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

Kurt Gray - Band, Orchestra, Jazz Director, Reed Specialist

Mr. Gray is in his 9th year teaching at Mesa Verde, after spending four years teaching at Garfield High School in Los Angeles. He received his Masters in Music Conducting from the American Band College in 2013, his teaching credential in 2005 from California State University, Northridge, and his B.A. in Music Education from U.C.L.A. in 2004.

While at U.C.L.A., Mr. Gray participated in several ensembles, including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, several Jazz Combos, the Bruin Marching Band, sitar ensemble, Balinese Gamelan Ensemble and other Ethnomusicology groups. Kurt was also a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003, playing tuba.  

In addition to directing the MVMS Instrumental Music program, Mr. Gray also serves as visual designer and caption head for the MHS Musketeer Band and Color Guard during the fall.

Mr. Gray's main instrument is alto saxophone, but he has played all saxophones, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, mellophone, and tuba in performance environments, as well as a number of world instruments. Some of Mr. Gray's favorite musicians include John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, the Roots, Nirvana, and Led Zeppelin.


Apryl Garcia - Assistant Director/Brass Specialist

Apryl Garcia received her B.A. in Music Education and her Single Subject Teaching Credential from UCLA.  Mrs. Garcia serves as a brass coach at Pacific Blue Music Camp during the summer. Apryl Garcia served as Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at John Adams Middle School from 2003 – 2014 where she was a 2010 PTSA Honorary Service Award recipient.  Mrs. Garcia is in her fifthyear here at Mesa.




Kevin Lopez - Jazz "B" Director/Percussion Specialist



Phil Idell - Percussion Specialist

Phil Idell currently holds a B.A. in Music Education from UCLA, where he studied under Mitchell Peters and participated in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and several other university performance ensembles. Phil was also a section leader in the award-winning UCLA Marching Band, with whom he travelled across the county for various NCAA sporting events, and even internationally as a featured performer in the 2010 Ekitopia Festival in Nagoya, Japan.

Since graduating from UCLA in 2012, Phil has become an extremely active percussion instructor and arranger in the Greater Los Angeles Area. While teaching some private lessons, the bulk of his work has been in marching percussion education, with emphasis in front ensemble percussion. Over the past 5 years, Phil has had the privilege of teaching the activity’s most elite ensembles, including: Arcadia High School (WGI 2016 PSW Bronze Medalists), POW Percussion, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, and the 2013 DCI World Champion Carolina Crown. Phil currently instructs Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the 2016 WGI PIW Bronze Medalists, Broken City Percussion, as well as several high schools in Ventura County.

David Bowman - String Specialist

Laura Asenas - String Specialist

Mary Predmore - Flute Specialist