2014 Performers – Rock the District 6

Main Stage Bands

thekards with Sydney Claire Collins


At first glance thekards are recognized as a group, however, collectively you will find a set of unique and distinctive personalities bonded by a common love of music and performing. This summer, original thekards members, Lucas Aikin, Habib Sabbagh, Jacob Williams and Jared Grady joined up with vocalist and performer Sydney Claire Collins.

This unique combination of skill and talent has proven to be a perfect mixture.  Each group member attending different valley high schools attests to the fact that they are all “in it” for their true passion for music.  Sydney is a junior at the acclaimed Arizona School of Arts, Lucas a junior. at Cactus Shadows High School, Jacob & Habib are seniors at Notre Dame Preparatory and Jared a senior at Brophy Preparatory.

Both thekards and Sydney have been performing for years at local charity events and entertainment venues alike.  This is the third year both thekards and Sydney have performed for Rock the District. They join several other returning performers, including Sydney’s younger brother Sean Collins. Sean first played RTD in 2011 as part of Jimmy Leg and returns with Divided Minds for 2014.

thekards with Sydney Claire Collins are participating in Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding competition, with finals set for November 21. Wish them luck as the competition is tough!

 You can see more information on thekards and Sydney on their websites at :

www.thekards.com                    http://www.reverbnation.com/sydneyclairecollins



In 2013, when brothers Grady and Spencer Byrne and long time friend Braden Powers were paired with Harrison Glenn at a local band coaching workshop, there was instant chemistry and they knew they had something special.  At 15-years old, Grady is a lead guitarist with a passion for practice.  Also at 15, Braden makes up half of the rhythm section on drums. At 14, Harrison plays guitar and is a powerful vocalist with a searing upper register. In the current landscape 12-year old Spencer is a strong and steady bass player, but is true multi-instrumentalist and budding jaw harpist.

Putting this foursome together you have the thunder, lightning and energy true to their moniker…Monsoon.

The guys of Monsoon have a wide range of influences from Sinatra to Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton to Marty Friedman. That variety is evident in their repertoire as they can seamlessly range from the Beatles and ZZ Top to Megadeth. Rock the District is certain to be a jumping off point for Monsoon as they continue to bring their soaring brand of classic rock to Valley stages.

S4R4 Sara Windom


Sara Windom is an indie/alternative singer/songwriter from Cave Creek with a captivating tone and presence. Sara is a 14-year old freshman at Cactus Shadows High School and a multi-talented instrumentalist. Not only does Sara sing and play guitar, but she also dabbles in bass guitar and keyboard as well.

Sara comes by her musical talents naturally as her father played guitar in a punk band in the 90s that was signed to a record label. Some of those indie/punk roots appear in whom Sara sites as influences of her style and sound. Sara considers the Strokes an influence to her songwriting, looks to the Drowners as a model for her guitar approach and Bombay Bicycle Club for musical style.

Increasing her gig schedule, Sara has recently performed at the Desert Broom Library, Dairy Queen, and this fall has been competing in Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding competition as a soloist.

Make sure to check out the links provided to bring you directly to Sara’s music!


Abby Walker, featuring Rachel Dutcher, Sam Chappel, and Colton Kennedy

AbbyWalkerGroupAbby Walker fell in love with singing when she was 3-years-old. Currently a junior at CSHS, Abby began performing and taking lessons in 6th grade and fell in love with the art. Since then, Abby has picked up the ukulele, guitar, mandolin, piano, standup bass and bass guitar, along with other instruments such as violin, viola and accordion. She continues to nurture her musical gift by singing on her church’s worship team, serving as the music director of her youth group, singing and serving at Chris Becker Dining Hall and performing the National Anthem at several events each year.
Aside from music, Abby is a dedicated swimmer, cross country runner and spends time volunteering at organizations such as Chris Becker and Feed My Starving Children.

Rachel Dutcher is a sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School and this will be her first performance in Rock the District. An honors student and pre-IB scholar, Rachel balances a busy life by keeping up with grades and extracurricular activities. Drawing and singing have played very big roles in her life through middle school and high school because they have allowed her to express her creativity through different forms of art. Ever since
she was little, Rachel has had a strong passion for singing and songwriting, and her love for music grew even more once she picked up a guitar. She is extremely excited to collaborate with Abby Walker in this year’s performance.

Sam Chappel began playing the drums six years ago through the school band program. At first he was self taught, but a year and half later began taking lessons with Jim Zupancic. After years of lessons and continued practice, Sam filled in one Sunday on the worship team for his church, while their regular drummer was out. This experience drove him to continue to practice and improve his skills. After a while, Sam began playing more and more with his church worship team until it her regularly switched off with their normal drummer, and now he is the regular drummer at Light of the Desert. Now, Sam plays at multiple events each year at CSHS and local gigs, but this is first time playing at Rock the District.

Fifteen-year-old Colton Kennedy comes from Cave Creek, Arizona, and is a sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School. Colton’s musical influences range from the guitar licks of Angus Young, Ozzy Osbourne, and the pure classic rock of Jimi Hendix, to the grunge sound of Green Day. He first picked up at guitar at age 8, and has been writing his own songs since age 13. Colton was in and out of the hospital in 2011 and guitar was the one thing that made him feel better. Ever since his very first gig at the Hard Rock Cafe at age 14, Colton has loved performing. He has performed throughout Phoenix
with his previous band, and has done some gigs in Scottsdale. He plans to pursue his music career further and inspire young musicians that anything is possible.

Mia Gilling & Kate Rosenbaum


Mia Gilling and Kate Rosenbaum are freshmen at Cactus Shadows High School and have been playing music together for two years. The girls were part of the Ukulele Trio last year at Rock the District, and return this year with their harmony-rich, acoustic, coffeehouse stylings. Citing coffee house stalwarts like Natalie Holmes, Birdy, and The Head and the Heart as influences, the pair trade harmonies beautifully and their friendship is evident through their performances.

The close friends come to Rock the District with a nice resume of recent shows, having performed at the Cave Creek Balloon Festival, Harold’s Corral, Cactus Shadows Unplugged, and Saddlecreek Coffee Company. Mia has also sung with the Upscale Singers, and belongs to the Cactus Shadows High School choir. Kate began singing in the church youth choir in elementary school and was a part of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus for one year.

Both Mia and Kate come from musical and supportive families and site both as contributing factors to their success. Both girls currently receive vocal instruction from Martha Lindsay Glenn. Mia has been playing guitar for two years and receives guitar instruction from Frank Grossi. Mia and Kate wish to thank their music instructors for their wisdom, guidance and enthusiasm in helping them prepare for Rock the District!

​The Premiere


The Premiere is a rock band from Scottsdale, AZ that formed in May 2013. Kyle Himmelein, 14, Max Henderson, 15, and Morgan Nelson, 16, had been creating music and performing together for over three years with similar musical influences including Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Weezer and Green Day. Shortly after becoming an Artist in Development under the tutelage of Shane Baskerville at School of Rock, the boys added Matt Ward, 15, to their lineup and began performing at venues including Salt River Fields, Last Exit Live and Gibby’s Sports Pub in Scottsdale. Their biggest show to date was opening up for Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Lynyrd Skynyrd at The Rockyard in Westworld for AZ Bike Week 2014. Their style of original music has been described as Alternative Rock and/or Surfer Punk, probably due to another key influence, the Southern California beach scene.

The Premiere is currently competing in Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding competition and October gigs included Cardboard City in the Scottsdale Stadium and Scottsdale Balloon Festival’s Spooktacular.

The following are social media sites where fans can follow The Premiere’s concert updates, listen to their music and see music videos of the band.





For additional contact and information please email The Premiere at:


Divided Minds


Divided Minds is honored to be performing in the 6th Annual Rock the District Community Event.

The four band members of Divided Minds met in January 2014 at a Rock Workshop with Stages Music.  After discovering they had similar tastes in music, creating a band was the next logical step.  Since forming, Divided Minds has performed at Jalapeno Inferno, Club Red, Joe’s Grotto, and is currently competing in the 2014 Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding competition.

The members of the band include:  Sean Collins – Lead Vocals, and Rhythm Guitar;  Joshua Peters – Lead Guitar, and Back-up Vocals;  Ethan Cottor – Bass, and Back-up Vocals;  and Deven Pile – Drums.  The boys range in age from 14 to 16 years, and all attend different high schools in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

In addition to Rock the District, Divided Minds has upcoming gigs including 51West on November 14, 2014, headlining Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s “Ignite Hope Walk” on December 13, 2014.

Divided Minds is also working on releasing their first EP in the Spring of 2015.


Don’t Tell Mom


Don’t Tell Mom is a young classic rock band that formed in 2013 after meeting at a Stages Music workshop in 2012.  DTM’s band members consist of: 10-year old Dean Cheney and 12-year old Ethan Frink sharing vocals and guitar duties; 12-year old Jack Homer handling the drums and backing vocals; and 12-year old Jake Powers holding down bass, vocals, and keys.

Don’t Tell Mom has been consistently gigging in 2014 with performances at the 2014 Salt River Fields Food Truck Festival, the 2014 Tempe Town Lake 4th of July Spectacular, Grayhawk Elementary School’s Fall Festival, Alice Cooperstown, Joe’s Grotto and Handlebar J’s. The boys are booked out with several shows leading into RTD and more to follow.

When the boys are not busy practicing or performing with Don’t Tell Mom, Dean competes in 10K’s and youth triathlons; Ethan is active in Boy Scouts and recently earned his first 2 merit badges; Jack is an avid golfer who competes in junior tournaments throughout the nation; and Jake enjoys volunteering with SARRC and is a member of Boy’s Team Charity, class of 2020.


GroundedGrounded, the band formerly known as The Little Big Kids, has been playing
together for more than two years since meeting at Kirk’s Studio of the
Performing Arts in 2012. In 2014 they performed at the Cave Creek Balloon
Festival, the CCUSD District “Inspire Excellence Awards” ceremony and have played at Alice Cooperstown, Mesa Arts Center and private parties.
Grounded’s band members at just 11 and 12 years old are all talented
musicians on their own but together they ROCK! Kailin Kentigian on Vocals,
Luke Taylor on Keyboards, Harrison Taylor on Drums and Cameron Bertolet on

Lioness Mistress

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetLioness Mistress is a collection of Cactus Shadows students who share an affinity for music and talent to back it up. Lead guitarist, Patrick England lays down the foundation for the group’s unique sound while rhythm guitarist, Niko Rose adds dynamics. Top it off with Tim Sammons on drums and Sarah Nelson on bass/vocals and they leave little to be desired. They thank CCUEF for all of their work and invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the concert.


Sarah Nelson is a sophomore and has been “rockin’ the district” for the past four years. In addition to her musical prowess, she enjoys art, writing, playing in Lioness Mistress and making lattes as an employee at Janey’s Coffeehouse. She studies a variety of musical genres such as jazz, classical, and folk with Martha Lindsey-Glenn at her studio in Carefree. The influences for her eccentric musical style come from a broad spectrum of artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Joni Mitchell to Kanye West. She is a strong believer in the importance of the arts and would like to thank you for supporting CCUEF and Rock the District concert.

Sophie, Christina, Halle & Chance

Sophie_Cristina_Halle_ChanceAll performing as individuals in RTD, Halle Ata-Abadi, Sophie Louis, Christina Silbert and Chance McLaughlin also combine to form a smooth and harmony-rich ensemble. Formed on the fly by Halle as part of a Teacher Appreciation event, the four friends and musicians have a natural chemistry that is clearly evident in their performances. The group performs songs from a wide genre range listing from Country, Pop, Alternative and R&B and are only beginning explore the possibilities of their combination.

Emma Smith


Emma Smith, a 17-year old senior from Cactus Shadows High School, brings her unique and soulful acoustic sounds to Rock the District for the first time. Emma is a veteran of drama and musical theatre productions since the 3rd grade. Her credits include such shows as Antigone, Legally Blonde, Macbeth, The Foreigner.

