Combined Wind Ensembles of Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe High Schools

“Combined Winds Ensemble” of Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe High Schools

Directed by: Josh Thye and Leo Werner

January 2, 2018

Mountain Pointe- The Mountain Pointe high school band program was established in 1991, when the high school opened as the newest campus in the Tempe Union High School District. Under the leadership of inaugural director Leo Werner, the band program developed a reputation for excellence in Arizona and throughout the Southwest from 1991 to 2008, earning dozens of superior ratings in marching, concert and jazz, and also qualifying for the state level competitions in each of those areas for 15+ years. Mr. Werner returns to MPHS this year; the current band students and families, as well as the band program alumni, are eager to return the program to prominence.

Desert Vista- The band program at Desert Vista High School has been recognized in all areas of performance for their musical achievements at local, state, and national levels including concert band, jazz band, marching band, percussion and winter guard. The Desert Vista Thunder Marching Band are a 6-time Bands of America Regional Championships finalist, and . They were selected to represent Arizona at the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championships and Fiesta Bowl Parade in 2000 and 2010. They are the current and 7-time Div. 1 State Marching Band Champions. The Thunder Marching Band was also honored to perform for two events for Super Bowl XLIX: the ‘NFL Experience’ at the Phoenix Convention Center and the Gameday Fan Plaza/NBC Media Booth at University of Phoenix Stadium.