Adam Kovacik

Oboe

Jane Brammer

Oboe

Cindy Swanson

Flute

Katie Bristow Myers

Flute

Flute Choir: Piccolo , Flute Choir: Flute

Laurie Moody

Flute

Gerald Farley

Trombone

Jazz Band: Trombone

Chris Haymond

French Horn

John Werth

Musical Director

A self-described “band music fanatic,” John Werth is a former high school band director and an active conductor and performer in local community bands. In addition to leading the River Winds, he is also the conductor of the Woodinville Concert Band, and bass clarinetist with the Washington Wind Symphony and Seattle Wind Symphony.

John began his college career majoring in the sciences, but played in university groups as an undergraduate. He has often said that he “joined the band to meet girls” - and in 1985 he met his wife Julie while playing with the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble. Julie is also a clarinetist and plays with the River Winds Concert Band, Woodinville Concert Band, Kirkland Civic Orchestra and others.

While pursuing his PhD in mathematics, he realized that his heart really lay in music. In 1990 he left graduate school and entered the California State University Northridge music program with the intent of becoming a high school band director, which he did after graduating three years later with a degree in music and music education.

John and Julie now live in Redmond with their Belgian Shepherds, Sasha and Nick. They operate Union Hill Winds from their home, where she teaches clarinet lessons and he repairs woodwind instruments.

Michelle Choate

Piccolo, Flute

Ken Adamson

French Horn

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