Maryvale: Advanced Guitar Ensembles Have Lined Up Extensive Travel

Posted by Communications on 1/11/2017

The Maryvale Advanced Guitar Ensembles have lined up an extensive travel schedule this spring semester.   They will be in New Mexico this month, Hawaii in February, the Chicago area during Spring Break, and in Boston later in March.  Led by James Yancey, there are 12 guitarists in the Illuminati Ensemble and 14 in the Carpe Diem Ensemble.  Much of their touring funding comes from holiday concerts they do throughout the city.


Senior George Campos will be playing in the Blue / Grey Football All-American Bowl game January 21 in the Oakland Raiders Stadium. He was selected after attending Blue / Grey Football Combines the past two years. He will play offensive line for the Pacific Coast Team playing the Atlantic Coast Team.  The 6-2 1/2, 260 pounder has had some interest from small colleges, but this game could be a showcase for him, according to Maryvale coach George Martinez.   He has a 3.0 GPA and “is the best lineman I’ve coached in 23 years of High School Football,” Martinez said.


Seniors Marcos Ayala and Gissell Avila recently had the chance to spend a week in London, England with the Universal Cheer Association (UCA) group.  In order to qualify for this trip, the two had to try out to be UCA All-American cheerleaders at their summer camp.  This tryout involved Avila performing a dance, a cheer, and jumps.  Ayala had to do cheer, jumps and a single based stunt.  While they were in London, they were able to see many sights as well as perform in the New Year’s Day parade.  This trip involved much fundraising on the parts of these two students and their families to represent Maryvale in London.