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Heather Turk-Fiecoat

Heather Turk-Fiecoat has played piccolo in the RWS since inception. Growing up in Amarillo, Texas, Heather was a member of the Texas All-State Band as well as first flute/piccolo for the McDonalds All-American Band.

 

She began playing flute and piccolo professionally while still in high school with the Amarillo Symphony, Randall Chamber Orchestra, and Amarillo Opera. Her training was supplemented by attending the Aspen Music Festival and School.

 

After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and Music Business as well as her Master of Business Administration degree from West Texas A&M University, Heather worked in arts administration as the Manager of the Amarillo Youth Symphony and Education Director of Amarillo Opera. She also served as a founding board member of the Amarillo Wind Ensemble. In 2001, Heather moved to Nevada and began work at the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration and now serves as the University Registrar. Heather enjoys spending time with her young twins, Daniel and Katie.

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Catalina Familia

Catalina Familia plays the Violin, Cello, Classical Guitar, Flute and Piccolo and has over 50 years of experience as a musician. She is a professional Accountant, Strategist & Financial Consultant. She has been performing since age 7 through Grade School, High School, College with Nogales High School Marching Band, Fullerton College, Orange Coast Community College, Santa Ana Winds Marching Band, and Symphony of Northern Virginia.

She served as Executive President for the Etiwanda High School Marching Eagle Regiment under the direction of Donald Jaramillo from 1998-2006. She was also a Booster Parent for Pacific Crest Drum Corp from 2002-2004. She received her Bachelor in Business Administration and Management degree working for 3 Fortune 500 Companies in California, and for the past 12 years at the National Energy Marketers Association in Washington DC serving the USA with Energy Choice opportunities.

She was a single parent raising 5 children through college and proud Mother of Ronald Eichstedt, Director of Bands at Edward C Reed High School. Her favorite quote is “Opportunity is for those that seize the day!”

Sarah Elizabeth Bell

Flutist Sarah Bell joined the Reno Wind Symphony in September 2015. Sarah began her musical instruction in both piano and flute at age 10. Sarah was a flutist in the Centralia High School marching and concert band in Centralia, IL from 1996- 1999. Sarah was named first chair her senior year of high school. She participated in solo and ensemble contests and played in recitals each year. She went on to play flute in the Lake Forest College Orchestra and continued her musical instruction in flute throughout her college years. She received a Minor in Music in 2003 from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL.

On and off throughout her musical career she played in various ensembles. Prior to joining the Reno Wind Symphony, she was a member of the Memphis Wind Symphony, previously called the Rivercity Concert Band, in Memphis, TN. She was a member of this ensemble for 4 years.

Elena Butcher

Elena Butcher was born in The Netherlands and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. She started playing the flute when she was 12 years old at MacArthur Middle School in Maryland. She moved to the northern Nevada area in 1996, where  she also learned to play the alto and tenor saxophone in the Jazz band at Dayton High School. She played in solo and ensemble festivals and made the honor band each year in high school.

After graduating from Dayton High School in 1999, she returned to The Netherlands, and joined the Harmonie Orkest Concordia Treebeek.

 

She moved back to Northern Nevada in 2006, but took a break from music for a few years.  In 2012 she joined the Capitol City Community Band, and performed with that band for 6 years before joining the Reno Wind Symphony in 2018.

 

When she is not working or playing music, she likes to spend time with her husband John and her two young children, Henry and Evelyn. They like to go to the playground, and enjoy hiking, swimming and camping.

Kristina Côté

Flutist Kristina Côté joined the Reno Wind Symphony in 2009. Ms. Côté began her musical instruction through the public school system at age 10 and earned principal chair with the Conejo Youth Symphony Orchestra during her senior year of high school.

After graduating in 1987 from Royal High School in Simi Valley, California, she attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she studied flute performance with Arthur Hoberman, and was a member of the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. David Whitwell and Gary Pratt. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance, Ms. Côté completed two additional years in music education and was awarded the Student Teacher of the Year award upon completion of the program.

