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FULTON HOMES NOON SALUTE

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94.5 KOOL FM AND FULTON HOMES PROUDLY PRESENTS THE FULTON HOMES NOON SALUTE!

It is with great honor to our nation and those who serve it, that Fulton Homes has partnered with 94.5 KOOL FM to offer an opportunity for local school music programs to show their patriotism. Local school bands and choirs will have a chance to perform the national anthem on the radio with the Fulton Homes Noon Salute on 94.5 KOOL FM.

Every day at noon, 94.5 KOOL FM pays tribute to our country and our troops, with the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” for its listeners.  94.5 KOOL FM and Fulton Homes is now looking for submissions from local school bands and choirs to perform their version of the national anthem.  Each month, we will feature three schools.   The top submission for the month will be awarded a $1,000 donation to their music department from Fulton Homes and their version will re-air on 94.5 KOOL FM.

Here is how it works:

  • Schools can audition by sending a recording of their bands’ version of “The Star Spangled Banner” on a CD to the radio station.
  • If your school is unable to record their band or choir’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner,” KOOL FM will set up a time to record your performance for you.
  • Fulton Homes and 94.5 KOOL FM will listen to each CD and pick the best performances.

The Fulton Homes Noon Salute is designed to recognize high school musicians and their hard work and dedication to their musical studies, as well as the teachers who develop their talents.

To enter your high school’s version of the “The Star Spangled Banner” for a chance to be featured, mail a CD and the User Generated Content Release Form to:

KOOL FM
840 North Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Click here for the Official Rules!

Click Here for User Generated Content Release Form


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Featured School


Week of January 25

The Highland High School Starlight Serenade

 

Highland High School is one of 39 schools in the Gilbert Unified School District in Gilbert, AZ, and currently enrolls over 3000 students in grades 9 – 12.

The Orchestra program at Highland has been under the direction of Bill Bitter since opening in the fall of 1993, and Amy Bennett joined the orchestra staff as associate director in 1998.   Since then, the program has grown to include five orchestras with over 300 students enrolled.  In 2012, we were pleased to welcome Michelle Stoker to our staff as assistant orchestra director at Highland Junior and Senior High Schools.

Course offerings at Highland include the Symphony, Sinfonia, Chamber, and Concert Orchestras, as well as the Starlight Serenade, a 55 member strolling strings ensemble.  Members of the Starlight Serenade have served as musical ambassadors for the Highland Orchestras for over twenty years, beginning with just six members in 1993.

The Starlight Serenade performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical and Broadway to pop, jazz, and bluegrass.  Members of the Starlight Serenade are also members of one of the “core” orchestras at Highland, and many of them study privately.  The Starlight Serenade maintains an active performance schedule throughout Gilbert and the surrounding communities.  Previous performances have included the Trilogy Resort, Scottsdale Sheraton, Phoenix Country Club, and the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.


 

Week of January 18

ASA Chamber Orchestra

In only 20 years, Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) has established itself as one of the preeminent schools in the state of Arizona.  Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, ASA is a public, charter school, open to all, which serves over 800 students in grades 5-12, providing a nationally recognized college preparatory and performing arts education.  ASA provides a distinctive model for education with focused concentration on college preparation and immersion in the performing arts.  The success of ASA’s students exemplifies what extensive research has shown:  a strong connection between artistic engagement and student achievement.  Each year, an average of 96% of graduates move on to higher education and add to the growing list of prestigious universities to which its students gain entrance.

The ASA Chamber Orchestra, comprised of approximately 20 students in 8th to 12 grade, is one of the school’s flagship performing arts groups. These talented students frequently serve as ambassadors to the Greater Phoenix community through their varied performances.


 

Week of January 11

Coronado High School ACE Ensemble

 

ACE, [Advanced Choral Ensemble] a long-held tradition at Coronado High School, is a select vocal choral group that performs for settings such as commemorations, memorials, inaugurations, grand openings, pep assemblies, and holiday festivities.

Along with group tours and competitions, ACE has gained notoriety for its’ superior performances at the annual Jazz/Madrigal Festival at NAU, winning top honors.

