Mark joined the Reno Wind Symphony in 2018, shortly after moving from Northern California. He began playing the trumpet at 11 years old, and in high school groups included the concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and musicals.
Prior to coming to Reno Mark played with the Brentwood Community Band, Brentwood Burnished Brass, Summerset Big Band, and Broadway Under The Stars community theater.
Joi Cerveri has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2016. She is a lifelong resident of Reno and started playing trumpet at age 12. She attended Vaughn Middle School and Wooster High School where she played in the jazz bands, concert bands, and orchestras. She also participated in Honor Band and the Lake Tahoe Music Camp.
She studied music at the University of Nevada, Reno. Today she is active in a number of local bands such as the Mile High Jazz Band, Boca Brass Quintet, Let’s Dance Band, TMCC Jazz Band, Tahoe Dance Band, Reno Municipal Band, and Our Lady of the Snows Church Band. Joi also teaches music lessons for trumpet and saxophone.
Jesse Coe has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since the spring of 2019. He lives in Fallon, along with his wife Meghan, also a Reno Wind Symphony member. Both his father and brother play brass instruments as well. Jesse played in Washington in a group called MPC Brass until his recent move back to Fallon. He is a graduate of Churchill County High School and the University of Washington, playing during the entirety of his respective tenures in jazz and wind groups, as well as marching band.
Jesse studied Japanese Linguistics in college before being commissioned in 2003 into the United States Navy. He served 10.5 years of active duty, flying EA-6B Prowlers and EA-18G Growlers, and still serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. Aside from playing music with the RWS, he can usually be found on the road, cycling whenever he can.
Cheryl DeRosa was born in Baumholder, Germany while her father was in the United States Army Air Corps. She received the Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at Texas Tech University. She has performed with the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony Orchestra, Texas Tech Symphony Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Cheryl learned how to fiddle in Texas, and won several fiddle contests. She was offered a job by the legendary Merle Haggard, but turned it down to finish school.
In addition to violin and vocals, Cheryl took up the trumpet while fronting her own show band. That group toured throughout the United States and Canada, including many Nevada showrooms. She has opened for B. J. Thomas, Merle Haggard, and Asleep at the Wheel.
Cheryl won a RAMA (Reno Area Music Awards) award for musical artistry and appeared on the cover of Fun & Gaming. She has enjoyed local radio spots with a Christmas song she co-wrote with her husband Joseph and has been heard on jingles for Port of Subs and The Peppermill.
Cheryl joined the Reno Wind Symphony in September 2018. She teaches violin in Reno, and currently performs on violin, trumpet and vocals with Pappa Clutch and the Shifters, a local oldies rock band.
Colin Filsinger has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since inception. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nevada in 2004 while studying trumpet under the direction of Dr. Larry Engstrom. Colin was a member of the Wolfpack Marching Band for 5 years and was the trumpet section leader for 2 of those years. Colin played trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and in the Jazz Band while at the University. Colin is also alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Colin is a native Nevadan and grew up in the Reno area. Colin has been married to Lauren for 9 years and has a daughter named Cadence. Colin loves spending time with his family and being outdoors. Colin works as an insurance agent with Balsiger Insurance, which has allowed him time to pursue his passion of playing the trumpet and being a part of the Reno Wind Symphony.
Trumpet player Steve Gibson is the owner and general manager of Absolute Music, the band and orchestra specialty store. While growing up in a musical family, he didn’t join the school band until he befriended a new kid in 5th grade who had to talk him into it. Since then music has been a driving force in his life. Steve majored in music education at Fullerton College and marched with the renown Riverside Community College Marching Tigers.
Steve has performed with the Reno Wind Symphony for many years. He has also performed with the Reno Municipal Band, the Reno Pops Orchestra, and other area ensembles. When not on stage, Steve prefers to be in the front row of the audience… he is a long-time season pass holder to the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Broadway Comes to Reno series, and other concerts and musical productions.
Steve is the proud father of Josh, Savannah, and Aaron. He has been the Music Director at his church for over twenty years. When he’s not running his music store, he’s likely out camping or fulfilling his other responsibilities as a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.
