Upcoming Events

August 15 - Registration Day (9:30am - 1:00pm)

August 16 - Registration Day (1:00pm - 3:00pm)

August 21 - First Day of School

September 5 - Back to School Night

September 12 - Instrument Rental Night

October 11 - 8th Grade Night at MHS

October 30 - Coffee Concerts

October 31 - Picture Day

(Updated 8/20/19)



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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

Weekly Schedule


8:00-9:00 Jazz A

9:00-9:55 Wind Sym.

10:00-10:52 Chamber Str.

10:57:11:49 String Orch.


12:34-1:26 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Puma Strings

2:28-3:20 Wind Ensemble



8:00-9:00 Jazz B

9:00-9:55 Wind Ensemble

10:00-10:52 Wind Sym.

10:57:11:49 String Orch.


12:34-1:26 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Chamber Str.

2:28-3:20 Puma Strings



8:00-9:00 Jazz A

9:00-9:55 Puma Strings

10:00-10:52 Wind Ensemble

10:57:11:49 String Orch.


12:34-1:26 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Wind Sym.

2:28-3:20 Chamber Str.



8:00-9:00 Jazz A  

9:00-9:55 Chamber Str.

10:00-10:52 Puma Strings

10:57:11:49 String Orch.


12:34-1:26 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Wind Ensemble

2:28-3:20 Wind Symphony



8:30-9:30 Jazz B

9:40-10:30 Wind Sym.

10:35-11:15 Chamber Str.

11:20-12:00 String Orch.


12:50-1:30 Puma Band

1:35-2:15 Puma Str.

2:20-3:00 Wind Ensemble


Spring Trip Scholarship Essay Winners

Greetings Parents and Students,

First of all, I’d like to thank you for your part in the submission of the essays.  Whether you’re a student who took the time to reflect on the prompts and articulate your thoughts and feelings, or a parent who encouraged your child to do so, getting to sit down with each of you through your words was eye-opening and inspiring for me, and made me truly grateful to stand in front of my all of my students every day.  Each of the eight essays I received were heartfelt, poignant, and well-written.  Again, thank you for your sincere effort!

As you might imagine, the students who wrote essays are all self-motivated, disciplined, and passionate students, which made it very difficult to choose just two winners.  Fortunately, a donor who prefers to remain anonymous has come forward to offer a 3rd half-scholarship.  I was asked to include financial need as one of the factors for this scholarship, in addition to the quality of the essay and body of work since 6th grade.

In alphabetical order, I’d like to congratulate Mikayla Flores, Reagan Lockwood, and Rachel Strausman on their winning essays.  Your heart, maturity, personality, and dedication shines through your work every day in class, and I couldn’t be more proud to award you all this scholarship.

Details regarding payment are currently being worked out with MTC.  We’ll be in contact with the winners when more information is available.

Thank all of you so much for your participation and enthusiasm.  You represent the very best of our community, and you make Mesa a wonderful place for your teachers, coaches, and fellow students.


Kurt Gray

MV Music


Spring Trip - Still Time to Sign Up!

Hello 7th/8th Grade Music Families,


Spring Trip Sign-Up is happening!  If you’re interested in signing up for the trip, follow these instructions:


  1. Go to
  2. Click on TRIP LOGIN in the UPPER RIGHT
  3. Click on Register as New User
  4. Fill in all information and click Create Account
  5. Enter your email address and password
  6. Go to Register a Traveler and fill in the requested information
  7. Your trip number is: 1804-3-57
  8. Select Make a Payment to pay your deposit 


Be advised that even though the November 10 sign up deadline as passed, it is not too late to sign up, and there are no late penalties at this point.  Please, however, sign up as soon as you can so that we have an accurate picture of the kids who will be on the trip.  It is difficult to plan for a trip like this if we have people waiting until the last minute to sign up.


If you missed the kickoff meeting a few weeks ago, please see the attached PDF of the documents handed out that evening.  This includes a trip itinerary, payment schedule, and a little bit about the company organizing the trip.  We’ve used MTC on trips to Disneyland, Knott’s, and even San Francisco in the past with great success!


Here are a few questions that came up at the meeting:


How will roommates be decided?

For the most part, the kids will decide for themselves.  We will go 4 to a room, no exceptions, and I reserve the right to break up a room at any point before the trip.  if I think behavior is a potential issue.


How will chaperon groups be decided?

We will use roommate group as the basis for our chaperon groups.  It’s easy to make exceptions, so if you want your son/daughter with a particular chaperon, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can accommodate your request.


We will strive for an 8:1 ratio of chaperon to student.  District policy is 10:1.  The only day we will be split up is Saturday, within the confines of Knott’s Berry Farm.  We will have hourly, by-phone checkins with chaperons, with two physical meet-ups at times to be decided.  Students will be required to be in groups of 3, minimally, always with someone who has a cell phone.  


More detailed information about procedures and behavioral expectations will be available closer to the date of the trip.


What is the cost for chaperons?

Refer to the table on the attached PDF.  All students will pay the quad rate, but chaperons can choose to room alone or with up to 3 others for the quad rate.  The final price depends on the number of people coming on the trip.


Can my son/daughter room with me?

Absolutely!  No other students will be allowed to sleep in your room, however.


How will my son/daughter’s dietary restrictions or medical needs be met?