Emma enjoys writing and performing her own music at various coffee shops and events. She has recently performed at RnR, Roots and Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers. Leading up to and following Rock the District Emma is planning gigs at Soul Café and venues in Tempe and Phoenix.

Emma considers the people around her, particularly her friends and family as influences, especially for writing music. Emma would like to thank God, the community, and her family for guidance and support over her years as a performer.

Bobbi Kerr

BobbiKerrBobbi Kerr began guitar lessons at the age of 8 and incorporated singing into her music at the age of 11. She is now 16 and has played at several venues including Buffalo Chip, Hard Rock Café, Harold’s, Arizona Women’s Expo, Arizona State Fair and several charity events. Bobbi has been an active member of Chicks With Picks for 5 years and performs frequently with the organization.. Musical artists that influence her include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley and country music as a whole. Bobbi is excited about her future and loves to share her passion for music.


Chance McLaughlin


Chance McLaughlin is a 14 year old freshman at Cactus Shadows High School. Interested in music from the earliest of ages, Chance has stuck to music, playing in public and hopes to turn it into a future career. He has sung in many events ranging from local choral performances and solo events

Chance is a country singer and follows along with both style and song choice. He enjoys listening to Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton and isn’t afraid to mix in a little modern pop into the sequence. While Chance has been singing since he was 10 years old, he recently picked up guitar and is progressing greatly. The style and energy Chance brings to the stage is infectious and Rock the District is excited to have him back!

Halle Ata-Abadi


As a proud 8th grader at Sonoran Trails Middle School, Halle is back with her powerful and unique sound for a return engagement at Rock the District.

At the age of 5, Halle selected the piano as her instrument of choice and she has been playing since. A piano teacher with a keen ear noticed the young Halle would hum along while practicing and was right on pitch. That astute observation was a gift to us all, as Halle’s voice is resplendent. With a head-turning tone and stage presence that belies her age, Halle is a significant talent on the rise.

Halle is committed to her craft. Practicing daily, she has also been working with Martha and Kevin Glenn on improving her piano and voice skills.

Equally, passionate about her academics and a past member of National Junior Honor Society, Halle is a Principal’s List award recipient and is active in a host of academic clubs and associations, including Future Problem Solvers, Junior Youth group, and NJHS. Practicing martial arts for about 7 years, Halle is a red belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys the martial arts and its philosophy of life.

Madison Holmes


Madison is a 13 year old up and coming singer/songwriter who loves to perform music from the country, rock and pop genres. A multi-instrumentalist, Madison has been performing on the piano since age 7 and guitar since age 10.

Citing both The Beatles and Taylor Swift as influences, Madison gigs regularly and has played in many Valley live music locations including Alice Cooperstown, The MIM, Harold’s Corral, Cocomo Joe’s, Azool Grill, The Horney Toad, The Hideaway Grill, Scottsdale Air Fair, AZ Watermelon Festival, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Flicka’s, Tavern Americana, Janey’s Coffee House, Cave Creek Balloon Festival, McDowell Mountain Golf Club, The Songbird’s Nest, Blue Martini-Phoenix, Grayhawk Golf Club, Isabella’s Kitchen, Rock The District 2013, Doubletree Resort Scottsdale, PF Chang’s, Camelback Sanctuary Resort, and Grayhawk Association Community Events.

When not practicing or performing, Madison enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies and cooking. She also believes in giving back to the community and has performed at various charities around the Valley.

Raina Donati

Raina-DonatiRaina Donati wears many “hats”.

Raina is a Cactus Shadow’s High School Honor Student who loves creating animation and making short films.

She is an accomplished performer winning and placing in many state and national talent competitions. She has also won the hot pipes singer of the year.

Raina is also a radio talk show host of the new show that can be heard on the Voice America Kids called Break a Leg. A show that is all about entertainment!  She also is a Senior Radio producer for Kidstar, the network that produces her show.

Raina also has a servant’s heart and has over 300 hours of community service. She has also donated over 22” of hair to lock of love.

Raina is also a Three Time “Miss Arizona” for the National American Miss Pageant system, this pageant focuses on community service, communication skills and building confidence.

You may be surprised to know that Raina also enjoys raising and keeping Chickens.

It may not be a coincidence that her name in Spanish means Queen because she dreams of becoming the future Queen of Broadway!

Caity Bonine

Caity_BonineCaity Bonine is a Sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School and she is passionately pursuing her love of music through singing and songwriting. Her musical influences include country musicians like Carrie Underwood and The Civil Wars as well as inspirations from other genres such as Birdie, Christina Aguilera and Ingrid Micheaelson. She began taking voice from Martha Lindsay-Glenn in 2011 along with practicing piano, guitar and her
ukulele. She has been performing for the last few years and enjoys connecting with the audience during performances. In addition to her musical endeavors, Caity is a member of Cactus Shadows Student Council, Young Life and is dedicated to training and showing her horse in reining competitions as well as pursuing her photography talents including student portraits. Caity looks forward to gaining more experiences and opportunities to fine tune her musical talents ­ thank you Rock the District for all you do to support music and the arts in the Cave Creek School District and throughout our community.

Pre-Show Peformers

Sophie Louis


An 8th grader at Sonoran Trails Middle School, Sophie Louis is a Cave Creek native who has been playing guitar and singing for the past couple of years. With musical tastes that lean towards Of Mice & Men, Pierce The Veil and Bring Me The Horizon, Sophie has taken her singer/songwriter style to venues including Handlebar J’s, Alice Cooperstown and Hard Rock Café as both a soloist and with groups.

When Sophie isn’t playing guitar or singing, she enjoys writing.

Lauren Bizzell

Lauren-Bizzell-1Lauren Bizzell’s passion for music began before she could speak in full sentences. By the age of two, she could be heard in the back of her parent’s vehicle, snug in her car seat, singing along with greats like Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and Trisha Yearwood. Lauren loves songs that have personal meaning and touch her soul. And, although she loves many different genres of music, Lauren’s favorites still sway toward the country roots she learned as a toddler.

A freshman at CSHS, Lauren performs in talent shows, school and church events. Most recently, Lauren gave standout performances at STMS Class of 2018 8th Grade Promotion, annual talent shows and choir concerts. She’s also a member of the CSHS choir.

Lauren’s hobbies include reading, playing piano, Pinterest, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. She has a crazy obsession with her lynx point kitty, MoJo, whom she affectionately calls “Mow-Mow-Chico-de-Gallo-Party-King-Baby-Swag.” True story. Lauren cares deeply about the needs of others and was the founder of a new volunteering club at STMS. She continues her commitment to community service through a local club and high school church ministry.

Outgoing, bubbly and extremely talented, Lauren Bizzell is an up-and-coming force to be noticed!

Kati Patterson


Returning to RTD, Sonoran Trails Middle School 8th grader, Kati is a singer who was initially inspired by her chorus class in elementary school. Today she listens to many artists but finds herself particularly drawn to style and songwriting of Sara Bareilles.

Since she was 6, Kati has loved to sing. She would sing anywhere, around the house, at school, in the car and this continues today. In addition to regular practice on her own, Kati regularly works with a vocal coach. When she is singing, Kati plays tennis with her parents and is a cheerleader for STMS.

Carissa Canto


Another returning RTD performer, Carissa Canto, is a 13-year old 8th-grader attending Sonoran Trails Middle School. Carissa has been singing since age seven and continues to make videos and perform today. Adding guitar to her vocal efforts, in addition to RTD, Carissa sang at the rebuilding of the Cactus Shadows track and performed the National Anthem at a season opening hockey game for the local Arizona Red Hawks.

A cheerleader since age four, Carissa is currently one of the four captains of the STMS cheer squad. Cheerleading has allowed Carissa to gain a great deal of performance experience, which has played a vital role in her singing career.

Carissa is an ambitious, caring, kind, and passionate child and is always striving for more in life. She has high goals and is motivated to work hard and end up where she wants to be in the future.

Cristina Silbert


13-year old Cristina Silbert, an 8th Grader at Sonoran Trails, has been singing seemingly since she could walk. After getting a guitar several years ago, Cristina has focused on daily practice in recent months to naturally accompany her songwriting.

Cristina finds tremendous inspiration in artists including Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Carrie Underwood. Themes of empowerment, self confidence and tolerance, combined with the musical and lyrical content of those women’s songs resonate with Cristina and it can clearly be seen and heard through her own performances.

When Cristina is not singing or playing an instrument she is usually either acting or hanging out with friends.

With music such a huge part of her life, Cristina looks to continue bringing her music to the public through events like RTD and is hoping to record my demo track this year.

Allie Holt


A freshman at Cactus Shadows High School, Allie Holt has been a lifelong student in the Cave Creek Unified School District, attending Horseshoe Trails Elementary School and Sonoran Trails Middle School.

Allie has been singing since she was very young and has done many solos and ensemble singing in church over the years. Allie sang with Upscale Singers for 3 years and enjoys performing all kinds of music. Allie has been playing the guitar for a year and a half and has found her passion singing and playing. Allie played her guitar and sang in the Sonoran Trails Middle School Talent Show last year and played at Homecomings Unplugged concert this year. Cut from the singer/songwriter mold in her solo performances, Allie cites Natalie Holmes, Ed Sheeran, and Colbie Caillat as influences.

A member of the drama club, Allie participated in Missoula Theatre Productions for 5 years and had many roles, including the lead in The Secret Garden.

Kiera Jost

Kiera_JostKiera Jost plays acoustic guitar and sings. She began teaching herself guitar two years ago. She has never taken singing lessons but she’s participated in school choirs, plays and has sung since she was young. She performed twice in a coffee shop called Pulp Fiction in Canada over the summer but this will be her first time performing for a large crowd. She looks forward to performing acoustic, coffee house-style music at Rock The District.

Nadinn Avilez


Making her first appearance at RTD, Nadinn Avilez is a senior and Cactus Shadows High School and has been singing since 6th grade. The oldest of three children, Nadinn cites her grandpa as a huge part of her love for singing.

Nadinn also connects strongly with Pink as performer and particularly loves how she expresses her feelings in her music and is not afraid to lose herself in a performance. Additionally,  the way she presents herself not as a regular pop star but as a strong, unique, and independent artist.

When Nadinn is not singing she enjoys writing stories and hopes to write a best seller one day.



Inkeep is formed by cousins Emma Pusateri and Katie Pusateri and they return to bring their blend of guitar and harmonies to RTD. Emma is a freshman and Katie is a sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School. Katie is very involved in music, winning many competitions, and she recently sang the National Anthem at the last homecoming football game.

Emma has been playing guitar since she was 8 years old and her style and delivery is a perfect accompaniment to her cousin’s voice. Together they form the unique sound of Inkeep.

2013 Performers – Rock the District 5

Main Stage Bands


thekards At first glance “thekards” are recognized as a group. However, collectively you will find a set of unique and distinctive personalities bonded by the commonality of the love of music and entertaining others. It is the “fun” and enthusiasm of the band that audiences crave and the flawless execution of music that keeps audiences coming back. The combined talent of Lucas Aikin (15) on drums, Jared Grady (16) on lead guitar, Habib Sabbagh (16), bass/vocals and Jacob Williams(16) on rhythm guitar/vocals always surprises the vast generations who come to rock. Comments such as “this song is older than these boys”, or “that band was around before they were born” are common to these rockers as they jam out, Led Zepplin, Rush, Blue Oyster Cult and Pink Floyd. There is no doubt that these driven boys want to take their audience into the limelight with them and share their on stage fun. “thekards have been fortunate to open for Local Favorites Mogollon, Easton Ashe & Arizona Blues project and play at several valley Hotspots such at Cocomo Joe’s, Harold’s, Big Earls Greasy Eats , Coyotes Playoff & much more! You can see thekards full gig schedule at www.thekards.com.



