YC instrumental music concerts culminate noteworthy career
Yavapai College will present two farewell concerts next week in honor of Dr. Boy Breiling, who will retire at the end of the semester.
The Yavapai College's Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra will present a concert called "American Classics" at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4.
And, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, the Roughrider and Trailblazer Big bands will present their final "Evening of Jazz" for this semester.
Both concerts will take place at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Breiling has been instrumental music director at Yavapai College since 1995.
The Sunday concert will open with the Concert Band, directed by Gary Flowers. The band will play "Side by Side," "The Forge of Vulcan," "The Curse of Tutankhamun" and "An Irish Legend," based on "The Minstrel Boy," a traditional Irish melody.
The Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonic Band will feature well-known American composers and some of their most popular compositions. The orchestra will feature two Aaron Copland pieces, "Variation on a Shaker Melody" and "Celebration Dance from Billy the Kid."
Other pieces include "Porgy and Bess Medley," by George Gershwin, and the "Olympic Spirit," by John Williams.
A trio of trumpeters, Steven Annibale, David Holbrook and Nick Annibale, will perform "Bugler's Holiday," by Leroy Anderson.
Familiar band pieces include the "Star Spangled Spectacular," by George M. Cohan, "Go West," a medley of the Magnificent Seven, the "Good the Bad and the Ugly," and the "Gallant Seventh March," by John Philip Sousa. "Tuba Tiger Rag," with the dueling tubas of Dakota Rutt and Vincent Porter, will be a special treat.
The Monday evening jazz concert will present old familiar as well as some newer jazz pieces.
Some of the compositions the Roughriders will be playing include "Blues to Begin With," "Cooke's Delight," "Early Autumn" and a fun piece called "Arnge Drank" orange juice with an attitude.
The Trailblazers will be playing some old familiar tunes, including "Summertime," by George Gershwin, "Feels So Good," by Chuck Mangione, "Jack the Bear," by Duke Ellington and "Without a Trace," by Doug Beach.
Of his departure from the college, Breiling said, "What a tremendous privilege it has been for me to conduct the instrumental ensembles and teach music at Yavapai College! I have enjoyed working with so many talented and dedicated musicians throughout the past 19 years. We have tackled some challenging literature, and I'm so proud of the musicians for always giving their best efforts. I'm very grateful to these students for their support of the Instrumental Music Program at Yavapai College."
Gary Flowers will continue to be the director of the Concert Band.
Tickets are $7 and may be obtained at the box office at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center or by calling 776-2000. Children under 14 are free.