OUR MISSION
The mission of the Wasatch Music Alliance consisting of the Wasatch Winds and the Wasatch Show Band, is to foster and promote the concept of the adult music performance community through the following objectives:
1. To prepare and perform pieces from the full spectrum of Concert Band and Jazz Band literature.
2. To provide adults with an opportunity to expand their musical performance skills within the context of a large ensemble.
3. To provide entertainment and education to the community by means of public performance.
4. To provide a continuing opportunity for young people and adults to continue their involvement in music.
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OUR BANDS
WASATCH WINDS

In Utah County, the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band is the largest ensemble for adult musicians seeking a full band experience.

The Wasatch Winds provides such an experience. As with other community and school music groups in the American Fork area the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band strives for musical excellence in everything they do. The Wasatch Winds is a fine example of continuing music education and musical excellence throughout a person’s life.

WASATCH SHOW BAND

We are a 22-piece community big band based in American Fork, Utah.  Headed by John Miller.

Our group performs jazz, Motown and popular songs from today and years past at local special events, festivals and private parties. With blaring horns, tight vocals and driving rhythms, the Wasatch Show Band guarantees to entertain!

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Meet a Crew of Professionals

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Allison Dean
Board Chair
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John Miller
Executive Director

John Miller retired as the 30-year director of bands at American Fork High School in Utah in 2016. Under his direction, the band performed at the Utah Music Educators State Conference, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, the Peaks Jazz Festival, the Fiesta Bowl, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., as well as regular appearances at Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, Regionals, and Grand National Championships. Miller has been widely lauded at the district, state, regional and national levels, and in 2016 was awarded the Sorenson “Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education” Award by the Utah State Board of Education.

Miller believes strongly in the development of student leaders and the growth of the students in all areas of their lives, and believes that every student should experience the joy of music performance and continues to serve as a mentor to many younger teachers—including over 30 of his own former students.

Miller, who holds a master’s degree in music education from Brigham Young University, is an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Midwest Clinic and is the founding director of the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band, an adult community band with over 85 members and an established concert series in the community and the Wasatch Show Band, a community big band based in American Fork.

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Susan Savage
Board Member
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Bill Staples
Board Member
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Shelly Staples
Board Member
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Jeanine Cooper
Wasatch Winds Manager

Jeanine Cooper grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis and started playing the clarinet when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with clarinet as her principal instrument. She has taught music privately for over 30 years and currently participates with several musical groups. She has played clarinet with the Wasatch Winds since 2012 and became their Band Manager in August 2019.

Not only is she passionate about music but she is committed to helping others heal their body, mind and spirit. She has been married to Jim since 1976 and they have 4 sons and 6 beautiful grandchildren. One of Jeanine’s mottos is: “Forward With Faith”.

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Jeff Carlsen
Wasatch Show Band Manager

Hi! My name is Jeff Carlsen, and I’ve been playing the sax since childhood. I now have three children of my own, and I’m helping them acquire the love of creating music. My career is in finance and accounting, but I’m a saxophonist at my core, playing in two regular performing big bands as well as a couple small jazz groups in the Salt Lake City and Lehi/Provo/Orem areas. I’ve recently been enjoying gigs with highly talented vocalists as a backing sax, providing tasteful sax accompaniment and soulful solos.

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Melanie Mumme
Webmaster

Melanie Mumme earned her bachelor’s degree in web development in 2012, but the performing arts are her true passion. She has been performing in choirs, musicals and local bands her whole life. Melanie participated in the Ambassadors of Music program, in the summer of 2001, where she had the opportunity to rehearse and perform with a superlative staff of Utah music educators. The tour included music performances in 7 different European countries, in historic chapels, cathedrals and public parks. She now shares her love of music with her two sons, who are both learning to play the drums, guitar and piano. She also formed a family band to give her boys opportunities to perform in public, creating beautiful memories for them. Melanie is excited to be a part of the Wasatch Music Alliance as a Board Member and Webmaster, as well as the Wasatch Show Band as a vocalist.

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Candy Bennett
WMA Secretary

Mrs. Candy Marie Bennett, from American Fork, Utah, has earned her Bachelors of Music Education with secondary instrumental emphasis from Southern Utah University in 2012 and stepped right into her teaching career at Lincoln Academy in Pleasant Grove, Utah where she has taught elementary general education, secondary band, choir, orchestra, percussion, and guitar since. The music program has grown tremendously throughout the years starting with just 16 students to now almost 60% of the student population participating in the music program. Candy completed her Masters in Music Education in 2022 at Southern Utah University. In her spare time Candy enjoys paddle boarding, fishing, crafting, baking, anything Disney, and finding new adventures to embark on with her wife, Lindsey.

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Kami Furr
Librarian
Kami has been playing the clarinet with the Wasatch Winds for over 10 years, and she has been the librarian for most of that time.  Kami has been playing tenor sax with the Wasatch Show Band since they started in 2017.  She first picked up her instrument in middle school, and hasn’t stopped since.
Kami has a degree in Engineering and Design Technology.  She left the drafting scene to raise her children.
In Kami’s words “I am a voracious reader, a serious gamer, and a total geek!”
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Beckie Brammer
WW Personnel
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Randy Brady
Assistant WW Director

Randal Brady currently serves as Director of Bands at Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs, Utah where he directs the marching band, three concert ensembles, and two jazz bands. During his time at Westlake the band has continued its tradition of high achievement by performing as a finalist in the Bands of America St. George Regional (2018), receiving Superior ratings at two Music For All Western Regional Concert Band Festivals (2019, 2020), qualifying for State Jazz Band Festival (2020), and performing at the Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional in San Antonio, TX (2019). Mr. Brady was award 2019-2020 Teacher of The Year by the Westlake High School PTSA.

Mr. Brady is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho where he completed a Bachelors in Music Education. He later attended the American Band College where he completed a Master of Arts in Band Conducting through Sam Houston State University. Mr. Brady has been fortunate to receive conducting instruction and critique from Anthony Maiello, Robert Ponto, Scott Hagen, and Craig Kirchhoff.

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Liam Brookhart
WMA Marketing/Grant Writer
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Jacob Whitchurch
WW Asst. Librarian

J.M. Whitchurch graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition. An American Fork native, he got his start in music by playing trumpet in the American Fork
band program and has continued studying trumpet performance with many talented directors and teachers.

As a composer, Jacob has been extremely privileged to work with talented musicians, directors, and composers in having his pieces performed live. As a high school student he premiered 2 of his
compositions at the 2012 and 2013 Spring Concerts, and scored the music for 2 award-winning short films. In college he had many of his pieces performed and recorded with live groups, including Wind Ensemble works, chamber pieces, Trumpet Ensemble competition pieces, and several instrumental solos. Since graduating, he has worked with several groups in the Utah valley area and premiered pieces with many of them. Jacob aspires to compose great music that heals and inspires.

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David Taylor
WW Asst. Manager
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