The Films are an eccentric group of three sophomores. They play a captivating blend of cinematic rock and classical music. It sounds like the love child of Animal Collective, Bad Religion, and Beethoven; who was then was put up for adoption and placed into foster care, where his foster parents were the Beatles and Neutral Milk Hotel. Then after years of living in this musical foster home, the Beethoven/Animal Collective love child was finally adopted by loving parents Miniature Tigers and Phoenix; with indie rock legends Whale’s Teeth as a grandfather. Weird right? But it totally makes sense! The Films are composed of Tim ‘Monti’ Sammons who’s love of the relentless pounding of his drums can only be matched by his love of the hit cooking show “Chopped”, Patrick England who plays bass like a musically talented gorilla during mating season, and finally John Tracy. Astronauts claim that they can hear John Tracy’s voice from space, “It’s the only thing that keeps me going to work in the morning” says one anonymous astronaut. He also plays the guitar, which I’ll admit, he’s sort of average at. Playing all original songs written by John Tracy himself, The Films are not to be missed at Rock The District twenty thirteen.


CloseCaseCloseCase is a new band based out of Cave Creek, Arizona. The band includes Antonio Marchica (guitar/sing), Josh Valbuena (drums), Kyle Kelleher (guitar) and Josh Colvin (guitar/keyboard/sing). All four members of the band are sophmores– Kyle and Antonio both attend Cactus Shadows High School. You’ll find Josh Colvin at Pinnacle and Josh V. at Notre Dame Prep. Their outside interests include playing soccer, football, longboarding and of course, playing music. They’ve brought their talent and rockin’ support to a number of local events in 2013 including the Grand Opening of the new Foothills Foodbank, the Relay for Life for American Cancer Society, the Cave Creek/Carefree Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, and the “Back to School BBQ” at Harold’s for Cactus Shadows. Get ready to get out of your seats for CloseCase!



Loaded is a band that plays popular rock music from the 80s to current.  When these talented young musicians got together, they found they had a common penchant for 80s rock, especially all the fun party-style songs that everybody loves even today.

Leading the band with vocals is Jessica Carlson, 17, senior at Cactus Shadows High School, who has already performed in clubs and major events as a featured singer for professional bands.  The guitar riffs are cut by the awesome Nick Flagg, 20, lead guitarist and backup vocals who attends Scottsdale Community College; and filled with the rhythm guitar sounds of Aaron Graupman, 18, a die-hard Guns-n-Roses fan.  Finishing the metal sound is bassist Harrison Taylor, 19, a college med student who still loves to play rock-n-roll after hitting the books.  The rockin’ beat is lead by Tyler Pearson, 17, a senior at Cactus Shadows High School, whose drumming style is strong and full of passion.

They have created a performance that’s upbeat, fun and gets your feet moving!  Although they’ve only been together a few months, the dedication and drive to produce great live music shines through in their performances, and leaves the audience wanting more.

 Main Stage Performers

 The Ukulele Trio


Mia Gilling, Kate Rosenbaum and Walter Wilson discovered a shared love for the ukulele while attending school together at Foothills Academy College Preparatory. All 8th graders, they have been playing together as The Ukulele Trio since the beginning of this school year. Since forming the group, they have performed together at their school-wide assembly, made several short videos on YouTube, and plan to perform at open mic sessions at local establishments in the future. While the members have had some additional musical experience such as guitar lessons, voice lessons and piano lessons, all are self-taught on the ukulele. Playing a mix of pop music and classic rock, they are excited for the opportunity to perform at Rock The District and have been preparing at the direction of music instructor Martha Lindsay Glenn.

Sydney Claire Collins

SydneyCollinsSydney Claire Collins is thrilled to be able to perform for Rock the District for a 2nd year now. As a 4th generation AZ Native, it is a privilege and an honor for Syd to be a part of this amazing organization that Melissa Nelson started. To be able to be a part of a group of talented student musicians who come together to support local music, and be able to raise funds for Rock The District is a huge part of what Sydney wants to do with her talent.

Sydney Claire Collins is 16 years old, and is a sophomore at Pinnacle High School. Syd has been performing in front of audiences for a couple of years now, and has had the opportunity to perform at local venues such as Desert Ridge Marketplace, The Hard Rock Cafe, Alice Cooperstown, Jalapeno Inferno, Rhythm & Wine, The Grill at the TPC, and Club Red/Red Owl. Syd is a member of Chicks With Picks, and is currently a semi-finalist in the 2013 Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding Contest.

Syd is also passionate about helping animals, and has volunteered at the Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) for 1-1/2 years now. There is nothing more rewarding then seeing a dog or cat that you helped take care of get adopted to a good home.

Syd’s hope is that you will buy a ticket to Rock the District 2013 – enjoy the venue with some friends, listen to some great local music from the wonderful talent we have in AZ, buy some raffle tickets, and tell your friends about this amazing organization.

Syd’s love of music, and her desire to volunteer, are what fuels Syd’s enthusiasm and her desire to perform.

 A & K

RTD_Performers2Meet A&K……….Amanda Gilbert and Kay Lambert are a singer/songwriter acoustic duo from CSHS. Amanda is a 17 year old who will graduate who will graduate as junior, and attend NAU next fall. She was born and raised in AZ, has been performing since she was 9 years old and is a RTD veteran. Kay is a 16 year old Junior originally from Bakersfield CA, has been playing guitar for 7 years, and who has trained in many genres like classical, jazz, and rock guitar.

Together they are a beautiful blend of harmonies, are skilled in creating acoustic renditions of music from many genres like rock, pop, alternative, and country. They have also co-written many great songs of their own and both have a great passion for music that you can see when you watch them perform.

Bobbi Kerr

BobbiKerrBobbi Kerr began guitar lessons at the age of 8 and incorporated singing into hermusic at the age of 11. She is now 15 and has played at several venues including Buffalo Chip, Hard Rock Café, Harold’s, Arizona Women’s Expo, Bookman’s and several charity events. Bobbi has been an active member of Chicks With Picks for 4 years and performs frequently with the organization. She enjoys writing her own music and is eager to record her first cd. Musical artists that influence her include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley and country music as a whole. Bobbi is excited about her future and loves to share her passion for music.

Abby Walker and Dylan Dorough

AbbyWalkerA recent transfer from Arizona School for the Arts, Abby Walker is a sophomore at Cactus Shadows. Abby fell in love with singing when she was 3-years-old – her grandma would sing to her, thinking she was asleep, and then the next day, Abby would sing the song back to her. Abby began performing and taking lessons in 6th grade and fell in love with the art. Since then, Abby has picked up the ukulele, guitar, mandolin, piano, standup bass and electric guitar, along with other instruments such as violin, viola and accordion, which she has limited access to. She continues to nurture her musical gift by singing on her church’s worship team, serving as the music director of her youth group, singing and serving at Chris Becker Dining Hall and performing the National Anthem at several events each year. Aside from music, Abby is a dedicated swimmer, a surfer and spends time volunteering at organizations such as Chris Becker and Feed My Starving Children.

DylanDoroughDylan Dorough is a freshman at Cactus Shadows and is a first time Rock the District performer. After five years of piano lessons Dylan picked up his first guitar at age 10 and has never stopped playing. Since then he added the electric and bass guitar to his repertoire of instruments. Dylan began performing with the North Ridge Church Junior High Worship Band in 7h grade and currently plays with High School Worship Band. Musical artist that influence him are U2, Black Keys, Switchfoot and David Crowder. Dylan is looking forward to collaborating with Abby at this year’s event.

Halle Ata-Abadi

HalleHalle Ata-Abadi is a 12 year old 7th grader at STMS and is very excited to be part of Rock the District for the first time. Halle has always been passionate about singing and playing the piano. She has been taking piano lessons since age 5. Halle also has taken voice lessons at Voices. She is an Honor student and was a member of NEHS (National Elementary Honor Society). Halle is an orange belt in TaeKwonDo and loves the martial arts. Some of her musical influences Demi Lovato, Little Mix, Taylor Swift, and Ariana Grande.

Maya Glicksman and Antonio Marchica


Maya Glicksman and Antonio Marchica are both sophomores at Cactus Shadows High School who share a love for music and performing. Antonio is a self-taught guitar player of about two years and Maya is a classically trained pianist of 12 years and a vocalist of about four years. Each has participated in previous Rock the District events and cannot wait to collaborate for this year’s show!







InkeepKatie Pusateri & Emma Pusateri, who are cousins, form the group Inkeep. The name comes from “innkeeper” which is the historical definition of the family name. The girls have performed together for many years in the Upscale Singers program. They are planning on doing gigs together at local coffee houses in the future.

Katie has been singing since she first learned to talk! Katie was a member of the Phoenix Girl’s Chorus for several years and has performed in plays with the Desert Foothills Theatre. She has performed the National Anthem for the Governor of Arizona as well as professional sporting events. When she is not singing, Katie loves riding horses and is getting ready to compete in team penning.

Emma has been playing guitar for five years and has been performing for four of those at recitals, school talent shows and competitions. She previously placed fourth at Skye’s Jr. Idol In The Skye competition and performed at a Kids at Hope Deans Luncheon. When she is not playing music she loves to hunt.

 Raina Donati


Raina Donati is a 14 year old honor student at Cactus Shadows High School and lives in Scottsdale with her parents and little sister. Raina has a love for the arts. She loves to sing, play the piano and act; she also loves making short films and creating animation. To add to her “creative side” Raina is the co-host of Fashion Forward, a radio talk show on The Voice America Kids Network produced by Kidstar, and is also a Jr. Producer on that network. It may not be a just a coincidence that her name in Spanish means queen.because she plans to take the crown as the future queen of Broadway.




Last Minute

LastMinuteLast Minute is made up of Brett Cernich on keyboard and drum tracks, and Sara Windom on guitar and vocals. They have been friends since preschool. Sara and Brett have been taking music lessons for 2 years and started a band this year in 8th grade. They both attend Sonoran Trails Middle School. Their tastes in music are very different; bringing a wide range of genres into the mix: Sara likes bands like The Strokes, The Kooks, and Rooney. Brett likes Fallout Boy, Kiss, and Fun. This is their first year in Rock the District, and they are very excited to be a part of the show.

Madison Holmes

HolmesMadison Holmes is a 12 year old up and coming singer/songwriter from Scottsdale, AZ who loves to perform music from the country, rock and pop genres. She has been performing locally since age seven on the piano and age 10 on the guitar. Some of her performances throughout the valley include venues such as Alice Cooperstown, THE MIM, Harold’s Corral, Cocomo Joe’s, Azool Grill, The Horney Toad, The Hideaway Grill, Scottsdale Air Fair, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Grayhawk Golf Club, and Isabella’s Kitchen. Madison has been using music to bring joy to the residents at the Barton House Senior Living Facilities for Alzheimer care for the past three years. Ryan Sims, The Beatles, Alicia Keys, The Eagles, Katy Perry, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift , Fleetwood Mac, are just a few of her musical inspirations. Madison hopes her music will one day inspire and change the lives of others as it has done for her!

Sarah Nelson

Sarah_NelsonThis will be Sarah Nelson’s fourth time performing in Rock the District and she is ecstatic to be returning. She is a freshman at Cactus Shadows and can be seen in the Jokers Improv Troupe. She is also an active member in literary magazine, drama club, and YoungLife. In her spare time, she writes music, draws, and dances at Bender Performing Arts. Some musical influences include Trevor Powers, George Harrison, Justin Vernon, Connor Oberst, Laura Marling, Keaton Henson, and Morrissey. She profusely thanks everyone for coming and hopes you all enjoy the show.

