The mission of the ALA Eagles Band Program is to achieve the highest standards of music education and performance and to instill in our students the significant role that music plays in the cultural, intellectual, and social lives of young adults. To foster RESPECT, fellowship and goodwill among its members Inspire student to strive for personal ACCOUNTABILITY and INTEGRITY Promote SERVICE by providing music in our community Provide its membership with opportunities for personal EXCELLENCE, growth and leadership.
Meet Gilbert North 7-12's Director of Bands
Mr. Krites is a passionate musician and educator who learned to love music at a young age. He grew up surrounded by music at home and school. Throughout his years as a student, Mr. Krites developed a strong desire to share, with others, the joy that music brought him. He participated in bands, choirs, drum lines and drum corps starting in elementary school and continuing through college. His goal is to help his students learn and grow as musicians while developing skills and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Mr. Krites graduated from Southern Virginia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. During his Junior and Senior years he interned as a conductor in both the Orchestra and the women’s choir, Bella Voce. He is very excited about the opportunity to help build the Eagles Band!
Meet Gilbert North's 7-12th grade jazz band director
As a fifth-generation music educator, Cami Mathusek believes that she has been genetically encoded to have a passion for music education. From the time she was six years old, she has studied music with many prestigious teachers from all over the world.
Over the last twenty years, she has built a very successful and innovative private music studio where she has taught hundreds of students on many instruments but specializes primarily in piano and voice. Many of her students have gone on to become private instructors, Drum Corp International members or have continued their music education in college.
In her community, she has organized many great musical events. For several years, she conducted the Messiah with a full symphonic orchestra and a combined choir of almost 200. Ms. Mathusek has also had a part in running and organizing many local festivals and music camps in the valley including the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival and MCC summer band camp. Over the last 15 years, she has been a choir and orchestra director for 5 different congregations.
As a student teacher, Ms. Mathusek chose to go to Lorena, Texas to study all aspects of band directing with an emphasis on pedagogy of the drumline with Head Band Director, Damon Vela who consistently yields National Snare Drum Champions. She graduated from the MCC/Ottawa University Secondary Music Education Program.
She was the interim Director of Bands at Red Mountain High School where she helped the Honor Band receive their first-ever Superior rating and the Full Symphony their first-ever Superior with Distinction rating.
Ms. Mathusek has spent the last three years building brand new programs as the Director of Bands, Advanced Orchestra Director, Team Lead of the and Assistant Director over Fine Arts Department at the ALA Gilbert-North Campus. In 2017, the band program started with the "Bucket Brigade". Today, Eagles Band is a comprehensive and competitive concert, marching and jazz program. Under her direction, the Eagles Jazz Blue Ensemble performed at the 2019 Highland/ASU Jazz festival and received a rating of Superior and was placed 6th place in the HS division. She is currently the Director of Jazz Bands and Marching Band Program Director and Full Symphony Conductor.
Our Band, Choir and Orchestra programs are proud to be a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. Our honor society students enjoy the opportunity to lead, learn and change the world through music!
Concert and Jazz Band Performance Schedule:
Quarter 1 Concert: 9/28/2020
Quarter 2 Concert: 12/7/2020
Quarter 3 Concert: 3/10/2021
Quarter 4 Concert: 5/11/2021
The Marching Band performs a full half-time show at all of our home football games. We also perform at local and state marching band competitions through AZMBA. Please see the band website for details.
Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, JH and HS Concert Bands, 5th and 6th Grade Band, Drumline/Percussion, Color Guard
Competitions and Awards:
Our Jazz, Concert and Marching Bands participate in local and state festivals. We are very proud of their achievements as they consistently receive excellent or superior ratings.
Check out the first 2019-2020 picture of the Eagles Band!