Conductor Notes

Dr. John Snavely, Music Director/Conductor

As musical director and conductor of the Green Valley Concert Band,it is my delight to welcome you to our new musical season!  Our goal is to make every concert a memorable and enjoyable experience with a wide range of quality music performed with style, panache and superb musicianship.  Each concert is an event with much more than a wide variety wonderful music, designed to leave you, our valued audience, in a blissfully happy place!

  • Strike Up The Band! – Thursday,October 24th, at theCommunity Performance and Art Center,CPAC, 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 27th, 5 p.m. the Historic Canoa Ranch. There will be musicsure to delight audience members of all ages including Gershwin's Strike Up The Band, Variations On America (Ives),Tuba Tiger Rag, music from Little Mermaids, a medley of Sinatra favorites, Trumpet Nocturne featuring our own Mike Finkelstein, Summer In Central Park, Escapade For Trombones and much more!
  • Joyous Music Of The Season! – Sunday,December 15th, 7 p.m. Sahuarita DistrictAuditorium. Take a ride on the Polar Express, revel in the magnificent sound of our trumpets in an amazing work for trumpets and band, enjoy many beautiful arrangements of holiday favorites including Fireside Christmas, a jazzed up medley by Sammy Nestico, Vivaldi Concerto For Two Piccolos, then Sleigh Ride home with Leroy Anderson.
  • World Tour 2020 - Sunday, January 26th, Sahuarita DistrictAuditorium, 7 p.m.  Take a 360 degree whirlwind musical tour of Ireland and Scotland, England, Spain, Africa, Brazil, Arab countries and Belgium!  Whistle along to The Bridge Over The River Kwai and sing along with Waltzing Matilda.  Imagine sultry belly dancers in Arabian Dances and dance a wild jig along with Irish Washerwoman.  Feel the rhythmic pulse of African drums in Africa: Song, Ceremony and Ritual!  
  • Lights, Camera, ADVENTURE! Sunday, March 8th, 7 p.m. Sahuarita District Auditorium.  Thrill to the world class singing of Valeria Quijada and Christopher Roldan performing favorites from Phantom Of The Opera and West Side Story with our band!  Enjoy the luscious sound of GVCB playing Selections From Wicked, Chicago and Lord Of The Rings and more.  Laugh along to the humor in Cartoon!  
  • America!  Our Nation, People and Heroes - Sunday, April 19th, 3 p.m.! Please note our starting time for this concert has been changed to 3 p.m. at theSahuarita District Auditorium.  You will not want to miss Rhapsody In Blue performed by Eileen Prager Perry Schwartz, who was noticed and sponsored by New York Philharmonic conductor Leonard Bernstein!  Eileen's mother was friends with Gershwin's grandmother in New York City and her father was the best 2nd trumpet ever in the New York Phil.  We give tribute to the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy with The Greatest Generation by Robert Smith, and a tribute to Native Americans with Shadowcatcher;  Dance To Restore An Eclipsed Moon featuring our very own outstanding brass quintet, and present a wildly enjoyable work, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, with snippets of Las Vegas inspired night club music interwoven with dramatic sound effects from the band and audience!  

Thank you ALL for being our loyal and supportive audience!  We look forward to enriching your lives with our musical presentations.



John Snavely
Conductor and Musical Director
Green Valley Concert Band




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.