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Pacific Coast Horns blow their way into Verde Valley this weekend
The Pacific Coast Horns started in 1985 as the Disneyland Bellhops, serenading the theme park’s guests with their upbeat and somewhat whimsical repertoire.
The Pacific Coast Horns started in 1985 as the Disneyland Bellhops, serenading the theme park’s guests with their upbeat and somewhat whimsical repertoire.

For some pure fun with music and song for all ages by Disneyland's top brass musicians attend the Verde Valley Concert Association's concert with the Pacific Coast Horns.

The five musicians make a splash with lively brass music, banter and barbershop singing mixed with lots of humor. Their genres include jazz, ragtime and big band hits as well as Broadway and humorous medleys. The group combines their expert musicianship with vocal harmony and wit sure to please any audience.

The concert will be in Mingus Union High School's Auditorium, 1801 E. Fir St. on Saturday, Feb. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door.

The Pacific Coast Horns started in 1985 as the Disneyland Bellhops, serenading the theme park's guests with their upbeat and somewhat whimsical repertoire. Their brass music, barbershop singing and friendly banter became their signature style. Today they perform for audiences across the country with their particular style of good-natured entertainment.

In addition to the concert, the group will perform residencies at schools in Cottonwood and Camp Verde on Monday, Feb. 10.

The quintet consists of Kurt Curtis on Trumpet; Tim Gill, also on trumpet; Mitch Mocilnikar on French horn; Jeremy Swem on Trombone and Charlie Warren on tuba. All five are award-winning instrumentalists with extensive backgrounds.

Curtis has toured extensively and played with several bands including Americus Brass Band and conducts the Disneyland Band, the Pearly Band and Disney's Fanfare Trumpets. Gill has been featured with several top-named artists and at Universal Studios and the Disneyland resort. He has also been featured on many album releases and maintains an active teaching schedule. Mocilnikar works as a freelance player in the Southern California area and is also a member of the Americus Brass Band. His recording credits include soundtracks for several major motion pictures, and he has performed with the Civic Light Opera Orchestras in many California cities.

Swem has been a regular member of the Disneyland Band since 2009, and can also be heard with the Pacific Brass Ensemble, The Golden State Pops Orchestra and the Americus Brass Band as well as the orchestra of Musical Theater West. While in college, Warren played on numerous film score soundtracks and performed with the Ralph Vaughan Williams orchestra. He has been with the Thunder Mountain Boys bluegrass band, the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and many traditional Irish groups.

The Cottonwood concert with the Pacific Coast Horns will be an evening of brilliant brass, vocal harmony and fun for everyone.

The concert association, founded in 1952, provides a diverse selection of affordable artistic entertainment to the residents of the Verde Valley and surrounding communities to bring them live performances and to meet the artistic educational needs of youth.

In addition to the concerts, the association conducts a Youth Outreach Program, a Music Scholarship Program, promotes the annual productions of the Missoula (Montana) Children's Theater and a Residency Program that brings talented performing artists into the classroom and area retirement homes.

To contact the Verde Valley Concert Association, visit or call 928-639-0636.

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