She holds music teaching licenses both in California and Nevada, and has taught music at the elementary and middle school levels at the Hueneme and Washoe School District. She earned a Master of Education in Technology in 2001. Ms. Côté spent several years teaching early childhood music and movement programs at Step Into Music in Reno, NV and has certifications both in Kindermusik and Musikgarten curricula. Currently, Ms. Côté is employed at the Nevada Department of Education, working under the Title I program.

Beth Freemont

Beth Freemont began a life-long love of music with piano lessons at age 8 and violin lessons at age 9 with her mother. She added flute studies when she was 11 with a school band director. She was accompanist for junior high chorus students. Beth also sang in junior and senior high school choruses. She attended music camp in Laramie, Wyoming.

Beth Freemont joined the Reno Wind Symphony as a flutist in 2008. She began piano lessons at an early age and added violin, flute and piccolo. She is a long-time resident of Reno, Nevada. At the University of Nevada, she studied flute with Dr. Catharine Smith and piano with Dr. Ronald Williams. Beth studied with other area flutists, Suzanna Watling and Grace Langfeldt. Beth belonged to other groups in Northern Nevada, the Sierra Wind Ensemble and the Reno Municipal Band. She is employed at AT&T Nevada as an Engineering Administrator. She and her husband, Curtis Freemont, also a musician share their home with two cats, Otto and Patches.

Lily Gabriel

Lily has run with bulls and raced motorcycles, but performing ensemble music is what she really finds exciting. Since her high school "band geek" days, she has played flute and piccolo with the University of Colorado Bands, local bands and orchestras, and a professional flute quartet. She joined the Reno Wind Symphony in 2016, and additionally plays in the Reno Municipal Band, the TMCC Band, and the Maytan Community Band.

For many years Lily operated a large video production company in Boulder, CO until moving to Hawaii in 1999, where she served as a Civil Air Patrol squadron commander on Hickam Air Force Base. In 2009 she and her husband Rich, drawn by the Reno National Championship Air Races, returned to the mainland, where Lily now enjoys working with her son Louis in his business, Blind Luck Air Racing.

Martha O’Neill

Martha Damon O’Neill has performed with the Reno Wind symphony since its inception in 2006. She plays flute and piccolo with the ensemble. She also performs with her trio, Classigals. Martha received a BS in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and an MM in Music Education from the University of Idaho. She also attended masterclasses at l’Université Internationale d’été in Nice, France led by Jean Pierre Rampal. Her flute instructors included Norman Dea, Gordon Cole, and Robert Stallman.

Martha currently serves as the Concert Band director at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). She retired from Washoe County School District, Reno, Nevada in 2013 after a 30 year career teaching secondary band, jazz band, and choir and serving as the Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant coordinator. She received National Board Professional Teacher Certification in 2007. Martha is Past President of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Western Division and Past President of the Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA). She currently serves as NAfME National Band Council Chair-Elect.

Heather Pinion

Heather (Harrell) Pinion moved to Northern Nevada from Southern California at the age of 7,
and is a product of the Washoe County School District. After graduating from Edward C. Reed
High School, Heather graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she received the
Bachelor of Music Education degree in May, 1998. Her music directors included Earline
McGrannahan, Felton Hickman, David Branson, and Dr. A. G. “Mack” McGrannahan.

 

Heather received the MBA degree from Ashland University in 2011. She currently works as
office manager for three local offices for Belfor USA, one of the largest restoration companies
in the world.

Nicole Witkowski

Nicole Witkowski recently moved to Reno, Nevada in July of 2017 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to begin her career teaching in the Carson City School District. She received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University in 2017, where she studied flute under Rhian Kenny, principal piccolo player of the Grammy-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While in school, Nicole played flute and piccolo with many ensembles, including Duquesne University's Symphony Band and Symphony Orchestra, as well as Flute Choir. Upon graduation, Nicole received the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's (PMEA) Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Research.

 

Nicole teaches general music, beginning band, and choir at Fritsch Elementary School in the Carson City School District. In her time away from school, she enjoys getting out and exploring all that Reno, Carson City and Lake Tahoe have to offer. Nicole is excited to begin playing with the Reno Wind Symphony.

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Forrest Platt

Oboist Forrest Platt first joing the Reno Wind Symphony in September 2015. Forrest began his musical training on oboe at age 12 and bass guitar at age 14. Upon graduating from Truckee High School in 2004 he attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2010. While attending Cal Poly he participated in the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra. His instructors include William “J” Johnson and Christopher Woodruff.