 Caity Bonine

Caity_BonineCaity Bonine is a Freshman at Cactus Shadows High School and she is passionately pursuing her love of music through singing and songwriting. Her musical influences include country musicians like Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, and The Civil Wars as well as inspirations from other genres such as, Lana Del Rey, Birdie, Christina Aguilera and Ingrid Micheaelson. She began taking voice from Martha Lindsay-Glenn in 2011 along with practicing piano, guitar and her ukulele to strengthen her musical tool box. She has been performing for the last few years and enjoys connecting with the audience during performances. In addition to her musical endeavors, Caity is a member of Cactus Shadows Spiritline and is dedicated to training and showing her horse in reining competitions. Caity looks forward to gaining more experiences and opportunities to fine tune her musical talents – thank you Rock the District for all you do to support music and the arts in the Cave Creek School District and throughout our community.


Cactus Shadows Varsity Pom


The Cactus Shadows Varsity Pom Team consists of 19 members, 11 of which have been a member of the team for two or more years. The girls are led by Coach Cindy Knuteson, an Eighth Grade Science teacher at STMS. “Coach K,” as her girls call her, has been coaching the Varsity Pom Team since 2009. The girls practice five days a week, two hours a day to perfect their two-minute routine. They show this routine at seven competitions a year, including two National Competitions in California. Many girls set the stage on the team hoping to regain their state title from 2010. Also, the girls strive to make finals at USA Nationals in California. Not only are the girls noticed for their dance technique, but their presence within the school community. The Varsity Pom Team has one of the highest team GPAs in the school, with many girls holding a 4.0 or higher.

stingersThe STMS Chorus (Stinger Singers!), directed by Kevin Glenn, is proud to be participating in the 5th annual Rock the District concert, and would like to congratulate all of the pre-show and main stage performers this year. The chorus consists of approximately 50 7th and 8th grade students who love the art of singing. The chorus is currently preparing for their 2013 Winter/Holiday concert which will be held on Monday evening, December 16th, at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 6:00pm and concert begins at 6:30pm. The evening is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Pre-Show Outdoor Stage

Kailin Kentigian

Kailin_KentigianKailin is 11 years old and is a 6th grader at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School. She began playing the guitar when she was 6 with Mr. Koch, the music teacher at her school. For the last 2 years she has been taking vocal and guitar lessons at Kirk’s Studio For The Performing Arts. Kailin has performed solo’s and played with her band, The Little Big Kids, at Desert Ridge Market Place, Tempe Market Place, Mesa Arts Center and The Orpheum Theater, for over 800 people. Most recently, she and her fellow 11 year-old band mates performed at Cooperstown, in downtown Phoenix. She has also worked for Orange Leaf Yogurt Shop playing the guitar and singing for the customers. Kailin can be followed on You Tube with one of her best clips being from Open Mic Night at Tempe Center for the Arts. She loves to be part of her community and is looking forward to the opportunity to help fundraise for the Cave Creek Unified School District.

Eden Cislo

CisloEden Cislo is an 11 year old, 6th grader at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School. She loves playing her guitar, singing, and writing her own music. She has been playing guitar for only a year, but her love for the instrument really shines through. Eden won 1st place in the talent competition of the National American Miss Scholarship Pageant this summer singing and playing her deep blue acoustic.

She is not only musically talented but artistically as well. In January, Eden won 1st Place in her age group in the state art competition.

Eden is an avid reader and enjoys leading worship for her Wednesday night youth group. She lives in Cave Creek with her mom, dad and two sisters, yes she is the Jan in this Brady Bunch, but Jan never had this much talent. Eden is something special!

Her musical influences include Taylor Swift, and Christian artists Jamie Grace and Brit Nicole.

Carissa Canto

RTD_PerformerMy name is Carissa Canto, and I am a 7th grader at Sonoran Trails Middle School. I am on the cheer team at school, and I have cheered for 7 years. My passion is singing and I would love to attend a performing arts school when I get older and be able to fulfill my dream and become a famous singer.

Alex and Victoria Grovich

GrovichI’m Victoria, and I’m sixteen years old. I’ve been playing guitar since I was nine, and I’ve performed (a bit sporadically) since I was twelve. I love music–dancing to it, singing to it, or making up my own. I also love writing, going to vegan restaurants, and spending time with my friends and family. This past year has been pretty crazy, and so I am super grateful to be here tonight 😀 Thank you!!!!

Hey I’m Alex, I’m 13-years-old. I love to sing dance and be creative with music. I like to skateboard and swim. I go to On Track Academy and I’m in 8th grade. Music is my passion and my way of life it also helps me express myself! The past year for me has been pretty hectic with my family and I’m happy to be preforming for y’all!! THANKZ!!! ;DDD

Kati Patterson

Kati_PattersonKati Patterson, a 12 year old girl from Cave Creek, Arizona, has loved to perform since her first performance where she sang to the 5th graders to say goodbye. Recently, she was in a musical called “Ella: A Modern Cinderella,” where she sang two or three songs. After that, she realized her passion was to sing, and she never stopped. When she heard about Rock the District from her chorus class at Sonoran Trails, she was so excited and wanted to audition. She started practicing a week later and was completely ready to sign up.

Cristina Silbert

CJCristina Silbert is a Seventh grader at Sonoran Trails and has been passionate about singing since she was four years old. Her favorite artist that has influenced her most has been Taylor Swift, however she also has admiration for Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne. Cristina has hopes and dreams to improve and advance in her singing career and also add instruments such as the piano and the guitar. In addition to her love of singing she also enjoys acting and reading.

Chance McLaughlin

ChanceChance McLaughlin is more than just your typical teenager. He’s got a powerful voice with a wide vocal range. As an eighth grader at Sonoran Trails Elementary School, Chance shines as a rising lead vocal performer.

Chance turned his extracurricular activity of singing in his elementary school choir into a passion for music and song. His solo performances in the 6th grade choral and talent shows as well as the Jr. High talent show proved successful and fed his desire to strengthen his natural talent. An Upscale Scholar, Chance’s 2nd place victory, led him to study under professional direction of Kevin Glenn.

Currently Chance is pursuing an opportunity to perform in the Rock the District show in Cave Creek, AZ. Additionally, he will be striving for the 1st place position in the Jr. High division for the Upscale Singer Scholarship award as well as competing in the Phoenix Country Idol competition in Anthem, AZ.

Looking ahead, Chance hopes to bring his strong vocal skills to a band of talented musicians and grow further as an artist. In the meantime, he will continue to audition and perform in venues he finds appealing.



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2012 Performers – Rock the District 4


Cali RodiCali Rodi

Singer · Songwriter · Musician


Seventeen-year-old Cali Rodi comes from Cave Creek, Arizona, and is a senior at Cactus Shadows High School. Cali’s musical influences range from the guitar licks of Keith Urban, and the pure country of Miranda Lambert, to the soulful sounds of Grace Potter. Playing guitar since age 9, and writing her own songs since age 12, Cali is well on her way to becoming a major force in country music. Ever since her very first paying gig at the Buffalo Chip at age 12, Cali has performed all over Arizona, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, and with country super group Little Big Town in Nashvile. Currently, you can find Cali at the Hyatt Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch on Thursday and Sunday nights. She plans to pursue her music career next fall at Belmont University in Nashville.

Cali also has her heart and country soul set on finding a cure for cancer. Since 2009, when she lost her grandmother to cancer, she has been a musical ambassador and performer for the New York-based T.J. Martell Foundation and its efforts in finding a cure.


Jimmy Leg Jimmy Leg

Jimmy Leg is five talented guys – two lead guitarists, a bass player, a drummer, and a lead singer that play an eclectic song set ranging from alternative to classic rock.

Band members Max, Patrick, Kyle, Morgan, and Sean came together in the Spring of 2011 during a Stages Music Workshop. It was at this workshop that Kyle and Sean first played together and realized they had a common interest in song selection and live performances. The boys set out to find the best talent available and immediately reached out to Morgan to add his unique and mad guitar skills to go with Kyle’s.

Max joined the band with his amazing self taught drum skills – this guy can play anything! Patrick joined the band and brought his effortlessly smooth style and groove on the bass. All the members have helped fuel their exciting live performances. The Band’s restless energy and constant activity gave rise to the name of the band, Jimmy Leg.

The Band enjoys a range of music that engages a broad audience with selections from Green Day, Van Halen, Jet, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cage the Elephant, Velvet Revolver, and U2, along with some original tunes.

Despite their young age, the band has played live performances at many venues which include Channel 12’s EVB Live, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Tempe Marketplace, Club Red/Red Owl, The Big Fish Pub, The Parkway Bar – La Mesa, CA and local Scottsdale, AZ establishments such as Hornacek’s House of Golf, Jalapeno Inferno, El Pedregal, Highland’s Church, and Rhythm & Wine. Jimmy Leg also won the Battle in the Basement 2012 hosted by “No Longer Together”

The Band has performed for several local and national charities, which include MASKMatters.org, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Teen Life Line, Workshops For Youth & Families, AZ Hunger Week, Hornacek’s Golf Toys for Tots, and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation’s Rock & Skate Event.

 Bobbi Kerr Bobbi Kerr

Bobbi Kerr began guitar lessons at the age of 8 and incorporated singing into her music at the age of 11. She is now 14 and has played at several venues including Buffalo Chip, Hard Rock Café, Harold’s, The Compound, Women’s Expo, Cody’s and Bookman’s. Bobbi has been an active member of the Chicks With Picks for three years and performs frequently with the organization. She enjoys writing her own music and is eager to record her first cd. Musical artists that influence her include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry and country music as a whole. This is Bobbi’s second year participating in Rock the District and she is very excited for the opportunity!


One with the music – in the zone – zen to the tone – in tune with the time: feeling the dichotomy of love and sadness of the world; listening to the sound of one hand clapping; focusing beyond the pop-culture of the vacuous children of the third millennium; channeling Dillon and linking to Lennon. Paying full freight in the heart but still pushing it to the music, this trio is fresh and young in their time together, yet fully committed to sharing the vibe; sounding out the depths of our collective souls; truth through rhyme too harsh to bear, were it not for the smooth guitar; heart stopping, but for the heartbeat of the drum. As if it’s kicking you to listen to the next stanza. This is not a front. Peace. Not just a saying, we really wish you peace, in the zone to the syncopated pulse of life. Written from the heart, original, thoughtful. BUDDHA! John Patrick Tracy (songwriter, singer, guitar) Tim Sammons (drums) and Skylar Rawson (bass guitar)

Run 2 CoverRun 2 Cover

Run 2 Cover is comprised of three young, gifted, and relevant teen musicians. Band members include: Christian (bass/lead vocals) and his younger brother, Brandon (drums/vocals) and their best friend and neighbor, Colin (lead guitar/vocals). Run 2 Cover performs their original music as well as a wide spectrum of cover songs ranging from Bob Marley, Prince, Blink 182, Alice Cooper, Black Eyed Peas, Ramones, Guns and Roses, Chevelle, Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green, Jimmy Eat World, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, etc…The band performs all over the valley and has shared the stage with popular local and national bands.

Run 2 Cover won FIRST place in the 2011 Battle in the Basement band competition held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The winner was determined by a panel of judges and also audience vote.

Run 2 Cover competed in the 2010 and 2011 Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding Talent competition and made it all the way to the finals both years.

The bands songs, ‘Santa Train” and, “Here Come’s Santa” is featured on Alice Cooper’s 2011 and 2012 Christmas Pudding CD. Run 2 Cover’s music has been featured on 93.3 KDKB Ruby Cheek’s radio show.

Run 2 Cover is currently working on more originals and planning to return to the recording studio to finish a 5 song EP this year.

Maya Glicksman and Kyle KelleherMaya Glicksman & Kyle Kelleher

Maya Glicksman is fourteen years old and is a freshman at Cactus Shadows High School. Music has always been her strongest passion and a huge part of her life. She has been studying classical piano since she was three years old, and began taking voice lessons with Satyam Patel, director of Voices Studio, three years ago. Maya also plays ukulele and a bit of guitar. Some of her biggest musical inspirations include Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Beyonce, and Natasha Bedingfield. She is very excited to perform with Kyle Kelleher and the Voice Studio Performance Troupe at Rock The District this year!