This group enjoys performing the Star Spangled Banner for sporting events, including Diamondbacks games, and Salt River Field’s Spring Training games for the Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.  They have performed for the Small Business Women’s Bootcamp organization with military TAPS, and for Coronado’s home football and basketball games.

 


 

Week of January 4

The Highland High School Starlight Serenade

 

Starlight Serenade 5x7

Highland High School is one of 39 schools in the Gilbert Unified School District in Gilbert, AZ, and currently enrolls over 3000 students in grades 9 – 12.

The Orchestra program at Highland has been under the direction of Bill Bitter since opening in the fall of 1993, and Amy Bennett joined the orchestra staff as associate director in 1998.   Since then, the program has grown to include five orchestras with over 300 students enrolled.  In 2012, we were pleased to welcome Michelle Stoker to our staff as assistant orchestra director at Highland Junior and Senior High Schools.

Course offerings at Highland include the Symphony, Sinfonia, Chamber, and Concert Orchestras, as well as the Starlight Serenade, a 55 member strolling strings ensemble.  Members of the Starlight Serenade have served as musical ambassadors for the Highland Orchestras for over twenty years, beginning with just six members in 1993.

The Starlight Serenade performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical and Broadway to pop, jazz, and bluegrass.  Members of the Starlight Serenade are also members of one of the “core” orchestras at Highland, and many of them study privately.  The Starlight Serenade maintains an active performance schedule throughout Gilbert and the surrounding communities.  Previous performances have included the Trilogy Resort, Scottsdale Sheraton, Phoenix Country Club, and the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.


 

Week of December 28th

Desert Ridge Junior High School

Desert Ridge Junior High 8th Grade Rattler band under the director of Brian Mabry.

Desert Ridge Junior High is a public junior high consisting of grades 7 and 8. Although it is located in Mesa, it is part of the Gilbert Public Schools district.


 

Week of December 21st

Mesquite High School Advanced Vocal Ensemble

 


 

Week of December 14th

Shadow Mountain High School

 

Shadow Mountain Marching Matadors

The Marching Matadors play a huge role in their community, performing entertaining music at every varsity football game (home and away games), all four pep assemblies, the homecoming parade, one Freshman Football game, and one JV Football game, all while maintaining a rigorous rehearsal and contest schedule.  The marching band students meet every school day during First Period and also rehearses during Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00pm.  The marching band season wraps up in mid-November, at which point the marching band transitions to concert band.  Our Marching Band is our most publicly visible ensemble and the students involved enjoy performing for large audiences from all around the state while maintaining a high level of musical and visual achievement.


 

Week of December 7th

Queen Creek High School Chorale

 

11-05-15 Queen Creek High School (4)

The Queen Creek High School Chorale, under the direction of Ms. Elizabeth Reynolds, is the school’s top vocal ensemble. Members of the ensemble have placed into Regional and All State Choir, participated in the Chandler Gilbert Choral Festival, and earned Superior Ratings at AzACDA and ACE Choral Festivals. The Queen Creek High School Choirs also travel to Los Angeles and New York City where they perform, see Broadway Shows, and participate in workshops with industry professionals. This year, the group is also adding Show Choir music and choreography to their repertoire. Their next performance will be on December 9th at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center.

 


Week of November 30th

Desert Ridge Junior High School

Desert Ridge Junior High 8th Grade Rattler band under the director of Brian Mabry.

Desert Ridge Junior High is a public junior high consisting of grades 7 and 8. Although it is located in Mesa, it is part of the Gilbert Public Schools district.


Week of November 23rd

Mountain View High School Symphonic Strings.

 

Mountain View Symphonic Strings under the direction of Dr. Walter Temme

“This is a 60 piece string orchestra that performs professional level classical orchestral literature. The Symphonic Strings consistently earns top ratings at performance festivals around Arizona. This February, they will be traveling to New York where they will be performing in an exclusive concert at Carnegie Hall.”


Week of November 16th

Basis Scottsdale School

The BASIS Scottsdale a cappella group, “The Accidentals”, was first formed last year under the direction of Nancy Carbone.  Now in its 2nd year, the group has grown from 10 to 21 students who meet weekly after school and mostly play other musical instruments in addition to their love of singing together.

We all thank you for giving us this opportunity to be heard and continue to spread our love of music.


