History, Awards & Accolades

The MRHS Band is the current recipient of the Citation of Excellence Award from the National Band Association and the William E. Richardson Program of Distinction Award from the AZ Band and Orchestra Director’s Association. We are the only Band program in the State that has received this prestigious award five separate times.

Our Marching Band is the current Division I ABODA State Champions, winner of the Music, Visual, General Effect and Auxiliary captions, and the AzMBA State Champions in Class 4A!

Our Varsity Winter Guard is the current Gold Medalist and State Champion in Winter Guard. We are 7-time State Champions including back to back to back Champions for 2017, 2018 and 2019. We attended the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio and were Semi-Finalists in Scholastic Open Class.

Our Saxophone Quartet was recently invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. We have been invited to perform at the AMEA Conference 11-times, our Wind Ensemble was a featured Band at the Music for All National Festival in 2019, and in 2014 our Woodwind Choir and Saxophone Orchestra were invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic.

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 and 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, where we have had individual student solos and ensembles awarded with “Best in Class” honors each year.

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, performed at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration for President Obama, and performed at the 2015 Super Bowl!

Awards and Accolades By Year

MRHS BAND is the recipient of the 2021 Citation of Excellence Award from the National Band Association

ALL-STATE BAND/ORCHESTRA MEMBERS (14)
Lauren Aoyama Frankie Perry Cooper Taylor
Allyson Ritter Jackson Ourada Anthony Ruan
Darryl Leung Maxim Strong Ethan Best
Tyler White Drake Zinn Evrim Gulser
Jackson Aoyama Aiden Bowers

AMEA SOLO/ENSEMBLE “BEST OVERALL”
Darryl Leung, Sax Solo – Demersseman – State Winner in the Band Category

AMEA SOLO/ENSEMBLE “BEST IN CLASS”
Lauren Aoyama, Flute Solo – Fantasie Pastorale by Hongroise
Darryl Leung, Sax Solo – Demersseman
Anthony Ruan, Sax Solo – Dahl
Cooper Taylor, Bassoon Solo – Bassoon Concerto Mvt 1 by Mozart
Mountain Ridge Tuba / Euphonium Quartet – Power by John Stevens

ALL-REGION BAND/ORCHESTRA – 41
Sophia Marchner Frankie Perry Lauren Aoyama
Hannah Jeon Sarah Cooney Jade Marston
Shreya Vijayvargiya Taylor Jacot Cooper Taylor
Yousif Alkhafaji Allyson Ritter Hyrum Davis
Tessa Taylor Zachary Bollig Jackson Ourada
Tyler Webber Darryl Leung Braden Lyster
Anthony Ruan Braden Scott Sean Collins
Ethan Best Cayden Nicholls Justin Le
Tej Patel Brandy Anderson Malak Alkhafaji
Tyler White Arda Gulser Brendan Hilditch Kristian Bailes Kyle Roth Drake Zinn Evrim Gulser Noah Harris Shota Magick Annaliesa Shepherd Aiden Bowers Maxim Strong Jackson Aoyama Lauren McKelly-Valenzuela

ALLYSON RITTER – chosen as KOOL 94.5 FM School Salute from Home performers for the week of 3/8/2021 and the recipient of Fulton Homes $250 award

ANDY TRAN – chosen as KOOL 94.5 FM School Salute from Home performer for the week of 3/2/2021 and the recipient of Fulton Homes $250 award

HYRUM DAVIS & COOPER TAYLOR – chosen as KOOL 94.5 FM School Salute from Home performers for the week of 2/19/2021 and the recipient of Fulton Homes $250 award

ANTHONY RUAN – chosen as KOOL 94.5 FM School Salute from Home performer for the week of 2/1/2021 and the recipient of Fulton Homes $250 award

NAfME ALL-NATIONAL CONCERT BAND
Darryl Leung, was selected as a member of the 2020 National Assoc. for Music Education All-National Concert Band, Alto Saxophone 1 (Virtual)

SAXOPHONE QUARTET invited to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, December 2020 (No Performances in 2020)

*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.