Upcoming Events

May 13 Spring Concert I

May 20 Spring Concert II

May 28 Elementary Tour

May 31 Awards Picnic

Jun 12 Petting Zoo



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 Sym.

10:57:11:49 String Orch.

11:54-12:46 Chamber Str.

12:34-1:26 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Wind Ens.

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 String Orch.

11:54-12:46 Chamber Str.

12:34-1:26 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Wind Sym.

2:28-3:20 Wind Ens.



8:00-9:00 Jazz A

9:00-9:55 Wind Ens.

10:00-10:52 PREP

10:57:11:49 String Orch.

11:54-12:46 Chamber Str.

12:34-1:26 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 Puma Str.

2:28-3:20 Wind Sym.



8:00-9:00 Jazz A  

9:00-9:55 Wind Sym.

10:00-10:52 Wind Ens.

10:57:11:49 String Orch.

11:54-12:46 Chamber Str.

12:34-1:26 Puma Band

1:31-2:23 PREP.

2:28-3:20 Puma Str.



8:30-9:30 Jazz B

9:40-10:30 Wind Ens.

10:35-11:15 Wind Sym.

11:20-12:00 String Orch.

12:05-12:45 Chamber Str.

12:50-1:30 Puma Band

1:35-2:15 Wind Ens.

2:20-3:00 PREP


Instrument Rentals

Hello 6th Grade Families,


I hope your school year has gotten off to a great start at Mesa!  Now that we’re a few weeks in, we’ve settled on instrumentation in both Puma Strings and Puma Band.  The next step will be to acquire an instrument!  There are three main options you have: renting from a music store, purchasing a reputable brand, or borrowing from Mesa’s limited inventory.


Rentals are the most popular option, both due to quality of instrument and level of financial commitment.  Here at Mesa, we host an Instrument Rental Night run by the Agoura Hills branch of Nick Rail Music.  At this point, your son or daughter has been selected to play a particular instrument, and if you’re interested in renting, we ask that you complete Nick Rail’s online rental process no later than Monday September 8 to ensure the best chance of September 11 Instrument Rental Night delivery.   All instruments are on a rent-to-own program, and many are brand-new, high quality beginner instruments.  This helps take the guesswork out of buying something that will last more than a few months.


Online Process: 

Go to, Click “Rent”, then “Begin Rental Process”

Follow the prompts, making sure to pick the right instrument and school

For Delivery Options, select “Will P/U at Mesa Verde MS Event”

You instrument will be available for pickup at our rental night


Rental Night:

Come to the Mesa Verde Music Room between 6pm-8pm on Monday September 11 to pick up your instrument and any necessary accessories.


Borrowing from Mesa is an option that we try to reserve on an as-needed basis.  Our small inventory of instruments are functional, but often need frequent repair given the age of each instrument.  We ask for a one time $35 donation for instrument use.  Certain accessories are not provided by the school, and can be purchased online or in person at our September 11 Nick Rail Rental Night.  Your son or daughter should have a list, if anything is needed, in their school agenda books.  Instruments will be assigned in class, and you will not need to come to rental night for that reason.


Purchasing an instrument is a good option for someone sure that they’ll be committed to that instrument, or for those who would rather not make payments.  Please email me at for recommendations.


Our first day of playing in class will be Tuesday, September 19.  We expect that all students will have their instrument or will at least be in the process of obtaining one by that time.


If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to email me as you think of them.  This is an important time of year, and I’ll be available for anything on which you might need clarification.


Thank you!

Kurt Gray & Apryl Garcia



Hello Puma Musicians!

Welcome back from your summer break!  I hope you are as excited to start the year as me, the staff, and the boosters are.  We're definitely ready for you!  This site is where you'll find some of the most important information, including important dates, documents, and other bits of info.

If you've yet to contribute to our Fair Share Donation program, we've made it easier than ever to do so!  Please see the fancy new Paypal "Donate" button in the top of the left column.

See you all very soon!

Mr. Gray


2016-2017 Mesa Verde Music Booster Board

Thank you to the following parents who have stepped up to fill our board positions, helping to ensure the present and future viability of the program and its events!

Bonnie Boe, President

Leigh Brushkof, Vice President

Karen Garces, Treasurer

Kori Mandel, Secretary

Irene Smith, Financial Secretary

Pamela Kirkland, Volunteer Coordinator

Susie Jacobs, Member at Large

Erin Fujioka, Programs

Reshma Singh, Fundraising

Joyce Lundgren, Fundraising



6th Grade Registration


Future Freshman Night & 9th Grade Auditions

Greeting Mesa 8th Grade Families!

I wanted to make you aware of a couple of important dates coming up in the next few weeks that are pertinent to all 8th grade musicians.  In the New Gym at MHS, there will be a general meeting for ALL incoming freshmen.  Immediately following the general meeting, the Instrumental Music Program will hose an informational meeting in Room Q-1 (Band Room).  There will be a short presentation and will be a great opportunity to ask any questions about any aspect of the music program.  This is the best place to get definitive information regarding the compatibility of other campus activities (sports, academic programs, etc.) with music.

Current 8th grade students will be given the opportunity to audition for placement in the Moorpark HS Music program.  Please note that anyone interested in the music program will be automatically admitted, and that the audition is for placement in the correct class period, as there are multiple levels of band and strings which are open to all grades based on musicianship level.

For Concert Bands, Strings, and Marching Band

Sign up for an audition spot for the MHS Instrumental Music Program by going to and choosing a time that works best for you.  At your audition:

1.       Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion - Play the 2 major scales and chromatic scale from the Junior High CBDA scale sheet.  Be sure to play with the articulations indicated.  Scale sheets can be found by going to   Click on your instrument from the JUNIOR HIGH list to find the appropriate sheet.

2.       Strings – Play a D and G major scale in one octave, and an E melodic minor scale in 2 octaves.

3.       Choose a short song of your choice (minimum of 16 measures, no longer than 2 minutes in performance length) that you have been working on with your private instructor, on your own, or in your school band or orchestra.  Pick one that demonstrates your skill level.  Accompaniment is not required.  

4.       You will be given a short song to sight read during your audition.

5.       Come prepared with your questions!  


Marching Band participation is not required, but HIGHLY recommended.  Make the leap - it will be one of the best decisions you can make!


- Mr. Gray