Mark Cate

Mark is a new member of the Reno Wind Symphony, joining in August 2018.  He began playing trumpet in the sixth grade, and continued through high school.  During his high school years, Mark played trumpet and euphonium, and participated in Solo and Ensemble festival.  He was Principal Trumpet in the orchestra, concert band, and played lead trumpet in the jazz band. He also played in several musicals.


After high school Mark attended the University of Arizona, and graduated with a degree in Business in 1972.  He was an account manager with Airgas, (industrial and medical gases), and managed 120 of the top revenue-producing accounts.


Prior to joining the Reno Wind Symphony, Mark participated in the Brentwood Concert Band in Northern California, as well as the Summerset Big Band.   In addition, he played in musicals with the community theater group Broadway Under The Stars.


Mark is married and has four children.  Since retiring from Airgas in 2017, Mark is looking forward to pursuing several other interests in addition to music.  

Joi Cerveri

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

Jesse Coe has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since the spring 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

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

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.

Steve Gibson

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.

Ron McWilliams

Ron was born and raised in Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois (Champaign) and graduated in 1970 with a degree in Music Education. Upon graduation, Ron joined The United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington, D.C. as a trumpet player in the Ceremonial Band and Herald Trumpets. Following his service, Ron taught high school and middle school band in Fairfax, VA and Palo Alto, CA for 31 years. While in the SF Bay Area, he performed with the Menlo Brass Quintet for 30 years and the San Jose Wind Symphony for 20 years. After retiring in 2010, Ron and his wife Judy moved to Reno. Since then, Ron has played in the Reno Wind Symphony and Reno Municipal Band as well as various other ensembles.

Bill Melendres

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.

Bill Van Meter

William Van Meter joined the Reno Wind Symphony in 2008. Bill started playing trumpet in middle school and continued in high school under the direction of Felton Hickman. He studied music at the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with a B.S. in accounting. Following his graduation from Willamette University College of Law in 1986, Bill practiced law in Reno until his appointment to serve as the Reno Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee. Bill has also performed with Reno Municipal Band, Reno Pops Orchestra, Toccata Orchestra, Hickman Brass, and Ruby Mountain Symphony.

Harvey Wood

Harvey Wood started playing the trumpet in the sixth grade and continued through high school.  He is a 2017 graduate of Edward C. Reed High School. He received the Semper Fidelis Award by the Marine Corps Youth Foundation his senior year in High School.


Harvey has been an active participant in the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and will march his “age out year” this summer.  He is currently completing core requirements at Truckee Meadows Community College, where he plays in the concert band.  

Harvey is a sales associate at Office Depot and is playing in his first year with the Reno Wind Symphony.

Terry Yamaguchi

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.

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Dwight Garcia

Dwight Garcia, horn, has been performing since 1996. Dwight has performed with various ensembles throughout northern Nevada throughout his music career, including the The Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, The Nevada All-State Band, University of Nevada Wind Ensemble, Reno Pops Orchestra, and Ruby Mountain Symphony, and currently volunteers his time at TMCC.

Currently, Dwight is also studying photography at the University of Nevada, Reno, and focuses his photographic studies on the connections between music and photography.

Lin Nelson

Lin Nelson, French horn, has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2008. She has a doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University and co-founded a small educational consulting company whose vision is to assist businesses create learning communities independent of time and place.

In addition to the Reno Wind Symphony, she has performed locally with the Carson City Symphony, the Reno Municipal Band, Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company, the Reno Pops Orchestra, Hickman Brass, and the Zephyrus and Boca Brass Quintets. Retirement has allowed Lin to live at Tahoe and enjoy all that the Lake has to offer- -hiking, skiing, paddling, and the beauty. stillness and connection to nature.

Favorite quote: "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." -- Aldous Huxley (Music at Night and Other Essays)

Al Pefley

Al Pefley is an Army Bandmaster, with 42 years of continuous service since 1975. He is currently the Unit Commander of the 204th Army Band, in Vancouver, Washington. His duties include production, conducting and performance with military music support teams for civilian and military applications.

He is also Director of Musical Activities at the Coral Academy of Science in Reno, where he teaches general music, wind band and chamber orchestra.

A native of Las Vegas, Al Pefley graduated from Ed W. Clark High School. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Master of Music degree in performance and composition from Dominican University in San Rafael, California.

Ashley Salazar

Ashley Salazar is currently an Actuary at Employers in Reno, Nevada. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in Richardson, Texas with a Master of Science in Actuarial Science. While attending UTD, she was a member of the UTD Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, Music Nova and taught private horn lessons in the North Dallas area.  


She graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas with a Bachelor of Music degree in French Horn Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. She was a member of the SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She attended the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas and Texas Music Festival in Houston, Texas. 


She was Co-Principal Horn in both the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and Philharmonic in Dallas, Texas. She was a three-time member of the Texas Music Education Association All-State Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras in San Antonio, Texas.  Her principal music teachers include Gregory Hustis SMU, Adjunct Professor of Horn and former principal horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Haley Hoops, SMU Adjunct Lecturer of Horn, and Stuart Womble, Private Horn Instructor.

Suzanne Sullivan

Suzanne Sullivan has been playing French Horn since age 10.  She marched in the Rose Parade
as a member of the Prospect High School Marching Band (Chicago, Illinois). She traveled to
Germany as part of the Dutch choir Krashna Musika, and the Czech Republic as part of Delft's Apollo Student Orchestra.. Suzanne was a member of the Central Kentucky Concert Band from
2011 to 2017, and was also a member of the Bourbon Brass Quintet until she moved to Nevada
in 2018. 

She received the Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering, with a
minor in music, from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana Champaign.  She currently
works as a Quality Engineer for Tesla Corporation.

