The Diablo Wind Symphony is committed to offering music education and performance opportunities to Bay Area wind and percussion students.

  • Concerts
  • Rehearsals
  • Auditions
  • Fees
  • Conductors
  • Chamber Winds
  • Commitments
  • Goals
  • For Members


2015-2016 Season

  • Sunday, October 18, 2015, 5pm - Los Medanos College map
  • Sunday, November 15, 2015, 5pm - Campolindo High School map
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7:30pm - Lesher Center for the Arts map
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8pm - Diablo Valley College map
  • Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7:30pm - Lesher Center for the Arts map


Valley View Intermediate School, Pleasant Hill

Rehearsals start the second week in September.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 4:30-7pm (extended time on rehearsal before concert date). Other activities include retreats, instrumental clinics, and guest artists.


Auditions by appointment. Fill out the Audition Form and the Artistic Director will contact you to schedule a date and time. If you have any questions, contact the Artistic Director at 925.765.4636 or email to schedule date and time.

Auditioners are available to visit schools to audition multiple students. Please contact your band director or the DWS Artistic Director.

Auditions will close when all positions are filled.


You will be asked to perform a variety of major/minor scales, a melodic excerpt (usually slower in nature) and a more technical excerpt (usually faster in nature). The excerpts can be from any source (etudes, solos, concert music). Sightreading may be required.

Application Form

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  • High school and younger – $450 for the season
  • College – $300 for the season
  • Some scholarships are available


Artistic Director
John Maltester brings a diversified background of abilities to the conductor's podium. He conducts bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and various small groups. He is also active as a trombonist, rehearsal techniques clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor and lecturer throughout Australia, the Western United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. His publications include two text books and many magazine articles. He is a Past President of the College Band Directors National Association, and on the board of the Music Association of California Community Colleges.

Diane Maltester received her Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance and has been a member of the Los Medanos College faculty since 1980. She is the Principal Clarinet for the Napa, Vallejo, and Fremont Symphonies as well as the Diablo and Oakland Ballets. Diane performs regularly with San Francisco Pit Orchestras and the Oakland-East Bay Symphony. In addition, she is a clarinet instructor for CSU East Bay and Saint Mary's College and presents clinics and recitals throughout the state.

Chamber Winds

The DWS Brass and Woodwind Quintets will feature the more outstanding DWS winds. Each group will prepare literature to perform on DWS concerts as well as for special events.


The Diablo Wind Symphony is committed to supporting local music programs. Participation will require permission from the participant’s school band director.


The primary goals of the symphony are to provide high quality instruction in weekly ensemble rehearsals and performances in quality acoustical venues. Each rehearsal will be presented in an organized manner to develop a professional atmosphere. Activities include ensemble rehearsal, masterclasses, sectionals, and a variety of small group activities for the more advanced students.


Masterclasses are presented by some of the bay areas top professional musicians who represent the areas major orchestras, recording studios, and local higher education institutions.

Guest Artists

The DWS enhances the members musical awareness by bringing in internationally acclaimed soloists as guest artists and special masterclass presenters. Previous artists include:

  • Karen Anderson – Vocalist
  • The Bobs – Vocal Quartet
  • Allen Brown – Percussion
  • Jonathan Brummel - Trombone
  • David Burkhart – Trumpet
  • Michelle Caimotto - Flute
  • Steve Carr – Woodwinds
  • Tony Clements - Tuba
  • Mary Fettig – Saxophone
  • David Henderson - Saxophone
  • Nicolasa Kuster - Bassoon
  • Galen Lemmon – Percussion
  • Diane Maltester – Clarinet
  • Bob Montgomery – Trumpet
  • Harvey Pittel – Saxophone
  • Dave Ridge – Trombone
  • Lino Rivera - Piano
  • Zacariah Spellman – Tuba
  • Matt Tropman - Euphonium
  • Susan Waller – Flute/Piccolo
  • Dale Wolford – Saxophone
  • Jack Van Geem - Marimba
  • Mike Vax – Trumpet
  • Allen Vizzutti – Trumpet

The Diablo Wind Symphony is co-sponsored by BD Performing Arts and Saint Mary's College.

For Members

Print out, fill out, obtain necessary signatures and turn in at the September retreat:

Print out, review all documents, keep them handy:

All questions should be directed to John Maltester, Artistic Director: 925.765.4636 or