New Young Sounds of Arizona Musical Director Announced

New Young Sounds of Arizona Musical Director Announced

Standing ovation for Barb Catlin

This year’s Meet the Composer concert with Bill Holman marked another end of a successful musical year for the Young Sounds of Arizona. The concert also was a significant event in that it was Barb Catlin’s last concert as the Musical Director for the band. After serving eight wonderful years as the director, Barb felt it was time to move on and let a new Musical Director provide direction to these fine young jazz musicians.

At the concert, Dan Patrylak, Executive Director, paid a heart-warming tribute to Barb. Barb will be missed but we are all comforted to know that she is still performing in the valley with her trio and also influencing and providing direction to young musicians as the Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa Community College.

As we wish her well in her new endeavors, we are also wishing our new Musical Director, Eric Rasmussen, much success as well. Young Sounds of Arizona has been blessed with great leadership and direction in the past and Eric is no exception to that “rule”. If you aren’t familiar with Eric’s outstanding credentials, please read more about him on the Director Bio page. The 2010-2011 edition of Young Sounds will be another fun and musically entertaining year with Eric leading the band.