Conductor Notes

Dr. John Snavely, Music Director/Conductor

To our fabulous patrons and friends of the Green Valley Concert Band Inc. from Musical Director and Conductor, John Snavely

2022-2023 Green Valley Concert Band Season

My goal is always to make each performance a vibrant, energizing, captivating memorable experience for you, our valued audience members, and also for our amazingly dedicated and talented band members. Conducting the Green Valley Concert Band is the pinnacle of my musical career, joyfully rewarding far beyond anything else I have experienced in my many years of music making and conducting in thousands of performances. Following are highlights of our new concert season.

Our preseason concerts AFTERNOON DELIGHT (October 20/21) at CPAC (Community Performance & Art Center) kicks off with a sparkling musical gem Fandango, then proceeds with an appealing mix of music including Flrorintiner March, Trumpeter’s Lullaby, Percussion Espagnol, Sinatra!, Light Cavalry Overture, Selections From Chicago and ending with Trombone Rag and Big Band Spectacular! I guarantee miles of smiles and foot tapping galore.

SHOWTIME!, our concert at CANOA RANCH, (October 23) features a similar mix of music (above) and music highlights from the movie OKLAHOMA commemorating the many scenes of that classic movie filmed at the historic ranch property!  Who can resist humming, foot tapping and reminiscing to the many lyrical, classy and sassy songs of Oklahoma.

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR (December 11): Get in that Holiday groove singing the concert title song with the GVCB! Take a train ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express and enjoy mellifluous music from Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite. Season’s Greetings by Jack Stamp and The Twelve Days Of Christmas will close out the 1st half, however hurry back for jumpin’ and jivin’ with Nutcracker Swing! Hang on tight for the rollicking Hanukkah Festival and a refreshing new arrangement Rhapsody On Christmas Carols. A Holiday Sing Along, In The Christmas Mood and Sleigh Ride will complete or musical journey and prepare us all for unbridled December JOY!

MEMORABLE MUSIC OF BROADWAY AND CINEMA (January 22) kicks off with Broadway Showstoppers then segues to Les Miserables and Wizard Of Oz with our AMAZING vocal duo from Mexico, Valeria Quijada and Christopher Roldan.  After Evening At The Pops by John Williams our favorite duo will sing an emotionally chargedThe Prayer arranged by our own Jean Kemp. Tune up your singing voices to join Valeria and Christopher in a medley from Mary Poppins then we’ll conclude this not to be missed concert with Marching Up Broadway.

MADE IN AMERICA! (March 5) features the brilliant and scintillating Symphonic Overture by master composer James Barnes then Leonard Bernstein’s rollicking Slava! Excerpts from Copland’s most memorable compositions including music from Fanfare For The Common Man and Hoe-Down from Rodeo follow in Copland Portrait. Sounds from New York City including jazz club music effervesce in Metroplex. Hear the taxi horns and imagine dining at a colorful sidewalk café in Gershwin’s American In Paris, enjoy Tango by our own James Parcel, then go Sliding Down The Mississippi with Jim’s hot New Orleans style jazz trombone. The concert concludes with swinged up marches in Sousa March Carnival.

Love Of Music (April 16th) begins with Bernstein’s epic and energetic Overture To Candide then soothes the soul with music from Camelot. Second Suite For Band masterfully composed by Alfred Reed brings infectious Latin rhythms and dance style melodies sure to get you moving around in your seats! Children’s March, a delightfully tuneful work with some unexpected twists and turns, was penned by flavorful composer Percy Grainger. Like music for licorice stick? Then Clarinet Candy by Leroy Anderson featuring our clarinet section is for you! A refreshingly gorgeous work for horn Glass Bead Game features some outrageously wonderful horn playing by our own Ben Garland. To end our season with high energy musical excitement we collaborate with Mariachi Los Diablitos De Sunnyside, a group of talented musicians from Sunnyside High School in Tucson directed by master Mariachi Roberto Martinez with accompaniment provided by the Green Valley Concert Band. I predict this will be an amazingly memorable finale to our 2022-2023 GVCB Concert Season. 


John Snavely



John Snavely, affectionately know as “Dr. John,” earned his doctorate in music at the University of Arizona. He began his conducting career when he founded the Evening Wind Symphony in the mid-1990's at Pima Community College in Tucson. Now the ensemble is Sonora Winds and John is director emeritus after twenty years of his leadership. In the mid 2000's GVCB board members came to a Sonora Winds concert, saw him conduct Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, and hired him to be their musical director. As a high school senior, John won an audition and performed with the American Youth Performs Orchestra in Carnegie Hall under the baton of Carmen Dragon. He performed all summer in 1971 with the first Disneyland All American College Band. John is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where he won an audition to play clarinet and bass clarinet in 1969, his first year at the University of Arizona. He has also performed with the Phoenix Symphony and Flagstaff Summer Festival orchestra and was principal clarinetist with the Tucson Pops Orchestra. His doctoral lecture recital, Benny Goodman's Commissioning Of Clarinet Concertos, was performed for the International Clarinet Society's Clarfest in the summer of 1991, and then again for the British Society of Clarinetists and Saxophonists in Ripon, England during their 1993 summer meeting. John toured Arizona, Mexico and Puerto Rico as an artist roster member of the Arizona Commission On The Arts with the Sonora Quartet (saxophones) and his own ensemble Concertissimo. He performed for a decade with the Arizona Musicfest in Carefree, Arizona and performed Ibert's Concertino as alto saxophone soloist with the orchestra. His career includes woodwind, music education and music history teaching at Pima College, University Of Arizona, and Black Hills State University. He was program director and instructor of the Tucson Symphony's Young Composer Project for seven years in the early 1990's enabling middle and high school students to compose works and hear them played by the Tucson Symphony Chamber Orchestra. John assisted in founding Opening Minds Through The Arts for the Tucson Unified School district and co-authored a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, funding the program for it's first three years. His current teaching position is as an Arts Integration Specialist at Howell Elementary. John for thirty years was director of childrens' and youth music at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Tucson.  He resides in Green Valley with his wife Carol West.