Prior to joining the Reno Wind Symphony, Forrest performed in the Peninsula Symphonic Band in Palo Alto, CA. He also plays bass guitar in a local funk band called “The Funk Exchange”.

Sharol Thomsen

Oboe/English hornist Sharol Brailey Thomsen has been a member of The Reno Wind Symphony since 2015. She began her musical training at age 10. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Nebraska and continued her studies to obtain her bachelors in hospitality management from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and her masters of business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Sharol also holds a Mouseter’s Degree in business and her Ducktorate Degree in Studio Production from Disney University, earned while completing her internship through the College Program at Walt Disney World. Prior to moving to Reno, she was a 7- year member and section leader of the UNLV Community Concert Band. She also performs with the Reno Municipal Band and the National Community Band – a project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

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Alyssa English

Alyssa English is a member of the clarinet section in the Reno Wind Symphony. She began her clarinet adventure in the 5th grade. In 1999 she won command performance at the Solo & Ensemble Festival in Minden Nevada. Throughout high school she enjoyed playing in the marching and concert band. In her free time she joined local musicians with the Western Nevada College to play in musicals, which included Cinderella and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

She went on to attend the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. In the spring of 2008 she graduated and later that year she joined the Reno Wind Symphony. She has also performed with the Reno Municipal Band since 2016. When she is not performing, this native Nevadan loves to explore the great outdoors by hiking and kayaking. She also enjoys playing volleyball and is blessed to live close to family; which includes, two grey kitties, Teyla and Blueberry.

Miguel Gonzalez

Miguel Gonzalez is a medical student at UNR School of Medicine. Miguel is a clarinet, saxophone and snare drum player who began his journey in 2005. Miguel has performed in the Clark County Sousa Band, CCSD Honor Band, and Nevada All State Band. During his senior year Miguel made CCSD honor band on five instruments and played as principal clarinetist. 

 

Miguel went on to complete a Bachelors in Preprofessional Biology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. During this time, he performed with various ensembles at UNLV including the marching band, community band, and symphonic wind group. Miguel also competed on snare drum with Vegas Vanguard. He also has performed in numerous world-famous nightclubs on the Las Vegas Strip. Throughout this time Miguel was also a percussion instructor, percussion director, and music and drill writer at various Las Vegas programs.

 

Miguel moved on to begin medical school at UNR School of Medicine in 2018 where he aspires to be an orthopaedic surgeon after completing medical school.  During his time in Reno Miguel has been a percussion and woodwind instructor and has performed with the UNR Wolfpack Band on snare drum, at the BBMAs with Vegas Vanguard, and now as a clarinet player with the Reno Wind Symphony.

Jim Heller

Jim Heller grew up in San Diego where he matriculated to San Diego State University after graduating from high school. Though a piano major, he also played saxophone and clarinet in various university ensembles and sang in choral groups. Ultimately, his passion for teaching led him to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.

Later moving to San Bernardino County, he completed requirements for a California Teaching Credential at California State University San Bernardino and embarked on a 24 year career teaching music in public schools. During his career, Jim also found time to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Southern Oregon University that served him well in his profession.

After retiring, he and his wife Helen relocated to Reno where he continues to teach and perform as a pianist, instrumentalist and vocalist. He has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2012, and also plays in the Reno Municipal Band.

Patricia Hudson

Patricia has been a clarinetist with the Reno Wind Symphony since the group originated. Growing up in Sparks, she was very fortunate to take advantage of the phenomenal music programs in Washoe County where she developed her love for music. After graduating from Reed High School, she went on to pursue a degree in Music Education at the University of Nevada, graduating with honors in May 1998. Patricia taught band and choir at Mendive Middle School from 1998-2004 and loved every minute of it. Her life took another direction from 2004-2010 when she took the hardest job of her life, stay at home mom. 

 

In 2010, Patricia bought local music company, Step Into Music that teaches early childhood music classes to children. In 2018, she sold the company to fellow RWS member, Steven Alberti. 

