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FSW in concert at the Cubberley Theatre

The Foothill Symphonic Winds (FSW) was formed in 1980. The ensemble performs classical and contemporary works written or transcribed for symphonic wind ensemble or concert band. The aim is to assist the musicians in continuing their musical growth while also providing high-caliber musical entertainment for the community. The FSW was a class offered by Foothill College in Los Altos Hills until all Music Performance classes were cancelled in the summer of 2011. The members of the FSW wanted to continue to operate in its traditional format, except as a non-profit organization. Articles of Incorporation were filed, a Board of Directors elected, and 501(c)(3) tax exempt status granted to the FSW by the IRS.

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For the 2016-17 performance year, the FSW will continue to rehearse Wednesday evenings at the Blach Middle School, 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos. We will continue meeting in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Our first rehearsal of the Fall session will be Wednesday, September 28, 2016, beginning at 7:30 PM.  While we don't have a fixed instrumentation, we do have a limit on our total membership for musical and logistical reasons. Musicians interested in joining the ensemble must receive approval from our Music Director (Contact).  Existing members can register for a session or pay dues by using the following link:  Register 

Our Director

David B. Adams, DirectorDavid Bruce Adams became the Director of the Foothill Symphonic Winds in September 1993, after performing for many years as lead trumpeter for the group. His professional conducting experience includes three years as the Assistant Conductor of the San Jose Municipal Band. Mr. Adams earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, where he studied trumpet with John Coffey and Roger Voisin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He later earned his Master of Arts degree at San Jose State University while teaching music and directing bands in the Cupertino Union School District. For fourteen years he was Instrumental Music Director at Palo Alto High School, where his concert and jazz bands won numerous awards. In 1987, Mr Adams received a Fellowship for advanced music studies at Northwestern University. In 1998 he chose to teach music in the Palo Alto elementary schools so that he could spend more time with his wife and young son. He continues to perform professionally with many Bay Area ensembles and is an active adjudicator for jazz, orchestra and band festivals in Northern California. He has served as president of the Santa Clara County Band Directors' Association and as Area Representative for the California Music Educators Association.

Concert Schedule
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June 2016 concert title

Sunday, June 5, 3:30 PM
Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
Adults:  $10        Students & Seniors:  $5

June 2016 concert poster

Marche Des Parachutistes Belges

Pierre Leemans

The Banks of Newfoundland

Howard Cable

Bagatelles for Band

Vincent Persichetti

Selections from "My Fair Lady"

Frederick Loewe / Bennett

Egmont Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven / Tobani

English Dances

Malcolm Arnold / Johnstone

Fiesta Del Pacifico

Roger Nixon

The Purple Carnival March

Harry Alford / Erickson

Program Notes (90 kB PDF)             

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Upcoming Concerts

3:30 PM, Cubberley Theater
December 11, 2016
March 12, 2017
June 11, 2017