Desert Vista High School’s wind ensemble received a $1,000 award from local radio station 94.5 KOOL FM in partnership with Fulton Homes last week.

The station’s afternoon host, Charlie Huero, presented the check to the students Friday morning after they were chosen as this month’s Noon Salute contest winners.

“It was a neat honor,” said the band’s director Josh Thye. “It gives some positive publicity to the students that are working hard.”

The contest chooses one school a month with the best rendition of the patriotic “The Star-Spangled Banner.” High school bands are able to submit videos and recordings on the station’s website to be eligible to win and have their recording played over the air.

With the $1,000 award, Thye said it would most likely go to the students’ fund account. But it could also be used for an instrument.

“They were pretty excited,” Thye said.

The wind ensemble’s recording has played twice over the air for the Noon Salute, according to Huero.

While Huero mentioned that a big demographic of the radio station includes veterans and service members, the students get the opportunity to give tribute to past and current members of the military.

“It’s taking a second every day to remember the troops,” added Thye. “They are there so we can wake up to quiet skies and it’s a neat thing to be a part of that.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow on Twitter: @_dianamartinez.

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