About the Director – John Werth

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

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 Woodinville Concert Band, River Winds 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.


DirectorJohn Werth
PiccoloJulia Goldstein

Caren Klosterman 
Heidi Pelton 
Courtney Teter   *
Jessica Winkler 
Deb Witek 

OboeVera Risdon
BassoonLev Iskolskiy
Bb Clarinet

Liz Bacarella 
Catherine Haddon 
Barbara Hughes 
Sheri Kittay 
Michele Metcalf 
Sara Voskuhl 
Julie Werth 
Anita Wong   *

Bass ClarinetKevin Baker
Alto Sax

Barb Grinbergs 
Elizabeth Royalty

Tenor Sax

Cindy Braunheim 
Ryan Frazier   *

Bari SaxTim Wilson

Tony Gepner 
Wendy Hatheway 
Douglas Hodges 
Cody Maynor 
Merlyn Meier 
Bob Mosgrave 
Gregg Reynolds 
David Spangler   *

French Horn

Lauren Califano 
Tedd Dideriksen 
Suzann Frazier   *
Corey Grief 
Aaron Montalvo 


Dave Franzwa   *
Frank Grijalva 
Jerry Metcalf 
Josh Teter 
Jeanne Weiss


Jim Downing
Chelsee Moe

TubaGary Wilson   *

Karin Brodd   *
Roger Glerum 
Melissa Glerum 
Jerry Talcott 
Shelah Anne Woo 
Ron Young 

* denotes principal