 

In 2019, Patricia returned to her true passion, teaching middle school band. She teaches over 300 students grades 6-8 at Sky Ranch Middle School. She says, “My love for middle school music is because of my amazing middle school band teacher, Earline McGrannahan. I try everyday to give my students the same passion for music that she gave me.”  

 

With her husband Todd, they are raising little musicians. Emily plays percussion and bassoon and Lexi plays the French Horn.

Randy Humphreys

Randy Humphreys received the Bachelor of Music degree and teaching credential from San Francisco State University in 1991. After teaching music in San Francisco for a few years he moved to Truckee, California where he has been the Director of Bands at Alder Creek Middle School since 1995. Randy earned the Master of Music degree in Music Education from UNR in 2015, as he believes in lifelong learning.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Sierra College in Truckee, California. 

​Randy has played with many performing groups in the Reno-Tahoe area over the years including the Reno Wind Symphony, Toccata, and the Western Nevada Community Theater Company. Randy has a wide range of musical interests and has also performed in small clarinet groups, jazz bands, and Dixieland bands throughout the years. He currently lives in Truckee with his wife, and a few animals!

Earline McGrannahan

Earline McGrannahan graduated from Utah State University where she studied with Max Dalby, William Ramsey and Dean Madsen.  She was honored as the Nevada Music Educator of the Year in 2000. 

 

She began her teaching career in Melbourne, Australia where she designed, developed and initiated music programs in multiple high schools.  In the Reno area, she taught band, choir, jazz band, music appreciation and guitar before retiring after 25 years. Her bands and choirs received numerous awards and invitations to perform.  Her award winning Reno High School Marching Band was invited to and performed in the New Years Day Parade in London, England. 

 

Since her retirement from the district she was the primary care giver to two of her grand children. While they were young she worked as an instructor with ‘Step into Music’ teaching music to children 18 months to 3 years old.    

 

Earline presently performs as a clarinetist with the Reno Wind Symphony and the RWS woodwind quintet. She has been invited to perform with the Reno Pops Orchestra, The Ruby Mountain Symphony and the Pinkerton Nutcracker Ballet orchestra.  She also performs with and produces practice recordings for the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus. She is in her 13th year as music faculty at Truckee Meadows Community College.  More than anything else, Earline loves being Nana to Owen, Kaili, Emi, Gage and Gracy.

Melissa McGrannahan

Melissa joined the Reno Wind Symphony in November 2017 after moving back to the Reno area with her husband, Grady McGrannahan and their daughter, Frances Grace. She began playing the clarinet in the 6th grade, and continued to play throughout high school and college. After graduation, Melissa continued to
play her clarinet at Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) concerts in Des Moines, Iowa. She also sang in the SAI Des Moines Alumnae women’s vocal ensemble, The Singing Grannies.

Melissa grew up in Reno, and graduated from Robert McQueen High School. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2002 with the Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Linguistics with a minor in music. She went back to the university in 2007, completing degrees in Chemistry and Secondary Education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Melissa currently teaches Biology and Physical Science at Galena High School.

Christine Prater

Christine Prater joined The Reno Wind Symphony in the fall of 2007. She began playing the clarinet when she was eleven years old and continued to play throughout her sophomore year at Diablo Valley College where she studied with Ernest Thompson.

Music was put on hold for a while due to marriage and raising children. However, she soon returned to music and began studying with Robert Borbeck. She also continued her education at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English Literature. After graduating, she began a long career of teaching English and Spanish at Virginia City High School and also taught private Clarinet lessons.

Prior to joining the RWS, she played with the Carson City Symphony, the Elko Symphony, The Western Nevada Community Theater Orchestra, and the Reno Municipal Band.

Nica Ralleca-Llaguno

Nica has played the clarinet with RWS since 2008. She grew up in the Reno area having attended Reno HS and University of Nevada, Reno. She was the drum major for the UNR Pride of the Sierras Band in 2001 and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors in Science Biology Degree. She returned back to school to get her second degree in Nursing, and she is currently working as an RN, and has been with Renown Regional Medical Center for over 15 years.

She is currently working on her MSN-DNP degree in hopes to open up her own practice someday. She currently is the acting music director for the FAANN (Filipino American Alliance of Northern Nevada) and conducts the choir at St. Albert Church. She is married to an Air Force Veteran who is currently working at the NV Air National Guard, a mom to a little boy named Gavin, and also a mom to two fur babies named Buster and Boomer.

