Important Announcements 

An Important Message From Bob Rogers Travel Regarding our Spring Trip

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to reschedule the Sandia High School Band, Choir, & Orchestra trip to Anaheim for March 17-21, 2021. We understand that there are a few families that will not be able to attend the new dates. There will be a brief window where we will amend our cancellation policy, and allow a 50% refund. Please let us know on or before August 7th and we will remove you from the trip. Know it may take a couple of weeks to get the refund processed. Starting on August 8th, all prior terms and conditions are applicable.

Spring Trip 


Band Gear



2020 marching show shirts and ‘Band Fan’ masks are now available for order! This year’s “The Year Without a Marching Show” art is so creative and not to be missed. Band Fan Merch can be ordered through Sign-Up Genius for shipping or in-person pick-up. Purchase your gear by 10/25/20 if you wish to participate in the first drive-thru pick-up scheduled for 10/30/20 in the SHS pool parking lot. If you wish to skip the in-person pick-up, please select shipping at check-out. Additional pick-up times may be added as warranted.  

Order Gear Here

From the Desk of Mr. North 

The Coronalympics are back!   


Good day parents and students!

I wanted to get the word out about the upcoming start of the new SHS Band Coronalympics.  These challenges are the core of our Advanced Musicianship in Distance Learning Initiative.  One of the tenets of band at Sandia is the provision for student choice in determining the level of engagement that best works for them (marching band is optional, multiple levels of core ensembles, etc.).  The Coronalympics will be our virtual extension of that philosophy.

The new SHS Band Coronalympics will serve three important purposes… 

  1. Most importantly, they provide a way to offer customizable content for students.  The material serves to supplement the (comparatively modest) amount of required assignments and playing requirements for the students who need and want more musical rigor.  On the other hand, since none of this material is required, students who are feeling overwhelmed or having issues (technological or otherwise) with distance learning will be less likely to burn out. 
  2. Secondly, the Coronalympics provides a “gamified” set of challenges that will provide a novel curriculum that will clearly improve student musicianship while also allowing students to earn tangible rewards while doing so.  Any student with sufficient completed events will receive a patch and champions will receive awards and recognition. 
  3. Finally, students can earn points for their band letters by completing Coronalympic events.  With the current pandemic, many of the ways students would traditionally earn points (such as giving extra performances and attending concerts for example) are unavailable.  The Coronalympics events provide pandemic-appropriate opportunities for students to continue to earn lettering points and become better musicians at the same time.

I hope your students are interested and excited about these new opportunities.  Further specifics and helpful instructions are posted on our Google Classroom site.  As always, if you or your students have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Let the games begin!


Tyler North

Fundraising Opportunities 




Letter Jacket Fundraiser  

SHS Band Boosters are hosting a Letter jacket event – ALL students are invited!

When: November 7th 9am-5pm

Where: Gardenswartz Team Sales – 2437 Menaul Blvd NE Abq, NM 87107

Gardenswartz representatives will be available to fit your student and discuss all the design and patch options that are available. 

If you buy a jacket on Saturday November 7th. You will save the sales tax on your purchase which could range from $20-$25 depending on the options chosen, It’s a great time to consider a Letter Jacket as a Christmas gift and save some money at the same time!

Make sure to wear a mask to your appointment!

**Payment for letter jacket is due at your appointment**

Date: 11/07/2020 (Sat.)Location: Gardenswartz Team Sales

2437 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107


Holiday Poinsettia Sales 

We have teamed up with a local nursery to supply our band families and friends with New Mexico True Poinsettias! 

Poinsettias cost $15 each and will come in a 6.5″ pot with a red cover

Order Deadline: November 4th

Delivery Date: December 2nd

Pick up on afternoon-evening of 12/2 . Location and  specific times TBA 

We have 3 colors to choose from…Christmas Eve Red, Alaska and Christmas Beauty Princess*

*Limited supply


Amazon Smile 

AmazonSmile customers can now support Sandia Band Booster in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
1.  Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2.  Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap ‘Settings’
3.  Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Smiths Inspiring Donations

Smiths Food and Drug donates .5% of every purchase you make to Sandia Band Boosters if you register with their Inspiring Donations program. They have changed their enrollment process and require re-enrollment annually. Check to make sure Sandia Band Boosters is your preferred non-profit! It only takes a few minutes to enroll and every donation makes a big difference to the band. 

Tyler North – Director of Bands

New Mexico Music Educators Association 2021 Educator of the Year 

Tyler North is currently the Director of Bands at Sandia High School where he has taught in various capacities for almost 20 years.  Presently, Mr. North serves as director of 2 concert ensembles, 1 jazz ensemble and a steel ensemble as well as directing the Matador marching and athletic bands.  During his tenure at Sandia High School, these ensembles have consistently garnered first-division ratings at festivals around the state and country.  In addition, the Sandia Wind Ensemble was named the NMAA Centennial Band in May of 2012. 

Before beginning his career at SHS, Mr. North received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS) and the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM) respectively.  In pursuit of his post-secondary degrees, Mr. North has had the honor of working with many fine educators including Lyle Dilley, David Wilborn, Michael Robinson, Eric Rombach-Kendall and Bruce Dalby.  Mr. North is also certified in both AP Music Theory and IB Music instruction.

Mr. North is an active member of the New Mexico Music Educators Association, serving as vice-president of bands for the Albuquerque district for 8 years and president for 5 years.  Mr. North has also supported the future of music education by working with many student-directors over the years, many of whom have gone on to have wonderful careers of their own.  

Mr. North currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, Jean (without whom, the last vestiges of his sanity would have slipped away years ago), his daughters Amara and Avalyn, and his yellow Labrador, Nana (without whom, his clothing would not have its customary coating of yellow dog hair).  


Sandia High School Band Room

7801 Candelaria Rd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110


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Mailing Address

Sandia Band Boosters

PO Box 21627

Albuquerque, NM  87154