Larry LeMieux (Trumpet, Trombone )
Larry LeMieux, Vice President of The Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra started playing the trumpet about 50 years ago. In High School, he wanted to try new things and filled in on the Baritone and Tuba when needed. He studied Art in college but ended up embarking on a career in Ballroom Dance, something that still fulfilled his interest in the arts. He owned and operated an Arthur Murray Dance studio franchise in Salt Lake City after teaching and managing in studios in Arizona.
After selling his studio in Utah, Larry and his wife Ava moved their two sons to Mesquite. Larry, missing the whole music and arts thing, got involved in directing musical theatre. From there he started the Mesquite Concert Series, a program that allows local singers, dancers and musicians a vehicle to showcase their talents. He then formed the Mesquite Community Band, which is now called the Dry Heat Jazz Band a group of about 12 musicians of all levels who put on shows around the community. So when Dr. Spitzer approached Larry to help him start a symphony, he naturally jumped in with both feet. Larry plays the trumpet and valve trombone in the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Schafer, Trumpet
After 2 years of playing the Violin in elementary school, Mark decided to switch to the Trumpet in 1970. He was a member of the FHS Fairview Marching Knights marching band playing the Trumpet throughout his high school years. He also played the Trumpet in Concert Bands in High School.
Mark pursued other interests after high school and didn't play music for about 10 years. A church friend convinced Mark to dust off the Trumpet in 1986. He played Trumpets solos in various churches, and he took private Trumpet lessons in 1995 & 1996. Mark played the Trumpet in various brass ensembles in 2002-2004, and 2014-2018. Mark is thrilled to be playing the Trumpet in the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra and the Sun City Sounds.
Jennifer Wayman (Trombone)
I started playing the piano when I was 7. I then join the school band in 5th grade learning to play the Flute. In high school I got an opportunity to learn to play the Trombone and Cello. In high school I played in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, and Orchestra. I continued playing Trombone in Concert Band and Jazz Band in College. After College I played with The Klamath Symphony and several brass groups for a few years. I unfortunately put down my instrument for many years as I raised my kids. Watching them play reinvigorated my love for music. I joined the Washington City Community Band where I was discovered and asked to join the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra.
Kim Delgadillo (French Horn)
Kim Delgadillo has been playing French Horn in the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra since their second season. Although her major instrument is the trumpet, all trumpet positions were filled when she joined so she took the position of principal French Hornist.
Delgadillo grew up in Western New York and fell in love with music when she first heard the New York Philharmonic. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace College in Brea, Ohio. She then went on to working toward her Master’s Degree in Music Education from State University of New York at Fredonia, and in 1990 received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from University of Las Vegas.
Delgadillo has lived in Moapa Valley for 33 years. During that time, she has been the Moapa Valley High School Band and Orchestra Director and School Counselor. She plays the piano, trumpet and French Horn. Her High School teaching job keeps her very busy and she enjoys sharing music with her students. She has really enjoyed being a member of SNSO, and hopes very soon to get some of her own students to join as well.
“The people are great, and there is a lot of talent in the group,” said Delgadillo.
Kirk Jones (Trombone)
Dan Waite (Tuba, Trombone)
Shandon Lewis (Tuba)
Pat Heid (French Horn)
Kathy Challinore (French Horn)
Kendra Graf (French Horn)
Austin Paxman (French Horn)
Susan Thiriot (French Horn)