History, Awards & Accolades

The MRHS Wind Ensemble traveled to Indianapolis this Spring to perform as a featured Band at the Music for All National Festival. Our program was also awarded the William E. Richardson Program of Distinction Award from the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association. We are the only program in the State that has received this prestigious award four separate times.

We have been invited to perform at the AMEA Conference 10-times and in 2014 our Woodwind Choir and Saxophone Orchestra were invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In addition, we consistently have numerous students selected to the All-Region and All-State Bands and Orchestras, as well as having all three concert bands, orchestra and two jazz bands consistently receiving Superior and Superior with Distinction ratings at Area, State Concert and Jazz Festivals.

We strive to offer many opportunities for our students to pursue Chamber Music including the AMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition, and competing in the Arizona Wind Symphony Small Ensemble Contest where we have had a group place every year since the inception of the competition.

Our Marching Band has consistently qualified for the ABODA State Marching Band Championships and concluded the 2018 competition season as the Division I ABODA State Championship Bronze Medalists and winner of the General Effect caption!

In addition, our Marching Band has performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, has twice been invited to Hawaii to attend the 70th and 75th Pearl Harbor Anniversary events, attended the 2009 Presidential Inauguration for President Obama, performed at the 2015 Super Bowl and has twice attended the Fiesta Bowl National Championships.

Mountain Ridge has also produced several World Class DCI Finalist members in both Brass and Color Guard. This Spring, the Mountain Ridge Varsity Winter Guard brought home the Gold Medal for their 7th time as State Champions and are back to back to back Champions for 2017, 2018 and 2019. They also attended the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio and were Semi-Finalists in Scholastic Open Class. This is the highest placement for an Arizona Guard in the history of the WGI World Championships.

Awards and Accolades By Year

  • MRHS WIND ENSEMBLE selected to perform as a Featured Band at the 2019 Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • MRHS WIND ENSEMBLE selected to perform with the Carmel HS Orchestra  and United Sound for the UNITED SOUND NATIONAL ENSEMBLE performance at the 2019 Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • ALL-STATE BAND/ORCHESTRA MEMBERS: Sarah Zhao, Vanessa Woo, Caitlin Brogan, Darryl Leung, Anthony Ruan, Sean Collins,Chris Scrivens
  • ALL-STATE JAZZ BAND – Joel Domkus
  • ALL-REGION BAND/ORCHESTRA (35) – Lauren Aoyama, Frankie Perry, Sai Ganti, Sam Van Dusen, Caitlin Brogan, Jenifer Littlepage, Roy Rocchio, Jimmy Pinzon, Samantha Reimer, Brianna Laube, Clara Borjeily, Darryl Leung, Anthony Ruan, Taylor Hilditch, Sean Collins, Laya Reddy, Chris Scrivens, Brandy Anderson, Lauren Kathrins, Mary Koenig, Nicholas Rozzell, Brendan Hilditch, Drake Zinn, Joel Domkus, Evrin Gulser, Jacob Quasebarth, Aaron Lambertus, Madison Young-Cruz, Vanessa Woo, Jaiden Singh, Braedon Behnke, Sarah Zhao, Aiden Bowers, Maxim Strong, Meredith Nicholls.  Alternates: Cailet Popelier, Aryel Laughlin, Jackson Ourada, Conor Brogans, Noah Harris
  • AMEA TIER TWO SOLO/ENSEMBLE PERFORMERS – Anthony Ruan, Alto Sax solo. Lauren Aoyama, Flute solo. Sarah Zhao, Piano solo. Darryl Leung, Alto Sax solo. WE Woodwind Choir. MRHS Saxophone Quartet. MRHS Clarinet Quartet 1. Aiden Bowens, Violin Solo. MRHS Woodwind Octet. Aaron Lambertus, Marimba Solo. WE Brass Choir. Vanessa Woo, Oboe Solo.
  • AMEA TIER TWO SOLO/ENSEMBLE “BEST IN CLASS” AWARDS – Sarah Zhao, Piano Solo. MRHS Clarinet Quartet. MRHS Woodwind Octet. Anthony Ruan, Alto Sax Solo.
  • Arizona Wind Symphony Solo/Ensemble Competition – CLARINET CHOIR – 3rd PLACE: Clara Borjeily, Caitlin Brogan, Bianna Laube, Jenifer Littlepage, Bella Pellegrino, Jimmy Pinzon, Roy Rocchio, Camyrn Sabia, Jaiden Singh, Daniella Zamora
  • MusicNova YOUNG ARTISTS RECITAL SERIES FINALE – Sarah Zhao, Piano
  • VARSITY WINTER GUARD – 2019 WGI World Championships Scholastic Open – SEMI-FINALIST
  • 2019 WGAZ Scholastic Open –STATE CHAMPION
  • JV WINTER GUARD 2019 WGAZ Scholastic Regional A – Bronze Medalist
  • AREA CONCERT FESTIVAL – Wind Ensemble – SUPERIOR WITH DISTINCTION, Symphonic Winds – SUPERIOR WITH DISTINCTION, Orchestra – SUPERIOR
  • AREA JAZZ FESTIVAL – Jazz Band I – SUPERIOR, Jazz Band II – EXCELLENT, Jazz Combo – EXCELLENT
  • ABODA STATE MARCHING CHAMPIONSHIP – Third place (85.5), Outstanding General Effect
  • AzMBA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Sixth place (83.3)
  • ABODA STATE MARCHING FESTIVAL – SUPERIOR (87.6)
  • KELLIS MARCHING INVITATIONAL – First place (85.9), Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding General Effect, Outstanding Auxiliary
  • CORONA DEL SOL MARCHING INVITATIONAL – Third place
  • UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA BAND DAY – Third place
  • ROCK THE RIDGE MOUNTAIN RIDGE INVITATIONAL – First place, Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding General Effect, Outstanding Percussion

*In order to receive this award, a program must receive Superior Ratings at all of their festivals, have students accepted into All-State, and have students that receive Superior Ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival.