Desert Vista takes gold in the Windy City


The Desert Vista Wind Ensemble and Advanced Percussion group traveled to Chicago over Easter weekend to compete in the 2016 Chicago International Music Festival as the only selected band from Arizona.

The group gave a performance on stage at Chicago Symphony Hall, earning the gold medal for the festival. The DV portion of the program kicked off with a triangle feature called “Escape,” by composer Drew Worden, who was in the audience that night. DV then moved to a version of “Night on Bald Mountain,” arranged for the Advanced Percussion Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble then took the stage and performed three pieces: “Semper Fidelis,” by John Philip Sousa; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Morten Lauridsen; and “Minimalist Dances,” by Matt Conaway.


Mountainside Martial Arts Center dominates at the Arizona 2016 Karate ChampionshipsOn March 13, 28 competitors from Mountainside Martial Arts Center participated in the Arizona 2016 Karate Championships and USA National Qualifier at Grand Canyon University Arena. This year’s team took home an impressive 35 medals and set a dojo record for most medals awarded at a state tournament.

The Competition Team is training to compete at the Utah State Karate Championships in Park City on May 20- 21. They have also been invited to participate in two elite seminars that weekend hosted by Tom Scott, captain of the USA Karate National Team who is ranked No. 1 in the world in Kumite (free sparring), and Akira Fukuda the USA National Champion in Kata (choreographed movement) and WKF Finalist Champion. Throughout the summer the team will be vigorously training as they have been invited to compete in the 2016 Wado-Ryu Championship in Tokyo, Japan, July 30-31.

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