2012 Participating Bands
Fiesta Bowl Band Championship
Salem High School Band - Salem, New Hampshire
Band Championship Program Selection: "On My Own" arranged by Terry White and Edward Nordengren, visual design by Karl Sarff
Parade Program Selection: "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
Assistant Band Directors: Tory Sjostrom, Justin Sadzewicz, Edward Nordengren, Brian Flahive, Josh Peatfield, Adam Dipersio, Eder Bastos, Karl Sarff, Angela Culot, Rob Godin, Chris Dipersio, Marie Maitre, Patrick Mathews, Ed Jack, Ashley Wright, Liam Sheehy, Sarah Soule-Jensen, Stephen Dennison, Nicole Routhier and Chelsea Anderson
Drum Majors: Crystal Napoli and Taylor Ribaudo
The Salem High School Blue Devil Marching Band and Color Guard is well known throughout the region for its field shows, concerts, parade appearances and winter percussion/winter guard competitions. The band has experienced phenomenal growth in numbers and quality, and has gained a reputation for excellence in parade performances as well as on the competition field. One of the band's staff members, Tory Sjostrom, met her husband while attending the 2004 Fiesta Bowl Parade.
Amador Valley High School Band - Pleasanton, California
Band Championship Program Selection: “The Bride”
Parade Program Selection: "1000 Airplanes on the Roof" by Phillip Glass, "The Eternal Knot" by Karl Jenkins, "Elevator Music" by Graeme Koehne
Band Director: Jonathan Grantham
Drum Majors: Eric Butler, Naomi Chan and Brandon Park
The Amador Valley High School Marching Band & Color Guard is a part of a proud 90-year history at Amador Valley High School. The marching band is the largest single student activity on campus, comprising 12 percent of the student population. The band has been an eight-time finalist at the Western Band Association championships. In 2006, '07 and '09 the band participated in Bands of America regional events where it was a finalist each time. In 2004 and '08 the band traveled to London for the London New Year's Day Parade and Festival.
Basha High School Band - Chandler, Arizona
Band Championship Program Selection: “Mirage: I. Dispair; II. Hope; III. The Discovery” composed by John Mapes and Ian Grom
Parade Program Selection: "Big Four March" by Karl King and arranged by Swearingen
Band Director: Matt Kozacek
Assistant Band Director: Russell Biczo
Drum Majors: Lindsey Schepps and Laura Smith
The Bear Regiment contains 120 dedicated and hard-working student musicians ranging from freshmen to seniors. The Bear Regiment competes in the ABODA and WBA circuits. It also performs at every varsity football game, pumps the sudents at pep assemblies and perform a variety of shows around town. The Bear Regiment performed its inaugural season in 2003 with only 30 members and ahve been growing steadily. The motto of the group is "Always Proud, Always Dedicated, Always Unifed."
Casa Grande Union High School Band - Casa Grande, Arizona
Band Championship Program Selection: "Out of Nowhere"
Selections Include: Part 1 - "Cloudburst" by Eric Whitacre and "Apian Stomp" by Elliot Goldenthal, Part 2 - "Cloudburst" by Eric Whitacre, Part 3 - "Weapons" by Son Lux and "Bombs over Baghdad" by Outkast
Parade Program Selection: "Grandioso March" by Roland Seitz
Band Director: Martin Hebda
Drum Majors: Tyler Piper and Nick Felix
A chance encounter with the unknown. The sudden appearance of the exotic. An immediate break from the norm. The Pride of Casa Grande's search for the new and the unexpected, both on and off the field, fuels this year's production. From the middle of the Arizona desert, the 2012 Pride of Casa Grande brings you "Out of Nowhere." The group consistently receives superior ratings in the state of Arizona. Every year the gruop travels out of state to compete. In 2006, the Pride of Casa Grande finished in third place in the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship and first place in the Fiesta Bowl Parade.
