The Desert Vista High School bands performed their “Pop Concert” Thursday night, capping of the school year on a high note.

A wide variety of music was performed by members of DV band from steel drums, percussion music to Latin and jazz music.

The beginning of the concert began in Desert Vista’s courtyard where audience members enjoyed a steel-drum performance, which more than 80 students were involved with the performance.

Parents, who volunteered throughout the year with Desert Vista Band, also joined in on the musical performance where they performed songs with their parent steel drum band.

Once the steel drum performances were completed, audience members ventured into the school’s auditorium to enjoy the finale concert.

The finale concert involved three different bands: the concert band, the wind ensemble band and the symphonic band.

Seniors in the bands were also honored through verbal recognition for all the hard work they put in throughout their time at Desert Vista.

“We try to honor our seniors a little bit, and it’s kind of our conclusion for the year,” said Josh Thye, director of bands. “It’s really hard on me every year. This concert is wonderful in the sense that we have a culmination of growth for four years.”

Thye felt that the “Pop Concert” was especially hard on him because he has seen his senior students grow throughout their four years at Desert Vista and it would be the last time he worked with them.

However, the night performance also offered a sense of family togetherness throughout each band member, and featured the talent they have in music.

Senior Rachel Pearson said that the Pop Concert was an exciting event because the bands were able to play different pieces of music that are familiar to the audience.

It was a sad moment for Pearson, who has been part of DV Band since her freshman year, to perform for her last time with DV band.

“It’s little depressing, but I’m going to be moving on to greater things.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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