Community Wind Ensemble, CGUHS Symphonic Band teaming up for April 4 concert

By Ashton Graham

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - When two bands join forces, a symphony ignites.

The Central Arizona Community Wind Ensemble will be presenting a joint Spring Band Concert with the Casa Grande Union High School Symphonic Band on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m.

The concert will be held in the Casa Grande Union High School Auditorium located at 2730 North Trekell Road.

The 55-member Central Arizona Community Wind Ensemble presents a wide palette of sounds that can be described as beautiful, powerful, contemporary, traditional and jazzy.

The membership of the band consists of Central Arizona College students, high school students, area community members, and music educators. The conductor is Rick Moore, director of bands at Central Arizona College.

Some of the ensemble's musical presentations include a concert band Overture for Winds by Charles Carter; Karl King's Ragtime circus march Georgia Girl; a suite of short works to describe London landmarks entitled Three London Miniatures; and a swinging arrangement of W.C. Handy's St. Louis Blues.

The Casa Grande Union High School Symphonic Band is made up of 66 sophomores, juniors and seniors. The band will be performing several numbers including Washington Post March by Jon Phillip Sousa, and Dawn of a New Day by James Swearingen. The conductor is Martin Hebda, the Casa Grande Union High School band director.

There is no cost to attend this event.

For more information please contact Dora Tompkins (520-477-7496/

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