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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.

To learn more about the Foothill Symphonic Winds, click here.

For the 2015-16 performance year, the FSW will continue to rehearse 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 Winter session will be Wednesday, September 23, 2015, beginning at 7:30 PM.  Our first rehearsals of each session are open to all qualified musicians. Enrollment can be accomplished at the first rehearsals as well as on-line.  To register for a session or to pay dues, please click here:  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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Sunday, June 7, 2015, 3:30 PM
Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
Adults:  $10        Students & Seniors:  $5

June 2015 concert poster


Jack Stamp

Stephen Bulla, arr.

Variations on a
      Korean Folk Song

John Barnes Chance

The Courtly Dances

Benjamin Britten / Jan Bach

Eric Whitacre

Fantasie Humoresque
   on "Yankee Doodle"

D. W. Reeves / Keith Brion

Pepita Greus (pasodoble)

Pascual Perez Chovi / Roy J. Weger

Into The Raging River

Steven Reineke

 Program notes (PDF   845 kB)

Upcoming Concerts

3:30 PM, Cubberley Theater
December 6, 2015
March 13, 2016
June 5, 2016