Area briefs


Concert to feature Troy grad

TROY — The Troy Civic Band will present its final free concert of the 2017 season at the outdoor amphitheater of Troy’s Treasure Island Park on Labor Day, Monday, September 4 at 7 p.m.

The featured trombone soloist, Brett Galey, is a 2016 graduate of Troy High School and a second year student in the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Galey was a member of the “2016 Honor Band of America,” an elite concert band including only 100 of the nation’s most outstanding musicians. At the University of Cincinnati, Galey is studying trombone performance and music education.

Galey will perform the “Trombone Concerto” by Russian composer, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The trombone concerto is a right of passage for accomplished trombonists and is often played by military bands. Music aficionados might recognize the composer, Rimsky-Korsakov, from his well-known “Flight of the Bumblebee” for string instruments.

Concert attendees will appreciate a meditative piece, “The Pines of the Appian Way,” by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. The tone-poem depicts the glory of the Roman army marching along the tree-lined road to Rome.

The Troy Civic Band is co-directed by Bill and Kathy McIntosh and is generously supported by the city of Troy, the Troy Foundation, Troy Main Street and by private donations.

McIntosh, conductor of the Labor Day concert, enjoys choosing music that transports the emotions of audience members from serious to silly.

Music for laughter will include Henry Mancini’s theme from “The Great Race” and Karl King’s “Circus Days.” Audience members should bring lawn chairs for seating along the concrete terraces on the grassy banks facing the beautiful Miami River. Entrance to Treasure Island Park is at 409 N. Elm St., Troy. Parking and the concert are handicapped accessible. Restrooms are located on site. Please note that the concert time is 7 p.m. due to the earlier time for sunset.

For more information, call 335-1178.

Flight ground school offered

TROY — If the dream of obtaining your pilot license is on your bucket list, WACO’s Flight Ground School can help achieve it.

The fall class is now forming, but must have a minimum of four class participants. Ground school will be taught in 11 class sessions on Wednesday nights at WACO Air Museum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit www.wacoairmuseum.org, under the Learning Center tab, for more information, including fees and materials.

Call WACO at 335-9226 for any questions. Registration deadline is Sept. 13.

Pete Demers will be the instructor for the ground school. He brings a wealth of experience in aviation education that spans the last 15 years. Pete has more than 4,000 flight hours as a flight instructor, has managed an FAA approved Part 141 Flight School as chief flight instructor, served as plot and company flight instructor for a part 135 charter operator in the Piper Navajo/Chieftain, and was selected as the FAA’s Flight Instructor of the Year for the Southern Region in 2013.

Demers is an instructor for PSA and also serves as a volunteer at the WACO Museum.

YMCA offers Adult Sports Leagues

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is taking registrations for upcoming Adult Basketball and Corporate Basketball Leagues.

The Men’s Fall Basketball League takes place at both the Piqua and Robinson Branches on Tuesday evenings beginning Oct. 3. Registration goes through Sept. 17.

The Corporate Basketball League takes place on Sunday afternoons at the Piqua Branch. Corporations for Basketball can enter a full team, or may combine with another corporation. This League begins on Nov. 12 with registrations through Oct. 29.

For more information or to register, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or j.hull@miamicountyymca.net.