Conductor Notes

Dr. John Snavely, Music Director/Conductor

Dear Green Valley Concert Band audience members, friends and supporters,

We are ramping up our operations to be back in concert for you in the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022!  Our musicians are SO ready to resume our prime mission of performing the best concerts possible. As always our eventful performances will be an enjoyable mix of exciting and diverse musical selections with delightful surprises every time! May this music inspire renewed joy after the trying times we have endured. Here are highlights of our upcoming season:

Strike Up The Band And Celebrate!

  • CPAC (Community Performing Arts Center) October 21st AND 22nd 2021, 4:30 p.m., outdoor concerts, 1250 W. Continental Road, 85622:

Strike Up The Band, A Festival Prelude, 2nd Suite for Band (Holst), Mancini!, Music Man, Dixieland Jam and Sousa! All music guaranteed to bring miles of smiles and enthusiastic toe tapping.

*Call CPAC for ticket information (tickets are free however required): 520 399 1750

It’s A Fiesta!

  • Canoa Ranch: October 24th,2021, 5 p.m., outdoor concert (5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road 85614, South on East I-19 Frontage Road from Continental exits):

Music from South of the Border including a movement of La Fiesta Mexicana (composed by former Green Valley resident H. Owen Reed, Las Alzanas and El Jarabe Tapatio.  Also: A Festival Prelude, Music Man, Dixieland and Sousa, all music sure to thoroughly delight and royally entertain.

*No tickets required. A $10 donation is suggested.

Traditions We Love

  • Sahuarita District Auditorium, December 12th, 2021, 3 p.m., 350 W. Sahuarita Road, 85629

Refreshing, exciting and memorable arrangements of December holiday music sure to bring a plethora of smiles and a few chuckles including:

A Holiday Rhapsody, The Night Before Christmas, The Eighth Candle, Concerto for Two Clarinets, Hark, Those Jingle Bells are Smokin’, Three Wise Guys, The Prayer, Dreidle Dance, Christmas Festival and Feliz Navidad. 

In this concert we honor and tribute the lives and many contributions of three GVCB band members who have passed: George Haight, Euphonium; Sam Miller, clarinet; and Peg Bowden, timpani.

*See the home page on this GVCB website for our new ticketing system and ticket information.

For The Beauty Of The Earth

  • Sahuarita District Auditorium, January 30th 2022, 3 p.m., 350 W. Sahuarita Road, 85629

Music to honor the immense grandeur of our earth and our own Arizona including Red Rock Mountain, The Magic Forest featuring our oboist Julie Stafford (who recently was awarded a Master of Music degree in oboe performance), On The Trail from the Grand Canyon Suite, Kilimanjaro: An African Portrait and the exhilarating Sedona.  In this concert we tribute our Timpanist, former band president, humanitarian, author and visual artist Peg Bowden who passed in December of 2020. Her husband Lester Weil made possible a commission of two new works in her memory composed by Jack Stamp: Border Dance and Stranger At My Door. We are so pleased that the world premiere of these two amazing musical compositions will happen at our January concert, and composer Jack Stamp will be in attendance. 

*See the home page on this GVCB website for our new ticketing system and ticket information.

Let The Good Times Roll!

  • Sahuarita District Auditorium, March 6th 2022, 3 p.m., 350 W. Sahuarita Road, 85629

Our March GVCB Concert Let The Good Times Roll will surely entertain and delight! Some features include a Beatles medley sing along, Big Band Favorites, At Belmont Park, Joy Of Life, My Soul To Keep with vocal ensemble and band, and Themes Like Old Times II.  At Belmont Park is composed with the oceanside entertainment park in San Diego in mind. Kinkaid Rabb, the composer of this work, played clarinet with our band while in high school, then graduated from UNLV with a degree in music composition. Laurie Brown who has also performed with uscommissioned him to compose this piece for the Green Valley Concert Band. Our Beatles medley sing along with be lead by a newer band member from Hawaii, Gerald Carrell with guitar and keyboard fills by Larry Worster, the GV's got talent impresario. You won't want to miss this concert!

*See the home page on this GVCB website for our new ticketing system and ticket information.

A World Of Musical Wonders

  • Sahuarita District Auditorium, April 24th 2022, 3 p.m., 350 W. Sahuarita Road, 85629

We are pulling out all the stops for a blockbuster end of the season concert performing amazingly wonderful music from around the world honoring many diverse cultures and places.  Musical works include: Liberty Fanfare, Molly On The Shore, Italian Rhapsody, Opa, Sunrise At Angel’s Gate, Encanto and Shadowcatcher: Dancing To Restore An Eclipsed Moon featuring a brass quintet of our own players with band. Of course we will end with a rousing rendition of Stars and Stripes by Sousa guaranteed to get you clapping along with gusto!

*See the home page on this GVCB website for our new ticketing system and ticket information.

Hope to see many of you soon, can’t wait to get back in the saddle as the conductor of the always amazing Green Valley Concert Band!


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.