BAND DIRECTORS AND STAFF MEMBERS
We are dedicated to making every student's band experience a great one.
MR. ADAM RISCH
DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Mr. Risch began his tenure as Assistant Director of Bands at Mountain View High School in 2011. He took over as the Director of Bands in the summer of 2017. Mr. Risch received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. While at Concordia he studied saxophone with Russell Peterson. Mr. Risch also holds a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where he studied with Dr. Timothy McAllister. Mr. Risch is an active soloist and chamber musician. His most recent performance was with the Virginia City Band in Virginia, MN where he played Russell Peterson’s Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Band. He also frequently performs with a fellow Concordia College graduate Kyle Maxwell-Doherty. Their duo, Apastron, predominantly performs and commissions new works for saxophone and marimba while mixing in some other fun instrumentations. Mr. Risch is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA... not the space agency), as well as AMEA, ABODA, and NAfME. In the past he has served as the ABODA Vice-President of High School Jazz Activities for two terms. E-mail Mr. Risch
MELLANIE RISCH DIRECTOR OF COLOR GUARD
Mellanie has been with the Toro Band program since 2011. She has marched with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band. She has been on the staff of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. This is her second year as caption head for the Color Guard area.
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