride of the West’ students Emma Barber (trumpet), Davis Smith (trumpet), and Melanie Tuell (Color Guard - Rifle) auditioned and were subsequently selected as members of the 2014 US Army All American Marching Band. This 125 member band, comprised of students from across the nation, will perform the halftime show at the US Army All American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas on January 4, 2014. Congratulations!

Noon-Salute-check-web The MRHS Band is presented a check for $1000 from Fulton Homes and KOOL 94.5 FM as part of their “Noon Salute” award for outstanding rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.


4-2013: The Mountain Ridge Bands participated in the Heritage Festival in Fullerton CA. The group had an excellent weekend, attaining the following awards:
Wind Ensemble: FIRST PLACE - Gold Ranking
Symphonic Winds: SECOND PLACE - Gold Ranking
Jazz I: FIRST PLACE - Gold Ranking
Jazz II: THIRD PLACE - Silver Ranking

3-12-2013: The Jazz Band rates a Superior with Distinction at the ABODA Area Jazz Festival

3-11-2013: Nine Mountain Ridge students are honored as members of the Arizona 2013 All-State Band or Orchestra. Congratulations to: Danny Carrera (saxophone), Martin Duarte (clarinet), Maggie Lopez (clarinet), Emily Mahoney (clarinet), Aidan O’Brien (trumpet), Hailey Tang (flute), Will Tucker (tuba), Chris Vraney (trombone) and Ellie Wiemeyer (clarinet).

2-26-2013: The MRHS Wind Ensemble is honored to perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts

2-22-2013: The Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Winds both receive Superior with Distinction at the ABODA Area Concert Festival

Congratulations to the Mountain Ridge Woodwind Quintet for their 2nd Place finish in the Third Annual Arizona Wind Symphony Small Ensemble Contest. Members included: Hailey Tang - flute; Tanyon Berry - oboe; Emily Mahoney - clarinet; Alexandra Pallad - horn; Andrew Dopilka - bassoon.

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11-14-2012: The U.S. Army’s Sergeant First Class Angela Mariani, Arizona State ROTC Program Director Nathan Carsey and Sergeant First Class David Rademacher present Mountain Ridge students Danny Carrera (alto sax) and Ellie Wiemeyer (clarinet) with the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band jacket. Ellie and Danny are the only members representing the state of Arizona in this year’s Army All-American Marching Band. Congratulations!

11-10-2012: Congratulations to the “Pride of the West” Marching Band, for an outstanding performance this year at the ABODA State Marching Band Championships! After a thrilling final performance of their show, ‘Pablo!’, the band was awarded Fifth Place overall.

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10-24-2012: Mountain Ridge was selected as a venue for a concert by the United States Air Force Band and the Singing Sergeants from Washington, DC. This free concert was a part of their tour of California and Arizona. Ten Ridge band members were given the honor of performing with the USAF Band. Students selected to perform with the band are: Hailey Tang, Madison Jay, Emma Barber, Martin Duarte, Alexandra Pallad, Danny Carrera, Emily Mahoney, Aidan O’Brien, Maggie Lopez and Will Tucker. Also pictured are (left) Mountain Ridge band director George Hattendorf and (center) Colonel Larry H. Lang, commander and conductor of the USAF Band.





10-1-2012: Mountain Ridge Wind Ensemble is honored to be selected to play their rendition of the National Anthem for 94.5 KOOL FM’s “Noon Salute”. A video of their performance can be viewed here. Their rendition was later chosen as the top submission for the month and was winner of the $1000 cash donation to the Music Department, compliments of Fulton Homes and KOOL FM.

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5-15-2012: The military flag of Captain Christopher Capper was presented to the Pride of the West Band by Madeline J. Shackelford, Regent of the Agua Fria Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It was Captain Capper’s wish that his flag be presented to a school. His family requested that the presentation be made to Mountain Ridge in honor of their participation at the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

5-4-2012: The Jazz Band receives a Superior with Distinction rating at the ABODA State Jazz Festival.

5-3-2012: Wind Ensemble rates a Superior with Distinction and Symphonic Winds earns a Superior rating at the ABODA State Concert Festival.

4-21-2012: The Jazz Band performed at Music and Arts, located at 53rd Avenue and Bell Road, as a part of the store Grand Opening Celebrations after recent renovations.

4-16-2012: Mountain Ridge Saxophone Choir is honored to be selected to play their rendition of the National Anthem for 94.5 KOOL FM’s “Noon Salute”. Fulton Homes has partnered with KOOL and together they are awarding a cash donation of $1000 to the Music Department as part of the honor of Ridge being selected as the top submission for the month.

3-31-2012: Congratulations to Mountain Ridge Winter Guard, Silver Medalist at the WGAZ 2012 Circuit Championships, Guard Scholastic A National Class!

3-14-2012: The Mountain Ridge Band is asked to perform at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Westgate Tanger Outlet Center. The saxophone choir performed during the festivities.

3-11-2012
Congratulations 2012 All-State Band and Orchestra Members:
  • Hailey Tang - Flute
  • Emily Mahoney - Clarinet
  • Martin Duarte - Clarinet
  • Maggie Lopez - Clarinet
  • Samantha Fay - Clarinet
  • Alexandra Brooks - Bass Clarinet
  • Jameson Berry - Tenor Sax
  • Danny Carrera - Baritone Sax (#1 in the State!)
  • Aidan O’Brien - Trumpet
  • Will Tucker - Tuba (#1 in the State!)

3-10-2012: Winter Guard takes First Place at the Gilbert Winter Guard Competition
3-7-2012: Jazz Band rates a Superior with Distinction at the ABODA Area Jazz Festival

1-25-2012: Top honors for Glendale Mountain Ridge High School band director, George Hattendorf
2011: George Hattendorf receives AMEA OM Hartsell Award of Excellence in Music Teaching

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MRHS Winter Guard is in Guard Scholastic A National Division.

MRHS Band on Facebook.

ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association)
AMEA (Arizona Music Educators Association)
WGAZ (Winter Guard Arizona)
WGI (Winter Guard International)