Posts Tagged ‘performance’

James and Kathy Taylor to perform at Coastal Bend College

March 19, 2012
James and Kathy Taylor

James and Kathy Taylor

Beeville dance team James and Kathy Taylor, joined by their friend, Las Vegas musical impressionist Carme Pitrello, will performance for the Beeville Concert Association’s final program of this season on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gertrude R. Jones Performing Arts Auditorium at Coastal Bend College in Beeville.

The Taylors have performed with Carme on cruise ships and in Las Vegas shows.

In Beeville, the Taylors offer dance instruction at the downtown Dance Studio. A few of their top students will preview their upcoming May 19 patriotic recital as part of the show.


Carme brings Vegas style to Coastal Bend College

March 19, 2012


Las Vegas comes to Beeville on March 23, when musical impressionist Carme Pitrello and his friends James and Kathy Taylor, local dance instructors and cruise ship performers, present the final program of the season for the Beeville Concert Association. The show is at 7:30 pm in the Gertrude R. Jones Performing Arts Auditorium inBeeville.

The three renowned performers will present musical acts from their years of night club and cruise ship shows.

A few of the Taylors’ top dance students will preview their May 19 patriotic recital at CBC and showcase the instruction the experienced dance team has provided for them.

Italian baritone Carme is one of the most versatile performers to have ever worked the Las Vegas strip, billing himself as a “Las Vegas Original.” Carme’s Vintage Vegas show includes playful impressions of famous entertainers such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis and Dean Martin.


Beeville Community Chorus to perform at Coastal Bend College

March 19, 2012

The Beeville Community Chorus will be presenting their annual talent show on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. The show will be in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium. Admission for the show is $10 and may be purchased at the door.

There will be a silent auction during the evening in Room B-106. The silent auction opens 30 minutes before show time, during intermission, and 30 minutes at the conclusion of the show.

For more information contact Dr. James Lee at (361) 354-2303 or


Lights, Camera, Action

June 23, 2011

Coastal Bend College Kids College will perform the KC Finale on Thursday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium in Beeville. The show will celebrate the theme, “Go Green,” and feature music, dance and entertainment. Participants will perform “The Environmental Show.” The free show is open to the general public.


Theater tickets on sale now in Beeville

March 31, 2011

Tickets are on sale now for Once Upon a Mattress at Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium. Evening performances are April 28, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on May 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or in the theater office.  The ticket office is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The box office telephone number is (361) 354-2545. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students.  Phyllis Garcia, CBC Speech/Drama instructor is the stage director and Dr. James Lee is musical director for the production.   Gene Stephenson is the director of the orchestra and James and Kathy Taylor are the choreographers.

Community event to be held at CBC Kingsville Campus

March 23, 2011

The annual CBC Kingsville Community Appreciation Event is scheduled for April 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Coastal Bend College. This is a family-friendly event and is open to the public.

The event includes a live art project and exhibit in the Multipurpose Room (102) and a performance by the H.M. King High School’s Mariachi Del Rey. The Cuveralls, a local band headed by CBC alumnus Paul Rios and his brother Joey Rios, will perform on an outside stage until 7:30 p.m.  Student organizations and groups will have games and food sales booths indoors and outside.

Paul Rios is not only a graduate of CBC, he is also a current student. He plans to transfer to Texas A&M University – Kingsville next fall.  Information about the band is available at

For more information about CBC Kingsville Community Appreciation Event, call the main office at (361) 592-1615. CBC Kingsville is located at 1814 S. Brahma Boulevard in Kingsville.


Coastal Bend College presents Once Upon a Mattress

March 11, 2011

 Coastal Bend College drama and music departments and Beeville Community Performing Arts Project presents the Broadway musical comedy, Once Upon a Mattress, on April 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. Performances will be in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium in Beeville. 

 Tickets go on sale on April 4.  Patrons may call (361) 354-2545; drop by the theater box office at the college; or purchase tickets online at Tickets are $12 for adults (twelve years of age and older) and $6 for children and students, including current Coastal Bend College students with college ID.  

 Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers; lyrics by Marshall Barer; and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. It opened off-Broadway in May 1959 and moved to Broadway within the year. The play toured the U.S and London. The play was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale The Princess and the Pea.

 A fictional medieval kingdom is ruled by the devious Queen Aggravain and the mute King Sextimus the Silent. No one, throughout the land, may wed until Prince Dauntless the Drab shares his wedding bed, however, every petitioning princess is sent away after failing the Queen’s unfair tests. It seems that no one is good enough to marry Prince Dauntless. No one until now…

 Phyllis Garcia is the stage director for this season’s performance of Once Upon a Mattress. Mary Joy is the assistant director and stage manager. Dr. James Lee is the musical director. And Gene Stephenson is the orchestra director. Kelly Canales and Jose Garcia Jr. are student assistants to the directors. The set builder is Vicente Barrera. Student helpers with sound and lights are Ethan Borroum, Amber Lidy and Rafael Gomez.  Vanessa Clark and Marsha Vaugham are in charge of makeup and costumes.

 The cast of Once Upon a Mattress follows.

Princess Winnifred the Woebegone: Yvonne Alaniz

Prince Dauntless: Stephen Flora

King Sextimus the Silent: Matt Wagner

Queen Aggravain: Daphne Garcia

Jester: Clarissa Garcia

Sir Harry: Richard Solis

Lady Larken: Stacy Stevenson

Minstrel: Sarah Anderson

Wizard: Monzelle White

Nightingale of Smarkand: Kathleen Chambless

Sir Studley: Ricky Cardwell

Lady Rowena: Kelly Canales

Lady Mabelle: Lizette Segovia

Lady Lucille: Serena Mann

Lady Merril: Colette Magyer

Lady Beatrice/Luce’s Lady/2nd and 3rd Lady: Samantha Sanchez

Princess No. 12/Lady H/1st Lady: Brittani Wade

Knight 2/Harold/Luce/Omnes: Nick Saenz

Knight 1: Brandon Alaverez

Knight 3: Jacob Garcia

Knight: Josh Rodriguez

Ladies-in-Waiting: Tamicka Tucker, Kathleen Chambless


Tin Roof Tango to perform in Beeville

February 21, 2011

 Tin Roof Tango will perform at Coastal Bend College on March 6 at 3 p.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium. The performance is part of the Beeville Concert Association calendar. This concert is made possible with partial funding from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation’s Janet Harte Memorial Endowment Fund.

 After 18 years, a couple of name changes, three successful recordings and over 1000 performances, Tin Roof Tango continues to excite audiences with their trademark high-energy acoustic fusion sound while exploring new musical vistas. At their first

Tin Roof Tango

Tin Roof Tango

performance at the Dallas Menswear Mart, the band (then under the name Instant Irish) was performing exclusively Celtic music. Bandleader Mark Shelton soon added traditional American tunes to their repertoire of Irish music.

 In 1988, the quintet (under the name Folk Like Us) became a part of the Young Audiences of Greater Dallas roster and began to perform Arts-in-Education programs in schools. Today, Tin Roof Tango remains one of the top booked acts on the Dallas roster and is also affiliated with Young Audiences of Houston and the Southeast Texas (Beaumont) chapter as well.

 The band produced its first recording in 1990. In 1992 the Rhode Island based record label released the highly successful An American Christmas selling in excess of 60,000 copies and receiving critical acclaim.

 As the repertoire changed, so has the group’s moniker, and in 1994 the band took on its current name, Tin Roof Tango. April 2000 marked the release of Tin Roof Tango, the group’s current CD, featuring a high energy array of world music repertoire.

 Mark Shelton leapt at the chance to play snare drum in the elementary band program in McNairy County, Tenn. It didn’t quite hit him, at the time, how many drums he might have to carry around in the future. Mark served as Visiting Artist at Wayne Community College in North Carolina before moving to Texas. In addition to playing percussion regularly as a staff musician at Gateway Church, Shelton’s performance credits include work with The North Carolina Symphony, The Shreveport Symphony, and The Dallas Wind Symphony.  

