FRESNO COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
Meet the Band
An Outlet for Musicians - A Gift to the Community.
Come Be Inspired!
Founded in October 1993, the band was conceived as an organization that would provide an outlet for the many amateur and retired professional musicians in the Fresno area. The band now boasts 80 players representing a wide range of age and occupation, and all are former high school or college band members. Besides this performance opportunity, the band’s mission is to provide a musical, educational and recreational advantage to the people of Fresno and surrounding area by sustaining the American tradition of the concert band, performing the best in classical and pops band literature. The Fresno Community Concert Band is unique in its mission. No other band like it exists in the area, and because of its professionalism and the dedication of its leaders and members, it will continue to present exciting concerts in the concert band tradition.
Robert Nielsen and Larry Huck served as Co-Conductors of the band from its inception until 2003 when Mr. Huck retired. Robert Nielsen remained as sole conductor, and upon announcing his retirement in May 2017, he was joined by newly appointed Associate Conductors Sandy Headrick and Bruce Weinberger. After his final concert in May 2018, they became Co-Conductors. Bruce Weinberger has now taken the baton as sole conductor.
The band’s first performance on February 3, 1994 was in the Fresno City College Theatre. It has since expanded its performances to six pairs of concerts each season in both the FCC Theatre and Shaghoian Concert Hall and has also performed in the Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts, at the California Music Educators Convention, Civil War Reenactment, CSU, Fresno Wind Festival, Sacramento Band Festival and for broadcasts by MediaOne. The band has also played outreach concerts in Merced, Kingsburg, Selma and Caruthers and special concerts in the Rotary Amphitheatre in Woodward Park.
The band is governed by a Board of Directors. The first President was Paul W. Heath, Vice-President of Murphy Bank, who now serves as the band's Treasurer. Jan Goyette is our current President. All administrative duties are performed by Band Manager, Michael Bonner, as well as board and band members and other volunteers.
The Fresno Community Concert Band is generously sponsored by Murphy Bank and Fresno City College, both of which have supported the band since its inception. Starting in the 26th season, Patrick’s Music has joined as a sponsor. Additional support comes from individuals, businesses and band members themselves. The band is thankful for the continued support!
Bruce Weinberger, Conductor
Bruce Weinberger is now retired after 35 years of teaching at Sierra High School, Tollhouse, CA, where he taught concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, and three choirs, as well as band and choir at the Junior High. Sierra High School’s band and concert choir had the privilege of performing at a CMEA Convention in Pasadena.
Mr. Weinberger received his Bachelor of Music degree from CSU, Long Beach (during which time he became the first undergrad student conductor of the Wind Symphony), and a Masters in Music Education from CSU, Fresno. He studied conducting with Larry Curtis, Gary Unruh, John Larry Granger, Jon Robertson and Herbert Blomstedt and studied flute with John Barcellona at CSULB. He played percussion in the FCCB and was appointed Associate Conductor of the band in 2017. He became Co-Conductor in 2018 and sole Conductor in 2019.
Mr. Weinberger was chosen “Teacher of The Year” for the Sierra Unified School District in 2000 and 2006 and was “Educator of the Year” for Sierra High School in 2015. He was also chosen to conduct Honor Bands for Tulare-Kings County. A high point of Mr. Weinberger’s career occurred in November 2014 when Mariano Rivera, former relief pitcher of the New York Yankees, personally delivered 85 new uniforms and Yamaha instruments for the entire marching band on behalf of his Foundation. In December of the same year, the Sierra High School Music Department was featured in Central California Life Magazine.
Mr. Weinberger and wife D’Arcy (who recently retired from teaching music in the Sierra Unified School District) reside in Clovis and have two adult children. Mr. Weinberger loves to cook, travel, and all things Disney.
Julie Garcia is a freelance graphic and web designer who was born and raised in Fresno. In high school she played the clarinet in the Clovis East Marching Band and graduated in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Fresno State in 2013. Julie has a passion for the Fresno community, working with the Fresno Bee, Jeffrey Scott Advertising, and the River Park Farmers Market. She often works with small local businesses on branding and marketing materials.
Julie has been a long-time fan of the Fresno Community Concert Band. She was introduced to the band by her great-grandmother over 5 years ago. Julie has regularly attended concerts with her husband and two young sons, who especially love a good Sousa march or a Christmas carol! Julie recently had the pleasure of redesigning and maintaining the band website (fresnocommunityband.org)
When she is not baking delicious breads and pastries, Julie is a voracious reader and cross stitcher. Julie is looking forward to working closely with the band and growing the FCCB audience in the coming months.
Band Personnel *denotes section leader
Gail Inghram Verbano
*Betty Snyder – Retired Educator
*Barry J. Holm
Peter van der Paardt
Board of Directors
Jan Goyette, President
Harry Siverly, Vice President
Lisa Poole, Secretary
Paul W. Heath, Treasurer
Elaine Sherry, Band Librarian
Bruce Weinberger, ex-officio
Julie Garcia, ex-officio