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Fall/Winter 2015-16

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86 I Music Scene The proverbial new kid on the block has made a big name for itself in a short period of time. Joseph Flores, a Las Cruces native and band director since the school's opening in 2012, found himself in the unique position of starting a brand new band program. "It was a lot of work," Joseph says. "My greatest concern was giving the kids who gave Centennial a chance the best band edu- cation they could get. And they certainly met and exceeded my expectations!" In its short history, Centennial has been a Zia Marching Band Contest finalist for the past two years. The school's winter guard and concert band received some of the high- est scores possible in spring evaluations and many individual members were invited to the All-State Music Festival and the NMSU Southwest Honor Band. Currently, the school houses one marching band, two con- cert bands, two jazz bands, winter and color guards, and one pep band, with a total of 140 members. Joseph credits the students themselves with the Centennial program's quick suc- cess. "I'm very proud of the fact that our students and families had to grow into a band organization. These students and par- ents have chosen to be Hawks," he says. Under his and his robust staff's tutelage, those students and parents have managed to enrich Las Cruces's musical lineage even further. Las Cruces High School Showcase Marching Band In addition to a brand new synthetic turf practice field—complete with observation tower and shade canopies—the Las Cruces High School band also got a new band director this year, and he's got big plans for his students. Jordan Sayre, a northern New Mexico native, spent the past nine years as the band director at Valencia High School in Los Alamos. Ready to start a new chapter in life, he is excited about the potential Las Cruces's oldest high school has to offer. He hopes to maintain the prestigious reputation the band already boasts—17 students received All-State honors last year—and build upon it. "My big goal is to make this one of the bigger programs in the state in terms of numbers, quali- ty, and consistency," says Jordan who was recently named the New and Emerging Music Educator of the Year by the New Mexico Music Educators Association. Currently, LCHS has a core of around 75 talented students, in addition to color and winter guards. There are also two jazz bands, a concert band, a pep band, and a symphony orches- tra. "So far, everything has been on an upward slope," Jordan notes. "We just had our first assembly and we've heard noth- ing but good things from the teachers and staff and even other students who aren't in band. This band program has an energy that makes people take notice. We want to continue that upbeat trend and allow the students to be part of some- thing positive." Centennial High School Hawk Marching Band Get to know the Bands |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Centennial High School Las Cruces High School Oñate High School Mayfield High School

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