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Fine and Performing Arts | 2025 E. Winsett, Tucson, AZ 85719 | (520) 225-4900 | joan.ashcraft@tusd1.org

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Middle School Honor Orchestra
Terry Alexander Conducted

Middle School Honors Band Audition

Electrify Your Symphony (EYS)
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Tucson Unified Schools

Mark Woods plays violin while leading the TUSD rock orchestra International recording artist Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Symphony! (EYS) to TUSD middle school and high school students through January ending with a public concert on January 20,2022. Student violinist plays in the TUSD rock orchestra The students were transformed into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra performing original material and arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson.

High school students perform with Mark Wood

EYS builds on a strong foundation in classical music provided by music teachers, creating partnerships with educators that inspire students, boost self-esteem, and motivate energetic stage presentation. To prepare for the concert, Mark taught the students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos, and basses.

Middle school students perform with Mark Wood

This exciting event transformed the student musicians into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra! TUSD Orchestra students from Sabino and Sahuaro High Schools and Dietz, Fickett, Gridley, and Magee Middle Schools performed in the concert alongside Mark Wood.

Student violinist duels with Mark Wood onstage!

The Star Spangled Banner
performed by Mariachi Aztlan and the Charger Battalion Color Guard for ADE Title I State Conference

Pueblo HS Mariachi Aztlan was selected to present the Star Spangled Banner virtually at the state ADE Title I Conference held in January. Director John Contreras filmed his students at the Temple of Music and Art to represent the unique southwestern culture of our community.
Mariachi Aztlan plays Star Spangled Banner

The Cholla HS Charger Battalion Color Guard directed by Major Retired Steven Spiece, Senior Army Instructor and CW3 Retired Hector Simon, Army Instructor, provided additional visual impact presenting the Colors for this recording and state conference.
Color Guard raises and salutes the U.S. flag.

Thank you to our talented, dedicated students, their teachers, and school administrations!

ARIZONA BOWL’S
“EXTRA YARD for TEACHERS”
GRANTS

Dan Brown poses with tuba.

Dr. Daniel Brown (TUSD Band Director at Borman K-8 and Myers Ganoung K-5 and Band Mentor) and Michelle Sugameli (TUSD OMA Arts Integration Specialist at Lynn Urquides Elementary and Visual Arts Mentor) were announced as winners of the Arizona Bowl’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” grants.

They will each be given a grant to use through Donors Choose to purchase needed equipment and supplies for their classes.

Michelle Sugameli recieves award in classroom.

Both Dan and Michelle were surprised and honored as they look forward to using these funds to support the learning of their students.

TUSD Band Wins State Championship

Join us in congratulating the Sabino High School Marching Band for winning the 2021 Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) Division III State Championship.

The Sabino HS Sabercat Marching Band, under the direction of Saul Garland, was awarded 1st place at the ABODA State Marching Band Division III Championships on November 20 during the finals competition at Glendale Community College.

This is the first time that a Tucson Unified School District high school has won the State Marching Band Championship and the first time the championship has been awarded to a school in southern Arizona. The Band received 1st place in music performance, 1st place in percussion performance, and 1st place in auxiliary performance.  Their show entitled Under the Stars featured complex marching fundamentals, drill, and melodic material by the Band, colorful costumed choreography and equipment work by the Color Guard, and rhythmic precision by the Percussion Ensemble.  

This is very exciting for the staff and students and shows how their dedication and hard work paid off.  Several of the students said "We are a community that works together and supports each other. We achieved this together!"

Please help us in congratulating this exceptional group of musicians and performers.

View the Journey to State through a student's own eyes.

Tucson Unified School District, Fine and Performing Arts, OMA

The 2021 Opening Minds through the Arts / Fine Arts Department Virtual Showcase

A collection of 20 student works produced during distance learning.

Thank you to all our OMA and Fine Arts Teachers for their dedication during this challenging time!

TUSD Mariachi Director Receives Prestigious Award

John Contreras, Mariachi Director for Pueblo Magnet High School is the 2021 Recipient of the Governors Arts Award in Arts in Education.


Well known for his professional musicianship, John's resume also includes a private and public music education career spanning 30 years. Additionally, he has served on TUSD's Music Leadership Team developing curriculum, supporting remote instruction, and recording students' performances via sophisticated technology programs.  As director of the award-winning Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo Magnet High School for the last 18 years, his mission is to inspire young minds through music, building responsible individuals who realize that hard work and dedication are avenues to attaining any goal. "The reward of seeing my students grasp and perform concepts that I have taught them is immeasurable. Mariachi education bridges culture and entertainment personified through hours of dedicated rehearsal and high-quality performance. " His Mariachi programs motivate his students to do well, remain in school, and continue their education at the collegiate level. "I consider it a privilege and an honor to pass on the tradition of Mexico's folkloric music."

SABINO VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS' INTERACTIVE ANIMAL MURAL

Michael Spier, Visual Arts Teacher

Last year, before the pandemic hit, two of my classes were working on a group mural project. The mural, which is complete minus installation, was done in ceramic relief and features 40+ animal species endemic to the Sonoran Desert. When we return to in-person learning, I plan to have it permanently installed in the science wing of Sabino.  This mural will be the first of what I hope will be a series of large art projects promoting different academic subject areas.....Michael Spier, Sabino Visual Arts Teacher


Michael Spier created a digital version of the mural as a web-based interactive project. The tiles were photographed individually, then digitally assembled as a single piece, allowing the individual parts to be clicked on and enlarged. The student’s name and a link is provided for more information about the animal depicted in each tile.  


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