It takes a village to make things happen.
Welcome parents to the Campo Verde Bands! On this page, you'll find useful information that will hopefully connect you to our program and answers some questions you may have about the CV Band. Of course, to stay connected, please visit the website regularly, subscribe to our Google Calendar, "like" CV Band on social media, and attend our monthly booster meetings. Never hesitate to contact the director or a BPO board member if you have questions!
The Band Parent Organization is a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization that supports the band program both financially and philosophically. The BPO Board meets once a month and then the entire organization meets once a month. Please plan on attending "general meetings" as they are the best way to get involved with the CV Band.
Our mission is to ensure that every student is treated like family and to provide and support musical educational opportunities for youth enrolled in the Campo Verde High School Band Programs. We facilitate student access to guard, jazz, symphonic, drumline and marching band programs and have competitions throughout the year including winter and summer seasons. We believe that by providing, not just a music education, but a fine arts education, we foster stronger and smarter students.
By partnering with teachers and parents in the choir, orchestra, and drama departments, access to the cultural arts is further expanded regardless of income, disability, race, sex, or religion. We believe the fine arts programs support strong values and often encourage students to continue with a college education. Our band program is designed to foster camaraderie and competition across the state through public school band organizations.
Why we exist.
Standing Rules and Purpose
The purpose of the Campo Verde High School Band Parent Organization (CVHS BPO) is to provide and support musical educational opportunities for youth enrolled in the Campo Verde High School Band Programs. As an organization, funds will be generated to subsidize these band programs. Funds may be used for musical instruments, uniforms, equipment, rehearsal facilities, transportation, and other costs as defined in the annual approved budget, and to provide for the best music educational opportunities possible. The CVHS BPO will also assist participants in the band program by providing fund-raisers for Individual Participant Fees, which help pay expenditures associated with the band program. Those funds will stay with CVHS BPO until they are needed to pay expenses as suggested by the band director and approved in the CVHS BPO Budget.
The CVHS BPO also fulfills a supportive role to the band program and will provide assistance with duties when deemed necessary by the CVHS Band Director. The CVHS BPO is a volunteer parent organization with the purpose of supporting CVHS band programs and the Band Director. All parents/legal guardians are a part of the BPO, an integral component to the success of the program, and have a unique opportunity to be involved in the organization. It takes significant planning and structure each year to meet the growing needs of the program. Currently, the BPO operates with a structure of officers and specific-purpose volunteer roles. The officers make up the Executive Board and work directly with the Band Director to accomplish the stated purposes of the BPO. The Advisory Board meets monthly throughout the year. The BPO General Meeting is held monthly during the school year (August through May).
Making things happen.
Purpose and Goals
The Campo Verde High School Band Parent Organization (CVHSBPO) exists to support the Band Program and Band Director at CVHS. We focus on several main goals, including:
We coordinate many aspects of Marching Band, Color Guard, Jazz, Wind Ensemble, Concert, and Percussion, including uniforms, chaperones, band camp meals, and volunteer opportunities.
The Band Director and music staff benefit from fundraising, budgeting, planning, and volunteering. We are a 501c3 organization and believe in accurate and responsible use of resources.
Our annual budget is approximately $100,000. We have several fundraisers throughout the year and growing community support channels.
Students in the band program get the opportunity to have fun making music, learn to be part of a disciplined team, and get to be involved in many school activities that create lasting memories of their high school experience. This experience gives them encouragement, as well as a strong basis for future success.
The band boosters strive to make sure the band students have the best experience possible. Please consider volunteering to help us, as there are many ways you can be an active member of our organization. Let's make this the best year yet!
CVHS BAND PROGRAMS
Leaders making a difference.
Do the right thing. Volunteer.
MEET THE BOARD
I am Rene' Nasluchacz, Executive Director and mom of 2019 graduate Christian, Bari Sax/Wind Ensemble/Marching Band/Winter Guard member throughout high school.
The band programs impacted our son's life and our lives with rich life experiences, strong relationships, and team building opportunities. We attended our first General BPO meeting when Christian was in eighth grade and became fascinated by the CVHS Band programs offered as well as the growth of the bands under Mr. Kozacek's leadership. Thanks to a boundary exception approval, we have been active members ever since! Even though Christian recently graduated, my husband Franz (the band truck driver) and I are committed to continuing our commitment with the BPO. Certainly, it is in giving that we receive.
I have had the honor of serving as the CVHS BPO President for two years and member@large last year. I am amazed by the growth, accomplishments, and inspired by our young adults each day.
