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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.