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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 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 Spring session will be Wednesday, March 29, 2023, downbeat 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

Classy, Sassy & Brassy

Free Admission
Friday, April 7, 2023 7:30 PM
Cubberley Theatre
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA

Classy, Sassy & Brassy poster

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The Linköping Brass Band, from Palo Alto’s Swedish Sister City, will be performing a free concert – Classy, Sassy & Brassy – in conjunction with the locally-based Foothill Symphonic Winds Brass Ensemble.

Sister Cities since 1987, Palo Alto and Linköping have enjoyed a long history of cultural exchanges. The Linköping Brass Band is making its first trip to Palo Alto as part of a west coast tour of Canada and the United States. The originally scheduled Spring 2020 performance was scrapped due to the COVID pandemic. Joining the 30-member Swedish band will be the Foothill Symphonic Winds Brass Ensemble, a group which provides Peninsula musicians an opportunity to continue their musical growth while also providing high-caliber musical entertainment to the community.   

The evening’s performance will be dedicated to Neighbors Abroad past president and longtime member, Barabra Evans, who died in September 2022. Evans made frequent trips to Sweden during her tenure with Neighbors Abroad. She and her husband, Joe, often hosted visitors from Linköping at their home during officials’ delegation trips to Palo Alto.

Linköping Brass Band

Concert Title

David Bruce Adams, Music Director
Sunday,March 12, 2023 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

March 2023 poster
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Entry March of the Boyars

Johan Halvorsen / Frederick Fennell

Valerie Coleman

English Dances

Malcolm Arnold / Maurice Johnstone

Machu Picchu

Satoshi Yagisawa

Salvation is Created

Pavel Tschesnokoff / Bruce H. Houseknecht

The Irish Washerwoman
Leroy Anderson

Cape Breton Postcard
Catherine McMichael

Program Notes (PDF   1.2 MB)        

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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
June 4, 2023