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Blackwood Clarinet Ensemble On August 20, 2022, FSW clarinetists performed the World Premier of Los Altos y Los Bajos commissioned from San Francisco-based composer Beth Custer.  Click on the image to view the performance on YouTube.

$5,000 Donation Matching Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a secession of our live performances, but it did not relieve the Foothill Symphonic Winds (FSW) of on-goning expenses and a loss of income. In response to FSW’s need to rebuild financial resources, an anonymous patron has provided backing for an aggressive donation matching challenge. Every cash donation received between September 21, 2022 and 31 January 2023 will be matched dollar for dollar up to a cumulative amount of $5,000. Cash and checks can be given directly to FSW. Credit cards may be used via PayPal. Donations can also be made through Benevity. Corporate matching from your employer might be available to further increase your donation. The donation period extends into 2023 for those who may have already made commitments through 2022.

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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 2022-3 performance year, the FSW will rehearse Wednesday evenings at the Mountain View High School, Packard Hall, 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA.

We meet in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Our first rehearsal of the Fall session will be Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 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 

Concert Schedule

Concert Title

Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3:30 PM
Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
Adults:  $20        Students & Seniors:  $10
Tickets available at the Box Office 30 min before the concert
General Admission tickets may be purchased on-line  at
Lil Regie

Dec 2022 poster
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America, The Beautiful
Samuel Ward / Carmen Dragon

Islas y Montanas
  II. Volver a la Montana
  III. Seis Manuel

Shelley Hanson

William Schumann

Broadway Showstoppers
Warren Barker, Arranger

Washington Post
John Philip Sousa


William Grant Still

Variations on a Shaker Melody
Aaron Copland

Variations on a Korean Folk Song
John Barnes Chance

A Christmas Festival

Leroy Anderson

Program Notes in preparation        

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All audience members are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be boosted, if eligible. In addition, proper fitting masks covering nose and mouth are required by all audience members in the Cubberley Theatre, including the lobby. FSW musicians will not be masked but all are fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible.

Upcoming Concerts

3:30 PM, Cubberley Theatre
December 4, 2022
March 12, 2023
June 4, 2023