Communicate all dietary needs with MTC.  Medicine will be handled through me, and ultimately administered chaperons.  It’s important for you to communicate one on one with your child’s chaperon once that’s been decided.


Contact info for further questions: - Mr. Gray for rooming, chaperon, medical, music, or general “kid management” questions. - Chris Forsythe for payment, trip logistics, dietary, or general business questions.


Thank you so much for reading!


Kurt Gray


Winter Concert Date/Venue Change

Winter Concerts are this week!  Here's the final update:

December 11 - MHS Performing Arts Center

Puma Strings, Chamber Strings, Wind Ensemble, Jazz A

Start Time: 6:30pm

Call Times (On Stage, Ready to Play): PS 6:00, CS 5:40, WE 5:20, JA 5:00

Tickets: Available at the door, $10 ages 6+, ages 5 and under free


December 14 - MVMS Multi-Purpose Room

Puma Band, Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, Jazz B, Jazz A

Start Time: 6:30pm (Jazz B at 6:00, Jazz A at 6:15)

Call Times: PB 6:00, WS 5:40, SO 5:20, JA 5:00, JB 4:40

Tickets: Available at the door, $10 ages 6+, ages 5 and under free



Upcoming Fall Dates!

Hello Parents!

All Music Families:

As you know, our annual Coffee Concerts are coming up quickly on Thursday, October 26.  Concerts will be period by period with Chamber Strings (10:00) and String Orchestra (12:00) in the Music Room (F2) and Wind Symphony (9:00), Puma Band (12:30), Puma Strings (1:30), and Wind Ensemble (2:30) in the MPR.  Parents are invited and encouraged to attend!  Student dress for Coffee Concerts is regular concert attire.  Students will *not* have time to change before performances, so will need to come to their class full dressed in concert attire.  All ensembles will wear all black shoes, black socks, black pants/skirt, with various shirt requirements per ensemble:

Chamber Strings/Wind Ensemble: Black button-up oxford shirt with Mesa-provided tie (to be handed out on Monday 10/23)

String Orchestra/Wind Symphony: White button-up oxford shirt with Mesa-provided tie (to be handed out on Monday 10/23)

Puma Strings/Puma Band: Black Mesa Music T-shirt (to be handed out on Monday 10/23)


The next day, we’ll have Music Picture Day, period by period.  Order forms will be sent home today.  Dress requirements are the same as Coffee Concert day.


We are very close to settling on our Winter Concert dates, held up by a very busy schedule at the MHS PAC, where we prefer to have our concerts.  I hope to have solid dates for everyone by the end of this week, so please watch for an email about that.  One thing is for sure - we will not have a concert on the night of the Star Wars: Episode VIII premiere, which is December 14.


All 7th and 8th Grade Families:

Back by popular demand is our Spring Trip, which will take place April 20-21.  We will be holding a non-mandatory Spring Trip Informational Meeting in the Mesa Music Room (F2) at 6:30pm on Thursday October 26.  Our travel company, Music Travel Consultants, will have a representative at the meeting to answer any of your questions regarding logistics any payment.  Anything he can’t answer should be something that I can, so come armed with your questions.

A brief overview of the trip:

We’ll leave school early on Friday the 20th, and head down to Orange County for judged performances.  After the performance, we’ll have dinner at Medieval Times, then go to our hotel near Buena Park.  On Saturday the 21st, kids and chaperons (we’ll need some!) will have most of the day in Knott’s Berry Farm, concluding with an awards ceremony for the previous day’s performances, after which we’ll head back to Moorpark on Saturday night.

Current cost for the trip, which should be locked in by the meeting on 10/26, is about $360 per student, and is all-inclusive.  MTC sets up a payment plan, and will provide additional details at the meeting.  If you cannot attend, all of the information will be available in digital form after the meeting, but if you have specific questions, it’s best to attend.


Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings:

We will have our 8th Grade Band Night at MHS on Friday November 3!  This is an evening where all 8th grade students (mandatory attendance for 8th graders in both ensembles) will have a chance to play with the MHS Marching Band before and during the evening’s football game, watch their halftime show, and eat pizza with the Chaparral 8th graders and MHS Band.  String families might be surprised to learn that, while we don’t march string instruments, over 30% of the Marching Band plays in a string orchestra during the school day at MHS.  Any 6th and 7th graders in WE/CS are invited but are not required to attend the evening’s events.

Call time is 5:00 pm at the MHS Baseball Field (come through the Band Room, drop off instrument, head down to the field) wearing either their Mesa Music shirts, Mesa Music sweatshirt, or something that says “Mesa Verde” on it.  Release will also be at the MHS Band Room after the game, some time around 10pm.  No students will be permitted to leave from the stadium.  Parents are of course welcome to come to the game.  Especially encouraged is sitting in the Band Parent section.

This is the first of 4 articulation events designed to get both students and parents comfortable with the high school music program, an essential part of the decision making that will come sooner than you might think!


That’s all for now!


Kurt Gray, Director

Apryl Garcia, Assistant Director


Class-Discussed Links

Below are links to a few of the things that have been discussed with various individuals in class.  

Microphone - If you're having issues with Smart Music and microphone setup, you can buy a cheap microphone on Amazon at this link: Clip-On Microphone

Pneumo Pro for Flutes - A few flutists have expressed interest in a tool we've used at school.  Purchasing this is by no means necessary, but can help some flutists gain control over the direction of their air stream: Pneumo Pro