Kyle Kelleher is fourteen years old and is a freshman and at Cactus Shadows High School. Music has made a really big impact on his life. He has been taking guitar lessons since the beginning of fifth grade and has not stopped yet. Kyle also plays a bit of drums. Kyle is very excited to perform with Maya Glicksman at Rock The District this year!

Sydney Collins

Sydney Claire Collins has always loved to perform. Her first exposure to performing and singing came through participating in musicals with Moon Valley Productions, Christian Youth Theater, and Paradise Valley Community College. She was chosen to perform in the productions of “Seussical the Musical”, “Annie”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, “Your’e a Good Man Charlie Brown”, and “The Music Man”.

Things changed about a year and a half ago when Sydney started playing the guitar. Since then, her taste in music has expanded to include more mainstream music, with inspiration from Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, and The Black Keys.

The experience Syd gained from performing in musicals, combined with her amazing voice, her love of singing in front of audiences, and her exposure through guitar lessons to more mainstream music has given her the opportunity to recently performed at a wide range of venues – which include Channel 12’s EVB Live, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Tempe Marketplace, Club Red/Red Owl, Alice Cooperstown, The Parkway Bar – La Mesa, CA and local Scottsdale, AZ establishments such as, Jalapeno Inferno, Highland’s Church, Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, and Rhythm & Wine.

Sydney was a finalist in the Chicks With Picks 2012 Chick Stock Singing Competition, and recently became a member of Chicks With Picks.

Sydney also devotes a lot of her time performing for several local and national fundraising activities which include MASKMatters.org, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Workshops For Youth & Families, AZ Hunger Week, and Hornacek’s Golf Toys for Tots

Sydney hopes to continue to pursue her love of singing, and guitar playing…

Sarah NelsonSarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson is an eighth-grader at Sonoran Trails and has been in Rock the District for three years. She is very passionate about the arts and has enjoyed singing, playing music, dancing, and acting for her entire life. She has taken lessons with Martha Lindsey-Glenn for four years, is an Honors student, and is on the STMS cheer team. Some of her musical influences include: George Harrison, Laura Marling, Katy Perry, Connor Oberst, and Zooey Deschanel. She thanks you profusely for supporting this amazing cause and is excited to be part of another Rock the District!

Kaptian KatKaptain Kat (formerly Freudian Slip)

As a freak folk, christmas-jazz, sludge-metal, doo-wop group with influences such as Mozart and DJ Jazzy Jeff, these fellas just got back from their Tour de Force for one night to rock you into the districth dimension. The hard-hitting, yet tender drum beats of Sam Lekander, the fire-breathing Salamander, accompanied by the velvety plucks of John Francois Bartoleononi’s 6-string axe, will surely dazzle. The sensational whaling trombone of Rhys Kelso (AKA The Devil’s Ghost) paired with the ludicrous bass slams of Eli Tubbs, or “White Rhino” as his fellow gangsters call him, will conjure an evil urge to dance deep inside your sternum as you are sung into a trance by the voice of Emily “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Simpson. See you at the show!

Amanda GilbertAmanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert is a 16 year old Sophomore honors student at Cactus Shadows. Born and raised in Arizona, she has being singing publicly since she was 9 years old and has performed in many civic events, weddings, baby showers, charity and volunteer events, as well school, hospice, Critical Care and many other local events.

She performed in the 2010 Rock the District, has been a finalist in multiple Hot Pipes competitions, and has auditioned for the X-Factor.

Amanda has a great passion for music and is an aspiring Songwriter and plans to in some way help spread music to children all over the world.

the cards


Jared Grady, Lead Guitar

Jacob Williams, Rhythm Guitar

Habib Sabbagh, Bass Guitar

Lucas Aikin, Drums & Keys

“thekards” are a foursome of young men attending three different valley high schools purely together for their commitment and passion for music.

Originally brought together by the bands bass player, Habib Sabbagh & drummer, Lucas Aikin. Currently “thekards” have been fortunate to open for Local Favorites Easton Ashe, Mogollon & Arizona Blues project at several valley Hotspots such at Cocomo Joe’s & O’Donohuges as well as opening for the Coyotes Play-off’s. “thekards” were also fortunate to be asked to play in Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation’s “school’s out for summer” and they are annual participants in Alice Coopers’ Christmas Pudding. “thekards” continue to pursue their love of music with the same dedication and enthusiasm as they first day they came together and hope to keep Rockin Out!


VOICES Singing TroupeVOICES singing troupe

Cass Hanevich

Danesh Naghibzad

Kaeley Martin

Macie Egherman

Maya Glicksman

Moniquea Martinez

VOICES Studio, a North Scottsdale-based music and acting studio, auditioned high school singers and put together a performance troupe in September! The purpose of this group is to inspire singers to become better performers while serving the community through their Pop and R&B performances. For more information on joining the group, please contact us at 480.905.4102 or visit our website at www.voicesstudio.com. LIKE US at www.facebook.com/voicesstudio as well!

Rebekah Ryan & Sabrina BankemperRebekah Ryan & Sabrina Bankemper

Rebekah is a 15 year old girl in the 10th grade at Cactus Shadows High School. She has been taking private vocal lessons with Martha Lindsey-Glenn, every Wednesday for 2 years. She has been in the drama club under the guidance of Andrew Cupo since her freshman year. She is very interested in the film industry and has entered several Film Festivals in the past. Rebekah has also been receiving private guitar lessons from Mr. Frank Grossi for the past few years. She has a love for music and movies. Rebekah is a hardworking, intelligent young lady, who is always striving to succeed in her education, music and films. Rebekah participated in the 2nd annual Rock the District.

Sabrina is a 15 year old girl who is attending Cactus Shadows as a sophomore this year. She has been in Honors Choir under the guidance of Mr. Gary Wykoff since her freshman year. She is part of the first Honors Choir in Cactus Shadows history to win “Superior” at Regionals. Sabrina has participated in Stages Music “Rock n’ Roll Workshops” (band jams), under the guidance of George Mahoney. She was part of the first ever; all girls band with Pauli Mahoney, “Steel Hearts”, and Sabrina was lead vocal singing a Billy Idol song “Mony Mony”. Sabrina was also selected to be in the “Select Choir” at Sonoran Trails Middle School, under the guidance of Ms. Duffy. She is a hard-working student taking many honors classes. When asked if she could attend any college of her choice she chose “The Julliard School”.

Abby WalkerAbby Walker

Abby Walker is a 15-year-old Arizona native and Cave Creek resident. She discovered her love of music and performing a few years ago. While at Foothills Academy, her classmates called her “the singer at Foothills” as she was never too shy to start singing in front of the entire student body. Abby decided to switch schools so she could focus more on her love of music and is a now a freshman at Arizona School for the Arts, where she is involved in intensive choir studies, Advanced Women’s Choir, and is first-chair bassist in the school’s orchestra. “ASA is the best! Everyday, kids just start singing and dancing whenever they can and about every other week, there’s a flash mob during lunch and everyone gets into it.”

A fan of impromptu performances, she will just start singing and playing whenever the mood strikes her…in the middle of crowded shopping centers, at beachside clubs in Rocky Point, on Hollywood Boulevard, on the boardwalk in Huntington Beach…it doesn’t matter!

She is a member and soloist of Light of the Desert Lutheran Church’s worship team, and is a two-time recipient of the Upscale Singers Scholarship. Abby has performed with the Upscale Singers as an Upscale Kid for a few years. She has performed the National Anthem at The University of Phoenix Stadium as well as at charity events. Musically, Abby started with the piano, but has added string instruments of all sizes…ukulele, guitar, even the stand-up bass…to her repertoire.

Dramatically, Abby has performed in Alice in Wonderland and in a mime adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey.

In her spare time, Abby serves in the Chris Becker Dining Hall, where she entertains the guests with her music, and she raises money for Red & Terri’s Puppy Rescue in Rocky Point.

Caity BonnieCaity Bonine

Caity Bonine is an 8th grader at Sonoran Trails – and she’s passionately pursuing her love of music and the performing and visual arts.

Caity has been singing and writing songs since she could pick up a pencil and memorize a tune. She plays the ukulele, has been practicing the piano and is beginning to learn the guitar. Voice lessons with Martha Lindsey-Glenn for the last year and a half have strengthened her musical tool box. She has been influenced by many musicians and a variety of genres through the years but has been most inspired by Carrie Underwood. She rounds off her creative talents with an occasional acting gig and creating artwork from drawings to sculpture to photography – enjoying every new experience.

Caity has been a great supporter and follower of Rock the District and its performers from the beginning. 2012 marks her second year performing on stage.

“Thank you Rock the District for making these kinds of events possible and for raising awareness and supporting the arts in our district inspiring creativity and excellence in our students.” 

 Moniquea MartinezMoniquea Martinez

Moniquea Martinez has been at home on the stage since her first solo in third grade.  She has taken private voice lessons for nine years from Satyam Patel, founder of Voices Studios in Scottsdale. Moniquea has also played piano for twelve years and enjoys writing songs and accompanying herself when performing. She sang with the Phoenix Girls Chorus for five years, was a member of All State Choir, and has participated in the Hot Pipes competition. This is her third appearance in Rock the District.

 Unit 7 Jazz SeptetUnit 7 Jazz Septet

Unit 7 is a jazz septet comprised of local high school and college musicians. The group’s electrifying horn section features a trumpet, trombone, and two saxophones; all backed up by a stellar rhythm section. Most of the group has played together for the past several years under different titles and orchestrations. Unit 7 is driven by a mutual dedication to music and the desire to perform and spread the great American tradition that is jazz music.

 Cactus Shadows High School Varsity Pom TeamCactus Shadows High School Varsity Pom Team


The Varsity Pom Team is a dedicated group of young girls who have a passion for dance. They won the National Champion title in the Hip Hop division at USA Nationals in California this past spring. The team practices 5 times a week and can be seen performing at all football and basketball games as well as other school and community events. The team has a competition season which begins at the start of November and runs through the middle of March. Not only are these girls dedicated to dance, they also work very hard on their academics at school and have a team GPA of 3.6 with several members higher than a 4.0.


 Melissa NelsonMelissa Rae Nelson

Melissa Rae Nelson, the seventeen year old creative has been known for her committed works with the local theater department as well as her devoted passion to her brain child, Rock the District. As an aspiring actress with her eyes set on the big apple, Melissa has been training for years in both musical and theatrical endeavors. With the help of her family and classmates, Melissa has been heading the development of Rock the District for the past four years. Her committed nature has lent itself to benefit the local community’s programs for the arts in ways no one could ever expect. She would like to thank the Cave Creek community for all the support in helping the concert grow and evolve into what you’ll see November 17th.


2009 Performers – Rock the District 1

Melissa NelsonMelissa Nelson

Melissa has been a music lover all her life ~ she started singing out loud to Disney tunes in the car as a toddler and just kept on signing. She was cast in the Pinnacle High School musical “Annie” show at 8 years old to play “Molly”, and has since had many key roles and performance opportunities at Desert Stages, Desert Foothills Theater, Missoula Theater Academy, and Power Chord Academy. In addition to her vocal talent, Melissa picked up a ukulele last December, determined to use this small instrument to accompany her love of singing ~ and has recently begun to also teach herself guitar in her spare time using multi media resources. Melissa studies voice with Martha Lindsey and Kevin Glenn. She recently placed 1st at the Hot Pipes vocal competition in her age division, winning a spot in the finals on September 26th. Melissa also runs varsity cross country, dances at Cave Creek Dance Academy, she is a member of the drama club, ‘Improv’ team, and the brand new ‘Singular Sensations’ Advanced Performance Team. Melissa feels so fortunate that she has had a life of great opportunity and good fortune so she is able to express her joy in music.

Mackenzie BrownMackenzie Brown

Mackenzie Brown is a freshman at Cactus Shadows High School. She has played the guitar for a year and a half, and just recently realized that she enjoys singing as well. In her spare time, Mackenzie competes for varsity on the high school cross country team, and also enjoys hiking the many mountains in the valley. She recently celebrated her 15th birthday on September 10th, and now cannot wait to get her permit in six months!

