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Desert Wind Orchestra at ABODA Regional Orchestra Festival
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Thursday, March 01, 2018
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Submitted by Mr. Roger Wagner – Desert Wind Middle School Instrumental Instructor

(Maricopa) On Wednesday, February 28 the Desert Wind Middle School Orchestra participated for the first time in the ABODA Regional Orchestra Festival. This event was held at Westwood High School in Mesa. Desert Wind Orchestra gave a quality performance and earned praise for their fundamental skills and energy. They received excellent feedback for continuing to develop technique.


These 6th and 7th grade students followed their performance with a wonderful clinic from Dr. Margaret Schmidt, the Assistant Director of the Arizona State University School of Music and Director of the ASU String Project. The clinic focused on continuing to develop fundamental skills in intonation and bowing, as well as developing musical expression. Mr. Wagner, the Orchestra Director, and Ms. Garcia, student teacher, received direct feedback on what students were doing well and what to continue to focus instruction on. Mr. Wagner shared “It was an exciting first for Desert Wind’s Orchestra and we look forward to continued growth!”


In addition to their performance, Orchestra listened to two outstanding groups from other area schools (Arizona School for the Arts ASA Advanced, Willis Junior High School Concert Orchestra).


The Orchestra will be joining Tiger Band and Symphonic Band for the Desert Wind Spring Instrumental Music Festival on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 PM in the Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center. The program focuses on concert repertoire and festival preparation. It will also be an exciting conducting debut for Ms. Garcia, a Maricopa HS graduate and ASU student. Mr. Ivan Pour, Band and Orchestra Director at Maricopa High School will also be providing a recorded clinic for Desert Wind’s performers. Admission is free, but the memories are priceless. Thank you for supporting Desert Wind Performing Arts!



For more information about Desert Wind Middle School or about the Maricopa Unified School District please call 520.568.5100 or visit the District’s website at