Bill Breen of Tucson will serve as master of ceremonies for the 40th Anniversary Vertilee Floyd Arizona State Fiddle Championship Sept. 25 and 26.
He and his wife Lynn are active in the Desert Bluegrass Association. He is a banjo player and Lynn plays bass. Both have performed in southern Arizona.
Breen has worked the Payson festival several times and is also a fixture at the Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival, serving as its master of ceremonies for 20 of its 31 years. He has also been the frequent emcee at the Tucson Bluegrass Festival.
Breen retired from the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a lieutenant. He served 28 years in law enforcement. When not serving as a master of ceremonies he teaches flying, does casino consulting work and is a magician and expert on gambling.