Jake ColvinJake Colvin

Jake is a singer/song writer who plays piano, guitar, bass, drums, and trombone. He started playing piano when he was five years old and takes after his dad who received a performance scholarship to BYU. Jake was in his school Jazz Band at Explorer Middle School and is currently in a band named Out of Order along with another performer in the show, Ryan Blaser. Jake is a member of Cantare and Prestige performance choirs at Pinnacle High School. He is an honors student and the oldest of four brothers. Along with music, Jake loves to play soccer and perform in plays and musicals.

Rachel BrownRachel Brown

Rachel is an 8th grade Honors student at Mountain Trail Middle School and a member of the Paradise Valley School District Honors Choir. She has participated in school choir every year since 4th grade. Rachel was seen this past Spring on stage as Young Cossette in Les Miserables at Phoenix Theater. In 2008 she played Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden at PV Comm. College. Her other favorite stage roles include Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at Theater Works in 2007 (AriZoni award), and the musicals Narnia at Valley Youth Theatre, The Music Man, Les Miserables, and Annie Get Your Gun at Greasepaint Youtheatre; and The Sound of Music and Annie, Jr. at Desert Stages Theatre when she was 6 years old. She has sung the National Anthem at numerous events, including three times for the S.F. Giants spring training games. Rachel studied classical piano with Anna Chepikova for several years, and is currently studying piano theory and songwriting with Bethany Wright, with dreams of someday writing and recording her own songs. Music is Rachel’s passion. She believes music and the arts are a vital part of her education, and should be as available and as important in public education as any other basic requirement.

Cali RodiCali Rodi

Ever since a Christmas Day open mic event two years ago at the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek, 14-year-old Cali Rodi has been lighting up stages around the state with her amazing vocals and lefty guitar-playing. Catching the eyes of Chicks With Picks co-founders Pandy Raye and Rhonda Hitchcock, Cali landed her first paying gig at the Chip at age 12, and has been a busy chick ever since, performing at valley venues including Harold’s Corral, Cocomo Joe’s, Silver Spur Saloon, Legends, Anthem Outlet Mall, Rula Bula, Tempe Beach Park, P.F.Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon, and the New Year’s Eve Fiesta Bowl Block Party. Just back from a summer trip to Nashville, where she played at The Stage on Broadway with country stars Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson, Darryl Worley, and Chuck Wicks, Cali is busy recording her first CD of original songs, scheduled for release in October.

Alexis DriscollAlexis Driscoll

Hey Everyone! I’m Alexis Rae Driscoll I was born and raised in sunny Arizona. I first started out by winning Miss Maricopa County Baby. Then got into modeling and dance. My parents took me to Desert Stages Theatre. It’s a community theater. I loved singing and performing so much that I started taking voice lessons. I got into a performing group called DO RE MI. I started writing my own songs at age 11. At that time I was going through a rough period in my life. By writing and singing I was able to express my thoughts and feelings! Acting has become a big part of my life, learning an Instrument as well. I think you need to be well rounded in everything in this industry(Act, Dance, Sing, Perform, Play Instrument) These are just some of the places I’ve performed and accomplished- BB Kings Universal Studios, Scottsdale Teen Idol, SLS Showcases, Voices Showcase, Tempe Market Place, Talent Shows, South Beach Restaurant Commercials, Voice over’s, Health awareness centers, Print model, National Anthem at MLB game, CC Jones Hot pipes competition ( 1st place), The boys and girls club main charity event, Voted one of the top 10 singers in Arizona “sing for their supper”.

Garrett Boyd

Garrett is a freshman at Cactus Shadows High School. He has been playing piano since he was 6 and has performed in many recitals and Arts Alive events in his hometown of Eureka, California. He completed two levels in the Certificate of Merit music program at Humboldt State University. He also has played the guitar and electric bass. Garrett’s grandfather is an accomplished saxophonist and music teacher at College of the Redwoods, and together with Garrett, Garrett’s brother and sister and their father, they sang Christmas hymns at the UnitedMethodist Church in California for Christmas Eve when he was just 10. Garrett has lived in Arizona for two years and in addition to his piano playing he is an avid soccer player.

Michael CalvoniMichael Calvoni

Michael is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this fantastic fundraiser for the Cave Creek Music Program! He is a senior at Desert Mountain High School and is also the Drama Club President of the DMHS Players. Michael started performing since the age of 10 and wants to continue his passion onto Broadway after college.

Moniquea MartinezMoniquea Martinez

Moniquea Martinez is an eighth grade student at Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale. She has always had a love of music and drama. Moniquea began singing and playing piano in kindergarten. She participated in the Sequoya Elementary School musical theater productions every year through fifth grade when she had the lead role in Jungle Book. When she was in third grade she sang here first solo in the school talent show. The producer was so impressed that she gave her a free voice lesson with Satyam Patel. He has been her voice coach ever since and has opened a music school called Voices. Moniquea has been a member of the Phoenix Girls Chorus for the past three years and is currently in the Tour Choir. She also sings in A Cappella Ensemble and Voices of Soul Choir at Voices. She has been a member of the Scottsdale District School Choir and the All State Choir as well. Moniquea attended SLS Camp in Beverly Hills, where she met many singers from all over the world who inspired her (including David Archuletta!) She is also a member of the group of soloists known as Acts of Love, who perform for charities all over the valley.

Ryan BlaserRyan Blaser

Ryan Blaser, age 15, has performed in several shows in his musical career. He is currently in the ‘Idol in the Skye’ competition as a semifinalist. He has performed at the PF Changs Rock N’ Roll Marathon. Ryan has also performed at Next, a coffee house in Glendale. He is in the Cantare and Prestige choral groups at Pinnacle High School and ranked 21st in the Arizona High School All State Choir in 2009, as well as 7th in the Arizona All State Jazz Choir. Ryan hopes to continue to pursue music in his future and is excited to help the school art programs any way possible.

Andrea HallAndrea Hall

Andres Hall is 15 and a Sophmore at Saguaro High School. Andrea showed a love for music at and early age and started her musical education in Kindermusik at 18 months. Singing has always been a part of her life. At age six, she stood on a chair singing at a Christmas luncheon – drawing tears from the ladies who were promoted to say “This is what Christmas is all about!”. Andrea was chosen to sing the Star Spangled Banner at 8th grade graduation from Movhave Middle School and received the Best First Soprano Award in the Women’s Honor Choir as a freshman in the choral program at Saguaro High School. Recently, Andrea has found her niche in Musical Theater, with roles at Desert Stages in Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Annie, and Joseph in the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She is currently cast as “Alice” in the Desert Foothills Theater Alice in Wonderland; playing in November here in the Cave Creek Fine Arts Center.

Stephanie LightStephanie Light

Stephanie Light, 16 year old singer/songwriter, performs live with flautist Victoria Teixeira. Together they produce an incredible sound, and put on an amazing show. Stephanie has released her first CD, “The Way You Live.” Music and lyrics were composed by Stephanie, who plays the acoustic guitar, piano and violin and also provides the backup vocals. Stephanie is a junior in High School and will graduate in 2010. Stephanie lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and plays shows at local spots throughout the valley, including every Sunday morning at North Ridge Church. Recent shows include the Cave Creek Arts Festival (CD song “Willow Tree” winner for original song), opener for Chris Sligh (American Idol 4th place finalist in the Jordan Spark’s season) and numerous appearances for the Arizona Chicks With Picks organization. She released her CD at a concert at North Ridge Church on December 19. She has been performing her own, original music for about five years, and would like to significantly expand her fan base. Her music was selected for the independent movie, “References,” that released February 5, 2009. Most recently, she has played at the AZ Chicks with Picks festival along side with Michelle Branch. She was also featured in her studios first concert “Telekon Live” with hot local artists Dasiy Mallory and Sam the Boy. Stephanie would love to make songwriting a lifelong career. Check out Stephanie Light’s myspace page at www.myspace.com/stephanielightmyspace.

2010 Performers – Rock the District 2

Melissa NelsonMelissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson has always cherished music. She still remembers the good ole’ days, age four, riding in her car seat and belting out Disney songs with a cassette tape. Melissa has participated in countless plays and musicals, gaining performance skills and vocal techniques. She commenced her performing career with musical theater when she reached third grade. The proceeding summer she began taking private voice lessons with Martha Lindsey Glenn and has been ever since. It came to a point however, when Melissa wanted to pursue voice in more than just theater and this was when she picked up guitar, after receiving one as a gift. She consistently worked on guitar for about a year but this proved difficult considering the small size of young fingers. This was when she decided to try the ukulele. After watching Julia Nunes videos online, she was inspired and starting playing this small and lighthearted instrument. Today, Melissa still plays ukulele along with guitar and now also piano. Some of her musical influences include: Zooey Deshanel, Aimée Ann Duffy, Georgie Fruit, Bret Mckenzie, Regina Spektor, Joni Mitchell, Nat King Cole. Music is a large part of her life and she is excited to Co-Emcee host and perform again in Rock the District.

Allie HillAllie Hill

A vocalist and guitarist, Allie Hill continues to develop her own unique blend of soft jazz, blues and contemporary folk. Her musical influences include: Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, Tilly and the Wall, Norah Jones, Beirut, Andrew Bird, The Retuses (an emerging folk band in Russia), and Billie Holiday. Born May 14, 1993 in Phoenix, Allie is a native Arizonian. Allie has always found joy in music, however, she did not begin exploring her musical abilities until her Freshman year at Cactus Shadows High School when she landed her first role as Sally Brown in the musical production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Since then, music has gripped her heart and consumes her daily affairs. Allie enjoys writing her own music and has performed in various musical venues and plans to continue developing her musical talents as while going to college.

Moniquea MartinezMoniquea Martinez

Since her first on stage solo at age 8, Moniquea Martinez has been hooked on singing and playing piano. For the past 7 years she has taken vocal lessons from Satyam Patel at Voices Studio in Scottsdale. She has played piano since age 5. Moniquea also sings with the Phoenix Girls Chorus and has attended music camps in Prescott, Beverly Hills, and Eugene, Oregon. She has participated in school chorus every year, attending All State Choir as well. Moniquea sings regularly in showcases, fund raisers, and competitions around the valley. Artists who have influenced her include Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, and Leona Lewis. Moniquea is a freshman at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. This is her second performance for Rock the District, which she considers to be an important way to support music and art in our schools.

Method and MannerMethod and Manner

“Method and Manner” Band is a group of sophomores at Cactus Shadows High School. Melissa Nelson’s sweet serenading voice tops off the sundae while Austin Hancock’s kickin’ guitar licks provide a satisfying sustenance. Sam Lekander keeps it rollin’ on the river (creek) and Eli Tubbs’s sweet bass lines lay down the law. This musical escapade was only formed in late August but they’re still ready to ROCK THE DISTRICT!

Sydni Budelier BandSydni Budelier Band

The Sydni Budelier Band was formed in the spring of 2010 when guitarist Josh Papst approached vocalist Sydni Budelier (both graduates of Cactus Shadows High School) about starting an acoustic project. They began covering an extensive scope of material, creating and performing innovative arrangements of songs by artists such as Incubus, Saosin, Regina Spektor, and Kings of Leon, and readily added a second guitarist and bassist, Christian Fechtmeyer (currently a senior at Cactus Shadows High School) after agreeing that his musicianship would be a significant asset to the band. They have had the opportunity to perform at various benefit concerts, The Taste of Cave Creek festival, and at restaurants and music venues throughout the valley in Cave Creek, Scottsdale, and Tempe. They share a great passion for music and continue to expand their repertoire while gradually writing original material.