Hannah Zusy

Hannah Zusy grew up in Truckee, CA where she began playing clarinet in fourth grade. After
graduating from Truckee High School, Hannah went on to study food science at Fresno State
University where she played under the baton of Dr. Gary P. Gilroy in the Fresno State Wind
Orchestra, while also playing in the marching band and basketball pep band. After college, she
played for Dr. Gilroy once again with the newly formed Wind Symphony of Clovis for two
seasons, ending her time with the group with a performance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL
in December 2018.


Hannah moved to Reno in December 2018 to be closer to her family and hometown. She is
extremely happy to be back in the mountains and snow and is very excited to be a part of the
Reno Wind Symphony!

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Tiffany Sharrard

Tiffany Sharrard has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and currently works as a software engineer at International Game Technology.

In addition to the Reno Wind Symphony, she also performs for the Reno Municipal Band and the Reno Video Game Symphony. In her free time she enjoys running and practicing karate.

Josian Zdunich

Bass Clarinetist Josian joined the Reno Wind Symphony in 2015 after a long musical hiatus. She began her instrumental schooling at age 11, and plays primarily Bass Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone. She played in Marching, Pep, and Jazz bands, graduating as Salutatorian from Fernley High School in 1994. Josian graduated from the University of Nevada in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and performed with the Marching and Concert Bands, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Labs.

As an initiate of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity, she stays active with several aspects of the musical community and is currently the Delta B Province Officer for the 2015-2018 triennium. She travels extensively in her position as a Loan Underwriter with Harley-Davidson Financial Services, financing dreams of personal freedom.

Josian resides in Stagecoach, Nevada, on her mini-ranch with her 3 horses, 2 cats, and multitudes of misfit instruments.

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Steven Alberti

Steven Alberti, born and raised in Reno/Sparks, has been playing bassoon for 20 years, and has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony for the last three years. Steven studied music performance at Indiana University and earned a Master’s of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia.

While in Australia, Steven worked as a freelance musician, and was able to play with many of Australia’s top orchestras including the Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonium Choir, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He also worked as a session musician, recording music for movies, video games, and local artists. To supplement his freelancing, Steven began teaching for some local schools, and that’s where he discovered his passion for teaching. He is currently teaching early childhood music classes at Gymboree Play and Music to children as early as six months old.

Steven is incredibly excited to be a part of this organization, and the many generations of Nevada musicians involved. In fact, three of his former music teachers from middle school and high school are also currently members of the Reno Wind Symphony.

Gregory Joseph Thompson

An aspiring educator and performer, Gregory Thompson began playing Guitar and Oboe when he was 10 years old. After a year of middle school concert band and two years of private guitar lessons, he took a break from music until his senior year of high school, when he added the Piano and Bassoon to his repertoire of familiar instruments.

Gregory is a 2015 graduate of Fernley High School, and currently attends Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in Reno. He plans to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and will pursue the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree. He plans to major in music education and minor in music composition. Gregory hopes to one day conduct his compositions in venues around the world.

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Jasmine Hankey

Saxophonist Jasmine Hankey joined the Reno Wind Symphony in September 2017. She began her musical training on piano at age 9 and saxophone at age 10. After graduating from Colville High School in 2009, she attended the University of Idaho, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance in 2014. Her instructors included Gary Killings and Vanessa Sielert. Upon graduation, she moved to Reno to pursue a Master of Arts in English Literature, completed in 2016. Currently, she works for the Gender, Race, and Identity Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a freelance editor.

Chelsea Lane

Chelsea Lane discovered her love of music in the sixth grade. With all the wisdom of an eleven-year-old, she chose flute because it was small and easy to carry. When Chelsea’s parents recognized her strong interest and natural musical talent, they enrolled her in private lessons with legendary jazz saxophonist, Frank Perry. It wasn’t long before she was improvising solos on the flute and ready to take on the saxophone.

With equal interest in both classical and jazz music, Chelsea moved through high school and into college playing both instruments often. She was consistently a member of wind ensembles, jazz bands, marching bands, and jazz combos. She enjoyed competing in local and state Solo and Ensemble Festivals and was a member of the All-State Honor Band her senior year. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music.

