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 Director of Bands
Tucker Rother comes to us from Lewisburg, Ohio. Growing up in a rural farm town, Tucker quickly gained a passion for music education at an early age by participating in his highly successful band at Tri-County North Local Schools.
In his busy and blossoming career, Tucker has worked for several bands across the state of Ohio. In addition to his educational aspirations, he has also served as a music arranger, at both the high school and collegiate levels. Tucker served as the Principal Euphonium in ensembles at both Northern Arizona University, as well as Wright State University. Other performing ensembles include University Honor Bands and other Civic bands, on both euphonium and french horn.
Of all of these ventures, Tucker’s most prominent position was his time spent at Tri-County North Local Schools, where he served as the Assistant Band Director and Music Arranger. Tucker would arrange music for up to five marching band shows per season, and assist the director in ensuring the program remained at a consistent level of advanced and high-energy performance.
Prominent mentors in Tucker’s career include Dr. Steven Darling, Dan Honaker, Dr. Gretchen McNamera, Bill Jobert, Susan Chambers, Kirsten Showers, and Terra Moniaci.
Tucker is very excited to get to work, where he will oversee the concert bands from grades 7-12, as well as the marching band.
Meet Gilbert North 7-12 Director of Jazz Band
As a fifth-generation music educator, Cami Jordan 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. Mrs. Jordan 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, Mrs. Jordan chose to go to Lorena, Texas to study all aspects of band directing with an emphasis on pedagogy of the drumline. 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.
Mrs. Jordan has spent the last four years building brand new programs as the Director of Bands, Advanced Orchestra Director, Team Lead 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, percussion, and jazz program. She is currently the Director of Jazz Bands, Marching Band Program Director and Philharmonic Conductor.
Meet Gilbert North 7-12 Director of Elementary Bands
Kristen Martinez was born and raised in New Jersey. She comes from a family filled with generations of musicians and music educators. She is continuing the family tradition and is our Elementary School Band Director as well as our Woodwind Section Coach and Visual coach for marching band. She has been with ALA as a section coach and assistant to the Fine Arts Director since the opening of the school. She was a member of the Highland High School band as a flautist, soloist and section leader. She has studied flute with the finest teachers in the valley and attended MCC for flute performance.
On the administrative side, Kristen keeps our programs running and growing through her meticulous and diligent work handling the purchasing for all fine arts departments and coordinates our concerts. She is hard working and is completely dedicated to the musical development of our students at ALA GN.
Our Band, Choir and Orchestra programs are proud to be a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. Our honor society students love opportunities to learn, lead and change the world through music! If you know of a way we can serve the community, please email Ms. Jennifer Son, email@example.com
Quarter 1 Concert: TBD- Virtual
Quarter 2 Concert: 12/7/2020- Live
Quarter 3 Concert: 3/10/2021-Live
Quarter 4 Concert: 5/11/2021-Live
The Marching Band performs a half-time show at all of our home football games. We also perform at local and state marching band competitions through AZMBA.
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!