Wind Ensemble offers A Tribute to Russell Shannon Nov. 20 at the Pence Center

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - The Central Arizona Community Wind Ensemble will present A Tribute to the Music of Russell Shannon on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in the newly-renovated Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts at the Signal Peak Campus.

Tickets for adults and children are $5 per person. CAC students with a valid ID may receive a free ticket. All guests will require a ticket to enter the facility.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance at Online ticket sales close two hours prior to the show. There is a limit of 630 tickets per show and ticket sales are brisk.

If tickets are available, cash sales will begin at 6 p.m. at the CAC Box Office. Doors to the theater will open at 6:20 p.m.

This concert is a tribute to the music of Russell Shannon, a resident of Casa Grande since 1988 who has been composing music for more than 60 years.

The 55-member ensemble will present a wide palette of Shannon's music that can be described as beautiful, powerful, thoughtful and playful.

Shannon began composing music in high school and refined his skills at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Northwestern University, University of Mississippi and Rutgers (NJ) University.

Prior to his arrival in Casa Grande, Shannon was a middle and high school band director in the Wisconsin schools of Soldiers Grove, Oconto Falls, Cuba City and Stevens Point, as well as in the Arizona districts of Morenci and Gila Bend.

Over the past 24 years, Shannon has been a fixture in the Casa Grande and Central Arizona College musical heritage. He has been a member of the Central Arizona Community Wind Ensemble since its inception. In fact, at one time or another, he has played every instrument in the ensemble.

He has made appearances with the ensemble as a conductor and has had his compositions played more than 35 times. Shannon also performs on the viola with the Golden Corridor Orchestra.

Membership of the CAC Wind Ensemble consists of Central Arizona College students, high school students, area community members, and music educators. The conductor is Rick Moore, CAC's director of bands.

Lou Bagley (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Kara Coil (Florence, AZ) - CAC Alum
Nancy Coil (Florence, AZ) - CAC Alum
Deborah Long (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Amber Granillo (Florence High School) - CAC Student
MiElle Harmon (Florence High School) - CAC Student
Stacy Moeglin (Casa Grande Union High School) - CAC Student
Susan Quintanar (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Pam Shuler (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Zephra Ware (Chandler, AZ/Basha High School) - CAC Student
Laura Wolfe (San Tan Valley, AZ) - Music Educator

Ron Bowen (Coolidge, AZ) - Community Member
Marylue Brinker (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Lora Eager (San Tan Valley, AZ/Poston Butte High School) - Current High School Student
Marilyn Freese (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Carol Jackson (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Lil Peart Hoover (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Duane Moore (Sun City, AZ) - Retired Music Educator
Sophia Martinez (Casa Grande, AZ) - CAC Alum
Bridgette Paul (Coolidge, AZ/Coolidge High School) - CAC Student
Diane Rubio (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Russell Shannon (Casa Grande, AZ) - Retired Music Educator
Dennis Tooley (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member

Nancy Emrick (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member

Emmanuel Bobo (Florence, AZ/Florence High School) - Current High School Student
Larry Marik (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member
Mary Moore (Casa Grande, AZ) - Retired Music Educator

Sarah Korlien (Casa Grande, AZ) - Music Educator
Al Westphal (Casa Grande, AZ) - Community Member

Isaac Perez (San Tan Valley, AZ/Poston Butte High School) - Current High School Student

For more information please contact the CAC Box Office at 520-477-SHOW (7469). Central Arizona College's Signal Peak Campus, home of the Pence Center, is located at 8470 N. Overfield Road between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande. The campus is located just a few miles east of I-10 midway between Tucson and Phoenix.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814