Dr. Roy Breiling was the Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Yavapai College from 1995 to 2014. He conducted the Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Band, and the Trailblazers and Roughriders Big Bands, and also taught the music theory courses. He continues to serve as adjunct professor and gives private trumpet lessons. A native of West Allis, Wisconsin, Roy Breiling earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1976, and a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University in 1980. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Band Conducting, with a minor in trumpet performance, from the University of Arizona in 2000.
Prior to his appointment to Yavapai College’s music faculty in 1995, Dr. Breiling was the Director of Bands at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher; at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota; and at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota; and for two years he was an adjunct band director at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Roy Breiling served in the United States Air Force for eight years as Commander and Conductor of Air Force bands in Texas, Mississippi, and New Jersey. His Air Force bands performed at such noteworthy occasions as the Fiesta in San Antonio, Mardi Gras and the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades and the 1987 World Series in New York, and in Glassboro, New Jersey for an appearance by President Ronald Reagan. After an additional fifteen years in the Air Force Reserves, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006.
Under Dr. Breiling’s direction at Yavapai College, the Symphony Orchestra performed major works by Beethoven, Mozart, Berlioz, and other master composers. The orchestra also performed educational Music Memory concerts to audiences of more than 2,000 grade school students every year. The Symphonic Band performed original wind band compositions, marches, and novelty pieces. The Trailblazers Big Band recorded two CD’s and received a Superior rating at the Northern Arizona University Jazz Festival in 2000. In 2012 the Trailblazers received first place in the Community College Division at the 50th Annual Reno Jazz Festival.
Dr. Breiling was an adjudicator for the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks scholarship auditions and continues to be a guest clinician and conductor for regional band and orchestra festivals. Throughout his career, he was a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Arizona Music Educators Association, and the Music Educators National Conference. He performs regularly on trumpet and is a member of the International Trumpet Guild.
Wayne Cook, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Paul Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Richard Metzger, Principal Trumpet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Dennis Najoom, 3rd Trumpet, Assistant Principal, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Edward Reid, University of Arizona
David Hickman, Arizona State University
John Daniel, Lawrence University
Jeff Purtle, Professional Trumpet Player
Greg Spence, Professional Trumpet Player