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The Ensemble
Membership Roster
  Member Registration
The Director
Concert Schedule
Program Notes, including Composer Biographies

Maps and Directions

The Ensemble

FSW in concert at the Cubberley Theater

The Foothill Symphonic Winds (FSW) was formed in 1980. The ensemble performs classical and contemporary works written or transcribed for symphonic wind ensemble or concert band. The aim is to assist the musicians in continuing their musical growth while also providing high-caliber musical entertainment for the community. The FSW was a class offered by Foothill College in Los Altos Hills until all Music Performance classes were cancelled in the summer of 2011.  The members of the FSW wanted to continue to operate its traditional format, except as a non-profit organization. Articles of Incorporation were filed, a Board of Directors elected, and the IRS has granted the FSW 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

For the 2013-14 performance year, the FSW will continue to rehearse at the Blach Middle School, 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos. We will continue meeting in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Our first rehearsal of the Spring session will be Wednesday, April 2, 2014, beginning at 7:30 PM.  Our first rehearsals of each session are open to all qualified musicians. Enrollment can be accomplished at the first rehearsals as well as on-line.  To register for a session or to pay dues, please click here:


The Director

David Bruce Adams became the Director of the Foothill Symphonic Winds in September 1993, after performing for many years as lead trumpeter for the group. His professional conducting experience includes three years as the Assistant Conductor of the San Jose Municipal Band. Mr. Adams earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, where he studied trumpet with John Coffey and Roger Voisin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He later earned his Master of Arts degree at San Jose State University while teaching music and directing bands in the Cupertino Union School District. For fourteen years he was Instrumental Music Director at Palo Alto High School, where his concert and jazz bands won numerous awards. In 1987, Mr Adams received a Fellowship for advanced music studies at Northwestern University. In 1998 he chose to teach music in the Palo Alto elementary schools so that he could spend more time with his wife and young son. He continues to perform professionally with many Bay Area ensembles and is an active adjudicator for jazz, orchestra and band festivals in Northern California. He has served as president of the Santa Clara County Band Directors' Association and as Area Representative for the California Music Educators Association. David B. Adams, Conductor

Membership Roster

Concert Schedule

Foothill Symphonic Winds

David Bruce Adams, Conductor

June 2014 concert flyer

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 3:30 PM
Cubberley Theater
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
Adults:  $10        Students & Seniors:  $5

  Title Composer

Festival March

Antonin Dvorak

From Every Horizon Norman Dello Joio

Victory March David J. Roberts

Ride of the Valkyries
Richard Wagner

The Fair-Day
Sir Hamilton Harty

Spoon River
Percy Grainger

La Fiesta Mexicana H. Owen Reed

Upcoming Concerts
3:30 PM, Cubberley Theater
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA

December 7, 2014
March 8, 2015
June 7, 2015

Posters from Past Concerts

December 1993 poster June 2001 poster December 2002 poster June 2005 poster


This is a listing, in historical order (most recent first), of the music performed by the Foothill College Symphonic Wind Ensemble.


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Last Updated:  27 August 2014
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