Fulton Homes Noon Salute

94.5 KOOL FM AND FULTON HOMES PROUDLY PRESENTS THE FULTON HOMES NOON SALUTE!

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It is with great honor to our nation and those who serve it, that Fulton Homes has partnered with 94.5 KOOL FM to offer an opportunity for local school music programs to show their patriotism. Local school bands and choirs will have a chance to perform the national anthem on the radio with the Fulton Homes Noon Salute on 94.5 KOOL FM.

Every day at noon, 94.5 KOOL FM pays tribute to our country and our troops, with the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” for its listeners.  94.5 KOOL FM and Fulton Homes is now looking for submissions from local school bands and choirs to perform their version of the national anthem.  Each month, we will feature three schools.   The top submission for the month will be awarded a $1,000 donation to their music department from Fulton Homes and their version will re-air on 94.5 KOOL FM.

Here is how it works:

  • Schools can audition by sending a recording of their bands’ version of “The Star Spangled Banner” on a CD to the radio station.
  • Schools can call 94.5 KOOL FM at (602) 452-1000 and schedule a time for them to come in and record their music program.
  • Fulton Homes and 94.5 KOOL FM will listen to each recording and pick the best performances.
  • The Fulton Homes Noon Salute is designed to recognize high school musicians and their hard work and dedication to their musical studies, as well as the teachers who develop their talents.

August 5, 2018
Dobson High School Choir & Orchestra Mix​
Director: Ron Carpenter/ Rob Lubbers​

Dobson High School is one of the six comprehensive high schools in the Mesa Unified School District.  Opened in 1981, Dobson’s music department has a long legacy of excellence.  With several levels of band, choir, orchestra, and guitar, Dobson’s music ensembles consistently earn top honors at the local, state, and national festivals.  Dobson is also a leader in placing students in both regional and all-state bands, choirs, and orchestras.

July 29, 2018
Gilbert Clasical Academy Wind Ensemble
Director: Michele Kalo

July 22, 2018
Cocopah Jazz Choir ​
Director: Mimi Borders​​

Formed in 2009, the Cocopah Jazz Choir, under the direction of Mimi Borders, is an after school, audition-based club for 7th and 8th grade choir students who want to further enrich their lives with music. The students have input on the style of music they learn and are the ambassadors of our school's choir program. Their past performances include professional sporting events, private holiday parties, community and school events, and an unforgettable performance with the rock legend group Foreigner. ..

July 15, 2018
Campo Verde HS Concert Choir 
Director: Matthew Flora​

Campo Verde HS Concert Choir is comprised of 67 auditioned juniors, seniors, and select sophomores with at least one year of previous choral singing experience.  Concert Choir studies advanced choral repertoire of all types, begins each school year with a mountain retreat, participates in local and out-of-state festivals, and tours out-of-state annually.  Concert Choir represents the flagship of the CVHS Choral program and most recently performed on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

July 8, 2018
CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA
Director: Shana Roberts

Symphonic Orchestra is a audition based group at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, AZ.  Musicians play a variety of advanced musical selections in many styles at a high level of musicianship.  Symphonic Orchestra performs in many concerts throughout the year, as well as competing at the ABODA music festival and taking a spring trip with the entire orchestra department.  Students are often members of Regional and All-State Orchestras and local youth symphonies as well.  They are under the direction of Shana Roberts.

July 1, 2018
Moon Valley Vocal Ensemble
Director: John Hunt

Moon Valley Vocal Ensemble is comprised of the top singers at Moon Valley and there are only 15 members in the choir. The group specializes in jazz and chamber music and is led by Jeff Hunt. Moon Valley is part of the Glendale Union High School district. 

 

June 24, 2018
Mesquite High School Marching Band
Director: David Willers 

June 17, 2018
Chandler High School Band
Director: Carlos Aguero

Chandler High School Bands are looking to build our program by working towards a trip to the Hollywood Heritage Festival where three concert bands and a jazz ensemble will be performing.  Our hope is to enjoy Universal Studios.  In the meantime, we are looking to spread the news about our great school!  

May 21, 2018
Greenway Choir
Director: J.J. Rafferty

Greenway High School Vocal Ensemble has performed throughout the state. Performances have been at Suns, Roadrunners, and Diamondback Games, Symphony of the West Valley concerts, Glendale Glitters, Peoria “Holidaze,” Arizona State Capitol, churches, care centers and various other venues.  The choir enjoyed recording a performance in the Fox 10 studios that aired on Christmas morning.  The group tours every year and have performed numerous times at Disneyland.  In 2002, they performed for an Arizona Music Educators’ State Convention.  Vocal Ensemble has received superior ratings at festivals and received personal invitations from foreign governments to sing abroad. 

May 14, 2018
Mesquite High School Concert Choir
Director: Patricia Ubrig

Mesquite High School is located in Gilbert, Arizona.  The choirs at Mesquite are under the direction of Patricia Ubrig.  Concert Choir is the top choral ensemble on our campus and consists of auditioned sophomores, juniors and seniors.  We regularly attend local festivals and workshops.  We are also involved in performances on our campus, including annual Baccalaureate and Graduation performances.  Concert Choir travels to other states each spring and participates in workshops, festivals and exchanges with other high school choirs.  We just recently returned from our trip to NYC.  It is an honor to perform our rendition of the National Anthem.   

May 7, 2018
Phenom Soundsport
Director: Jordan Nelson

Phenom is an independent SoundSport ensemble from Tempe, Arizona operating as a program of the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. Phenom was created to fill a summer marching music performance void for individuals at an affordable and local level. We cater to middle school, high school, and college aged musicians with ages ranging from 13 to 23 years old. The ensemble is open to all marching wind instruments, as well as field battery percussion and mallet/auxiliary percussionists. The size of the ensemble and the respective sections change on a year-to-year basis dependent on the motivation, drive, and character of those who audition. Phenom SoundSport focuses on quality education, low participation costs, local performances, and an unforgettable experience for all members. The ensemble received the Gold Medal at the 2017 SoundSport World Championships. 