Week of November 9th

Marcos De Niza High School

 

Marcos De Niza High School Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers are a highly select, auditioned group specializing in early music, chamber music and vocal jazz.  During the holiday season, they can be seen performing carols and other songs of the season at private and civic functions throughout the valley. They rehearse daily at 6:40AM.  They consistently earn superior ratings at state, regional and national festivals.  They performed the national anthem 2 years in a row for the Insight Bowl and were selected to sing the national anthem for the Phoenix Suns game on March 21, 2016.

The MdN Chamber Singers are directed by Mr. Darin Shryock, currently in his 24th year as Director of Choirs at Marcos de Niza High School.


Week of November 2nd

Mountain View High School Symphonic Strings.

 

Mountain View Symphonic Strings under the direction of Dr. Walter Temme

“This is a 60 piece string orchestra that performs professional level classical orchestral literature. The Symphonic Strings consistently earns top ratings at performance festivals around Arizona. This February, they will be traveling to New York where they will be performing in an exclusive concert at Carnegie Hall.”


Week of October 26

A Cappella Choir of Arizona Lutheran Academy (ALA)

11-4-15 Arizona Lutheran Academy Check Presentation (8)

The A Cappella Choir of Arizona Lutheran Academy (ALA) is a 23 piece auditioned group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Members of the A Cappella Choir travel to churches throughout the Greater Phoenix and Tucson areas, participate four concerts per year and participate in a wide variety of regional and state festivals. In addition to A Cappella Choir, many members are also involved in Student Council, drama, a wide variety of athletic activities, as well as regularly contributing to their communities through service hours. The choir members will be traveling to Wisconsin in November to participate in the WELS National Choral Festival at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.

The A Cappella Choir is under the direction of Andrea Oppermann. Oppermann is in her third year at ALA, but comes with many years of successful show choir experience in Wisconsin. Prior to her tenure at ALA, Oppermann was employed with Hal Leonard Corporation, one of the world’s foremost music publishers.

Ms. Oppermann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Secondary Choral Music and Secondary Instrumental Education from Martin Luther College. She is currently in the final stages of completing her Masters of Church Music in Choral Conducting from Concordia University Wisconsin.

Ms. Oppermann and the A Cappella Choir would like to thank Kool FM and Fulton Homes for this wonderful opportunity!


Week of October 19

Coronado High School’s Marching Band

(Trumpet Quintet pulled from Marching Band)

 

The Coronado Dons’ Marching Band from Scottsdale, AZ has a long tradition of excellence.  The band has won numerous awards for marching, concert, and jazz from not only the state of Arizona, but from surrounding states as well as international competitions.

The Coronado Dons Marching Band has qualified for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival since the school opened in 1961. In 2010, the band qualified for the Arizona State Marching Band Championships and took second place.  In 2013 and 2014, the Coronado Dons’ Marching Band again qualified for the Arizona State Marching Band Championships and took third place both years.

The trumpet quintet consists of five upper classmen and the Coronado trumpet section.  This ensemble performs the National Anthem at football games as well as various other events throughout the school year.

The Coronado Don’s Band is under the direction of Dr. Schultz Bennett.


Week of October 12

A Cappella Choir of Arizona Lutheran Academy (ALA)

11-4-15 Arizona Lutheran Academy Check Presentation (8)

The A Cappella Choir of Arizona Lutheran Academy (ALA) is a 23 piece auditioned group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Members of the A Cappella Choir travel to churches throughout the Greater Phoenix and Tucson areas, participate four concerts per year and participate in a wide variety of regional and state festivals. In addition to A Cappella Choir, many members are also involved in Student Council, drama, a wide variety of athletic activities, as well as regularly contributing to their communities through service hours. The choir members will be traveling to Wisconsin in November to participate in the WELS National Choral Festival at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.

The A Cappella Choir is under the direction of Andrea Oppermann. Oppermann is in her third year at ALA, but comes with many years of successful show choir experience in Wisconsin. Prior to her tenure at ALA, Oppermann was employed with Hal Leonard Corporation, one of the world’s foremost music publishers.

