The Musicians

Flutist Dianne Winsor holds degrees in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Boston Conservatory of Music. She recently moved to Arizona from Spain, where she served as Principal Flute of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon for 31 years. A longtime member of the National Flute Association, Ms. Winsor performed at the annual NFA Convention in Phoenix in August 2023.

Oboist Patti Backes holds a degree in Music Education/Oboe from the New England Conservatory of Music. Her studies continued as she received a Masters in Education from Connecticut College and a Masters in Oral Traditions from The Graduate Institute. Patti retired in 2017 after a 37 year long career teaching music and performing in chamber groups, orchestras, and pit orchestras in Connecticut. She and her husband moved to Arizona in 2018, first as “snowbirds,” and now as permanent residents.

Chris “Doc” Stewart, Clarinet, is a retired ER doctor from the Mayo Clinic who now performs regularly with his own group as well as several other local groups in the Phoenix area. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet in a variety of musical genres. His chart-topping recordings include “Phoenix” (2005) and “Code Blue” (2016). Jazz critic Leonard Feather wrote: “The lead alto saxophonist, Dr. Chris Stewart, practices emergency medicine for a living, but leads the reed team flawlessly.” Doc Stewart has recorded with groups and artists such as Louis Bellson, Woody Herman, Wayne Bergeron, Toni Tennille, Matt Catingub, the Phoenix Symphony, and many others. He is also the author of several music books on Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, and Cannonball Adderley.

Bassoonist Marty Haub is a retired math teacher and now plays in several orchestras in the East Valley. He also has been a conductor of the Chandler Symphony and the Scottsdale Philharmonic. In his first two years of college he played in the Scottsdale Community College Band under the direction of our former clarinet player, Bud Sessions.

Stacey D’Abate, French Horn, is a retired corporate director from the Revlon Corporation. She left her corporate life to pursue her love of music and currently plays in the Arizona Winds Band in the West Valley. She is actively involved in music ministries with the Alleluia Orchestra and Scottsdale Bible Church. Stacey spends her summer months in Montepulciano Italy with her husband and is now a member of the Poliziano Orchestra in Tuscany.

Supporting Our Youth

The is no charge for admission. Free-will donations received will be given to the revitalization of the instrumental music programs at Fountain Hills High School and Middle School, under the direction of Jan Gardner. To donate online, click HERE. Please note your donation as “Music.”



Concert Program


First Arabesque
Claude Debussy (From “Deus Arabesques” for Piano Arr. Peter Volmners)

Hedwige Chretien Adaante Allegro con moto
Selections for “Fiddler on the Roof”
Jerry Bock Arr. Bill Holcombe

Morton Gould; 2nd Movement, American Symphonette No. 2 Transcription by R.E. Sheldon

Marching Down Main Street
Arr. Martin Haub