Congratulations to the Highland Junior High School Chorale, Noon Salute Winners for April!

April 23, 2018
Highland Junior High School Chorale
Director: Steve Hickman

The Highland Junior High School Chorale is one of three choirs at HJHS, and is composed of 62 primarily eighth grade students who meet in two separate classes and combine for special performances.  This year, the choir is made up of roughly half first year singers, and half second year singers.  No choir at Highland Junior is auditioned, and anyone who expresses an interest in singing and studying music is welcome in our classes.  The Chorale studies intermediate level SSA/TTB repertoire and performs at four concerts a year, as well as several school and community events and several state-wide festivals, consistently earning superior ratings. They're thrilled to participate in the Fulton Homes Noon Salute!  

April 16, 2018
Alhambra High School Da Capo
Director: Kristin Rebb

Da Capo is the premier vocal ensemble at Alhambra High School in the Phoenix Union High School District.  This is an auditioned group of 14 young singers, with members who are freshmen – seniors.  These students are passionate about communicating through music and strive to be accomplished musicians.  Da Capo is proud to salute our troops!

April 9, 2018
Arizona Lutheran Academy
Director: Ms. Andrea Oppermann

The 24 member A Cappella Choir from Arizona Lutheran Academy is an auditioned group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The choir serves as an ambassador of the high school, leading Sunday worship within federation congregations, at WELS Choral Festivals, and at a variety of concerts throughout the year. Last November, students traveled to LaCrosse, WI to participate in the 50th WELS Choral Festival pops and sacred concerts. Recently, the choir sang the national anthem for a GCU mens’ basketball game. They are looking forward to their performance of the national anthem at the Diamondbacks game this upcoming May.

April 2, 2018
South Valley Junior High School 8th Grade Chamber Orchestra
Director: Linda Levy

Congratulations to Dobson High School Choir & Orchestra - March Noon Salute Winners for March!

March 19, 2018
Dobson High School Choir & Orchestra
Directors: Ron Carpenter, Rob Lubbers and Kayla Pierce

Dobson High School is one of the six comprehensive high schools in the Mesa Unified School District.  Opened in 1981, Dobson’s music department has a long legacy of excellence.  With several levels of band, choir, orchestra, and guitar, Dobson’s music ensembles consistently earn top honors at the local, state, and national festivals.  Dobson is also a leader in placing students in both regional and all-state bands, choirs, and orchestras. 

March 12, 2018
Gilbert Classical Academy Wind Ensemble
Director: Michele Kalo

The Gilbert Classical Academy Wind Ensemble has only been in existence for 11 years. The school is part of the Gilbert Public Schools, but its students have to apply to gain entry. The GCA Wind Ensemble has traveled to California, Chicago and New York City. The band is a close-knit group of students who enjoy making music together. The band is saving to purchase a new gong if selected as the cash prize winner as we currently do not own one.

March 5, 2018
Corona Del Sol High School Steel Band
Director: Scott Werner 

February 19, 2018
Desert Canyon Middle School Concert Band
Director: Molly May

The Desert Canyon Concert Band has performed at several Concert Band Festivals in Arizona and California receiving Excellent Ratings, as well as participated in the Disney Performing Arts Recording Workshop at Disneyland just last year.

February 12, 2018
Cocopah Middle School Jazz Choir 
Director: Mimi Borders

Formed in 2009, the Cocopah Jazz Choir, under the direction of Mimi Borders, is an after school, audition-based club for 7th and 8th grade choir students who want to further enrich their lives with music. The students have input on the style of music they learn and are the ambassadors of our school's choir program. Their past performances include professional sporting events, private holiday parties, community and school events, and an unforgettable performance with the rock legend group Foreigner.

February 5, 2018
Akimel A-AL Middle School Advance Choir
Director: Albert Lee

January 22, 2018
Campo Verde High School Concert Choir
Director: Matthew Flora

Campo Verde HS Concert Choir is comprised of 67 auditioned juniors, seniors, and select sophomores with at least one year of previous choral singing experience.  Concert Choir studies advanced choral repertoire of all types, begins each school year with a mountain retreat, participates in local and out-of-state festivals, and tours out-of-state annually.  Concert Choir represents the flagship of the CVHS Choral program and most recently performed on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

January 15, 2018
Casteel High School Chamber Orchestra
Director: Paula Jones

The Casteel High School Chamber Orchestra has been in existence since 2015 when the school opened.  At that time the group had 7th-9th graders. Today the group contains students ranging from 7th grade 11th grade; next year will be our first year with seniors.  Last year this group was awarded a Gold rating and First in Division at the Heritage Festival in California. We look forward to attending festival again this year playing the Holberg Suite. Aside from learning the classics students are learning to improvise jazz, folk, Celtic and other forms of music.  Above all the group is passionate about learning and playing.

January 8, 2018
Pueblo Middle School Show Choir
Director: Chris Frazer

The Pueblo Middle School Show Choir has been under the direction of Chris Frazer for the past 15 years. The group is comprised of dedicated 6th, 7th and 8th graders by audition who meet before school for rehearsals. This has been a busy group in the community performing at many public events throughout the school year and as well as every spring in Disneyland. The group has a history of consistent superior ratings in competitions.

January 2, 2018
Combined Winds Ensemble" of Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe High Schools 
Directors: Josh Thye and Leo Werner


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.

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