MRs. mandi broderick
saguaro high school director of bands
Mandi Broderick has been a music educator in the greater Phoenix area since 2007. Over her career, she has taught and conducted band, orchestra, guitar, pit orchestra, mariachi groups, and more. She has taught private lessons in both trumpet and piano since 2003. Mrs. Broderick also performs professional trumpet in concert bands, jazz bands, small ensembles, and solos across the valley.
ruben miranda, assistant marching band director
Ruben Miranda is currently the Director of Bands, Choir, and General Music at Constitution Elementary School in Northwest Phoenix. He is an alumni of Northern Arizona University and holds a bachelors degree in instrumental music education. This is Mr. Miranda’s 2nd year working with the Saguaro Marching Band.
dave kuhns, assistant music director
Dave Kuhns has been involved with music for as long as he can remember. He was student conductor of both his high school and college bands and choirs, and general all-around “chair setter-upper” and “stuff carrier” for all of the school related musical groups he belonged to.
During his career as a secondary school educator in Southern California he was the director of many “championship-quality” bands, orchestras and choirs. He was an officer in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.
He is an accomplished musician, playing professionally in Los Angeles, and is a widely respected adjudicator and clinician.
He has been serving as a concert and marching adjudicator in Arizona since 1990 and during his tenure as the State Festival Coordinator for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association he oversaw the training of band and orchestra adjudicators in the state. He currently serves as a head judge for both marching and concert events on the ABODA Festival Adjudication Committee.
Since 1988, Dave has been traveling nationwide speaking to audiences ranging from junior high school students to corporate managers. He specializes in motivation, leadership training and group dynamics. His client list includes some of the finest high school performing groups in America. He is co-founder and primary leadership trainer for the California Leadership Academy, which is recognized as the premier peer leadership education resource for high school performing ensembles in Southern California since its creation in 1988.
His performing ensembles in Arizona have consistently earned Superior ratings in marching and concert events, and the Deer Valley High School Marching Band was awarded the Division II State Championship in 2014.
Dave Retired in 2017 and is spending his time doing in-services and conducting honor bands in the Southwest and California.