Bailey BrownBailey Brown

My name is Bailey Brown and absolutely love to sing. I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I am a straight A student and have been on the Principal’s list every semester while attending Sonoran Trails Middle School. I received my second degree Black Belt when I was eleven years old, taking a mixture of Tykondo and Karate. I run Cross Country in the fall and track in the spring. I have three dogs and a foster dog named Cricket, all whom I adore. My favorite author is S. E. Hinton. I like to dress like no one else and really like being uniquely me. I am fun and lively and use my imagination to think about the positive “What ifs” in life. My favorite foods are sweets, foods from other cultures, and anything made by my Grandma. The best thing about singing… I can do it while doing all the other fun stuff in my life!

Jeremy KozuraJeremy Kozura

Jeremy Kozura a 6th grader at Desert Canyon Middle School in Scottsdale. He has been performing in musical theater productions in Scottsdale since age 6 and currently is studying voice, acting and dance and rehearsing for the Legend of Sleep Hollow at the Homestead Playhouse and the Holiday Showcase at Voices Studio. His favorite roles include Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island and the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Jeremy likes to play video games, watch movies, and hang out with his friends in his free time.

Billion Dollar BailoutBillion Dollar Bailout

This band is comprised of Ryan Blaser on keyboard and vocals, Jake Colvin on guitar and vocals, Grant Morley on drums, and Josh Walker on bass. They’ve been together now 1 year. In fact, it was at last year’s “Rock the District” that their drummer first heard the original members and wanted to join! They perform frequently at school and private parties. They are Sophmores and Juniors at Pinnacle HS and Cactus Shadows HS. They all love music and hope to continue with it the rest of their lives!


“RADIO” is an up and coming music duo made up of Singer/Songwriters Lysa Hetrick and Junior Becerra. Their music is a unique fusion of Classic Rock, Pop, and Hip Hop. The group strives to create a new sound that is completely universal. RADIO recently finished recording their demo, Channel 515, at Saltmine Studios. Featured songs include “Rock and Roll,” “Raw!” and “All Night.” Lysa was born in Michigan and moved to Arizona in the summer of 2004. In the spring of 2008, she met San Diego native, Junior, who had also moved to Arizona in 2004. Shortly after, they began to perform anywhere and everywhere they could, with Junior playing acoustic guitar and Lysa on vocals. But soon, they realized, that was not the style of music they wanted to create. Both Lysa and Junior began to pursue opportunities on their own, while still performing together on occasion. However, in the fall of 2010, they decided to form a group together, RADIO. Often being compared to a modern Joan Jett and James Brown, RADIO aims to bring back the sounds of Classic Rock and Soul with a new Pop and Hip Hop take.

Emily McAteeEmily McAtee

I’m Emily McAtee and I will be singing “Happy” accompanied by Josh Colvin on the ukulele. I’ve been performing since the summer of 1st grade. I’ve been in about 7 Missoula plays and had 3 or 4 lead roles. I started singing and acting when I was just 7 and I’ve loved it ever since. I blast my radio until I end up getting yelled at. My first show was Snow White and i was only 7. Singing and Acting are the biggest things in my life. I’ve sacrificed a lot of time and energy to come to where I am now. If acting and singing weren’t part of my life I would not be such a good kid. J Thank you all so much for coming to see us all perform at Rock the District. :)

Josh ColivnJosh Colivn

Josh Colvin is 12 years old and in 7th grade at Explorer Middle School. He has a passion for music and performing. He is currently the drummer in the school Concert Band and Jazz Band. He plays with a group of friends in a band and is the drummer. He also plays the ukulele, piano, and sings and writes songs. He has been in several Missoula Children’s Theatre productions. Besides music, Josh plays competitive soccer for Desert Elite. He is an Honor Student and the 2nd of 4 boys in his family.

Rachel BrownRachel Brown

Rachel Brown is a Freshman Honors student at Pinnacle High School with a passion for music. Since she was old enough to talk she has been singing and performing for whoever cared to listen. Rachel studied classical piano with Anna Chepikova for several years and piano theory and songwriting with Bethany Wright for two years. Rachel is beginning to turn her dreams into reality having written several songs and performing her music throughout the valley, most recently at the 2010 Taste of Cave Creek festival, representing AZ Chicks with Picks. Her current music mentors are the amazing Martha and Kevin Glenn of Carefree, AZ. Rachel also has a passion for acting. She just finished performing in Pinnacle High School’s fall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Last year she appeared in Valley Youth Theater’s production of “13 the Musical” at Herberger theater. Her other favorite roles include: Young Cossette in Les Miserables at Phoenix Theater (2009), Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden at PV Comm. College (2008), and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at Theater Works (2007 – AriZoni award for Best Actress). In her younger days she appeared in numerous other musicals, most notably as Amaryllis in The Music Man for Scottsdale Community Players and as Gretl in The Sound of Music for Desert Stages Mainstage Theatre. She has sung the National Anthem at numerous events, including four times for the (now World Champion) San Francisco Giants spring training games. Up next – singing with the Carefree Christmas Chorus for several performances this December. After that – keep playing her music with a goal of becoming a successful recording artist. Rachel believes music and the arts are a vital part of her education, and should be an integral part of any child’s education in the public school system.

Rebekah Ryan & Victoria GrovichRebekah Ryan & Victoria Grovich

Rebekah Asks – Are you obsessed with music? Well, you might not be, but I am. I am a lot! That’s why I play the guitar, I sing, I am learning the piano, I used to play the violin. I also like to write my own music but I am still working on it. Hopefully, by next year I will be able to let the world hear my personal writing but right now I’m fine with covers. I’ve been performing all this year, so I’m a beginner at all this. My other interests are reading, writing, hanging with my friends and family. In school, the subjects I do my best in are math and writing, two very unlike things. I grew up right here in Arizona but I haven’t always lived in the U.S. I was born in the Hunan Province in China. This is where my parents flew across the ocean to find me, their three-month-old daughter. Of course I’m not three months old anymore but it was I nonetheless. But other then those three months I’ve lived here. A very interesting fact about me is that my middle name is Chinese. My middle name is Sung Li, which means a gift to the family. I bet you’re thinking that this girl wrote a lot about herself in this short bio but you asked for it. So I’m going to end my little bio with a goodbye and I hope you enjoyed this…Goodbye. I hope you enjoy our concert!

Victoria Says – I am thirteen years old and I love music. I love to listen to it, dance to it, play it, sing it, and live it. I’ve been playing guitar for a few years now and I started voice lessons this year too. I love to play and sing my favorite songs. I also love to read, write, spend time with my four little sisters, and hang out with my friends. I really like school (except for the homework) and am motivated to do my best academically. I am in the Spanish Immersion program. Outside of school, I am currently in the process of writing a book. I also like to write poems and songs. I’m very optimistic and love to laugh.

Mason ReevesMason Reeves

Mason Reeves is a singer, song writer and theatrical performer. He has been singing and performing since the age of two and has appeared in several theatrical productions throughout the area including Desert Foothills Theater’s productions of Gypsy, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (Caterpillar), The Rocky Monster Show (Elivis) and many others. He has appeared in several television commercials seen both locally and nationally. Last year he served as the National Anthem singer for the Desert Arroyo Middle School 7th grade girls basketball team. Last year he was happy to appear as a performer at the Cave Creek Education Fund fundraiser. In addition to performing, Mason is an avid athlete. For the past three seasons he played on the Cactus Foothills North Little League All-Star team and is currently captain of his state league-level soccer team. He also participates in the Olympic Development Program through the Arizona Youth Soccer League. He is a seventh grade honors student at Explorer Middle School.

Sarah NelsonSarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson is a 6th grade student Spanish Immersion at Desert Willow and has loved music for all her life. She started in the role of “Sandy the Dog” in the musical “Annie” at age four and has kept going ever since. She studies voice with Martha Lindsey-Glenn and is begining to play ukulele. She has been dancing for years and currently takes dance lessons at Bender Academy. Some of her greatest musical influences are: Beyonce, Lea Michelle, Ingrid Michealson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Shakira, Zoey Deschanel, and Colbie Callat. After being ‘behind-the-scenes’ in last year’s Rock The District, she couldn’t wait to audition for this year’s concert. She is thrilled to take part in such an incredible fundraiser and hopes you enjoy it as much as she does.

Amanda GilbertAmanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert is a 14-year-old aspiring singer from Scottsdale Arizona. She is a straight A student in 8th grade at Sonoran Trails Middle School. She has been performing for over 5 years in local theater, weddings, senior care centers, Hospice and Homeless shelters, community events, charity events, and holiday gatherings. She has performed at a major MLK festival, sang for Critical care children, and provided entertainment for the Saint Vincent DePaul’s large thanksgiving turkey giveaways. Last February she helped organize, sang the National Anthem, and provided half time entertainment for the “Hoops for Haiti” charity Basketball event held at Sonoran Trails Middle School which was very successful and raised over $2500 to help the earthquake victims. In addition to singing, Amanda enjoys Gymnastics, Dancing, Piano, Acting, and is learning Spanish. She loves animals, to hike and explore, and if there is a tree, she will try to climb it!

Audio InvasionAudio Invasion

From the moment you see and hear this dynamic young group you know you are a witness to something special. Something unusually refreshing. Six young multitalented male and female performers from Stages Music in N. Scottsdale, that have come together with a common purpose. These young and dedicated rockers will keep your heads bobbing and your feet stomping. Hard Rock, Pop, Classic covers and Originals. AUDIO INVASION delivers a positive message through their song renditions and persona unlike any other “youth” act. Music is the connection that bonds these players. Humble yet dynamic, confident yet not arrogant. Everybody, both young and old can learn from their inspiring example. Experience the positive, friendly, encouraging, and infectious Rock of AUDIO INVASION! Carly Lenniger on Vocals/Guitar, Shea Lenniger on Guitar, Zach Cox on Lead Guitar, Patch Mahoney on Drums, Gus Campbell on Vocals/Guitar/Bass and Tyler Lanes on Keys/Guitar.

Sarah MahinaySarah Mahinay

Sarah Mahinay was born June 27,1998. In California, She has been a music lover since she can remember, when she was 6 months old every time she cries the only thing that can make her smile is the Shania Twain music called, “Man I feel Like a woman.” When She was 3 years Old She went to the Philippines to study the Philippine Culture and Language. When she was in first grade, she joined the Philippine Dance Festival, called, Filipiniana. In 2005 She moved back here in Arizona and attended in Sequoia Elementary School where she joined her first singing act called, “Tiki Tiki Tembo” to celebrate the Chinese New Year. When She moved to Gray hawk Elementary School, she joined her very first talent show where she sang a song called, “Just like you” by Hanna Montana She surprised everyone in the school because every one though she was a shy girl with no talent. When she was in 6th grade at Sonoran Trails Middle School where she joined her second talent Show and sing, a song called “What Dreams are made of” by Hillary Duff. Sarah is such an actress, she loves to sing and dance. She’s a self – thought singer!!!

Maxx Gunner EhlersMaxx Gunner Ehlers

My name is Maxx Gunner Ehlers, I play guitar most of my free time. I have been playing for three years. I mostly play neoclassical/metal/rock or whatever I’m in the mood for. I’m 13 years old and I’m aspiring to be a famous musician. I hope you enjoy the music – and Rock Out with me!

