Our director has conducted the Sierra Vista Community Band since 2012. She has been the band director of the Palominas School District since 1998. The Palominas District Band has performed for the Arizona Pageant of Concert Bands Festival in Phoenix for the past eight years, receiving ratings of Excellent, Superior and Superior with Distinction.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in bassoon performance from Baylor University. She was a bassoonist in the U. S. Army from 1989 to 1992 and is currently the principal bassoonist for the Sierra Vista Symphony. In 2008, she was named Cochise County Teacher of the Year for the Palominas School District. In 2010, she received the Sierra Vista Mayor's Arts Award for Art in Education.