Friday, April 28, 2017

Colorguard Audition Results


Thank you to all who auditioned. Congratulations to the following students who were selected.

*Additional training sessions are Monday and Tuesday in May, starting next week.  Be sure to bring your deposit also. 
Carolyn Cloer
Kayla Duxbury
Maya Flucus
Alexandra Gutierrez
Tate Hawkes
Briar Herman
Lasea Kimmons
Sarah Kimmons
Georgia Landry
Cynthia Smith
Stephanie Solorzano
McKenna Tracy

Monday, January 16, 2017

All District Audition Results

Congratulations to the following high school band students who have been selected to the South Central District Honor Band. They will participate in the district honor band clinic at the end of January.

9-10 Band
Lynslie Higgs - Flute, 4th chair & eligible for all state
Ashley Davis - Trumpet, 12th chair
Carina Blomberg - Trombone, 2nd chair & eligible for all state

11-12 Band

Jack Keoseyan - Alto Saxophone, 3rd chair

Additional congratulations to these Sun Valley Middle band members for also making the middle school honor bands.

William Foster (5th Chair - Symphonic Band)
Nicholas Catapano (6th Chair - Concert Band)
Ryan Griffith (13th Chair - Concert Band)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Contest Season Comes to an End

Spartan Sound Seniors on the field following the awards ceremony at Appalachian State University. 
The Spartan Sound completed their 2016 competition season on the field at Appalachian State University. Students started their day at 7am at Sun Valley before traveling via charter bus to App State, where they competed in Class 1A competition.  By the end of the awards ceremony, the students had received the following recognitions:

2nd Place in Class 1A
2nd Place Marching
2nd Place Effect
2nd Place Colorguard
2nd Place Drum Major
3rd Place Music

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Contest season is underway for the Spartan Sound!

After an unusually warm September afternoon, that reached into the 90s, the Spartan Sound took to the field at Cuthbertson High with their 2016 production Fantasía Española.  Just as the sun was dropping below the horizon, and things started to cool off, our Spartan Sound began to heat up the field with their show, inspired by the music and culture of Spain.
 The students and staff began work on their 2016 production back on August 1, continuing with a 13 day band camp in which students began learning their music and visual choreography.  Additional rehearsals are done on Monday evenings with the colorguard, and all marching band member rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-8:30pm.  A great deal of time and preparation goes into getting ready for a Friday night football game and the Saturday competitions. 
The Cuthbertson contest was the first of the season.  Awards for this event included the following:
First Place in Class 1A
First Place Visual Performance in 1A
First Place Visual Effect in 1A
First Place Percussion in 1A
First Place Colorguard in 1A
Second Place Music in 1A

Our Colorguard also brought home a trophy for the highest colorguard score of the day out of all the schools represented.

The Spartan Sound continues their competition season on October 8 at Butler High School.  Additional contests include Mooresville High on October 15, Porter Ridge High School on October 22, and Appalachian State University on October 29.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Welcome back for the 2016-17 school year. The marching band has been hard at work since August 1 on their 2016 production Fantasia Espanola.  I am excited at how the show is progressing and look forward to presenting it at our home football games and competitions this season.

I would also like to welcome our new members to the band program, which includes our freshman class and any new students who are moving into Sun Valley High from other school districts.  Please take time to familiarize yourself with this website and be sure to send me an email with any questions about our band program. You can send me a message using the submission block on the left column of this page, or send a direct email to me at

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Winterguard Finishes Season As Class Champion

2016 CWEA Scholastic AAA Gold Medal Winner
On Saturday, March 26, our winterguard competed in the CWEA Finals at Winthrop Coliseum.  When the final scores were announced, our winterguard came away with the Gold Medal, and highest score in the Scholastic AAA class. Their dedication and perseverance has been strong all season, bringing them to the top of their class.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Concert and Symphonic Bands Have Strong Performances at MPA

Symphonic Band warming up just before their Superior performance at MPA

The week of March 21st was a busy one for the two band classes here at Sun Valley High. The annual Music Performance Assessment (MPA) for high school bands took place at Hickory Ridge High School from March 21-24.  Both the 9th grade Concert Band and the Symphonic Band, made up of one freshman and all our sophomore, junior, and senior band members, attended the event.

On Monday, March 21 the 9th grader Concert Band performed their three selections and achieved an overall rating of Excellent.  Their selections included Alamo March, by Karl King, Circle In A Square, composed by North Carolina composer Ed Keifer, and Great Outdoor Overture, by composer Rob Grice.  This was the first year a band made up of only ninth graders has attended MPA from Sun Valley.  They prepared some challenging music and come up just one caption short of achieving on overall rating of superior.  The Sightreading judge, however, was impressed with their ability to play a new piece with less than five minutes preparation and did award them a superior rating in Sightreading. All of the judges were very complimentary of the band's overall sound and technique and gave several suggestions on ways to improve as they continue their time in high school band.

The Symphonic Band attended their MPA on Thursday, March 24.  They performed Prestissimo ,  which is a Karl King march arranged by James Swearingen,  Toccata for Band, composed by Frank Erickson, and In All Its Glory, composed by James Swearingen.   Each of the four adjudicators rated the band "Superior".  The Symphonic Band has been challenging themselves with their music selections this year, and gave their strongest performance of the spring semester on Thursday morning.

The band's next performances on stage will be the annual Spring Concert, on Tuesday, May 24.