2017-2018 Concert Season

August Concert

Our first concert of season 6 is on August 26, 2017 at Aragon High School; Conductor, Troy Davis.


Antón Alcalde, Symphony no. 2 "A Lenda de Paio Gómez Chariño", Op. 3
Igor Stravinsky, Circus Polka: Composed for a Young Elephant
Igor Stravinsky, Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Eric Whitacre, Equus

Troy Davis, Conductor

Troy Davis is the Director of Bands and Jazz at Aragon High School, the Music Director of the Oakland Municipal Band, and the Production Manager of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble. He was the Interim Music Director of the San Francisco State University Wind Ensemble for the 2014-2015 academic year and has served as a guest conductor for the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, Hayward-La Honda Music Camp, Cazadero Music Camp, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra, the Holy Names College Youth Concerto Festival, the North Tahoe County Honor Band, the Fremont Unified School District Honor Band, and Summer Music at Stanley, as well as on international tours to China, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, and Austria.

In addition to conducting, Mr. Davis is the Principal Oboist of the Livermore Valley Opera Orchestra, Oboe Section Leader of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, and the Applied Oboe Instructor at the College of San Mateo. He was a member of the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, with whom he recorded three albums, and has performed with many great artists around the Bay Area including The Grateful Dead, The Drifters, Dmitri Matheny, Taylor Eigsti, Mic Gillette, Garth Brooks, Robin Williams, Pete Escovedo, Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. He is also an active adjudicator for California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Music in the Parks, and Forum Music Festivals and was selected an an inaugural mentor for the CMEA mentorship program for young and new music educators.

Mr. Davis was honored as the CMEA "Outstanding Music Educator of the Year" for 2017 and as a "Distinguished Music Educator" by Yale University in 2011. He earned his Master's Degree in music education from Notre Dame de Namur University, his Bachelor of Music in oboe performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is currently enrolled at Boston University, where he is working towards earning his Doctorate of Musical Arts in music education.

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2016-2017 Concert Season

Golden Gate Park Band Festival

Guest Conductor Brad Hogarth
Spreckles Temple Of Music, Golden Gate Park

Repertoire Includes:

Copland: Outdoor Overture
Ives: Country Band March
Ives: Variations on America
Maslanka: Golden Light
Welcher: Zion

May Concert

Our fourth and final series concert of the season is on May 6, at Aragon High School.

Repertoire Includes:

Schuman: George Washington Bridge
Cichy: Pandemonium
James Barnes: Third Symphony
Carter Pann: Slalom

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January Concert

Our third concert of the season is on January 28, at Aragon High School.

Repertoire Includes:

Percy Grainger: Themes from Green Bushes
Felix Mendelssohn: Overture for Winds
Arnold Schoenberg: Theme and Variations, op. 42a
Aaron Perrine: Pale Blue on Deep
Viet Cuong: Moth

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John Alan Carnahan is Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Prior to his appointment at Long Beach, Mr. Carnahan served as Associate Director of Bands at the University of Texas, Arlington.

Professor Carnahan brings a broad knowledge and extensive background to all idioms of instrumental music performance. His university ensembles have gained widespread notoriety for distinctive performance quality and imaginative musical interpretation and have been honored with invitations to perform throughout the Western United States, Europe, Japan and Korea. The Los Angeles Times has hailed the University Wind Symphony as, "...thoroughly disciplined and euphonious!" A champion of new music, Professor Carnahan has been a member of numerous national commissioning projects and the University Wind Symphony has premiered more than twenty new works over the past several years.

In addition to his university duties, Professor Carnahan is highly active internationally as a guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer, and composer/arranger. He has conducted ensembles at the Music Educators National Conference Biennial National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association National, Southwestern and Western/Northwestern Division Conferences, the American Bandmasters Association National Conference the Texas Music Educators Association State Conference, the Colorado Music Educators Association, the California Music Educators Association State Conference, and internationally in Europe, Australia, Japan, and Korea. He is in demand as an honor band conductor and has conducted countless performances at the local, regional, and national levels. Most recently he held the position of visiting professor/conductor at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea and conducted a highly-acclaimed Wind Orchestra performance at the Seoul Arts Center Theater. He also serves as a music/performance consultant with the nationally renowned Dallas Brass.