Todd C. Hudson
Trumpeter/C-130 Navigator Lt Col Todd C. Hudson serves as the 152d Operations Support Squadron Commander, May Air National Guard Base, Reno, Nevada. Lt Col Hudson received his reserve commission on June 26th 1997, after serving five years as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist on the RF-4C and the C-130E. Lt Col Hudson received his Wings on October 2nd 1998 from Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Since then Lt Col Hudson has amassed over 3600 flight hours, nearly 700 of which were flown in combat. Lt Col Hudson has 12 Overseas Deployments serving in Operations Joint Forge, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Todd is a proud alumni of Edward C. Reed H.S. in Sparks, Nevada. After high school he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, and served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Reed H.S. from 1999 through 2002. At this time he was activated to participate in the War on Terror and has not returned to his beloved teaching career.
William “Bill” Melendez was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley (Southern California). Growing up in a family of musicians, he started playing the trumpet at age 10. He was active in his high school band program and attended the California Institute of the Arts where he received the Bachelor of Arts degree in music. While a student at Cal Arts Bill studied trumpet with renown trumpet teacher Claude Gordon.
In the San Fernando Valley Bill performed with 4 community orchestras, several big bands, German Bands and rock bands. He was a member of the College of the Canyons Studio Big Band for over 35 years.
After a 31–year career with the United States Postal Service, Bill and his wife of 40 years moved to Nevada to enjoy retirement and spend time with their family here. He now plays as a regular member with the Capital City Community Band, Carson City Symphony, Mile High Jazz Band and Rosebud Dance Band. He joined the Reno Wind Symphony in the Spring 2018 semester.
Terry Yamaguchi was born and grew up in a suburb of Tokyo, Japan. In 1998, he left Tokyo and moved to the San Francisco bay area, where he worked as a camera manufacturing engineer for the Nikon optical corporation.
While in the bay area Terry played as a substitute member in the San Jose Wind Symphony, later joining the Foothill Wind Symphony as a regular member. During that time he was encouraged to study with various teachers. He was highly influenced by the playing style of Mark Inouye, principal trumpet in the San Francisco Symphony. During a sabbatical from his job he moved to Los Angeles, and played with the Los Angeles Wind Symphony.
In June 2018, Terry and Pam Yamaguchi moved from Los Angeles to Sparks. She teaches English to Japanese students, and he works at the giga factory as a supplier of new energy batteries for TESLA vehicles. Their daughter is a lighting designer for a theater company in London. Terry joined the Reno Wind Symphony in September 2018, and enjoys taking photographs in his spare time.
Carol Gribbin has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2014. She began playing the percussion in 4th 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.
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.
Karim M. Shabazz is a native of Sparks, Nevada. He graduated from Sparks High School in June, 1998. He earned a Presidential Scholarship to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia to study trombone performance. While at Morehouse College he studied under the second trombonist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and took third place in the National Black Collegiate Concerto Competition in 1999.
Despite displaying some musical aptitude, Karim switched majors from Trombone Performance to Political Science in 2000, and transferred from Morehouse College to Howard University in Washington, D. C. He Graduated from Howard University with the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2002. After graduation, he went to Law School briefly before enlisting in the United States Navy. He received his Commission as an Ensign in the Navy on July 15, 2005, and served on active duty until January 31, 2016. Lieutenant Commander Karim Shabazz (LCDR) has continued his service in the United States Naval Reserve.
LCDR Shabazz joined the Reno Wind Symphony in 2016, nearly 18 years after he first left Nevada for college, and 17 years since he last played the trombone.
Rudi Bredemeier began playing the euphonium when he was 8 years old in his hometown of Urbana, Illinois. He played through his senior year at Urbana High School in Concert, Marching and Jazz band.
After graduating high school, Rudi studied Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign receiving his Bachelors in 2013. He moved to Reno in 2017 where he works as a Global Supply Manager for Tesla and lives with his wife, Martha, and their daughter, Violet.
Outside of work and playing music, Rudi enjoys venturing into the mountains with his family and riding his bike.
Elizabeth Jones is a lecturer in the Core Writing Program at University of Nevada, Reno, and is completing a Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University. Attending Illinois State is a family tradition, as her father completed the Bachelor of Music Education degree from ISU. Elizabeth also enjoys outdoor activities and is a certified snowboard instructor. She has spent most of her life around horses and is trained in natural hoof care.