Ms. Oppermann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Secondary Choral Music and Secondary Instrumental Education from Martin Luther College. She is currently in the final stages of completing her Masters of Church Music in Choral Conducting from Concordia University Wisconsin.

Ms. Oppermann and the A Cappella Choir would like to thank Kool FM and Fulton Homes for this wonderful opportunity!


Week of October 5

Thunderbird High School

 

Thunderbird high school is located at 19th avenue and Thunderbird Road in Phoenix and is one of nine high schools in the Glendale Union High School District. The band program consists of concert band, marching band, and two jazz bands. Under the direction of Mr. Kris Hutson, each group performs at a level of excellence that consistently qualifies them for state level competitions.

The marching Chief’s earned several special recognition awards for outstanding musical performance and the group placed 7th at the state marching championships last November. With the help of the culinary department, the jazz bands will perform an annual “Jazz and Pie Under the Sky” event on November 17. The jazz band has been chosen to play at the district art show for the past two years.


Week of September 28
Highland High School Concert Choir

 

The Concert Choir is one of five vocal ensembles in the Performing Arts curriculum at Highland High School. It is comprised of 58 auditioned seniors and juniors. Members of the Concert Choir participate in a wide variety of regional, state and southwest festivals each year.

The Highland High School Concert Choir is under the direction of Rita Scholz. Scholz is in her thirty-third year as choral director with the Gilbert Public Schools. She has been choral director at Highland High School for 23 years.

Ms Scholz holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Arizona University and Masters Degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University. She has held state and Western Division offices for the Choral Directors association.

Choirs under her direction have performed for regional, state and southwest festivals, state Music Educators Conferences, the1998 MENC National convention, Orchestra Hall in Chicago in 2003 and Carnegie Hall in 2007 and 2015

Ms Scholz is active as guest conductor and clinician. She has directed regional and honor choirs in Arizona, Nevada and the British Columbia All Province Honor Choir. Ms Scholz is also an adjunct faculty at Chandler Gilbert Community College where she conducts the Chamber Singers.

 


Week of September 21st

Sierra Linda High School Concert Band.

The name of the ensemble is the Sierra Linda High School Concert Band.  This concert band consist of 85+ students and are all intermediate to advanced level students that play here at Sierra Linda High School.  This ensemble in the past has received high ratings in Regional and State level concert band ensemble competitions as well as other national competitions that we participated in, in the Great State of California.  These students model what it is to be dedicated, committed, and passionate about what they do.  These students come from an array of different paths but the collaboration and unity they show is astounding.  It’s not music they are creating, but a majestic art.  They are the best well rounded bunch of gifted students that aim for much more that playing what’s on the page.  They play to depict that portrait of themselves and to move their audience to experience an adventure or a beautiful journey.

 


Week of September 14th

Trevor G. Browne High School Marching Band

 

 

The Trevor G. Browne Marching Band has been under the direction of Mr. Rebb for the past 5 years.  This award winning band of 55 members has participated in numerous competitions throughout the state of Arizona.  Last year, the TGB band qualified to compete at State.  This year the TGB marching band will compete at the Prescott Invitational, Corona Del Sol Invitational & Verrado Invitational.


Week of September 7
Highland High School Concert Choir

 

The Concert Choir is one of five vocal ensembles in the Performing Arts curriculum at Highland High School. It is comprised of 58 auditioned seniors and juniors. Members of the Concert Choir participate in a wide variety of regional, state and southwest festivals each year.

The Highland High School Concert Choir is under the direction of Rita Scholz. Scholz is in her thirty-third year as choral director with the Gilbert Public Schools. She has been choral director at Highland High School for 23 years.

Ms Scholz holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Arizona University and Masters Degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University. She has held state and Western Division offices for the Choral Directors association.

Choirs under her direction have performed for regional, state and southwest festivals, state Music Educators Conferences, the1998 MENC National convention, Orchestra Hall in Chicago in 2003 and Carnegie Hall in 2007 and 2015

Ms Scholz is active as guest conductor and clinician. She has directed regional and honor choirs in Arizona, Nevada and the British Columbia All Province Honor Choir. Ms Scholz is also an adjunct faculty at Chandler Gilbert Community College where she conducts the Chamber Singers.


 

 

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