Congratulations to Mrs. Campbell and the DRHS band students!! 🎉🎵 🎶

For the 2021-2022 school year, the DRHS band program has earned the high distinction of the William E. Richardson "Program of Distinction" Award by the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA). DRHS is the first band program in the school district to earn this award and only the 6th band program in the state to ever qualify for this achievement.

The William E. Richardson Award recognizes High School Band programs in our state that have a high level of achievement in ALL areas (marching, jazz, concert and solo/ensemble) for a given school year. To qualify for this prestigious award, a program must meet the following criteria:

• A superior rating by at least one ensemble from the school must be achieved in each area:
• Area Concert Festival
• Area Jazz Festival
• State Concert Festival
• State Jazz Festival
• The program must qualify for participation at the Arizona State Marching Band Semifinals.
• The program must have participation in the AMEA Solo & Ensemble Competition.
• The program must have participation in the Arizona All-State Band.

William E. Richardson came to Arizona from South Bend, Indiana. He built the instrumental music program at both Pueblo High School and Palo Verde High School in Tucson, where he retired as the Band Director. Mr. Richardson's family also has a huge legacy in Arizona - his son, Bill Richardson, was the longtime band director of the celebrated Corona del Sol High School and the adult community band Arizona Wind Symphony. Bill serves as AMEA Conference Coordinator in his retirement. William's grandson, Mark Richardson, is the founder and executive director of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Arizona's premier pageantry arts organization.
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LAST DAY -- LolaSheets extended through today - May 1st.

100% Online -- Great fundraiser for all our friends and family near & far -- including our Alumni families. Sheets are mailed directly to customers for fast delivery. All sets sizes are $49.95. Link to order sheets -
Remember to enter your band student's name so they get credit. If you don't have/know a student in the band, enter 'General Band' to help support the DRHS band.
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… in the district to earn this and the 6 band program in the state. Please congratulate all the students…. They worked VERY HARD for this.

Congratulations DRHS Band Program on earning the ABODA William Richardson Program of Distinction Award! To qualify, students must demonstrate high levels of achievement in ALL areas of the music program (marching, jazz, concert and Solo/Ensemble work). We are the first band….

Congratulations Jazz Black on your Superior performance at State Jazz Festival yesterday and Wind Ensemble on your Superior with Distinction performance at State Concert Festival today!!

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