Taylor BrockTaylor Brock

Taylor Brock is 14 years old and attends Chaparral High School as a freshmen. Taylor writes, sings, and plays all of her own music. Taylor has been writing music since she was 12 years old and has been singing since she was 11. She has played piano since the age of 5, and guitar since the age of 12. Taylor also enjoys acting on camera, as she has done so with the Phoenix Film Institute. She says her ‘only therapy is one that which she tends to every day in her journal, songwriting!!’ Her song she is playing today, ‘Firefly’ is dedicated to; “A boy, and you know who you are…”

2011 Performers – Rock the District 3

Jimmy LegJimmy Leg

Jimmy Leg is two talented young guitarists, a captivating lead singer, and a driving bass and drum section that play an eclectic song set ranging from alternative to classic rock. Band members Sean, Kyle, Morgan, Patrick and Max came together in the Spring of 2011 during a Rock Band camp at a local church. It was at this camp that Kyle and Sean first played together and realized they had a common interest in song selection and live performances. The boys set out to find the best talent available and immediately reached out to Morgan to add his mad guitar skills to go with Kyle’s. Similarly, Max and Patrick were recommended to the boys as a great addition for the all important drum and bass component that helps fuel their exciting live performances. Their restless energy and constant activity gave rise to the name of the band, Jimmy Leg. The band enjoys a range of music that engages a broad audience with selections from Green Day, Van Halen, Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cage the Elephant, and U2. Despite their young age, the band has played live performances at many venues which include Desert Ridge Marketplace, Stages Music Store, Highland’s Church, and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation’s “School’s Out For Summer Rock and Skate”, while at the same time helping to raise an awareness, and participating in clothing and food drives for charitable organizations such as MASKMatters.org, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, AZ Hunger Week, and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation. Band Members: Sean Collins -lead vocals/guitar (Age 12); Kyle Himmelein-lead guitar/back-up vocals (Age 12); Morgan Nelson-lead guitar (Age 13); Patrick England-bass (Age 13); Max Henderson-drums (Age 13). Jimmy Leg is honored to perform and appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the 3rd Annual “Rock The District”.


Ricochet ReloadedRicochet Reloaded

Don’t let their ages fool you, Ricochet Reloaded will blow your mind! Gus and Sabrina met at a local music workshop when they were only 10 and soon realized they both had the natural talent and shear dedication to stand out. Soon after they formed the original Ricochet. Today they are 12 and Gus is the front man handling vocals and guitar while Sabrina owns the drums. Backing them up on vocals and slappin’ the bass is Robert who is the token “old guy” at 14.
Both together as Ricochet Reloaded, and in various other music projects Gus, Sabrina and Robert play various gigs across the valley. Last year Ricochet earned a spot in the semi-finals at Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding talent search. More recently Ricochet Reloaded finished up headlining the Oktoberfest celebration at Explorer Middle School dubbed ExplorerFest.
You can follow Ricochet Reloaded on their blog at www.ricochetband.blogspot.com or like “Ricochet Reloaded” on Facebook. You can also see them live as they open for Black Door (a band Gus and his brother formed) at Reata Pass in north Scottsdale every Saturday.


Freudian SlipFreudian Slip

We are Freudian Slip. We are all juniors in high school. We thoroughly enjoy listening to and playing music. We are attending the Phantogram concert shortly after playing our show at Rock the District. We hope you will be there to watch all the cool performers. We hope you enjoy. Sincerely, Sam Lekander (guitar/bass/vocals), Francis Bartolomeo (guitar/bass/vocals), Grant Morley (percussion/awesomeness)


Acoustic TrioAcoustic Trio

“The Acoustic Trio grew out of the ashes of Billion Dollar Bailout. Ryan, Jake, and Josh have performed the last 2 years at Gallagher’s, private parties, band shows, a Prom, a Wedding, and at PVCC’s Battle of the Bands. They have written and recorded several originals and are currently in an AP Music Theory class writing a 15-piece symphony each. Rock the District is a favorite gig of theirs and was instrumental in bringing them together 3 years ago.”


Half Past Nine

Half Past Nine has been performing under various lineups and monickers for approximately two years. Their personnel consists of Cactus Shadows students and alumni who are passionate about jazz and enjoy bringing such a classy genre of music to a larger audience. They’re no strangers to performance; most members have been playing for upwards of six years. In today’s modern culture of four chord songs, auto-tune, and vulgar subject matter, it’s their goal to bring forth music that’s truly musical.
Boss Frog
This group of young fur-trappers first got their start singing backup for Donnie the “Warlock” Warwick six straight seasons at the Salem midnight jamboree festival for ghouls and specters. Last year they moved west for cheap land and are electrostatic to be here tonight!


Cali RodiCali Rodi

Cali Rodi is a sixteen- year- old singer/songwriter from Cave Creek. She started performing at age twelve and her first gig was at the one and only Buffalo Chip Saloon. With major influences including Grace Potter, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Led Zeppelin, and Merle Haggard, Cali has developed a unique country soul style that she hopes she can bring to the table in Nashville. Every month she travels to Music City for writing sessions, stage coaching, and voice lessons. She has completed writing fifty songs and counting and hopes to attend Belmont University to major in Songwriting. Here in Arizona, Cali writes and performs with Ryan Sims of local band Eastonashe and Billy Cioffi. She is a member of the Cactus Shadows Honors Choir and is very passionate about the arts in schools.

Bobbi Kerr

Bobbi Kerr began guitar lessons at the age of 8 and incorporated singing into her music at the age of 11. She is now 13 and has played at several venues including Buffalo Chip, Hard Rock Café, Harold’s, The Compound, Cody’s and Bookman’s. Bobbi has been an active member of the Chicks With Picks for two years and performs frequently with the organization. She enjoys writing her own music and is eager to record her first cd. Musical artists that influence her include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, The Band Perry and country music as a whole. This is Bobbi’s first performance for Rock the District and she is very excited for the opportunity!

Melissa NelsonMelissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson has been singing from a very young age and has hardly stopped since- just ask her family, friends and classmates. She started out in musical theater and small talent shows and after discovering a passion for singing, Melissa began taking voice lessons with Martha Lindsey Glenn, with whom she has studied since 2003. She later picked up ukulele, guitar and piano to accompany her singing. Melissa continues to explore many musical endeavors. Just this past year, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy as a singer/songwriter, played Amber Von Tussle in the Shadowbox Player’s Hairspray and won a 1st place Upscale Singers vocal scholarship. Melissa is so thankful for the support of her community and all the help she’s been given to put on Rock the District III.

Austin HancockAustin Hancock and Eli Tubbs

Eli and Austin are young, handsome, strapping lads from Cave Creek. They attend CSHS as juniors. Eli is a Gemini and Austin is a Sagittarius. As returning “Rockers of the District,” they plan to swiftly execute their tasty jams and licks for the enjoyment of the audience. Other than playing music, they both enjoy tanning and lounging by the pool. Hopefully, their music will satisfy your ears.

Maya GlicksmanMaya Glicksman

Maya Glicksman is an eighth grade Honor Student at Sonoran Trails Middle School. Maya was born in Short Hills, New Jersey, and moved to Arizona in the summer of 2009. Music has always been a huge part of her life, and a passion she hopes to pursue as a career. She Since the age of three, Maya has studied classical piano, and participated in the annual Piano Guild Auditions. Although she showed a love for singing at a young age, she began taking vocal lessons at Voices Studios about two years ago. She currently takes voice from Satyam Patel, director of Voices, and continues classical piano lessons. Maya also plays a bit of guitar that she learns from her father. Other activities that Maya enjoys are playing tennis and photography. A few of the many artists that inspire and influence her are Lady GaGa, P!nk, Adele, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, and Beyoncé. Maya loves to perform, and is very excited to perform in Rock The District this year!

Austyn BridgewaterAustyn Bridgewater

Austyn Bridgewater is fifteen years old and a student at Cactus Shadows High School. Some of her inspirations include Steve Vai, Queen, Etta James, Lil’ Wayne, The Beatles, Metallica, and Jimi Hendirix. She plays many different kinds of guitar styles including classical, rock, metal, and acoustic. Austyn has been studying guitar under Nick Medlock at Voices Studio. Austyn also sings lots of genres including classic rock, british folk, jazz, and pop. She studies voice with Satyam Patel at Voices Studio. Austyn enjoys working with many different kinds of instruments and artists because she feels the best musicians are well-rounded. Austyn recently performed at “Unplugged” for Cactus Shadows High School. In addition to singing and playing instruments, Austyn enjoys running and plans on joining the Cactus Shadows track team. Austyn will be preforming a Lil’Wayne ballad with Chaney WIlson and is very excited to be a part of “Rock the District”!

Chaney WilsonChaney Wilson

Hi, My name is Chaney Wilson. I am a Sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School. This summer I took part in auditions for Arizona Idol where I was fortunate to make top 5. I then traveled to Houston Texas to experience the process for American Idol Auditions. Recently I took part in Unplugged, a fundraiser for Cactus Shadows athletics giving me a chance to perform with my peers. My vocal coach, Jillian Englund from Scottsdale Conservatory, affords me many opportunities to showcase through her performance school. In addition, I had the privilege to sing with the band Rondavous at Harolds. I am very excited to be a part of this years Rock the district to help raise funds for our districts music program.

Sarah GraceSarah Grace

Sarah Grace makes music for the eternal spring-time, when you can pick wild daisies with the radio turned up. Some of her inspirations come from older, more classic musicians, such as Nat King Cole, Edith Piaf, and John Lennon. And others come from modern day indie infliences. Her biggest: Zooey Deschanel and others Carla Bruni, Ingrid Michaelson, and Laura Marling. She comes from a musical family where singing is celebrated and done quite often. She studies voice with the wonderful Martha Lidsey-Glenn, plays ukulele and piano, and has recently won first place in the Upscale Singers Scholarship Auditions. She is a straight-A student at STMS, dances in the All-Stars Dance Company at Bender Performing Arts, and sings in the Stinger Choir. Sarah and one of her best friends, Caity have been singing and writing songs together for as long as they can remember. In RTD, the comfortable and complimentary music pair will be performing a song one of their favorite singers, Ingrid Michaelson. This effervescent performer has high hopes for the evening’s music and is thrilled to be a part of Rock the District.

CAity BonnieCaity Bonine

Caity Bonine is a 7th grader at Sonoran Trails – and she’s passionately pursuing her love of music and the performing arts. Caity has been singing and writing songs since she could pick up a pencil and memorize a tune – she could be found singing anywhere, including the forest while camping where she was known to put on concerts for the animals as early as age 3. She took a few guitar lessons in Kindergarten, but couldn’t seem to keep up the work with tiny sore fingers. She dabbled in a few other things through the years but nothing really struck a chord with her until this year when she picked up a ukulele and couldn’t put it down – she immediately fell in love with its high sweet sound. In addition to the ukulele, Caity has been practicing the piano and recently added voice lessons with Martha Lindsey-Glenn to strengthen her musical tool box – enjoying every new experience.

Victoria GrovichVictoria Grovich

I am fourteen years old and I love music. I love to listen to it, dance to it, play it, sing it, and live it. I’ve been playing guitar and taking voice lessons for a few years. I love to play and sing my favorite songs. I also love to read, write, play golf (although I’m not the greatest at it), spend time with my four little sisters, and hang out with my friends. I really like school (except for the homework) and am motivated to do my best academically. I am in the Spanish Immersion program. Outside of school, I am currently in the process of writing a book. I also like to write poems and songs. I’m very optimistic and love to laugh.

Alex GrovichAlex Grovich

Alex Grovich is an 11 year old, 6th grader at Bella Vista College Prep where she loves to participate in sports. Her love of singing began at a young age when she began performing concerts for her siblings. She currently takes guitar and vocal lessons and enjoys performing at recitals and church, both in goups and solo.

Stinger ChorusSTMS Stinger Chorus

The STMS Stinger Chorus is presently comprised of one hundred 7th and 8th grade students from each of our academic teams at Sonoran Trails. The music curriculum teaches the full spectrum of vocal sound and performance. This group does a variety of music anywhere from classical literature to the music of today. The students of this very talented vocal ensemble are ‘stoked’ to be presenting Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts” for the opening number at the Rock the District Concert.

Cactus Shadows High School Dance TeamThe Cactus Shadows High School Dance Team

The Cactus Shadows state-winning dance team, a group of dedicated young girls who devote themselves to the community and high achievement, love to portray their passion for dance. They are hard workers with a cumulated GPA of 3.8. As they get ready for competition season, they are working extremely hard by practicing their routines every weekday in order to look their best. They are eager to perform their competition hip-hop routine at Rock the District, just one of two routines they will be competing throughout the season!


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