As a proud Reno native, Chelsea participates in much of what the local area has to offer. She enjoys golfing all year long, and skis the beautiful resorts around Lake Tahoe. Some of her other hobbies includes riding her motorcycle and taking her labradoodle, Harley, to the Truckee River. Apart from the Reno Wind Symphony, she is a regular member of the DG Kicks Jazz Band.

Jared Moser

Jared is new to the RWS this year and has been playing the Alto Sax for 13 years now.  Having played through middle school, high school, and with the UNR Wind Ensemble, he is now rediscovering the joy of music since graduation.  

 

Jared graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Social work in 2018 and 2019, respectively.  Jared is a licensed Social Worker and current Clinical Social Work Intern in the State of Nevada. He began his career in the Social Work field one year ago at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital where is providing case management and therapeutic services to pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and older adults with varying mental health diagnoses. 

 

He is passionate about providing evidenced-based, therapeutic services to his community. As a Social Worker he values: providing Service without stigma, Social Justice and advocacy for those who are navigating mental health and social stressors, utilizing a therapeutic relationship to maintain the Dignity and Worth of all individuals while recognizing the Importance of Human Relationships, following NRS and Federal mandates with Integrity, and continuing my education in accordance with his licensing to ensure Competence.

Noelle Roso

Noelle Roso, alto saxophone, has been playing with the Reno Wind Symphony since 2015. Noelle grew up in Northern Nevada where she attended Fernley High School. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and was a member of the marching, pep, and symphonic bands from 1999-2002. She received the Bachelor in Elementary Education degree in 2002. In 2014 she received the Master in Education degree from Sierra Nevada College.

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Tony Fiannaca

Tony Fiannaca has been a member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2008. He grew up in Reno, Nevada attending school in Washoe County, learning how to play the tenor sax from many of the members in the RWS band. Tony graduated from UNR with a degree in Mathematics in 2008 all the while playing in many of the university bands.

Tony is the Manager of Design Services and a part owner, with other family members, of Sparks Florist, Inc. Nevada's premier florist since 1960.

When Tony is not making beautiful floral arrangements or playing in the Reno Wind Symphony, you can find him tending to his vegetable garden with his wife Kristin and their Jack Russell Terrier Penny.

Leslie Stockholm

Leslie has been a Reno Wind Symphony member since 2011. She graduated from Galena High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and French from the University of Nevada, Reno. Following graduation, Leslie became a wildland firefighter for the Forest Service and traveled throughout the western United States as a fire engine crewmember and a helicopter crewmember.

Leslie returned to Reno and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2011. She works at Renown in the Interventional Radiation department as a procedure nurse and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nursing. Leslie plans to take the Boards in 2018 to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her goal is to help the people in her community lead healthier, happier lives through health promotion and disease prevention.

Leslie is married with two small daughters, a dog, and two chickens. She enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson is a founding member of the Reno Wind Symphony. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. He is certified as an accountant in Nevada and California, and currently has his tax practice in Reno.

He has played in various community bands since college. In addition to the Reno Wind Symphony and Reno Municipal Band, Larry has performed with the Stockton Concert Band, San Luis Obispo Wind Symphony and the Carson City Community Band.

In addition to his interest in music, Larry is an avid model railroader. His home layout is featured each November in the local train show.

Meghan Warren

Meghan Warren is a former Miss Rodeo Nevada and Miss University of Nevada. She began playing musical instruments at the age of 11, starting with the flute. At the age of 13 she was introduced to the baritone saxophone and hasn’t looked back. Meghan has had the opportunity to play in marching, concert and jazz band, along with various honor bands, through junior high and high school.

Meghan graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice degree in 2008.  She received the Master of Justice Management degree in 2017. Meghan currently works as an Officer for the Nevada Department of Public Safety. 

Meghan’s passion for helping doesn’t just lie in her job as a law enforcement officer but is really exemplified in rescuing animals. She and her mother live on a small ranch where they provide forever homes to various animals, currently including: 25 dogs, 7 horses, 4 goats and 3 cats. They are currently pursuing 501c3 status.

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