Central Arizona College & local community band together to create music in Pinal County

August 15, 2008

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – If you ever wanted to join a band, have fun and experience great camaraderie, then Central Arizona College has an offer you just can’t refuse.

Rick Moore, Central’s director of bands, is orchestrating the movement inviting musicians to become part of something very special at Pinal County’s community college.

“If you have ever thought about joining a band, then this is an opportunity for you to become part of something creative and fun,” Moore explained. “We are looking for people throughout Pinal County who are interested in joining what is really their community band.”

Officially known as the Central Arizona Community Wind Ensemble, Moore’s band consists of approximately 60 members from six different Pinal County communities. The age range of the ensemble is 14-85 and features doctors, educators, business owners, law enforcement officials, teachers, ranchers, students and retired workers.

“If there are multiple family members who enjoy playing music, then this really can become a great family-bonding activity,” Moore, the conductor, said. “It also exposes the public to Central Arizona College and maybe entices someone to take classes at our institution.”

The ensemble performs a wide range of standard concert band literature as well as lighter works of music. The music for this semester will be based around the word America. Rehearsals occur on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m.

Under the guidance of Moore, the group performs one concert on the Signal Peak Campus each semester in the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts.

“Membership in the ensemble is open to anyone who enjoys, and wants to continue, playing their music in an organized collective,” Moore said.

The first rehearsal is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m. in Room 126 of the Pence Center. The fall concert is slated for the Pence Center on November 25 at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the Wind Ensemble should contact Moore by phone (520-494-5399) or by e-mail (rick.moore@centralaz.edu).



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