Cathy Zarker

Cathy Zarker joined the Reno Wind Symphony in the fall of 2010. A lifelong Nevada resident she earned her B.S. in Education and Master of Education at UNR. Cathy has performed with various musical groups over the years including: the Reno Philharmonic; Reno Municipal Band; Nevada Opera; TOCCATA and the Hickman Brass among others.

Recently retired after 32 years as a music and elementary educator with the WCSD, Cathy has been joyously checking off items on her bucket list. After recent safaris to Tanzania in 2015 and 2016, she is eagerly looking forward to a three week adventure in Antarctica in January 2018.

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Cody Forcier

Cody J. Forcier is a founding member of the Reno Wind Symphony. He is a versatile musician, and plays bass trombone, euphonium and tuba. He has been teaching in the Washoe County School District since 2006, and currently teaches General Music and Beginning Band. He previously served as Band and Choir Director at Shaw Middle School, and Band Director at Reno High School, his alma mater.

Cody received the Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Master of Music degree in tuba performance from the University of Oregon. He studied tuba with Rex Martin and Sam Pilafian. While in Oregon he served as Adjunct Professor at Linfield College. In the summer he teaches at the Lake Tahoe Music Camp.

Other performance credits include the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Eugene (Oregon) Symphony, Las Vegas Music Festival, Reno Municipal Band, Nevada Opera Orchestra, Ruby Mountain Symphony, DG Kicks Jazz Band, and the Maximum Brass Septet.

Karim Shabazz

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.

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Rudi Bredemeier

Rudi Bredemeier started playing the euphonium when he was 8 years old after asking his parents if he could join band and began taking lessons from a family friend in his hometown of Urbana, Illinois. He played through his senior year at Urbana High School in Concert, Marching, and Jazz bands.

After graduating, Rudi studied Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign receiving his Bachelors Degree in 2013. He spent a few years in Dallas and the Bay Area until recently transferring to Reno with his soon to be wife (and cat) through his current position as a Business Development Manager with Arrow Electronics. After almost a decade of not playing and discovering the vast music culture in Reno, he decided it was time to pick the euphonium back up.

Outside of work and playing music, Rudi enjoys pretty much anything outdoors, rain, snow or shine and is itching to get into backcountry skiing and be one of the people you see surfing on the Truckee River!

Elizabeth Jones

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. 

Rebecca Pieti

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Rebecca graduated with a Music Performance degree on euphonium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, along with the wind ensemble and symphonic bands as principal euphonium and was a member of the university’s tuba/euphonium quartet.


Rebecca has been playing with the Reno Wind Symphony since 2017. She moved to Tahoe in 2013 and has lived just about everywhere along the lake since then. She currently works as the Mountain Operations Dispatcher at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in California.

Timothy Wood

A longtime resident of Nevada, Timothy Wood received his musical training at the University of Nevada, where he obtained a degree in Music Education and studied Euphonium under A. G. 'Mack' McGrannahan III. He has also studied with Adam Frey at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and Dr. Eric Hammer, Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Other instructors included Mark Lord, A. G. 'Grady' McGrannahan IV, Todd Hudson, Martha O’Neil, and Earline McGrannahan.

While at UNR, Tim was selected to play in the College Band Directors National Association’s Intercollegiate Band. He is an active member with the Reno Wind Symphony, and has performed with the Reno Municipal Band, Hickman Brass, and was a featured soloist on the album ‘Grace Notes’ by Aaron Murphy.

Tim currently teaches Band, General Music, and Mariachi at the Mt. Rose Academy of language. When not teaching or performing music, Tim enjoys riding bikes, meditating, listening to baseball, and sharing laughs with his wife and two cats.

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Lloyd Clark

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 DeJan

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!

Adam Heredia

Adam Heredia joins us as a recent graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. During his time there, Adam studied under former Marine band euphoniumist Dr. Matt Tropman and San Francisco bay area tubist Scott Choate. 


Adam also held principal positions in both the UOP Symphonic Wind Ensemble directed by the late Dr. Eric Hammer as well as the UOP Symphony Orchestra directed by Dr. Nicholas Waldvogel.  As a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Adam performed at the 2015 Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, the 2017 California All-State Music Education Conference, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.   He also performs with the 2019 New Hammer Concert Band directed by Dr. Emily Threinen. 


He joined the Reno Wind Symphony in the Fall 2019 season.  He is currently the Director of Music Ensembles at Vaughn Middle School in Reno. 

Kent Stellby

Kent Stellby started playing the tuba in junior high school in his native Brooklyn, New York.  Two years later his family moved to the San Francisco bay area. Kent graduated from George Washington High School and spent a year at San Francisco State University before the military called.  


He enlisted in the Army and played in the infamous Norad (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Band for three years.  He returned to Bay Area and found a job but kept playing in area bands including the Golden Gate Park Band, Oakland Park Band and various other groups. 


He later apprenticed as a farrier and soon started his own farrier business.  After 27 years he retired and acquired a Coast Guard masters license. He operated boats in Maui for 3 years and later at the Puget Sound for 8 years.  Now fully retired Kent enjoys playing music whenever he can. He joined the Reno Wind Symphony in the 2018 – 19 season.

William P. Vance, III

Tuba player William Vance joined the Reno Wind Symphony in May 2006. His musical training started at age 11 playing flute, then progressed to alto saxophone, euphonium and finally tuba in his freshman year of high school. After graduating from McQueen High School in 1999, William played with the Long Beach Shoreline Concert Band in Long Beach, California from 2003-2006. He has also performed with the Hickman Brass and the Reno Pops Orchestra and currently plays with the Boca Brass and Reno Municipal Band. In 2016 William earned his Bachelor's in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and is a Senior Accountant at International Game Technology.

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