Although Elizabeth changed her major from music as a college freshman but has remained an active performer with many different ensembles. She served in the Marine Corps as a French Horn player with the 2nd Marine Air Wing band, traveling throughout the Eastern half of the United States and Canada. She later played flute with the Compton Heights Band of St. Louis, and sang soprano with the Mineral Area Singers in southeast Missouri and the Welsh Choir of St. Louis.
Before coming to Reno Elizabeth played euphonium and trombone in several Illinois ensembles including the Springfield Municipal Band, Decatur Municipal Band, Sangamon Valley Orchestra, Brass Band of Central Illinois, Vintage Brass Band, and the 10th Cavalry Band. Her most memorable performances were playing Civil War vintage instruments from the Sousa archives at the University of Illinois for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's funeral in Springfield, Illinois.
Lloyd Joseph Clark is a tubist in the Reno Wind Symphony. He began studying music at the age of 10, and has played all of the instruments in the low brass section – trombone, euphonium and tuba. He graduated from Wooster High School in 2009.
Lloyd began working for his parents’ business, and attending Truckee Meadows Community College. He is currently pursuing the Associate Arts degree in music. He joined the Reno Wind Symphony in January of 2017.
Aaron Paul DeJan is currently in the tuba section of the Reno Wind Symphony and has held this post since the RWS formed in 2006. Aaron's musical pursuits began in the fourth grade on the cornet and he eventually picked up the tuba in junior high school. Moving to Reno in 1990 to attend the University of Nevada, Reno Aaron majored in nursing, obtaining the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1995. While at UNR, Aaron played in the Wolf Pack Marching band on tuba for four years. Even playing while in nursing school, riding his bike from Washoe Medical Center to UNR in 15 minutes, grabbing his tuba, and running to the practice field in his hospital whites. Also while at UNR, Aaron obtained a minor in music and studied tuba privately under Dr. McGrannahan.
Other musical pursuits included playing with the Capital City Community Band, Carson City Symphony, Sacramento Valley Symphonic band, , the Xi Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Reno Municipal Band, WC Fields Memorial dance band, Let's Dance band, and Col. McDermitt & his 2nd Cavalry & High-land Wagoneers Cornet & Sax-horn Band.
Aaron is a former reserve Naval officer in the Navy Nurse Corps, advancing to the rank of Lieutenant Commander prior to his discharge in 2007. His time in the Navy included a six month mobilization to NAS Whidbey Island in 2003. Being the avid tuba player, Aaron didn't miss an opportunity to play, even away from home playing with The All-Island Community band of Whidbey Island.
Aaron is a Registered Nurse of 22 years, currently working in the ICU at Northern Nevada Medical Center. During his career, Aaron has been able to combine music and nursing while serving as camp nurse for the Donner Mine Music Camp, 2005- 2010. Nothing better than reveille on the tuba!
William P. Vance, III
Reno native William “Billy” Vance joined the Reno Wind Symphony in May 2006. He began playing the flute in the sixth grade at age 11, switching to Alto Saxophone in Middle School and finally to Tuba and Euphonium during his freshman year in high school, where he later became section leader and won first chair in the Washoe County Honor Band in his junior year.
After graduating from McQueen High School in 1999, William moved to Southern California for his job and took a brief break from playing, but missed the camaraderie of being in a wind band and joined the Shoreline Concert Band, an ensemble of the Long Beach Municipal Band, in 2003 until moving back to the Reno area in 2006. William currently plays regularly with the Boca Brass Quintet, the Reno Municipal Band each summer, and was a member of the Hickman Brass Ensemble and has performed with the Reno Pops Orchestra. William attributes much of his success in life to being part of musical ensembles, which has taught him teamwork, leadership and to have the tenacity to follow through on your goals much like pushing through to the end of a musical performance.
William earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2016 from the University of Phoenix, and went on to earn his Master of Accountancy from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2020. William is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Nevada and a Corporate Accounting Manager at Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Interestingly, William has a small collection of vintage Martin tubas and sousaphones and constructed the tuba he plays most often in his garage from a 1935 Martin “Mammoth” tuba body and more modern King valve section.
*Member Photos by: Rick O’Neill