Carol Gribbin has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2014. She began playing the percussion in 4 th grade and moved on to the trombone in 6 th grade. She attended San Jose State University for 1 year where she studied with Robert Szabo (San Jose Symphony) and then moved on to San Francisco State University where she studied with Ned Meredith (San Francisco Symphony) and Zachary Spellman (San Francisco Ballet Orchestra). She graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music Performance from San Francisco State University.
Carol grew up playing with the San Jose Children’s Musical Theatre. It was a great experience and still one of her favorite groups of all time. She attended Tanglewood Brass Institue Summer Program as well as the Keystone Summit Brass Institute, where she brought her quintet, The Pacific Brass, to perform. While at the Keystone Brass institute she performed as auxiliary brass with the Festival Orchestra, featuring Doc Severinsen at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. She has been a member of the Berkeley Symphony, the Napa Symphony, and the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic. Here in Reno, she has performed with the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Municipal Band, and Nevada Opera among others.
Glenn Parrish was born April 11,1938 in Atlanta, Georgia and started playing trombone in the 8th grade at Hoke Smith High School. After graduating a month after his 17th birthday he applied and was accepted into the Navy School of Music, and served four years on ships and duty stations in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He then interned and trained as an Anesthesiologist at Portsmouth and Bethesda Naval Hospitals.
After the Navy he worked as a Federal Correctional Officer at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary for a year and then spent the next three full years at Georgia Tech and Georgia State before being accepted as a medical student at the Medical College Of Georgia for the next four years.
After practicing in North Carolina for 13 years after naval service, he and his wife moved to Reno. After she died unexpectedly, over a year later he was persuaded to buy a "Hock Shop" trombone after selling his over 50 years earlier to help pay for education. After that, life started back again. Music saved his life. The Reno Wind Symphony was a big part of that!
Trombonist David Soderlund joined the Reno Wind Symphony in January 2019. A native of Oakland, California, he graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington with the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley. Following postdoctoral research in England, he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University in New York, where he served for 39 years until his retirement in 2017.
David began playing trombone in fourth grade and continued to perform on the trombone and euphonium in bands in orchestras through college. Following a 25-year hiatus from instrumental ensembles, he joined the Finger Lakes Concert Band in Canandaigua, New York, where he played both trombone and bass trombone for the past 20 years.
In 2018 David and his wife Carol moved to Reno to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. In addition to music and grandparenting, David enjoys nature and landscape photography.
Trombonist Scott Thunder has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2015. Mr. Thunder is a certified public accountant and partner in the firm Thunder Vick & Company. Prior to embarking on his career in accounting, Mr. Thunder earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Nevada. While completing his bachelor’s degree, he was the 2nd chair trombonist with the Reno Philharmonic. Mr. Thunder then went on to complete two years of work towards a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas before returning to Reno to study accounting.
Mr. Thunder has performed with many groups and live shows/performers including the Reno Philharmonic, the Nevada Ballet, the Nevada Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, American Superstars, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby, George Burns, Toni Tenille, The Four Tops and Natalie Cole.
*Member Photos by: Rick O’Neill