It has taken me several decades to realize inspiration comes from within and is fueled by thoughts, words, actions, habits, and character. I am in awe of the persistence of our bands, guard members, and devoted staff because they are focused, resilient, enthusiastic, and bold.
Though my formal education and profession includes several leadership degrees, these things take a backseat to my volunteer experiences at Campo, our church, foster care programs, and numerous homeless advocacy groups. The most precious components of life rest within building relationships, creativity through music & art, compassion for others, and people sharing life connected.
The CVHS Band Program brings all of these treasures to the forefront, shining light in the dark places and forever leaving fingerprints on all who choose to be involved. I am privileged to continue my involvement with the BPO. I wouldn't miss it for the world! The BEST is yet to come!
Since serving on the board as the Treasurer last year, I am continuously amazed at how well our board works together for the common goal of building up of our kids, the band program and our Directors.
We work well together, and band has become a second family to me. I strongly believe in the program and want to assist our Directors as they continue to teach and help our kids grow. I have always been very impressed with the amount of band parents who come together to volunteer; all with a common goal to help our kids do great! It is an honor to continue to help the BPO with their success this year.
My oldest son performs for the Jazz band, Marching Band, Winter Drum Line and is a mentor to United Sound. I have a wide range of executive and financial experience with the ownership of several companies, as well as an extensive background in marketing and event planning. My interests include architecture, painting, spending time with family and traveling.
My name is Merritt Menefee-Johnson and this is my first year as Secretary for the BPO. My son, Spencer, plays sousaphone (Marching Band), concert tuba (Wind Ensemble) and bass trombone (Jazz Band). My husband, Dan, and I have been active volunteers for the BPO, and I wanted to become as involved as possible. The experiences I had as an orchestra and marching band member thru High School were invaluable to me growing up. I’m very glad that my two sons enjoy music and being active with the Campo Verde and Ashland Ranch music programs.
Professionally, I am a Senior Commercial Interior Designer, currently working remote and designing office spaces in the Bay Area. I have taught Interior Design courses at ASU, NAU, and MCC, and enjoy the interaction with young adults.
I’m also a glass artist and enjoy creating art for public installations and for residences. I am a juried artist co-op member of TheStore Art Gallery, located at Mesa Art Center. For the co-op, I have served on the Jury, Marketing and Exhibit committees for more than 4 years, actively helping to promote TheStore on social media and in print. I’m excited to serve alongside the other band parents, to help with creative ideas to support its goals, and to help support the program needs.
My son Kaden is a Junior this year and his passion is Music. More specifically playing the drums. When your child has a passion for something, their passion becomes Your passion and you want to help them with their dream. This coming year I have found that I can help him by taking on the roll of Treasurer and dedicating my time to work with Campo Staff and the BPO Team. I am an Office Manager responsible for payroll, A/P, A/R and all other financial obligations for the company I work with. I look forward to working as Treasurer this year with the BPO team!!
Member at Large
My name is Stacy Norton and the 2019-2020 school year will be our second year in the Campo Verde band program. My oldest son plays euphonium/tuba in the band and sousaphone in the marching band. We also have an eighth grader at South Valley who can’t wait to be on the drum line at Campo Verde. I participated in band and guard during high school at Dobson and believe the benefits of music programs are many as it teaches our children things beyond just how to play music. Parent support is important to the success of the program and I am excited to be a member at large this year on the board.
Member at Large
I moved to Gilbert, with my wife Jill (GPS Employee @ Mesquite Elementary School) 15 years ago specifically for the school system. I have been a Gilbert small business owner for 6 years.
I have three kids; one son Eli (14 years old; incoming Freshman at Campo) & daughters Kaydin (11) and Lainey (9) both at Mesquite Elementary. When Eli was in Kindergarten I started the Mesquite Dad’s Group, a parent organization that raises money for items such as; Playground equipment, Musical Instruments & Library books.
I remain on the board of the Mesquite Dad’s Group today and also hold a position on the board of the local chapter of a National Engineering Society (ASHRAE).
When not taking kids to their sports and extracurricular activities, I play softball and golf and enjoy participating in corn hole tournaments.
Member at Large
Hello, my name is Bill Hayes. My son Jake Hayes, a Junior, participates in Marching Band, Winter Drum Line and Symphonic band. Jake plays percussion and the Tenor Saxophone. Jake loves the band and all the great friendships and camaraderie. My wife, Cori, and I have been volunteering with the bands since our son was a freshman. We love to help the students and serve the community. This is my first year on the board as a member at large. I look forward to helping the bands achieve all their goals throughout the year. I am retired and was a Battalion Chief with the Mesa Fire & Medical Department for nearly 33 years. I like to travel and play golf when I can fit it in.