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Upcoming Concerts

Sunday, Oct 26
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Sunday, Dec 14
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Sunday, Feb 8, 2015
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Sunday, Mar 15, 2015
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Sunday, May 17, 2015
3:00 PM
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Audience Reviews
“The selections were infectious and joyous, and the performance of this wind orchestra were flawless and enthusiastic.”
– Dave from San Carlos.

“The music was great and the conductor was very personable and entertaining. This had appeal for all ages.”
– Jamie from Soquel

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Guest Artists

2013-2014 Concert Season


Mariachi Tapatio de Salvador Gonzalez

Sunday, October 13, 2013
"El Mundo de Mariachi"
Addison-Penzak JCC, Los Gatos

Established in 1986 by Salvador "Chava" Gonzalez, Mariachi Tapatio was created to share the tradition of Mexican music in the Bay Area. They have captivated the hearts of many audiences for more than 25 years with their musical talents and reliability.


Chris Wilhite, trumpet

Sunday, October 13, 2013
"El Mundo de Mariachi"
Addison-Penzak JCC, Los Gatos

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris Wilhite grew up in Fremont. He started playing the trumpet at age 11, studying first with Steve Hendee. While in college at U.C. Santa Barbara, he studied trumpet with Grant Hungerford and composition with Joel Feigin. He is an active free-lance player in the Bay Area, playing with orchestras, musical theatre and opera groups, chamber music, church services, as well as appearing as a soloist. A member of the San Jose Wind Symphony, he is also co-principal trumpet of Symphony Parnassus, principal trumpet of the Hayward Municipal Band, and a member of Brassworks' Gabriel's Trumpets. In addition to his musical activities, he also enjoys traveling and is a volunteer at the San Francisco Maritime National Park.


Principal Soloists from Lyric Theatre

Sunday, December 8, 2013
"The World of Celebration: A Holiday Concert"
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Lyric Theatre is a performing group of over 150 dedicated volunteers who have committed themselves to the art of stagecraft. For over 30 years, Lyric Theatre has brought quality family entertainment to San Jose and the surrounding South Bay. Community members, students and professional quality performers grace the stage, play in the orchestra, and work behind the scenes, giving their talents in sharing a love of musical theater and especially operetta As members of the non-profit Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Lyric Theatre performs the light operas of William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan as a cornerstone of their repertoire. They also stage works by other composers including Victor Herbert, Jacques Offenbach, and many more. Lyric Theatre is a member of Theatre Bay Area and the Silicon Valley Arts Coalition.


Walter M. Mayes, narrator

Sunday, December 8, 2013
"The World of Celebration: A Holiday Concert"
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Sunday, May 11, 2014
"A Child's World"
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Walter M. Mayes is a regular performer with various Bay Area theatre companies, appearing in Carnival for 42nd Street Moon; The Sound of Music for Woodside Community Players; Hamlet for City Lights; Gypsy! for Broadway by the Bay; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Curtains, and Anything Goes for Foothill Music Theatre; and as the title characters in Man of La Mancha and Mack & Mabel for South Bay Musical Theatre (SBMT) and Sweeny Todd for Sunnyvale Community Players. In addition, he works frequently as a director, most recently helming Promises, Promises for SBMT. As Walter the Giant Storyteller, he has made hundreds of appearances at libraries, schools and bookstores throughout the country. Walter is currently the librarian and drama teacher at The Girls' Middle School in Palo Alto.


Quadre Horn Quartet

Sunday, February 2, 2014
"The Musician's World"
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Since its inception in 1998, this award winning group of funny, self-deprecating, highly entertaining and quintessentially virtuosic French Horn masters has performed over 1000 concerts, lectures and workshops throughout the United States — from the Manhattan School of Music in New York to the Greater Grand Forks Symphony in North Dakota. Often referring to each other using their self-appointed "bowling" names (Dot, Moe, Frank and Ned), QUADRE's core mission is to make music accessible, engaging and enjoyable for audiences of all ages.


Photo of Peter MorrisPeter Morris, trumpet

Sunday, May 11, 2014
"A Child's World"
McAfee Center, Saratoga

Peter began playing trumpet in elementary school at the age of 10. He instantly developed a love for trumpet and music. As a result, he played in symphonic bands, orchestras, State Honor Band and solo ensemble festivals through High School. Upon graduation from High School Peter was introduced to the San Jose Wind Symphony. He was impressed with the caliber of music they performed and high quality musicians who enjoyed performing for the community under the direction of founding conductor Darrell Johnston.

Peter continued his formal education and graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Finance. He continued to make time for music as a member of the Symphonic Band under the director of Dr. Vernon Reed. He studied with Chris Bogios, Carole Klein and Joyce Johnson-Hamilton while attending San Jose State.