AJ Perkins is thrilled to be student teaching at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, AZ. He is a Music Education major on scholarship at The University of Arizona with an expected graduation date of December 2023. He was raised In Tempe, Arizona where he attended Corona Del Sol High School, received the John Philip Sousa Award and received multiple high placements In AMEA All-State and All-Regional Bands. AJ studied clarinet with Dr. Jackie Glazier at the U of A and in 2022 won The President’s Concerto Competition for the winds and percussion area. AJ was a clarinet section leader of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band and pep band for 2 years. He also performed on Bass clarinet in “7REED5,” a UofA reed quintet, as well as The University of Arizona Wind Ensemble on multiple instruments in the clarinet family.