Elko High School Band - Elko, Nevada
Band Championship Program Selection: "Go West: I. Braving the Frontier; II. Iron Horse / Expanse of the Frontier; III. Boom Town / Gold Rush" by Key Poulan
Parade Program Selection: "How the West was Won" by Alfred Newman, arranged by Mike Story, "Americana" by Jerry Burns and "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" by Stan Jones, arranged by Paul Jennings
Band Director: Walt Lovell
Drum Majors: Tom Kuchta and Melissa Carter
Elko High School has a 118-year history of excellence. For 35 of those years, Walt Lovell has been the director of bands. During those 35 years, "The Band of Idians/The Pride of Nevada" has performed in three Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parades, two presidential inauguration parades, two Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades, The King Orange Jamboree Parade and most recently in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C. The "Band of Indians" is a 12-time Nevadad State Marching Band champion and has only finished lower than second three times in the past 31 years. The "Pride of Nevada" is also a Bands of America class champion and finalist.
Grove City High School Band - Grove City, Ohio
Band Championship Program Selection: "World Melodies of Dance!" featuring music by David Holsinger and Borodin
Parade Program Selection: "Boys of the Ole Brigade" by William Paris Chambers, "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin and "The Washington Post" by John Philip Sousa
Band Director: George Edge
Assistant Band Directors: Walter Riesenberg and Thomas Traini
Flag Instructor: Emily Ebert
Drum Majors: Kelsey Allmon, Katie Sheets and Becca Mix
The Grove City Marching Band has won over 80 grand champion awards during the last 25 years in regional and national events. The band was the 2009 Grand Champion of the Fiesta Bowl Parade and was runner-up in the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship. There are 251 members in this year's band, which consists of 178 brass and woodwind players, 30 percussionists, 38 color guard and three field commanders.
Normal West High School Band - Normal, Illinois
Band Championship Program Selection: "NINJA"
Selections Include: "Khan" by Julie Giroux and "Radiant Moonbeams" by David Gillingham
Parade Program Selection: "Auld Lang Syne" - Traditional
Band Director: Lisa Preston
Assistant Band Director: Ryan Budzinski
Drum Majors: Kayleigh Callendar, Kevin Myers and Jessica Tung
Since their inception in 1995, the Normal West Bands have established a tradition of high achievement and excellence. Normal West High School is home to 4 concert bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 competitive marching band, 1 basketball pep band, orchestra winds, musical pit orchestra, color guard and chamber ensembles such as flute choir, clarinet choir, brass choir and percussion ensemble. In preparation for the 2012 performances of NINJA, the Normal West Marching Band enlisted the help of Coffrin's ATA Martial Arts of Bloomington, Illinois.
Pittsburg High School Band - Pittsburg, California
Band Championship Program Selection: "Jubilance" by Keith Foley
Selections Include: "Welcome to the Black Parade" by Allen Grey, "Some Nights" by Michael Brown, "We Are Young" by Tom Wallace
Parade Program Selections: "Big 'C' fight song" by Harold P. Williams, "Notre Dame fight song" by Michael J. Shea, "Jubilance" by Keith Foley, "Magical Mystery Tour/Lady Madonna" arranged by Tom Wallace, "You Give Love A Bad Name" arranged by Paul Murtha, "Let's Groove" arranged by Tom Wallace
Band Director: Jennifer Martinez-Narez
Drum Major: Perez Lowery
The Pittsburg High School Marching Band in 1973 totaled 18 members. Under the direction of Orrin Cross III, the band exploded to 72 musicians in 1976 and inherited the name of "The Pride of Pittsburg." Being well known for its high-stepping, show-band stye, the official name of the band became "The Pittsburg High School Marching Show Band." The band has continued to grow, peaking at 160 band members for the 2012 marching season. The band has traveled coast to coast winning numerous awards and invitations. Last year it went to Jacksonville, Florida to perform at the Gator Bowl and this will be its first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship.
Trumbull High School Band - Trumbull, Connecticut
Band Championship Program Selection: Music from "West Side Story"
Selections Include: "Maria Fanfare," "Mambo and Tonight," "One Hand One Heart," "Prologue," "Somewhere," music by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Michael Klesh, Thom Hannum and Colby Kuzontkowski
Parade Program Selections: “Battle Cry of Freedom" by George Frederick Root and "Ragtime Melody" by Rank Dorritie
Band Director: Peter Horton
Drum Majors: Peter Cantatore, Camilla Edwards and Maggie Walsh
The Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band has been active in national, regional and local events for over 25 years. The band has ranked in the upper tier at all events in which it has participated. It is known nationally and its director, Peter Horton, has been recognized as one of the 50 Band Directors Who Make a Difference by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. The band actively fosters broad-based involvement and achievements for its members.