Professor Carnahan is a sought-after clinician and has presented numerous clinics and performance demonstrations for notable national and statewide music education organizations and conferences including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Il. His innovative and thought-provoking sessions on ensemble rehearsal techniques and the art of conducting are always well received.

As a composer, Professor Carnahan's wind band compositions and arrangements have received many performances and have been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Taiwan, and Japan. Professor Carnahan won the 2007 College Band Directors National Association Young Band Composition Contest with his work entitled, ...and the antelope play, published by Manhattan Beach Publications. His compositions for wind band are also published through C. Alan Publications. Three of his works are included in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series, through GIA Publications, Inc. Recently, his work entitled, I Hear Him!, premiered at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Chiayi City, Taiwan.

He holds membership in the College Band Directors National Association, where he serves as President of the CBDNA Western Division, and as a Life-Member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He was honored in 2013 with membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of San Francisco.

October Concert

Our second concert of the season is on October 15, at Aragon High School. Timothy Smith, Guest Conductor.

Repertoire Includes:

Joseph Downing: Symphony for Winds and Percussion
Martin Ellerby: Paris Sketches, Homages for Band
David H. Eshelman: The Gift of Music
Brent Heisinger: Hymn for Band
Robert Litton: Ice Breaker
Timothy Mahr: When I Close My Eyes, I See Dancers

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Timothy M. Smith is a seasoned conductor and veteran music educator - an Emeritus Professor of Music, who, in fall of 2016 assumed the position of Artistic and Music Director of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds, and is in his tenth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra. Retiring from academia in 2008, his teaching career included founding the instrumental music program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and a twenty-two-year tenure as Professor of Music at California State University, East Bay in Hayward.

In addition to his positions with the Sacramento Symphonic Winds and the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Professor Smith is in continuous demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician. He has conducted professional, collegiate and community wind bands and orchestras, as well as over 200 high school and junior high school honor bands and orchestras throughout the western, northwestern and mid-western states, and given thousands of clinics to instrumental ensembles in school and festival settings. As an educational conductor, Maestro Smith has conducted All-State level bands and orchestras in several states and worked with nearly every regional, county, and district- level honor band and orchestra in California and Nevada.

Professor Smith holds degrees in Horn Performance, Conducting and Music Education from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, and the prestigious School of Music at Northwestern University. He is a former member of the Stockton, Modesto, and Spokane (WA) Symphonies, continues to work as a freelance horn player in the Bay Area, and has served for several years on the professional coaching and performing staff at the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop.

Involved in music education on several different levels, Maestro Smith was honored by the California Band Directors Association with their highest form of recognition, the "Lifetime Achievement Award" and was named the California Music Educators Association Bay Section's "Outstanding Music Educator" in 2006. He held positions on the boards of a variety of professional music education organizations throughout California, and served for several years as Music Director of the multi-level Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County. Maestro Smith has been guest conductor of both bands and orchestras at the Pacific Music Camp, the Hayward La Honda Music Camp, the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, and the La Sierra Music Camp.

Season Premiere

Join us for the San Francisco Wind Ensemble's 5th season premiere concert, Troy Davis, guest conductor, featuring a side-by-side with the Aragon Wind Ensemble.

Repertoire Includes:

Aragon Wind Ensemble:
Canciónera, Thomas Root
At Morning's First Light, David Gillingham
Howl's Moving Castle, Symphonic Fantasy for Band, Joe Hisaishi; arr. Yo Goto (side by side with the Aragon Wind Ensemble)
Chicago 2012, from "Alternative Energy", Mason Bates
Serenade, op. 7, Richard Strauss
Symphonic Dances, Yosuke Fukuda

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2015-2016 Concert Season

Season Premiere

Join us for the San Francisco Wind Ensemble's 4th season premiere concert, featuring a side-by-side with the Aragon Wind Ensemble.

Repertoire Includes:
Give Us This Day; David Maslanka (side by side with the Aragon Wind Ensemble)
Divertimento for Band; Vincent Persichetti
Wine-Dark Sea; John Mackey

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November Concert

Our second concert of the season is on November 7, at Aragon High School. SFWE and the Aragon HS Women's Chorus will perform the West Coast Premiere of the monumental, emotional, epic Symphony No. 3, The Apocalyptic by Swiss composer Thomas Trachsel.

