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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Carol Gribbin

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

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!

David Soderlund

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.

Scott Thunder

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.


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