 Jonathan Malone began to learn the guitar while recuperating from an injury. Since that pivotal decision, he has gone on to study recording technology and music at Cedar Valley College in Dallas. In addition to duties with Tin Roof Tango, Malone sings and plays electric guitar in the band, Rolo’s Pocket.

 While attending the University of Oklahoma, Rachel Jarvis studied English and played cello in the OU Symphony Orchestra. Jarvis toured Oklahoma performing for children with Street Players Theatre. After moving to Texas, she created the Mid-Cities Strings music school where she teaches and conducts. Rachel was the principal cellist of the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra from 2000-2004.  A versatile musician, Rachel also performs on violin and viola.

 Born in South Korea, Young Heo moved to the United States during his teen years. Armed with a degree in Jazz Studies from University of Texas-Arlington, Heo teaches guitar, bass and piano in the Dallas area and freelances in variety of settings. Heo performs and records with King’s Region Worship Band.

 Cecilia Hamilton teaches flute at Austin College. With degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of North Texas, Hamilton conducts a community. Hamilton has a strong interest in Baroque flute and early music. An enthusiastic supporter of new music, she has premiered several compositions and appeared at a number of Contemporary music events.

 The concert is free to school-aged children and CBC students with current identification and season ticket holders. Otherwise, admittance is $10 at the door.


Coastal Bend College celebrates African-American History Month with music from Motor City

February 17, 2011

 Coastal Bend College will observe African-American History Month in Beeville with a free concert performance on Feb. 24 at noon in the James R. Dougherty Student Center (SUB). The event is open to the public.  

 Sounds of the Motor City is a musical revue reminiscent of the Motown-era and Civil Rights Movement. The performance includes the soulful sounds of Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes.

Sounds of Motor City

Sounds of Motor City

 Scheduled performers are Valencia Emanuel, Derrick Baker and Stephon Jones. Emanuel is a graduate of Towson State University (Towson, Md.). She’s worked throughout the country as a performer in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Little Shop of Horrors and Guys and Dolls. She was the first woman to perform in Five Guys Named Moe.

 Baker, a graduate of Westminster Choir College (Princeton, N.J.), is a choreographer and has had leading roles in All-Star Game, Joseph and the Technicolor Coat and Five Guys Named Moe.

 Jones is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz. He’s toured the country as a lead singer with the Drifters and the Platters. He currently sings with J.T. Taylor of Kool and the Gang.

 The group performed in Texas for the first time last year when they visited Coastal Bend College.

 For more information about this event, contact April Flores at (361) 354-2563 or


Organist returns for hometown performance

January 27, 2011
John Blackburn

John Blackburn, Organist

Beeville native John Blackburn will present the Beeville Concert Association’s next performance on Friday, Feb.4 at 7:30 p.m. on the Barnhart Memorial Organ at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 311 E. Corpus Christi St.

 Since last fall, Blackburn has been the organist and choirmaster at St. Philip’s and adjunct professor of music at Coastal Bend College. Blackburn has a bachelor’s degree in church music with organ emphasis and a master’s degree in church music, both from Baylor University in Waco. 

 He is currently preparing a series of concerts for the dedication of the new organ at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in South Ogden, Utah, but agreed to perform for the BCA on Feb. 4, replacing Su-Ryeon Ji.

 This concert was scheduled to be given by Ji, a doctoral organ student at the University of Southern California, but her organ performances are presently on hold while she recuperates from complications of carpal tunnel syndrome. Ji, a native of South Korea, attended A. C. Jones in 1992 and took organ lessons from local music teacher Patricia Powers. The BCA board has invited her to reschedule for the 2011-2012 season.

The concert is funded in full by a generous grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation’s Janet F. Harte Memorial Endowment Fund.

The concert is free to all students through high school age and to all CBC students with their current photo IDs.  Adults who do not hold BCA season tickets will pay $10 at the door.



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