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. Both Sandy and Bruce have been longtime FCCB members and very successful public school music teachers. This season Bruce Weinberger will take 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 sixteen-member 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 now in her second year as 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 last season, Patrick’s Music has joined as a sponsor. Additional support comes from individuals, businesses and band members themselves. Thank you!
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.
Michael Bonner is an active musician who has lived in Fresno since 2004. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance at California State University, Fresno, under the tutelage of Dr. Matthew Darling, David Gabrielson, and Brian Hamada. As a percussionist, Michael performed with the Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Gary P. Gilroy and Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, respectively. He also performed with the Fresno State Percussion Ensemble and marched in the Fresno State Marching Band. Additionally, Michael earned the Bulldog Beat Scholarship for drum set, played at the 2010 Percy Grainger Festival in Chicago, and won the Fresno State Concerto Competition in the same year, performing “Glory and Grandeur” by Russell Peck.
In addition to serving as the band manager for the Fresno Community Concert Band, Michael also works at Patrick’s Music as Lesson Coordinator. He manages an average of 350 students, 25 teachers, and 10 rehearsal spaces, as well as oversees day-to-day operations. Michael also works as a stage manager with Wizard Sound, an entertainment company based in Fresno that has facilitated events at Engelmann Cellars, Tobin James Cellars, and the Clovis Veterans Memorial. He also has experience teaching private lessons and coaching the Fresno High School drumline during the 2012-2013 season.
Michael performs regularly throughout Fresno and central California. As a founding member and the drummer for the rock-funk band, HR7, Michael has had the opportunity to perform at a variety of venues and productions such as Fulton 55, “Great Day” on KMPH Fox 26, Vintage Days, Jazz Hop, and the Big Fresno Fair. He is also a founding member and the drummer for the jazz quartet Delta Tango, which performs at Lucy's Lounge, special events, and catered dinners held by Fresno’s Underground Suppers. To top it off, Michael plays drums for the band at Community UCC, having been its longest standing member since 2009. An accomplished drummer and percussionist, Michael has recorded drums and percussion on full-length albums with HR7 (Dance About Architecture), the Geoff Thurman Band (Fresh Takes), and the band at Community UCC (Banner).
Band Personnel *denotes section leader
Julie Constable – CSUF Biologist
Julie Constable – CSUF Biologist
Elizabeth Habib – Music Teacher
Doug Mayer – Structural Engineer
* Laurie Harmon – Homemaker
Susan Mencarini – Optometrist
Lisa Poole – Science Teacher
Elaine Sherry – Retired Teacher
Shannon Proksch –
Mike Canaday –
Maria Contreras – Bilingual Instruction Aide
Patti Hamernik –
Becky Hunt – Music Teacher, TCSD
Cheri Keller – Retired
Clyde Lansing – Firefighter
Jennifer Levy – Registered Nurse
Susan Nelson – Office Manager
William Podolsky – Physician
Janice Sereda – Teacher
Teresa Gipson-Sherfy –
Cynthia Tilghman – Music Teacher, FUSD
Marcheta Williams – MUSD VAPA Director
Jane Wimer – Computer Resource
Alto Clarinet/Contra-Bass Clarinet
Tracy Lewellen – Food Service Aide
* Joni Bishop – Teacher/Musician
D’Arcy Weinberger – Music Teacher, Retired
* Betty Snyder – Retired Educator
Holly Bergevin –
* Marco Paim – Music Teacher
Becky Nissila – RN, Project Coordinator
Carolee Richardson – Office Clerk
Randy Morris – KFSR, 90.7 FM
Rico Franco –
* Barry J. Holm – Banker
Jim Mattos - Professional Musician
Madeline Richardson – Student
Deborah Uhrich – Purchasing
Edward Areyano – Retired U.S. Army
Leonard Contreras – Machinist
Eric Cymanski – Music Teacher, CUSD
Cheryl Faulkner – Inventory Manager
Jan Goyette – Retired Music Educator
Dean Lloyd – Retired Teacher
Tony Luna – Music Teacher, CUSD
* Dan Pena – Sanger H.S. Band Director
Peter van der Paardt – Music Teacher, CUSD
Steve Becker – Mechanical Engineer
J Esparza – Artist
Darryl Harmon – Music Teacher
Rachel Rattner –
Matthew Roberts – Teacher
Chuck Salanitro, Music Director,
Computech Middle School
Eric Sherbon – Recording Engineer
Doug Sherfy –
Hugh Adams – still playing
Connor Habib – Instrument Repair Manager
Paul Heath – Vice Pres., Murphy Bank
John Olson –
Michael Afu – Band Director, Parlier
Junior High School
Bill Nelson – Retired
* Harry Siverly – Musical Instrument Repair
Donald Thornton – IRS Tax Examiner
Phil Gessert – Music Teacher, RUSD
Tyler Golding –
Tracy Lewellen – Food Service Aide
Joe Lizama – Professional Musician
* Eric Myers – Blogger
Ezra Wright – Student
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
Michael Bonner, ex officio