Upcoming Events

May 5 Mrpk Day of Jazz

May 12 WHS Jazz Festival

May 21-22 Spring Concerts

May 23 Recruiting Tour



School Info

Kurt Gray, Director

Apryl Garcia, Asst.

Mesa Verde Middle School
14000 Peach Hill Rd.
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805)378-6309 x275            fax. (805)531-6620

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Weekly Schedule


8:00-9:00 Jazz A

9:00-9:55 Puma Str.

10:00-10:52 Wind Ens.

10:57:11:49 Wind Sym.

12:34-1:26 String Orch.

11:54-12:46 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Chamber Orch.

2:28-3:20 PREP



8:00-9:00 Jazz B

9:00-9:55 PREP

10:00-10:52 Puma Str.

10:57:11:49 Wind Ens.

12:34-1:26 String Orch.

11:54-12:46 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Wind Sym.

2:28-3:20 Chamber Orch.



8:00-9:00 Jazz A

9:00-9:55 Chamber Orch.

10:00-10:52 PREP

10:57:11:49 Puma Str.

12:34-1:26 String Orch.

11:54-12:46 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Wind Ens.

2:28-3:20 Wind Sym.



8:00-9:00 Jazz A  

9:00-9:55 Wind Sym.

10:00-10:52 Chamber Orch.

10:57:11:49 PREP

12:34-1:26 String Orch.

11:54-12:46 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Puma Str.

2:28-3:20 Wind Ens.



8:30-9:30 Jazz B

9:40-10:30 Wind Ens.

10:35-11:15 Wind Sym.

11:20-12:00 Chamber Orch.

12:50-1:30 String Orch.

12:05-12:45 Puma Band

1:35-2:15 PREP

2:20-3:00 A Puma Str.


Puma Band/Strings Instrument Selection

Greetings parents, and congratulations!  Your son or daughter’s instrument selection for the year has been finalized.  After being guided through introductions, live demos, and several videos, your son or daughter has come to a decision and met approval with our ensemble goals for balanced instrumentation in the class.

This week, we sent home a sheet with your son/daughter's instrument assignment, and in the case of strings, what size will be appropriate.  Puma Band will get this sheet toward the end of the week.

What to do next…


By far, the best option for most students is to rent an instrument from Nick Rail Music.  Though the initial process is usually not without its bumps, since Nick Rail services most music programs in Ventura County, it’s still the most convenient option, with most rentals being a part of a rent-to-own program.  Confirm the details of the RtO program with Nick Rail.

Simply go to: , select the correct instrument and size (strings), our city and school, and proceed to checkout.  Note that a “Starter Pack” is recommended but not required, and a “Shoulder Rest” is *highly* recommended when selecting accessories.

If you plan on renting, please complete the online form by Friday, September 7 in order to ensure the best chance that your instrument is available for pickup at Instrument Rental Night on September 13, 6pm at the MVMS Music Room.


If you’d rather buy an instrument right off the bat, PLEASE contact me first at, as most brands available on popular sources (Amazon, Guitar Center, etc.) are of low quality and are not a sound financial investment.


If you need to borrow an instrument from school, they will be assigned on a financial need basis.  We do ask for a $50 donation to help offset the cost of maintenance if you borrow an instrument. Please note that our inventory is limited, and we cannot guarantee the correct size, initially.

Private Lessons

Also, please check, and click on “Private Lessons” for information about practicing with an expert on your instrument!


Instrument Supplies Links

 Supplies for each instrument can be found on the list below.  You may obtain these through any source available to you, be it, a local music store, or even at Rental Night. Below are clickable links to some accessories, for now and in the future.



  • no required accessories 











Kurt Gray


Jazz Audition Music


Below is the downloadable 2018-2019 Jazz audition music.  Sign up for an auditon time in the Music Room.  Time slots are currently posted.

Requirements are as follows:

1.  One major scale of Mr. Gray's choosing: Bb, Eb, Ab, or F

2.  The audition music, provided below.  Practice with the linked accompaniment mp3.

3.  A short sight-reading excerpt to be provided at the time of audition.

Students are encouraged to seek help with the audition music from a private teacher.  Speak with Mrs. Garcia, or Mr. Gray for instrument-specific help.

Winds, Guitar and Piano: All music, plus improvisation if 8th (optional improve if 6/7th)

Drums: Straight through, with fills where appropriate. 

Alto/Bari Saxophone, mp3 

Tenor Saxophone, mp3 

Trumpet, mp3 

Trombone, mp3 

Piano, mp3 

Bass, mp3 

Drums, mp3 

Guitar, mp3  

This year, the band configuration will depend on how many students audition.  We may run as many as 3 ensembles, grouped by ability, not grade.  Only students prepared with all materials will be considered for the top groups, so be prepared, and ask any questions at least a week before your audition.

Good skill to everyone!

Mr. Gray



Moorpark Day of Jazz 

Please join us on Saturday May 5, starting at 10:00am as all of Moorpark's Jazz ensembles get together for the 5th annual Moorpark Day of Jazz.  Ensembles from Chaparral, Mesa Verde, Moorpark High, and Moorpark College will be performing right across the street from Mesa Verde at Moorpark Presbyterian Church.

Jazz B has a call time of 10:00am with a performance time of 10:30.  Dress code is regular concert attire.

Jazz A has a call time of 11:00am with a perofmrance time of 11:30.  Dress code is Jazz concert attire.

The doors will be open for the event; come early, stay late, have lunch and jam with the combo.  Donations are accepted at the door. 


SSHS Festival Debrief, TOHS Festival Info

Friday's Santa Susana Festival was a huge success for us!  Both groups performed very well given this stage in our preparation, and are poined for fantastic performances at our last concert festival coming up on Thursday March 22 at Thousand Oaks High School.  Back at Santa Susana, both groups received "Excellent" ratings in performance, "Superior" ratings in sight reading, and were exceptionally responsive and respectful in our clinics.  In addition, several parents and even directors from other schools had wonderful things to say about our students' etiquette in the audience.  Thank you to the chaperons for helping to make the day so great, and to all of you students for doing so well on the day.


Details for 3/22 are as follows:

10:00am - All students report to Music Room

10:15am - Load/Depart MVMS

10:45am - Unload at TOHS

11:15am - Chamber Strings Warmup

11:45am - Chamber Strings Performance

12:15pm - Chamber Strings Clinic

12:45pm - All students @ Lunch

1:45pm - All students in Auditorium

2:30pm - Wind Ensemble Warmup

3:00pm - Wind Ensemble Performance

3:30pm - Wind Ensemble Clinic

4:00pm - Dismissal/Load Bus

4:15pm - Bus Departure


At Dismissal, parents wishing to pick up their kids at 4:00pm are welcome to do so.  Please notify me ASAP if you plan to do this, so we can cancel a 2nd bus on the return trip if we don't need it.  Any remaining students at the time of Bus Departure will be brought back to Mesa Verde by bus.  We should be back home by 4:45pm.