The Aragon High School Chamber Orchestra will perform the Piano Concerto no. 27 by Mozart, with special guest, the Australian pianist, Gil Sullivan.

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February Concert

Our third and final series concert of the season is on February 27, at Aragon High School, featuring a side-by-side with the Aragon Wind Ensemble, and a piece for Trombone and Wind Ensemble by Anthony Barfield, featuring Mark Babbitt.

Repertoire Includes:
Al Fresco; Karel Husa (side by side with the Aragon Wind Ensemble)
Red Sky for Trombone and Wind Ensemble; Anthony Barfield
Poema Alpestre; Franco Cesarini

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Curious Flights

Groundbreaking collaborations between British and Bay Area composers featuring two World Premiere commissions by resident U.K composer Simon Dobson and Noah Luna.

Visit the Curious Flights Website

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2014-2015 Concert Season

Season Premiere

Join us for the San Francisco Wind Ensemble's season premiere concert, featuring; Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings by Johan de Meij, and the Aragon High School Wind Ensemble side by side with the SFWE playing October by Eric Whitacre.

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • 7:30 pm
  • Aragon High School
  • Tickets: $15/$10 (presale)

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November Concert

Our second concert of the season is on November 8, also at Aragon High School. Soprano soloist Esther Rayo joins the SFWE in a performance of Allerseelen by Richard Strauss. Included on the program is Vincent Persichetti's Psalm op. 53, and the United States' premiere of Ferrer Ferrán's, Symphony No. 4, "El Coloso".

  • Saturday, November 8, 2014
  • 7:30 pm
  • Aragon High School
  • Tickets: $15/$10 (presale)

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2015, Concert Three

It's 2015, and our third concert of the season is on January 17 at Aragon High School. Included on the program is Rolf Rudin's Die Druiden; Roy Magnuson's House plants in terracotta pots., composed for Martin Seggelke and the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, and the Sinfonia no. 1 "Kaprekar" by Martinez Gallego.

  • Saturday, January 17, 2015
  • 7:30 pm
  • Aragon High School
  • Tickets: $15/$10 (presale)

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Season Finale

Our final concert of the season is on April 11, 2015, at Aragon High School. Repertoire includes David Maslanka: Symphony No. 7, Sergej Prokofiev: Athletic Festival March, and Steven Stucky: Threnos.

  • Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • 7:30 pm
  • Aragon High School
  • Tickets: $15/$10 (presale)

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The San Francisco Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform the opening concert at the WASBE conference in San Jose, July 12-18, 2015. Venues include the California Theatre, and the Concert Hall in the Music Building of the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University.

Repertoire Includes:
Ernst Toch

World - Why - Die II ?
Rolf Rudin

Book of the Dead - Concerto for Soprano Saxphone, Winds, and Percussion
Roy Magnuson
Paul Nolen, Saxophone Soloist

Sinfoinia No. 1 "Kaprekar"
Martínez Gallego

  • July 12, 2015
  • 3:00 pm
  • California Theatre, San Jose, CA
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Dr. Paul Nolen currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Illinois State University. Paul has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and jazz artist throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK. Moving easily between genres, he has appeared with diverse groups such as the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Rasa Saxophone Quartet, Folias Tango Ensemble, the Illinois Jazz Train Orchestra, and the Illinois State Faculty Jazz Quartet.

Known for his vibrant and passionate teaching, Dr. Nolen is in demand throughout the U.S. and abroad as an educator. He recently appeared at the 2008 Aberystwyth International Musicfest in Wales as performer, teacher, and conductor of the Musicfest Jazz Orchestra. He also served as the saxophone clinician for the 2008 Music For All National Honor's Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN, and has presented recent classes at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, the University of New Mexico, and Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.

As soprano saxophonist with the Rasa Saxophone Quartet, he won first prize in the 2003 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition and was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition in New York City. As a soloist he was awarded first prize in the 2003 Lansing Matinee Musicale Woodwind competition.

He received both the DMA and MM degrees in performance from the College of Music at Michigan State University, and the BM from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His teachers and mentors have included Joseph Lulloff, Tim Timmons, Gary Foster, Hal Melia, Jackie Lamar, and Ron Blake.

Concert Location

All Concerts will be at our new location: Aragon High School in San Mateo.

Aragon High School
900 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, California 94402